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Tired of Church? (plus Zoom Bible Study Link)

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

People get tired of church. The shocking message of Isaiah is that God gets tired of “church” too! “Stop bringing meaningless offerings!” (Isaiah 1:13) Stop going to church!
 
Meaningless worship is tiring to us, but even more tiring to our God.
 
The LORD is not saying, “Stop worshiping me!” He is saying, “Stop going through the motions!”
 
If you are tired of going to church (in person or online), could it be that God is tired of your going to church too? Let us examine our own hearts. Has going to church lost its appeal because we have lost our understanding of our own sin and our need for forgiveness? As you read Isaiah (find today's lesson Isaiah 1-2 here), let God’s law convict you. Then come and find comfort in God’s gospel promises.
 
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18).
 
Principal Fitzsimmons shared a resource with me called “The Bible Project” that produces videos to introduce Bible books. I encourage you to click here to watch an 8 minute video about Isaiah 1-39.  I'll share the link several more times as we read Isaiah so that you can understand the prophet's line of thinking.
 
In our New Testament reading, Paul concludes his instructions to Timothy (read 1 Timothy 6 here) by teaching the true value of wealth. Any advantage that God has given us (employment, wealth, influence) is not a reason for arrogance, but an opportunity to be rich in good deeds in service to others.  

Traditional Service Life Stream Begins This Sunday

Subscribe to our YouTube channel (click here) or follow us on Facebook (click here) to view the 9:15 service on Sunday live streamed. The service will be available for replay almost immediately after the service is finished. 

We will also continue to live stream the 10:15 Bridge service. 

Zoom Bible Study - Thursday at 7 pm

Click here
to join us as we study GroupWork (attached) for an hour this evening. All are welcome!

Time: Sep 10, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/j/96789456725?pwd=Mm82OFRldC9nTFdKYzZZNm5GNnM5QT09
Meeting ID: 967 8945 6725
Passcode: 12h5UQ

Pastor Pete

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