The Way

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16 (NASB)

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Let this be a time of worship to God.  Pray each prayer and add your own personal message to God.  Read each scripture as though reading it for the first time – listen carefully for the voice of God.  Listen to each song paying close attention to the lyrics provided.  These songs were carefully chosen.  Even if the music is not your favorite style of music, know that the musicians performing are sincerely making music to the Lord.  Try to feel the passion in their words and their musical expression.  Give thought to the message presented and confirm the truth therein by opening your Bible and taking some time to do your own personal study.  May you be greatly blessed.

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Let’s Pray Together

Almighty Creator of the universe, watching over us all, we praise your holy name.  Guide us toward your approaching kingdom as loyal followers of your every desire.  Thank you for all that you provide in our lives.  Bless us Father with your goodness and mercy, as we stumble our way through this life, and provide us with the ability to bless others in the same manner.  Keep our minds ever vigilant to the disruptive powers of the evil one.  Guide us on a path that avoids destruction.  You alone are our protector and deliverer.  We ask these things in the Holy name of Jesus.  Amen.

The Way

(Less than 30 minutes total time)

Christianity caused quite a commotion in its early days after Jesus ascended back into heaven.  When the apostle Paul was preaching the gospel in Ephesus, it caused a riot – demonstrating the dramatic impact of what was then known as “The Way.”

“About that time there occurred no small disturbance concerning The Way.”  Acts 19:23 (NASB)

The extraordinary story of the death and resurrection of Jesus was being told by eye witnesses as well as the astonishing stories of the miracles he performed – healing the blind, casting out demons, and bringing the dead back to life.  At that same time, the apostles were performing similar miracles of their own.  The power of God was on clear display; however, many skeptics continued to challenge The Way as nothing more than a crazy sect.

“This I admit to you, that according to The Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets.”  Acts 24:14 (NASB)

Even today there are many who label Christians as crazy or at least delusional for their absurd belief in a God who promises eternal life as the result of someone who was crucified on a cross over two thousand years ago.  Of course, the truth is that the mere continued existence of the Christian church for over two thousand years tends to demonstrate the miraculous is clearly at play.  Followers of Jesus are obviously convinced that he is in fact, The Way.

“Jesus said to him, “I am The Way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”  John 14:6 (NASB)

Jesus Christ is the King of King and the Lord of Lords.  There is no other. He sits at the right hand of God the Father and will one day return to build his kingdom here on earth.  There’s nobody like our God.

Let this song lift your spirit.

Nobody Like Our God – Myron Butler

Our Lord

He Reigns

Nobody Like Our God

Our Lord

He Reigns

Nobody Like Our God

Our Lord

He Reigns

Nobody Like Our God

Our Lord

He Reigns

Nobody Like Our God

Who Is Strong And Mighty

Our God

Seated On the Throne

Our God

High Above the Heavens

Our God

He Is God Alone, Ohh

Our Lord

He Reigns

Nobody Like Our God

Our Lord

He Reigns

Nobody Like Our God

Who came down from glory

Gave his life for me

World with all power

To save and set us free

Our Lord

He Reigns

Nobody Like Our God

Our Lord

He Reigns

Nobody Like Our God

The Whole earth is filled with his glory

The heavens declare he’s mighty

All honor be known to our God

Righteous in every way

The Lord God ancient of days

There’s nobody, nobody like our God

There’s nobody like our God

He is Lord

Nobody like our God

He is Lord

Love is The Way

Our God is righteous, and he is faithful.  Our God is all powerful.  Our God is sovereign and just.  Our God is compassionate and gracious.  Our God is good.  Our God is holy.  Our God is forgiving and merciful.  Our God is our refuge and help.  But above all, our God is love.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”  1 John 4:7-8 (NASB)

The love of God is all encompassing, it’s not a directionless emotion; God’s love is a moral direction pointed toward the kingdom of heaven.  God’s love is about looking outside of yourself and caring deeply for others.  God’s love is a source of spiritual energy.  God’s love is an uncompromising sense of joy that fills your heart even in the darkest of times.

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.”  Romans 12:9-13 (NASB)

When we act out of love, we step into the same spiritual space as our God.  It is our expression of godly love that fuels our eternal existence guaranteed by our salvation.  Through loving fellowship with God and by lovingly following the teachings of Jesus, we deliberately work our way towards the kingdom of God.  Staying within the boundaries of God’s love in this hostile world is not an easy exercise; it requires diligence, self-discipline, and perseverance.

“I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.  Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”  1 Corinthians 9:23-24 (NASB)

Victory is ours when we stop fighting and start spreading God’s love.

Allow this song to lift your spirit.

Let Love Win – Carrollton

Lord Your love builds bridges that cannot be burned

It speaks truth that cannot be learned

It’s a treasure we can never earn

Oh, it goes places we’re afraid of going

It’s not a fist it’s a hand wide open

Reaching out to the down to the low and broken

We believe Your love is the strongest way

You’re tearing down walls and You break our chains

Even in this darkness hope will rise again

When we lay down our weapons we will let love win

Lord we lay down our weapons and we let love win

Lord Your love is a friend to its enemies

It takes a hit then turns a cheek

You laid down Your life for peace

Oh, love won’t cast a single stone

It’s never proven by words alone

You come alive in our flesh and bones and in our souls

We believe Your love is the strongest way

You’re tearing down walls and You break our chains

Even in this darkness hope will rise again

When we lay down our weapons we will let love win

Lord we lay down our weapons and we let love win

What if fighting for our beliefs

Looks more like surrendering

Though that’s the hardest thing

And what if standing up for what’s right

Means laying down our pride

Even laying down our lives

We believe Your love is the strongest way

You’re tearing down walls and You break our chains

Even in this darkness hope will rise again

When we lay down our weapons we will let love win

We believe Your love is the strongest way

You’re tearing down walls and You break our chains

Even in this darkness hope will rise again

When we lay down our weapons we will let love win

Lord we lay down our weapons and we let love win

Some Say Christians are Crazy

To unbelievers, The Way of Christianity is often seen as fanatical, and that may not be a bad term.  In fact, radical and fanatical is precisely the path followers of Jesus need to follow in a world that is largely going in the opposite direction.  When believers are born-again, their old life in this world has gone away and their new radical, fanatical self comes alive.

“Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”  Romans 6:3-4(NASB)

Christians are in fact, different.  Frightened, insecure people often label different as crazy.  Followers of Jesus present their whole being into fellowship with God so as to shine the bright light of truth on a fallen world.  Followers of Jesus avoid the faithless pattern of living found in this world and focus on the spirit of God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NASB)

Those of us who are followers of Jesus have a profoundly different position in life than those who have turned their back on God.  Believers look different, act different, and respond differently to those around them because believers are, in fact, different.  Believers are awesome eternal spiritual beings spreading God’s love.

“Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”  Romans 6:8-11 (NASB)

When you live for God rather than the pleasures of this world, some will call you crazy.  When you follow The Way of Jesus Christ rather than the way of the world, some will see you as fanatical.  Praise God that your light is shining in such a way that you are clearly seen as different.  True followers of Jesus live and love to be different.

Allow this song to lift your spirit.

Crazy – Newsboys

You turned the world on its head with Your words

Said, “the first will be last and the last will be first”

You loved the traitor, those who spat in Your face

And You gave up a throne for a cross and a grave

Oh, I wanna be that radical

Oh, fearless and fanatical

Crazy!

I don’t care if the whole world calls me

Crazy!

I don’t care if it looks like I’ve lost my mind, I’m alive

To live a reckless, righteous, foolish life

Maybe

I was born to be crazy

I was born to be crazy

You said the meek would inherit the earth

And the wise of the world came to call You absurd

You spoke of kingdoms that no eye has seen

And proclaimed You’re the way to eternity

Oh, I wanna be that radical

Oh, fearless and fanatical

Crazy!

I don’t care if the whole world calls me

Crazy!

I don’t care if it looks like I’ve lost my mind, I’m alive

To live a reckless, righteous, foolish life

Maybe

I was born to be crazy

I was born to be crazy

Some say strange

Some say odd

I say child of the living God

Some say mad

Some say wrong

I say child of the living God

Crazy!

I don’t care if the whole world calls me

Crazy!

I don’t care if it looks like I’ve lost my mind, I’m alive

To live a reckless, righteous, foolish life

Maybe

I was born to be crazy

I was born to be crazy

I was born to be crazy

I was born to be crazy

Thank you for spending this time worshiping God.

His door is now open to you.  You are in God’s presence.  Don’t leave without Him.  Keep Him with you throughout your day.

Go in peace.

