Worship

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The Songs We Sing: How Am I Supposed to Respond to That?

I’m usually not a big fan of singing songs that center around me and my response to God. All the “I give you my heart” and “I’m living for you, God” songs tend to make me cringe, because they bring the focus away from our True and Living Heavenly Father and onto man, who is fickle, often mistaken, and—let’s just be honest—not…

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The Songs We Sing: God’s Glory

Upon hearing the word “glory,” some of us might envision a shining bright light, a majestic sunrise, or think of the uproarious applause of adoring fans at the close of some Olympic event.  But, what is really meant when we talk about the glory of God? In the Scriptures, the word “glory” simply means “weightiness” or “heaviness”, and carries the idea of…

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An Odd Introduction

“So they arrived in the region of the Gerasenes, across the lake from Galilee. As Jesus was climbing out of the boat, a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet him. For a long time he had been homeless and naked, living in the tombs outside the town.” Luke 8:26-27 (NLT) We’ve all had the occasional odd first meeting with…

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Get Dirty for the Planet

“For see, I am creating new heavens and a new earth—so wonderful that no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation. Look! I will re-create Jerusalem as a place of happiness, and her people shall be a joy!”  Isaiah 65:17-18 (The Living Bible) Causes are great. And causes are not so great. That’s…

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Love to the End

“When Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” John 13:1 Have you ever wondered how God could love you? When I have good days where everything is going well and the sun is shining and I feel good,…