Building Bridges (3) — The Church

The Hebrew writer says that one of the main reasons we come together on the first day of the week is to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:24). Which is what the world needs to see when they look at us – love and good works. And I said last week that the best way for us to accomplish that is to…

Building Bridges (2) — Jesus

Last Sunday, we began a new series of lessons about the need for us to reach out to the community around us. And I made the observation that going to church is no longer considered a normal part of American life. It used to be. But gone are the days when everybody went to church…

Your Spiritual Worship

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about worship. We defined worship as acknowledging the true worth of God. Bob Kauflin put it this way — “Worship is acknowledging that [God] is above us and worthy of our affection, attention and adoration.” And that’s something that we strive to do when we come…

The Heart of Worship

Last week, we began a look at the subject of worship. And I said that it’s a topic that we need to study, first of all, just because of how important worship is. Worship is what we were created for. All of creation gives praise and glory and honor to God, and that’s what we…

What is Worship?

In the very last chapter of the Bible, we read these words, “I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, ‘You must not do…

Sealed With the Spirit

One of the joys of childhood (and maybe adulthood, too) is to receive presents at Christmas or on your birthday.  Sometimes you can guess what is underneath the wrapping paper, but it’s still exciting to open that present for yourself and see the gift that you have been given.               And that’s kind of…

Abraham, Journey of Faith (2)

You may think I’m a little strange for this, but I am fascinated by people who have humorous epitaphs put on their tombstone. All of the following epitaphs that I’m going to share with you are real. Here lays Butch, We planted him raw. He was quick on the trigger, But slow on the draw.…

Abraham, Journey of Faith (1)

In Jon Bloom’s book “Not By Sight”, he talks about Peter walking on the water. You remember the story in Matthew 14 where the disciples are rowing across the Sea of Galilee when Jesus comes up to them walking on the water. And after getting over the shock of seeing him, Peter says, “Lord, if…