Why we Worship


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?


The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve." Jeremiah 17:9,10

Recent Entries

God? Who Needs Him?
May 31, 2013
Self-sufficient humanism. Paul saw it coming – “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”

Imago Dei
September 12, 2012
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Why Can't I Pray?
August 18, 2012
The bible gives us several reasons, but according to Jeremy Taylor, a deceitful heart is at the root of prayerlessness.

It's Not Rocket Science
July 23, 2012
To keep in step with the Spirit should be our daily quest. And if we are successful at that, all of life falls into place.

Theological Steak
April 10, 2012
These words by P. T. Forsythe on the magnificence of Christ's work are to theology what Ruth's Chris is to a good steak.

Describing the Indescribable
February 11, 2012
What we have in Christ will take all eternity to describe. But for one segment of one sermon, a great preacher made a mighty attempt.

Making Sense Of It All
January 30, 2012
Where are things headed? Is there rhyme and reason to the endless cycle of summer, fall, winter and spring? Is there a plan in place, or is randomness the explanation?

Heart Surgery

October 14, 2008

As C. S. Lewis was coming to faith, he began to self-examine....

"I found what appaled me; a zoo of lusts, a bedlam of ambition, a nursury of fears, a harem of fondled hatreds. My name was legion." Surprised By Joy, page 181

“My heart is like a highway, like a city without walls or gates. Nothing so false, so frivolous, so is so absurd, so impossible or so horrid that it cannot obtain access, and that  at any time, or in any place.” John Newton

    ……I have this day moved into a small cottage, which I have built in the woods, away from the haunts of men. It proves a stormy evening, and the desolation around me accords with the desolate state of my own mind, where grief for the dear departed combines with sorrow for present sin, and my tears flow at the same time over the forsaken grave of my love and over the loathsome sepulcher of my own heart.

John Owen (died 1683) said that there are two things that are suitable to humble the souls of men. One, a due consideration of God, and then of ourselves. Of God in his greatness, glory, holiness, power, majesty and authority; and of ourselves in our mean, abject and sinful condition. 

God taught Owen to consider both: to let God, the Sovereign Creator, be God in his thought and life, and to recognize his own guilt and uncleanness. The latter, he held, was especially important; ‘the man that understands the evil of his own heart, how vile it is, is the only useful, fruitful and solidly believing and obedient person….’

A man must abhor himself before he can serve God aright. (Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst! 1 Timothy 1:15) Owen, proud by nature, had been brought low in and by his conversion, and thereafter he kept himself low by recurring contemplation of his inbred sinfulness. J. I. Packer A QUEST FOR GODLINESS page 193

“You have forsaken your first love.  Remember the height from which you have fallen!  Repent and do the things you did at first.  Revelation 2:4-5

ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.

We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life,

To the honour and glory of thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

From the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

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