Thoughts From A Dead Person on Riches

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Henry Smith was a Puritan from the 16th century. This is what he had to say about riches… “Riches are like painted grapes, which look as though they would satisfy a man, but do not slake his hunger or quench his thirst. Riches indeed do make a man covet more, and get envy, and keep […]

Thoughts From A Dead Person

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  Parents, do you praying for your children? Do you pray with them? In his book originally published in 1699, the Puritan Cotton Mather has some advice that is very applicable hundreds of year later… Parents, pray with your children, as well as for them. Family prayer must be maintained by all those parents, that […]

Why God Didn't Let Me Win The Powerball

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Last year, when the Powerball lottery was at some unfathomable amount, a person my wife works with gave everyone Powerball lottery tickets. We had never played the lottery before and have no plans to play it in the future, but we accepted the kind gift. For a split moment, we wondered what it would be […]

Your Kids, Church, and Electronics

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We just posted seven blogs about the purpose of church. I hope you get the heart behind these blogs… we want you to see that when you gather together on Sunday morning it is a time to worship God. I want to encourage you to view the congregational gathering as a holy time. The people […]

Congregational Worship in a Nutshell

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  Over the past week, I wrote five posts about congregational worship. Now I am going to do what I was actually asked to do and try to put everything into one brief post. The New Testament gives five main ways in which people should worship as a congregation when they meet on Sunday mornings. […]

Elements of Congregational Worship: Giving

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Here we are at the last element of congregational worship! So far I have written about prayer, singing, Scripture, and the Lord’s Supper. Now I want to finish off by discussing giving. Notice that I say “giving” and not “tithing.” This is because I believe that tithing is a practice commanded in the Old Testament […]

Elements of Congregational Worship: Scripture

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The third major element of congregational worship is the reading and teaching of Scripture. Scripture makes it clear that it is inspired by God (God-breathed) and is very useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. That way the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). And […]