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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

Are We Horizontal or Vertical in Our Faith?

2 Timothy 3:1-5

1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

IMG_0301Church people often don’t like to hear that we are sinners – I know I don’t like to be reminded of it – yet here is a scripture that reminds us that in the end times people will be lovers of many things other than God. If we aren’t reminded of our sinfulness and the grace of God that overcomes that sinfulness – we might just fall into the trap of thinking that we are OK just as we are and God’s grace will cover it all. God’s grace does cover it all – for those who repent and seek after Him – but I would never preach that all we need to do is say a prayer and God covers it all. There needs to be a heart change – a heart change that causes a life change. Faith without works is dead – says Jesus’ brother James (James 2:26).

On Sunday morning – at both the 8:15 & 11:00 am service – we will begin our 2nd Annual Pre-Lenten Revival. The revival will continue on Sunday evening at 7 pm and each night through Wednesday night – Ash Wednesday – at 7 pm. This year we will conclude the revival on Sunday – February 22nd. Plan now to attend. Plan now to invite someone to our awesome worship services. It is a great time to invite folks that already attend another church on Sunday mornings but might like to visit your church. Invite someone today and each day this week. Continue reading

February 11, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


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