Heart Prep for Sunday, January 21st, 2018

The text for this week is Galatians 1:11-24 where Paul tells his story to defend the truth of his Gospel. We’ll see that when God turns a life around, He gets the glory. Our worship theme is “Praise for God’s Rescue,” and our visual theme is the Damascus Road, or at least roads with sunrises.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 180121 Heart Prep


Praise Him, Praise Him – Hymn #106

Mighty to Save

Acts 9:1-9 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 7The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

1 Timothy 1:14-16 And the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

Arise My Soul Arise – Twila Paris

Love Lifted Me

Second Chance

This is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)

Jesus Paid It All – Hymn #210

Heart Prep for Sunday, January 14th, 2018

The text this week is Galatians 1:6-10 where Paul is astonished that the Galatian believers have so quickly deserted the God of grace, and the grace of God. Our worship theme will be “Amazing Grace,” and our visual theme will be “Cubism” (The Galatians are being led toward a “distorted” Gospel)

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 180114 Heart Prep


All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Grace Alone – Kensrue

Ephesians 2:1-10 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Titus 3:3-7 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Hymn #2

Good, Good Father

Your Grace is Enough – Matt Maher

Undone By Grace

Amazing Grace – Hymn #202

Heart Prep for Sunday, January 7th, 2018

This week we are beginning our study in Galatians. The first few verses remind us that Christ gave himself for our sins to deliver us from this present evil age, through God the Father who raised him from the dead. The worship theme will be “To God Be the Glory” (Galatians 1:5) and the visual theme will be “Abstract Dawn” (the dawn of a new age).

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 180107 Heart Prep

To God Be the Glory – Hymn #66

Your Great Name

Ephesians 1:3-14 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. 11In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.

The Power of the Cross

How Beautiful

Our Great God – Fernando Ortega

Communion Meditation
In My Father’s Kingdom – Fernando Ortega

And Can It Be?

More Scripture for Meditation:

Galatians 1:1-5 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: 3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Bible Project (Book Summary): Galatians

Galatians – Spring 2018 Series

This spring (2018) we’ll be studying Galatians, and we’ll embrace Paul’s passionate argument that Christ has set us free.

Here’s the plan: (AND – Scroll down for an awesome Bible Project video on Galatians)

Galatians – Christ has set us free

Date: January 7, 2018 (Week 1)
Text: Galatians 1:1-5
Title: He Gave Himself for Our Sins
Key Sentence: We give God glory for the good news of our deliverance
Worship: To God be the Glory

Date: January 14, 2018 (Week 2)
Text: Galatians 1:6-10
Title: Paul is Mad!
Key Sentence: It is crucial to keep the Gospel from becoming a different Gospel
Worship: Amazing Grace

Date: January 21, 2018 – (Week 3)
Text: Galatians 1:11-24
Title: It’s the Real Thing
Key Sentence: When God turns someone around, He gets the glory
Worship: Love Lifted Me

Date: January 28, 2018 (Week 4)
Text: Galatians 2:1-10
Title: Entrusted with the Gospel
Key Sentence: We can find unity in the grace of the Gospel message and ministry
Worship: The Church’s One Foundation

Date February 4, 2018 (Week 5) (Communion)
Text: Galatians 2:11-14
Title: In Step with the Truth
Key Sentence: Beware hypocrisy that gets out of step with the truth of the Gospel
Worship: Whom Shall I Fear

Date: February 11, 2018 (Week 6)
Text: Galatians 2:15-21
Title: By faith in the Son of God
Key Sentence: Die now to anything that tries to add to saving faith in Christ
Worship: Faith and Grace

Date: February 18, 2018 (Week 7)
Text: Galatians 3:1-9
Title: O Foolish Galatians!
Key Sentence: Rejoice in the truth that you don’t get saved or stay saved by merit.
Worship: The God of Abraham Praise

Date: February 25, 2018 (Week 8)
Text: Galatians 3:10-14
Title: The Curse
Key Sentence: Jesus received the curse so that we might receive the blessing
Worship: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Date: March 4, 2018 (Week 9)
Text: Galatians 3:15-22
Title: The Offspring
Key Sentence: Jesus is the fulfillment of all the promises
Worship: Standing on the Promises

Date: March 11, 2018 (Week 10)
Text: Galatians 3:23-29
Title: Butterfly Time
Key Sentence: Shed the Chrysalis of the Law to Put on Christ
Worship: In Christ Alone

March 18, 2018 – Guest preacher, Bob to Pennsylvania?

