Preparing Hearts for Worship

God-honoring Truth Produces Humility Not Arrogance

Psalm 25:8–11 8Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. 9He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. 10All the paths of the Lordare steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. 11For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.  “God…

The Light and Life of Jesus Make a Difference

Ephesians 5:13–14 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”  Sin and selfishness are abiding influences in our world and our society. Throughout history godless perversity ebbs and flows.…

Finding Satisfaction

Isaiah 55:1–3 1“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat…

Love and WRath

Love and Wrath 1 John 4:9–10 9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for…

Dancing in the darkness denying the light of truth

Romans 1:18–19 18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Various practices of sin and selfishness overrun our society. We call it…

Fixing our attention on God

Psalm 69:9a “For zeal for your house has consumed me…” People’s passions vary in interest and intensity. It may be the love of going on hikes or biking, skiing, cooking, fishing, NASCAR, music, coffee, football, baseball, or soccer. The list of interests and activities that can energize our heart is almost limitless. Moreover, the fixations…

The glorious provision of the power of God

Ephesians 3:20–21 20Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. A long week is finally at an end. You…