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Pastor’s Letter, April, 2019

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We were made to worship! Our reason for being is to bring glory to God, and we can do that as we love the Lord and worship Him in spirit and in truth. When we worship we need to worship from the heart, and not just give half-hearted lip service to the Lord. As it pertains to worshiping God from the heart there’s two important questions we need to ask ourselves: (1) Is my heart in it? (2) What’s in my heart? When it came to select and anoint Israel’s new king, the Lord said to the prophet Samuel, in 1 Samuel 16:7: “…’Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'” We tend to mess things up when we insist on judging others based on their outward appearance, instead of allowing God to look at their heart. We can never know what’s in another person’ heart, anyway—only God can–that’s why He alone is the righteous judge. Jesus also clashed with the Pharisees about this same matter. The further the Pharisees’ hearts drifted from the Lord the bigger their books of human rules grew. Soon, their human rules (traditions) began to take precedence over the commandments of God. The Pharisees made people jump through their endless maze of external rules before a person was considered acceptable to God–but Jesus insisted that it was all about the condition of a person’s heart. Jesus said that we should be more concerned about transgressing the commandments of God than we were about transgressing the tradition of the elders. What the Pharisees were doing, was hypocrisy. “Hypocrisy” is putting up a false front, or playing the part (like an actor plays a part that is very different from who they really are as a person.> The Pharisees made it look like they were following God, but Jesus revealed that they were just hiding behind a religious mask and weren’t really following God at all. We have so many opportunities to worship God in spirit and in truth. We were made to worship our awesome God! One of the ways we can fulfill our purpose in life (which is to bring glory to God)–is to worship. It’s so tragic, then, when our worship becomes worthless. It becomes worthless when we only go through the outward motions of lip service, without our heart really being in it. So again, the question is (when it comes to worshiping God): is my heart in it? May we be more concerned about what God actually knows about us, than what other people may think about us. Pastor Keith