Taking The Lord’s Name In Vain

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“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain….” Deuteronomy 5:11 NASB

When many of us look at the verse above we think that it is referring to cussing with God’s name on it. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say to a person who did that by saying, “Oh God is going to get you for taking His name in vain.”  But is that what this commandment talking about? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we should ever use God’s name in that form but to say that this commandment is referring to just that is not correct.

The meaning of this commandment actually means “to attach God’s name to emptiness.” So just take a minute and think about this for a second. Many times I have heard people say that they have sat through worship, preaching and even Bible study and got nothing from it but yet they say they came in the name of the Lord. Could it be that we just took God’s name in vain because our worship, or our presence in church or in Bible study is empty.

I believe there are many ways in which we all break this commandment. When we come to worship God whether it is at church or at home we should be coming with the attitude of wanting to sit at His feet to learn something.  The reason I believe that our worship seems empty has nothing to do with the preacher, the music or even the Bible we use instead it has to do with our heart.

The next time you get alone with God, I encourage you to ask Him to help you to put your focus on Him so that you will worship Him the way He deserves to be worshipped

Have a good day!!!

Waiting on the Sunshine

sunshineOver the last several weeks we have been having severe storms all around almost all week long. This morning as I was driving to work I notice something different. Instead of seeing dark clouds I saw sunshine, instead of hearing thunder and seeing lighting I heard the birds singing. As I allowed this to soak in, I realized that the storms that we face in our lives will not be forever. I know at times it seems like we will never get through the storm but in time the storms will pass and the sun will shine again.   The question is what can we do till the sun shines again. I believe the following is a very helpful guide.

1. Get alone with God and pour our hearts out to Him through prayer.  Be honest with God, tell Him how you feel and what you are going through.  God has the biggest shoulders ever and there is no problem that He cannot handle

2. Get into the Word Of God.  The greatest help for all is the Bible. When you feel as though you cannot go on, God’s Word will give you strength and help. As the Holy Spirit leads highlight and underline verses that encourage you. This will be great help later when you go through other storms that you will face.

3. Examine Your Heart. Although we may not realize it the storms that we face in life can actually be for our good. Instead of allowing it to overcome you, use it as an examining tool. Such as—What can I learn from this? Are their things that we need to change? Do we rely to much on self and not enough on God?

And finally–

4. Continually draw near to God.  James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Now I do want you to understand that if you do this, God may reveal sins that you need to confess for that same passage in James also says, “Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people!”

Yes the storms are rough and hard to deal with but we have a wonderful God who is there willing to help and guide us, only if we will let Him.   Be encouraged today!!!!

One of my favorite hymns

I believe that this should be the cry of every believer to the Holy Spirit of God

Holy Spirit, breathe on me,

Until my heart is clean;

Let sunshine fill its inmost part,

With not a cloud between.

Holy Spirit, breathe on me,

My stubborn will subdue;

Teach me in words of living flame

What Christ would have me do.

Holy Spirit, breathe on me,

Fill me with pow’r divine;

Kindle a flame of love and zeal

Within this heart of mine.

Holy Spirit, breathe on me,

Till I am all Thine own,

Until my will is lost in Thine,

To live for Thee alone.

Breathe on me, breathe on me,

Holy Spirit, breathe on me;

Take Thou my heart, cleanse every part,

Holy Spirit, breathe on me.

Where do I go from here?

“Where do I go from here?”  This is a question that we all will face at times in our life, especially when we feel as though we have hit a dead end.  We look to our left than we look to our right but we see no direction to go.  We begin to look behind us and realize that we really can’t go back so again so what must we do.

The best way for us to answer that question is go to the Word of God which says in  Psalm 105:4, “Search for the Lord and for His strength; seek His face always.”  So from God’s Word we learn that the first step in our dilemma is to “look up”  Notice what we find when we look up “His strength”.  Now there is something that we must do in order to gain that strength when we look up 1 Peter 5:7 says, “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” To cast means to throw it upon Him.  This means we should give Him our worry, our fear, our burdens all of it.  The reason is because God cares for us.  Yes you might still feel as though you still are at a dead end but you can rest assure that God will help lead you to the right path and to the right road just because you looked up and cast everything on Him.

Be encouraged today!!!!

A Great Church Service

great attendanceWe had a great service this past Sunday morning. We had about 80 people that came to our morning worship. Out of that 80 we had 5 visitors, God is good. As I think about this, I often wonder what makes a service great.

Is the greatness of a service dependent on the sermon that is presented? While the sermon is important to the service, it is not what makes a service great. You can have the best sermon in town and the service still be a flop.

So what about the music? Does the music matter? If it is contemporary or traditional will that define the service and make it one one of the best?  (Personally I don’t like the term traditional or contemporary, for me the music should be Spirit-led.) While the music is also important for it prepares people for the sermon, it is not what makes it great.

Someone might than say, well it has to do with attendance. The more people you have at the church is what makes the service great.  While attendance is encouraging and exciting that in itself is not what makes a service great.  I have seen churches with a small attendance of 10 have a great service as a service with 80-500 in attendance.

So what makes a service great?  I believe what makes a church service great is the Presence of God.  You can have the best music, the best sermon and the best attendance but without the Presence of the Living God it will not work.

So how do churches get God’s presence in their services? I believe first it begins with us individually. We must prepare ourselves to worship God. Remove anything in our lives that would be a hinderance. Second, I believe that we must invite Him in.  The Lord will not go where He is not invited. Finally, have open hearts.

 If we do this, the style of worship, the way of the sermon is presented or the attendance will not matter because we know that God is there.

Have a good day!!!

 

Ready For Church?????!!!

Join usChurch will be here tomorrow morning whether you realize it or not. If you are not going to church anywhere, than why don’t you join us. Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. and Morning Worship is at 11:00 a.m.. Our current sermon series is “Shock Therapy: The Shocking Ministry Of Jesus Christ”  This series is what is called our “summer” sermon series for it will take all sermon to talk about it. What we have done is divided it up into four parts. The first part is dealing with the Shocking Choices Jesus Made.  We began this series discussing Jesus’ choosing of the Twelve Apostles, than His choice to eat with sinners and tax collectors, last week where He chose to cleanse the Temple.  This week we will be focusing on His dealings with the Canaanite woman and His harsh reaction toward her. Here we see a lady whose daughter is demon possessed and she knows that Jesus is her only resource of help, instead of healing her daughter instantly, He ignores this woman.  When you think about that, that indeed is shocking.   

Join us tomorrow morning to find out more about Jesus’s harsh reaction to her and how you can apply this to your life.

 

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow

Bro. Henry