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Sunday, May 06, 2018: The Key to Enjoying Church

…in your thinking be mature. (1 Corinthians 14:20) Worship leader and scholar Chip Stam once said, “A mature Christian is easily edified.” This means that people who are advancing in Christian maturity will probably find it much easier to enjoy church than people who are not. Immature Christians tend to want gathered worship to scratch their particular itch. They often assume that things like music, preaching, and kids ministry ought to adhere to their expectations and preferences; and when they don’t, church is hard to enjoy. On the other hand, mature Christians are (Read More)

May 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, September 24, 2017: An Encouragement to Prioritize Gathered Worship

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25) Priorities are spiritual. What takes precedent in our lives indicates the true reality of our spiritual state and determines who we’re becoming. This is particularly true of life in the local church. Together, the churches that comprise the Southern Baptist Convention claim to have a grand total of 16 million members. And yet it’s likely that only 6 million (Read More)

September 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, September 03, 2017: Don’t Run to The Hills!

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121) Psalm 121 is what’s called a “Song Of (Read More)

August 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, August 20, 2017: What Do You See on Sundays?

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. (2 Corinthians 3:18) Throughout His earthly ministry, thousands of people looked at Jesus with their own two eyes. But few people looked long enough to actually see Him for who He truly is. Few beheld Him. This is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in John’s gospel. One time, Jesus was speaking to a large crowd who had just witnessed Him perform a mind-blowing miracle with the meager contents of a little kid’s lunch basket (6:1-15). (Read More)

August 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, August 13, 2017: Where You Sit in Church Matters More Than You Think

And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” (Acts 8:29) Have you ever heard of a dude named Gavrilo Princip? If you’re a history nerd, you probably have. But otherwise it’s unlikely. Princip made a decision on June 28, 1914 to fire the bullets that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophia. That decision set in motion the chain of events that led to World War I. Think about that. A politically-motivated snap decision made by a nobody a long time ago in a faraway country kickstarted what many credible historians have argued is the most (Read More)

August 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, June 04, 2017: The Blessing Of Life in The Household Of God

So then . . . you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:19) A Strong Sense Of Family Ties According to Barna, the majority of Americans say that family is an essential part of their identity. When asked the question, “How much does family make up your personal identity?,” 62% of those surveyed responded, “A lot.” Thus Barna concluded that “People rank family as more central to their identity than any other surveyed factor,” including faith, nationality, ethnicity, or career. Based on these findings, we must (Read More)

May 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 21, 2017: What Are You Bringing to Church This Sunday?

For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. (Romans 1:11-12) It’s Sunday morning and you’re getting ready to head out the door for church. What do you bring? Think about it, what’s on your “mental checklist” of stuff you need? Probably your phone and car keys. Hopefully your Bible. Maybe you need a quick, on-the-go breakfast so you reach for that trusty protein bar. Oh, and don’t forget your kids. No matter what the (Read More)

May 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 14, 2017: Why We’re Learning A New Song Based on The Lord’s Prayer

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:1-4) Once again we’ll be learning a new song together this Sunday at LifePoint’s gathering—Our Father by Hillsong. Directly below, you’ll find a lyric video of the song, (Read More)

May 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 09, 2017: Odds Are, Church Needs to Become More Inconvenient For You

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (1 John 3:16) Inconvenienced by Revival I once read about a revival which took place among some of Scotland’s rural churches back in the 1800s. Many of the believers who belonged to these churches, living in the middle of nowhere, would travel long distances for gathered worship. Bear in mind that this was before the emergence of automotive technology! What’s more, the revival came during winter months, which made the commute quite treacherous due to weather (Read More)

April 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 15, 2017: How Exactly Does Gathered Worship Impact Your Daily Life?

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may . . . [be] filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11) The Good (And The Bad) of Muscle Memory Most of us know what it’s like to be in the infancy stages of developing a new skill or habit. When you first pick up that guitar or start that new workout regimen, it feels awkward, clunky, and unnatural. But ideally, when a person routinely practices an activity over a prolonged period of time, he (Read More)

January 11, 2017 // 0 Comments