The gift we never expected

By Jessica LaGrone, Rob Renfroe, Ed Robb, Andy Nixon
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” John 1:14 THE MESSAGE The coming of Christmas is a season filled with anticipation. Often before… read more

The God we can know

By Rob Fuquay
Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God. The more we know [God] the more we will desire to know [God]. —Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God I once … read more

Many church choirs are dying. Here’s why

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) James Merritt spent years as senior pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch that featured a mighty choir. Then he changed his tune. At 50, he left First Baptist Church… read more

Worship for Kids: October 12, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Exodus 32:1-14. Children today find it hard to believe that anyone would make and seriously worship a golden calf. If they are told… read more

Worship Elements: October 12, 2014

By Hans Holznagel
Color: GreenScripture Readings: Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-19; Matthew 22:1-14 Theme Ideas Today's encouragement to be humble and to focus on good… read more

Worship Connection: October 12, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Lectionary: Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: When the Lord calls us to the banquet, we get puffed up… read more

Worship Connection: October 19, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
19th Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship… read more

John Wesley's rule of life

By Clifton Stringer
John Wesley is a saint. He wasn't sinless, though I think he is now. He lived life in the throes of God's grace to a degree and with a level of zeal that let him accomplish… read more

God with us

By Tracey Allred
Exodus 17:1-7 There are many parts of the Bible that I wish I could have experienced firsthand. I would love to meet individuals like Abraham, Esther, Samuel, Rahab, David, and so … read more

Worship Connection: October 5, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Lectionary: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3-4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1:Come away from the rush and worry of the world to… read more

Worship Elements: October 5, 2014

By Bill Hoppe
17th Sunday after Pentecost / World Communion Sunday COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46… read more

Worship Elements: September 28, 2014

By Shelley Cunningham
Color: GreenScripture Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 Theme Ideas What does being a servant look like? Philippians describes… read more
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