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 18, 2018: The Bitterness of Death And The Hope of The Gospel

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD… Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:13, 15) Death is a bitter reality. The psalmist understood this; he testified vividly to the trauma of his own near-death experience (116:3, 8). However, as you know, we don’t always live to tell the tale of such an experience. God, at some point, allows His people to die. That’s why Psalm 116:13 says that the death of a saint is precious to God. Tim Keller points out that this means “our deaths are costly and painful to (Read More)

February 14, 2018 // 1 Comment

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

Sunday, February 04, 2018: The Sacrifice That Brings Us ‘In’

Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because… the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. (Exodus 40:35) God’s glory kept Moses outside the tent of meeting. His presence was too holy and Moses was too unholy. That’s how Exodus ends. It leaves you thinking, There must be something more, but what? Thankfully, that’s where the book of Leviticus picks up. Leviticus outlines in painstaking detail how Israel’s priests were to administer animal sacrifices, and how they were to handle the animal’s blood, entrails, etc. Then we reach the book of Numbers; (Read More)

January 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 28, 2018: Is God’s Presence Your Daily Priority?

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.” Then the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?” (Haggai 1:2–5) The book of Haggai is God’s message to a remnant of Israel who returned to their homeland after a decades-long exile in Babylon. Now home, they got right to work re-building a bustling society filled with nice homes and active businesses. Yet God was not pleased with them.  Years (Read More)

January 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 21, 2018: Are You “Bethel-Ready”?

Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who has been with me wherever I have gone.” (Genesis 35:2–3) Here’s a pivotal moment for Jacob. All hell was breaking loose in his family. His sons had just slain and plundered the Shechemites to avenge the violation of their sister (Gen. 34). Lust, violence, greed, and deceit were on full display, indicating that something wasn’t right in Jacob’s (Read More)

January 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 14, 2018: Connecting Our Daily Worship to Sunday Morning

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up… (Psalm 68:19a) Life can be an emotional and spiritual roller coaster. Its ups and downs can make it difficult to get a grip on what’s happening in our souls. As a result, our perception of God, ourselves, and the world around us becomes cluttered, and spiritual confusion prevails. The answer for this problem? God’s daily presence. Our first priority as Christ-followers is to spend time in God’s presence each day. He has made Himself available to us through His Word and through prayer. We must therefore draw near to Him through (Read More)

January 10, 2018 // 0 Comments