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Lingering in Worship: Calling

Lingering in Worship: Calling Sermon Audio Here

Ezra 1:1-6

When I was a new Christian college student, someone challenged me to open the Bible, point to a random verse, and let it change my life. For the record, I think this is a bad practice, but at the time, I didn’t know any better. I prayed, asked the Lord to show me something that would change my life, and then opened my Bible to a random page. My finger landed in the book of Ezra. I’d never read it before, and to my surprise, I did indeed find a truth there that changed my life: the necessity and importance of worship.

Worship is ACTIVE:

God’s Call Moves Us To Consider ~ Ezra 1:1-2 (we mull over what we’ve heard)

  • 1 God moves the hearts of people
  • 2 realize you’re appointed! But for what?

Our Choice Moves Us To Respond ~ Ezra 1:3-4 (we decide we’re going to get involved)

  • 3 non-believers can encourage you in your faith…
  • 4 …and resource you, too!

Our Conclusion Moves Us To Plan ~ Ezra 1:5-6 (we ask HOW will we get involved?)

  • 5 we prepare to serve
  • 6 engage your neighbors in your faith

Worship isn’t an accident; it’s something we do ON PURPOSE. What kinds of choices do we make to prepare our lives for worship?

Snapshots from Mark: Fanfare of the Fronds

Snapshots from Mark: Fanfare of the Fronds Sermon Audio Here

Mark 11:1-11

I’ve been watching the “House of Windsor” documentary. I’ve noticed that every time the Queen shows up somewhere, a fanfare is played. When do WE hear fanfares today? Olympics, and beginning of movies. What would a fanfare that reflected every day life sound like? Maybe THIS??

How Can We Join Jesus As He…

Prepares A Plan ~ Mark 11:1-6

  • 1/6 never forget: 1) the Lord has a plan;
  • 2) He doesn’t always share all the details – just enough to get us moving

Plans To Praise ~ Mark 11:7-11

  • 7/9 notice the evidence of forethought: these disciples KNEW they were going to be proclaiming Jesus in public
  • 10 signal the social setting: let the people know what’s coming (Messiah)
  • 11 Jesus goes to the TEMPLE, not the Palace (a clue: praise, not protest)

Jesus spent His life dedicated to the service of the Father. To make that work, He had to Pray (listen), Prepare (gather what was needed), and Perform (carry out the plan to praise). Our turn!

Pulpit Resource, Vol. 41

I’ve received my second issue of Pulpit Resource. I’m reposting the table of contents for ease of use, to catalog what each volume covers. This is not intended to violate any copyright: all content of the magazine is held by its respective owners.

Pulpit Resource, Vol. 41, No. 4 – Year B – October, November, December 2012

Page Subject / Date / Scripture Reference

5 God’s Problem
October 7, 2012 ~ Job 1:1;2:1-10

9 Big Questions and Unexpected Answers
October 14, 2012 ~ Mark 10:17-31 (With reference to Job 23)

13 Good News
October 21,2012 ~ Mark 10:35-45

17 Walking the Way
October 28, 2012 ~ Mark 10:46-52

21 Ordinary People
November 4, 2012 ~ Ruth 1:1-18

25 The Priest
November 11, 2012 ~ Hebrews 9:24-28

29 Our Future with God
November 18, 2012 ~ 1 Samuel 1:4-20

33 King on a Cross
November 25, 2012 ~ John 18:33-37

37 God, Drawing Near
December 2, 2012 ~ Luke 21:25-36

41 Advent Anger
December 9, 2012 ~ Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 3:1-6

45 The Politics of Advent
December 16, 2012 ~ Luke 3:7-18

49 The First Disciple
December 23, 2012 ~ Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)

53 Light into Our Darkness
December 25, 2012 ~ John 1:1-14

57 God on Our Level
December 30, 2012 ~ Luke 2:41—52

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