Choose today whom you will serve

Scripture Readings Luke 14:15-30; Joshua 24:14-27 Introduction Dear friends in Christ, Not far from us there is an ice cream shop which sells 76 flavours of ice cream.  When the grandchildren come up for a visit, going for ice cream is a no brainer.   Imagine yourself this scenario:  I take my grandies to that … Continue reading Choose today whom you will serve

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Zealously guarding true worship

Scripture Reading Acts 17:10-15 Joshua 22:9-34 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, Our society puts a high premium on privacy.  We have passwords to protect our privacy, codewords to unlock our bank accounts, fingerprint technology to protect our smartphones, voice recognition to open doors, encryption technology to protect messages and bank records.  We check our … Continue reading Zealously guarding true worship

Christ, our access to God

The topic of our sermon this morning is, “Christ, our access to God.”  It’s about worshipping God, how we know we do things right worshipping Him. After attending church one Sunday morning, a little boy knelt at his bedside that night and prayed, "Dear God, we had a good time at church today - but … Continue reading Christ, our access to God

Priorities mixed up

Series Title: "From wrack and ruin to blessing and beauty" Scripture Readings Revelation 2:1-7 Haggai 1 Introduction Can God really save? You grew up with the idea that you are different; your family is different, and your people are different.  For as long as you can remember your mother has been telling you that you … Continue reading Priorities mixed up

The beauty and the beast

"In the ninth century, when the Latin Mass began to be enforced, I’m confident the same discussions took place. Some, I would expect, argued that the Latin Mass carried with it a gravity that communicated the glory of God, a certain sense of mystery and timelessness. Others, I’m quite sure, pointed out that the people … Continue reading The beauty and the beast

The Death of Reverence, The Death of Holiness

"I sat on the pew outside the sanctuary and began to weep. I was crushed at what I was hearing and what I was experiencing. “Was I such an anomaly that finding a place to worship God with reverence and holiness was asking too much?” I literally felt like there would be no place for me to … Continue reading The Death of Reverence, The Death of Holiness

Don’t downplay the importance of Corporate Worship

Gloria Furman, wife of a pastor and mother of three little kids, writes: "As a natural-born sinner, I'm allergic to worshiping the Lord in all things at all times.  As a supernaturally born-again saint, I'm prone to love the God who loved me first." Here are just ten of the things I remind myself of … Continue reading Don’t downplay the importance of Corporate Worship