Yesterday Eastbrook Church gathered to celebrate God’s goodness over 40 years with an outdoor worship service and picnic. It was an amazing time with folks across all four of our regular worship services gathering together as one, worshiping the Lord and celebrating with one another.
I brought a message from Psalm 145:3-8, which reads:
3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.[a]
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
I spent some time talking about celebration, God’s power, God’s goodness, God’s love, and our response to it all. You can view the message, which is a stand-alone message and not part of any series, below.
My message at Eastbrook’s Christmas Eve services was entitled “The Gift We Really Need.” You can watch the video below or through the Eastbrook app, listen to it via our audio podcast, or read the entire text below the video. Join us for our next sermon series beginning in January, “Unschackled,” from the letter of the Apostle Paul to the Philippians.
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As we prepare for Christmas, I’d love to hear your stories of the greatest Christmas gift you’ve ever received. Maybe you want to write it in just a couple of sentences or maybe you want to write it in a couple of paragraphs. Take a moment to share that story, including why it is so meaningful to you. You can write it in the comments section of this post so that others can celebrate one of your great stories of Christmas with you.
On June 22 at Eastbrook Church, we had an outdoor worship service with 30 baptisms and block party afterwards called the Big Block Bash. It was a blast to see more than one thousand people spread out worshiping the Lord and celebrating what God is doing in our church, city, and individual lives.
Here is the short message that I preached in the service based out of Luke 19:1-10, where Jesus encounters Zacchaeus. I built the sermon off the question: “what makes you wanna shout?”
Love Your Neighborhood: BIG BLOCK BASH from EastbrookChurch on Vimeo.
Here I am again in this place to meet with You. There are always so many thoughts on my mind about how I should spend my time here. In all of those things, which I do want to talk with You about, I simply say that I’d like to draw near to You today.
How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give t hem drink from Your river of delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. (Psalm 36:7-9)
Draw me, Lord, into the light of Your presence.
Make me to feast on Your goodness, oh God.
Quench my soul-thirsts with Your river of delight
And drench me beneath Your fountain of life.
All my life’s goodness is found within You.
All my life’s sadness is lifted by You.
All my soul’s hunger and thirsting for life
is met beyond measure in You.
[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]
I came across these striking word from A. W. Tozer recently while reading through the title essay from the book I Talk Back to the Devil. Like many great books, this one had gone out of print. Thankfully, it is now back in print and available for a new audience.
Some of you go to the ball game and you come back whispering because you are hoarse from shouting and cheering. But no one in our day ever goes home from church with a voice hoarse from shouts brought about by a manifestation of the glory of God among us.
Actually our apathy about praise in worship is like an inward chill in our beings. We are under a shadow and we are still wearing the grave clothes. You can sense this in much of our singing in the contemporary church. Perhaps you will agree that in most cases it is a kind of plodding along, without the inward life of blessing and victory and resurrection joy and overcoming in Jesus’ name.
Why is this? It is largely because we are looking at what we are, rather than responding to who Jesus Christ is!