The Sound That Makes A Sinner Whole

So I awoke with another song in my head. Last night my sweet wife had a song pop into her head and she said, “I just love how the Holy Spirit puts songs on our hearts.” Amen! It is the Holy Spirit reminding us to worship the King. The name of the song running through my mind this morning is Matt Maher’s “Shout of the King” and this song speaks of Jesus’ presence with us and challenges “all you people rise to the shout of the King.” It continues speaking of the sound of praise all in a name, Jesus Christ, the One who saves. And this is the chorus my mind has camped upon:

    It’s the sound that breaks down strongholds
    It’s the sound that makes a sinner whole
    It’s the sound of freedom falling on the earth
    The sound of victory

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Doing What We Can To Just Believe

I awoke this morning with a song from Third Day in my mind; particularly the first chorus kept playing in my mind. It’s from the song “Ready” and the first stanza goes like this:

    I’m ready for the winds to change
    I’m ready for a brighter day
    I’m ready for the sun to shine down on me
    I’m waiting for a song to sing
    I’m looking for a brand new thing
    I’m ready now to live a life that I believe

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Who’s Serving Who? – Easing Burdens

Last night before our men’s ministry meeting began, I had the opportunity to share with some men at our table that God is showing me that our service to Jesus should be a form of worship. In fact I said that the next time I am thanked for doing something in the church, I wanted to change my response from “I’m glad to serve the Lord” to “I’m just worshipping Jesus.” One of the greatest ways we worship Jesus is in our service to the brethren; the church. Paul instructed the Galatian church to:

    “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

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Who’s Serving Who? – Exposing Love

This weekend while working in the yard I was listening to music on my iPod as is my custom. One of my favorite Christian artists, someone Karen and I have had the pleasure of meeting a couple of times, is Mark Harris, formerly of 4Him who is now a very successful solo artist and songwriter.

His newest CD “Stronger In The Broken Places” is one you will want to add to your collection. One song you may never hear on the radio is one that should be played over and over again. It is titled “Cold Water” and in it Mark asks the Lord how long has it been since he worshiped Christ with a cup of cold water in His name. He acknowledges all the typical Christian worship things we do in our daily walk in Christ. For some reason as I was ending up my yard work this song came on and pierced my heart in two. How long has it been since I worshipped you Jesus with a cup of cold water?

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Who’s Serving Who? – Exhibiting Jesus

If you ever want to be more like Jesus, then serve His flock. When you think of all the lessons Jesus taught us about being a servant leader, what example in the Bible comes to mind? That’s right, Jesus washing the feet of His disciples.

    “So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.’” (John 13:12-17)

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Who’s Serving Who? – Exemplifying Neighborliness

Serving others in and out of church is one of the most positive ways to display neighborliness and one of our greatest witnesses to a lost world. When we concentrate on others, it is amazing how most of our troubles lessen in the light of service. We as the church usually talk the Walk, but we too often avoid walking the Talk. One reason the Mormon Church is out evangelizing Protestant churches is that they go far out of their way to serve others. Too many Protestant churches throw money at ministry and call it done. Some churches have most of their ministries performed by paid staff. That is not a New Testament church.

We can no longer walk by a need and expect God to bless us or for our Christian maturity to grow. Serving others was always at the forefront of Jesus’ ministry:

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Taking Care Of The Circumstances

Have you ever got to the point in your life that you expect everyone to agree with you? Now you did not arrive at that juncture consciously, nevertheless you may have found yourself at that spot. You get to the point in your life that any disagreement towards you from those close to you is received as betrayal. To borrow a phrase from my pastor, you’re living your life as though it can be all honey and no bees. Your skin is so thin its transparent.

I can tell you in my own life that is a point of stoppage. You will not make decisions if you are concerned about contention or confrontation. You will not follow God’s will if you’re afraid of how you are going to be received. And worse yet, you’re living in a fantasy world devoid of any Biblical truth. To believe you can live your best life now without any failure, feuding, or frustration is to ignore the life of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends on earth and he recollects Jesus’ life:

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Possess Ours Souls In Patience And Meekness

One of the greatest moments of betrayal is when someone, especially someone you love, returns your good with evil. They are ungrateful for all you have done for them. Their selfishness is putrid in your nostrils and it literally makes you ill. This theme is one that runs through much of William Shakespeare’s work; one has to wonder how much ingratitude he had experienced.

While classic literature gives us clear examples of ingratitude, the Bible not only gives us that, but also it gives us the remedy for the illness we feel when we receive ingratitude. David was among one of the most reviled and unappreciated men in the Bible:

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