Heart Prep for Sunday, February 12th, 2017

The main text this week is Matthew 22.35-40 where both of the greatest commandments show love to be the measure of our maturity. David Jackson will be preaching, and the worship theme will be the love of God and love for God and others. The visual theme will be hearts.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 170212 Heart Prep

Loyal – Lauren Daigle

Worship Set:

Beautiful One

Your Love is Strong – Jon Foreman

O the Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus

I Love You Lord

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee – Hymn #1

Blessed be the Tie – Sara Groves

Love – Sara Groves

By Our Love – Christy Nockels

Even Unto Death – Audrey Assad

Scripture for Meditation:

Matthew 22:35-40 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 John 4:7-21 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 13By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Ephesians 3:16-19 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

At Last, the King – The Gray Havens – Lyrics

At Last the King
Written by Dave Radford and Licia Radford – The Gray Havens Music and Ben Shive – Junkbox Music
©2016 The Gray Havens Music

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artists by buying the song or the excellent album, “The Ghost of a King.”

All visuals are copyright 2017 by Robert DeGray. These were shot at Half Day Forest Preserve in Vernon Hills, Illinois on February 2nd, 2017. You can’t excactly tell from the pictures, but the temperature was 12 degrees F, and a damp wind was blowing. Brrrrh.

The Beginning of Ministry – Luke 4:14-30

Message preached on February 5, 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: How will you respond to God’s plan fulfilled in Jesus?

I. Scripture fulfilled – Jesus comes to proclaim Good News (Luke 4:14-21)
II. Mixed response – Jesus admired and despised (Luke 4:22-30)

Trinity Fellowship on Mission

Last summer we looked at opportunities for compassionate outreach. Since that time we have settled on six ministries that fit Trinity like a glove, and we are working to continue or expand ministries that help people in need. We’ve created a new area of the website to help people learn about this old/new emphasis of our church. Click here: Trinity Fellowship on Mission, or on the icon above to learn more.

Prayer and Praise – February 11th, 2017

Join us for an evening of “Prayer and Praise” on February 11th at 7pm. Oak Creek Bible Church will be joining us here at Trinity to praise our King. The agenda for the evening is pretty simple-we will worship, we will praise, and we will lay our requests at His feet. Please take advantage of this special time of drawing close to the King of kings and Lord of lords. 

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 170211 Prayer and Praise

Some Scripture for Meditation

Revelation 15:3-4 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! 4Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Revelation 2:23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.

Revelation 2:4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

Revelation 3:1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

Revelation 3:14-20 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. 15“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

The Temptation of Jesus – Matthew 4:1-11

Message preached on January 29, 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: Satan never changes his tactics, so we need to change ours.

I. Satan tries to distract you from what you really need (Matthew 4:1-4)
II. Satan tries to dictate what God has to do. (Matthew 4:5-7)
III. Satan tries to divert you from worshipping God alone. (Matthew 4:8-11)

Women’s Retreat – March 24-26, 2017

Ladies’ Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Women’s Retreat—Trinity Women’s Retreat at The Lodge at Danbury, Friday March 24th– Sunday March 26th. Theme: The Holy Spirit based on Francis Chan’s book Forgotten God. More details coming soon.


Heart Prep for Sunday, February 5th, 2017

The text this week is Luke 4:14-30, where Jesus announces his ministry in the synagogue at Nazareth using Isaiah 61:1-2 as his text. The worship theme will be the Good News of Jesus’ work, and the visual theme will be ‘flowers in the snow,’ symbolizing the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 170205 Heart Prep

Dawn of Grace – More than Rubies

Worship Set:
Grace Alone – Dustin Kensrue

Sound of Melodies – Leeland

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

O for a Thousand Tongues – Hymn #76

Wonderful Grace of Jesus – Hymn #198

What a Beautiful Name it Is – Hillsong

Invitation to Communions
Ghost of a King – Gray Havens

The Victor – Keith Green

Scripture for Mediation

Isaiah 61:1-4 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. 4 They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

Luke 4:14-30 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

22And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.” 24And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.

25But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30But passing through their midst, he went away.

Heart Prep for Sunday, January 29th, 2017

The text for this week is Matthew 4:1-11, in which Jesus is tempted by Satan but responds with God’s Word. The worship theme will by “Thy Written Word,” and the visual theme will be (grunge) Bibles.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 170129 Heart Prep

Worship Set:

Every Promise

Psalm 119 (Excerpts) 5Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! 6Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. 7I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules.

9How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

35Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. 36Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! 37Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.

50This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. 51The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law. 52When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O Lord.

169 Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word! 170Let my plea come before you; deliver me according to your word. 171My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. 172My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.

Laden with Guilt

Matthew 4:3-4 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Whom Shall I Fear?


Lord, I Need You

Angels Came Down – David Jackson/Keith Neubauer

Your Great Name – Natalie Grant

Faith is the Victory – Hymn #486

I Am Hidden Away in the Bosom of Christ – Ron Block

I Am Hidden Away in the Bosom of Christ
©2016 by Ron Block, Jeff Taylor and Rebecca Reynolds
Music: Jeff Taylor/Seek 1st/ASCAP and Ron Block/Moonlight Canyon Publishing/BMI
Lyrics: Rebecca Reynolds/Wynken Owl/BMI

All visuals are copyright 2017 by Robert J. DeGray. They were recorded January 21st to 24th at En Gedi Retreat on Fish & Cross Ranch, Yamp, Colorado (except the Lake Michigan ice scene, which is Creative Commons)

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