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Let’s Check Our Attitude About Worship Today

2 Samuel 6:14-16

David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.


In today’s passage we see an attitude in David about worship. He seems to not be concerned with what his wife thought or his subjects. He was concerned only with presenting himself before God. Style was not something he worried about either. Today we want to write about styles of worship. Which style is right? Before you think traditional or contemporary or gospel or charismatic or some other style it right or the best – read the rest of this article.  Thanks!

For some the right style of worship means hymns and quiet time – for some the right style might mean psalms and songs sung with vigor and excitement to a quicker beat – for some the right style of worship might mean a Sanctuary and tradition – for some it might mean a comfortable setting and contemporary. The style is less important to me – or dare I say – even to God. What I think God desires is that our attitude be such that we come together to worship God not glorify ourselves or our desires or personal preferences. Continue reading

March 21, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Place Of Worship

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

RayMcDDo we remember the childhood hand song about church? The children’s rhyme went like this – Here’s the church, and here’s the steeple, Open the door and see all the people. With our hands we interlocked our fingers and put our pointer fingers up to signify the steeple. Our thumbs made up the doors and when we opened the doors (move out thumbs) – we could see all the other fingers and we wiggled them to show all the people.

In this simple rhyme we might think that church is a building and has a steeple (and many did in the days of this nursery rhyme). But we know (at least I hope we do) that the church is the people – not the building. We often say we are going to church (a location) to worship God – when we actually might be more accurate saying – we are going to join with the church and worship God. The people are the church. Continue reading

October 7, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Glory of God

Isaiah 6:3

…the whole earth is full of his glory.

IMG_0301One of my granddaughters is staying with us for a few days. Her parents were dropping her off – and I was on the kitchen floor playing with her. The sun was shinning in the glass back door and it was shinning in her face. She couldn’t focus – because the sun was in her eyes. Her father tried to stand in the doorway to shade her eyes. We were playing with some sand in a small sand box – I was making pies and other objects and she was crumbling them up and having a blast.

When my wife and I leave the window blinds open in our bedroom at night – the morning sun shines in and shines into our eyes. In the winter – we’re up way before the sun comes up but in the summer – often before we get up – the sun is up – shinning in our eyes. I love it – she doesn’t! Continue reading

February 24, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

profileThe Beatitudes are a favorite to many.  Here they are (and today’s passage is among them). Matthew 5:1-12 – 1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Continue reading

November 26, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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