For Christ and His Glory

Text art "God's Word is revealed in the Bible"


Lake Shore Church family,

We come together for the glory of God.

Our common bond is the desire for the glory of God to fill our lives, church, city, nations, and world.

The glory of God is God on display in his majesty, works, and wisdom. There is nothing more beautiful or awesome. There is nothing more wonderful and delightful. If life ever bores you, if you are ever world-weary, what your soul craves is the glory of God.


This is why we do not rush worship.

Some church-growth experts recommend brief worship services. Or they recommend turning worship into a musical performance.

Nothing wrong with a concert, but our church comes together on Sunday mornings to participate in worship, to express deep worship orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.

That usually does not happen in 5–10 minutes with the richness it can in 20–30 minutes.

We do this because we love the glory of God.


This desire also explains why my preaching focuses intensively on the Word of God. In this world, God’s glory is revealed in the Bible more than in any other place, even more than the glory revealed in nature.

That is because words convey a level of information, meaning, and clarity that nature’s display of God’s glory cannot achieve. You cannot find the gospel in a sunset, for example, but you can in the Bible.

So our hunger for the Bible is actually a hunger for God and his glory.

The glory of man, technology, sports, architecture, engineering, and science is on display all around us. But none of it can satisfy and delight like a true encounter with the glory of God.

Let’s dedicate our church every day to be a center for the display of God’s glory.

Much love,

Pastor Brian

Life without Obligations

navy-pierIf you believe God exists, then you most likely would say he matters. Certainly the one who created the world, created us, rules the world, and awaits us after we die matters. The question, though, is whether we live as if God matters. Many people say God matters, but they live as practical atheists. That is, they live as though God did not exist. If you observe their lives, not knowing what they think and feel but seeing only what they do and say, you would see little difference between them and an unbeliever. They say God matters but they don’t live like it.

If we truly believe God exists, certain things must follow. We are obligated to worship him and give thanks for his kindnesses. We are obligated to learn and obey his commands, not do just what we think is right. We are obligated to defer to his will in moral choices. We are obligated to help the weak and needy. We are obligated to seek him rather than ignore him, to care about him and what matters to him rather than be indifferent. We are obligated to unite with like-minded believers.

farris-wheelIf we don’t fulfill our obligations to God, what does that say about us? Possibly it says we have other priorities more important to us. Possibly it says we are angry toward him about situations in our life or in the world, and so we want to keep our distance as a kind of passive hostility. Possibly we don’t like the way other believers or religious organizations act, so we keep our distance from them and maintain a private faith. Possibly, knowing the people around us have a negative attitude toward believers, we feel the need to keep our religious beliefs secret and follow the crowd.

Whatever the reason, saying God matters while living as though he does not matter is a major problem for the one who matters most. God is not pleased if we merely affirm he exists. He is not pleased with merely secret faith. If our words and actions conflict, he cares most about our actions. He does not accept being treated as unimportant, as a lesser priority. He does not accept if we love the world more than we love him. God expects that we act as though he matters more than anything or anyone, because he does matter more. Nothing matters more than God, and when we live like that is true then he helps us work out all the other things in life that matter in a way best for everyone.

pleasure-boatsIf God matters, then what matters to God must matter to us. The Bible says that the thing that matters more than anything else to God is what you do with his dear Son Jesus Christ. God the Father loves his Son. The Father gave his Son to suffer, shed his blood, and die for our sins so that we can be forgiven and become God’s children. Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to the right hand of God where he now rules as Lord of heaven and earth. We should not let another day go by in which we ignore or avoid him. The Bible says if we believe God matters, we start to act that way by following Jesus Christ.

To learn more about how to live as though God matters, come this Sunday to worship with Lake Shore Church.