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Market Day of the Soul

“If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the [...]

By | 2015-01-22T10:13:37+00:00 March 28th, 2014|Worship|0 Comments

Singing to the Glory of God

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” ~ Colossians 3:16   In the month of December we have grown accustomed to singing the great hymns of Christmas.  We sing of the [...]

By | 2014-08-18T23:51:18+00:00 December 7th, 2011|Worship|0 Comments

Worship According to Scripture

 “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” ~ John 4:24 When we think of the period of the Reformation (approx. 1500-1700), we think of men such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox.  But what was it that these men, and those like them, sought so valiantly [...]

By | 2015-01-20T14:42:21+00:00 October 19th, 2011|Bible, Worship|0 Comments

Jealously Guarding the Lord’s Day

“There is no hope of destroying the Christian religion while the Christian Sabbath is acknowledged and kept by men as a sacred day” ~ Voltaire Why in the world am I quoting a French skeptic from the period of the Enlightenment on the issue of the Lord’s Day?  Well, I find it quite astonishing that [...]

By | 2014-08-18T23:53:09+00:00 August 17th, 2011|Christian Living, Worship|0 Comments

Morning and Evening Worship

If you...call the Sabbath a delight...then you shall take delight in the LORD -- Isaiah 58:13-14 As your pastor, I’m constantly trying to write articles that I intend to be for our mutual maturing together in Christ.  In the past, I’ve written a few articles on the Lord’s Day, a subject I believe to be [...]

By | 2014-08-19T00:14:00+00:00 August 18th, 2010|Worship|0 Comments

God’s Means of Grace: Prayer

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18   In this article we come to the last of God’s outward and ordinary means whereby he communicates to us His grace.  Prayer is shaped and strengthened by the Word and Sacraments.  “The better we [...]

By | 2015-01-22T10:18:05+00:00 June 9th, 2010|Worship|0 Comments

God’s Means of Grace: Sacraments

            Previously, I’ve written about the Word as one of the “outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to his church the benefits of his mediation...” (WLC #154).  The Word of God communicates to us the promise of God to redeem His people from their sins by grace through faith in Christ.  The Bible is [...]

By | 2015-01-22T10:18:22+00:00 April 28th, 2010|Worship|0 Comments

The Means of Grace: God’s Word

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor.1:18). Two articles ago I tried to explain the general concept of what it means to be a “means of grace-based ministry,” that is, a ministry that seeks [...]

By | 2015-01-22T10:20:16+00:00 March 24th, 2010|Worship|0 Comments

Our Response to Biblical Worship

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18   True biblical worship is Christ-centered and God-focused. It is an extended dialogue with God, where God [...]

By | 2014-08-18T20:44:05+00:00 April 1st, 2009|Worship|0 Comments