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As Christians – Others Should Know Us

John 13:35

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

As Christians – others should know us simply by looking at our beautiful sanctuaries. Wrong! As Christians – others should know us simply by our style of worship – traditional – contemporary – gospel – informal. Wrong! As Christians – others should know us simply by our committee structure. Wrong!!! As Christians – others should know us simply by the songs we sing – hymns – praise songs. Wrong! As Christians – others should know us simply by our doctrine and how close we hold to it. Wrong! As Christians – others should know us simply by how we vote in elections. Wrong! As Christians – others should know us simply by our stance on social issues. Wrong!

As Christians – others should know us simply by our love for one another. Here’s today’s passage – John 13:35 – By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. In my Bible these words are in red letters – an indication that they are the words Jesus spoke. Continue reading

October 25, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Let’s Check Our Attitude About Worship Today

2 Samuel 6:14-16

David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.


In today’s passage we see an attitude in David about worship. He seems to not be concerned with what his wife thought or his subjects. He was concerned only with presenting himself before God. Style was not something he worried about either. Today we want to write about styles of worship. Which style is right? Before you think traditional or contemporary or gospel or charismatic or some other style it right or the best – read the rest of this article.  Thanks!

For some the right style of worship means hymns and quiet time – for some the right style might mean psalms and songs sung with vigor and excitement to a quicker beat – for some the right style of worship might mean a Sanctuary and tradition – for some it might mean a comfortable setting and contemporary. The style is less important to me – or dare I say – even to God. What I think God desires is that our attitude be such that we come together to worship God not glorify ourselves or our desires or personal preferences. Continue reading

March 21, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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