Worship in Silence and Solitude
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Worship in Silence and Solitude

This post is heavily influenced by the chapter “Solitude: Creating Space for God”, from Ruth Haley Barton’s book “Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation.” If you’re anything like me, having quiet time alone is a rarity. It may even feel like a luxury that you cannot afford, yet entering into silence and solitude...

Study Guide: The Genealogy of Christ
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Study Guide: The Genealogy of Christ

Star over Bethlehem We seek to encourage our church in reading, studying, and living out Scripture in our daily lives. This study guide is designed to correspond to Sunday’s sermon (Dec. 17th) [Listen Here]. Read through this lesson on your own or with a small group. The Genealogy of Christ In the grand story of Jesus’...

Living a Life of Worship
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Living a Life of Worship

Today we are continuing our journey into learning how to live a life of worship. We will be introducing the spiritual disciplines today as patterns that we can infuse into our lives in order to acquire new “habits” that will re-direct our life of worship to its proper place: to God, and God alone.  ...

Step Up: Week Six Study Guide
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Step Up: Week Six Study Guide

Step Up: So That Others May Know! We seek to encourage our church in reading, studying, and living out Scripture in our daily lives. This study guide is designed to correspond to Sunday’s sermon (Dec. 3rd) [Listen Here]. Read through this lesson on your own or with a small group. Week Six: Laboring in the Field...

The Purpose of Worship
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The Purpose of Worship

Today we will define why we need worship, what it is designed to do for us and in us. Much of today’s post was generated from my notes on a lecture about liturgical worship.   Today’s post will be a short one! I hope by now that this series has challenged you to examine your...

Step Up: Week Five Study Guide
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Step Up: Week Five Study Guide

Week Five: A Plentiful Harvest and your Treasure We seek to encourage our church in reading, studying, and living out Scripture in our daily lives. This study guide is designed to correspond to Sunday’s sermon (Dec. 3rd) [Listen Here]. Read through this lesson on your own or with a small group. The concept of “sacrifice” in...

You Are What You Worship (and it may not be what you think)
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You Are What You Worship (and it may not be what you think)

Today’s post will offer insights from the book, “You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit” by James K.A. Smith. I highly recommend reading this book – you can find it in our Harvest Bookstore on Sunday morning! “You Are What You Love” has been both powerfully illuminating and convicting for me personally....