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Lesson’s from Leviticus pt. 2

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consist of all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what is pleasing to the Lord.  – Ephesians 5:8-10

You might be asking yourself is this suppose to be about Leviticus?  Your right, but just follow.  In our worship the goal should be to find out what pleases God and to do that.  In the book of Leviticus we learn about all of the gory details of the sacrifices that God desired the people to bring.  Now God’s concern was not so much with the actual sacrifice, but the approach.  He was looking deeper to the act of faith.  The heart attitude that says that even though I don’t completely understand if this is what You desire I will bring it.  The heart of faith is more concerned with pleasing God.

God’s desire was that Israel would trust Him.  Where things probably got off track (and still do) is when our faith shifted to the offering that we bring from the one who said this type of worship would please.  Where is your faith today?  Is it in the way you worship or in the one you worship?

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Lesson’s from Leviticus

The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting.  He said, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When any of you brings an offering to the Lord, bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock.'” – Leviticus 1:1-2 (NIV)

As I have been reading through the book of Leviticus one of the main ideas that stuck out to me was that God is very concerned about how we approach Him.  When we worship God we are to approach Him on His terms not ours.  At the beginning of this book the God tells Israel that when they bring an offering is must be done in a certain way and as we go through Leviticus there are different types of offerings each with specific steps.  Now we can easily get caught up in the gruesomeness of the offerings brought or lost in all the details that are given and totally miss the deeper point of what I think God was trying to communicate.

God is holy, blameless, righteous, powerful, just and perfect.  Now I could go on an on, but you get the point.  If God is all of these things should we not be careful in how we approach Him?  In our worship should we not be more concerned with what He desires than our own personal preferences?  This is what I think God is after in the book of Leviticus.  When I look at all of the steps given and sacrifices that are prescribed it makes me stop.  I think about who God is and I realize that many times the worship I bring does not fit the honor that He is due.

Our prayer every day should be this, “God, as I worship You today what would be pleasing to You?”

Sunday Setlists: 6/20 and 6/21

This post will be part of Fred McKinnon’s blog carnival called Sunday Setlists.  Worship leaders from all over are sharing about what’s happening in their services.

Well, it has been over a month since I have last posted as part of this blog carnival, but I am not going to let that stop me.  We are currently in the middle of a series on sex.  One of the difficulties (besides the obvious) that we found with this series was that Father’s Day fell right in the middle.  We were however able to honor our dad’s and continue this series.  The main focus has been centered around starting the conversation because for too long Satan has dominated it.  It has been a great series and I am glad we took the risk.  I would like to thank Lifechurch.tv and their Open site for providing many of the resources that we used.

I led at 3 of our weekend services.  On Saturday night we did an acoustic set and at the 2 Sunday services we had a full band.  So without delay here is the setlists for the weekend.

Majestic (D) – Lincoln Brewster

(Saturday only) Video element: Gift of Worship by Floodgate Productions (found at Worship House Media)

(Sunday only) Today is the Day (D) – Lincoln Brewster and Paul Baloche

Endlessly (D) – Jon Egan

Everliving God (G) – Raymond Badham

Let My Words Be Few (G) – Matt and Beth Redman

New series beginning this weekend

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This is a first for my church.  Starting this weekend we are addressing the topic of sex and the “taboos” that surround it.  Instead of allowing the world around us to define sex we will be taking a few weeks to see what God has to say about such a controversial subject.  This should be interesting.

BTW: Thanks to Open from Lifechurch.tv for the promo stuff check it out

Response

In life we cannot always control the circumstances or people that surround our lives, but we can always control our attitude and our response.  How I respond is more important than what happens.  I don’t want to speak lightly about trials and test that come, but how we respond will shape who we become.  We can grow and mature or we can wither and die.  The choice is yours how will you respond?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4 (NIV)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4 (NIV)