Preparing for Worship // November 11, 2016

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Growing up, my dad was extremely frugal. My mom always said that if he hadn’t married her, he would have ended up living in a shack somewhere with millions saved up in the bank. He had me and my sister on a budget for as long as I can remember, and as a kid I was required to put $1/week into savings. There wasn’t very much frivolous spending in my home. However, when my dad decided to spend money, he went big. When our old TV broke, he decided that it was time to upgrade to a big-screen HD TV. At Christmas, we can always count on him giving my mom something big and extravagant. For years, the only time we ever went to sporting events was when a friend gave us tickets or we sat in the nosebleed section. Then one year my dad decided to get season tickets to the Memphis Grizzlies. And these weren’t just any seats; we were fifteen rows up from the court!

This is the kind of God we worship. Sometimes in life it feels as if God is being frugal with His grace. Life’s trials come, and we feel like we’re on our own. But when God delivers us, He does so in a big way. He doesn’t just deliver us; He gives us resounding victory against our enemies and lavishes His grace and kindness on us. He doesn’t do anything half-way. This may not be abundantly apparent in the day to day, where a step forward always seems to be followed by a step back. But God’s timing is perfect, and He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. Our responsibility is to trust Him for what we need as we seek to be faithful to His commands. As you enter worship this week, don’t lose sight of His astounding grace. Even if you feel downtrodden and overwhelmed, remember that He knows what you need and will supply it in His perfect timing.

THE WORD

Scripture: Esther 9:1-17
Sermon: God’s Surprising Reversals

SONGS

How Firm a Foundation
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Our Deliverer (Evan Wickham)
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Psalm 62 (Aaron Keyes)
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Song of Preparation: Desert Song (Hillsong)
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Song of Response: God Moves In A Mysterious Way (Jeremy Casella)
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