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Lifted – Discovering the Art of Worship: Be Grateful
August 4, 2019

Lifted – Discovering the Art of Worship: Be Grateful

We hope is that this summer is lifting your life through a greater vision of worship! We are working on incarnating the love of Christ for the world again, this week, in our series, Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship. Incarnating the love of Christ is one of the greatest challenges to our lives. In Colossians 3:8-17, we continue to learn about loving in a better manner, but it also leads us to a choice. The sermon Be Grateful, reflects the choice we must make in order to find and share a greater love. Thankfulness is an indicator of our sense of being loved, but it also is a challenge for us as we confront what we feel we deserve! As you read Colossians 3:8-17, pause for moment to thank God for the grace that fills your life! Colossians 3:8-17: But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (NIV)

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