This Sunday (January 11, 2015) at Calvary Community Church, I will be speaking on “The Lonely Heart.” This is part two in our series entitled “Change of Heart.” Small groups are one way God helps us experience community in our spiritual journey, but if we are a “Small Group of One” that leads to loneliness.
This is a funny video that makes a great point about how isolating ourselves can make us lonely!
Today at Calvary I preached a message about how Bethlehem reminds us that our God is faithful and always keeps His promises. Over the last few weeks, I have been looking for the best online source regarding the promises of God and what they mean in the life of the believer. By far the most biblically sound and extensive look at God’s promises is on the website of Dr. Charles Stanley’s, In Touch Ministries.
Yesterday at Calvary I preached a message from 2 Chronicles 20. The story of Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah facing an overwhelming coalition of forces has always been one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament.
With the possibility that they are about to be wiped out, King Jehoshaphat leads his people in seeking God and praising God before they ever see one evidence that God will rescue them from complete annihilation. He praises God proactively not reactively. He praises God based on Who God is rather than what his circumstances are!
Engaging in proactive praise disciplines us to focus on our God rather than on our circumstances.
Psalm 150, the final Psalm of that great Old Testament book of worship, calls on everything that has breath to “Praise the Lord.” It repeats the call to praise over and over again. It calls us to proactive praise!
I suggested at the end of my message that we read Psalm 150 once a day this week. As you lift up God today for Who He is (no matter what your circumstances are), let Psalm 150 be a prompt to your praise!
Psalm 150 1 Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
ABOUT PASTOR SHAWN
Shawn Thornton is the Senior Pastor at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California.
Mailing address: PO Box 4437
Westlake Village, CA 91359
Physical address: 5495 Via Rocas
West Lake Village, CA 91362