Posts by Donald Shockley

Posts by Donald Shockley

As We Gather – Sunday October 21st 2018

Sunday October 21st 2018 Scripture: 1 John 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith. As you prepare for our Sunday gathering take time to pray for leadership and the others who will be involved in the service. This week is special in that we will be taking communion together and observing  baptism in both services. Click here to listen to the songs we…

As We Gather Sunday October 14th 2018

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect Is the hope you profess with your lips written in your life? Can people see the Lordship of Christ in your heart? As you prepare for our worship gathering this Sunday take a moment and ask God,…

As We Gather

Sunday October 7th 2018 Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. This week we will be looking at the Heart problem of man and the remedy that Christ provides. As you prepare for worship this week, ask God to show you where your heart is not tuned…

As We Gather: Sunday September 30th

As We Gather – Sunday September 30th 2018 Scripture: Psalm 19:1-2 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. As you prepare for worship this week, take a moment and Behold the Glory of God. Meditate on Psalm 19:1-2, Walk outside and gaze at the moon and the stars and look at the knowledge it reveals. You can listen to the…

As We Gather – Sunday September 23, 2018

Scripture: Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding? Isaiah 40:13-14 (ESV) As you prepare for worship this week, take time to pray for the services and the people who will be attending. Pray that God will speak through the music and the message. You…

As We Gather – September 16th, 2018

Revelation 1:5-6 (ESV) and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Psalm 33:8 (ESV) Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!”…

SING….The radical witness when congregations…. Sing!

The radical witness when congregations…. sing! Psalm 66:2 Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Glorious worship is exuberant, never half-hearted. It is attractive, not off-putting. It is awesome, never sentimental. It is brilliant not careless. It point to God, not to the speaker….. There is nothing more evangelistic, nothing that will win the world more than glorious worship. [The Song Jesus, Tim Keller, May 22 Psalm devotion] SINGING TOGETHER IS ALEAYS A WITNESS The church is…

SING:… with the local church

Sing with the local church 1 Peter 2:4–5 [4] As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, [5] you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (ESV) We are are the church being built together by God to stand forever. Jonathan Edwards once said: The best most perfect…

SING: With Your Family

Sing With Your Family! [5] You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. [6] And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. [7] You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:5-7(ESV) Teach in…

Sing: With Heart and Mind

Songs are food for the soul, what you sing changes you. Through out the centuries people have learned their faith through what they sang together. Eat good soul food on Sunday and it will cause you to grow through out the week. Here’s how that happens: Singing Takes Sundays Truths into Monday! Sing helps us remember weather it is scripture or biblical truth singing it will help move it form our head to our hearts. We have two voices that…

Worship & Service and Discipleship

God has called us to worship Him and to serve Him. Though these may appear to be separate actions, the bibles shows us that they are closer then we think. Download Handout: PD 09 – Worship and Service WORSHIP: God has called us to worship Him. He has given us directions on what is acceptable worship and what is not. To worship God is to ascribe the proper worth to God, to magnify His worthiness of praise, or better, to…

SING: We are Compelled to Sing!

Alistair Begg once said “Saved people are singing people” “Worship isn’t primarily about music, techniques, songs or methodologies. It’s about our hearts. It’s about what and who we love more than anything.” Bob Kauflin We are compelled to sing because of Christ’s Love. [14] For the love of Christ compels us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; [15] and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live…

SING: We are Commanded to Sing!

The Bible does not say “Thou Shalt Sing” but… it does admonish us to sing! Psalm 96:1-2 [1] Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! [2] Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:1-2(ESV) Psalm 149:1-2 [1] Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! [2] Let Israel be glad in his Maker;…

SING: Created to Sing!

SING: Created to Sing! Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV) [13] For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. [14] I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Singing starts in the heart: Ephesians 5:19 (ESV) [19] addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, “Christian singing starts in the heart not the…

SING

SING! by Keith and Kristyn Getty I recently read this gem by Keith and Kristyn Getty. After reading it, I felt this was something that I needed to share with our music ministry. I bought each member of our choir a copy of the book. Over an eight week period, we walked through this book together and talked about the principles and challenges that book presented. Over the next weeks, I will be posting what I shared in our time…

Upward Basketball and Cheer News

The latest Upward Basketball and Cheer season has already begun, and we have 279 children in grades K5 through 6th participating. This gives us an excellent opportunity to teach the gospel, not only to the children, but also their family and friends that come to see them play and cheer. The Apostle Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 3: “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” The Upward ministry gives us the opportunity to both plant and…
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