Worship Service - February 6, 2022


It is a privilege to think hard about God’s Word.

  1. It’s God’s Word. God speaks. He doesn’t have to. He could have stayed hidden, but He didn’t – He revealed Himself. We can hear from God. We can know God. Imagine! If I said God is going to speak tomorrow morning at 9, we would all stop everything to hear from Him. And guess what? He does speak all the time through what He has spoken in the Bible. What an opportunity!
  2. It is about the most important subjects in the world. In the Bible, we are getting God’s answers to the questions that are most significant. Who is God? Who are we? Where did we come from? Why do we have the problems we have? What is God’s solution? What does God want from us? We are not animals who just have to chew grass and do whatever else animals do. We can actually think about the eternal realities. We can have a relationship with God!
  3. It is always true. We are constantly being told things – sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong – and it’s tiring. But if we understand God’s Word accurately, we can bank our lives on it. We don’t have to be trapped into thinking the way our culture tells us we have to think. We can think differently – truly.
  4. It puts our lives into perspective. You are not the most important person in the world. And that’s good news! We are constantly being tempted to look at the world as if everything revolves around us and centers on us, and while at first that may seem attractive, it is an overwhelming burden, because the world doesn’t revolve around us. The problem is that most places you go only reinforce that perspective. God’s Word, however, is different. It forces you to look at the bigger picture and consider first, who God is and what God is doing in this world for His glory.
  5. It gives us wisdom. The Bible doesn’t give you simple answers because life is not simple. In order to live life well, you need to learn how to think and you need to know why you should think that way; studying the Bible equips you to do that.

And, I am sure there is more! Those were just the five that came to mind most quickly. I bring them up because in the coming weeks, we are going to be thinking hard about the temptation of Jesus in Luke 4:1-13, and I am praying that as we look at Jesus battling the devil in the wilderness, God helps you appreciate the kind of Savior He has provided for you more than ever before.

Come ready! Come expectant! Come praying!



The church is an institution of hope.

We are here on the planet to say there’s so much more going on than what we can see with our eyes. We are here to say God has a plan and that plan centers on His Son Jesus Christ, who came into the world, lived a perfect life, died a death He didn’t deserve as a substitute for sinners, rose from the grave defeating death and proving God the Father accepted His sacrifice, and ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God, and who is coming again.

And, put an emphasis on that last phrase coming again.

Because, God’s plan is not done.

I mean that’s part of why we are still here. We are here to point forward to what God is going to do. That’s one reason why we preach. We are here to say, "The Kingdom is coming, get ready!" That’s also one reason why we pray. We believe God is going to glorify His Son, reverse the curse, and do all these amazing things in the future, so we call on Him to do it.

In other words, we pray because we believe certain things are true.

People who are trusting in themselves don’t pray, they worry. People who believe this life is all there is don’t pray, they work, work, work.

We pray because there is a God and because of Jesus, we can talk to Him and know He hears us. We pray because God has revealed His plan. And, it’s a good plan. We pray because we know we can’t fix what is wrong with this world. But we know God can, and God will. In the gospel, He has shown us how He is going to fix what is wrong with this world. And, we believe what He said and we want Him to keep His promises.

Are you ready to pray yet? I hope so! Because this Sunday at 9 a.m. we are gathering together to demonstrate to the world there is hope and where that hope is found by crying out to God together.


I’ve included some things in the sermon brief document that I think will help you and your children benefit from the message this Sunday. Check them out. Print out what’s helpful. Or perhaps you can come up with a better plan yourself. For the younger children this Sunday, you can have them listen for the word, “temptation.” To encourage them, my wife Marda will have some treats afterward.

Prayer Hour @ 9 AM

Sunday Morning Worship Service @ 10:30 AM