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...

The Good Shepherd
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The Good Shepherd

We don’t have any sheep now, but we do have a couple of cows. When we are out in the field we learn about them and their nuances. The cows will usually come when we call, especially if we are holding a feed bucket. They understand what fences are and are even willing to get...

The Security of the Door
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The Security of the Door

I think it’s the weather and the return of green grass, but for some reason, at this time of the year I always start getting two very specific idyllic daydreams. One is of having a breakfast or two with a Hobbit in a Hobbit-hole (I have no teaching point from this one, but doesn’t that...