We continue our reading program in the Psalms. This week's reading is Psalm 100-102. Read and take note of how God is with His people! You can download the entire Reading Schedule here.
Preparing for Sunday Worship by Steve Patton
When do you start preparing for Sunday morning worship? Is it when someone stands in the pulpit to welcome everyone just before our song service begins? Maybe you remember to take a minute before that to quiet yourself. Perhaps at your house there is some thought and preparation while you are getting ready that morning. I am thankful that worship is clearly a part of your weekly schedule, but is it just something you tune in to for an hour and then move on to other things?
Here is one of my favorite Sunday worship prep stories. The late Lindsay Allen in Florence, Alabama told me about an old farmer he knew who truly loved the Lord. The man looked forward to every Sunday. When did he begin preparation for Sunday worship? Brother Allen told me the man would lay out his Sunday clothes on Friday night before he went to bed. On Friday night he is already thinking about and preparing for Sunday worship. What a testimony to his faith and his love for God and His people.
Do you struggle being ready for worship on Sunday? Let me suggest you follow this brother’s example. No, I do not think we should all start laying out our clothes on Friday night. But we could start our preparation in other ways. Preparing for Bible class helps with this. If you will do the class prep the teacher requests, at a time when you can quietly study, your mind will be turned toward Sunday. Also, make sure you are rested for Sunday morning. Saturday night is not a late night for Christians. It is a night for restful sleep. Do as much prep as you can, for yourself and your family, on Saturday. Then Sunday morning will be more enjoyable and meaningful. Make every Sunday special. Now, excuse me. I have to go get Pam to lay out my Sunday clothes. (I am color blind, you know.)
From the desk of Josh Creel
Practical Advice For College Students... & Christians
1. Be willing to learn. Learning isn't optional, your future success depends on learning and applying what you learn. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” (Matthew 11:29)
2. Be ready to work. There are a lot of things that will distract you from what should be your real purpose. Now is the time to work. “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4)
3. Stay in touch with your family. They love you more than anyone else. While this separation is necessary, it's not going to be easy. Keep those lines of communication open, continually! “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit...” (Ephesians 6:18)
4. Be helpful to others. It's easy to forget that the world doesn't revolve around you, but it doesn't. You are surrounded by other people. Some of them are hurting and need comfort. Some of them are happy and want you to celebrate with them. Some of them are lost and need you to point the way. Be aware and be helpful! “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:11–12)