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  1. CELEBRATION OF LIGHT
    03 Dec, 2018
    CELEBRATION OF LIGHT
    December is such a dark time of the year.  It is when the time of daylight is the shortest.  That is why all the lights we see this time of year are such a comfort.  We see all kinds of lights – icicle lights, colored lights large and small and even candles in the windows.  Some of you may even have Jewish neighbors who place a nine-branched menorah (candelabra) in their windows instead of decorating their homes with traditional Christmas lights and Christmas trees. They do this in celebration
  2. Five Kernels of Corn
    19 Nov, 2018
    Five Kernels of Corn
    Thanksgiving is a time when we can remember the sacrifices and hardships of our Pilgrim fathers who landed at Plymouth Rock over 300 years ago.  As hard as times are today, they are nothing in comparison to what the Pilgrims endured. In that first long winter at Plymouth Colony they buried seven people for every one person who was alive.  The ship that was supposed to bring food and relief brought them nothing but 35 more mouths to feed and NO provisions. William Brewster, rose from his plate
  3. Why Walls?
    05 Nov, 2018
    Why Walls?
    One of the hot topics in the political world today is that of “walls.”Our study of the book of Nehemiah on Tuesday nights dove tail this topic nicely.Yes, God’s Word does approach the idea of walls. Nehemiah was not one of the first Jews to return to Jerusalem to help rebuild the Temple (cf. Ezra 1-6).This first return occurred in 538 B.C. under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua.A second wave of return occurred in 458 B.C. under the direction of Ezra (cf. Ezra 7-10).It was at this time
  4. EFFECT OF WOUNDEDNESS
    22 Oct, 2018
    EFFECT OF WOUNDEDNESS
    Many times spectators in worship are those who have been extremely wounded by life.  We all have been wounded by life.  This woundedness can become a hindrance when it comes to intimacy in worship of God. Think about some devastating events in your own life:             - Parents or personal divorce             - Physical or sexual abuse             - Alcoholic parent(s)/spouse             - Abandonment or neglect either physical or emotional             - Conditional love based on performance
  5. MOTIVES AND WORSHIP
    15 Oct, 2018
    MOTIVES AND WORSHIP
    People like to place themselves in a position of judging others.  When we do this we are usurping God’s place and function.  And generally we make premature judgments. “So do not make any hasty or premature judgments before the time when the Lord comes, for He will both bring to light the secret things that are now hidden in darkness, and disclose and expose the secret aims, motives & purposes of hearts. Then every man will receive his due commendation from God.”  1 Corinthians 4:5 (AB)
  6. BECOMING A WORSHIPER
    07 Oct, 2018
    BECOMING A WORSHIPER
    This is the post content We have been examining ways we can actively worship God with our whole bodies.  Yet we can do all these things and never enter into worship.  True worship hinges on our heart attitude. The Pharisees thought they had a “corner” on the worship market.  Yet Jesus told his followers to guard against their leaven.  Their leaven was their heart attitude. The psalmist asks the Lord to test his heart:             “Examine me, O LORD, and try me; test my mind and my heart.”
  7. WORSHIP WITH YOUR BODY
    01 Oct, 2018
    WORSHIP WITH YOUR BODY
    The one posture we seem to most comfortable with in the church is sitting.  Yet not once does the Bible tell us to sit before the Lord!  In fact there were many churches that had no pews or places to be seated.  As we studied the Tabernacle we found that there was only one seat – the Mercy Seat – and the only God was seated! Scripture gives us various ways to use our bodies as we worship our King!  Standing is a posture of praise: “Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, all who stand
  8. USE YOUR HANDS!
    24 Sep, 2018
    USE YOUR HANDS!