 

All scripture references are linked to Bible Gateway so that you can read each verse in context.  Bible Gateway allows you to change the verse to your favorite translation and compare it side-by-side with multiple translations.  In addition, you can select to hear an audio version of any verse by clicking on the speaker icon.  Keep the Bible Gateway App on your phone so that you can visit the Word of God at any time during your day.

Life Can Be a Struggle

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16 (NASB)

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Let this be a time of worship to God.  Pray each prayer and add your own personal message to God.  Read each scripture as though reading it for the first time – listen carefully for the voice of God.  Listen to each song paying close attention to the lyrics provided.  These songs were carefully chosen.  Even if the music is not your favorite style of music, know that the musicians performing are sincerely making music to the Lord.  Try to feel the passion in their words and their musical expression.  Give thought to the message presented and confirm the truth therein by opening your Bible and taking some time to do your own personal study.  May you be greatly blessed.

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Let’s Pray Together

Father God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, we worship and adore you.  Fill our hearts with that which is your will and control our steps as we celebrate your approaching kingdom.  We look to you for all our basic needs and thank you for all that you provide.  Please forgive us Father for all the mistakes we make along the way and soften our hearts so that we may forgive others.  Keep us safe from the enemy who wanders about looking to devour our souls.  Fill our minds with your wisdom and our hearts with your love.  We ask these things in the Holy name of Jesus.  Amen.

Life Can Be a Struggle

(Less than 30 minutes total time)

To many of us, it often seems that life is just a series of difficulties disbursed among moments of peace.  Everyday problems punctuate the rhythm of life with a constant need to reevaluate, renegotiate, or reimagine the path forward.  Small problems turn into big problems and big problems turn into insurmountable roadblocks that completely stop our forward progress.  Life can be full of struggle.

 “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”  James 4:14 (NASB)

As a follower of Jesus, we live our lives knowing (not simply believing, but knowing) that God is on our side and He will intervene on our behalf as He sees fit.  The unbelieving skeptic, on the other hand, looks at the difficulties in a believer’s life and questions why God would allow a believer’s life to be so difficult.  From the outside looking in, the Christian life looks no different than the life of an unbeliever.

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”  Romans 8:18 (NASB)

The unbeliever fails to see the bigger picture.  We are here in this life for a brief moment in all eternity.  Every difficult step in this life is preparation for our eternal existence with God.  Nevertheless, even mature followers of Jesus will become overwhelmed with struggles from time-to-time and wonder why life is so difficult.  We simply have to trust in the Lord, knowing that everything in our life has a purpose in his great plan.

“Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand.”  Proverbs 19:21(NASB)

Our plans are irrelevant and likely fall far short of what God has designed our life to be.

Let this song speak to your heart.

Faith Is Not A Feeling – Josh Wilson

Suffering is Part of Our Walk with God

Our faith in Jesus is not a feeling that overcomes us; it is a decision to follow his teachings.  There is no promise of a perfect life.  Jesus suffered greatly on our behalf.  The Apostle Paul suffered throughout his life.  Suffering is to be expected.  There is value in suffering.

“In the day of prosperity be happy, but in the day of adversity consider—God has made the one as well as the other.”  Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NASB)

Believers are being trained by God to fully understand all aspects of life.  Wisdom comes from suffering.  Struggles in life are strength building experiences.  We should consider every struggle to be a challenge designed to stimulate our spiritual endurance.

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”  James 1:2-3(NASB)

As a follower of Jesus Christ, you are never alone.  No matter what you are going through, God is with you every step of the way.  He’s not there to do it for you – He’s there to catch you if you fall.  Believers have access to the power of God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  There is no better helper than the spirit of God.

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:2 (NASB)

Therefore, believers sing praises to God for every struggle.  Every difficult moment in your life is an indication that God believes you are capable of overcoming the adversities placed in your path.  Every struggle is another opportunity to trust God and walk with him through the storm.

Let this song speak to your heart.

Praise You In This Storm – Casting Crowns

I was sure by now

God, you would have reached down

And wiped our tears away

Stepped in and saved the day

But once again, I say “Amen,” and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls

I barely hear your whisper through the rain

“I’m with you”

And as your mercy falls

I raise my hands and praise the God who gives

And takes away

And I’ll praise you in this storm

And I will lift my hands

For you are who you are

No matter where I am

And every tear I’ve cried

You hold in your hand

You never left my side

And though my heart is torn

I will praise you in this storm

I remember when

I stumbled in the wind

You heard my cry to you

And raised me up again

My strength is almost gone

How can I carry on

If I can’t find you

But as the thunder rolls

I barely hear your whisper through the rain

“I’m with you”

And as your mercy falls

I raise my hands and praise the God who gives

And takes away

And I’ll praise you in this storm

And I will lift my hands

For you are who you are

No matter where I am

And every tear I’ve cried

You hold in your hand

You never left my side

And though my heart is torn

I will praise you in this storm

I lift my eyes unto the hills

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord

The maker of Heaven and Earth

I lift my eyes unto the hills

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord

The maker of Heaven and Earth

And I’ll praise you in this storm

And I will lift my hands

For you are who you are

No matter where I am

And every tear I’ve cried

You hold in your hand

You never left my side

And though my heart is torn

I will praise you in this storm

Though my heart is torn

(Though my heart is torn)

I will praise you in this storm

(Praise you in this storm)

Struggles Are An Opportunity to Experience God’s Love

When we’re caught up in the middle of an especially difficult time, it’s hard to see the bright future that will surely follow.  It’s important for us to expand our perspective beyond the present and look back at past experiences.  Remember how God came through for you over and over again in your life.  There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.

“In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:37-39(NASB)

Even when we stumble and fall victim to the schemes of the enemy, God remains by our side ready to wrap his arms around us when we come out the other side.  Our God is a never-ending source of love and mercy.

“You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.”  Psalm 86:15 (NASB)

As a follower of Jesus Christ, we receive and transmit God’s love every moment of every day.  It is God’s love that has transformed us into children of God.  It is God’s love that has empowered our Christian life and carries us forward into all eternity.

“We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”  1 John 4:16(NASB)

Life can be a struggle.  We all make mistakes.  In every circumstance, God is with us.  God’s love fills the heart of every believer and is the power that lifts us up from despair and moves us forward to a bright new tomorrow.

Let this song speak to your heart.

Lift Me Up – The Afters

Waiting for the sunrise

Waiting for the day

Waiting for a sign

That I’m where you want me to be

You know my heart is heavy

And the hurt is deep

But when I feel like giving up

You’re reminding me

That we all fall down sometimes

But when I hit the ground

You lift me up when I am weak

Your arms wrap around me

Your love catches me so I’m letting go

You lift me up when I can’t see

Your heart is all that I need

Your love carries me so I’m letting go

I know I’m not perfect

I know I make mistakes

I know that I have let you down

But you love me the same

And when I’m surrounded

When I lose my way

When I’m crying out and falling down

You are here to

Lift me up when I am weak

Your arms wrap around me

Your love catches me so I’m letting go

You lift me up when I can’t see

Your heart is all that I need

Your love carries me so I’m letting go

I can see the dawn is breaking

I am feeling overtaken with your love

With your love

I don’t know what I can offer

In this moment I surrender to your love

To your love

You lift me up when I am weak

Your arms wrap around me

Your love catches me so I’m letting go

You lift me up when I am weak

Your arms wrap around me

Your love catches me so I’m letting go

You lift me up when I can’t see

Your heart is all that I need

Your love carries me so I’m letting go

I can see the dawn is breaking

I am feeling overtaken with your love

You lift me up with your love

You lift me up with your love

You lift me up with your love

You lift me up

Thank you for spending this time worshiping God.

His door is now open to you.  You are in God’s presence.  Don’t leave without Him.  Keep Him with you throughout your day.

Go in peace.

 

All scripture references are linked to Bible Gateway so that you can read each verse in context.  Bible Gateway allows you to change the verse to your favorite translation and compare it side-by-side with multiple translations.  In addition, you can select to hear an audio version of any verse by clicking on the speaker icon.  Keep the Bible Gateway App on your phone so that you can visit the Word of God at any time during your day.

 

Online Worship Experience

As followers of Jesus Christ, our salvation provides us access to God.  That access is set into motion through praise.  Our time spent in worship is the key that opens the gate to God’s heart.

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him, bless His name.”  Psalm 100:4 (NASB)

Most believers offer praise to God all through the day as each blessing reveals itself; however, many also find it difficult to schedule a dedicated worship time.  Even those who are part of a local church often miss the Sunday service because of other commitments.  There is also a large number of Christians who have struggled to find a church that feels comfortable – for many different reasons.

The Online Worship Experience is an opportunity to worship God on your own terms in a personal-self-guided Bible study combined with great music.  Each experience is designed to take less than 30 minutes to complete, making it easy to fit into most schedules.

