It’s Friday but Sunday’s Comin’!

The other day I watched this video clip that was titled Sunday’s Comin’. The images that went by depicted Christ’s Passion. The words that were spoken were adapted from a sermon made famous by Dr. Tony Campolo and they went something like this:

It’s Friday. Jesus is arrested in the garden, Peter is sleeping, and Judas is betraying. But Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. Pilate is struggling, the council is conspiring, the crowd is vilifying. But Sunday’s comin’. Continue reading

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How Big?

Each week as we gather as the church, we have the powerful opportunity to proclaim and declare our love for, thanks to, submission under, joy about our Great God. Each of us with our different gifts, personalities, backgrounds, and experiences come together to hear what this One True God has to say to us from His Word. We worship by singing, praying, preaching, listening, serving.

Worship is our response to God. That is very basic, I know.  Continue reading

Are You Thrilled?

My favorite church service of the year is coming up. It is such an encouraging time together. We gather together to share what God has done, is doing, and will do in our lives. Let me share Psalm 92 to get the thankfulness flowing.

A psalm A song to be sung on the Sabbath Day.

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.

It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by the harp and lute and the melody of the lyre.

You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.” (vv. 1-4 NLT)

Matthew Henry writes this about Psalm 92: “It is a privilege that we are admitted to praise the Lord, and hope to be accepted in the morning, and every night; not only on sabbath days, but every day; not only in public, but in private, and in our families. Let us give thanks every morning for the mercies of the night, and every night for the mercies of the day; going out, and coming in, let us bless God.”

Are there times when you don’t recognize God’s blessing and mercy? How about when you recognize it but it still doesn’t grip you, not for long anyway. That happens to me and it frustrates me. “God, you just knocked my socks off, and I’m still not full of joy!” Those are the times I need to really look at my heart. What’s in the way? Is there something I need to turn over to Him? Where else do I need to give thanks?

I sometimes think that our Combined Thanksgiving Service isn’t long enough.

If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. (Psalm 40:5b NLT)

I guess I’m right. And thrilled.