We continue on in our "Refresh" series. We have the foundation of our salvation by grace, we've learned the importance of building relationships through grace and this week we'll focus on the power of prayer. When we think there's no way, when we think it's impossible, we need to remember "nothing is impossible for God". God is still sovereign, He's still in control, but sometimes we fail to appreciate or utilize our most precious gift, tapping into God's power through the power of prayer. Please read Ephesians 3:14-21 and be ready for a great weekend of worship.
God bless you all, and God bless America. If I don't see you at the picnic have a safe and wonderful Fourth!
Summer is a season when the pace slows down a little bit and we can "Refresh". We've begun a series on Paul's letter to the Ephesian church. Last week we learned that our salvation is a gift from God. People outside of Christ need to worry. But, all those in Christ need never worry because "we are saved by grace through faith". Whew! That is good news, and I hope brings each one of us peace.
Peace is the theme for this week as well. Our passage comes from Ephesians 2:14-22. For the Ephesians, Paul was explaining how two very different groups from different cultures can get along, through Jesus. He is our peace. The message is true for us today, He is our peace. Through Christ we can be at peace with one another, and within ourselves, when we begin to realize we are ALL "A Work in Progress".
As a personal note, I also want to say thank you to those who sent cards and well wishes for my recent birthday. I appreciate you all and your love and support.
God bless you all and look forward to worshipping with you this weekend.
Summer is a great time to get things done. Often, there's less going on and we turn our eyes toward those projects like sprucing up the house. There's nothing like a little bit of paint to "freshen" up a room. We also need to "refresh" our souls. Sometimes the busyness of life can wear on our souls. For the next few weeks we'll be going through a series on Ephesians called, "Refresh". It's an invitation to "refresh" our souls by remembering who we are as the family of Christ. Our passage this week comes from Ephesians 1:3-10, reminding us that we are "Saved by Faith".
Pastor GH in his message last Sunday encouraged us to read, study and pray during the week. He said the quality of our worship depends upon our preparation. If we study during the week we'll be prepared to worship God, and be "refreshed" by His Word. Please read ahead and be ready to worship this weekend!
This week we'll conclude our series on praise, "For He Is Worthy". We've been looking at the seven different Hebrew words for praise used in Scripture. All of them have their own unique way of praising God. This week is our final word, "Shabach". "Shabach" means to praise God, LOUDLY! In their book, Holy Roar, Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead liken Shabach to the sound of rejoicing heard when the Chicago Cubs won the World series after 108 years. Generations of people grew up within a stone's throw away from the stadium, lived and died without hearing the roar. But when they did when, 108 years of pent up hopes and frustrations came rushing out in a "roar" that was heard around the world.
Our passage this week is Psalm 63:1-11. This is a Psalm of David, written while he was living in the desert of Judah. It seemed like te whole world was out to get him. The shouts of death and disappointment had reached a deafening roar, but out of the depths of despair David raises his voice. His shouts of praise rose above and drowned out the voices of despair. He reminds himself that God is good, and "your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. (vs. 3-4).
God bless you all. Thanks for being a part of our church family. I look forward to worshipping with you this weekend.
Sermon Enhancer from Jim Dunn preaching for Pastor Greg while he is away.
Most of us take it for granted that when we come to any worship service there will be singing.
Can you imagine a worship service without any music or singing at all?
I know I can’t!
Music and especially singing are a vital part of worship.
It just wouldn’t be the same- there would be something missing.
We not only praise God with song, we exalt Him and invite Him to come among us.
Believers have been singing praises to God from the beginning of time.
This week’s word, Tehillah is the specific word that means ‘A new song’, or ‘A spontaneous song of praise.’
The term Tehillah is used 57 times in scripture, with over half of them in Psalms!
As you read Psalms 145: 1 - 7, can you sense the intensity of David’s love for God and his desire to praise and worship Him?
His enthusiasm caused him to sing new songs, spontaneous songs, to worship the Lord.
Please read ahead and come ready to sing praises to our Almighty God and King!