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Cadillac commercial — Listen to the Lyrics! (your comments?)

CLICK HERE: WORSHIP ME!

Hands to the sky, show me that you’re mine
Hands to the sky, show me that you’re mine
And baby, worship me
Worship me
On your knees
Patiently, quietly, faithfully, worship me

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2018 in idolatry

 

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Some Quotes from John Piper’s Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

This was an encouraging book to read.  Short.  Passionate.  Devotional in a good sense.  Need your love for the Lord stirred up?  Want to grow in your appreciation of the Person of the Lord Jesus?  Then this book is for you!   Here are a couple of quotes that jumped out at me:

We need “the eyes of [our] hearts” (Eph. 1:18) opened to see the Lord!

“We are all starved for the glory of God, not self.  No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem.” (15).

A prayer:  “Wean us from our obsession with trivial things.” (17).

A prayer:  “Remove the lopsided and distorted images of your Son that weaken our worship and lame our obedience. . . . So deliver us from small dreams and timid ventures and halting plans.” (33).

Some of you know that I have been working on my next book, Unlike Jesus, which is a study of becoming a friend of sinners (from Mt. 11).  Piper comments on this text:  “Truth came dressed in camel skins and eating locusts and living in the wilderness and calling kings adulterers and doing no miracles and dying for a dancing girl.  And this was not acceptable.  So truth came sociably and went to feasts and made fine wine and let a harlot wash his feet.  But this too was not acceptable.” (61).

A prayer:  “Fight for us, O God, that we not drift numb and blind and foolish into vain and empty excitements.  Life is too short, too precious, too painful to waste on worldly bubbles that burst, Heaven is too great, hell is too horrible, eternity is too long that we should putter around on the porch of eternity. . . . We fear our bent to trifling.” (72).

“It follows, starkly, that horrific calamities in this world, no matter how painful, are not the greatest tragedy.  Far greater is the failure to escape hell through repentance and faith.” (97).

“Break our addiction to this world.” (116).

“. . . the Spirit persuades ‘by and with the Scriptures.’  He does not skirt the Scriptures and substitute private revelations about the Scriptures.” (121).

“Christ is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” (122)

 

 

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Some of My Favorite Quotes: J.I. Packer on the Worship of God!

“If it is right for man to have the glory of God as his goal, can it be wrong for God to aim at the same goal? If man can have no higher end and motive than God’s glory, how can God? And if it is wrong for man to seek a lesser end than this, then it would be wrong for God too. The reason why it cannot be right for man to live for himself, as if he were God, is simply the fact that he is not God; and the reason why it cannot be wrong for God to seek His own glory is simply the fact that He is God. Those who would not have God seek His glory in all things are really asking that He should cease to be God. And there is no greater blasphemy than to will God out of existence.” (J.I. Packer in The Plan of God found at http://www.the-highway.com/plan_Packer.html)

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2018 in God's glory

 

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STUCK! Ten Areas That Will Bury You as a Believer and How to Dig Your Way Out! (Area #4- The Saints!) (con’t)

The SAINTS can sometimes bog down the believer in Jesus!  It’s true!  Jesus-followers can get discouraged, distracted, or demoralized by fellow believers in Jesus!

These ten topics (which we are preaching at Crossroads Fellowship Church; website: crossroadschurchinaugusta.com) might help us come to grips with the issues that often slow down our sanctification process.  By “saints” the Bible means every believer (not some special category of Christian determined by church authorities).

The text we have chosen to focus our attention on the saints is Acts 2:42 which reads:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

We’ve noticed the devotion of these first-century believers.  Now let’s see what unified them.  They were thoroughly committed to four specific areas of truth:  THE APOSTLES’ TEACHING, THE FELLOWSHIP, THE BREAKING OF BREAD, AND THE PRAYERS.  Each of those four areas uses the definite article in Greek.  That’s why I used the word “the” before each one.

These early believers cared about DOCTRINE, TOGETHERNESS, WORSHIP, AND COMMUNICATING WITH THE LORD!  If we focused on these for priorities in the local church, don’t you agree that many of our conflicts, squabbles, and spats would vanish?

On the issue of DOCTRINE, what truths about God and the things of God ought to unite believers in Jesus? (I can think of dozens).

On the issue of TOGETHERNESS, what specific steps do we take to spend time with one another?

On the issue of WORSHIP, do we strive to unite our hearts as we praise the Lord together?

On the issue of PRAYER, how might we become much more serious in lifting up one another’s needs?

If fellow-Christians have got you down, my friend, forgive them, pray for them, and take specific steps to concentrate on the four priorities that ought to unite all Jesus-followers!

 

 


 
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Posted by on September 22, 2017 in christian growth

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord: Psalm 150

Psalm 150

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Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2017 in praise

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord: Psalm 149

Psalm 149

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Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
    let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing
    and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord takes delight in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
    and sing for joy on their beds.

May the praise of God be in their mouths
    and a double-edged sword in their hands,
to inflict vengeance on the nations
    and punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with fetters,
    their nobles with shackles of iron,
to carry out the sentence written against them—
    this is the glory of all his faithful people.

Praise the Lord.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2017 in worship

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord: Psalm 148

Psalm 148

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Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
    he issued a decree that will never pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
    old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,
    the praise of all his faithful servants,
    of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2017 in praise

 

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