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Sunday rest and reflection–worship

Dear friends, Greetings in the Wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, the One worthy of all worship!  When many people think of worship, they think of singing hymns or spiritual songs.  Some people think of a church service with a choir, instruments, and people following a worship leader.  Whatever your worship ideal, spend time today honoring God in worship and gathering with His people.

Psalms was the temple worship book of the Old Testament Jew.  This was compiled over one thousand years of time and represents a variety of authors and different worship styles.  Most are poetry set to music and were accompanied by instruments.  There were several kinds of musical instruments mentioned for worship. The sounding trumpet was to praise the Lord!  The harp was played by King David.  The lyre was a stringed instrument, similar to the guitar or mandolin. (Psalm 150:3-4) The flute and  resounding cymbals are also mentioned as well as the tambourine.  (Psalm 149:3; 150:5)

During times of worship, people might kneel or bow down.  Sometimes they stood to honor the Lord and His Word.  Sometimes they would raise their hands or clap their hands.  They would sing the Psalms or they might sing a “new song” to the Lord that came from their hearts by the Spirit.  At other times, they would dance and shout or sing before the Lord with loud voices and passionate dance.  David was judged to have made a fool of himself by dancing before the Lord!  Sometimes the congregation would be still and simply recognize that God was God.  However you want to express your honor and devotion to the Lord will be accepted if it is done in a spirit of humility and true worship.   God sees the heart.

May your life of worship, be blessed!  We gather with God’s people for worship, but go out to live a life of worship, honoring God in each day with every breath! We sing to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs and make melody in our hearts to the Lord, doing everything to His glory!

In His Glorious Worship,  Pastor John

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The Great Crash!

Scripture reading for January 8th: Matthew 7, Psalm 6, Proverbs 2:9-11

Jesus liked stories that His listeners could identify with.  He was good at picking out simple stories that illustrated his teaching.  Jesus had been talking about what life in the kingdom of heaven was like and how people who were seeking that kingdom would conduct their lives.  Kingdom life is all about living in obedience to God by faith.  The world lives by the senses and the flesh and has its own way of doing business.  The people of God’s kingdom follow the Lord and His holy word.

In Matthew 7, Jesus covers instructions for some common worldly ways of doing business.  His people are not to judge others and condemn them, for with the measure they give, they will be judged.  (Matthew 7:1-2)  Judging others and finding fault with others is sinful because we cannot know the heart of another person and how they really stand with God.  Only God has this ability and it is best left to the One who knows everything perfectly.

God’s people ask Him for their needs.  This kind of asking is persistent in that it seeks an answer and knocks hard on God’s door.  God promises that one who asks will receive and find an open door.  God is good and willing to be entreated, but this doesn’t mean He is like a heavenly slot machine that dispenses miracles according to a formula.  God is a loving Father who knows all things and sometimes answers in ways we did not expect or even says “no” or “not now”.

Jesus warned his followers to stick close to His teaching and to Him because the gate is narrow leading to life and few find it.  Jesus is that gate!  (John 10:7)  The broad way is heavily populated and many are on their way to destruction.  In fact, those who hear the word and obey it, putting it into practice are likened to a builder who built on a rock.  The house will stand against any storm.  Those who hear but don’t apply His teaching are like those who build on the sand.  A storm comes and the house comes down with a great crash!  (Matthew 7:24-27)  Just hearing the teaching is not enough.  The key is in applying the word to daily life.  Our house are being built daily.  Is yours on a rock or sand?  A great storm is coming!

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