Preparing for Gathered Worship: Watch Your Heart and Life

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Gathered worship should be a priority. Our God is sovereign and supreme. Submitting our lives to His Word and magnifying Him in our prayers and praise, especially together with our church family, should be uppermost in our agendas. But preparing for gathered worship involves more than clearing our schedules and making time. It involves daily…



Preparing for Gathered Worship: Make It a Priority

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Preparing for worship means making time and making choices. Worship, especially corporate worship, takes time. It takes commitment. We must set aside time to come. We need to guard our schedules and consider times of corporate worship a priority. Listen to what the Word of God tells us about gathering together: And let us consider…



Preparing for Gathered Worship: Expect to Meet with God

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What are your expectations when you come to worship? Do you anticipate hearing an edifying sermon? Do you look forward to singing favorite songs or seeing friends? Are you eager to come to the weekly services of the church? Or has worship become just one more item to manage on your schedule? As we prepare…

 

Preparing for Gathered Worship: Put on Love

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If we are to worship God in a way that honors Him, we must first be in Christ, resting in His righteousness alone, trusting in Him alone for our acceptance before God. But we must also, as people called by His name, put on love. In Colossians 3:12–15 Paul tells us: Put on then, as…



Preparing for Gathered Worship: Come to Christ

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Those involved in leading gathered worship know that much planning and preparation go into each service. The time we spend worshipping God together as His church is valuable. So time is invested praying and preparing the message, selecting and rehearsing the music, checking the sound and media, cleaning and making ready the building. When we…



Review of iGods by Craig Detweiler

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We live in an amazing day of technological wonders. Personal computers, the Internet, smart phones and tablets have all contributed to the marvels that help us manage our days. But, as Neil Postman warned us in Technopoly (1992), for every upside we gain from technology, there is a potential downside. Unintended consequences can, over time,…



Where to Look in Dark Times

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“Then I saw in my dream, that the Interpreter took Christian by the hand, and led him into a place where was a Fire burning against the wall, and one standing by it, always casting much water upon it, to quench it; yet did the Fire burn higher and hotter.” There are times when theology…



Nurturing Congregational Song

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One of the joys of gathering to worship with the church is joining in the congregational singing. God calls His people to make music for His glory and our good. In my last post we looked at Paul’s instructions in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 to teach and admonish and speak to one another in…



Singing Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

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In two of Paul’s letters in the New Testament he instructs the church on what we are to sing together in worship. In Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 he lists three terms related to music. We are to speak and teach and admonish one another in “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” So what are psalms,…