July 24, 2022 · 4:24 am
Today’s post, according to WordPress, is #3100.
10 ½ years ago I never thought about this little blog being read in 200 countries and territories around the world. Or writing 3100 posts that would encompass 186 categories, which would fill 35 average size books.
So, how did we get here? How did we reach this point? Continue reading →
June 26, 2022 · 4:44 am
The etymology of our English word “worship” as spoken in the days of William Shakespear was actually pronounced “worth-ship.”
It’s derived from the old English word “weorp” which means to assign worth to someone. The online dictionary of etymology defined it as “significant, valuable, of value; valued, appreciated, highly thought-of, deserving, meriting; honorable, noble, of high rank; suitable for, proper, fit, capable.”
“Ship” from the old English word “sciepe” speaks to the idea or quality of being or condition…power, position, office, or skill.
Worship, therefore, assigns honor, praise, and glory to Him who is worthy and who is valued. Thus, the Psalmist proclaims: Continue reading →
June 12, 2022 · 7:08 am
Last Saturday, for only the second time in my life I missed a preaching appointment during a meeting due to sickness. I don’t know if was something I ate, or just a “24 bug,” but I hadn’t been that sick in a long time.
As a result, I not only missed preaching Saturday night, but a Cracker Barrel breakfast with the elders and several brethren, and a steak dinner with two other couples. Continue reading →
May 29, 2022 · 4:29 am
“Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan,” once opined the German theologian, philosopher, and physician Albert Schweitzer.
Since I’ve been unable to find the source and context of this quote attributed to Schweitzer, I suppose it might be subject to various interpretations. However, consider it from a simple New Testament perspective. Continue reading →
May 22, 2022 · 6:20 am
As Christians meet for worship today around the world, local churches will meet at different times. Culture and customs may impact the order, style and length of worship.
Some churches will meet in modern facilities with large crowds attending. Others will assemble in simple, nondescript buildings. Some may meet in rented storefronts. And others may gather in a small group in a family home.
Furthermore, I wonder how many different languages and dialects will lift their voices in praise and prayer to God today? Continue reading →
May 15, 2022 · 6:18 am
Today we gather in our churches around the US and all over the world for one central reason and for one special focus. To remember Jesus.
On the eve of the His crucifixion, during the Passover feast, Jesus instituted a memorial, later called by Paul, “The Lord’s Supper.” When partaking of it, Jesus instructed, “This do in remembrance of Me.”
Today we assemble because of who Jesus is. Because of what He did. And because of our relationship to Him.
For today’s seed thought, consider these great quotes about Jesus. Continue reading →
May 8, 2022 · 4:02 am
Ascribing honor to those in special positions of power, influence, or responsibility is a principle found throughout the Bible.
In the Old Testament Kings, prophets, and priests were accorded honor for who they were, the office they occupied, and the service they rendered.
Israel was taught to honor God by their worship, their sacrifices, and even through the way they used the blessings He provided them.
Jesus came to earth honoring the heavenly Father through doing His will and finishing the work assigned to Him. Continue reading →
April 24, 2022 · 4:24 am
“Enter to Worship, Leave to Serve,” was a slogan that was popular for a period of time, appearing on church bulletins and posted on outdoor church signs. I once saw it displayed at the entrance of the building, so you could see it entering and leaving.
Today, as we join other Christians in worship, think about worship, not just an event. Or a religious rite. Or an end within itself. But as the motivation to take what you’ve learned, felt, and experienced to find expression in service.
Briefly consider 5 reasons why we ought to serve others. Continue reading →
April 10, 2022 · 4:10 am
Mike Cope calls it “One Holy Hunger.”
Martin DeHaan refers to it as a “radical reliance.”
Joe Beam speaks of it as “a craving.”
John Elderlridge entitles it a “sacred romance.” Continue reading →
March 27, 2022 · 5:40 am
“A man’s mind is like a garden,” wrote Dee Bowman in That’s Life.
“The soil, the seed for sowing, and the seasons have been provided by a gracious and benevolent Creator,” Dee Observed. “But the man must plant the seed, nourish it, cultivate it, and weed it. It’s hard work to care for a good garden. Even then when the harvest comes, a man has no right to say,” Look what I did!” Continue reading →