This is not an online church service.  Attending church online makes it difficult to fully engage in Christian fellowship.  Even the best online churches lack this personal connection.  The Online Worship Experience is intended to be a personal connection to God and/or an addition to traditional church services.  This is a non-denominational approach which is an alternative to the typical online church service.  There is no pastor delivering a sermon – the Online Worship Experience is a brief Bible study woven together with great music that you move through at your own pace, creating a personal spiritual encounter.

Select from the list below to begin your experience.

Take some time right now to connect with God in Praise & Worship.

Worshiping God

All day, every day, we need to be reaching out to God and seeking his instruction.

Jesus Saves

We are nothing without Jesus.  We are everything in the hands of God.

God is Love

Jesus came to sacrifice himself on the cross as God’s ultimate expression of love for His creation.

The Power of Jesus

When we let go of our pride, fall to our knees, and cry out to Jesus sincerely acknowledging his power to overcome – anything can happen.

Celebrate Your Faith

Let the Holy Spirit fill your heart with joy as you ponder the awesomeness of God the Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Old Time Religion

As long as we are willing to open our hearts with no measure of untruthfulness, God is ready to hear our praise and extend his love as we worship.

The Road to Eternal Life

The eternal life granted to followers of Jesus Christ is not simply a never-ending existence; it is an unending life of acquaintance with God in Christ.

Heaven

We will be with God and life will be beautiful.

Thrive

Know this truth:  As followers of Jesus Christ, we are never alone.

Reasons to Believe

There is nothing you have to do to receive God’s free gift of Salvation other than honestly believe in God and seek to follow Jesus with a pure heart.

The Word of God

When you fill your heart with the Word of God, most importantly the teaching of Jesus, you place yourself on a solid path toward victory.

All to Jesus

Each day in a believer’s life is one step closer to full dependency on God and a total abandonment of selfish desire.

Christianity

The Holy Spirit lives inside the heart of every believer and supplies guidance and access to God.

Why We Are Here

Serving God by serving others is why we are here.

Jesus

Knowing Jesus is all about letting go of yourself and trusting your Creator to guide you.

The Love of the Lord

Our salvation is an astonishing act of love; God’s love.

The Enemy

Our enemy is real, but our power to overcome the enemy is at our disposal every minute of every day.

Salvation

Our salvation was not a random event.  Jesus prepared the way for our transition long before we entered this world.

Life Can be a Struggle

Our plans are irrelevant and likely fall far short of what God has designed our life to be.

The Way

To unbelievers, The Way of Christianity is often seen as fanatical, and that may not be a bad term.

Salvation

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16 (NASB)

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Let this be a time of worship to God.  Pray each prayer and add your own personal message to God.  Read each scripture as though reading it for the first time – listen carefully for the voice of God.  Listen to each song paying close attention to the lyrics provided.  These songs were carefully chosen.  Even if the music is not your favorite style of music, know that the musicians performing are sincerely making music to the Lord.  Try to feel the passion in their words and their musical expression.  Give thought to the message presented and confirm the truth therein by opening your Bible and taking some time to do your own personal study.  May you be greatly blessed.

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Let’s Pray Together

Almighty Creator of the universe, watching over us all, we praise your holy name.  Guide us toward your approaching kingdom as loyal followers of your every desire.  Thank you for all that you provide in our lives.  Bless us Father with your goodness and mercy, as we stumble our way through this life, and provide us with the ability to bless others in the same manner.  Keep our minds ever vigilant to the disruptive powers of the evil one.  Guide us on a path that avoids destruction.  You alone are our protector and deliverer.  We ask these things in the Holy name of Jesus.  Amen.

Salvation

(Less than 30 minutes total time)

It’s impossible for us mere mortals to fully understand precisely how God controls the universe.  Our God is responsible for the sun, the moon, the stars, and the life of every living thing on earth.  Obviously, the complexity of that task can only be accomplished in a supernatural way.  The Bible gives us some clues as to how God works, but no definitive answers.  One of the biggest mysteries is our salvation.  How does the shed blood of Jesus provide us with eternal life if we simply trust him as our Lord and Savior?  I don’t exactly know; but there is a clue in the book of Leviticus.

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.”  Leviticus 17:11 (NASB)

This verse is telling us that God has provided us with a way to repair the damage done when we turn our back on God and allow the forces of evil to push us off in the wrong direction.  In this case, watching the life depart from an animal somehow significantly redirects our connection to God.  Life is in the blood.  God is the Creator of all life.  It is when we focus on that fact with all of our heart, that we our able to access the full measure of God’s power.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”  Romans 1:16 (NASB)

In the ultimate demonstration of His awesome power, God walked the earth as a man named Jesus and sacrificed his own blood in order to once and for all atone for every one of our sins, past, present, and future.  When we fully and completely place our trust in the work Jesus endured for us on the cross, turn our back on our selfish desire, and seek to follow him for the rest of our lives, we are granted salvation from death and eternal life in the kingdom of heaven.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8 (NASB)

Life is in the blood.  All life is in the blood of Jesus.  Jesus gave it all for us.  Now it’s our turn to give it all back to him.

Let this song lift your spirit.

What More Could I Want – Michael Neale

You have all my devotion

Every breath and emotion

I lay them at Your feet

Strip away my distraction

All that steals my affection

I lay them at Your feet

Jesus, O Jesus, what more could I want?

Jesus, O Jesus, oh, You are enough

I’m alive in Your presence, I could stay here forever

Jesus, O Jesus, what more could I want?

More than I could imagine

Your love rescued my passion

I worship at Your feet

You are all that I’ve treasured

Take my heart, I surrender

I worship at Your feet

Jesus, O Jesus, what more could I want?

Jesus, O Jesus, oh, You are enough

I’m alive in Your presence, I could stay here forever

Jesus, O Jesus, what more could I want?

Jesus, O Jesus, what more could I want?

Better is one day in Your house

Than a thousand anywhere else

A thousand anywhere else

Better is one day in Your house

Than a thousand anywhere else

A thousand anywhere else

Jesus, O Jesus, what more could I want?

Jesus, O Jesus, oh, You are enough

Jesus, O Jesus, what more could I want?

O Jesus, O Jesus, oh, You are enough

I’m alive in Your presence, I could stay here forever

Jesus, O Jesus, what more could I want?

Better is one day in Your house

Than a thousand anywhere else

A thousand anywhere else

Better is one day in Your house

Than a thousand anywhere else

Than a thousand anywhere else

Better is one day in Your house

Than a thousand anywhere else

A thousand anywhere else

Better is one day in Your house

Than a thousand anywhere else

A thousand anywhere else

Jesus, O Jesus, what more could I want?

Jesus, O Jesus, oh, You are enough

All to Jesus

Salvation comes from total dependence on God.  The blood that pumps through our veins and keeps us alive is provided by God.  When we seek to follow the teachings of Jesus, we demonstrate our understanding of God’s power in our lives.  This transformation is punctuated by full compliance – believers allow Christ complete control.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”  Galatians 2:20 (NASB)

When we place our trust in Jesus, our lives are totally restructured; we think different, we feel different, we have new desires and passions, we act different.  Following Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s purpose in our lives.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)

Our new life as a Christian is not a life void of suffering.  In fact, we are to look for suffering to some extent as we sacrifice our lives on his behalf as he did for us.  We are to give of ourselves in ways that may at times feel burdensome – all to the glory of God.

“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.”  1 Peter 2:21 (NASB)

When we let go of ourselves and allow the hand of God to guide us, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.  It is this acknowledgment that God is ultimately in control that is the foundation of our salvation.

Let this song speak to your spirit.

Be Lifted High – Elevation Worship

Lay down my rights

Lay down my life

I will abandon

All of my pride

Focus my eyes

Away from myself

You become greater

I become less

You be lifted high

You be lifted higher

I belong to you

I am nothing without you

You be lifted high

You be lifted higher

I belong to you

I am nothing without you

Jesus be all

Consume every part

My greatest desire

I give You my heart

Focus my eyes

Away from myself

You become greater

I become less

You be lifted high

You be lifted higher

I belong to you

I am nothing without you

You be lifted high

You be lifted higher

I belong to you

I am nothing without you

In every victory

In every trial

My soul will sing

Be lifted high

With every heartbeat

All of my life

Jesus forever be lifted high

You be lifted high

You be lifted higher

I belong to you

I am nothing without you

You be lifted high

You be lifted higher

I belong to you

I am nothing without you

Mercy and Light

Jesus is light and truth.  When we make a decision to follow Jesus, our eyes are opened to a new understanding of the world.  We overcome darkness with a truth that transcends the deception of this world.

“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”  John 8:12 (NASB)

Our salvation was not a random event.  Jesus prepared the way for our transition long before we entered this world.  He did this to demonstrate his awesome power and generous mercy to those who are totally undeserving.

