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Happy is the family that Worships

John NewtonHappy is that family where the worship of God is constantly and conscientiously maintained. Such houses are temples in which the Lord dwells, and castles garrisoned by a Divine power. I do not say, that, by honoring God in your house, you will wholly escape a share in the trials incident to the present uncertain state of things. A measure of such trials will be necessary for the exercise and manifestation of your graces; to give you a more convincing proof of the truth and sweetness of the promises made to a time of affliction; to mortify the body of sin; and to wean you more effectually from the world.

But this I will confidently say, that the Lord will both honor and comfort those who thus honor Him. Seasons will occur in which you shall know, and probably your neighbors shall be constrained to take notice, that He has not bid you seek Him in vain. If you meet with troubles, they shall be accompanied by supports, and followed by deliverance; and you shall upon many occasions experience, that God is your protector, preserving you and yours from the evils by which you will see others suffering around you. (John Newton John Newton’s Letters, Family Worship.)

Happy is the family that Worships

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Real Purpose of Life

MEWhat about you?

You say what about me and my happiness and what I want? I would say, the world will offer you many things with its lusts and enticements , but all will come up empty, do not give in to them. Proverbs 1:10 We exist for God’s glory and our greatest joy and delight is found only in the Lord.

Our desire as Christians is not to be happy, our desire should be for the glory of the Lord and that will fill us with insurmountable joy.

What is Joy? This from a sermon I read by J.R. Miller

“Joy is the greatest paradox of life. It can grow in any soil, and live under any conditions. It defies environment. It comes from within; it is the revelation of the depths of the inner life—as light and heat proclaim the sun from which they radiate. Joy consists not of having—but of being; not of possessing—but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart, at peace with itself.”

Joy is deeper than happiness. Happiness is the fruit of prosperous conditions. It is the outcome of fortuitous happenings, of favorable circumstances. Joy is independent of circumstances. It dwells in the heart—as a never-failing fountain. Happiness laughs when the sun shines—but grows sad when clouds gather. Joy sings on in all weathers and in all experiences.

Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 73:25-26

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 4.20.42 AMI will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord; The humble will hear it and rejoice. 3 O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:1-4

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“We have a statement of the chief end of man and the real purpose of life. What a high calling to magnify the Lord, to spend your life together for Christ.” Bob Jennings

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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What Does It Really Mean to Worship God in Spirit and Truth?

worshipHim“Your worship is informed by your understanding of the revelation. Your worship only goes up as high as it goes down, because the deeper you go into the truth about God, the higher you go in worship. Superficial knowledge of God leads to superficial worship. And then people need to be manipulated. Worship, by the way, is not music. Worship is loving God. Worship is honoring God. Worship is knowing God for who He is, adoring Him, obeying Him, proclaiming Him as a way of life. Music is one way we express that adoration.”  (John MacArthur Messiah: The Living Water, Part 2)

 

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).

The knowledge of the word is the motive for true worship!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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God’s Holiness

RCsproul“Loving a holy God is beyond our moral power. The only kind of God we can love by our sinful nature is an unholy god, an idol made by our own hands. Unless we are born of the Spirit of God, unless God sheds His holy love in our hearts, unless He stoops in His grace to change our hearts, we will not love Him… To love a holy God requires grace, grace strong enough to pierce our hardened hearts and awaken our moribund souls.”

Taken from: The Holiness of God, by R.C. Sproul.

Holiness Starts

Dr. John MacArthur“Without such a vision of God’s holiness, true worship is not possible. Worship is not giddy. It does not rush into God’s presence unprepared and insensitive to His majesty. It is not shallow, superficial, or flippant. Worship is life lived in the presence of an infinitely righteous and omnipresent God by one utterly aware of His holiness and consequently overwhelmed with his own unholiness… If you have never worshiped God with a broken and contrite spirit, you’ve never fully worshiped God, because that is the only appropriate response to entering the presence of Holy God.”

Taken from: The Ultimate Priority, John MacArthur

grace strong enough to pierce
our hardened hearts

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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What I Learned In Church This Week

Everything was pretty much back to normal, and that is a beautiful thing! The songs and hymns were God honoring, the gospel was proclaimed. There is nothing like the coming together of believers to worship the God we love and to proclaim our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins. I’m reminded of a verse I just read yesterday in 1 Peter 2:5 when Peter says we are living stones being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

That is why we come to church to offer up to God spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Him and He reveals Himself to us that can happen only when we come together in the temple of God. David says in Psalm 5:7 But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. Giving God all the glory He deserves and all the praises go to Him and we exalt Christ, rejoicing that He has saved those who are His.

