"Worship is man's full reason for existence. Worship is why we are born and why we are born again." A.W. Tozer
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Week #66 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, October 25th.
- Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
- O Worship the King
- Shout to the Lord
- Blessed Be Your Name
To check out what others are doing in their services and learn more about what Sunday Setlists is all about, check out Fred McKinnon's blog at http://www.fredmckinnon.com/myblog/2009/10/25/sunday-setlists-66/
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Week #65 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, October 18th.
- All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises
- Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
- How Deep the Father's Love for Us
- Amazing Love (You Are My King)
This morning we focused on missions. We had Joel Wright with us, who is one of the missionaries that we at Bethel support. Joel spent many years in the mission field in the country of Brazil, but now is state-side working to plant and build-up Brazilian churches and their pastors. This man has an amazing heart toward the country and the people of Brazil. This mornings message was on the inclusive love of God, a love for all peoples. One of the highlights for me this morning came at the end of his message. He shared about this outreach events that happen in Brazil. The people gather for worship, and there are more people than can fit in most stadiums, so they gather at these large amphitheaters, lift their voices and just worship. He played a video of some of the music they worship to at these events and even though I don't speak Portuguese and don't understand Portuguese, there's a connection through the music and the One that gave the music and I was worshiping as well. It reminds me of a missions trip I took back in college to the country of Greece with our brass choir from Cedarville University. One of the nights we were there we attended a youth outreach night. We played and then we got to take in what they do at these events. They had their own worship team and they began their time of worship. Some of the songs we didn't know, but then they got to some songs that we did know. So there we were, all these Greek students and us singing the same song, them in Greek and us in English. Though we are from two separate cultures and speak two completely different languages, there we were together worshiping the same God. We must not let cultures, languages, backgrounds, etc. get in the way of letting others know about the wonderful love of God, a love that is for all peoples.
To check out what others are doing in their services and learn more about what Sunday Setlists is all about, check out Fred McKinnon's blog at http://www.fredmckinnon.com/myblog/2009/10/18/sunday-setlists-65/
Monday, October 12, 2009
Week #64 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, October 11th.
- Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
- Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King
- Mighty to Save
This morning we continued in our series on how to Rust-Proof our Relationships by Tony Redfern. This morning's message was "Rush Inhibitor: Invitation Initiates Reconciliation." The passage for the morning was Isaiah 55.1-8. We're called to invite others to begin the process of reconciliation by following a model that God has set for us; 1) God's invitation is appropriate (v.1a), 2) God's invitation is generous (v.1b), 3) God's invitation is gracious (v.1c), 4) God's invitation is irresistible (v.2a), 5) God's invitation is transformational (v.3a), 6) God's invitation is glorifying (vs.3b-5), 7) God's invitation speaks the truth in love (vs.6-8). This is our model of how we should approach others should we need to reconcile something with someone else.
To check out what others are doing in their services and learn more about what Sunday Setlists is all about, check out Fred McKinnon's blog at http://www.fredmckinnon.com/myblog/2009/10/11/sunday-setlists-64/
What another fantastic book for our day and age that we are going through right now; the world is definitely a little chaotic right now. Since reading Fearless by Max Lucado, I was equally interested in reading this book by Dr. David Jeremiah when I found it. Part of me wanted to see how the books were similar or different, but knowing how centered on Christ Dr. Jeremiah is as a person I really wanted to see how he would relate the times that we’re going through ground in the Word of God. I believe he hit the mark with the verse on the back cover; “Let not your heart be troubled…” (John 14.1)
Reading through the book, I was drawn to chapter seven which is titled “Stay Confident.” I believe the subject of this chapter is the main point of the book and not just because of the words confident in the chapter heading and confidence in the title of the book. I believe it is the main point because the subject of this chapter is the Word of God. This book is full of scripture passages to back up what Dr. Jeremiah is saying, but there were a couple points in this chapter that really grabbed a hold of me and made me think this is how we live with confidence. Dr. Jeremiah tells us this, “I assure you that the most remarkable and powerful words of comfort and encouragement you’ll ever encounter are all in the Bible,” and “the Bible is the key to living with confidence in a chaotic world.” If we abide in His Word, I believe these patterns for living will come true, centered in Christ, committed to the Word, compassionate toward others, connected to the church, consistent in your walk, calm in your heart, certain of His coming, and confident in your faith. Not only are these great for living in the chaotic world we live in as a whole, but also in our own personal lives. We may not all be going through the loss of jobs or houses, total destruction because of natural disasters, but that doesn’t mean our lives are not chaotic. Even in the smaller chaotic times, we must not forget the Word of God and let God work in and through us to help us live with confidence.
Special thanks to Thomas Nelson and the Book Review Bloggers program for providing this complimentary book to read and review.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Week #63 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, October 4th.
- My Savior's Love
- Holy is the Lord
Wonderful time of worship this morning. Starting off with the Doxology and then moving right into Hosanna was a fantastic way to start the morning off with praise. This morning we had Tony Redfern bring the message to us this morning. He does a lot of mediation and counseling and today, along with next Sunday and the following Monday night, he is giving a mini-series of Rust-Proof Relationships. This morning's message was "Rust Removers for Relationships: Dealing with Unresolved Conflict." He based his message off of Ephesians 4.25-32 and highlighted five rust removers: 1) Agree to deal with today's conflict today (v. 26), 2) Agree to deny permission for Satan to enter your relationships (v. 27), 3) Agree to be truth-tellers and grace-givers (vs. 25, 29), 4) Agree to stop the conflict cycles (vs. 30, 31), and 5) Agree to forgive each other (v. 32).
To check out what others are doing in their services and learn more about what Sunday Setlists is all about, check out Fred McKinnon's blog at http://www.fredmckinnon.com/myblog/2009/10/04/sunday-setlists-63/