“He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory.”  Romans 9:23 (NASB)

Praise be to God for sending his Son to save us from our sins.  Believers are eternally in the hands of Jesus, being changed from the inside out, into beacons of light and truth.  Our mission going forward is to share God’s love at every opportunity so that we may be found worthy when Jesus returns.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NASB)

Let this song speak to your spirit.

From the Inside Out – Hillsong UNITED

A thousand times I’ve failed

Still Your mercy remains

And should I stumble again

I’m caught in Your grace

Everlasting

Your light will shine when all else fades

Never ending

Your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart and my soul

Lord I give You control

Consume me from the inside out,

Lord, let justice and praise

Become my embrace

To love you from the inside out

Your will above all else

My purpose remains

The art of losing myself

In bringing You praise

Everlasting

Your light will shine when all else fades

Never ending

Your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart and my soul

Lord I give You control

Consume me from the inside out,

Lord, let justice and praise

Become my embrace

To love you from the inside out

Everlasting

Your light will shine when all else fades

Never ending

Your glory goes beyond all fame

And the cry of my heart

Is to bring You praise

From the inside out

Lord my soul cries out

Thank you for spending this time worshiping God.

His door is now open to you.  You are in God’s presence.  Don’t leave without Him.  Keep Him with you throughout your day.

Go in peace.

 

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The Enemy

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16 (NASB)

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Let this be a time of worship to God.  Pray each prayer and add your own personal message to God.  Read each scripture as though reading it for the first time – listen carefully for the voice of God.  Listen to each song paying close attention to the lyrics provided.  These songs were carefully chosen.  Even if the music is not your favorite style of music, know that the musicians performing are sincerely making music to the Lord.  Try to feel the passion in their words and their musical expression.  Give thought to the message presented and confirm the truth therein by opening your Bible and taking some time to do your own personal study.  May you be greatly blessed.

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Let’s Pray Together

Heavenly Father, we stand in your presence in awe of your awesome power and love.  We seek that which is your will in our lives and look forward to the return of your Son Jesus Christ.  Please Father, wrap your arms around each of us and provide for us all of our needs.  Forgive us Father, for all of our mistakes and failures in our pursuit of righteousness.  Develop in us the ability to also forgive those who disrupt our lives.  Open our eyes Father, to the enemy who is in pursuit of our souls.  Let us see clearly the evil trying to control our lives so that we can avoid destruction.  We offer this prayer in the Holy name of Jesus.  Amen.

The Enemy

(Less than 30 minutes total time)

There’s a battle raging all around us every day.  Good and evil are in a constant battle to win the hearts and minds of all of us.  This battle also rages inside each of us.  Those who have turned their back on God, have been overwhelmed by the enemy.  Those of us who have trusted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior are still in the fight.  We have the tools to win, however, the battle rages on as the enemy launches a continuous bombardment of doubts and fears.

“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  Ephesians 6:12 (NASB)

Jesus described the battle between good and evil as a battle for the kingdom of heaven.  In a parable, Jesus painted a picture of his followers being infiltrated by evil forces that would attempt to destroy believers by interfering with their growth in the Lord.

“Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.”  Matthew 13:24-25 (NASB)

Jesus explained that evil forces sent by the devil would mingle among his followers in an attempt to disrupt their faith.  Of course, all followers of Jesus are empowered by the Holy Spirit; and in the end, the evil ones will be destroyed and all believers will be saved to live an eternal life in the kingdom of heaven.

“His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.”  Matthew 13:36-39 (NASB)

The devil is real and his destructive infiltration into our lives is an insidious challenge that we have to meet head-on every single day.  Make no mistake about it, our enemy has developed a diabolical scheme to slowly chip away at our faith and interrupt our walk with God.  He typically doesn’t come at us all at once, but slowly and incrementally, so that we may not even notice his destructive ways.  We have to be careful not to let him have his way.  If we open the door a crack, he will push his way in further and the battle will rage.

Let this song speak to your heart.

Slow Fade – Casting Crowns

Be careful little eyes what you see

It’s the second glance that ties your hands

As darkness pulls the strings

Be careful little feet where you go

For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away

It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray

And thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid

When you give yourself away

People never crumble in a day

It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear

When flattering leads to compromises, the end is always near

Be careful little lips what you say

For empty words and promises leave broken hearts astray

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away

It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray

And thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid

When you give yourself away

People never crumble in a day

It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade

The journey from your mind to your hands

Is shorter than you’re thinking

Be careful if you think you stand

You just might be sinking

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away

It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray

And thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid

When you give yourself away

People never crumble in a day

Daddies never crumble in a day

Families never crumble in a day

Oh, be careful little eyes what you see

Oh, be careful little eyes what you see

For the Father up above is looking down in love

Oh, be careful little eyes what you see

We Have the Power to Overcome

Salvation, provided to those who trust and believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus as payment for their sins, is a connection to an overwhelming power that cannot be challenged by the enemy.  Followers of Jesus are protected by the power of God.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  1 Peter 1:3-5 (NASB)

Our enemy is real, but our power to overcome the enemy is at our disposal every minute of every day.  The Lord is with believers at all times but we access his power by following the teachings of Jesus – love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.  Serving God by serving others is the conduit to the power of God.

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6 (NASB)

When we are walking with the Lord in dedicated service to others, we our invincible.  When we wander off into the darkness of this world, we are disconnected and vulnerable.  There’s nothing in this world that can separate us from God’s love and power other than ourselves.  Unless we consciously make a choice to turn away from God, we are always protected.

“I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39 (NASB)

Take a moment right now and look around.  Are you safely following in the footsteps of Jesus or have you somehow lost your way?  God is your protector.  Stay with Him and you have nothing to fear.

Let this song fill your heart.

Whom Shall I Fear – Chris Tomlin

You hear me when I call

You are my morning song

Though darkness fills the night

It cannot hide the light

Whom shall I fear

You crush the enemy

Underneath my feet

You are my sword and shield

Though troubles linger still

Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me

I know who stands behind

The God of angel armies

Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever

He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies

Is always by my side

My strength is in your name

For you alone can save

You will deliver me

Yours is the victory

Whom shall I fear

Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me

I know who stands behind

The God of angel armies

Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever

He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies

Is always by my side

And nothing formed against me shall stand

You hold the whole world in your hands

I’m holding on to your promises

You are faithful

You are faithful

Nothing formed against me shall stand

You hold the whole world in your hands

I’m holding on to your promises

You are faithful

You are faithful

You are faithful

I know who goes before me

I know who stands behind

The God of angel armies

Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever

He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies

Is always by my side

I know who goes before me

I know who stands behind

The God of angel armies

Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever

He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies

Is always by my side

The God of angel armies

Is always by my side

Put on Your Armor

 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”  Ephesians 6:10-11 (NASB)

The best way to check yourself against the schemes of the enemy is to make certain you are fully protected with the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-17).  Your armor consists of the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Boots of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit.

Belt of Truth

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”  John 14:6 (NASB)

Breastplate of Righteousness

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)

Boots of Peace

We are told in Luke 1:79 that Jesus came “to guide our feet into the way of peace.”  We need our steps guided by Jesus Christ as His committed follower.

Shield of Faith

The shield of faith will be used to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  Ephesians 2:8 (NASB)

Helmet of Salvation

The helmet protects your head where your mind resides.  Wearing the helmet of salvation will protect your mind from the devil’s attacks.

Sword of the Spirit

We are clearly told that the sword of the spirit is the Word of God.

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)

Finally, after we put on the armor of God, we are told to pray.  We are to pray for ourselves and pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  There is great power in prayer and it is another major offensive tool we are to use against our enemy.

“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit.”  Ephesians 6:18 (NASB)

Standing firm on the bedrock of our salvation as true followers of Jesus Christ, wearing the complete armor of God, renders all the enemy’s attacks useless.  Our God is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  When we travel with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the enemy and all of his minions will turn and go the other way.  Stay in the Word; stay close to Jesus.

Let this song fill your spirit.

