Fitness: love it AND hate it

Being intentional about fitness and exercise has become a part of my daily and weekly routine. For the last nine years I have made an effort to exercise each week. Most weeks it is five or six days a week very rarely less. As much as this is a routine there are still many days that I dread getting out of bed and going to the gym or out for a run or bike ride. This is the hate it part…

The love itpart is knowing that being active is the right thing to do.  I know that I feel better when I get in 5 or 6  days of exercise.  I know that we are created to move and 21stcentury lifestyle does everything it can to be against intentional movement.  I know that research shows I will have fewer days of being sick, fewer days of ailments and less chance of chronic and catastrophic disease.

So even though I might hate  the thought of exercise some days, I know it is the right thing to do.

If we don’t worship God…

If we don’t worship God, we’ll worship something or someone
else. 

John
Wimber

Preparing for Worship, it is OK to question God

This
Thursday series of blog posts is directed toward the worship teams and members
of ClearView Church
in
Franklin, Tennessee; however, the intent of the series
is applicable to any person who is searching for God and wanting to have a
conversation with Him.

 

It is very
apparent from reading Psalm 3,
4 and 5
and many others that David often questioned God.  Not that he questioned who God was or that
God knew the ultimate outcome, but rather the questions were “why am I going
through this now” “why aren’t You answering my prayer” “don’t You hear me?”

 

If we are
all honest, we can all say we have had those moments: questioning God, even mad
at God.  I don’t think that makes us any
less of a Christ follower. I believe God knew we would react this way. Why? Because
He is the very one who created those feelings.

 

I am glad
to know that I can be that open and honest with God. 

 

This Sunday
we, ClearView, will start the service by being reminded by the scriptures we
hear and the songs we sing that God is faithful; in Him there is sustaining
power for any circumstance.  Those
thoughts will be followed immediately with the question that David often
voiced: “God do you hear me?  If so why
does it seem you pass over my request?”

 

The second
half of the service turns a different corner and helps us recall and celebrate
the amazing gift of salvation and grace through Jesus Christ. 

 

My worship
throughout the week is more of an on-going conversation with God.  I listen as I read the Bible. Sometimes I
think of God and stand in awe and in silence. Other times I speak out-loud my
thoughts about Him or ask Him questions and still other times I find myself
singing songs. As we worship, privately, the next few days, here are some
things we can include to prepare us for Sunday’s corporate worship:

  1. Pray for our leaders: ask God
    to give the leaders wisdom for the direction of the service.
  2. Pray that each person will come
    to worship with an expectation of communicating openly with God.
  3. For the ClearView teams…log on
    to
    www.planningcenteronline.com
    and get more details about the service.

Worship is giving God the best

Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be
careful what you do with the best you have. 
Oswald Chambers

Preparing for Worship this Sunday

At worship
this weekend at ClearView we will be starting a new series examining the book
of 1 John. This week we begin with the first four verses. 

 

Verse one
starts:  The one who existed from the
beginning…

 

Just think
in worship we get to talk to and listen to the One that was from the very
beginning, God Almighty

 

…is the one we have
heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own
hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life.

 

Worship
begins with the revelation of Christ…the reality that we have a relationship
with God through the sacrifice of His son.

 

The worship
songs at ClearView this week try to capture and retell:

1.  The story of God the creator:

            How Great Thou Art (Psalm 86:10)

            How Can I Keep From Singing (Psalm
40:3
)

 

2. The
wonderful gift of God’s Son:

            Jesus Saves (Acts 5:42)

 

3. And give
us a chance to respond God and that gift:

            When I think About the Lord (2
Corinthians 5:17
)

            I Am Yours (Hebrews 10:22)

 

If you are
headed to worship at ClearView this week, here are some things you can do to
prepare:

  • read the first chapter of 1
    John
  • read the scriptures referenced
    above that are the themes of the songs for worship.

 

If you are
attending church at ClearView or at your place of worship here are some things
to pray for

  • the worship leaders and
    teachers
  • that God will speak to you
    throughout the service, through the spoken word, through the songs,
    through the silence, through the witness and testimonies of the people.

 

What a
great privilege we have to worship the very one who created all and what a
great privilege we have in this country to worship at the place of our
choosing.