Getting Ready for Sunday, March 30, 2008

simplifying-your-schedule-logo.jpgMarch 30 Sermon “Expanding Your Lifespan”

Without realizing it, many of us live as though life is over after we die physically. When we have that perspective on life, we rush to get everything into our expected life span. How would it change your perspective of life if you knew that you would never die?  Today, we will learn that God has made us to live forever and how that should shape the way we live our days here on earth. 

Set List for March 30, 2008

Song                              Author                        Recording

When We All Get to Heaven  Eliza Edmunds Stites Hewitt
Emily D. Wilson
Traditional Hymn 
 Song of Praise  Doug & Cindy Mickan  “Prelude”                         Doug & Cindy Mickan
 Forever  Chris Tomlin  “The Noise We Make” Chris Tomlin
 Everlasting God  Ken Riley  “See the Morning”        Chris Tomlin
 You Never Let Go  Matt Redman & Martin Smith  “Beautiful News”            Matt Redman
 Because He Lives  Bill & Gloria Gaither  Traditional Hymn 
 I’ll Fly Away  Albert E. Brumley  Traditional Hymn 


     What an awesome day we had Sunday!  We had a great time at both campuses, and between the two we had 230 which is outstanding.  I’m really looking forward to our new series which begins this Sunday and is entitled “Simplifying Your Schedule”.  Everyone get your toes ready because this one’s going to hurt.  This week’s sermon deals with how eternity should change our perspective of life.  It’s my hope that the music this week will draw our attention to the Eternal God; causing us to worship Him freely.

     We’ll start off this week with “When We All Get To Heaven”.  I remember when I was a kid growing up in church that this was my favorite song to be sung during services.  Our people always seemed so lively and full of joy.  What an awesome day it will be when we all get to heaven and worship like we can’t even imagine.  The good news is that we don’t have to wait until we get there to rejoice.  We can lift our voices in praise, knowing that God has promised us life everlasting with Him in a place that will not allow us to even remember the heartaches of life on earth.

     “Song of Praise” is one of my favorite songs that we do at Oasis (and not just because we wrote it)  Honestly I can’t really take credit for the lyrics as they come directly from the pen of David in Psalm 63.  Because your love is better than life, My lips will glorify you.”(Psalm 63:3)  This is a great song to testify about our God, so let’s shout it out with a song of praise.  You can listen to “Song of Praise” on our soundclick page by clicking the link in the chart above.

    “Everlasting God” brings us back to the point we are trying to emphasis on Sunday.   Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord The Creator of the ends of the earth neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the weak and to Those who have no might he increases strength.”  Our God is an everlasting God that wants us to be with Him for eternity.  The truly comforting thing to me is that the Bible clearly tells us that we can never be taken from the palm of His hand which brings us to “You Never Let Go”.  No matter what we are facing, and no matter how difficult things seem, Our God will never let go of one of His children.  Take a listen to “Everlasting God” and “You Never Let Go” by clicking the links in the chart above.

     We’ll finish the music portion of the service with the chorus of a  familiar hymn entitled “Because He Lives”.  Because He lives I can face tomorrow.  Because He lives all fear is gone.   Because I know He holds the future.  And life is worth the living just because He lives  This song reminds us that we can face whatever life may throw our way because we know our God is in control. 

     Our final song that we will sing together will be at the close of services.  “I’ll Fly Away” was the first song I remember singing as a special when I was a kid.  I have to say that it’s still one of my favorites!  Most of you probably don’t know this about me but I really like Southern Gospel Music. (I’ll pause while you laugh hysterically)  Seriously, it was one of my dreams as a child to sing in a Southern Gospel Quartet, specifically the tenor part! (Are you picturing me in one of those matching suits with 3 other guys?)     I don’t use the Southern Gospel style a lot, but really enjoy breaking it out every now and then.  Let’s really take it home Sunday as we finish up with this exciting song that celebrates the fact that our lives are not over when they end on this earth. 

     Keeping our lives in perspective with eternity should really change the way we live.  I believe it can also change the way we worship. Let’s celebrate this week, and lift our voices together to sing praises to the God that created us to last forever.   See you Sunday!

 Bro. Doug


One Response to Getting Ready for Sunday, March 30, 2008

  1. “In my Fathers house are many rooms…..I am going there to prepare a place for you.” john 14:2!!! How exciting–but we do often loose perspective of the “bigger picture” don’t we. I’m looking forward to the challenges this study will bring to my life and pray now that I will be receptive to the changes God will call me to make! I know there will be some and I want to live more focused on Christ daily as it does play a role in my future!!

    My kids are resting and I’ve been able to ponder the words to this song, “When We All Get To Heaven”, and enjoy a moment of worship in the middle of the afternoon at the kitchen table——-I hope some others of you will make time to do the same before Sunday. Make a song yours to bring before the Lord today and on Sunday in public worship.

    Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
    Sing His mercy and His grace.
    In the mansions bright and blessèd
    He’ll prepare for us a place.

    When we all get to Heaven,
    What a day of rejoicing that will be!
    When we all see Jesus,
    We’ll sing and shout the victory!

    While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
    Clouds will overspread the sky;
    But when traveling days are over,
    Not a shadow, not a sigh.

    Let us then be true and faithful,
    Trusting, serving every day;
    Just one glimpse of Him in glory
    Will the toils of life repay.

    Onward to the prize before us!
    Soon His beauty we’ll behold;
    Soon the pearly gates will open;
    We shall tread the streets of gold.

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