An Invitational Command

“Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.” (Psalm 134:1–2) When we started this study of the fifteen Songs of Ascent in the Book of Psalms, we began our journey in Psalm 120. […]

The Importance of Worship

“I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”” (Psalm 122:1, CSB) It was Winston Churchill who first said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste” in the context of forming the United Nations after WW II. With that in mind, I’m looking at this Corona […]

Streams of Living Water

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:38) I believe it was Shakespeare who made famous the phrase “too much of a good thing.” In ancient history, Greek explorers discovered a great lake in the Arabah wilderness.  They named it Thalassa Thanatos, or […]

DIY Religion

“Then Micah said to him, “Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels of silver a year, your clothes and your food.”” (Judges 17:10) This week in our nice little stroll through the book of Judges, we’ll meet Micah. He’s like a lot of American Christians. He loves […]

The Exaltation of the Lamb (Rev 5:8-10)

Some people say they have little interest in heaven, “because all you do is sit around and worship Jesus.” I’m pretty sure they’ve never had much of a glimpse of the Jesus who is worshipped.

The Throne of God (Rev 4:2)

We shall worship in heaven one day along with the living creatures, the elders, the angels, and all the redeemed. Why wait, dear ones? This is an experience of heaven we don’t have to postpone.

“The Meetings of the New Testament Church” (1 Cor. 14:26-32)

For the New Testament Christian, church was never a place you went on Sunday but who you were on Monday through Saturday. It was not an organization you joined but a family into which you were adopted … In today’s passage, the Holy Spirit (through Paul) describes the meetings that build that kind of church.

Hosanna!

“When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” […]

I Will Worship!

“For this reason God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow— of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth— and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory […]

Sunday Worship

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test […]

Baptism in the Spirit

Acts 19:1-7 (HCSB) While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” “No,” they told him, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” “Then with what ⌊baptism⌋ were you baptized?” he asked […]

Zoom Out

Acts 16:22-25 (NIV) 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the […]