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  1. 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)
  2. 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.”
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. SPIRITUAL SEASONS
    02 Jul, 2018
    SPIRITUAL SEASONS
    It’s wonderful to live in an area where we see the changing of the seasons.  Each season is displaying a beauty of its own.  We all recognize that there are seasons in life as well.  We see a season as a period of time that has both a beginning and an ending.  Age has its seasons – childhood, youth, adulthood and retirement.  Each season is bringing about a special blessing in our lives. But there are other seasons which cannot be confined to months on a calendar or years of age.  Ecclesiastes
  17. Are You Listening?
    26 Jun, 2018
    Are You Listening?
    Each Sunday as we come to church there is time for worship, for prayer, for sharing and a time to hear the Word of God.  Yet I wonder how many of us truly hear God’s Word instead of just listening to a sermon?  We often think a good sermon is one that we agree with or that pertains to someone else.  Yet Hebrews tells us that God’s Word is ….. “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to
  18. EATING ROTTEN FRUIT?
    14 Jun, 2018
    EATING ROTTEN FRUIT?
    I love this time of year because I love fresh fruit—cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, strawberries—I love them all!However, every so often there’s a rotten piece in the package.I generally either cut away the bad part or just throw the whole thing away.No one likes to eat rotten fruit.  The passage I want to consider this week has to do with fruit—not the fruit of our lives, but the fruit of our mouth.It is found in Proverbs 18:20-21: With the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach
  19. THE SEAL OF GOD
    11 Jun, 2018
    THE SEAL OF GOD
    The final symbol we will examine in this series is the Holy Spirit as the seal of God.  Just as a shepherd brands his sheep with his own seal, so the Lord places a seal upon us to mark His ownership in our lives. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NASB) In Him, you also, after listening to the

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