SERMONS & BLOG

Current Sermon Series:
A series in which we look at the mysterious but absolutely foundational reality of The Trinity.
 
 
 
 

Dec 22, 2019
In the Storm
Series: God With Us
Matthew 1:23, Acts 27:20--25, Psalm 46:1-3, 2 Timothy 4:16-17
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  • Dec 22, 2019In the Storm
    Dec 22, 2019
    In the Storm
    Series: God With Us
    Matthew 1:23, Acts 27:20--25, Psalm 46:1-3, 2 Timothy 4:16-17
  • Dec 15, 2019In the Wilderness
    Dec 15, 2019
    In the Wilderness
    Series: God With Us
    Matthew 1:23, 1 Kings 19:3-12, Psalm 34:18, Pslam 139:7-10
  • Dec 8, 2019In the Valley
    Dec 8, 2019
    In the Valley
    Series: God With Us
    Psalm 84
  • Dec 1, 2019In the Waiting
    Dec 1, 2019
    In the Waiting
    Series: God With Us
    Isaiah 30:18, Matthew 1:23, Luke 2:22-38, Pslam 139:7-10
  • Nov 24, 2019Jesus is King
    Nov 24, 2019
    Jesus is King
    Series: (All)
    Colossians 1:11-20, Revelation 1:5 & 19:16
  • Nov 17, 2019The Generous Kingdom
    Nov 17, 2019
    The Generous Kingdom
    Matthew 20:1-16
  • Nov 10, 2019Treasuring the Kingdom
    Nov 10, 2019
    Treasuring the Kingdom
    Matthew 19:13-30
  • Nov 3, 2019Marriage in the Kingdom
    Nov 3, 2019
    Marriage in the Kingdom
    Matthew 19:1-12
     
  • Oct 27, 2019Kingdom Forgiveness
    Oct 27, 2019
    Kingdom Forgiveness
    Matthew 18:16-35
     
  • Oct 20, 2019How to Lament Forward
    Oct 20, 2019
    How to Lament Forward
    Series: (All)
    Psalm 5

Blog Posts:

Peace in a Broken World

There is a lot going on in the world, to say the very least. It seems like there isn’t a day that goes by where is terrible news is not flashing across our television screens or mobile devices; another shooting, an attack on whole communities overseas, a seemingly ever reaching terrorist organization, a contentious political campaign…the list goes on. I am sure that many of us are already adding to the list as circumstances that may hit even closer to our hearts stamp our minds.

It is very easy for us to live in fear, for our minds to run rampant, to be a mess of anxiety, and to feel helpless. In light of these things I wanted to share some scriptures that remind us of the peace and power of God that tends to our hearts and minds.


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Worship for a Perfect God

Here is a beautiful and humbling picture of how our worship is received by God.
 
Psalm 96:4-9 reminds us of the greatness of God and the worship he requires:
“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.”
 
Now, think of a child practicing the recorder, squeaking and squawking the notes to ‘Hot Cross Buns’ over and over again in an attempt to get it right. Or a child learning to play violin and the only noises they can produce for weeks on end sound like nails on a chalkboard. That is what our worship sounds like to God.
 
He, our majestic King and the Creator of all, is worthy of being presented only the most beautiful music, like that of a world renown orchestra or a talented singer who studied with the greatest vocal teachers alive. And yet, all we have to offer Him is the miserable, kind of annoying, plunking noise of a beginner that would never be allowed in a king’s court.
 
But don’t be completely distraught in our inadequacy or give up trying to worship because you feel you will never of it well enough. God does hear and accept our worship as worthy of Him- because of Jesus.
 
Imagine a child struggling to plunk out a tune on a piano in a hotel lobby. Then a stranger comes up to the piano, sits down on the other side of the bench, and starts playing alongside the child. The stranger plays beautiful chords and countermelodies that turn the child’s simple effort into an intricate and amazing song that starts to draw a crowd because everyone is amazed at the beauty of the music.
 
Jesus does to our worship what that stranger did for the child. Jesus stands with us before the Father and turns our feeble hearts’ cries of praise into a strong declaration of the majesty of our King.
 
“For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.””
– Romans 15:8-9
 
I am thankful for Jesus and His great sacrifice that I might be restored to relationship with the Almighty Father, be seen as righteous before Him and be able to offer worship that is worthy of His greatness.
 
-Liz

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