Preparing Hearts for Worship

The Power of God for Salvation

Romans 1:16–17 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” To the…

Credit Where Credit is Due

Deuteronomy 8:17–18 17 Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Moses prepares…

The Chaos of Moral Relativism

Judges 17:6 (21:15) In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.  Our society, and many in our world, are influenced by the idea of moral relativism. Moral relativism holds to the understanding that there is no universal or absolute set of ethical standards. Those guided by…

Don’t Take the Presence of God for Granted

Isaiah 55:6–7 6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  In a world deadened to the presence and power…

Gospel Grace Empowers Perseverance

Luke 9:57–62 57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me…

Resisting Corruption from Within and Without

Psalm 119:9–11 9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Avoiding sinfulness is an ongoing challenge. Temptations that take us…

A Father is an Example of Christian Devotion

1 Thessalonians 2:11–12 11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.  Paul, Silas, and Timothy ministered faithfully to establish and build up a new church in…

Trust God, not Human Wisdom

Isaiah 31:1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord! The Assyrian nation comes against the nation of Judah. The Assyrians come…