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My Worship Notes for Kids

turning the page of a bible At Laurel Canyon, one of the most successful ways we've found to help our children and grandchildren get the most out of our assemblies are My Worship Notes. Two versions are always available in our foyer: FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN (click to download PDF):

My Worship Notes for Kids - YOUNGER

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Modern Lessons from the Ancient “Acts of Ahaz”

Ahaz was Judah's 12th king following the division of the descendants of Abraham into two kingdoms. Of the royal line of King David, Ahaz reigned from approximately 730-715 B.C. in Jerusalem. Several noteworthy "acts of Ahaz" are preserved in 2 Kings 16.

  • "He did not do what was right in the eyes of the LORD his God" (16:2).
  • "He walked in the way of the kings of Israel" (16:3a).
  • "He even burned his son as an offering, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the LORD drove out" (16:3b).
  • "He sacrificed and made offerings on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree" (16:4).

2 Kings 16:5-9 documents the help Ahaz sought from Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria in war against Syria and Israel.

When King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, he saw the altar that was at Damascus. And King Ahaz sent to Uriah the priest a model of the altar, and its pattern, exact in all its details. And Uriah the priest built the altar; in accordance with all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, so Uriah the priest made it, before King Ahaz arrived from Damascus. And when the king came from Damascus, the king viewed the altar. Then the king drew near to the altar and went up on it and burned his burnt offering and his grain offering and poured his drink offering and threw the blood of his peace offerings on the altar. And the bronze altar that was before the LORD he removed from the front of the house, from the place between his altar and the house of the LORD, and put it on the north side of his altar. And King Ahaz commanded Uriah the priest, saying, "On the great altar burn the morning burnt offering and the evening grain offering and the king's burnt offering and his grain offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their grain offering and their drink offering. And throw on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice, but the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by." Uriah the priest did all this, as King Ahaz commanded.

And King Ahaz cut off the frames of the stands and removed the basin from them, and he took down the sea from off the bronze oxen that were under it and put it on a stone pedestal. And the covered way for the Sabbath that had been built inside the house and the outer entrance for the king he caused to go around the house of the LORD, because of the king of Assyria. (2 Kings 16:10-18)

If this sort of thing "was written for our instruction" (Rom 15:4), what can we learn from the ancient "acts of Ahaz"?

  • Ahaz did not respect the LORD as the determiner of that which is "right" (16:2).
  • Ahaz looked to the wrong source for deliverance, protection, and guidance (16:7).
  • Ahaz became enamored with the wrong pattern of worship (16:10).
  • Ahaz desecrated the worship of the LORD in order to please a different king (16:18).

Do not the same self-centered pitfalls continue to ensnare people more than 2,700 years later?

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Seeds of Reflection for the Lord’s Supper

The Lords Supper

The Lords Supper

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus instituted a memorial of his death. In our assemblies at Laurel Canyon, we encourage those men who lead our minds in this observance to focus our attention and their comments on a specific passage of Scripture each week. Perhaps you---in your individual meditations or in leading the minds of your brothers and sisters in Christ---will find this peek at our plan for the year helpful. Here are fifty-two reasons why Jesus came to die, one for each Lord’s day of 2013.

JANUARY
  • 6th - To Bear the Curse of Sin for Us (Gal 3:10-14)
  • 13th - To Fulfill the Will of His Father (Isa 53:10)
  • 20th - To Learn Obedience and Be Made Perfect (Heb 5:7-10)
  • 27th - To Show the Wealth of God’s Love and Grace for Sinners (Rom 5:6-8)

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We No Longer Worship From Afar

Mt. Sinai

Mt. Sinai

In Exodus 24:1-2, the LORD said to Moses,

"Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. Moses alone shall come near to the LORD, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him."

In Hebrews 4:14-16, Christians are encouraged...

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Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs [Hymnal]

Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs Hymnal

Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs HymnalPsalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs is a new hymnal for congregational worship. It is an original and fully edited publication and the work product of worship leaders, hymn writers, and tune composers, as well as evangelists, elders, and teachers. Its textual content, musical arrangements, style, format, and special features are intended to enhance the praise of God and the teaching and admonition of Christians. I'm thankful to have had a small part in its production as a technical editor and excited to see this long project finally come to beautiful fruition.

This hymnal is a work of art which employs several unique features, most notably, the Phrased Notation page layout. Phrased Notation sets the width of a hymn on a page by the length of phrases that fit on a line; it then wraps the music around those phrases. The result is a series of unbroken phrases, clauses, and couplets, as would appear in a book of poetry. These unbroken phrases help the worshiper visualize and grasp the messages as they are being sung.

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