Preparing Hearts for Worship

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…

Controlled by the Love of Christ

2 Corinthians 5:14–17 14For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 16From now on, therefore, we regard no…

We are Not On Our Own

1 Corinthians 2:12–14 “12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14The natural…

We don’t work for God – God works for us!

Isaiah 64:1–4 1Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence— 2as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3When you did awesome things that we did not…

Help from God is Worth the Wait

Psalm 33:16–22 16The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 17The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. 18Behold, the eye of the Lordis on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, 19that he may deliver…

Stay Serious About Sin

1 Peter 1:17–19 17And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ,…