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"The Darkness of Christmas" - Preparing for Worship, Dec. 11 2017

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Morning Worship We begin our Christmas series in earnest this week! Our theme this Holiday Season is “The Gifts of Christ.” It’s almost a cliché that on Christmas, God gave us the greatest gift he could give: his only Son. As with many clichés, that statement is...

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Tags: christmas, darkness, gifts, hope

"Vigilance" - Preparing for Worship, Sunday Dec. 4

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Morning Worship Merry Christmas everyone! This week we will begin singing Christmas Hymns (and welcome to Bonnie Hoffman, our new Musical Director). Passages for Meditation 1 Corinthians 11:1 and Ephesians 5:1-2. What does it mean to “imitate?” How can we imitate Christ, since...

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Tags: acts, hebrews, imitation, perseverance, vigilance, watchman

"Above All Gods" - Preparing for Worship November 27 2016

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Morning Worship Our passage for Sunday morning (Acts 19:11-20:16) provides us with a final glimpse of Paul’s ministry in and around Ephesus. After this, Paul will spend most his time in one prison or another (though this, surprisingly, will not hinder his ministry). While our passage...

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"In the Way and On the Way"- Preparing for Worship Nov. 20th

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Morning Worship The church is growing in numbers, despite increasing persecution. And it’s growing in another way as well: it’s growing in maturity. Both types of growth are valuable and important—like a healthy tree, if the church is to survive and thrive, it will need both...

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Tags: hermeneutics, maturity, the christian life, worship, word of god.

The Spirituality of the Church (in the Trump Era)

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How Is America? Election day has come and gone, and I imagine that many of us are, to some extent, disappointed with some aspect of “how our country is doing?" I bet that whoever you voted for was some degree down from your first choice. Which raises the question: what do we do as...

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Tags: election, politics, service, spirituality of the church

"More than Chicken Soup"- Preparing for Worship Nov. 13th 2016

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Morning Worship We continue to see escalating opposition to Paul’s preaching, but also increasing fruit. It raises a question—how can such a movement, one which is opposed by both Jews and Romans, flourish? How does it survive? Passages for Meditation Jer. 32:38-39. Isa...

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Tags: acts, hebrews, high priest, providence, sovereign

"He Who Has Ears, Let Him Hear"- Preparing for Worship, Oct. 30 2016

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Morning Worship Happy Reformation Sunday! We have a wonderful passage to discuss this Sunday. It’s particularly appropriate for thinking about the Protestant Reformation. One of the watchwords of the Reformation was “Scripture Alone,” and in the next section of Acts we find the...

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Tags: authority, reformation, scripture, worship

Preparing for Worship- October 23

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Morning Worship We’re taking a brief break from Acts this Sunday to consider a theme that flows out of the book as a whole: the joy of service. Service is more than just a duty that Christians have, though it is that; it’s also a path to joy in the Christian life. Passages for...

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Tags: giving, joy, service

Preparing for Worship: Oct. 9 2016

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Morning Worship We come in Acts 15:36ff to a parting of wars. Even the best of friends…. It’s sad, and there’s no way around it. What do you do when there seems like no way forward? Passages for Meditation 2 Tim 4:9-10. Why might Paul want Timothy to come to him so...

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Tags: acts, church, division, friendship, missions, neglect

Preparing for Worship: Oct. 2 2016

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Morning Worship This morning we come to a real turning point in the narrative of Acts. The church has been faithfully responding to the guidance of the Spirit in the work of bringing the Gospel to the ends of the earth, and we saw last week that a door was opened for the Gentiles. Now, however...

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