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

Sunday, January 11, 2015: The Power of an Undivided Heart

“Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” (Ps. 86:11) When it comes to right worship of God, anything less than everything means absolutely nothing. To many people in our day, that seems a bit extreme. All-or-nothing worship, they say, is for the mega-devout. Moderation seems more balanced, and therefore more preferable. After all, it’s much easier to juggle our “religion” as one of many commitments, isn’t it? In this mindset, showing up at church on Sunday lands somewhere between getting the oil changed (Read More)

January 7, 2015 // 3 Comments

Sunday, January 04, 2015: Keeping Our Eyes on the Final Dedication

“But will God indeed dwell on earth?” (1 Ki. 8:27) “In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” (Eph. 2:22) In 1 Kings 8, King Solomon dedicates a newly constructed temple as God’s dwelling place on earth. It was promised to his father David that his son would oversee this divinely instituted building project. And, according to that promise, a beautiful scene unfolds in which the glory of God is experienced in a remarkable way. The temple dedication is an important event for us to consider as we look to a new year of gathering as a (Read More)

January 1, 2015 // 0 Comments