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8 November 2016

'That's the story of worship: God creates, sin corrupts, but Christ redeems. And all of us get to sing along.' Mike Cosper If God had not redeemed us, He would still be worthy of worship. But how much more should our hearts desire to rejoice when we see God's glory on display against the black, broken backdrop of our sin? Each week as we gather, we are retelling the Gos...

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1 November 2016

'Thy glory o'er creation shines, but in Thy sacred Word I read in fairer, brighter lines, my bleeding, dying Lord.' Anne Steele We see God's glory on display in creation. He has set His glory in the heavens. The skies proclaim His handiwork (Ps 19:1). From the slightest colour to the greatest cosmos, everything is spinning in worship of our Creator God. But God has also...

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25 October 2016

'We can spare everything except the Word. We profit nothing so much as by the Word.' Martin Luther Worship is always a response. And in our sung corporate worship, we are responding to God's Word, with God's Word, from God's Word and because of God's Word. It is read, taught, applied, prayed, sung, meditated on and lived out in our gathered time God's Word is sharper th...

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18 October 2016

'Let your singing drive you to the Scriptures and let the Scriptures drive you back to singing.' Stephen Miller When the Word of Christ dwells in us richly, it pours out in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs for the building up of the Body (Col 3:16). And I am convinced that as servant leaders, there is nothing of greater value to those we serve than to be people of the W...

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11 October 2016

'Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God, for "All flesh is like grass, and all it's glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but ...

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4 October 2016

'A dependent heart begets a humble heart. A humble heart begets a grateful heart. A grateful heart begets a joyful heart.' Burk Parsons Dependence: 'In His hand is the life over every living thing and the breath of all mankind.' Job 12:10 Humble: 'When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that...

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27 September 2016

'A rejoicing heart soon makes a praising tongue.' Spurgeon What causes a heart to rejoice? For the Christ follower there are infinite reasons that could move our hearts to rejoicing and our mouths to praise. If we look to Colossians for an opportunity for a rejoicing heart we will see over and over the common thread of our union with Christ. Received Him (2:6), filled in...

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20 September 2016

'O God, turn my soul from leaning on the things You have made, and may it lean on You who have made these things so wonderfully.' Augustine We love and admire gifts in all their forms. And while gifts should kindle affection for the giver, too easily we are drawn away to simply enjoy the gift itself. This is an exchange of glory (Rom 1:23). God is the giver of every goo...

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13 September 2016

'How long will it be before we discover we cannot dazzle God with our accomplishments? When will we acknowledge that we need not and cannot buy God's favour?' Brennan Manning Paul's sermon this past Sunday reminded me of this quote. We are those that have first received - nothing to earn, nothing to prove, it is all grace, all a gift of God (1 Cor 4:7). We have received...

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6 September 2016

'I am a person of the bent knee, the upturned hand, and the full heart.' E Stanley Jones If there was ever a posture and progression for the servant leader certainly this is it. Bent knee I once heard Louie Giglio say 'You should never stand in front of people before you have first been on your knees.' Bowing is an act of reverence (Phil 2:10), humility (Ps 146:8), de...

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