Run Devil Run – Crowder

Run devil, run devil

Run devil, run

I got somethin’ make the devil gonna run

He been dancin’ till the break of dawn

Devil gon’ try to take a shot at me

He got none, but baby I got three

He tryna make a fool outta me

Y’all takin’ out my sanity

He ain’t nothin’ but a silver tongue

I got somethin’ make the devil gonna run

I got somethin’ make the devil gonna run

I got somethin’ make the devil be gone

Run devil, run devil, run devil run

You bet your bottom dollar he’s gonna be gone

I got somethin’ make the devil gonna run

Run devil, run devil

Run devil run

Run devil, run devil

Run devil run

I got somethin’ make the devil go away

I’ve been dancing all night and day

Holy Ghost, filled with fire

Look out devil we got revival

My people gonna move and shake

Holy rollin’ and not ashamed

He ain’t nothing’ but a silver tongue

And I got somethin’ make the devil gonna run

I got somethin’ make the devil gonna run

I got somethin’ make the devil be gone

Run devil, run devil, run devil run

You bet your bottom dollar he’s gonna be gone

I got somethin’ make the devil gonna run

I got the King of kings and the Lords of hosts

I got angel armies and a Holy Ghost

I got spirits here that are tied by fire

I got a valley of bones that came alive

I got a cross, a hill, and an empty grave

I got a trumpet sound and one sweet name

Shake the gate of hell, the sinners and dogs

I got my Jesus and the devil gotta run

I got somethin’ make the devil gonna run

I got somethin’ make the devil be gone

Run devil, run devil, run devil, run

You bet your bottom dollar he’s gonna be gone

I got somethin’ make the devil gonna run

I got somethin’ make the devil gonna run

I got somethin’ make the devil be gone

Run devil, run devil

Run devil run

You bet your bottom dollar he’s gonna be gone

I got somethin’ make the devil gonna run

Run devil, run devil

Run devil run

Thank you for spending this time worshiping God.

His door is now open to you.  You are in God’s presence.  Don’t leave without Him.  Keep Him with you throughout your day.

Go in peace.

 

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The Love of the Lord

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16 (NASB)

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Let this be a time of worship to God.  Pray each prayer and add your own personal message to God.  Read each scripture as though reading it for the first time – listen carefully for the voice of God.  Listen to each song paying close attention to the lyrics provided.  These songs were carefully chosen.  Even if the music is not your favorite style of music, know that the musicians performing are sincerely making music to the Lord.  Try to feel the passion in their words and their musical expression.  Give thought to the message presented and confirm the truth therein by opening your Bible and taking some time to do your own personal study.  May you be greatly blessed.

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Let’s Pray Together

Almighty Creator of the universe, watching over us all, we praise your holy name.  Guide us toward your approaching kingdom as loyal followers of your every desire.  Thank you for all that you provide in our lives.  Bless us Father with your goodness and mercy, as we stumble our way through this life, and provide us with the ability to bless others in the same manner.  Keep our minds ever vigilant to the disruptive powers of the evil one.  Guide us on a path that avoids destruction.  You alone are our protector and deliverer.  We ask these things in the Holy name of Jesus.  Amen.

The Love of the Lord

It’s almost impossible to fully comprehend the price Jesus paid for our salvation.  While Jesus was fully divine, he was also fully human.  Jesus felt every moment of pain as he was beaten and hung on the cross.  Jesus paid this price so that we, through faith in him, would be found righteous, and therefore able to spend eternity with God.

“And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter 1:8-9 (NASB)

The grave could not hold Jesus.  The resurrection of Jesus demonstrated without question, his power over death and established beyond any doubt that he was indeed the Son of God.  We all know the familiar verse of scripture John 3:16 that confirms in one line the enormous love God has for us.  That love is never ending.  There is absolutely nothing that can disrupt the love God has for us.  Jesus is with us now and until the end of time.

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, ‘For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’  But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:35-39 (NASB)

Let this song fill your heart with joy.

Never Gonna Stop Singing – Jesus Culture

You called out into darkness

You reached out to save us

You conquered the grave

You crossed the divide;

Lost in our sin

You made us alive

How can we ever hold it inside?

We can’t hold back

We’re gonna lift You higher, higher

Hearts burning bright like a fire, fire

Voices unite; make it louder, louder

We’re never gonna stop the singing

We’re never gonna stop the singing

Set free, no longer bound in chains

You rescued me and called me by name

You conquered the grave

You crossed the divide; lost in our sin

You made us alive

How can we ever hold it inside?

We can’t hold back

We’re gonna lift You higher, higher

Hearts burning bright like a fire, fire

Voices unite; make it louder, louder

We’re never gonna stop the singing

We’re never gonna stop

Higher, higher

Hearts burning bright like a fire, fire

Voices unite; make it louder, louder

We’re never gonna stop the singing

We’re never gonna stop the singing

Every tribe, every tongue, every heart will sing

Every knee, we will bow to the Risen King

Lift Him up, lift Him up

We’re never gonna stop the singing

Ooh we’re never gonna stop

Every tribe, every tongue, every heart will sing

Every knee, we will bow to the Risen King

Lift Him up, lift Him up

We’re never gonna stop the singing

Ooh we’re never gonna stop

Higher, higher

Hearts burning bright like a fire, fire

Voices unite; make it louder, louder

We’re never gonna stop the singing

We’re never gonna stop

Higher, higher

Hearts burning bright like a fire, fire

Voices unite; make it louder, louder

We’re never gonna stop the singing

We’re never gonna stop the singing

Our Sins Are Washed Away

By the mercy of God, we have been granted salvation through our faith in Jesus.  Our Creator has provided for us a way to be with him through all eternity.  Our sins have been washed by the blood of Christ.  This overwhelming blessing is a gift from God and not something that can be earned through human achievement.

“When the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”  Titus 3:4-7 (NASB)

Some of us who have been saved were less deserving than others, but make no mistake about it; none of us lived a life of perfection, totally without sin, as did our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Therefore, our salvation is only possible because of his great sacrifice.

“Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”  1 Corinthians 6:11 (NASB)

All believers remember clearly the day their sins were washed away – first by trusting Jesus as your Lord and Savior and again in a public expression of your faith through baptism. What a glorious day that was!  If you have not yet given your life to Christ, now is the perfect opportunity to admit your sinful, self-serving nature, and place your faith in the work Jesus performed for you on the cross.  Turn from your sin and seek to follow Jesus from this moment forward.  Make this commitment to God right now in prayer and you will be saved.

“Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.”  Acts 22:16 (NASB)

Praise God for all those who come to Christ!  Fill your heart with joy for all those whose sins have been washed away.

Let this song fill your heart.

Oh Happy Day – Anthony Brown & FBCG Combined Choir

We Were Saved by His Love

Our salvation is an astonishing act of love; God’s love.  There is no other love like God’s love.  His love changes everything.  God’s love never runs out.

“The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3 (NASB)

We are attracted to God by his overwhelming love.  God’s love is the energy that makes our hearts beat.  God’s love provides our eternal destiny.  God’s love is the catalyst for everything good that happens in our lives.

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.”  1 John 3:1 (NASB)

Regardless of our selfish, sinful nature, God welcomes us into his family with loving arms.  God so loves us he sent his son to die so that we might have life in him.  That transformation opens our eyes to the bright light of truth.

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  1 John 4:10 (NASB)

Once our eyes have been opened to the truth, there is no turning back.  Everything changes.  Life is never the same.  We will remain in the loving arms of God for all eternity.

Let this song fill your spirit.

Love Changes Everything – Red Rocks Worship

I see His body breaking

I see His fingers bleed

I see the darkness tremble at the ground below His feet

In the darkest hours

There on Calvary

He was sweetly broken

Broken beautifully, broken beautifully

So come on into the waters

Come let the broken sing

Come all you sons and daughters

His love changes everything

Come when the fear is fighting

You finding the Risen King

Come on and let the light in

Your love changes everything

And when the Heavens opened

I saw the sins of men

Become a crown of glory as You died and rose again

In the darkest hours

In the valley low

I will fear no evil

‘Cause You’ll never let me go

You’ll never let me go

So come on into the waters

Come let the broken sing

Come all you sons and daughters

His love changes everything

Come when the fear is fighting

You finding the Risen King

Come on and let the light in

Your love changes everything

Your love, Your love, Your love changes everything

Your love, Your love, Your love changes everything

And none can overcome when death has lost its sting

Your love, Your love, Your love

In the darkest hours

In the valley low

I will fear no evil

You’ll never let me go

You’ll never let me go

So come on into the waters

Come let the broken sing

Come all you sons and daughters

His love changes everything

Come when the fear is fighting

You finding the Risen King

Come on and let the light in

Your love changes everything

Your love, Your love, Your love changes everything

Your love, Your love, Your love changes everything

Your love, Your love, Your love changes everything

Your love, Your love, Your love

Thank you for spending this time worshiping God.

His door is now open to you.  You are in God’s presence.  Don’t leave without Him.  Keep Him with you throughout your day.

Go in peace.

 

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Jesus

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16 (NASB)

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Let this be a time of worship to God.  Pray each prayer and add your own personal message to God.  Read each scripture as though reading it for the first time – listen carefully for the voice of God.  Listen to each song paying close attention to the lyrics provided.  These songs were carefully chosen.  Even if the music is not your favorite style of music, know that the musicians performing are sincerely making music to the Lord.  Try to feel the passion in their words and their musical expression.  Give thought to the message presented and confirm the truth therein by opening your Bible and taking some time to do your own personal study.  May you be greatly blessed.

