Category Archives: Church Life

greatest expression of praise and worship

Seeking is the greatest expression of praise and worship. By persistently seeking God, we declare that he is supremely desirable. To seek God is to glorify God, that is, to declare his supreme worth. We might declare with our lips that God is worthy of all praise, but we demonstrate what is truly worth the most to us by what we pursue. The psalms in which people seek God, even from the most alienated positions, are truly psalms of praise and worship, perhaps even more so than those that explicitly make declarations of praise and worship.

Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, page 96.


wisdom defined

But wisdom is so much more than knowledge, even Bible knowledge. It is knowing God, maturing in our relationship with him and walking with him so closely and perceptively that we are enabled to develop a godly character, live thoughtfully and make proper choices in life.

Walter L. Liefeld, Ephesians, p.132.


the greatest cause of suffering

To embrace God is to allow his desires to rule in our hearts. To know God is to share his joy and therefore also his grief. If any person is to love God, he or she must be prepared to grieve over the things that grieve God. To come to God is to have our hearts broken by God’s sadness, not only for the world he loves but also for us. To be embraced by God is to be shattered by the revelation of all that grieves God in our lives. It is to be devastated by the reality that we are the cause of the greatest suffering in the universe: the suffering of God.

Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, page 40.


faith is a relationship

Biblical faith is not a religion to observe or a code of ethics to follow. It is not even primarily a task to fulfill. Biblical faith is a relationship to enjoy. It is as simple as that.

Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, page 20.


every believer a gift

We’ve built our modern churches on the assumption that God works through a few talented, impressive, and wealthy people. And we give all the other people comfortable seats from which they can be blessed by what God does through these leaders and influencers.

I honestly believe we in the American Church need to get on our knees and repent of our condescending attitudes toward God’s Holy Spirit. We have read Scripture’s clear statements about the Spirit manifesting Himself through every Christian, but we’ve decided we know better, these people aren’t ready for anything serious, and it will be more effective if the talented few do all the heavy lifting.

Francis Chan, Letters to the Church, page 164.


an example does not give hope

The only hope for people lies not in giving them an example of how to behave but in the preaching of Jesus Christ as the Saviour from sin. The hearts of all get hope when they hear that.

Oswald Chambers, Disciples Indeed, page 309.


how to address pride month

Beauty Beyond Bones is a blog site I have been following for a few years now. This is a young woman who is a strong Catholic, loves Jesus and is a recovered(recovering) victim of an eating disorder. Her thoughts on how to handle pride month are very well thought out.

beautybeyondbones.com/2019/06/13/are-we-worshiping-our-sexuality-pridemonth/


the largest of hidden people groups

Today this message [to repent and turn to God] is vital to the eternal destiny of not only ethnic children of Abraham, the Jews, but also that largest of hidden people groups, nominal Christians. If 75-80 percent of the world’s Christians are Christian in name only, then one billion people need to be awakened out of their “smug assurance of salvation by biological birthright.”

William J. Larkin, Jr., Acts, p. 70


restoring heartbeats to walking corpses

This age isn’t about our salvation. It is about the revelation of the God who saves. To know His Name is to know who He is and what He is like. It is to know Him. Knowing Him brings us back to life. Knowing Him restores heartbeats to walking corpses and injects purpose into our pulses. We are made for Him, through Him, and by Him; in His Image and for His purposes. In knowing Him, we meet, find, and mine out our truest selves.

Stephanie Quick, To Trace a Rising Sun, page 19.


praying to be praying

I had taken the liberty of timing her prayer the second time I’d heard her. And I had a reason. The prayer lasted one minute, and in that time she had used the name “God” thirty-three times! She had used His Name as a punctuation mark, and not as though she were speaking to a real, living Person.

I gave her an example of the way she prayed, so she would understand: “O God, we thank you, God, that we can come into Your Presence, God. God, we need you today, God. God, will you help us, O God, to live for you today, God.”

She was embarrassed and surprised, but fortunately very open. We had a comfortable talk on the subject, and then she asked, “Could we pray again now?” We did, and this time, by her own choice, she started, “Dear Lord Jesus. . .” instead of her habitual, “Dear God. . . .” She prayed slowly, thoughtfully, with many pauses, and used His Name meaningfully. She was speaking to Someone, and He was there!

Suddenly she looked up, with tears, “Oh, Ros, I feel as if I’ve become a Christian all over again! I didn’t know what I was doing before. I guess I was praying to be praying, if there is such a thing. I didn’t really know to whom I was praying. Now I know. It’s Jesus Christ!

Rosalind Parker, Prayer: Conversing with God, p. 31.