The Marks of a Redeemed Community – Worship Reflections

The below reflections come from studying Isaiah 56:1-8. God wants his gathered people to seek him for Himself, not merely for His blessings, great though they are. He wants us “to minister to Him, and to love His name, and to be His servants” (Isaiah 56:6). Then, he promises to “make us joyful” in his … Continue reading The Marks of a Redeemed Community – Worship Reflections

In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership

At least once a year, I read the booklet by Henri Nouwen entitled In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. He uses two key passages to unpack the nature of Christian leadership: Matthew 4:1-11 and John 21:15-21. In this book he discusses three temptations which all leaders face. Temptation 1: The Temptation to … Continue reading In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership

Reflections on Repentance that Leads to Life

The believer in Christ is a ‘lifelong’ repenter. He begins with repentance, and ends with repentance. Repentance is a change of mind regarding sin and God, an inward turning from sin to God. Repentance is hating what you once loved, and loving what you once hated, exchanging irresistible sin for an irresistible Christ. — Jim … Continue reading Reflections on Repentance that Leads to Life

Worship Reflections based upon The Rich Man and Lazarus

Of all the winds that blow on love, The demand for money is the coldest and most destructive. - Gustave Flaubert A reversal at the outset of the story is that the beggar is given a name and the rich man is not. That single fact ought to alert us that the story we are … Continue reading Worship Reflections based upon The Rich Man and Lazarus

Worship Reflections for Christmas Eve

Never let us forget that through Jesus’ humiliation and suffering He purchased for us a title to glory.Through His death, He has obtained eternal redemption for us. It teaches us that our situation is more desperate than we feared. It teaches us that God loves us more than we hoped. It teaches us that God … Continue reading Worship Reflections for Christmas Eve

A Few Nuggets on Praising God from C.S. Lewis

"It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men.  It is not of course the only way.  But for many people at many times the 'fair beauty of the LORD' is revealed chiefly or only while they worship Him together.  Even in Judaism, the essence of the sacrifice was … Continue reading A Few Nuggets on Praising God from C.S. Lewis