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Worship Devotional – Jan 23rd, 2022

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Matthew 19:13-15

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray.

The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said,

“Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

And he laid his hands on them and went away.

A Childlike Faith

If you’re following along with the Bible Reading Plan, you’ll have seen multiple instances where Jesus states that the kingdom of heaven belongs to children. In Matthew 18:3 he says, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” So, what does this mean? Jesus is clearly calling us to a childlike faith. But, what does Jesus mean when he calls us to childlike faith.

This question is answered in verse 4, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Here we see that a call to childlike faith is a call to humility. As children, we need help from our parents to survive. We depend on them for our clothes, food, shelter, and safety. In the same way, we depend on our heavenly father. We depend on him for salvation, grace, mercy, and hope. So, like a child, we humble ourselves and we rely on him.

So this week, as we worship, we’re going to focus on our dependance on God. A reminder that our trust is in him and our hope is in him.

Here For You

Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me

How To Fast: 7 Easy Tips

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This past week, We heard a great message from Adam King about the importance of fasting and how we should fast. Unfortunately, fasting is not super common in today’s culture. There are many ways you can fast but, the one clearly defined by scripture is fasting from food. While some of these apply to all kinds of fasting, some of these are directed solely toward a food fast. So, for the people may have never fasted before, here are some quick and easy tips on how to fast well.

1. Do it in a Healthy Way

While fasting can often be uncomfortable, it’s important that you do it in a way that won’t hurt you or cause any long term damage. For most healthy people, fasting for a day shouldn’t be a problem. But, if you go for longer periods of time, fasting can become more dangerous. A smart way to start is just by skipping a meal and working up to a full day. If you are concerned about fasting for longer periods of time, do some more research or talk to a medical professional. Also, if you suffer from an eating disorder, a food fast may not the right kind of fast for you. Seek guidance from spiritual leaders or medical professionals in your life. There are many ways to fast. The important aspect is that you are giving up something to seek after God.

2. Drink Water

While you are fasting, it is important that you drink a lot of water. You can run into a lot of health problems when you are dehydrated. Remember that, you get some water from the food that you eat. So, you will need to drink more water than you would on a normal day to stay hydrated.

3. Plan Out Your Fast

It is important that you are intentional about your fasting. Choose a day and choose some things to focus your prayer on while you are fasting. It could be a big decision, an area of sin in your life, your family, or a need within the church. It’s a time to seek relationship with God. Appreciate that time and be intentional about how you use it.

4. Replace Meal Times With Prayer

As you fast you are giving up something in order to focus on God. If you are fasting from food, instead of using meal times to eating you can replace it with prayer. It is an easy way to schedule prayer into your day if you are working. If you have 30 minutes to an hour for lunch, you now have that time to meet with God.

5. Do it in Secret

In the passage Adam preached this past Sunday it says, “But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by other but by your Father who is in secret.” (Matthew 6:17-18). The goal of our fasting isn’t to gain recognition. It is to seek God. So as you are fasting, do your best not to tell anyone or groan about how hungry you are. It is surprisingly easy for people to not find out that you are fasting. Unless you are living with them, most people won’t pay attention to your eating habits.

6. Start Your Fast at Dinner

If you are trying to fast for an entire day, the prevailing advice is to start your fast at dinner time. It allows you to go to sleep full and end your day with a nice meal. Especially if you are just beginning to fast, this is the easiest way to do it for an entire 24 hours.

7. Eat a Smaller Healthy Meal After Your Fast

It can be very tempting to eat a huge meal after you are done with your fast. It’s equally as tempting to eat a bunch of unhealthy food. But, there are two things you need to remember:

  1. Because you haven’t eaten in 24 hours, your stomach has shrunk
  2. You’ve just deprived your body of nutrients for the past 24 hours

So while you want to eat a huge meal, it’s probably not a good idea. You want to slowly introduce food back to your body and make sure you body is receiving nutrients. It’ll feel good in the moment, but it may not feel as great the next morning. A meal would be a salad or something with a lot of vegetables.

Hopefully, these tips help you as you start fasting or as you continue to fast. The goal is to seek God and a relationship with him. If you want to fast for longer than a day, please do your research or talk to a medical professional. As you fast, your health and safety is very important.

Worship Devotional – Jan 16th, 2021

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The Heart of Worship

Matthew 15:7-9

You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:

“This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;

in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

How do we not worship in vain?

In this passage, Jesus is rebuking the Pharisees for holding to tradition instead of the word of God. The Pharisees lost the heart of God’s word and replaced it with traditions that they upheld. It seems like an Old Testament problem but, it has very real implications in today’s culture. Everything, if we do it enough, can become a tradition. The way we great one another. The songs we sing. The way things look.

