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Commitment to Christ - Worship

on Sat, 11/07/2015 - 23:46

:: 20::  “You will know them by their fruit. Do people get bunches of grapes from thorny weeds, or do they get figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, and every rotten tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit. And a rotten tree can’t produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, you will know them by their fruit.” (Matthew 7:16-20)

Jesus makes an observation: Good trees produce good fruit, and bad trees produce bad fruit.

Commitment to Christ - Worship

on Sat, 11/07/2015 - 23:39

:: 19::  Let’s also think about how to motivate each other to show love and to do good works. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

You may be tempted to live your life as a solitary Christian. You may believe church gatherings are empty forms of religion and are of little spiritual benefit. But that simply is not true.

Christians gather each week to do more than sing songs, offer prayers, and hear a sermon.

Commitment to Christ - Worship

on Sat, 11/07/2015 - 23:33

:: 18::  I will praise God’s name with song; I will magnify him with thanks. (Psalm 69:30)

In worship, we sing hymns and praise songs to express our faithfulness and devotion to God. The songs chosen for worship are as significant as the sermons preached and the prayers prayed. They capture important points of our theology and teaching us biblical lessons, but they also stir the soul and awaken our spirit. They help the people gain a deeper love for God.

Through singing, truth moves from the head to the heart. Christian truth should not only enable right thinking, but also right feeling.

Commitment to Christ - Worship

on Sun, 11/01/2015 - 20:32

:: 17:: Greatness and grandeur are in front of him; strength and joy are in his place. Give to the Lord, all families of the nations—give to the Lord glory and power! Give to the Lord the glory due his name! Bring gifts! Enter his presence! Bow down to the Lord in holy splendor! (1 Chronicles 16:27-29)

Worship is not so much a matter of willpower as it is the realization of wonder. If you struggle in your desire to worship, it may be because you have yet to grasp what worship is all about.

According to the passage of Scripture above, the glory we ascribe to God is not something that we

Commitment to Christ - Bible Reading

on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 18:10

:: 15 ::  The word of Christ must live in you richly. (Colossians 3:16a)
My identity as a disciple of Jesus is dependent upon stories, culture, and practices. The best stories we are given are found in Scripture. The word of Christ is contained within the Bible, a text that points beyond itself to our Triune God. Therefore, the Bible must be read, experienced, and understood. And the best place for that to happen is within the culture and practices of the church, the people of God.

As you make Bible reading a daily practice, you will obtain a deeper understanding of the story of all of God's

Commitment to Christ - Bible Reading

on Thu, 10/29/2015 - 20:58

:: 14 :: Preach the word. Be ready to do it whether it is convenient or inconvenient. Correct, confront, and encourage with patience and instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2)

There are both explicit and subtle pressures in our world encouraging us to privatize our faith. But we are to share the word nonetheless, whether it is “convenient or inconvenient,” teaching, confronting, and sharing the good news message as you know it. “If you have thoughts on religion, keep them to yourself,” says popular sentiment.

Commitment to Christ - Bible Reading

on Wed, 10/28/2015 - 22:36

:: 13 :: Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

When learning a new skill, it is wise to seek and learn from those who have mastered that skill, whether it be playing an instrument, molding a piece of pottery, or perfecting a jump shot.

Commitment to Christ - Bible Reading

on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 17:15

:: 12 ::

I keep your word close, in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you. (Psalm 119:9)

Opening our Bible and reading its contents grounds us, helping us remember who we are and to whom we belong. We have been created in God’s image, and, in Christ, we have received an inheritance as a child of God. By coming to grips with our identity, we are able to act accordingly. The choices we make and how we live our life, are a reflection of our self-understanding. So do the people in your lives see "Christ living in you?"

C.S.

Commitment to Christ - Prayer

on Fri, 10/23/2015 - 21:30

::10 ::  “Pray like this...” (Matthew 6:9a)

Our reading today is from Matthew 6. Open a Bible and find the passage. Jesus says, “Pray like this,” and then provides us with what we have come to know as the Lord’s Prayer. If you know it by heart, then you have obtained a very helpful guide for learning how to pray, not only in repeating Jesus’s words but in adopting the themes for other concerns

Jesus tells his disciples to petition our heavenly Parent, asking that we become aware of and work for God's Kingdom to be present among us, because that is what honor's God and tells the world God is

Commitment to Christ - Prayer

on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 16:51

:: 9 ::  Let my prayer stand before you like incense; let my uplifted hands be like the evening offering. (Psalm 141:2)

The Psalms contain a record of many powerful prayers. They range from lament to celebration and record the full range of human emotion. There is happiness and sadness; hope and despair. But in all instances, God hears the cry of his people, even when her people sense God to be very distant.

Take a moment to focus on a particular concern you need to bring before God.

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