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Friday Thoughts

This has been a interesting week. July is suppose to be a slow time of the year in church life, but I’m finding it to be just the opposite. Thanks to all of you who have been praying for me and my back injury. To give you a little update: yesterday I went in for a procedure to relieve the pain shooting down my back and all the way to my toes in my right side. I’ve been dealing with this for the last 4 years – so it is is nothing new, just getting more unbearable. We’ll know in the next 7 days if the procedure worked. I’ve had this procedure done two times before and it didn’t work – so if it doesn’t work this time – under the knife I’ll go. Pray that it works and thanks for your concern.

On another note I want to talk about our upcoming sermon series called “Elevate.” We’re going to be walking through different passages of scripture and try to understand what it means to worship. So many of us come from different church and unchurched backgrounds; so when it comes to expressing ourselves during worship – we get a little uncomfortable. So what is it? How are we suppose to worship? We’re going to deal with those questions in the coming weeks – but here are 4 questions to ask yourself before you come to church on Sunday – to prepare yourself for worship:

1) What do I “treasure” more than anything else in my life? I’m sure you know where I’m going with this, but on a deeper level – ask yourself what are the “treasures” that may suffocate other “treasures” in life?

2) What do I look forward to more than anything else when I wake up in the morning? Now I’m sure many of you, including myself, will scream coffee. But the coffee, or anything else, should be a means to an end.

3) Who do I identify myself as? Do you see yourself as an employee, spouse, parent, friend – or something else. Knowing your identity, in my opinion, may be the key to heartfelt Biblical worship.

4) Why do I come to church? Great question to ask yourself – because why we come determines “how” we come to church.

I’m fired up about this Sunday – look forward to seeing you all there. Have a great weekend. God Bless You!

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