Preparing Hearts for Worship

Waiting on the Lord in the Light of His Word

Psalm 27:13–14 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! We are children of God, followers of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit of God. When we face tough circumstances,…

Face Your Fears by Fixing Your Eyes on Jesus

Mark 4:35–41 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that…

Those in Darkness Need Light

Psalm 18:28–30 28 For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. 29 For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. 30 This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.  I remember…

Jesus Is The Only Hope for Harassed and Helpless People

Do you perceive there are people around you who regularly feel they are facing troubling circumstances or that there are people or organizations of influence are hassling them? Do you ever hear people express that they believe they are being tossed aside as unimportant and irrelevant by circumstances or powers outside their control? They communicate…

Are you taking note of the greatness of God?

Psalm 145:1–7 1I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. 2Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. 3Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. 4One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. 5On the glorious…

The Only One Worthy of Worship

Colossians 1:15–20 15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold…

Pursuing Truth and Freedom

The cry for freedom in the western world is loud, and many people boisterously pursue it. While some declare their drive for individual freedoms, many today idolize rallying to aid the liberation of various oppressed groups.  Standing against oppression and oppressors can be an admirable task. Seeking personal freedom can be a worthwhile goal. However,…

Unquenchable Gospel Delight and Satisfaction

2 Corinthians 4:7–12 7But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so…

Our Need of Boldness

Boldness can be a desirable trait for many people. Confidence comes naturally to some, while some folks are shy, timid, and insecure individuals who long to be popular with people, prosperous in business, and confident communicating with others. Driven by these desires, they read books, attend conferences, and go to seminars in order to learn…