Spiritual Disciplines

Sunday, May 13, 2018: God’s Cure for Our “Itch”

Ah, stubborn children…who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! (Isaiah 30:1–2) As a kid, I think I got poison ivy just about every summer. The red, bumpy rash would cover my arms and legs, and drive me crazy with incessant itching. If you’ve ever had poison ivy, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the worst. In the book of Isaiah, the people of Judah were itching all over with a desire for security and relief from the looming threat of an Assyrian (Read More)

May 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

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, April 29, 2018: The Danger of A Divided Heart

Then Solomon built a high place… (1 Kings 11:7) Jesus said that “a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand” (Mark 3:24). This was certainly true for Israel after Solomon’s passing. Solomon began his kingship with God-given wisdom and honor, yet turned from the Lord later in life, giving his heart to his idolatrous wives by building high places for their gods (1 Ki. 11:1-8). As a result of Solomon’s unfaithfulness, God promised judgment; the kingdom of Israel would be divided (11:31). A generation later, God’s Word was fulfilled. David’s throne in (Read More)

April 25, 2018 // 0 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 11, 2018: Where Joyful Worship Begins

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100) This psalm is about loading the dishwasher. That’s an odd thing to say, I know. But in a very real sense, it’s profoundly true. You see, Psalm 100 (Read More)

February 7, 2018 // 0 Comments