Preparing Yourself For Worship

advent-wreath-1-candle-litI love the season of Advent!  The four Sundays leading up to Christmas focus my attention on the greatest gift that the world has ever known: the gift of God’s son Jesus.  I love the daily Bible readings from my YouVerse plan and the weekly readings and activities from our church packet.  I love the themes this year of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  Those overarching big ideas draw our attention to the One who has blessed us in ways that become richer the closer we draw to him.  I love seeing the candles lit at church with the big candle unlit in the middle representing the coming of Jesus to earth.  May he come again soon!

I recently read a poem written by a man known as the “Prince of Preachers”, Charles H. Spurgeon.  This 19th century British minister cleverly points out a multitude of reasons why one might go to church.  As I read the list I thought it builds a case for preparing our hearts before we enter the church doors.  This time of year as our minds are thinking about the coming of Jesus, may we be especially mindful of the need to prepare our hearts before Sunday worship.  May our corporate time of worship be especially rich and meaningful, not necessarily because of the people up front leading, but because each of us have come prepared to praise God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength.

Why Go to Worship?

Some go to church to take a walk.

Some go there to laugh and talk.

Some go there to meet a friend.

Some go there their time to spend.

Some go there to meet each other.

Some go there a fault to cover.

Some go there for observation.

Some go there for speculation.

Some go there to doze and nod.

The wise go there to worship God.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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