But the Lord said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." — 1 Samuel 16:7
I say this by way of observation and not a judgment call, because I'm not sure I know. God knows, but when it comes to the optics of the church, does God care? Let me lay it out for you.
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" — John 8:12
There are several statements that Jesus made to clearly identify Himself to the hearers of the gospel. The context of this passage is one of the most interesting in our Lord's ministry. Jesus was in Jerusalem for the last and most important feast of the Jewish year, the Feast of Taber...
"Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints."
— Psalm 149:1
"Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "Jesus, Lover Of My Soul," and "O, For A Thousand Tongues To Sing" are all-time favorites among the 9,000 songs written by one of the greatest hymn writers the church has ever known, Charles Wesley. Charles and his brother John, who was also a prolific hymn writer, were two of the greatest gospel evangelists of their time...
"But the time is coming, indeed it's here now, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth." - John 4:23
When we think of worship, we may think of a location like a church building or perhaps a small gathering in a home. Most of us go to church to worship the Lord. We sing songs and hymns of praise and adoration because our desire is to realize the presence of Jesus in our midst and let Him know how much we love Him.
"A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." — John 4:23-24
Jesus had an encounter with a woman at a water well in Samaria. She was not only confused in her theology, and in her morality, but her idea of worship was askew as well. John tells of that encounter when Jesus...