Day 5: Consider His Glory – Praise Emphasis Week

Philippians 2:5-11  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherfore, God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

What is glory?  Continue reading

How to Prepare for a Sermon

God’s Word is powerful. The world was formed by the word of God (Heb 11:3). Souls are saved by the word of the Gospel (Rom 10:17). One day, Christ–the Word Himself–will judge the nations and establish His everlasting rule by the “sword” that comes out of his mouth (Rev 19:13-15). I’m thankful that our pastor takes a substantial amount of time to study the Word in sermon preparation each week.

But shouldn’t you be doing a little sermon prep of your own–I mean–if God’s word is really that crucial? Below are just a few random tips on preparing for a sermon: Continue reading

My Favorite CD

There is no doubt about it: we have access to more good music today than at any other time in history.  Download it or buy it the old fashioned way, music is available.  We even have websites like sacredaudio.com that are helpful in pulling together good music selections.

I thought this would be another good time for me to encourage you to purchase my favorite CD in our bookstore, Continue reading

How Did I Do?

Magnifying Glass“How did the preacher do today?”  “What did you think of the message?”  “Did you like that choir song?”  “What about the special music?”  Do these types of questions and discussions ever come up in your car or around your dinner table?  I wonder how often we ask this question:  “How did I do today?”  I suspect that the first set of questions could be indicative of a flawed view of what church is all about. Continue reading

Real Men Sing!

ppt_2009_mm_real_men_singSome of you men may have been unsure how to think about Pastor Campbell’s recent announcement that we’re having a men’s choir for Father’s Day morning. Basically, we’re trying to give you an opportunity to proclaim to your family and your church:

“I praise God by singing. Other people may feel embarrassed. They might think they’re too cool–but not me. I understand that there’s nothing cooler than when my soul soars and shouts the magnificent works of Almighty God. I take seriously the commands of Psalm 100: ‘Make a joyful noise unto the LORD. . . . come before his presence with singing. . . . Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.'”

Wouldn’t it be great to have so many men show up that we have send our regular singers home. Move over! Make room for the guys who want to make a joyful noise! You don’t have to sound good. You don’t have to look good. You just have to sing. Loud.

We’re practicing after the Evening Service this Sunday, June 14. No excuses–it’s not even a school night. See you there.

There is no God like Thee

SkyWhat is the greatest commandment?  The answer too easily rolls off our tongues:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Mt. 22:37)

How much of our lives is governed by this love?  Continue reading

Family Worship

200215872-001So, how are your family devotions going? . . . Hit or miss? Non-existent? Whether your kids are 18 months or 18 years old, now is the perfect time to begin a habit of family worship. Consider Deuteronomy 6:4-6.

Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is one LORD: and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Few would argue that a regular time of family devotions is a bad idea. The problem, in many cases, is getting started. Pastors Ligon Duncan and Terry Johnson (Ed. Ryken, Thomas, and Duncan, Give Praise to God [Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2003], 325-326) address some of the obstacles to starting and continuing a meaningful family worship time: Continue reading