Monday, June 19, 2017

Psalms 98 - Jubilant Gratitude


June 19, 2017 Monday Message:

“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.” Psalms 98:1a NIV

We ask God to help us; we pray. God answers our prayers, showering us with his blessings. I’m amazed each day at the good things God drops into our lives! Knowing God gives us hope and fills us with the joy of the Lord.

Therefore we rightfully should show gratitude for all God has done. Pray. Shout! Share the Good News with others! Sing a new song to the Lord. If you play a musical instrument, learn to make music for the Lord. Ask your friends to play with you. Accompany any of the Psalms, or write your own words praising God. Then it will be a new song!

“Shout with joy, burst into jubilant song; make music with singing, harps, trumpets and blasts of the ram’s horn!” from Psalms 98:4-6 Nowadays we include guitars, keyboards, and percussion!

The Bible says that Jesus will return to rule the earth. Pray for him to return quickly. He will do much better than any government!

Norton Lawellin

Jesus in the City Fellowship gathers Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Akina Church, 3249 30th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406, 10:30 AM. Pastor Pilla brings the message, guest worship leader David Boeltl.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Psalms 97 - God of Far-Away People

June 12, 2017 Monday Message:

“The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.” Psalms 97:1 NIV

Before Jesus’ time, Jews thought of Jerusalem as the center of their universe, while Romans thought of Rome as their hub. Today we think the United States is pretty important. Psalm 97 teaches us that our God is also the God for far-away people.

Jesus said, “I have other sheep. They do not live here. I must fetch them also. And they will hear my voice. There shall be one flock with one shepherd.” John 10:16

Sometimes far-away people live in distant lands – sometimes they live right up the street. “Far-away people” doesn’t necessarily indicate a physical distance. It could speak to a person’s relationship with God. Those of us close to God are commanded to share the Good News with those who are farther from God. We need to share our shepherd!

“Light shines on the righteous, and joy fills the upright heart.” (v11)

Norton Lawellin

Jesus in the City Fellowship gathers Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the Akina Church, 3249 30th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406, 10:30 AM. Pastor Pilla brings the Father’s Day message.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Psalms 96 - Sing a New Song!


June 05, 2017 Monday Message:

“Sing to the Lord a new song.” Psalms 96:1a NIV

Since I’ve helped lead worship in churches for over 20 years, the beginning of Psalm 96 holds special meaning for me – and perhaps for you too!

From this verse, I believe that God encourages creativity. While there’s nothing wrong with the old song we’ve sung a hundred times, God wants us to stretch out a little – try something new.
Check out if there’s a different style of music, perhaps a new rhythm that could serve as a bridge to help the next generation connect with the God of their fathers.

Remember that while the genre of music can change, the theology never changes. God is amenable to a variety of musical styles, but unbendable when it comes to the law, which is a good thing. We can take God at his word – we can trust God. His ‘yes’ means yes, and his ‘no’ means no. God is truth, and God does not have alternative facts.

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad.” (v11a)

Norton Lawellin

Let’s worship together! Jesus in the City Fellowship gathers Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Akina Church, 3249 30th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406, 10:30 AM. This week, Jesus meets the woman at the well, she gathers up a congregation, and Jesus holds church right there! See you all on Sunday!