We all have within us a need to worship and a need to belong. These essential human needs find their truest expression in the structure and secure relationships of a Christ-centered home and in the community of a God-honoring, Christ-following, worshiping, and praising people. When worship shapes family life, and family life shapes worship we extend our reach for Christ. Text: Psalm 122
A look to the hills for help ends in disappointment. For all their stunning beauty and majesty, for all their quiet strength and firmness, they are in the end just hills. Faith’s vision stretches beyond the hills to the God who made the hills, the Lord of heaven and earth. In the Lord God is security and hope for the long journey of discipleship. Text: Psalm 121
Submersed in a culture swarming with lies and malice, the longing for peace and truth sets us on a pilgrim search for wholeness in the presence God. Dissatisfaction with the world of sin is necessary preparation to walk in the way of discipleship. Text: Psalm 120
An encounter with God’s majesty, transcendence, and holiness brings us quickly to an end of ourselves. Only there, at the end of our “good” efforts, do we experience the restoring, forgiving grace of God. With that restoring grace comes a new orientation and profound mission in life. Isaiah’s encounter with God shows us how God restores lives. Text: Isaiah 6:1-13.