Sunday, April 22, 2018: Do You Realize What God Is Offering?

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:8–9) Philip’s request to see the Father reveals that he hadn’t yet understood who Jesus is. Of course, at some level, Philip knew that Jesus had been sent by God. But he still wanted that oh-so impressive spiritual experience. Ironically, he was totally oblivious to the fact that he was already with (Read More)

April 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 15, 2018: What Compels Us to Sing?

I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:6) Why do we sing to worship God each week? Because, as the psalmist says, He has dealt bountifully with us. In Christ, God’s greatest provision has met our greatest need in abundance: redemption and everlasting life. It’s like Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Abundant life in Jesus? God’s glorious bounty for sinners like us? What Good News! Because the life we have in Jesus should compel us to sing God’s praises, why wouldn’t (Read More)

April 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 08, 2018: The Sacrifice God Desires from Us

And Samuel said, “The LORD anointed you king over Israel. And the LORD sent you on a mission and said, ‘Go, devote to destruction the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you pounce on the spoil and do what was evil in the sight of the LORD?” And Saul said to Samuel, “I have obeyed the voice of the LORD. I have gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me. I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have devoted the Amalekites to destruction. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and (Read More)

April 4, 2018 // 2 Comments

Sunday, April 01, 2018: Simple Ways to Make The Most of Easter

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) “Whose fool are you?” That’s the question LifePoint will be considering this Easter. If you’re planning to join us (8:00, 9:30, or 11:00AM), here are a few simple ways you can make the most of it: (1) Attend our Good Friday service. Join us this Friday, March 30th at 6:30pm for an evening of remembrance. We will focus on Christ’s crucifixion through singing, prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and listening to (Read More)

March 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 25, 2018: How Gathered Worship Puts Us in Touch with Our Identity

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” (Ephesians 5:1) When getting to know someone, it’s common to be asked, So what do you do? That question is an implicit inquiry about your career or lifestyle. In response, you’re expected to say something like: “I’m a stay-at-home mom.” Or: “I’m a marketing consultant.”  More than simple curiosity, though, this familiar question reveals something profound—that what we do tends to define us. Our career, lifestyle, ambitions, relationships—these things often provide for us (Read More)

March 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 18, 2018: How to Guard Your Steps When You Go to God’s House

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. (Ecclesiastes 5:1–3) If we thoughtlessly stroll into church each week, too preoccupied to be mindful of God’s presence, we are being foolish. Instead, Solomon advises, we must be (Read More)

March 14, 2018 // 2 Comments

Sunday, March 11, 2018: Do You Take The Lord’s Name in Vain?

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain… (Exodus 20:7) When I was a kid, I assumed that taking the Lord’s name in vain was a commandment people tended to disobey when stubbing their toe on the coffee table. Today, I still believe it’s not a good idea to thoughtlessly invoke the divine name under such circumstances, no matter how badly your pinky toe smarts. But I’ve come to understand that taking the Lord’s name in vain is much weightier than that. It’s actually a matter of true worship versus false worship. You see, when God laid out the (Read More)

March 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 04, 2018: Marveling at The Immeasurable

How small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand? (Job 26:14) In today’s world, people often place the utmost confidence in that which can be quantified and understood through scientific methods. We trust hard data, statistics, and research, all of which can be perfectly helpful as far as they go. But that’s the thing: when you worship the God of the Bible, you realize that such things can only take you so far. There comes a point where you must stop trying to quantify the world around you and recognize its Creator, whose glory is (Read More)

February 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, February 25, 2018: The Greatest Threat to True Worship

So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. (Numbers 21:9) In Numbers 21, Israel’s threats loomed large. Intimidated by the Canaanites and the Amorites, God’s people were thirsty, exhausted, and low on patience. But God removed these threats by granting them victory over the kings of Arad, Heshbon, and Bashon (v. 3, 24, 34), and by providing water (v. 16-18). Problems solved, right? Wrong. The people grew resentful. Instead of worshiping God for His blessing and provision, they rebelled and (Read More)

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, February 18, 2018: The Bitterness of Death And The Hope of The Gospel

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD… Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:13, 15) Death is a bitter reality. The psalmist understood this; he testified vividly to the trauma of his own near-death experience (116:3, 8). However, as you know, we don’t always live to tell the tale of such an experience. God, at some point, allows His people to die. That’s why Psalm 116:13 says that the death of a saint is precious to God. Tim Keller points out that this means “our deaths are costly and painful to (Read More)

February 14, 2018 // 1 Comment