I may focus on the Resurrection for all four Passion Week services. TBD

March 25, 2018 – Palm Sunday

March 29, 2018 – Thursday of Easter Week

April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunrise

April 1, 2018 – Easter Service

Date: April 8, 2018 (Week 11)
Text: Galatians 4:1-7
Title: The Privilege of Adoption
Key Sentence: In Jesus we are no longer slaves but adopted sons and daughters
Worship: Abba, Father

Date: April 15, 2018 (Week 12)
Text: Galatians 4:8-20
Title: What Will You Imitate?
Key Sentence: There are many bad role models, but only selflessness honors Jesus
Worship: Come Down O Love Divine (Ortega, Selflessness)

Date: April 22, 2018 (Week 13)
Text: Galatians 4:21-31
Title: Slave or Free
Key Sentence: A merit mentality enslaves, a grace mentality frees
Worship: No Longer Slaves

Date: April 29, 2018 – Guest Preacher (Bob week off)

Date: May 6, 2018 (Week 14) (Communion)
Text: Galatians 5:1-15
Title: For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free
Key Sentence: Righteousness is not found in religious works but in faith working through love
Worship: How Beautiful

Date: May 13, 2018 (Week 15)
Text: Galatians 5:16-26
Title: Walk by the Spirit
Key Sentence: Only in step with the Spirit can our lives produce godly fruit.
Worship: For Today (and other fruit of the Spirit songs)

Date: May 20, 2018 (Week 16)
Text: Galatians 6:1-10
Title: Radical Community
Key Sentence: God plans to fully bless our pouring out.
Worship: One Another

Date: May 27, 2018 (Week 17)
Text: Galatians 6:11-18
Title: Boast Only in the Cross
Key Sentence: We’ve seen that the grounds of our hope is the cross, not works.
Worship: My Hope is Built!


Heart Prep for Sunday, January 31st, 2017

The text for this week is Matthew 2:1-12, which is the underlying text for David’s song Lead Me On. We will be looking at many of the texts alluded to in this song. Our worship theme will be “We Three Kings” and our visual theme will be winter nights, with stars!

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 171231 Heart Prep

There’s a Song in the Air

Good Christian Men Rejoice – Hymn #151

I Wonder as I Wander – Hymn #139

What Child is This? – Hymn #137

We Three Kings – Hymn #166
We Three Kings – Piano Guys

Lead Me On

Wandering Pilgrim – Twila Paris

Bonus: New Lyric Video from Josh Garrels
May You Find a Light

Here is the text of the song and the Scriptures we’ll associate with each verse:

Lead Me On

Star light, star bright, illumining more than the night
Star beam with two-edged gleam piercing my soul with your light
The heavens were telling, but now they are yelling, announcing a Jewish Knight
Who was born to deliver and empty His quiver to rescue the Lady in white

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Psalm 45:3-4, 13-15 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty! 4In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds! . . . 13All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold. 14In many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions following behind her. 15With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.

Lead me on, lead me on bright Morning Star
Draw me nearer, ever nearer to where You are
Beckoning glory, glistening story speak to my heart
Lead me on, lead me home to where You are

Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,

John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

2 Peter 1:19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

Star light, so bright, how can You be mindful of man?
Dark night resisting what’s right, lost in a pagan land
Bright heavenly spark that points to the Ark, far through the desert sand
From wonderstruck gazing, I hit the trail blazing and faithfully heed Your command

 Isaiah 8:20-9:2 To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 21They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. 22And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness. 9:1But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.

John 3:19-20 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Exodus 13:21-22 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. 22The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.

Matthew 4:18-20 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Luke 9:23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

1 Peter 2:21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

Lead me on, lead me on bright Morning Star
Draw me nearer, ever nearer to where You are
Beckoning glory, glistening story speak to my heart
Lead me on, lead me home to where You are

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Isaiah 49:8-10 Thus says the Lord: “In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages, 9saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’ They shall feed along the ways; on all bare heights shall be their pasture; 10they shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them, for he who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them.

