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God’s Big Picture  When we look at Scripture, sometimes it’s a valuable thing to back up and look at God’s “Big Picture”. What is the overarching story that God is sharing with us through the Bible? How do we answer the simple question, “what is the Bible all about”? Scholars would call this the meta-narrative of Scripture. There have been many attempts to identify and express the themes and story lines God wove throughout the Bible. One of the best summarizes the Bible with four key words—Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration. Creation—The Bible tells us God created everything out of nothing and in His final act of creation He made man...

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Batting 1.000% in Worship (3rd in a Series) In my last blog post, I promised more on how to plan a Spirit-led and Spirit-filled public prayer. Today, I will address the “four pillars” of public prayer.  All the prayers in a service, and most importantly actual “Prayer Meetings”. Four Pillars of a Public Prayer: First, never forget a prayer is addressed to God. The public intercessor is petitioning the Father on behalf of all His children. It is good to consider which titles or names for God are most appropriate for this prayer. Your first few words or phrases should do this. Second, others will and should hear your prayer. You are praying to God and...

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Batting 1.000% in Worship (2nd in a Series) In making sure prayer is a priority in our corporate (public) worship, we need to plan our prayers. Some people have an aversion to overly formal worship—but remember spontaneous doesn’t always mean Spirit-led. We don’t want our Pastor to only preach spontaneous sermons. We don’t want our Minister of Music, choir, or praise team to only sing spontaneous songs. We should depend on the Holy Spirit’s leadership in planning all the elements in our worship— including public prayers. How can public prayers be planned? Determine the “when, why, and who” of most public prayers at the same time the rest of the...

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Batting 1.000% in Worship (1st in a Series) In 1st Timothy, the Holy Spirit is instructing a young pastor (Timothy) through an older Apostle (Paul). I want to look at two specific exhortations— 1 Timothy 2:1 (HCSB) “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,”and 1 Timothy 4:13 (HCSB) “Until I come, give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching.” In these two verses there are three priorities given for public worship—Corporate (Public) Prayer, Scripture Reading, and Preaching/Teaching. These three are not an exhaustive list of worship elements. However, the case can be made that...

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Reflecting on the Providence of God Do you remember when you first learned to say Thank You? Do you remember the first prayer you spoke to express gratitude to the Lord? I was blessed to grow up in a loving, Christ-centered home. I can’t remember back far enough to answer the first question. However, I do remember how I learned to say thank you to God. It was the first table blessing I learned as a very young child. God is great, God is good. Now we thank Him for our food. By His hand we are fed. Thank you for our daily bread. Amen. This simple child’s prayer taught me one of the most important things to be grateful for—the Providence of God. Providence is most...

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God Isn’t Through with You Yet Paul writes in Philippians 1:6 “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (HCSB) To be sure this verse is a classic concerning the security of the believer–God will finish what He starts! However, I think it also speaks to the guarantee of His continued work sanctifying believer’s lives. Sanctifying not just individual believers but also His bride as a whole. Let me paraphrase this verse just a little– Be confident God isn’t through with any of us until Jesus comes back! Do you need proof sometimes? I know I do. Let’s consider John...

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