What are we doing when we gather together to worship God?

The visitor gave the invitation, "We're from the local church, We'd like to invite you to join us at our church services. The reply was unhesitating: "I can worship God without going to church." The visitor, continuing to extend the invitation, said, "We'd like to strengthen your worship by giving you the opportunity to share …

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Who are we trying to please?

Who are we trying to please? Are we trying to please You, Lord? or Are we trying to please other people? Are we more interested in getting what we want or doing what You want? These, Lord, are searching questions. They call us to be honest with ourselves, to be honest with You. Help us, …

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Praying Through God’s Word: Colossians

Colossians 1:1-2:7Lord, You’re calling us to move forward with You – “Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him” (Colossians 2:6). As we think of Jesus, our great Saviour, may “our faith grow strong and may our hearts overflow with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:17).Colossians 2:8-3:17Help us, Lord, to be what we already …

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The Lord be with you! The Lord bless you!

"Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, ‘The Lord be with you!’ ‘The Lord bless you!’ they answered" (Ruth 2:4). "The Lord be with you! The Lord bless you!" There's nothing more important than this. This is more than saying "I hope that you're things are going well for you." Things are going well - what does this …

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Praying Through God’s Word: Haggai

HAGGAI1:1-15We read, Lord, the questions that You put to Your people: ‘Why is everyone saying it is not the right time for rebuilding My Temple?'; ‘Is it then the right time for you to live in luxurious homes, when the Temple lies in ruins?’ (Haggai 1:2-4). Your people had forgotten about You. They were pleasing …

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Divine sovereignty and divine freedom in Romans 9-11

Relating his understanding of divine sovereignty and divine freedom to the interpretation of Romans 9-11, Berkouwer wrote, "Words like 'sovereignty' ought not to be approached abstractly via a formal concept: this can only create the impression that we are capturing our own understanding or words in transparent definitions and then applying them directly to God …

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