Praise/Worship

Show Me Your Glory, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

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Exodus 33:17-18, “17 So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” 18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”

The other day I was reading some comments posted online in response to a certain article about Christianity. Most of the comments were hard to read, God is hated out here. I remember back in the day where even if people did not serve God, at least they had a little reverence for Him. Today we have God haters.

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An Offering Worth Offering, Part 1of4, by Pastor Phil Sessa

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“In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.” (Genesis 4:3 – 5)

Back when I was in Bible College God taught me a very humbling lesson. I was serving on the homeless outreach team that brought food, blankets, and clothing to the homeless on the streets of Philadelphia. It was winter time and there was a thin layer of snow on the ground. Read the rest of this entry »

An Offering Worth Offering, Part 2of4, by pastor Phil Sessa

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“In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.” (Genesis 4:3 – 5)

In part one, we saw that an offering worth offering to God is one that is accurate (hits his heart) and one that is authentic (given out of our love of putting Him first). Read the rest of this entry »

An Offering Worth Offering, Part 3of4, by Pastor Phil Sessa

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“But the king (David) replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24

Most people enjoy getting something for free. A while back my students asked me why everything can’t be for free. I responded by saying everything costs somebody something. Araunah the Jebusite attempted to give David a free offering so that David would have an offering to give to the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

An Offering Worth Offering, Part 4of4, by Pastor Phil Sessa

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“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Rom 12:1)

The ultimate offering is when Jesus Christ sacrificed His life on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin(s). 1 Peter 3:18 reads “For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” Galatians 3:13 reads, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree.” Read the rest of this entry »

Hear Our Praises, Part 1of2, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Acts 16:25 “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and the prisoners heard them.

Are you one that enjoys praising God? Most people associate praise with being in a church building on a Sunday morning. Perhaps when you speak with another believer you affirm one another by saying, “Amen” or “Praise God!”. Read the rest of this entry »

Hear Our Praises, Part 2of2, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Acts 16:25 “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and the prisoners heard them.

During the times that all the prison doors were opened and all the chains fell off the prisoners, there was one prisoner that was still bound. The jailer was bound by sin, but the Lord regenerated him and Paul preached the Gospel to him, and then his prison doors, and his sinful chains fell off too…him and his whole household. Read the rest of this entry »