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    Right Worship
    I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 ESV)

    Every aspect of our lives is part of our worship. We worship from the moment our eyes open in the morning to the second they close at night. Worship is magnifying (or making much of) someone or something by our actions, thoughts or words. It is setting anything, be it God or otherwise, into the place of high prominence and authority in our lives. However, this understanding of worship is slipping from Christian belief and practice. Worship today is generally thought of as a genre of music or a thirty minute period in which we sing songs to God. Though the latter is a crucial component of worship it does not encompass it.
    In fact, we learn from today’s passage that discerning God’s will from a transformed and renewed mind, and then actually doing it, is pivotal to right worship. We are called to be men and women and children who become like Jesus, instead of trying to make Jesus fit our desired mold for him. The wrong conformity is worshipping the gods of culture, while true Christianity is worshipping the One God in culture. When we hold such a small view of worship we lose sight of “what is good and acceptable and perfect” because we lose the ability to know it! Only through the giving and submitting of our entire lives can we rightly worship God and fulfill our purpose and mission on this earth.

    Dr. Houston

    Are you or your friends looking for a great  Family and Friends Bonding?  Girls Night Out Date Night?  Singles Night?  or any reason to just dress up, fellowship, meet new friends and have fun?

    Well look no further!!!  The Garden of Hope, Inc. staff cordially invite you and your family to support their first Community Family Dinner Theater.  


    The night will consist of dinner and a live theatrical production entitled “Raging Waters“, written and directed by local playwright Tanya Rollins Shadley.

     Tickets on Sale 
     Please mark your calendar as a reminder to Save-the-Date!

    But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” (Exodus 4:10-12 ESV)

    Moses was one of the Bible’s most noted leaders. He led the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and then served competently as a priestly leader. He taught them what was God’s will, prayed for them, and even plead their case before God. We need more men like him in the church.

    But, is it possible that they are already here but have never gotten a chance? Moses was not a gifted speaker and had difficulty trusting God when he told him he would lead the Israelites (Exodus 4). If Moses were alive today, who would he look like in the church? Would he be the person sitting next to you who doesn’t appear to have a “leadership bone” in his body? In fact, could it be you?
    The key to Moses’ great leadership was its anointing and ordination, and not the “perfect packaging” of his personality. Notice how the Lord assured him, “I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”(Exodus 4:12). He wasn’t naturally someone who possessed the “leadership goods”, but the Lord worked through him mightily on numerous occasions. Chances are, Moses would be someone considered “weak” by the world’s standards. Fortunately, we serve a God who chooses “what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27). Remember, it is not in ourselves we find our competency for God’s call, but through his word that we may be “equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).



    “Excellence Is Never An Accident”

    Pastor Kirk Houston

1317 E. Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, Va 23504 Phone: (757) 622-0760 Email: office@gcfbaptistchurch.org