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A WORD FROM PASTOR RICH

There comes a time when what we say is judged by what we do. The New Testament speaks about the fruit in our lives over a dozen times. Paul admonishes us to live as a direct result of our values, that is, to walk in love. (Ephesians 5:2). We are to live lives worthy of the calling of Christ. In the OT, Jesus is described as a “servant” (Isaiah 42:1). The NT describes Him similarly (Acts 3:26, Philippians 2:5-8). As a servant, Jesus taught that the way to God’s kingdom was by traveling the path of a servant (Matthew 23:11). So, to walk in integrity, we must follow in Jesus’ footsteps or better said, Jesus’ character. We are to become more and more like the Him (2 Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 4:15). We are to demonstrate love to others (Matthew 7:12). In Zechariah 8:16-17 we are told to, “ Speak the truth to each other, render true and sound judgment, do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the LORD.

Personal integrity sets an example to others. A criticism of Christians is that they are hypocrites. Paul tells Titus the way to avoid this, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good”. (Titus 2:7-8) A great way to be an example to your family, friends and to your church is to be a reliable person with your word. When you say you will do something, those who know you should consider it “done”. James says that we should “Let your ‘Yes’ be yes, and your ‘No’, no, or you will be condemned.” (James 5:12) Our faith is demonstrated by our commitment to what say we believe.

Does our daily life accurately represent what we profess to believe?

Pastor Rich Holt W

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Our Spiritual Act of Worship

Worship is continuously living our lives individually and corporately as living sacrifices to the glory of a person or thing. This connection between glory and worship is clear in places such as Romans 11:36 (NIV).

“For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”

In this packed section of Scripture, Paul connects a number of vital truths regarding worship. First, we hold a person or thing in a place of Glory. Second, we then Worship that person or thing. Third, our worship of that person is Unceasing, not some occasional or scheduled thing.

Glory means weightiness, importance, preeminence, and priority, or our greatest treasure, deepest longing, and fountain of hope. Whatever we hold in the position of highest glory is by definition our god. Because we were made for the express purpose of worshiping God, every person is a worshiper. The only question is what or who we worship.

The most common word for Worship in the New Testament is proskuneo. This kind of worship is a profound submission and offering of respect to the one worshiped. We must always ask ourselves if, when we worship, we are coming from this deep, heart driven place.

Jesus’ life destroys any notion that worship is a sacred thing we do at a special time and special place. All of life is to be lived as Unceasing worship; cutting our grass and cleaning our dishes are as sacred and God-glorifying as raising our hands in church. God has made us in His image, which means that we were made for unceasing communion with Him in a life of continual worship to His glory. Paul sums up the life of unceasing worship best in 1 Corinthians 10:31.

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

The Trinity is our perfect model for worship as each member gives Glory the others unceasingly and perfectly. Not only do we Worship through Jesus, we must also Worship like Jesus. Jesus is the person who has worshiped God the Father with the most glory of anyone who has ever lived. He is the perfect worshiper. Jesus lived a life of perfect Glory to His Father and thus we can look at everything in His life, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, as born out of a life of ceaseless worship that glorified God the Father.

May we all give Glory to God by Unceasingly Worshiping Him in all our ways.

Pastor Rich Holt

 

 

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