The final psalm in this journey of songs. And it is a super powerful ending. Not just powerful, but super powerful. This psalmist has hit an emotional high that each of us should connect with. The journey has been long. You’ve passed through treacherous places - dangerous by the surroundings as well as the sinister… Continue reading The Variety of Worship Expressions — All To Bless The Lord
We’re getting near the end of the Ascent Psalms, one more after this. The worshipper is in the a temple and worship is all around. I can visualize the scene ... crowds gathered, songs of praise lifted, the noise of animals being brought for sacrifice, priests around in their garments, teachings and discussions all through… Continue reading When Relationships Outside the Church Impact Worship Inside the Church
Prelude: a few weeks back we started to look at the Ascent Psalms. However, we stopped after 12 of the 15 Psalms. So today, we pick back up with the 13th, Psalm 132. So we are headed to worship. And these 15 Psalms prepare our hearts and minds for worship. And this is the longest,… Continue reading Promises We Hold On To
It was a hilarious comment. One that just begged to be made fun of. And though I rarely laugh at people (I try to stay on the level of laughing with people), this statement got me chuckling right before their very eyes. They stated they hated to go into Lynchburg, because the traffic was like… Continue reading Traffic, Arghh!
Most my life, I have hated long phone calls. I may give attention to my beloved wife and child, but with most people, if you haven’t finished the point in about 45 seconds, my mind has drifted elsewhere. So believe me when I say, todays’s quote hits me pretty hard. Me after 30 seconds Our… Continue reading May I Have Your Attention, Please?
Before Nehemiah prayed about rebuilding the broken walls, he first prayed for a healing of the broken people - including himself. Are you more concerned about the “nation” or about the people? About events or about lives? Is the burden in your prayers more about the church building and numbers or about the individuals and… Continue reading Prayers of the Broken Hearted
These days, church is weird. We have started back as one service. We are under the 50% occupancy rule. No choir. No offering. Extra cleaning. Marked off sections for our seniors. Spread out. No invitation at the end. Like I said, weird. Limited singing. And a sermon. Prayer. Pretty much it. No touch rules are… Continue reading Power of Touch
There are so many joyous things in this world. Things that bring smiles, elicit laughter and make one feel the warmth of the goodness in the world. New born life (My son became an uncle. My youth pastor’s wife had her child.) Job promotions. A kiss from ones’ wife first thing in the morning. Families… Continue reading People are Happy and Really Hurting
45,000 men. Gathered in a “men’s only” assembly. It took place at the old RFK Stadium, but it wasn’t about football. When they pounded their feet, I thought the stadium was going to collapse. When they lifted their voices in praise, I felt as close to heaven as ever. It was a powerful Promise Keepers’… Continue reading Leave and Start Over
2007 .... June 29 ... a day I thank God for. Who knew that it would change our lives. Maybe for the good - maybe for the not so good. What is so big? Today is the anniversary of when the iPhone first went on sale in the US? And the next day was when… Continue reading It’s been 13 Years … WOW!