Think of these

By Victor Shepherd
Philippians 4:1-9 Everyone needs encouragement, if only because the occasions of discouragement (loss of heart, loss of confidence, loss of conviction) are endless. It seems that… read more

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
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