What is the announcement on Palm Sunday? From the crowd in Jerusalem, the ancient prophecies, and Jesus Himself, God’s message is clear. Jesus is King, a gentle King. Whether you are a religious beginner or a long time follower, the trumpeted announcement on Palm Sunday summons a response. Worship Him or discard Him but you cannot ignore Him.
Much of life is steady and predictable. Yet, sometimes we are nudged to do something unexpected, extravagant and even crazy. After Jesus raised Mary’s brother from the grave, she did something crazy. She took valuable perfume, worth a year’s wages, and poured it out on Jesus. This extravagant moment incited both strong criticism from Judas and great approval from Jesus. Has God prompted you to do something unexpected, extravagant and even crazy? Is there something He wants you to do that requires pure devotion? If so, listen closely, proceed tenaciously, expect opposition and anticipate God’s pleasure upon you.
Our present technology and culture allow for efficient multitasking. We successfully implement it almost everywhere but worship. Isaac Watts saw long ago what we still see today: a struggle to maintain focus in our designated times for praise. He, like the Psalmist in Psalm 98, calls for more than singing; he calls for internalization of songs. As the world around us sings for joy, we are to do the same, knowing that the One who reigns is sovereign, but also benevolent; a Savior who gave Himself so that we can lose an eternity of separation and gain an eternity of relationship.
How can we hear God’s voice? We now come to the point in our series where we begin to explore some of the ways God speaks, beginning today with His creation. In this message, we are encouraged and equipped to tune our ears and eyes to God’s artwork in creation which speaks every day, everywhere to everyone.
His kingdom is beautiful because he is there
God often leads disciple making communities to send and support specific people to show and tell the good news that Jesus is Lord of all beyond their own city. In our recent journey through Acts 13 and 14 we have seen how God called Paul and Barnabas from their church in Antioch to take His message of grace throughout Galatia. In our message today, we learn that after their journey God led them to circle back to their sending partners in Antioch in order to “declare all that God had done with them.” Today we hear a brief summary of this text followed by a report from Don and Janet Guizzetti. Don and Janet are followers of Jesus and partners with Hope who have who have recently returned from their second missionary trip among the people of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (West Africa).
We are made to worship. God engineered our souls to thirst for increasing doses of delight. So throughout our city as in the 1st century city of Lystra men and women seek pleasure in many unsatisfactory quests. In this text the Apostle Paul succinctly declares the secret for every soul, “Turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.” Listening to this message will clarify for you why only God will satisfy your soul and equip you to expand your delight in Him.
Even though there are no commands in the Bible for us to celebrate Palm Sunday, once a year the word “Hosanna” is sung, palm branches are waved and millions of people celebrate the day when Jesus rode on a colt into Jerusalem. Why is this? In this message we uncover the big announcement that Jesus made on that day; news about Himself that is so significant that its implications reverberate beyond our annual celebrations into every aspect of life.
If I love God and can worship Him anywhere I go on any day of the week (including Sunday), why should I be a part of a church? This is a great question! For those who sincerely seek an answer to this common and legitimate question this message presents several reasons why it is good, […]
When we hear the word, “worship” we often think of music or a Sunday morning service. Throughout the Bible worship is described with words like delight, honor, ascribe supreme worth to, enjoy, give the best of what has been given to us to, and find pleasure in God. This week we look to David, a man after God’s own heart, to see how we can worship God in all spheres of life including, but not limited to, when we gather with others for corporate worship.