Worship Guide for Sunday, February 14th 2016

Logo-FinalWorship is the lifeblood of the church. It’s the very reason for our existence, to glorify God the Father in the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit. Singing on Sunday mornings in a worship gathering is just one small part of that, but it’s an important and vital part. We are commanded to sing together, and this weekly post is designed to help you prepare to do that.

The apostle Paul instructed the Ephesian church to not be like the pagans in their misguided worship but to “be filled with the Spirit.” How do we do that? He tells us that as well.

“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)

When we gather for corporate worship we are to encourage one another by singing. Singing together, according to Paul is the means by which we are filled with the Spirit of God. The following is a brief summary of how we do that each week.  Continue reading

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Worship Guide for Sunday, February 7th 2016

Logo-FinalWorship is the lifeblood of the church. It’s the very reason for our existence, to glorify God the Father in the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit. Singing on Sunday mornings in a worship gathering is just one small part of that, but it’s an important and vital part. We are commanded to sing together, and this weekly post is designed to help you prepare to do that.

The apostle Paul instructed the Ephesian church to not be like the pagans in their misguided worship but to “be filled with the Spirit.” How do we do that? He tells us that as well.

“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)

When we gather for corporate worship we are to encourage one another by singing. Singing together, according to Paul is the means by which we are filled with the Spirit of God. The following is a brief summary of how we do that each week.  Continue reading

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What Does God Actually Say?

Think you know what “God says” about any given topic? It has been my experience that when I am most sure of myself, I am the least sure of God. God created the community we call the church for a reason. One of those reasons is so that my opinion about any given topic should not go unchallenged by the rest of my brothers and sisters who are also being led by the Spirit to rightly interpret Scripture.

It has also been my experience that the Bible is often not as easy to understand as some may claim it to be. Humility is the order of the day.

The following is a great article by Preston Sprinkle on the topic of biblical interpretation. Continue reading

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Worship Guide for Sunday, January 24th

Logo-FinalWorship is the lifeblood of the church. It’s the very reason for our existence, to glorify God the Father in the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit. Singing on Sunday mornings in a worship gathering is just one small part of that, but it’s an important and vital part. We are commanded to sing together, and this weekly post is designed to help you prepare to do that.

The apostle Paul instructed the Ephesian church to not be like the pagans in their misguided worship but to “be filled with the Spirit.” How do we do that? He tells us that as well.

“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)

When we gather for corporate worship we are to encourage one another by singing. Singing together, according to Paul is the means by which we are filled with the Spirit of God. The following is a brief summary of how we do that each week.  Continue reading

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Worship Guide for Sunday, December 20th @ HCBCDS

Logo-FinalWorship is the lifeblood of the church. It’s the very reason for our existence, to glorify God the Father in the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit. Singing on Sunday mornings in a worship gathering is just one small part of that, but it’s an important and vital part. We are commanded to sing together, and this weekly post is designed to help you prepare to do that.

The apostle Paul instructed the Ephesian church to not be like the pagans in their misguided worship but to “be filled with the Spirit.” How do we do that? He tells us that as well.

“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)

When we gather for corporate worship we are to encourage one another by singing. Singing together, according to Paul is the means by which we are filled with the Spirit of God. The following is a brief summary of how we do that each week.  Continue reading

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Worship Between Sundays :: Partisan Christianity

PartisanChristianity_0“How now shall we live” has been a question that has concerned Christians for millennia. With every changing tide of cultural identity we find ourselves walking a sometimes difficult to discern line between what is Christian and what is merely cultural. Our current political situation in the U.S. is no exception.

Jesse Carey has written a timely article on the issue for Relevant Magazine. Carey argues that no matter what the political topic up for discussion, the Christian’s primary allegiance should be to a King and a kingdom that is not of this world (i.e. that the gospel must guide, even dictate what we think about every political issue).

I have found it to be especially true in church culture that people on both sides of American politics (Republican/Democrat, Conservative/Liberal, etc.) are uncomfortable (at best) with someone who doesn’t fit nicely into the political mold they themselves hold as being right.

While some of the issues the author points out could be debated for centuries, I believe the main point holds true for all Christians everywhere.

Here’s the article:  Continue reading

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Liturgical Guide for Sunday, December 13th @ HCBCDS

Logo-FinalWorship is the lifeblood of the church. It’s the very reason for our existence, to glorify God the Father in the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit. Singing on Sunday mornings in a worship gathering is just one small part of that, but it’s an important and vital part. We are commanded to sing together, and this weekly post is designed to help you prepare to do that.

The apostle Paul instructed the Ephesian church to not be like the pagans in their misguided worship but to “be filled with the Spirit.” How do we do that? He tells us that as well.

“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)

When we gather for corporate worship we are to encourage one another by singing. Singing together, according to Paul is the means by which we are filled with the Spirit of God. The following is a brief summary of how we do that each week.  Continue reading

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