May 24, 2016

Read Galatians 1
How would you describe the American culture today to someone from another country who had never heard anything about America?  What are our beliefs, customs, and behaviors?  Our culture is certainly diverse, but it wouldn’t take long for someone watching nightly television to recognize the importance many of us place on material possessions, wealth, and winning the approval of others. 
Many of us have probably heard that, as Christians, we are called to be in the world, but not of the world. I admit that it can be difficult to live day to day and not be affected by the culture around us, but that is exactly what God has called each of us to do. Paul spends the first part of Galatians explaining how he used the revelation he received from Jesus to go about his ministry, despite the different cities and cultures he visited.
God has placed each of us exactly where He wants us.  When we commit to seeking Him and living the plan He has arranged, instead of living the way we chose, then we will see God move in wonderful ways. Paul said it very well in Galatians 1:10, “…If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Let us commit to focus on how God can use us to affect the culture around us, and to help us worry less about winning the approval of others.

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.