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Let’s Pray Together

Heavenly Father, we stand in your presence in awe of your awesome power and love.  We seek that which is your will in our lives and look forward to the return of your Son Jesus Christ.  Please Father, wrap your arms around each of us and provide for us all of our needs.  Forgive us Father, for all of our mistakes and failures in our pursuit of righteousness.  Develop in us the ability to also forgive those who disrupt our lives.  Open our eyes Father, to the enemy who is in pursuit of our souls.  Let us see clearly the evil trying to control our lives so that we can avoid destruction.  We offer this prayer in the Holy name of Jesus.  Amen.

Jesus

(Less than 30 minutes total time)

Knowing Jesus is all about letting go of yourself and trusting your Creator to guide you.  Once you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior by placing your faith in his death and resurrection, you are blessed with the Holy Spirit taking up residence in your heart.  As a believer, you are no longer a slave to your over-active mind; you now are safely in the arms of Jesus.  It is your unquestioning child-like faith that will carry you through any and all of life’s challenges.

“Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.”  Mark 10:14-16 (NASB)

It doesn’t matter if you are five years old or ninety-five years old; as a follower of Jesus, you are a child of God.  You have been born again into the loving arms of Jesus.  You have joined your eternal family in the kingdom of God.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”  John 1:12-13 (NASB)

The world we live in is a constant source of trials and tribulations.  Praise be to God for sending his Son to save us.  We now have rest from this world in the arms of Jesus.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28 (NASB)

Let this song fill your spirit.

In the Arms – Terrian

The Love of Jesus

The love Jesus has for you is indeed the greatest love of all.  Our response to that great love should be to share it with others at every opportunity.

“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”  John 15:12-13 (NASB)

Jesus demonstrated his great love by laying down his life to remove our sins.  As believers, we are so familiar with this understanding we sometimes neglect to feel the enormous weight of that love.  We have been blessed beyond measure.  We have been fully immersed in love.  The evidence of our conversion is our own efforts to share that love.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”  1 John 4:7 (NASB)

When we take the time to worship Jesus and sing his praises, we acknowledge the great gift he has given us.  When we rest in his loving arms we separate ourselves from this world and take refuge in the awesomeness of our Creator.

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith”  Hebrews 12:1-2 (NASB)

Stand firm in your faith.  Seek opportunities to be alone with Jesus.  Worship his holy name.

Let the song fill your heart.

Nobody Loves Me Like You – Chris Tomlin

Morning, I see You in the sunrise every morning

It’s like a picture that You’ve painted for me

A love letter in the sky

Story, I could’ve had a really different story

But You came down from heaven to restore me

Forever saved my life

Nobody loves me like You love me, Jesus

I stand in awe of Your amazing ways

I worship You as long as I am breathing

God, You are faithful and true

Nobody loves me like You

Mountains, You’re breaking down the weight of all my mountains

Even when it feels like I’m surrounded

You never leave my side, oh oh oh

Nobody loves me like You love me, Jesus

I stand in awe of Your amazing ways

I worship You as long as I am breathing

God, You are faithful and true

Nobody loves me like You

Oh, what a song to sing

Oh, what a song to sing

Oh, what a song to sing

Oh, what a song (my heart keeps singing)

Oh, what a song to sing (what a song)

Oh, what a song to sing (I’ll never stop)

Oh, what a song to sing

Jesus, You love me

And I love You, God

Nobody loves me like You love me, Jesus

I stand in awe of Your amazing ways

I worship You as long as I am breathing

God, I will worship You, forever worship You

Nobody loves me like You love me, Jesus

I stand in awe of Your amazing ways

I worship You as long as I am breathing

God, You are faithful and true

Nobody loves me like You

Nobody loves me like You love me, Jesus (I’m a child of God)

I stand in awe of Your amazing ways (yes, I am)

Nobody loves me like You

Nobody loves me like You

Friend of Jesus

When we follow the teachings of Jesus to love God with all of our heart and to love our neighbor as ourselves, we become his friend.

“You are My friends if you do what I command you.”  John 15:14 (NASB)

As a friend of Jesus, all of our sins have been washed away, nevermore to be remembered.

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”  Psalm 103:12 (NASB)

When we walk with our friend Jesus, he always offers to carry our load.  We can place our burdens on his shoulders and rest assured we are in good hands.

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:29-30 (NASB)

Nobody loves us like Jesus.  There is no better friend than Jesus.  His heart is our home forever.

Let this song speak to your heart.

What a Friend – Matt Maher

Thank you for spending this time worshiping God.

His door is now open to you.  You are in God’s presence.  Don’t leave without Him.  Keep Him with you throughout your day.

Go in peace.

 

All scripture references are linked to Bible Gateway so that you can read each verse in context.  Bible Gateway allows you to change the verse to your favorite translation and compare it side-by-side with multiple translations.  In addition, you can select to hear an audio version of any verse by clicking on the speaker icon.  Keep the Bible Gateway App on your phone so that you can visit the Word of God at any time during your day.

Why We Are Here

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16 (NASB)

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Let this be a time of worship to God.  Pray each prayer and add your own personal message to God.  Read each scripture as though reading it for the first time – listen carefully for the voice of God.  Listen to each song paying close attention to the lyrics provided.  These songs were carefully chosen.  Even if the music is not your favorite style of music, know that the musicians performing are sincerely making music to the Lord.  Try to feel the passion in their words and their musical expression.  Give thought to the message presented and confirm the truth therein by opening your Bible and taking some time to do your own personal study.  May you be greatly blessed.

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Let’s Pray Together

Heavenly Father, we stand in your presence in awe of your awesome power and love.  We seek that which is your will in our lives and look forward to the return of your Son Jesus Christ.  Please Father, wrap your arms around each of us and provide for us all of our needs.  Forgive us Father, for all of our mistakes and failures in our pursuit of righteousness.  Develop in us the ability to also forgive those who disrupt our lives.  Open our eyes Father, to the enemy who is in pursuit of our souls.  Let us see clearly the evil trying to control our lives so that we can avoid destruction.  We offer this prayer in the Holy name of Jesus.  Amen.

Why We Are Here

(Less than 30 minutes total time)

All of us sometimes get trapped in our own world, fenced in by the challenges of life or the cynical idea we are not able to do much more with our lives other than take care of ourselves. Unbelievers are often focused on personal pleasure.  Followers of Jesus are often overly consumed with their own salvation, and not truly focused on the salvation of others.  In both cases, the issue is a deeper concern for self than for others.

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”  Philippians 2:3-4 (NASB)

Life can be difficult and making ends meet is not always easy; nevertheless, as followers of Jesus we are to set our own needs aside and care for our neighbor when the opportunity presents itself.

“Do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”  Hebrews 13:16 (NASB)

Those of us who are blessed with an abundant life either financially or in talents and abilities, should go the extra mile to share our gifts with those in need.  Everything we have is a gift from God and not ours to hoard or keep solely for our own purposes.

“We who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.”  Romans 15:1 (NASB)

If we are overly consumed with our own needs to the exclusion of those around us we are missing a significant portion of God’s plan for our lives.  Serving God by serving others is what we’re here for.

Carefully consider this song.

My Own Little World – Matthew West

In my own little world it hardly ever rains

I’ve never gone hungry, always felt safe

I got some money in my pocket, shoes on my feet

In my own little world: population — me

I try to stay awake during Sunday morning church

I throw a twenty in the plate but I never give ’til it hurts

And I turn off the news when I don’t like what I see

It’s easy to do when its population — me

What if there’s a bigger picture?

What if I’m missing out?

What if there’s a greater purpose?

I could be living right now

Outside my own little world

Stopped till the red light, looked out my window

I saw a cardboard sign said, “Help this homeless widow”

And just above that sign was the face of a human

I thought to myself, “God, what have I been doing?”

So I rolled down the window and I looked her in the eye

Oh, how many times have I just passed her by?

I gave her some money then I drove on through

And my own little world reached population two

What if there’s a bigger picture?

What if I’m missing out?

What if there’s a greater purpose?

I could be living right now

Outside my own little world, ooh, my own little world, ooh

Father, break my heart for what breaks Yours

Give me open hands and open doors

Put Your light in my eyes and let me see

That my own little world is not about me

What if there’s a bigger picture?

What if I’m missing out?

What if there’s a greater purpose?

That I could be living right now

I don’t wanna miss what matters

I wanna be reaching out

Show me the greater purpose

So I can start living right now

Outside my own little world, my own little world, my own little world

Step Out in Faith

We have an enemy in this world that is constantly trying to distract us with things that do not pertain to God, or worse, distorting the truth so that we spend more time than needed on what we believe to be Godly endeavors.  Yes, it’s possible to spend too much time at church and neglect the true will of God.

“Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”  Ephesians 5:15-17 (NASB)

Bible study, prayer, worship, and fellowship are all important aspects of the Christian life; however, they are empty and meaningless without a sincere effort to share God’s love by helping others.  Serving others outside of your immediate family is one of the best ways to share the gospel.  Acting out of love for others expresses far more than a thousand words of practiced evangelism.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16 (NASB)

Our calling card as followers of Jesus is not where we go to church or how many books of the Bible we’ve read – our calling card is how we treat others.  We are to love one another in the same way that God loves us.  Those who consistently serve others are clearly identified as disciples of Jesus.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:34-35 (NASB)

Let this song speak to your heart.

I Refuse – Josh Wilson

Sometimes I

I just want to close my eyes

And act like everyone’s all right

When I know they’re not

This world needs God

But it’s easier to stand and watch

I could say a prayer and just move on

Like nothing’s wrong

But I refuse

Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care

I don’t want to say another empty prayer

Oh I refuse to

Sit around and wait for someone else

To do what God has called me to do myself

Oh I could choose

Not to move

But I refuse

I can hear the least of these

Crying out so desperately

And I know we are the hands and feet

Of You, Oh God

So if you say move

It’s time for me to follow through

And do what I was made to do

And show them who you are

Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care

I don’t want to say another empty prayer

Oh I refuse to

Sit around and wait for someone else

To do what God has called me to do myself

Oh I could choose

Not to move

But I refuse

To stand and watch

The weary and lost

Cry out for help

I refuse

To turn my back

And try and act like all is well

I refuse

To stay unchanged

To wait another day

To doubt myself

I refuse

To make one more excuse

Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care

I don’t want to say another empty prayer

Oh I refuse to

Sit around and wait for someone else

To do what God has called me to do myself

Oh I could choose

Not to move

But I refuse

I refuse

I refuse

We Are Here to Serve

As followers of Jesus, our mission is to walk in his footsteps.  Jesus demonstrated the life of the ultimate servant, sacrificing his life on our behalf.  Our lives should also be dedicated to serving others.  We should be looking for every opportunity to show the world the love of God.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:45 (NASB)

Serving others is our service to God.  No matter where we are, at work, at school, out shopping, working out at the gym, there are always opportunities to serve others.  Everything we do should be a tribute to our salvation and a clear indication that we are part of the family of God.

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”  Colossians 3:23-24 (NASB)

Keep in mind, we are not acting alone.  The Holy Spirit is with all believers guiding us and keeping us connected to the power of God.  God designed us with service in mind.  We have been crafted by God for this mission.  All we have to do is listen for his direction and respond accordingly.

“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)

In your next prayer, specifically ask God to point the way to your service assignment.  In your next study of the Word of God, look carefully for an indicator of your next move.  Seek your calling and then step out in faith knowing that God will be with you to make certain you accomplish your divinely prepared good works.

Let this song speak to your heart.

What We’re Here For – The Afters

Thank you for spending this time worshiping God.

His door is now open to you.  You are in God’s presence.  Don’t leave without Him.  Keep Him with you throughout your day.

Go in peace.

 

All scripture references are linked to Bible Gateway so that you can read each verse in context.  Bible Gateway allows you to change the verse to your favorite translation and compare it side-by-side with multiple translations.  In addition, you can select to hear an audio version of any verse by clicking on the speaker icon.  Keep the Bible Gateway App on your phone so that you can visit the Word of God at any time during your day.

 

 

Christianity

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16 (NASB)

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Let this be a time of worship to God.  Pray each prayer and add your own personal message to God.  Read each scripture as though reading it for the first time – listen carefully for the voice of God.  Listen to each song paying close attention to the lyrics provided.  These songs were carefully chosen.  Even if the music is not your favorite style of music, know that the musicians performing are sincerely making music to the Lord.  Try to feel the passion in their words and their musical expression.  Give thought to the message presented and confirm the truth therein by opening your Bible and taking some time to do your own personal study.  May you be greatly blessed.

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Let’s Pray Together

Father God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, we worship and adore you.  Fill our hearts with that which is your will and control our steps as we celebrate your approaching kingdom.  We look to you for all our basic needs and thank you for all that you provide.  Please forgive us Father for all the mistakes we make along the way and soften our hearts so that we may forgive others.  Keep us safe from the enemy who wanders about looking to devour our souls.  Fill our minds with your wisdom and our hearts with your love.  We ask these things in the Holy name of Jesus.  Amen.

Christianity

(Less than 30 minutes total time)

Take a walk with me through the Essential Doctrines of Christianity. Let’s look closely at precisely what it is followers of Jesus Christ believe.

There is only one God. He has always existed and will always exist.

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3

God is one essence, but three persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14

We are sinful and cannot please God by our own good works alone.

 “There is none righteous, not even one” Romans 3:10

Jesus became a human being through a supernatural conception in Mary’s womb.

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” Matthew 1:23

Jesus is perfect.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus Christ is, in essence, God. He is divine.

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” Colossians 2:9

Jesus Christ was fully human, as well as fully divine.

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us” John 1:14

God – and God alone – is able to rescue us.

“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy” Titus 3:5

Faith, not works, connects us to God.

“But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness” Romans 4:5

Only Christ’s sinless life, sacrificial death and bodily resurrection can bring us to God.

“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” 1 Peter 2:24

Jesus rose bodily from the grave.

“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” Romans 10:9

Jesus ascended, body and soul, to God.

“While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven” Luke 24:51

Christ represents our best interests before God.

“And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” 1 John 2:1

Jesus is coming again soon, and we should all be ready.

“They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory” Matthew 24:30

This essential doctrine is the basic understanding of what it means to be a Christian.  These are the truths that we believers affirm through our praise and worship of God.

Let this song fill your spirit.

This I Believe (The Creed) – Hillsong Worship

The Whole World

Jesus told his disciples that Christianity would spread throughout the world.  This miraculous truth helps to confirm our faith.  Indeed, Christianity can be found all over the world today.

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations.”  Matthew 24:14 (NASB)

The Internet makes it possible for anyone to spread the gospel message all over the world.  There are no limits to our ability to communicate God’s truth across the globe.  We can assist in this effort by contributing to missionary organizations that are dedicated to spreading the Word or simply create our own online presence to share the good news of salvation through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”  Mark 16:15 (NASB)

When Jesus instructed his disciples to preach the gospel to the whole world, he encouraged them to make disciples.  If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, your ultimate goal should be to become a true disciple.  Discipleship involves knowing the Word of God, praying consistently, fellowship with other believers, using your God-given talents to spread God’s love, and sharing the gospel with others through words and actions.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20 (NASB)

The Holy Spirit lives inside the heart of every believer and supplies guidance and access to God.  Jesus reigns as our King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is with us now and forever.

Let this song lift your spirit.

He Reigns – Newsboys

It’s the song of the redeemed

Rising from the African plain

It’s the song of the forgiven

Drowning out the Amazon rain

The song of Asian believers

Filled with God’s holy fire

It’s every tribe, every tongue, every nation

A love song born of a grateful choir

It’s all God’s children singing

Glory, glory, hallelujah

He reigns, He reigns

It’s all God’s children singing

Glory, glory, hallelujah

He reigns, He reigns

Let it rise about the four winds

Caught up in the heavenly sound

Let praises echo from the towers of cathedrals

To the faithful gathered underground

Of all the songs sung from the dawn of creation

Some were meant to persist

Of all the bells rung from a thousand steeples

None rings truer than this

It’s all God’s children singing

Glory, glory, hallelujah

He reigns, He reigns

It’s all God’s children singing

Glory, glory, hallelujah

He reigns, He reigns

And all the powers of darkness

Tremble at what they’ve just heard

‘Cause all the powers of darkness

Can’t drown out a single word

When all God’s children sing out

Glory, glory, hallelujah

He reigns, He reigns

All God’s people singing

Glory, glory, hallelujah

He reigns, He reigns

Our Savior

Followers of Jesus, believers, Christians, are travelers passing through this world on their way to eternal glory.  Our true home is the kingdom of God that will be revealed to us when Jesus returns.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Philippians 3:20 (NASB)

Our mission here in this world is to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and spread the love of God by serving others.  This is the kind of godly behavior that will be rewarded by our Savior when he returns.

“Godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.”  1 Timothy 4:8-10 (NASB)

God supplies, through Jesus Christ, the righteousness we could never attain in our own power.  It was God’s great love that bestowed upon us this awesome gift.  This is the God who lives in the heart of all believers, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – our God now and forever.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”  Jude 24-25 (NASB)

Allow this song to speak to your heart.

