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Worship Devotional – September 26th, 2021

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Life: Already-Not-Yet

When Pastor Mike announced, the year theme he defined the Kingdom as the already-not-yet state of truth, grace, and life. So, in accordance with that definition and this year’s theme, I thought it would be interesting to look a Bible passages and think about these passages through this idea.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Questions

  1. What does it mean to have eternal life?
  2. How does having eternal life effect how you live today?
  3. Why is eternal life part of the Kingdom of God?

Reflection

As you think about the answer to these questions, listen these songs. Think about the great eternal life that we receive by grace and how it effects our lives.

Here For You

Great Are You Lord

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me

Worship Devotional – September 12th, 2021

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New Song

King of Kings

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

I call on heaven and earth to witness against you today,

that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse.

Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him,

for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land

that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Issac, and to Jacob to give to them.

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Living Hope

Worship Devotional – September 5, 2021

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John 16:31-33

Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?

Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home,

and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.

But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

In Christ Alone

It Is Well with My Soul

Worship Devotional – August 8th, 2021

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1 Peter 1:3-6

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

According to his great mercy he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,

so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire –

may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him,

you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Praise God! We have new life and salvation through faith!

It is always great to celebrate baptisms as we did this past Sunday. We got to hear the testimonies of eight people of how they have been changed through faith in God. They now have been born again to a living hope! It is true for everyone who has put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. So, in the songs we are singing this Sunday, we are celebrating that new life. We’ll praise God for the new life that we have through Jesus dying for our sins.

Nothing But the Blood

Great Are You Lord

Jesus Paid It All

Worship Devotional – August 1st, 2021

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Isaiah 28:14-18

“Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers, who rule this people in Jerusalem!

Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have an agreement, when the overwhelming whip through it will not come to

us, for we have made lies our refuge and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;

therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure

foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste’.

And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plumb line; and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”

Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be

beaten down by it.

A Covenant Annulled

In this prophecy from Isaiah, it outlines our condition. We have made a “covenant with death” and an agreement with Sheol. It describes our fallen nature of sin where we trust the things of this world as a marriage where we have attached ourselves to lies and falsehood.

BUT, the Lord has a response to this covenant in verse 18, “your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agree meant with Sheol will not stand;”. Our covenant with death is a broken marriage. It will not fulfill us or satisfy us. What will satisfy us? A relationship with the Lord. His covenant with us will not be shaken like our covenant with death. His promises will remain!

As we celebrate baptisms this week, we celebrate our covenant with death that has been annulled. We have a new covenant with God through Jesus Christ. It is a covenant that has a sure foundation. We praise God because he is the one. The one above it all. The one who is enough for us. The one who would send His son to die on a cross so that he could have a relationship with us.

Exalted Over All

Over All I Know

Christ is Enough

Worship Devotional – July 25, 2021

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The Father’s Love

Romans 5:8-11

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled shall we be saved by his life.

More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

A Simple but Profound Truth

Romans 5:8 is probably a verse that you’ve heard a lot. It is very simple and memorable but it also has a profound truth in it. As we heard Adam preach about the Prodigal Son these past few weeks, he talked about how the son was reconciled to his father. In the same way, we are reconciled to God by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is how He shows His love for us. It is the very cornerstone of the gospel. In the passage we see our response, “More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

All the Earth

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Cornerstone

Worship Devotional – July 18, 2021

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Praising the Name of the Lord

Oh Our Lord

John 8:12

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

We praise God for who he is. He reveals himself to us through his word and one of the ways we see his character is through his name. You can see it through out the bible in verses like the one above. As you listen to the songs, listen to the names of Jesus.

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

John 10:11

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

Worthy of Your Name

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Worship Devotion – July 11, 2021

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Why Do We Worship Together?

Worship is a response to the revelation of Jesus Christ. We worship because it is our response but, why do we do it together? Why do we gather every Sunday to sing together. The answer comes from Colossians 3:16.

Colossians 3:16

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

We come together to give thanks to God but also to teach and admonish one another through singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. This is something we receive but also participate in delivering. Singing songs with biblical truth reminds us of the truth of the gospel. It reminds me of a psalm.

Psalm 73:1-17; 27-28

“Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.

For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.

They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.

Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.

Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies.

They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.

They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue trust through the earth.

Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them.

And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?”

Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.

All in vain have I kept my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning.

If I had said, “I will speak thus”, I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task,

until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end………..

For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.”

The writer of this Psalm is Asaph who was the Chief of the Levites was also appointed to sing songs of thanksgiving. He was a worship leader who almost fell into the temptation of sin. The turning point in this narrative is when Asaph goes into the sanctuary and is reminded of the righteousness of God. That’s why we worship together. We sing songs together to remind each other of the truth of the Gospel. We learn more about God through the teaching of his word.

So as we gather this week, let’s keep this as a reminder. Let us sing loudly songs of worship. You never know who might need to hear it. It could be you, the person sitting next to you, the person sitting 5 rows away from you, the people leading worship, or maybe even the person preaching.

The songs for this week are reminders of who God is. Attributes to encourage us as we gather together.

Christ Is All We Need!

Christ is with us and watches over us!

We can put our trust and hope in Him!

Worship Devotion – July 4, 2021

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Pslam 26:8-12

O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.

Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men,

in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes.

But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.

My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.

Praise God for His Presence and Glory! (v. 8)

Open Up the Heavens

“O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.

In the psalm the Psalmist proclaims love for the presence and the glory of the Lord. Open up the Heavens echos this sentiment. “Open up the heavens we want to see you”. “Your presence in this place your glory on our face”. “Show us, Show us your glory”.

Praise the Lord! He is our Solid Ground! (v. 12)

In Christ Alone

“My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless you.”

“This cornerstone, this solid ground. Firm through the fiercest drought and storm” We are not righteous on our own. We are righteous through Jesus and the grace He provides. That’s why we can hold fast and stand firm.

Praise the Lord! He redeems! (v. 11)

O Praise the Name

“But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me”

“I cast my mind to calvary where Jesus bled and died for me”. Jesus bled and died for us to give us redemption and grace. Through His redemption and grace we turn away from a life of sin.

Worship Devotion – June 27th, 2021

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Psalm 22:22-26

I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:

You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.

The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever!

Praise God! He cares for the afflicted! (v. 22-24)

Come Thou Fount

“I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.”

This Psalm has awesome parallels to the gospel! It says that God, “has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him”. Hallelujah! God sees people in their affliction and doesn’t despise them! He cares for them! In the same way, Jesus saw us in our sin and He loves us so much that he would die on the cross for us. We see God’s character in this psalm and we see it lived out on the cross. Praise God!

The call for our life is to turn away from sin and towards Jesus! The song Come Thou Fount is a cry to God to help us in our affliction. “Tune my heart to sing your grace”. “Hither by thy help I’ve come”. Our flesh is prone to wander (“Prone to wander Lord I feel it”) but, through Jesus living through us we can abide in Him and be assured of salvation(“here’s my heart Lord, take it, seal it; seal it for thy courts above”)!

Praise God! He Satisfies! (v. 25-26)

Christ is Enough

“From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him. The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever!”

The parallels to the gospel continues in this Psalm. “The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord!”. Through the love of Jesus, We shall be satisfied! “Christ is enough for me”. “Everything I need is in you”. Our response is praise to the Lord! “I have decided to follow Jesus, No turning back”.

Devotional Questions

  1. Do you find comfort in knowing God cares for you even in your affliction?
  2. Do you find satisfaction in Jesus? Can you confidently say, “Christ is enough for me. Everything I need I find in Christ.”?
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