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Gifted Church, Loving Service

One of the most important but often most neglected commands in the New Testament is the command to love one another. 1 John 4 has language so strong that John believes you cannot be a child of God if you do not love your brother in Christ. But the world has so distorted the meaning of love that it is often hard for us to think right about the concept or to put it into practice consistently. Our biggest problem is that we love ourselves too much, and we want everyone else to love us too, but Paul defines love for us in 1 Corinthians 13, and it isn't about us getting what we want. Love is about giving of ourselves for the good of others, and when we can live this principle (particularly in the church) we will model for the world the difference that Jesus Christ makes in a life. "May the Lord cause us to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people" (1 Thess 3:12). Read More

Sacrificing Lord, Remembering Church

I am struck by how often I enter worship thinking only about myself and forgetting the reason why I am there in the first place. We must guard our hearts so that we do not become self-centered in our worship and thus not worship at all. In God's good grace, he provides us with great reminders of who He is in His Word, through the Lord's Table, and through fellowship within the body. But we must take these reminders and use them to focus our worship on Christ instead of on ourselves. May God receive the worship due His name this weekend as we gather. Read More

Gender Roles, Modest Worship

Our culture sinfully distorts gender and the gender roles that God laid out at the beginning of creation. Unfortunately, in some ways the church has gone right along with the world, and we have allowed our own ideas of these issues to be formed more by society than God's Word. God made us different for a reason, and if we fail to recognize and encourage the differences in the church, we are liable to confuse further an already confused world. May God grant us the grace to recognize and rejoice in the differences. Read More