My Savior My God – Aaron Shust

I am not skilled to understand

What God has willed what God Has planned

I only know at his right hand

Stands one who is my Savior

I take him at his word and deed

Christ died to save me this I read

And in my heart I find the need

Of him to be my Savior

That he would leave his place on high

And come for sinful man to die

You called it strange so once did I

Before I knew my Savior

[x2:]

My Savior loves

My Savior lives

My Savior’s always there for me

My God he was

My God he is

My God is always gonna be

Yes living, dying let me bring

My strength my Solace from the Spring

That he who lives to be my king

Once died to be my Savior

That he would leave his place on high

And come for sinful man to die

You called it strange, so once did I

Before I knew my Savior

[x2:]

My Savior loves

My Savior lives

My Savior’s always there for me

My God he was

My God he is

My God is always gonna be

[x4:]

My Savior loves

My Savior lives

My Savior’s always there for me

My God he was

My God he is

My God is always gonna be

I am not skilled to understand

What God has willed what God Has planned

I only know at his right hand

Stands one who is my Savior

Thank you for spending this time worshiping God.

His door is now open to you.  You are in God’s presence.  Don’t leave without Him.  Keep Him with you throughout your day.

Go in peace.

 

All scripture references are linked to Bible Gateway so that you can read each verse in context.  Bible Gateway allows you to change the verse to your favorite translation and compare it side-by-side with multiple translations.  In addition, you can select to hear an audio version of any verse by clicking on the speaker icon.  Keep the Bible Gateway App on your phone so that you can visit the Word of God at any time during your day.

 

 

 

All to Jesus

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16 (NASB)

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Let this be a time of worship to God.  Pray each prayer and add your own personal message to God.  Read each scripture as though reading it for the first time – listen carefully for the voice of God.  Listen to each song paying close attention to the lyrics provided.  These songs were carefully chosen.  Even if the music is not your favorite style of music, know that the musicians performing are sincerely making music to the Lord.  Try to feel the passion in their words and their musical expression.  Give thought to the message presented and confirm the truth therein by opening your Bible and taking some time to do your own personal study.  May you be greatly blessed.

________________________________________

Let’s Pray Together

Father God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, we worship and adore you.  Fill our hearts with that which is your will and control our steps as we celebrate your approaching kingdom.  We look to you for all our basic needs and thank you for all that you provide.  Please forgive us Father for all the mistakes we make along the way and soften our hearts so that we may forgive others.  Keep us safe from the enemy who wanders about looking to devour our souls.  Fill our minds with your wisdom and our hearts with your love.  We ask these things in the Holy name of Jesus.  Amen.

All to Jesus

(Less than 30 minutes total time)

Those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, through faith in his death and resurrection as payment for their sins, have been born again into a new life.  Imagine a white board at the front of a classroom covered in mathematical calculations wiped clean and returned to its original pure white condition.  That is what it means to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”  Matthew 16:24 (NASB)

Following Jesus is a new beginning – a fresh start with a clean slate.  Believers no longer allow this world to dictate their destiny.   Believers have been transformed into children of God with an eternal destiny in the kingdom of God.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)

Followers of Jesus are a new creation.  Believers think different, experience things in a new and different way, and are motivated to act in totally different ways.  The life of a true believer is completely restructured.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”  Galatians 2:20 (NASB)

Being a Christian is not something you only do on Sunday, or periodically throughout the week.  Christianity is all encompassing.  Christianity is a heart centered on loving God and loving others.  Christianity is an all or nothing proposition.

Allow this song to speak to your heart.

He Wants It All – Forever Jones

There’s a voice that cries out in the silence

Searching for a heart that will love Him

Longing for a child that will give Him their all

Give it all, He wants it all

And there’s a God that walks over the earth

He’s searching for a heart that is desperate

And longing for a child

That will give Him their all

Give it all, He wants it all

And He says love me, love me with your whole heart

He wants it all today

Serve me, serve me with your life now

He wants it all today

Bow down, let go of your idols

He wants it all today [x3]

He wants it all

And there’s a God that walks over the earth

He’s searching for a heart that is desperate

Longing for a child that will give Him their all

Give it all, He wants it all

And he says love me, love me with your whole heart

He wants it all today

Serve me, serve me with your life now

He wants it all today

Bow down, let go of your idols

He wants it all today [x3]

He wants it all

All of you, more of you

He wants it all today, oh oh oh oh

All of you, more of you

He wants it all today, oh oh oh oh

All of you, more of you

He wants it all today, today, today

He wants it all today [x2]

So give it all

There’s a voice that cries out in the silence

Searching for a heart that is desperate

Longing for a child that will give him their all

Give it all

He wants it all

More Like Jesus

Believers are no longer ruled by sin.  Believers are given power through the Holy Spirit to overcome sin in their lives.  The mission of all believers is to become more like Jesus every day.

“In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”  Ephesians 4:22-24 (NASB)

Believers are compelled to reach out to others in love.  These acts of love are not a demonstration of their faith, they are evidence of their new life connected to God.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, believers carry out the will of the Father according to his ultimate plan.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)

Followers of Jesus, in harmony with other believers, gradually walk away from their human existence and depend more and more on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Each day in a believer’s life is one step closer to full dependency on God and a total abandonment of selfish desire.

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”  Colossians 3:1 (NASB)

True believers give all of their life to Jesus.

Let this song move your spirit.

More Like Jesus – Kristian Stanfill

You came to the world you created

Trading your crown for a cross

You willingly died

Your innocent life paid the cost

Counting your status as nothing,

The King of all kings came to serve

Washing my feet

Covering me with your love

If more of You

Means less of me

Take everything

Yes, all of You

Is all I need

Take everything

You are my life and my treasure

The one that I can’t live without

Here at your feet my desires and dreams, I lay down

Here at your feet my desires and dreams, I lay down

If more of You

Means less of me

Take everything

Yes, all of You

Is all I need

Take everything

If more of You

Means less of me

Take everything

Yes, all of You

Is all I need

Take everything

Oh Lord

Change me like only You can

Here with my hearts in your hands

Father I pray make me more like Jesus

This world is dying to know who You are

You’ve shown us the way to Your heart

So Father I pray make me more like Jesus

Oh Lord, change me like only You can

Here with my heart in Your hands

Father I pray make me more like Jesus

This world is dying to know who You are

You’ve shown us the way to Your heart

So Father I pray make me more like Jesus

More like Jesus I pray Make me more like Jesus

Oh Lord, oh Lord

Father I pray, Father I pray

Make me more like Jesus

If more of You means less of me

Take ev’rything

Yes, all of You is all I need

Take ev’rything

If more of You means less of me

Take ev’rything

Yes, all of You is all I need Take ev’rything

One with God

If you’ve experienced a full immersion baptism, I know you came up from the water feeling completely changed.  In that moment you were, without question, one with God.  For most however, that complete transformation gradually fades as the enemy uses the challenges of this world to chip away at your new connection to God.  Our enemy is real and he is all about driving a wedge between believers and God.  Regardless of the enemy’s persistent effort, we are safe in the hands of Jesus.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”  John 10:27-30 (NASB)

The power of God overwhelms the enemy and no measure of temptation can overcome a true believer’s connection to Jesus.  The good shepherd fulfills his mission to safely preserve all those the Father has given him.  Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, believers are bound together in loving cooperation, following the teaching of Jesus.  This single mindedness establishes believers as the family of God.

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”  John 17:20-21 (NASB)

As per the request of Jesus to his Father, believers are one spirit with him.  Those of us who are followers of Jesus are connected to the ultimate power of the universe in a very intimate way.  There is nothing in this world that can sever that connection.

“But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”  1 Corinthians 6:17 (NASB)

When the awesome power of God is connected together with every believer, there is absolutely nothing that can’t be accomplished.  That kind of total unity should be our mission.  We are each individually responsible for our part of this connection.  We must push away all distraction and seek to be one with God.

Let this song speak to your heart.

Make Us One – Jesus Culture

One with the father

One with the spirit

One with the son of God

One with our sister

One with our brother

One family by the blood

Make us one, make us one

Your will be done

Make us one

One heart with heaven

One mind connected

One body unified

Bind us together

Now and forever

Jesus be glorified

Make us one, make us one

Your will be done

Make us one

Oh, make us one, make us one

Your will be done

Oh, make us one

We confess all our offenses

We confess we’ve been afraid

We repent of all the pride

Let all the hurt be washed away

For all the wars and violence

Against our enemies

Come heal our land with your great river

Restore the family

Make us one, make us one

Your will be done

Make us one

Oh, make us one, make us one

Let your kingdom come

Make us one

Oh, make us one

Thank you for spending this time worshiping God.

His door is now open to you.  You are in God’s presence.  Don’t leave without Him.  Keep Him with you throughout your day.

Go in peace.

 

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