Preparing Hearts for Worship (Page 3)

The Weight of Scripture in Life

Romans 15:4–6 4For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6that together you may with…

Hold Your Tongue

Proverbs 26:22 “The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.” We’ve all heard the statement, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This is a phrase often quoted to children to help them deal with verbal insults from…

The Power is God’s and the Glory is God’s

4Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,6who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but…

“Do you believe this?”

John 11:25–26 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Death is a reality we all face since the defiance of Adam and Eve…

Is it examination time?

Titus 2:11–14 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,…

The Folly of Favoritism

Proverbs 24:23–25 23 These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good. 24 Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations, 25 but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them. We all…

Being Changed Within and Without

Psalm 141:3–4 3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! 4 Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies! Yes, there are environments where…