Hallelujah Chorus

By Ace Collins
We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. —Romans 8:28 Imagine having lost fame. It… read more

Mary, Mercy, and the Magnificat

By Shane Raynor
If you've never read the Magnificat closely, you should. (It's the text of Luke 1:46-55, where Mary prophesies during her visit to her relative Elizabeth.) I've read it several… read more

Advent: A Season of Redemption

By Alex Joyner
An Unusual Advent Tale The feature film 12 Years a Slave, released in the fall of 2013, tells an Advent story of sorts. Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black… read more

With a Song in Your Heart

By Ministry Matters
Ephesians 1:3-14 What kind of a song does your heart sing as you go through your days? Almost everyone sings some song. Of course, we may sing different songs from time to time… read more

Should Year-End Giving Feel Weird?

By Jeff Anderson
Last week, a development leader of a $100 million-a-year ministry shared with me that 60% of their annual budget would be received in the last three months of the year, and much… read more

A Thanksgiving Meditation

By Adam Thomas
I would like to lead you in a guided meditation for the next several minutes. This meditation is about various aspects of thanksgiving, of gratitude. We will give thanks for… read more

Communal Prayer for Advent 4 Mt. 1:18-25)

By Kasey Hitt
God, we know the story of Christmas comes alive as it intersects with our own stories. This morning we pray for the faith of Joseph. In the middle of making his own plans he… read more

Communal Prayer for Advent 3 (Mt. 11:2-11)

By Kasey Hitt
Jesus, when in prison John the Baptist needed to hear from You, needed to ask if You were the Expected One. All of us ask that at some point, especially during difficult times… read more

Worship for Kids: Christmas 2 (Year A)

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: John 1:1-18. Though "the Word," "the light," and "the life" in this poem are too abstract for children, the poem has the answer to questions… read more

Prayer in a Postmodern World

By Alex Joyner
Talking to "Houston in the Blind" In the recently released Hollywood movie Gravity, some of the most poignant moments are of people floating in space talking into the void in the… read more

Worship Elements: Christmas 2 (Year A)

By Ministry Matters
Second Sunday after Christmas COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18 Call to Worship Arise, shine, for your light … read more

Lessons I've Learned from a Hospital Room

By David Dorn
I've been in hospitals a lot lately. I've learned some life changing lessons while there... read more
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