John 14:1-3 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Isaiah 42:16 And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.

Angels Came Down – Hebrews 2:14-18

Message preached on December 24, 2017 by Pastor Bob DeGray. This video is for non-profit educational purposes only. The brief use of images from copyright material is thought to be ‘fair use’ of the material.

Key Sentence: The angels waited and cheered as Jesus came to save.

I. He came to rescue us (Hebrews 2:14)
II. He faced our temptations (Hebrews 2:18)
III. He conquered death by death (Hebrews 2:14-15)
IV. He rose to life victorious (Hebrews 2:9)

Heart Prep for December 24, 2017 (and Christmas Eve)

This Heart Prep includes both the Sunday morning service and the Sunday evening, Christmas Eve service.

Here is the link to the combined YouTube playlist, which also includes some other favorites: 171224 Heart Prep

The text for the Sunday Morning service is Hebrews 2:9-10 and 14-18 where we see that Jesus came in flesh and blood to defeat death, sin and Satan. This is the same idea seen (by angels!) in David Jackson’s song “The Angels Came Down.” The worship theme will be “God with Us,” and the visual them will be close-ups of snowflakes, standing in for angels.

Light of the World – Lauren Daigle


Hark! the Herald Angels Sing – Hymn #133

Immanuel – Michael Card

Matthew 1:18-23 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

Hebrews 1:1-4 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Colossians 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Traditional Tune: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Casting Crowns Version: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Born Where the Shadows Lie – Getty

Angels Came Down

Joy to the World – Hymn #125

Christmas Eve Service, 6:00 p.m.

The text for the Christmas Eve service is 1st Peter 1:3-12, where Peter tells us how the prophets longed for the Messiah’s day and angels strained to see it. The worship theme will be “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and the visual theme will again be close-ups of snowflakes, standing in for angels, but mostly at night.

Angels Strain to See

Angels from the Realms of Glory – Hymn #131

Let all Mortal Flesh

Welcome to Our World

Away in a Manger

Scripture for Meditation

1 Peter 1:3-12 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 10Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

Silent Night – Hymn #147

Additional Favorites

Assuming you might want to use the playlist as background for your Christmas activities, I’ve added a few more of my personal favorites:

Child of Glory – by Dustin Kensrue. I ran across this this year and decided to make a video of it.

Yule Carol – this one shows the 2017 Snow

Midwinter – Audrey Assad’s new version

Winter Snow by Audrey Assad

Fernando Ortega’s version of O Little Town of Bethlehem

Labor of Love by Andrew Peterson

Come Children of this Long Discarded Night by Ron Block, Jeff Taylor and Rebecca Reynolds

He Who is Mighty

Noel by Lauren Daigle

Child of Glory – Dustin Kensrue – Lyrics

Child of Glory by Dustin Kensrue
Copyright ©2014 BEC Recordings.
As heard on The Modern Post EP, Lowborn King

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artist(s) by buying the song or the album

The imagery is used under a creative commons license. It is “Aurora borealis timelapse – polar reflections autumn 2013” by Harriniva Hotels&Safaris and can be found on YouTube

Heart Prep for Sunday, December 10th, 2017

The text this week is Luke 1 and 2. We won’t look at every verse, but at the way these chapters are summarized in David Jackson’s song “Mary’s Ponderings,” with a focus on the words spoken about Jesus in these chapters. The worship theme will be “The Son of the Most High,” and the visual theme will be winter scenes with shacks and huts.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 171210 Heart Prep


Hark! the Herald Angels Sing – Hymn #133

What Child is This? – Hymn #137

Luke 1:30-35 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.

Luke 2:10-11 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:28-35 He took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30for my eyes have seen your salvation 31that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” 33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Luke 2:48-49 And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. 52And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

Luke 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming

O Little Town of Bethlehem – Hymn #141

Mary’s Ponderings

O Holy Night – Hymn #148

Bonus: New music from Melanie Penn
Love’s Coming Down (Isaiah’s Song)

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