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?



 


Who? It was said of him,"He was all soul, and you can't photograph the soul nor describe it as you know it to exist." Missionary, scholar, mystic, saint. Quite a resume. So what advice does he give us at the turning of a new year?


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Saintly Resolutions: GEORGE BOWEN

January 1, 2009



On January 2, 1869, George Bowen wrote:

"Instead of asking, What shall this coming year bring to me? let us individually ask, What shall I bring to it? Instead of asking, What  changes are likely to take place in the world? let a man enquire, What changes may reasonably be looked for in me? What changes for the better can i accomplish, in myself and around me?"

"God has brought you to the threshold of a new year. It is a terra incognita to you. But He that has brought you here, knows what is beyond; and the best thing for you to do is to look up to Him, as the child that cannot see afar off looks up to its father's face."

"It is He that has brought you here; He has an object in it. He made the world and He made you; the world is His and you are His; you have no right to be or to do in this world of His, anything but what pleases Him."

"You have certain powers. How are you to use them? It is for Him to say. Have you instructions? Is His word with you? is it in your heart? Does it rule you? Surely it is in studying His instructions that we shall get the best insight into the future...."

"If we have the word of God in our hands and in our hearts, then we have an important sense the making of this coming year in our hands."

"As the stream that descends from some mountain in a broad, parched, barren plain, fertilizes it and makes it a region of verdure, a place for cattle to browse and for birds to sing, so they who have the word of life in their hearts, vanquishing the evil of their nature and energizing them for the work which Christ has assigned them, are empowered to chante the aspect of society, and make the moral wilderness blossom as the rose.
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What was the bottom line for Bowen in facing a new year? Simply, pick up your Bible, reading it regulary,  letting it inform and guide your year, allowing the Spirit of God to show you His path. May that same Spirit enable you to enjoy God's word this year, while further transforming you into His image.









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