Imagine God giving you feedback about the worship that you bring to him and that at the end of the conversation you realize that it is not exactly what he asked of you. Romans 12:1-2 paints this picture of the worship that is pleasant to God. Today's message is a call to align our idea of worship with his to enjoy all the goodness that comes out of experiencing God's presence in our lives.
As the church seeks to make an impact in the community, we need to keep in mind that we are in a spiritual war. Sometimes we end up wounded and lose these battles because we tend to disregard the importance of a holy life. God STILL cares for the sacred. Today's story is from 1 Samuel 4:1-11, and it shows how Israel was experiencing defeats against their enemy because of their resistance to obey God's command.