Glory Defined – Day 4

Think about this quote as you go through your day.

The created universe is all about glory. The deepest longing of the human heart and the deepest meaning of heaven and earth are summed up in this: the glory of God. The universe was made to show it, and we were made to see it and savor it. Nothing less will do. Which is why the world is as disordered and dysfunctional as it is. We have exchanged the glory of God for other things.” – John Piper


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Glory Defined – Day 3

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed . . . Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.” – Psalms 57:1 & 5

David wrote the Psalms in different stages of his life. These poetic songs were utilized in worship many centuries ago. And yet they connect deeply with us today.

As you read this psalm, you’ll see the struggle and pain David is walking through. In the first verse he simply comes to God telling of an impending disaster in his life. But what David does next is an example to us when we face struggles of our own.

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”


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Glory Defined – Day 2

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

Have you been to a famous art gallery? Behind every work of art is a creator with a plan for what the masterpiece should look like. Most works of art take months or even years to create as the artist pays attention to every small detail. At the end of the creation, the artist will carefully add his or her mark or signature to authenticate the work.


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Glory Defined – Day 1

We began a new series for our High School students this past Wednesday night, “Elements – God’s Glory.”  We started our series by defining glory.  Each day for the next week we are going to post a daily devotion to help with that study and get us ready for the next one.  Here is Day 1.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” – Psalm 19:1-4


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CHRISTmas

The Church building has been decorated, Angel Tree is up, Christmas parades are being organized, Christmas program practice has begun and parties are planned, so it must be Christmas.  Yes there is truly excitement in the air!  But let’s not get so caught up in all of the activity that we forget what this season is all about.  It is about Jesus and the fact that a baby was born in a manger so many years ago who is the Savior of the world. 

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Star Trip: Our Faith Awakens

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. . .

 Well, not a galaxy far, far away. A long time ago, in a land sort of far away. It is a period of unrest for the people of God. The Empire of King Herod – backed by the Roman oppressors– is a dark force in the land of Judah. Who can bring light into this dark situation?  Who can bring light into the even deeper darkness of our own sin?

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Evel Knievel Would Do It!

How many of you remember Evel Knievel?  If you have no idea who I am talking about or it’s a distant memory, let me give you a brief description.  He was a daredevil and international icon.  He attempted more than seventy-five ramp to ramp jumps with a motorcycle from 1965-1980.  He even tried a canyon jump at Snake River Canyon in the Skyrocket X-2, which was a steam powered rocket which failed.  He was willing to try almost anything.  I am sure my parents thought he was crazy, but we idolized him.

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