Why we Worship

PSALM 47

Clap your hands, all peoples!
  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
  a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
  and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
  the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
  the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
  sing praises with a psalm!

Why Sing?

God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
  as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
  he is highly exalted!


Why Scripture?



 
Calling on God
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. (Psalm 40:1-2)


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Whatever We Ask....

August 6, 2009

"Well done, good and faithful servant" will ring throughout the heavens someday as millions receive their reward. This much we know. Our own energy will have produced nothing worth rewarding. But in God's power? Now that's a different story.


Our age is an age of moderate virtue and of moderate vice, When men will not lay down the cross because they will never assume it.

Yet, nothing is impossible, nothing, to men of faith and conviction.

T. S. Eliot CHORUSES FROM THE ROCK


Hudson Taylor was used of God to open up China to the gospel in the mid 1800's. As the demand for workers grew, in the year 1887 he felt lead to pray with others for the addition of 100 worker. Of course, adding that many workers would be a tremendous challenge financially.

In THE GROWTH OF A WORK OF GOD, Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor tell of the wonder of that request.

The story of the Hundred has often been told-it belongs to no one mission or land. We know how, with growing courage, Mr. Taylor and those associated with him were led to pray for ten thousand pounds of additional income, as necessary to meet the increased expenses ; and that it might be given in large gifts, so that the home staff should not be overwhelmed with correspondence.

We know that no fewer than six hundred men and women offered themselves to the Mission that year for service in China ; that one hundred and two, to be exact, were sent out ; and that not ten but eleven thousand pounds of extra income was received, no appeal having been made for financial help.

And we know, most wonderful perhaps of all, how definite prayer was answered as to the very form in which the money came ; the whole being received in just eleven gifts, involving little or no extra work to the office staff of the Mission. But such a story bears retelling, especially from Mr. Taylor's letters, to the glory not of man or methods, but of God.


This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15








Richard Dawkins, Meet Blaise Pascal

April 17, 2009

Paul tells us that the god of this world blinds the hearts of unbelievers. So their conclusions about eternal things further Satan's cause. Others, like Pascal, see with God-given perception, and truth is advanced, for those who have ears to listen.


There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.
Blaise Pascal PENSEES


Oxford educated Richard Dawkins has become the poster child for athiesm. If T. H. Huxley was Darwin's bulldog, then Dawkins has rightfully earned the title of Darwin's rottweiler!

Advocating natural selection, Dawkins has made it his personal mission to debunk a supernatural creator, and his loud protests against God have accellerated recently, including a high-pitched yelp in his 2006 book THE GOD DELUSION, where he concludes that since God does not exist, faith qualifies as a delusion - a fixed false belief.

The weight of history and thinking would disagree with Dawkins,  suggesting that a deep darkness has settled on modern man, a darkness that makes every attempt to choke out the light, wherever it is found. We're are not getting smarter - the opposite is true.

Listen to what George Matheson, a pastor and theologian in Scotland in the 1800's, had to say....

My heart needs Thee, O Lord, my heart needs Thee! No part of my being needs Thee like my heart. All else within me can be filled by thy gifts.

My hunger can be satisfied by daily bread. My thirst can be allayed by earthly waters. My cold can be removed by household fires. My weariness can be relieved by outward rest.

But no outward thing can be make my heart pure. The calmest day will not calm my passions. The fairest scene will not beautify my soul. The sweetest music will not make harmony within. The breezes can cleanse the air; but no breeze ever cleansed a spirit.


This world has not provided for my heart. It has provided for my eye; it has provided for my ear; it has provided for my touch; it has provided for my taste; it has provided for my sense of beauty - but it has not provided for my heart.

Provide Thou for my heart, O Lord! It is the only unwinged bird in all creation; give it wings."

Let's conclude with Augustine adding his "Amen."

"O God, Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts find no rest until thy rest in Thee."







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