Today's Word for Pastors...

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

Today's Preaching Insight...

It's Not About You

We would never be guilty of making worship more about ourselves than God, would we? How many times have you left a worship service only to complain, “I didn’t get anything out of it today!” We make statements that are saturated with self as if worship is all about us:

• “Why can’t we sing more of the songs that I like?”

• “I don’t think the preacher should talk about this or that!”• “I can’t believe so-and-so didn’t talk to me today!”

• “No one ever notices what I do in the church.”

Here’s the problem: Worship isn’t about getting anything; it’s about giving everything to God! The above attitudes make us idle judges of activity rather than active participants in adoration toward a holy God. Christian consumerism defines the quality of our worship by the number of ministries for people, the size and quality of our buildings, the popularity of our pastors, the style of our music and an obvious determination to make people happy. One concern emerges as primary: “What have you done for me lately?”

Unfortunately, we still fall short of making everyone happy, and God is disgusted with our obvious worship of and preoccupation with ourselves. Our efforts to be seeker-sensitive and self-sensitive have made us insensitive to the Divine Presence who is to be the focus of our worship. Or, as the apostle Paul said, we have “exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Rom. 1:25, NASB).

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Today's Extra...

Reclaiming the Old Testament for Christian Preaching

Reclaiming the Old Testament for Christian Preaching (IVP Academic) is an outstanding collection of essays offering practical insights for preaching from various literary genres found in the Old Testament, including narrative, lament, poetry, prophetic material and more. The book includes work by outstanding Old Testament scholars and will be a useful tool in the hands of expository preachers.

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