Hebrews 10:25 (CEV) Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.
Matthew 18:20 (NAS) “Where two or three have gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst.”
John 4:23 (NLT) “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.”
Colossians 3:16 (CSB) Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
See Isaiah 6:1-9 (p.605)
Revelation 4:8 (NIV) Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
Romans 3:23-25 (NLT) Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
Romans 12:1-2 (MSG) Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleep-ing, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering…Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 6:13 (TLB) Give yourselves completely to God – every part of you – for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.
Ephesians 5:18-19 (KJV) Be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
See also Matthew 26:30
1 Timothy 4:13 (NIV) Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
See also Acts 2:42; 17:11; 20:32
Acts 2:42 (NIV) They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
See also Acts 1:14; 4:23-31; 12:5; 1 Timothy 2:1-2
2 Timothy 4:2-3 (NLT) Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
See also Acts 2:42; 1 Peter 4:10-11
1 Corinthians 16:2 (TLB) On every Lord’s Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.
See also Acts 2:45; 4:34-35; Galatians 6:6; 1 Corinthians 9:14; 1 Timothy 5:17; 2 Corinthians 8-9
Acts 2:41-42 (TLB) Those who believed Peter were baptized—about three thousand in all! They joined with the other believers in regular attendance at the apostles’ teaching sessions and at the Communion services…
1 Corinthians 11:26 (CSB) For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.