Sunday, March 22, 2015: The Only Boast That Matters

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24) We live in an age of constant boasting. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram provide us with a platform through which we relentlessly show off the most impressive moments of our lives to a list of pixilated (Read More)

March 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 15, 2015: Has Your Socks-ology Hindered Your Doxology? (a guest post by Heather Gilion)

This week’s wittily named post is written by LifePoint Band member Heather Gilion. Heather and her husband Dallas have been serving in the musical worship ministry at LifePoint since its beginning in 2004. They have two awesome kiddos and live here in Ozark. Heather has also co-authored the book Dancing on My Ashes: Learning to Love the One Who Gives And Takes Away with her sister Holly. She and Holly blog regularly at dancingonmyashes.com I had my airline ticket in hand, and bags packed neatly. I may have looked like I had it together, but the moment when I pulled off my boots EVERYONE (Read More)

March 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 08, 2015: The Church to Whom God Will Look

“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2) One of the saddest things about today’s American church is our disinclination to tremble at the Word of God. I would contend that, in the minds and hearts of many, there is a lack of reverence for what God has said. There might be warm fuzzies and happy thoughts about “the man upstairs.” But a holy fear of the living and true God? That sounds a bit archaic. And thus we can be much too frivolous when the Scriptures are open. In our modern (Read More)

March 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Sunday, March 01, 2015: Coming Alive to the Fullness of Christ

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” (John 6:8-12) Have you (Read More)

February 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, February 22, 2015: The Character of Corporate Worship, Part Three

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and (Read More)

February 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, February 15, 2015: The Character of Corporate Worship, Part Two

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, (Read More)

February 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

Sunday, February 08, 2015: The Character of Corporate Worship, Part One

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4) Over the next three weeks, I am going to attempt to provide a concise sketch of Colossians 3:1-17. My hope and prayer is that this will give us greater insight into the character of a community that faithfully worships God. In seeing (Read More)

February 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Sunday, February 01, 2015: Invite Someone to Church This Week

Let me ask you, when was the last time you invited someone to join you at church on a Sunday? Maybe it was recently. Maybe you have a friend or a co-worker you’ve been inviting for a while. Or perhaps it’s something you’ve never even considered. It could be that you’re fearful of how you might be perceived at work or among friends. Whatever the case may be–whether you’re a regular inviter, a reluctant inviter, or a non-inviter–I want to encourage you to take heart; there are many good reasons to invite someone to church. A Culture of Gospel Renewal At (Read More)

January 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 25, 2015: The Gathering as Warfare

“When concentration happens, our gatherings will be a hissing and a byword to unbelievers. They don’t mind our ghettos. They do mind it when we gather in the way we were commanded to.” –Douglas Wilson Believe it or not, we are at war. This is the fight of your life, and everything rests on something far greater than any one individual. Therefore, if we’re going to come out of this alive, we’re going to have to put on a united front that is alert and undeterred by enemy fire. There is too much at stake for anything less. This war is called worship. When we (Read More)

January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 18, 2015: Making the Weekly Gathering a Priority

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.'” –Psalm 122:1 The attitude with which you perform an activity speaks volumes to others about the value of that activity. After all, if you habitually treat your duties as drudgeries, they will be perceived negatively by those who witness your acts of carrying out those duties. This principle is especially important when being mindful of the fact that, much of the time, we are being observed by people in whose lives we exercise a considerable amount of influence and leadership–be it our children, our (Read More)

January 14, 2015 // 0 Comments