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Israel was guilty of offering lame, sick, and inferior animals to God, thus incurring His anger. We too offer spiritual sacrifices to God: praise, prayer, good deeds, shared resources, and our very bodies. What is the condition of your sacrifice?
High standards of excellence are not only necessary for success in the marketplace, but they are also necessary for excelling spiritually. Low standards of excellence are condemned by the Scriptures and lead to poverty. This teaching attacks the lazy entitlement mentality of a growing segment of our culture.
Are you growing in the gifts God has given you? Before David could be king, he had to work hard to grow in the gifts God gave him.
For a couple of weeks now, we have tried to prepare ourselves for Easter around this theme of “My Journey to Easter.” Three weeks ago, we shared together the Lord’s Supper as a way to look at Easter. Two weeks ago, we attempted to look at Easter through the lens of baptism. Then, last week, we looked at Easter through the lens of repentance, which is the fundamental idea behind the Lenten season more formally recognized in some other churches. Today, we turn our attention to the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Traditionally, we have called this Sunday Palm Sunday. Let’s give attention to the reading of God’s Holy Word.
Who am I working for? Our earthly boss or our heavenly Boss, Jesus? We Need To: 1. Work with integrity 2. Work with excellence 3. Work with a good attitude Ask yourself this question: How would I work each day if I knew Jesus was going to do my performance review at the end of the year?
Music and singing in the church is to exalt God and thereby edifies the church. The history of music and singing among God's people in corporate worship reveals that excellence was established. This was not elitist; it was commanded by God (1Chron. 23 & 25). The content of the songs was God's word and thus fed God's people on rich theology. The best music and songs for the church have always been marked by this character.
Though amazingly and wondrously endowed by God, the Corinthian church had misused and abused their gifts. It was time for self-examination and taking inventory. They needed to change.
Peter knows that we all have aspirations for greatness. He knows that we all want to be special and set apart in some way. Peter doesn't ask us to die to that as much as he shows us the way to a rare, and excellent life. A path few people see, and even fewer walk.