But it all starts before Sunday, we can’t just muster up some praise to God and then live anyway we want during the week, our lives must be a continued sacrifice to God which is acceptable to Him. Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. We can’t live two lives, one life at home conforming to this world and a different life at Church on Sunday morning. Paul says in Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

One writer said “Fruitful and acceptable worship begins before it begins.” There is one key factor in coming to worship God on His day, when His people come together to honor and praise Him and that’s the state of the hearts of the believing saints and it begins before it begins! Our corporate worship is the by-product or results of our transforming lives that are worshiping God in all we do, say and live… It is unacceptable if our lives are conforming to this world living our way, then trying to flip a switch on Sunday mornings. It’s been said many times but it’s worth repeating many times, that corporate worship is a overflow of our private lives.

Here is something to think about today, you are only doing one of two things today, you are either conforming to this world where Satan is its king or you are being transformed by the renewing of your mind by the word of God and Christ our Savior…. So we present our bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God….

So worship begins before it begins!

so that you may prove what the will of God is,
that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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We Worship Him

You might be expecting What I Learned In Church This Week, that will start back up next week as I have been away from Church the last few weeks… I’m still learning and that’s the important thing. I have many times tried to read through the bible from Genesis to the book of Revelation, only to just to fizzle out, but a few weeks ago I started a reading plan that I really like (Professor Horner’s bible reading plan) you can get the PDF Here.

The main reason I like this plan is I like the way he mixes the chapters and books in… it’s like I reading the same theme with 10 different stories in ten different books, I’m really excited to read after going through a little dry spell there for a while. But as I said I’m still learning…

So I’m reading in Psalms chapter 5 and two things Jump out at me verses 5 and 7

The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes;
You hate all who do iniquity. Psalm 5:5

But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house,
At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. Psalm 5:7

As I was reading verse 5 I thought to myself there goes the popular The cliché, God hates the sin but love the sinner! Then its repeated over and over in the next fifty or so Psalms.

Then in verse 7 it says I will enter Your house, At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. I thought to myself we try so hard to worship God, we try to and try to, soon we forget who we are there to worship (God) and to exalt (Christ) and we start worshiping the how to and soon the focus is on how we perform and not on Him… So David says so clearly “I will bow in reverence for You, I will enter Your house.”

So we worship Him
in the assembly of His saints.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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MacArthur Monday

I remember when I first came to Grace Church and did something that was a little bit rare in those days, that is I preached for an hour, Sunday morning and Sunday night, sometimes even longer than that. There are some sermons on record that went an hour and thirty minutes and maybe a couple an hour and 45 minutes. And I remember a person saying to me, and the question came up a number of times, but I remember a particular conversation where someone said to me, “With such long sermons with so much time taking up and preaching, how much can your church really worship?”
Well the answer to that is to pose a question to the questioner, “With so little time given to preaching, how is it possible for your church to worship?” Because worship is not a matter of time, it’s a matter of content. Adding another verse to the song, or another five verses or repeating the verses again and again, or adding more songs does not necessarily increase worship. More music does not necessarily enrich worship. Worship is enriched by what the worshiper knows. Worship is a mental experience. It is not an emotional experience, emotion follows. But we worship when we praise the Lord, that’s one way, corporately. And our praise is informed with revelation. Truth informs and therefore increases worship.

 again, the question is not how can you worship with so much time taken up in preaching, but rather, how can you worship with so little time taken up in preaching? Our text speaks to that issue, John 4 verse 21, Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem shall you worship the Father. You worship that which you do not know, we worship that which we know.” Therein is the essence of true worship compared with false worship. False worship is an emotional involvement without knowledge. True worship is based on knowledge.

It goes on to say, “For salvation is from the Jews, but an hour is coming and now is when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes in spirit, with the full expression of human emotion. But also in truth, for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”


The Samaritans worshiped in spirit void of truth. You might say the Jews worshiped with truth void of spirit. But the Father seeks those who worship Him with fully engaged expressions of praise as well as fully informed minds.

To worship God is the response to a recognition of who He is and what He has done. The more you know about God and the more you know of His revelation, the more informed your worship is. Worship actually…is an English word that comes from an old, old English word worth ship, an old Anglo-Saxon word, that is to ascribe worth to someone. Worship is simply ascribing to God that which you know to be true about Him. And if you have a limited understanding of God, then you have a limited capacity to ascribe worth to Him. If you have a rich and fully informed understanding of the nature of God, then you have the capacity to ascribe to Him full worth as full as has been revealed.

