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.  ...

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...

Step Up: Week Four Study Guide
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Step Up: Week Four Study Guide

Week Four: A Flock for Everyone 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 (Nov. 26th) [Listen Here]. Read through this lesson on your own or with a small group. Read 1 Corinthians 12: 12-20 Go Deeper...

Our Life is Our Worship
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Our Life is Our Worship

This is the first blog post in a series of posts on the subject of “Worship.” God placed a desire in my heart to share what I have been learning in my first seminary class, “Practices of Worship.” This blog series will draw from lectures and reading materials from that class. For me, it has...

Step Up: Week One Study Guide
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Step Up: Week One Study Guide

Step Up: So That Others May Know! Week One: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing! 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 (Nov. 5th) [Listen Here]. Read through this lesson on your own or with...

I Am He: “Lord and Savior”
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I Am He: “Lord and Savior”

In our eighth and final week of studying the “I am” statements of Jesus in the book of John, we are adding a “bonus” statement to the traditional seven. Typically, the passage in John 18 in which Jesus says “I am He,” is not included in what is studied. However, we felt it was a...

To Bear Fruit
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To Bear Fruit

My wife and I have a cherry tree in our backyard. It’s a nice enough tree, as trees go. It’s not too big, its roots aren’t intrusive, and it looks nice and creepy in the fall, as trees should. And yet, although the tree has several good things going for it, there is one flaw...

I AM the Resurrection and the Life
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I AM the Resurrection and the Life

What is life, and where did it come from? When we die what happens to our life? Answers to these questions have not been obtained using the disciplines of science. Usually scientists can conceive of some idea or theory or method to unlock secrets of our existence but the mystery of life is so profound...