• Form Versus Formalism

    Jeremiah 7:1–29

    Church leaders cannot change our hearts, but they can help us avoid formalism by explaining what we do in worship and why. When we do not know the reasons and meaning for the different elements in the liturgy, we will ...Read More

  • From Praise to Praise

    Romans 11:11–36

    This principal, “To Him are all things,” is critical for our understanding. Remember that the great expanse of the universe, the intricacy and design of creation, the panoramic scope of history, even the great plan of redemption all find ...Read More

  • Fulfilling the Sabbath

    Hebrews 4:9–11

    The fact that people have disagreed over Lord’s Day observance and that it should not be an issue that divides Christians is not to say that the matter is unimportant. Instead, it is to recognize that there is a ...Read More

  • Gathering Together

    Hebrews 10:24–25

    There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God” (Heb. 4:9). In our glorification, we will finally and fully rest from our sin and the weariness of laboring in a creation that is suffering the effects of ...Read More

  • Glorifying God in Heaven

    Hebrews 12:18–29

    At issue in the worship wars is not old versus new but God-honoring worship versus irreverence. There are contemporary forms of worship that strive to keep God at the center, and there are traditional forms of worship that fail to ...Read More

  • Glorifying God in Worship

    Genesis 4:1–16

    In worship, we may say all the right things in our liturgies, but if our hearts are not in it, the Lord is displeased with our offering of praise. Similarly, our hearts may be fully into worshiping God, but if ...Read More

  • God Highly Exalted

    Psalm 113

    God’s choice to raise the poor and needy from the dust to sit with royalty does not mean He does not do the same for the wealthy. In light of the entire witness of Scripture, we understand that the poor ...Read More

  • God’s Glory in Creation

    Psalm 29

    Many people in this world profess to be atheists, denying that God exists because they say there is insufficient evidence for a Creator. We know, however, that there is no such thing as a true atheist. The created order itself ...Read More

  • God’s Lovely Dwelling Place

    Psalm 84:1–7

    The Bible speaks often of the beauty of God and the loveliness of His dwelling place. Though it is hard for us to fathom now, our Creator is more beautiful than anything we can imagine. The most beautiful of His ...Read More

  • The Handmaiden of Theology

    Colossians 3:16

    Not every traditional hymn is good simply because it is old, and not every contemporary song is unfit for worship simply because it is new. There are bad traditional songs, and there are edifying contemporary songs. Our goal in worship ...Read More

  • An Honorable Offering

    Genesis 4:1–16

    Though we cannot truly separate internal attitudes from external actions, we must note that what the Lord desires most of all is a heart devoted to Him. Our outward actions generally reveal the intent of our hearts, but it is ...Read More

  • An Honorable Offering

    Genesis 4:1–16

    There are many demands upon us all, and it can be tempting to offer God only what is left over of our time, energy, and funds. But we do this because we do not revere Him as we ought. Yet ...Read More

  • The House of Prayer

    Isaiah 56:6–8

    The prayer life of an individual and of the church says a lot about their view of the Lord. If we are careful to develop a precise theology and yet have an anemic prayer life, it may be that we ...Read More

  • How to Worship

    John 4:1–45

    The best way to ensure that we are worshiping God in spirit and truth is to make sure that we are consciously working to have the right attitude toward worship. We must always think carefully about what goes into a ...Read More

  • How to Worship

    John 4:1–45

    Do you find Sunday morning worship to be a delight or dull and dreary? Do you spend the service thinking about all the things you could be doing if you were not at church? Take time today to repent for ...Read More