“Real worship happens when your spirit responds to God,” affirmed Wilson Adams in his 2005 Florida College Lecture, The Nature of God and Man.”
“We worship daily when we pray privately, read and meditate upon the Sacred Word, sing a hymn in traffic, or praise Him openly to a friend.” However, Wilson correctly pointed out that there are “some things our Creator wants His church to do in concert.” We call this collective worship. Continue reading
The Bible is filled with powerful symbols to help us gain a better appreciation and develop a deeper insight into God’s eternal plan for our salvation.
As symbols relate to Jesus we see Him as the light of the world. The water of life. The good shepherd. The sun of righteousness. And the lamb of God.
As we assemble for worship today and specially come to communion, there are three powerful symbols that are worthy of our serious reflection when we think of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins.
We’ve already looked at two. The cup and the cross. Today, think about one that’s possibly overlooked. The crown. Continue reading
The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity.
However, the cross as it’s seen in houses of worship, grave markers, and worn as pieces of jewelry, may be romanticized and glamorized in a way that detracts from its original meaning and spiritual significance.
In fact, the cross may be used to represent something contrary to the principles and precepts revealed in Scripture. Continue reading
Symbols have been powerful means of communication throughout the ages.
In the United States, for example, the American Flag symbolizes the original 13 colonies, all 50 states, as well as freedom, patriotism, and liberty. Symbols in a similar manner identify a sports team. A political party. Or even a fast-food restaurant. Continue reading
Good morning from Pompano Beach, Florida.
Well, it got too cool in Temple Terrace, so we had to travel farther south for some warmer weather.
Seriously, we’re here for 10 days to worship with and preach for the brethren at the Northside church. I will be speaking tomorrow morning at both services, as well as next Sunday. And teaching the Wednesday evening class. Continue reading
What does Sunday mean to you?
Some people grew up where Sunday was just another day of the week. Nothing special.
Others look at Sunday as a day to enjoy sports. To watch football or basketball.
For some Sunday is a day to play hard, engaging in some form of recreation. And ending the day exhausted. Continue reading
A husband and wife were on the way home from worship one Sunday morning. As they rode along, the wife asked her husband, “Did you see that woman in the front row showing off her Liz Claiborne suit?”
“No, I didn’t,” her husband replied.
“Well, did you see that man on our left–the one wearing that gaudy sport jacket that clashed with his slacks?”
“No.” Continue reading
You may have seen this sign upon entering a church building that was popular for many years.
Enter to Worship. Leave to Serve.
Today, as we assemble in our respective places of worship there will be an emphasis on scriptural worship “in spirit and in truth” (Jn 4:23-24). The songs we sing, the prayers we offer, the scriptures we read, the sermons we hear and the communion in which we engage will all be based on “The Faith” (Eph. 4:4).
But what about when we leave the church building? Continue reading
From my earliest childhood memories of attending worship services until this very day, I have seen tables like the one above with the same words chiseled on the front.
This Do In Remembrance Of Me
They are the words Jesus uttered when he instituted the Supper. Luke records it this way. “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’” Continue reading
Most folks like something new. A new car. A new home. A new job. A new iPhone. Or new clothes. The holiday season brings some new things into our lives that we enjoy. At least for a little while.
The word “new” conjures up an image of something fresh. Pure. Clean. Novel. Advanced. Or different.
Although it’s actually just turning the page on the calendar to another day, we love the thought of a new year. It offers the prospects of something better. Of change. And an improvement over the past. Continue reading