Tracing Worship

You’ve probably heard the word “worship” before. You might be familiar with worshipping on Sunday morning, or singing along with a “Praise and Worship” team. Worship is a word that is thrown around and gets attached to a lot of activities…
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It's Not An Apology

In the summer of 1981 I became a follower of Jesus of Nazareth. As a follower of Jesus, one of my primary objectives is to testify to others of His saving love and power in my life. To tell others that the new life I’ve found can be theirs,…
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A Small Town, A Great Purpose

“At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for…

Walking With The Refugee

A Biblical Response To The Global Crisis A refugee is any person who seeks safe living away from their homeland due to persecution or physical danger. Refugees are people who seek a refuge—they seek a place to live that will keep them safe…
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5 Biblical Tools to Tackle Depression and Anxiety

Biblical authors regularly refer to depression and anxiety. Sometimes translated as “worry” or “care,” the Hebrew word, dĕ ’ āgâ, and the Greek word, merimma, are used together nearly two dozen times. So, in what context do we see…

Bible Study: God Does Speak

HE ALWAYS HAS. HE ALWAYS WILL. As Christians, we know the Bible is God’s Word. We can “hear” God’s voice as we read His Word. But how did people hear from God before His Word was inspired, transmitted orally, written down, canonized,…

Bible Study: You Are Chosen

This month our country elects a new president. Mentioning the presidential election recently has been an almost certain way to pick a fight. Posting anything politically motivated on Facebook may cost friends and followers. In the same way,…
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Will You Tell Your Story?

Try this: Walk into a room full of Christians and ask them to raise their hands if they believe evangelism is important. Chances are, the vast majority of them will raise their hand. Once they’ve done that, thank them, and tell them you’re…
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All You Need is Love

The year was 1960.  The place was Liverpool, England. Four young men formed a band that influenced pop culture in a way no other ever has. The Beatles took the world by storm, leaving their unique fingerprint on the world of music forever. In…

Who Missed Christmas?

I love Christmas. I love gift giving in general, so when I get to give gifts and do all the other fun Christmas activities, it’s a win, win. As a Salvation Army officer I work really hard to make sure Christmas is enjoyable for everyone around…

Why Can't They Be Thankful?

Despite the season, have you noticed people who are still unthankful? You don’t have to look beyond Twitter or the daily news. For example, one tweet reads, “I told my dad that if he got me the iPhone 4s instead of the 5, I’d throw it…

The Pursuit of Purity

I would guess that one of the least visited discussion topics is purity. Can you remember the last time you had a good conversation about it? Think about radio and television shows. Have you seen any shows dedicated to this subject? And what…

Resurrection: Opinions or Facts?

Through His resurrection, Jesus made a way for you and I to defeat death as well. In fact, without the resurrection of Jesus, there is no hope of life after death, there is no hope of Heaven, and there is no hope of eternal blessing and joy.…

Looking Good Without Photoshop

"Take no notice of his looks or his height. He is not the one, for the Eternal One does not pay attention to what humans value. Humans only care about the external appearance, but the Eternal considers the inner character." 1 Samuel 16:7 (The…

Fasting, Dancing, & Other Ways to Worship

Sad to say, worship has become a point of frequent contention in the Church. Much of this controversy has centered on issues of musical preference. As discussed in previous installments of this series, worship concerns much more than music.…
Worship Series Pt. 3 - Monumental Living

Monumental Living

Intro The Bible itself is the best place to turn during any consideration of the topic of worship. The book of Psalms is especially relevant for exploring this theme, because it was a sort of hymnal or book of worship songs and prayers. Over…
What is Worship?

What is Worship?

Usually, when we say “worship”, what we really mean is “music.” This isn’t wrong; it’s just incomplete. Exhortations to praise God with music are found throughout Scripture. However, there’s a real danger to the Church in equating…

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