Archive | August, 2014

One Body, Many Members | Why Unity Matters

30 Aug

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“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another” Ephesians 4:25, ESV

“Be united with other Christians. A wall with loose bricks is not good. The bricks must be cemented together,” Corrie Ten Boom.

The want for unity, community, togetherness flows outward from a heart’s othercenteredness. It stems from an investment in others –a knowing, an understanding. It is a want –an inclination for harmony within the Church –the Body of Christ. Paul’s desire for the Chruch was that it be “knit together in love” Colossians 2:2; alive in Christ, united in Christ, adopted as sons and daughters; heirs who together share their knowledge of Christ, edify and strengthen each other as each contributes something unique to the Body –joints and ligaments Ephesians 4:16, hands, feet, eyes, and ears 1 Corinthians 12:14-21.A Church Body missing its feet or eyes would…

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Make Your Mouth a Fountain of Life

23 Aug

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“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” Luke 6:45

Responding to God with thoughts, words, and deeds that magnify His glory allows our heart to overflow with His great love and abundant grace. True love for the Lord and obedience to Him is reflected when His Word controls ours. If we taste our words before we speak…

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True Grit, Perseverance, and the Joy of the Lord

16 Aug

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“…for the joy of the LORD is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10

Charles Spurgeon described the joy of the Lord as, “…a joy of divine origin…a source of strength to  all who partake…” This joy springs supernaturally from God Himself radiating outward to us as we contemplate all He is, has done, will be. 

“All these attributes of my God are mine: his power, my protection; his wisdom, my guidance; his faithfulness, my foundation; his grace, my salvation” Charles Spurgeon

This delight in His character, His salvation, His abundant grace, promises, and providence stems from a heart tuned to the Lord — filled with His very presence; the indwelling Holy Spirit. Joy is our reaction to abiding in Christ, our expression fellowship with our Savior.It is this joy — the joy of the Lord — that…

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Filled With Awestruck Wonder

9 Aug

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“And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today” ―Luke 5:26

Responding with awestruck wonder after observing first, a paralyzed man being lowered from the ceiling into the midst of Jesus and next, that same man, rising healed from the bed at Jesus’ insistence, the crowd acknowledged they had seen something completely out of the ordinary! We may not stand spectator to that kind of miraculous healing in the every day but…

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Spiritual Disciplines for the Purpose of Godliness | WORSHIP | 4th in Series

2 Aug

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“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire” — Hebrews 12:28-29.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “worship?” For many it’s the music and songs typical for a Sunday morning church service. While the music and singing can create great joy, the heart of worship is about magnifying God’s name and ascribing to Him the glory and worth that only He is due Psalm 29:2.“Worship is the specific act of ascribing to God the glory, majesty, honor, and worthiness which are His,” — Jerry Bridges.Derived from the Old English “weorthscipe” meaning the “condition of being worthy, dignity, glory, distinction, honor, renown,” “worship” denotes worthiness. It is the outpouring of grateful sincere hearts to our infinetly holy God; blessing Him, praising Him, thanking Him. “It’s the response of awe for God while reflecting on…

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