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Preparing for Worship 12.18.16

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, December 18 Scripture Passage 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Reflection Our passage this week teaches of how all spiritual gifts come from and are empowered by one source, the triune God. Only in the power of the Holy Spirit are we able to proclaim that “Jesus is Lord,” which is […]

Preparing for Worship 12.11.16

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, December 11 Scripture Passage 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Reflection Paul challenges the Corinthian church about how they are treating one another in a discussion focused around the Lord’s Supper. With a stern rebuke and highlight of their selfishness, Paul exhorts the church to “wait on one another.” (1 Cor. […]

Preparing for Worship 12.4.16

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, December 4 Scripture Passage 1 Corinthians 11: 2-16 Reflection As we commit to preaching through all of Scripture, even its most difficult to comprehend or apply sections, let us draw near to the heart of God, seeing the fullness and beauty of His design, that both men and […]

Preparing for Worship 11.20.16

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, November 20 Scripture Passage 1 Corinthians 7: 1-24 Reflection Jesus offered a woman caught in the snare of unsatisfying relationships living water – water that would truly quench her thirst. He said, “…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. […]

Preparing for Worship 11.13.16

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, November 13 Scripture Passage 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 Reflection This Sunday our service will have a focus on stewardship, a key component of which is sacrifice. Similarly, our worship also has a sacrificial component. So many episodes in the Old Testament describe the sacrifices and offerings given to the […]

#nevertrump, #neverhillary, #nevermind

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#nevertrump, #neverhillary, #nevermind There was a time when politicians disliked each other so much that they slandered one another incessantly, waging war in the arena of public opinion.  There was a time when all we could do is watch as two former acquaintances turned mortal enemies headed towards a deadly duel, from which neither would […]

Preparing for Worship 10.30.16

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, October 30 Scripture Passage 1 Corinthians 6: 1-11 Reflection As we prepare for Worship and the teaching of the Word this week, consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 18: 18-20. “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose […]

Preparing for Worship 10.23.16

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday October 23 Scripture Passage 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 Reflection Our Song of Thanksgiving reminds us that God makes everything glorious. Dictionary.com provides these 4 definitions for the adjective “glorious” delightful; wonderful; completely enjoyable conferring glory full of glory; entitled to great renown brilliantly beautiful or magnificent; splendid: Consider this […]

Preparing for Worship 10.9.16

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, October 9 Scripture Passage 1 Corinthians 3: 1-17 Reflection If you are able, prepare your heart for worship by reading this week’s passage (link above) and consider these images that the Lord inspired in His Word, long before Paul wrote the letter to those He loved in Corinth. […]

Preparing for Worship 10.2.16

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, October 2 Scripture Passage 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 Reflection “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson We get to sing This Is My Father’s World as a song of adoration to our Father this week. Out of […]