The Purity Principle by Randy Alcorn

This quick read injects a healthy dose of fear regarding the nauseating consequences of sexual impurity. Some take-aways: “Purity is always smart; impurity is always stupid.” Obedience doesn’t make you holy, it shows you are wise. Jesus equates leering with adultery. So we have to steer way clear of any possible opportunities for lust to […]

Expressions from Heaven

Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) God knew the prophet Jeremiah even before he was conceived. I think spirits of people are in […]

Praise the Lord!!!

Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; […]

Heart Director

“We have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thes 3:4-5). Paul had great faith in the Thessalonians. He was confident of their obedience to the gospel […]

Glorified in you, and you in Him

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints (Psalms 116:15). Witnessing obedience in affliction is something worthy of taking a quiet moment to ponder. There is sweetness about worship in the midst of suffering. There is beauty in the patience endurance of the saints. In 2 Thessalonians 1, we see […]

Living Streams – 10/05/2008 Worship Set

Theme: Christ Reigns Team so far: Truman – keys, lead vocals Elisabeth – drums Lance – bass, vocals Paul – tenor Dr. Steve – acoustic guitar New Doxology (Key G) Praise God from whom all blessing flow. Listen to full track at Last.fm The anthem portion of the song is on a separate track. The […]

Living Streams – 9/28/2008 Worship Set

Theme: Entreaty asking for God’s will to be done on earth. A member of our church is the director for 40 Days for Life in Honolulu. 40 Days for Life is a 40 day campaign going on right now throughout the country to pray against the practice of abortion. Prior to him sharing about this […]

Then they will know that I am the LORD

“Then they will know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 29:21). Prophecies of destruction often have that last little phrase at the end. It makes me wonder: “Why can’t people know that God is the LORD when He does good things?” I guess it is said to those people that are wicked and stubborn. If […]

Lessons for the wise

Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever (Daniel 12:2-3). Many will be purified, made spotless […]

Full Power to Shields

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time (Luke 4:13). This verse makes me think of those nature TV shows where a lion is prowling around in the high grass, stalking a herd of gazelle. The devil is like a prowling lion. In Luke 4, the devil had […]

Nothing But Leaves

Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs (Mark 11:13). A green leaf is a sign of health … a sign of life. It means that a […]

Well-fed, Happy Priests

God loves us so much that He freed us from our sins by Christ’s blood and has made us to be a kingdom and priests (Rev 1:5-6). As priests who minister before the Lord’s presence, there is a lot we can learn about worship from the Levitical regulations for priests. Ordained for worship When Aaron […]

Purifying Praise

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation (Philippians 2:14-15). I like Philippians. It’s such a happy and uplifting book. Even though Paul was in prison while he wrote it, he was full of faith. The Philippians had […]

Sinfully Stupid

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness (Romans 1:18). God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. We were created to be full of light and truth, just like God. But when we give […]

Vision Running to High Places

And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Behold, his soul is […]

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