Worship

So…..I’m driving to work and stop at a red light.  A bee lands on the hood of my car, right in front of me….on the edge next to the windshield.  He walks around….doing whatever bees do when they land on something other than a flower.  The light turns green and I start up. Instead of flying off, what does he do?  He hunkers down …bracing himself.  The wind gets 40…45…50mph.  Does he give up? No!  He’s that much more determined NOT to be blown off.  A few miles down the road, I stop again.  Does he take the opportunity to...

Someone once said, “Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, sidestepping responsibility, pushing their luck, and stretching the truth.”  While we don’t want to stretch the truth, it is a good idea to stretch your muscles.  Stretch before exercise.  Stretch in the middle of the day.  Get up from your desk and stretch.  Some of the benefits of stretching are said to be increased circulation, flexibility, increased range of motion (which reduces the risk of injury), and reduced stress. Think about what is involved in stretching a muscle.  You take it to where it is...

Life is full of oxymorons, isn’t it?  Contradictory terms.  For example: We sit on genuine imitation leather chairs, eat jumbo shrimp and vegetarian meatballs, cooked over synthetic natural gas.  If we’re in a rush, we may eat a cold hotdog, while we’re watching a seriously funny show.  We’re given an original copy of an exact estimate and the salesman was deceptively honest.  A small crowd showed up for the long briefing on government efficiency and military intelligence.  It got pretty ugly.  A new tradition in business is a friendly takeover by the loyal opposition and it’s often the result of negative...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/287344005/8328654fa7'] Aside from God’s Holy and Inspired Word, some of the most profound and theologically deep writings are found in hymns.  Through the ages, hymns have been a way to pour out our worship to God. Some hymns are sung directly to God: “Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love…” Others are sung about God:  “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation. Oh, my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation.” Still others are sung to encourage others in their walk with God: “Come, we that love the Lord and let our...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/286044082?autplay=1']   Hi, JCBC family! This is my first blog in “The Call” and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to write to you.  Before I get started, I just want to say “thank you.”  In our first year of ministry, Meredith, Owen, and I have felt so loved and supported.  We truly feel like we have found a church family, and we are so grateful for all of you.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds and I know God has big things in store. Today, I want to tell you about our Night of Worship that will...

Sunday, June 24, the Johns Creek Baptist Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra joined together to present Celebrate America!110 individuals joined together as with one voice to worship our amazing Lord and to celebrate all He has given us in our great country. It was a powerful time of worship. It was a moving time of remembering and honoring those who put their lives on the line so we could have the freedoms we enjoy.  We sang. We played rousing marches. We waved flags. We bowed in prayer. We worshiped. One of the largest Celebrate America crowds in memory enthusiastically joined in. Our talented...

Earlier this month, we hosted another JCBC Night of Worship in our Family Life Center. It was a powerful night, focused on prayer and communion. Check out this video recap of that special night. In reflecting on the power of prayer, I offered this definition: Simply put, prayer is becoming more fully present with the One who IS fully present with us. That’s it. Really. I mean don’t get me wrong, there have been countless ways to practice prayer throughout the ages. Indeed, one of my favorite writers and spiritual guides, Richard Foster, has written about many pathways to prayer in his book simply entitled, Prayer....

Thursday, May 3rd is the National Day of Prayer. For that reason, our second JCBC Night of Worship, which is scheduled for that evening at 7:00 p.m., will feature the theme of prayer and communion. Adam Courtney and the JCBC Worship Band will lead worshippers in powerful, soul-stirring music, as we cry out to God with the melody of our adoration and praise. In addition to lifting our voice in song, we will experience poignant times of guided prayer. Worshippers will have the opportunity to pray individually and corporately as a body of believers devoted to the love of Jesus Christ and the...

I have often said that it sometimes takes the soul some time to catch up with the body. We can show up in a physical space, and yet never really arrive. Being fully present takes time. Especially in worship. This is why our daily practices of prayer, silence, meditation, and scripture readings are vital. When we practice individual worship throughout the week, it readies the soul to enter the mystery and beauty of our shared worship gatherings on Sundays. Even when we do arrive on Sundays fully prepared to worship with heart and mind and voice, the clock is still ticking. It is not uncommon to...

The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Christmas at Johns Creek left me simply gobsmacked! Yes. Gobsmacked. gob·smackedˈɡäbˌsmakt/ adjective BRITISH informal -utterly astonished; astounded. My cup continues to overflow from the joy we shared this past weekend. With performances on Saturday and Sunday, our church hosted more than 3000 worshippers for the event.  It was an extraordinary night of worship and celebration. God was glorified, Christ was exalted, and hearts were filled. There were many highlights, to be sure. One such moment was the parade of baby Jesuses throughout the years. Seeing the cascade of ages and stages walk across the platform served as a poignant reminder...