This is not always a bad thing. There is great liturgy that has powerful truth and repetition is beneficial in creating catechisms. So, how do we make sure we’re not worshiping in vain?

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”. In this verse we see that, we’re called to test things. Not based on what the world tells us is correct but, based on what God tells us is correct. So we hold traditions up to the Word and to God through prayer.

We won’t always get it right but, through testing we strengthen our belief in what we are doing and why we are doing it.

Questions

  1. Think of a couple things you do during a normal day. Why do you do those things?
  2. Which of those things would you consider to be worship to God?

I See The Lord

Come Thou Fount

Exalted Over All

Worship Devotional – Jan 9th, 2022

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A Kingdom Hope Through Suffering

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

For This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

as we look not to the thing that are seen but to the things that are unseen.

For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Hope Through Suffering

When thinking about suffering, our perspective is key. Our life circumstances can often change from week to week or even day to day. But, it’s important that our perspective doesn’t. One of my friends once quit his job and included at the end of his resignation email, “To my coworkers, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. It may be a longer way off for you, but my God it’s beautiful up close.” Obviously, this was written somewhat jokingly but, there is some truth in it. We will all suffer but, our focus shouldn’t be on the suffering but at the light at the end of the tunnel. There is an eternal weight of glory weight of glory waiting for us.

So what do in the suffering? We hold on to our faith and the hope of eternity. It’s not easy so we surround ourselves with Christian community. We can encourage one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. So this we are focusing on the promise of the Kingdom that is to come. As we sing these songs we are reminded of the hope we have through the promises of God.

The Lion and the Lamb

Jesus is coming again!!

Over All I Know

Our God is Omnipotent! We believe in Him!

This We Know

We will see the enemy run! We’ll see the victory come! We trust in our God!

Worship Devotional – Dec 24th, 2021

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Advent: Christ Candle

Over the past four weeks we have been celebrating advent.  In this season we have anticipated the arrival of Jesus. 

Today we finally get to celebrate the fact that Jesus has come to earth.  We celebrate Jesus’ birth and what that means for us today.

So, this week we light the Christ Candle to represent the light that has come to everyone through Jesus Christ! 

Through him we have the right to become children of God through the grace and truth he gives us. 

As we light each of these candles, we are reminded that we have that light through our faith and the indwelling of the holy spirit. 

And in response, we praise God for who he is and what he’s done.

John 1:9-14

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.

He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory,

glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

O Come O Come Emmanuel

King of Kings

Worship Devotional – Dec. 19th, 2021

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Advent: Love

As we continue in this season of advent we light the Love candle.  The love candle represents God’s love for us.  Romans reminds us that “God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us”.  He showed his love for us by coming to earth to live the perfect life and die for our sins.  We celebrate the coming of Jesus because it is through our faith in him that we have eternal life.

John 3:16-18

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,

that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,

but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already,

because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God”

O Come All Ye Faithful

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Great Are You Lord

worship Devotional Dec. 12th, 2021

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Advent: Joy

As we continue in this season of advent we light the Joy candle.  This candle represents the joy of Jesus’ arrival and the joy we have in the hope of salvation through him.  Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”  Joy is our response to the good news of Jesus Christ from our hope through faith.  This candle reminds us of the joy we have in the Lord and to respond with rejoicing.

Luke 1:26-33

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.

And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said,

“Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 

But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.

And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over

the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)

This Is Jesus

What Child is This

Worship Devotional – Dec. 5th, 2021

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Advent: Peace

As we continue in this season of advent, we light the peace candle.  This candle represents the peace that we have through Jesus who is the Prince of Peace.  Romans 5 reminds us that, “since we have been justified by faith, we have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  This week we rejoice in the peace that we have through faith in Jesus.

Luke 2:11-15

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another,

“Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

This Is Jesus

O Holy Night

Worship Devotional – Nov 28th, 2021

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Advent: Hope

As we begin the season of advent we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The first candle we light represents Hope. The hope that we have through Jesus Christ. Hope is a belief because of trust. As we light the candle, we are reminded of the Hope of Salvation that we hold fast to because of who Jesus is.

Isaiah 9:6-7

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it

with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

O Come Let Us Adore Him

What Child Is This?

King of Kings

Worship Devotional – Nov 21st, 2021

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Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do no lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Songs of Response

How Great Thou Art

We recognize the divine and loving Nature of God. He created us! He loved us so much that he sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sin! We will be with him in a new heaven and a new earth!

Be Thou My Vision

Our sin nature causes us to desire the things of this world. We don’t rely on our own understanding but we rely on God. That when our eyes deceive us, He would be our vision.

This We Know

Because we know that the Lord has dominion, we fear the Lord and turn away from evil. We trust in him knowing that it will be “healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones”.