Do You Really Want To Know God’s Way?

In Psalm 25:4-5 David prays, “Make me to know Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me …”.  Many Christians might identify with these words. Upon reading them they might say, “Amen! I want God to lead ME like that!” But do you really? Are you willing to do what is necessary for God to lead you? What does that involve?  Psalm 25 shows us: Continue reading

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“Four Ways To Worship God” (Psalm 9:1-2 sermon)

From the remotest jungle in Africa or the Amazon, to the most isolated island in the Pacific, every culture that has ever been discovered has worshiped. They have never found a civilization in which the people didn’t worship someone or something. Which shows that Man’s heart was made to worship something, even when it’s misguided, or when we don’t know what or how to worship; we know we are supposed to be worshiping something.

Last Sunday we saw how Jacob made a real, personal, commitment of his life to Yahweh, the God of the Bible, as his God. And we saw that when he did, he showed it in a couple of ways: he made a commitment to give God back a tenth of all that He gave him. And he worshiped Him. We saw that when you really come to know the Lord, you worship Him.

But someone might ask: “But HOW do I worship Him?” And that’s not a bad question. You’d like to think that we just all instinctively know how to worship; but the problem is, our sin has distorted our relationship with God, and we have to a great extent lost our ability to worship the way we should. So God gave us His word, to show us the way back to Him — first, by having our sins forgiven through Christ, so that we CAN come back to Him. And then in a number of places in His word He shows us just HOW we should worship Him once we are reconciled to Him in Christ. If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, that’s the first thing you’ve got to do, in order to be able to worship. You can’t begin to worship God until you do — your sin is still in the way. But if you DO know Jesus as your Savior, then you can learn from this passage today, several ways to worship God:

“I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders. I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” (Psalm 9:1-2)

Here we find four distinctive ways that God’s people can worship Him: Continue reading

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The Most Romantic Verse In The Bible?

“So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.” (Genesis 29:20)

Surely this is at least one of the most romantic verses in all of the word of God. Jacob loved Rachel so much that he was not only willing to work seven years to earn her hand in marriage, but the seven years “seemed to him but a few days” because he loved her so much. It’s hard to beat that sentiment!

But this is also indicative of a truth that applies in a number of areas of life: Continue reading

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Jehovah Jireh My Provider

“Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.’’ (Genesis 22:14)

”The Lord will provide” Abraham said. In Hebrew this is “Yahweh Jireh”, or “Jehovah Jireh,” and it has become one of the best-loved names of God among Christians today. But do we appreciate that name, and His provision, for what it really is? Continue reading

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“When The Lord Is Your God” (Genesis 28:10-22 sermon)

In our daily Bible reading this week we read one of my favorite passages from the Old Testament. I love it because it shows what happens in the life of a person when the Lord really becomes your God. We see this in Jacob here, when after his encounter with God he says:

:21 “then the LORD will be my God. This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

Here Jacob shows us what happens “When The Lord Is Your God:” Continue reading

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“Reckoned Righteous” (Genesis 15:6 sermon)

One of the great blessings of reading through the Bible together this year is that in the course of the year we will come across all of the greatest verses in the Bible at one point or another. Our verse for today has to be considered one of those: Genesis 15:6, “Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.”

This Old Testament verse is one of the most often quoted verses by the authors of the New Testament (Romans 4:3, 20-22, Galatians 3:6, James 2:23). And rightly so, because this verse teaches us some of the most important truths about salvation. If you want to be “saved”: if you want to know that your sins to be forgiven, that you are right with God, and have a home in heaven, you need to understand what this verse is teaching us about being “Reckoned Righteous.” Continue reading

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The Silence of Jesus

“But He did not answer her a word.” (Matthew 15:23a)

Most of us can relate to this episode of the silence of Jesus. Like the Canaanite woman here in Matthew 15 we have experienced times when something is bothering us greatly: “my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” How horrific; to endure that kind of suffering in your child. This mother wanted relief for her daughter. She wanted help from Jesus. But inexplicably, when she came to Him, “He did not answer her a word.”

We experience times like that too: when something is greatly bothering or perplexing us — and we bring it to Jesus, but like with this woman it seems like “He does not answer us a word”! Continue reading

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