When Worship Hurts…

I-Will-Praise-You-Website-BannerIs it singing worship songs or preaching? No. Is it reading our Bibles? No. Is it a consistent early-morning time of devotion? No. Is it being an incredible neighbor? No. Is it going to church, giving tithe, teaching a class? No. I could go on and on, but what I really want to highlight is where many American Christians draw the line: when worship hurts.

What? Worship can hurt?…..Yes! True worship is expressed to the fullest when our sacrifice of praise costs us dearly. It’s when we are brought to our knees, when more is required from us than what we see is humanly possible (as if any work of God is “humanly possible”)… That’s when we come face to face with true worship.

  • Worship is obedience—to whatever extent God demands..
  • There is a big distinction between “hearing” the Word and “doing it.” 
  • Abraham is one of the greatest archetypes of faith and obedience.

from Jamie Harvill’s blog

How to Measure God’s Love

sun-shining-through-clouds_13607-1024x768Measure not God’s love and favour by your own feeling – The sun shines as clearly in the darkest day as it does in the brightest. The difference is not in the sun, but in some clouds which hinder the manifestation of the light thereof.

Richard Sibbes

Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night ThoughtsWaiting….

As I write this I am waiting for Rebecca and Michael so that we can Skype.  I’ve been doing a lot of waiting of late…waiting to pick Anna up from work…waiting for it to warm up so I can go for a run…waiting for it to warm up – period.

The Deep Freeze

Like most of the country, we are caught in a late January deep freeze. Yes, it’s not as cold as other places that we have lived and yet after nine years since living in those cold places, it seems really cold.  Tonight we walked out of church and the temp was 25 degrees – cold and yet it seemed balmy especially because the wind wasn’t blowing for the first time in several days.

We do get a break from the cold tomorrow and then we plunge back in for a couple of days with some warmer weather coming for next weekend.  I am really looking forward to that.

Hoping for Normal

The weather has thrown everything off…James only went to school on Monday and has been home since.  Augusta County is currently on a two hour delay for tomorrow.  Let’s hope it stays a two hour delay.  I’m hoping for a run around noon and then I have to play my runs by ear for the rest of the week, with plans to get in a ten miler on Saturday.

Chili Cook-off

Today we had a wonderful day of worship.  The weather has really thrown things off (is that a theme of this post or what?) Our team didn’t get to practice like normal, so we rehearsed this morning before church.  It went very well and the team did a great job.

This evening our church had our annual Chili Cook-off.  I made some chicken chili.  This year there were three chicken chili recipes.  I really enjoyed the hot chili that used pork instead of ground beef.

We missed last year’s chili cook-off because Robert was being born.  We get to celebrate his birthday this week, along with James’ birthday.  It looks like a great week and I am looking forward to what God has in store.

Pressing On!


Sunday Set List

Sunday Set List MainJanuary 26, 2014

3rd Sunday After Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

Psalm 27:1-4

Songs of Worship    

We Want to See Jesus Lifted High

Crown Him With Many Crowns

Revelation Song


Songs of Worship

Like A River Glorious

Jesus Messiah

Worship through Giving

Worship through God’s Word

Closing Song

Cares Chorus




Prayer for the Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Hazards of Running

hazard-signTo say it’s been cold here would be an understatement.  It’s been said that everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.  Not that any of us can really “do” anything about the weather.  This is the fifth winter of my running career and I can say that it has been a challenge especially over the last few weeks.  I looked at my running totals so far for the month and I am at 82 miles.  If all goes well this next week, I may match December’s totals.  But I am a far cry from the monthly totals of the fall.  But that is ok, because we are in a down time.  This is a rebuilding season.

Today I was able to get out in the relative warmth of a 32 degree day and yet it was windy.  It’s hard to run into the wind – all that cold air gets into your lungs.  The last few days have been hazardous in many ways.

  1. First there is the cold.  We have had dangerous wind chills over the last few days.  Thursday after I got out of work, I went for a three mile run.  It was about the coldest that I have ever been during a run.  I thought my fingers would never warm up.
  2. Then there is the ice.  Several days of freeze and melting cycles have created very slick spots.  There were several of those that I encountered today, especially in the park.
  3. Then there are the people who don’t shovel their sidewalks.  Since it was so tricky in the park today, I decided to take to the sidewalks in the city, but that proved difficult because so many sidewalks were either partially shoveled or not shoveled at all.  This means in many places I had to run on the street next to the sidewalk. Which brings me to hazard #4
  4. Drivers who don’t watch for runners.  Let me set the scenario: I was running facing traffic and in a crosswalk.  I was almost run over by a man who was traveling in the same direction as me as he hurried into the drugstore that I was passing.  I was scared because he came out of nowhere.

So to return to how I did this week.  Most of my runs were slower but then again the temps have been cold and I don’t like that cold air deep in my lungs.  Once it warms up again, I will pick up the pace and work on that 8 minute mile.  Until then though I am pressing on!