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 "slow to anger" part of God's name is to our great benefit. God is patient, and restrains his wrath, giving us time to repent. But we must not test the limits of God's patience. "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts...Hebrews 3:15

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?

"I'm Warning You!"

November 4, 2008

We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1

The writer of Hebrews is sounding a warning. If you are in Christ, you share in the heavenly calling.

As a result we are to fix our thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. We are to encourage one another daily...so that none of us may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.

We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. Hebrews 3

The book of Revelation starts with words of warning to the believers of that day. The church at Ephesus had forsaken its first love. They were told to repent, to do the things they had done in the beginning.

And then they we given an ultimatum - a difinite warning. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. Revelation2:4-6

Ephesus in now a ruins, with part of the city dug out, but the vast majority of its formerly glorious buildings are dirt-covered impressions on the hillsides. What happened?

When Paul preached for two years in the Hall of Tyrannus, did anyone dream that within a hundred years or so the city would not be inhabitable? Preposterous!

And when this warning came, that they needed to remember the height from which they had fallen, and repent - was it just ignored? It now appears that the wrath of God was slowly poured out on that city in the following centuries, till it was no longer a city.

The harbour of Ephesus was the key to the city's wealth and trade, but silt carried by the River Kaistros (the Small Menderes River) began to cause problems during the reign of Emperor Hadrian, from 117 to 138 A.D.

By the fourth century, the harbour could hardly be used. Commerce decreased significantly, and Ephesus found itself facing an unavoidable decline.

In the sixth century, by reducing the area enclosed by the city walls, they attempted to simplify its defences. But when even this proved inadequate for their defence, they built a citadel on St. John's Hill.

Much of the population moved inside the walls. In the seventh and eighth centuries, Arabian armies threatened the city. Caliph Suleyman's armies reached Ephesus in 716.

The ancient city was completely abandoned by the tenth century, the remaining people finding a village a few kilometers to the east up in the hills more suitable. When Turks arrived at the beginning of the fourteenth century, they found Ephesus completely in ruins with no inhabitants.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7

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