New Song Sunday

Sunday, August 06, 2017: What True Worship Is All About

“Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh…” (Philippians 3:2-3) Worship is all about where we place our confidence. “Confidence in the flesh” was the greatest threat to the worship of the Philippian church in the apostle Paul’s day. Those to whom he referred as “dogs” were putting pressure on the Philippians to make the Hebrew custom of circumcision a prerequisite for (Read More)

August 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, June 18, 2017: God Knows More About You Than Google

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10) What Our Search Histories Say About Us I have to confess, I’m a total podcast junkie. I’m always on the hunt for something interesting to listen to. Knowing this, a friend recently recommended I listen to an episode of a podcast produced by NPR. In it, a former data scientist for Google named Seth Stephens-Davidowitz was interviewed. (Read More)

June 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 23, 2017: God Exalts Himself to Show Mercy to Sinners Like Us

Therefore the LORD . . . exalts himself to show mercy to you. (Isaiah 30:18a) Why We Don’t Like Self-Exalting People Most of us have a natural aversion to self-exaltation. We tend to be turned off by people who make a practice out of parading their self-importance. And rightfully so. Man’s blatant self-exaltation is, by its very nature, quite ugly. And this is probably so for two main reasons. First, human beings are, in large part, instinctively attracted to humility. For instance, we often find it refreshing when we meet a famous person who exhibits humble qualities, (Read More)

April 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 26, 2017: Is The Cross Of Christ Our Only Boast?

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 6:14) An Untimely Death Recently, singer-songwriter Michael Gungor (widely known to the Christian music world simply as Gungor) ignited controversy on Twitter, tweeting multiple statements concerning the place of Christ’s atoning work in the musical worship of the church: I would love to hear more artists who sing to God and fewer who include a Father murdering a son in that endeavor… if you can’t think of anything to sing to God other than gratitude for taking your shame away through (Read More)

March 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 29, 2017: Some Reflections on The Holy Spirit…And A New Hymn, Too

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up… (Acts 1:1-2a) Born Two Thousand Years Too Late? Earlier on in my Christian life, I secretly felt like I had been born two thousand years too late. It seemed like I could have been a better Christian if I’d have lived during the earthly ministry of Christ. I guess I just assumed it would be easier to live faithfully for Jesus if I could only walk and talk with Him before He left earth. After all, the most life-giving relationships are those which are (Read More)

January 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 08, 2017: The Love of Jesus Gets Us Moving in the Right Direction

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and 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.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15) A Fresh Start For virtually all of us, the New Year feels like a fresh start—an exciting opportunity to begin again. Which is why “New Year’s resolutions” always seem to be a common topic of conversation for the first few weeks of every January. There’s something quite meaningful (Read More)

January 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, October 30, 2016: New Song Sunday – “Behold Our God”

Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; (Read More)

October 26, 2016 // 2 Comments

Sunday, October 09, 2016: New Song Sunday – “And Can It Be (Amazing Love)”

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Once again we’ll be learning a new song together this Sunday at LifePoint’s gathering. The song is an adapted rendition of Charles Wesley’s classic hymn And Can It Be produced by members of LifePoint’s worship ministry. Below you’ll find a performance video and lyrics. But first, a little context and an explanation of why this hymn matters for LifePoint. Some time back, Pastor Lane asked me to incorporate this (Read More)

October 5, 2016 // 2 Comments

Sunday, June 26, 2016: New Song Sunday – “Rock Of Ages”

“. . . and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.” (Exodus 33:22) Once again we’ll be learning a new song together this Sunday at LifePoint’s gathering. The song is The Modern Post’s rendition of Augustus Toplady’s classic hymn Rock Of Ages. Directly below you’ll find a video performance of the song. Also below are lyrics, an explanation of why we’ve chosen this song for corporate worship, and a link for download from iTunes. I pray you will use these resources (Read More)

June 22, 2016 // 2 Comments

Sunday, June 05, 2016: New Song Sunday – “Speak O Lord”

…and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21) Once again, we’ll be learning a new song together at LifePoint’s gathering this Sunday. The featured song is actually a hymn entitled Speak O Lord, performed by modern hymn writers Keith & Kristyn Getty. Directly below you’ll find a video which features a recording of the song. Also below are lyrics, an explanation of why we’ve chosen this song for corporate worship, and a link for download from iTunes. I pray you will use these resources to make the most of the (Read More)

June 1, 2016 // 0 Comments