We had the opportunity to visit the Raleigh Vintage church at which the pastor delivered an impressive service and M opted not to participate in the baptism.
M and Jay considered the sermon to be invigorating, challenging, puzzling and enlightening.
Key messages were:
— The Lord has a plan for our lives, and we can discern His will by developing a better relationship with Him.
— Key to developing a relationship with Him is worship. Everyone worships something, and to determine what we worship, ask three questions:
(1) if you accomplish all of your goals what would you gain?
(2) where do you find your worth, your value and your meaning?
(3) where do you spend your money?
When hopes, finances, desires are focused on an objective — that’s worship
Worship focused on fame, power, and fortune only create an unsatisfiable desire for more.
Worship focused on The Lord fits His plan because it is good, i.e. fully wholesome.
Worshiping The Lord draws Him closer, allowing the discernment of His will and allowing the believer to make decisions based not upon what the believer thinks is right but on what God knows is right.
Life decisions can be made by trial and error or by following God’s path.
In all of this we cannot forget that the Lord’s love for us is steadfast and never ending. Like Niagara Falls, God’s love is massive and unrelenting.
To know God’s will, worship God, know his ways and wait on Him.
All paths of The Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness for those who keep His covenant.