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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What Our Students Are Doing …

This week 63 of our middle & high school students, along with adult volunteers, are headed to Mt. Union, Pennsylvania for Creation Fest 2010.Think Woodstock for Jesus.They'll have four days of camping, concerts, seminars, and community.Our BigHouse ministry has...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things NOT To Say

As our church prepares for a desperately sad funeral on Wednesday, I thought I'd offer some different kind of reflections for this "Top Five Tuesday."What are some things you simply shouldn't say to families or individuals going through grief?Because the reality is...

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Wrestling In Prayer

Colossians 4:12 says this:Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.What an interesting phrase: wrestling in prayer.We...

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Bring Your Cell Phone To Church On Sunday . . .

. . . and leave it on.And while you're at it, bring some of your best questions about the text of the bible with you.You'll see how those two elements -- your cell phone and your questions -- mesh together as we wind up the Text Message series with an experience...

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