March 28, 2014
Who is receiving praise? Who’s strength brings good?

"Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:1-6
"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10

March 25, 2014
"For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the one who was proclaimed among you by us – by me and Silvanus and Timothy – was not “Yes” and “No,” but it has always been “Yes” in him. For every one of God’s promises are “Yes” in him; therefore also through him the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God."

— 2 Corinthians 1:19, 20 NET

March 11, 2014
"You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound."

— Psalm 4:7 ESV

March 6, 2014
"The goal is not moral conformity. The goal is a knowledge of Jesus and a relationship with Jesus that transforms us from the inside out."

— Matt Chandler

March 2, 2014

Racial Reconciliation // This video, along with the full message from Matt Chandler (http://bit.ly/1dbXIW7), really impacted Julia Zurn and I this morning. “God has made many men into one.” -Matt Chandler

March 2, 2014
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I come from a background where there were a lot of fast and upbeat tempos, so at the end of every service, or right when worship would begin, I would actually leave. I would take Communion and leave and told myself it was okay if I listened to my own worship music and praise music when I got home.

If I was going to be a part of the church, if I was going to come here and listen to the message and be a part of this body, I needed to be a part of this body and actually be in the service. Not just for when Matt preaches or whoever is preaching at that time, but be in a Home Group, participate in worship, and worship with the church. By the end of that transition, I felt myself falling in love with this new way of worship that I’d never even considered.

It’s not about you. It’s not about what you like or what you don’t like. It’s definitely something the Holy Spirit had to remind me of. It’s about God getting the glory, and it really doesn’t matter what avenue he chooses to do that in.

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Kim Smith on church preferences

February 27, 2014
"Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed."

— 1 Peter 1:13b (NIV)

February 21, 2014
Walk by the Spirit

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6 NIV)

February 18, 2014
"Don’t be afraid to start over. First drafts are rarely ever the best, because there’s something about the creative process that keeps getting better as you go. Don’t settle. Keep pushing through the hard parts and know that in the end, God is more glorified when you give Him everything you have!"

— Brent Thomas on the creative process

November 26, 2013
"I believe that God’s heart is broken because far too often,
those in the church who have received artistic gifts from Him are unwilling to boldly proclaim the truth outside the church."

— David Pierce