Songs of Worship, 5/3/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

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Songs of Worship, 4/26/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Prayer Tip: Pray, Expecting an Answer!

Do you ever feel like ‘what’s the use?’ in certain areas of life – politics, fickle majority, cancer, certain relationships, weight loss, dealing with depression, ….?

The song writer put it, “Sometimes the sky looks dark with not a ray of light, we’re tossed and driven on, no human help in sight; but there is one in heaven, who knows our deepest care, let Jesus solve your problem – just go to Him in prayer.”

God Himself says, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”  Jeremiah 33:3

Our experience confirms us in the belief that Jehovah the living God really does aid those who call upon him, and therefore we pray and mean to pray, not because we are so fascinated by prayer that for its own sake we would continue in it if it proved to be mere folly and superstition, as vain philosophers assert; but because we really, indeed, and of a truth, find it to be a practical and effectual means of obtaining help from God in the hour of need. There can be no reason for praying if there be no expectation of the Lord’s answering. ” Charles H. Spurgeon

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on same-sex marriage next week on Tuesday, April 28th. Two Justices have already performed homosexual marriages. Does this seem hopeless?

PRAYGOD is GOD!

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Prayer Tip: Jesus Gave Us a Model for Our Prayers

The disciples wanted to learn to pray effectively and actually asked Jesus to teach them.  Luke 11:1  (You may be more familiar with the way it’s given in a parallel passage, Matt. 6:9-13.)  This becomes a model for our prayers.

Jesus said, “This, then, is how you should pray…”

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”  –  acknowledge who He is and give Him praise.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth”  –  surrender to His Lordship, pray His will.

“Give us today our daily bread.”  –  lift up your needs and concerns to the Lord.

“Forgive us our debts as we forgive…” –  a clear conscience, reconciliation, unity are critical to prayer and worship and peace with God.

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” –  pray to be an overcomer whatever the day may hold.

“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever”  –  end your prayer with praise and acknowledging God for Who He is.

What is called the “Lord’s Prayer” was not given to us to be recited together repetitiously but rather to be used as a model for our heartfelt communion with our heavenly Father.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Songs of Worship, 4/19/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Songs of Worship, 4/12/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Praise Him, for God Inhabits Praise!

I’m so glad we don’t have to worry about word-smithing our prayers or that there’s some ‘prayer language’ we must use to be heard.  I’m convinced that some prayers can’t even be put into words and yet Father hears them and understands.

Matt. 6:8  …for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him.

That’s not to say that we can be careless and flippant.  The fear of God is good and unavoidable as we get to know Him in His awesome otherness.

Closely tied to that, I’m so glad I don’t have to actually verbalize everything I need.  (That would be impossible anyway.)  “You have not because you ask not. Jas. 4:2” does not equate to “You don’t have unless you ask.”

I’m finding that when I focus on praise and adoration and worship and thanksgiving, my needs are met as well.  I think that’s because God inhabits the praises of His people. Ps. 22:3  Also note this is how Jesus taught His disciples to begin their prayers.

More on this next tip.

HE IS RISEN INDEED!

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.