    Last week we discovered that worship should be heard.  But worship should also be seen.  Our bodies should enter into worship as well as our mouths! Let’s consider what we can do with our hands.  We can lift them:  “So I will bless You as long as I live,; I will lift up my hands in Your name.” Psalm 63:4 We lift our hands because:             - it reaffirms my commitment to God             - it intensifies my prayers             - it signifies my surrender to God’s will             - it is a
  9. USE YOUR VOICE
    17 Sep, 2018
    USE YOUR VOICE
    As we began this series we noted that worship is not a passive activity, but worship is a verb!  Worship cannot be hidden or kept silent, it must be expressed.  This seemed easy for the Jewish people because they were emotional, expressive people.  They were not afraid to openly show how they felt about God.  So celebration and exhilaration were regularly part of their worship. Christians seem to prefer to sit and soak in church rather than to be active participants.  This means that we never
  10. NEW PATTERNS OF WORSHIP
    10 Sep, 2018
    NEW PATTERNS OF WORSHIP
    Remember how we looked at the Tabernacle of David which was the first place of worship which contained praise and celebration to God.  As we saw last week, that Tabernacle was replaced by the building of two Temples, both of which were destroyed.  Yet God gave the prophet Amos a promise for His people: In that day I will restore David’s fallen tent.  I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins and build it as it used to be.  Amos 9:11 Some are looking for David’s Tabernacle to literally
  11. BUILDING AND REBUILDING
    03 Sep, 2018
    BUILDING AND REBUILDING
    While David lived in a permanent residence, the Ark of the Covenant remained in a tent.  Therefore, David implored God to let him build a Temple for worship.  That privilege was not granted David, but was given to his son, Solomon.  (NOTE:  The Son of God is always the One who builds the Temple of God!) It was a grand monument with much gold, cedar and precious elements.  But the grandeur of the building did not prevent the people from corrupting the worship of God.  As a result, the Temple was
  12. DAVID'S TABERNACLE
    27 Aug, 2018
    DAVID'S TABERNACLE
    By the time of David, worship had been corrupted in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness.  As a result, the presence of God seen as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night was no longer at that place of worship. The ark had been carried into battle by Eli and was captured by Israel’s enemy, the Philistines.  The Philistine were plagued while the Ark was in their possession and so they returned it seven months later.  Transporting the Ark became a problem.  David designed a special
  13. A TENT FOR GOD
    20 Aug, 2018
    A TENT FOR GOD
    We could probably spend years studying the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and never exhaust the truths contained in this simple yet beautiful sanctuary of worship.  It was God who had the blueprint for this meeting place.  He did not want man to stumble or wander into His presence and be consumed by God because of sin.  Therefore, He designed a way of approach. The central part of the Tabernacle was God’s dwelling place or the Holy of Holies.  His presence was safeguarded here and although the
  14. A PLACE TO WORSHIP
    14 Aug, 2018
    A PLACE TO WORSHIP
    The stories in the Old Testament are not primarily about the patriarchs, judges, kings & prophets.  It is not just about the victories and defeats of God’s people.  The Old Testament is a record of how God wants to get man back into His ideal environment—a perfect relationship with Him. In the garden, man did not need a place of worship because scripture tells us that Adam walked with God.  Once man fell from God’s grace, a place of worship was needed.  So man’s first effort was to build
  15. DEFINING WORSHIP BIBLICALLY
    05 Aug, 2018
    DEFINING WORSHIP BIBLICALLY
    We have discovered that worship has evolved through the ages. Each of us have a slightly different idea of what worship is.  So the question arises, “is worship an action, an event or an attitude?”  In order to best understand worship, it is best to go back to the source of worship God Himself and His Word.  Let’s try to understand the original words translated worship and praise. Shacah is a Hebrew word used 54 times in the Old Testament.  It means to prostrate, to bow, crouch or fall down.
  16. WORSHIP THROUGH THE YEARS
    31 Jul, 2018
    WORSHIP THROUGH THE YEARS
    We need to remind ourselves that worship is God’s idea not man’s.  For the LORD had made a covenant with the descendants of Jacob and commanded them: Do not worship any other gods or bow before them or serve them or offer sacrifices to them. Worship only the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt with such mighty miracles and power. You must worship him and bow before him; offer sacrifices to him alone.  – 2 Kings 17:35-36 (NLT) When God made the covenant with Israel, he commanded them to worship
  17. UNPACKING WORSHIP
    24 Jul, 2018
    UNPACKING WORSHIP
    The first priority of the church is worship.  Every ministry stems from worship. Think about it – the first commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  Unless what we do is an act of worship, than what we are doing is simply in vain. Through the centuries the face of worship has changed and is ever evolving.  As we understand more and more about worship, we actually understand more and more about God Himself.  Worship is the pathway along which the
  18. A TRUE FRIEND
    16 Jul, 2018
    A TRUE FRIEND
    Nothing in life compares to having a trusted friend.  Yet today so many people, have no concept of what real friendship is.  Perhaps our children are choosing friends poorly, because we have not modeled what a true friend looks like.  Jesus had a group of twelve friends, each one different from the next.  They lived and ministered together for years.  Yet not all these friends were true friends.  Jesus experienced rejection, defection, denial and even betrayal from his friends.  Today, many
  19. Handling Your Season
    09 Jul, 2018
    Handling Your Season
    Last week we examined the different spiritual seasons we encounter in our walk with God. This week we want to consider how to get the most out of these seasons, how to endure them and how to grow from them.  The first step is to learn to be content in every season. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity.  Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever

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