Topeka Bible Church Benefit Concert May 11 at 7th w/ Sam Cho & Manuel Tábora

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How to get to heaven — without working at it

You do it.  I do it.  We all do it. We mess up.  In God’s eyes, that’s a problem because He doesn’t allow anyone who has sinned in heaven (not even one stolen cookie).  That’s bad news for you and me.

So what do we do about it?

People do different things with their sin. Some don’t worry about it.  Some buy an iPhone app to confess their sins.  And others work even harder at it.  For example, I recently learned some of the work it takes for Mormons to get into the highest level of celestial kingdom (that’s code for Mormon heaven).  Each time you mess up (sin), you are to confess by name every sin you’ve ever committed (that you can remember) right up until the one that you just committed.  Wow.  That’s a huge burden.  Imagine the long list we’d all have.

It would be so much work.

Imagine if Christ has only paid the sin up to a certain point?  Imagine the work it would take to stay on top of your sins.  It reminded me of a song I grew up with that explains how God, once and for all, paid all sin through His Son Jesus Christ by His death on the cross.  He didn’t pay just part of it.  He paid it all.

How about you — are you trying to figure out how to get to heaven? More bad news…we can’t do it on our own.  The payment for our sins is too great.

God made the only way to heaven — and explains it in the Bible. If you believe Jesus Christ did this (died for our sins and came back to life), and you place all your trust in the fact He paid the entire way to heaven for sinners like you and me…that’s the ticket to heaven.  You didn’t earn it.  I didn’t earn it.  It was freely given to the world — and offered to those who believe.

Thank God His Son Jesus paid it all.

 

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought,

My sin, not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Verse 3 from It Is Well with My Soul (Phillip P. Bliss)

 

If you’ve never asked God to save you from your sin so you could go to heaven — why not now? Just pray this prayer.  The words aren’t important, just the meaning behind them…

    God, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry. Please forgive me. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, came back to life, is alive in heaven, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to take control of my heart from this day forward. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

Light show concept #124,072

Not sure about this one folks — but an interesting concept for our annual light show at Topeka Bible Church.

 

Baby’s first audition [video]

Never too early to start.

Worship…Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes « Vertical Resonator

At Topeka Bible Church, we are worshipping with fewer prompts from the stage (let’s stand together, let’s sing together) and giving worshippers more space (time) to respond to God in worship.

We we publish the following in the bulletin this week…

Worship is simply a response to God — giving Him the worth He’s due. While there are many expressions of worship in the Bible (singing, bowing down, standing, clapping, lifting hands, being still), we invite you to worship how you are wired or simply observe if this if your first time with us.

Which reminded me of a post from back in 2006 on this blog…

Consider the following. Which ones are accepted in your church? Which ones do you feel comfortable doing? Which ones would you not be caught doing?! Why or why not?

Our Voice

1. Speaking – Psalm 34:1 says, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”

2. Shouting – Psalm 27:6 says, “Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.”

3. Singing – Psalm 47:6 says, “Sing praises to God, sing praises to our King, sing praises.”

Our Posture

1. Bowing – Psalm 95:6 says, “Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”

2. Standing – Psalm 119:120 says, “My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.”

3. Dancing – Psalm 149:3 says, “Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.”

Our Hands

1. Playing Instruments – Psalm 33:2, 3 says, “Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.”

2. Clapping – Psalm 47:1 says, “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.”

3. Lifting Hands – Psalm 63:4 says, “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.”

[Content taken from “Nine Ways to Worship” by Stephen M. Newman]

God help me to express Your worthiness like David did. I don’t want to be concerned about what others think of me as I worship You. I want You to be concerned with how I worship You. God, there are times I don’t fully express how I love you because of what others think of me. Forgive me for putting others before You when it comes to how I worship You.

via Worship…Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes « Vertical Resonator.

[VIDEO] Talent brokers look beyond the obvious

If you are a talent broker, look beyond the surface. There’s a lesson in judging by looks alone. Remember, God cares about the unseen inside/heart.

What are you caring about?