Monday, October 18, 2010

I will lift my eyes

Beautiful song during worship Sunday morning.

Rejoice in the Lord!

Clip: Fellowship choir singing "Through the Fire"

Thought for the Day
Philippians 4:4-5 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. (5) Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

What a wonderful day of rejoicing yesterday at Fellowship. It was a great joy to witness two new believers follow Christ in baptism. But our rejoicing must extend beyond the walls of our corporate place of worship. Paul said we are to "rejoice always", this means at all times and in all places. Sunday is simply the "huddle" and plays are not run in the huddle. It is when a team breaks the huddle and steps up to the line that the real action takes place. This is true in our Christian lives as well. "Let your moderation be known" today! "The Lord is at hand" He is available to all who will come to Him and receive His offer of mercy.

Rejoice today!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Confessing God's Greatness

Photo: C.J. leading the worship song "Our God is Greater" with several other teens. I am thankful for our teens that are willing to step forward for Christ.

Thought for the Day
Nehemiah 9:3, 6 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God... (6) Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

It is wonderful how the people of Israel in Nehemiah chapter nine attribute confession to worship. We typically think of confession as having to do with admitting sin, and although it can have to do with sin, it is much broader. Literally "to confess" means "to tell the truth". When we confess our sin, we are telling the truth about our sin. When we make confession of our God, we are telling the truth about Him.

Worship then is telling the truth about who God is, what He has done, and what He is capable of doing!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The LORD Is My Shepherd

Photo: Annabeth bearing the wounds of AWANA game time on Wednesday night.

Thought for the Day
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

So often we allow other people or things to become our satisfaction in life. This is not how we were wired by God to possess happiness. It is only when He is our all that we experience complete satisfaction.

This thought was brought out wonderfully by Ray Steadman,

"Because the Lord is my shepherd, I do not lack anything. He satisfies my needs. That is the place where God wants to bring us. He wants us to be independently dependent upon Him, to need Him alone. It struck me as I was studying this psalm that there are really only two options in life. If the Lord is my shepherd, then I shall not want; but if I am in want, then it is obvious that the Lord is not my shepherd. It is that simple. If emptiness, loneliness, despair, and frustration exist in our lives, then the Lord is not our shepherd. Or if anyone or anything else is shepherding us, we are never satisfied. If our vocation shepherds us, then there is restlessness and feverish activity and frustration. If education is our shepherd, then we are constantly being disillusioned. If another person is our shepherd, we are always disappointed, and ultimately we are left empty. If drug abuse is our shepherd, then 'we are wasted' as one rock artist said recently. But if the Lord is our shepherd, David says, we shall not want."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

He Will Make All Things New

Thought for the Day
Revelation 21:5
(5) And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

This tremendous post was sent from a friend. It was written by
J. Vernon McGee

He is going to make all things new! This is more meaningful to me than anything else. I do not know about you, but I have never really been satisfied with this life. I have found myself frustrated, I have found myself hemmed in, and I have never been able to accomplish all that I have wanted to accomplish. I've never been the man I've wanted to be. I've never been the husband I've wanted to be. I've never been the father I've wanted to be. And I've never preached the sermon I've wanted to preach. I just do not seem to have arrived. All accomplishments seem to have a blot on them.

But He says to me, as He says to you, "I am going to make all things new. You are going to be able to start over again." I am waiting for that day when all things are going to be new and I can start over. Have you ever stopped to think about the potential of starting out all new again, of learning all over again, and never ceasing but going on into eternity? Oh, the potential and capability of man! Yonder at the Tower of Babel, God said, "I had better go down there, or nothing will be withheld from man" (see Gen. 11:5-7). It was very foolish for some scientists and preachers to say that man could not go to the moon; I think he is going farther than that. Man is a clever being which God has made. Death ends his potential down here, but with eternity ahead of him, oh, the prospects a saved man has!

We see here the glorious prospect of all things made new. We can start over, and there will never be an end to our growth. Remember that of Christ it is said, "Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end" (see Isa. 9:7). There is constant growth and development. Just think of the prospect of that for the future. Someday I am going to know something; today I don't, but I will then.