February 18, 2001
Volume 11, Number 07

God is on the Throne, not On-Stage

The God we serve is an august, spiritual being both deserving and desirous of our deepest respect. Though described in Scripture as a friend to man (James 2:23), he is not some sort of "good buddy" to joke with or about. Our God is still on the throne (Psalm 45:6), his ways remain higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9), and his authoritative Word still promises to judge us in the Last Day (Revelation 20:3). No measure of self-appointed, flippant familiarity with the God of heaven detracts one bit or whit from His inherent majesty. Our God is eminently worthy of our reverence, thus we must serve him "acceptably with reverence and godly fear" (Hebrews 12:28). Truly, reverence is the "very first element of religion." (Simmons)

Moreover, our periods of public worship should express this spirit of reverence. God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him" (Psalm 89:7). Worship performed "in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24) suggests a demeanor of awe and reverence.

We agree that our worship services should be permeated with expressions of joy and thanksgiving--they should not come to resemble a congregational visit to the dentist; but neither should the reverent worship of our Heavenly Father be confused for a carnival or a rock concert. Whether our worship is that offered during a Sunday morning assembly, that which involves a lectureship assembly, or that which is engaged in by a zealous throng of young people attending a youth rally--regardless of where, when or by whom the worship is performed, it must be characterized by reverence and decorum. "Let all things be done decently and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40).

The worship assembly is not the proper setting for screaming, whistling, clapping, stomping the feet in response to a speaker's message. We do not gather to pay homage to me, but to worship God. We do not come together as to a football game or a stage-band concert; we must come to worship God. We do not assemble with the intent of being entertained or sensually excited: we come to worship God. Any assembly of saints with the intent of worshipping and praising the God of heaven should reject that which emphasizes the carnal emotions and minimizes the spiritual man. An outsider should be able to attend one of our Sunday assemblies, or one of our many youth gatherings, and see a marked difference between the worship of God and the Johnny Carson show.

In the realm of worship, "zeal without knowledge" paves a dangerous road toward pagan, flesh-oriented, and riotous assemblies. Most of our denominational neighbors have long gone this route, with services geared more toward entertaining man than worshipping God. May we learn to temper our joy in Christ with a Christ like reverence for things holy. May we teach our children so. Remember, our God is on the throne, not on stage.

Dalton Key

It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.


We commend our young people for taking up the challenge to read through their Bibles in the year of 2001. Why not join them? There are Bible reading schedules on the table in the foyer. This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 18th: Hebrews 13, Exodus 18-19, Proverbs 8
Monday, 19th: Matthew 1, Exodus 20-21, Proverbs 9
Tuesday, 20th: Matthew 2, Exodus 22-23, Proverbs 10
Wednesday, 21st: Matthew 3, Exodus 24, Proverbs 11
Thursday, 22nd: Matthew 4, Exodus 25-27, Proverbs 12
Friday, 23rd: Matthew 5:1-20, Exodus 28-29, Proverbs 13
Saturday, 24th: Matthew 5:21-48, Exodus 30-32, Proverbs 14


We extend our deepest sympathy to Clarence Riggenbach and Florence Treece at the death of their sister, Eleanor Tope, who passed away this week. The funeral services and burial will be held in Ohio.

A Biblical Benediction

"Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen."

Romans 15:5-6, 13, 33

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Frank Small - Pansy McCord - Viola Morinier - Naomi Morton - Virginia Law

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Richard Treece - Leslie Johnson - Lillian Comiskey

Dick Hall - Mary Kaupila - Janice Griffin

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New Directory: We are working on the new directory which will include family photos. If you like you can bring in one of your own photos to be scanned (these will be returned) or you can arrange to have Ted take your photo with a digital camera.

Song Practice : This Sunday at 5:00 pm.

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapters 40-45. (6:30 PM)

Sunday’s Lessons:

The Way To Run (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

Discouragement ... Causes & Cures (1 Kings 19:1-8)

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Frank Small

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Delbert Leavens



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

Larry Jenson


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Wayne Vowell


Delbert Leavens

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Mike Weber



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Dale Schwartz
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Carl Rigney
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