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Do you give your Sunday best?

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Do you give your Sunday best?

“You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep in which is a blemish, any defect whatever, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God” (Dt. 17:1).

Do you give your Sunday best? Does your life as a Christian reflect giving God your best? In Deuteronomy 17, we see that God demands the very best from us, especially when we come to His house to worship. Today, however, people’s attitude towards church has changed. Many mega-churches popularized the seeker-sensitive model in the 1990s, which focused on making church comfortable and safe for seekers to come. With this movement, churches have worked hard to be attractive and provide an impressive worship experience, but neglecting the Biblical purpose of worship service. Essentially we are worshipping on our own terms and not His. This view has spread throughout many churches worldwide. As a result, the term “give your Sunday best” is no longer relevant in many churches. In all honesty, does not giving our best really matter to God? It does and it is evil. The prophet Malachi wrote,

“But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, “How have we polluted you?” By saying that the LORD’s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? (Ml. 1:6b-8a).

The Well Church, as living sacrifices, let us give our very best when we come to worship. Let us stand in awe of our God, who deserves our very best.

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Lent Season

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Lent Season

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. - Joel 2:12-13

This Wednesday, March 6, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is a season of penitence and renewal for all Christians. Lenten season is a time of when we meditate on our need for a savior and renew our commitment to Christ in daily repentance, knowing that Christ conquered death and sin. During this lenten season, let us focus on the gospel truth as we journey together in our scripture reading (Deuteronomy and Joshua) and prayer. If you have not been reading along with us, this season would be a good time to start. Do not try to catch-up. Simply read the text and let Scripture transform your heart and soul. Isaiah the prophet said,

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (55:10–11).

May God bless you richly as you return to Him and rend your hearts. Remember, by God’s saving grace we are dead to sin and alive in Christ!

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