Crescendo, Week Three: Stand

When is a song about creation actually about something much more than creation?When that song is Psalm 148. Or even Genesis 1.As we build towards the crescendo of praise the concludes the book of Psalms, we're going to see this week that what looks to be a gentle song...

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A Hire I Like

This is my friend Sammy Gonzalez.He is Good Shepherd's new Intern Espanol.For several years, we have had a fledgling ministry with our Spanish speaking friends and neighbors. The ministry has centered around English As A Second Language classes (ESL), simultaneous...

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A Lesson At The Safeway

Most Saturdays when I was a small child, I would go shopping with my mom at the Safeway Grocery Store in the Snider Plaza shopping center near our home in Dallas, Texas.And every time we'd go, I would ask her the same question as we neared the end of our trip: "Can I...

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Top Five Tuesday — Five Things You SHOULD Say

A couple of weeks ago, I posted on five things you shouldn't say to people going through the initial and even enduring stages of grief.Someone wisely commented with a request: then what should you say?So here goes:1. The name. We sometimes worry that hearing or...

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What The Bible DOESN’T Say

Many times, you can learn as much from what a passage of Scripture doesn't say as from what it does.For example, yesterday Chris Macedo and I led a teaching & worship experience in which we explored Psalm 147:1 -- Praise the Lord. how good it is to sing praises to...

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Crescendo Week Two: Sing

Why do we do this?I'm not asking about the band or the instruments or the visuals.My question is much more basic than that.Why do we sing together as part of Sunday morning worship?Would it make a difference if we didn't?We'll tackle those questions on Sunday morning....

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Follow Up

Several times in recent weeks I have been present when people have prayed to give their lives to Christ.It's been happening in my office or in our Worship Center.What a privilege to see God extend the invitation and then to have people respond in faith.But what next?...

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Top Five Tuesday — First Sunday Memories

My good friend and former staff colleague Rich Tuttle had his very first Sunday in his new assignment (what Methodists call an "appointment") this past Sunday. Rich is now serving Catawba UMC in between Hickory and Lake Norman.So it all got me thinking about my very...

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Crescendo

I've confessed before: I find preaching on the Psalms to be a difficult exercise.So last summer, we devoted all of July to Psalm 23 in a series called Still.This summer, we're back at it again.Psalm 146-150 -- the last five songs in the Psalter -- represent a...

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For Us But Not To Us

Of all the things I learned and phrases I heard in preparing for Text Message, this one has stayed with me more than any other:The Bible was written for us but not to us.Hmmm.Think about that. All the books of the bible had an original intended audience.Genesis was to...

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