We want to be those kinds of worshipers, fully informed so that what we express in praise with our emotion is in response to the full understanding of the God we worship, who He is and what He has done.

 

Read or watch the entire sermon Here or the entire sermon series The Kind of Worship God Desires.

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:15, 16

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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What I Learned In Church This week

This past week in Church was a Romans, Galatians and Philippians kind of day, as my Pastor is preaching through the book of Galatians and our Sunday School class was filled with references from Galatians and Philippians as we are taking up Abraham in Romans 4 and the doctrine of justification… Then you throw in the book of Jonah in another Sunday school class… I don’t know about you, but when the Church of Jesus Christ is filled with the word of God being preached and taught…  When the word of God is center of the worship service, two things happen. First, people are changed and second and more important God and His word is glorified.

We have this really brief small mission statement that I really like in our church, simply put WIN, BUILD and SEND. Now to win people to Christ, people have to go out to their areas of influence and be the ambassadors for Christ that He calls us to be “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20. Go and make disciple as COMMANDED in Matthew 28 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19 Now! It doesn’t say go and make pew warmers in says GO and make disciples… Look at the next verse Matthew 28:20 “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;”

You see without the building up of the beloved, without the preaching of the word of God, without the teaching of the word of God we won’t have the necessary tools we need to be those ambassadors for Christ. You know by now I believe in the sovereignty of God in salvation and salvation is of the Lord Jonah 2:9. But God’s formula to bring people to Himself is by hearing the word of God Romans 10:17. I heard this a long time ago that we GATHER to be EDIFIED and SCATTER to EVANGELIZE. Have you ever wondered why the pulpit is right smack in the center of the sanctuary? Because the word of God needs to be the center of the worship service. I’m so thankful we have men in my church who share the same passion I have for God and His word, who understand that it’s the word of God that changes people, that convicts people and that equips people to be able to GO and Win people to Christ, not by their power but by His.

I’m reminded of Nehemiah chapter 8 which I want to share with you on Thursday to show you in more detail how effective the word of God can be on His people

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Preciousness of Jesus Christ

May Your love be the daily theme of my meditations, and the constant joy of my heart! I hope this would be the prayer of our hearts as we go to fellowship on todays Lord’s Day and worship the One we love!

This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, This became the very corner stone,” 1 Peter 2:7

O blessed Jesus, Your love is wonderful! It is the admiration, joy and song of glorified saints. The experimental sense of Your love on earth sweetens the bitterness of life and disarms death of all its terrors! It was love which moved You to bow the heavens, to come down and sojourn on earth, to humble Yourself, to take on You the form of a servant, and become obedient onto death, even the death of the cross! You pitied me in my lost estate.

You sought and found me when I sought You not. You spoke peace to me in the day of my distress, when the clouds of guilt and darkness hung heavy on my soul and I was brought to the borders of despair. You have borne with all my weakness, corrected my mistakes, restored me from my wanderings, and healed my backslidings. May Your lovingkindness be ever before my eyes to induce me to walk in Your truth. May Your love be the daily theme of my meditations, and the constant joy of my heart! Taken from John Fawcett Christ Precious.

Soli Deo Gloria
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Show me Your glory Lord?

This morning while studying the bible and the topic of angels with a group of men that meet at my house, I couldn’t help wondering if we learn anything from these angels,… Yesterday I posted on the holiness of God from R.C Sproul and Isaiah 6:3 where the angels praise and worship God singing “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” Then we read in Revelation 4:8 that the living creatures did not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.” Then the twenty-four elders say “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

My question is, are we learning anything here? Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day where the church meets collectively, will you be ready to worship the Lord of glory, will you be ready to celebrate the holiness of God in worship, praise and truth? Are you ready to meet with the Almighty Ruler of the universe with all your heart, mind, soul, strength and dress?

Oops I said dress didn’t I? I can hear the murmuring of legalist being whispered, but wait I’ll explain, just not today, but soon. The topic of proper dress attire has come up in conversations recently and I will give you my take on it sometime this week. John said this about Isaiah’s vision These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him. John 12:41 Let this be the cry of our hearts, and say as Moses said “I pray You, show me Your glory!” Exodus 33:18

so I can speak of You!

Soli Deo Gloria
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