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Why a Benediction?

At the conclusion of our morning worship the pastor typically has everyone rise to receive the benediction. The pastor says a few words, then everyone begins to leave. Why do we end our service like this? What is a benediction and why do we always include it?...

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Why Do We Give Tithes and Offerings?

Worship, in its very definition, leads our minds to the idea of service, of giving of ourselves to something else. One of the practical ways we do this is by giving of our money to the Lord....

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Why Do We Read Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms?

"There is great need to summarize the teaching of Scripture and to identify with the faithful who have gone before…" God has blessed the church over the centuries by helping us remember what we believe in various forms. Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms are tools which help us in this way....

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Why Do We Read Scripture?

Reading scripture goes back to the earliest days of worshiping the Lord. From Moses to Joshua to Josiah to Jesus scripture reading is a part of regular worship. But why? Why is it important to read the actual words of God?...

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Why Do We Listen To Music?

Active listening is becoming a lost art, yet it is an essential piece in our weekly service of worship. One of the places we exercise our listening muscles is during times of music when we worship through the gifts of another....

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Why Do We Sing?

Singing is an integral part of our service. It is more than just an optional way to participate in the worship of our God. It is commanded in scripture, beneficial to the church, and pleasing to the ear of the Lord....

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Why Do We Sing These Songs?

With more music being written and released than ever before, how do we discern what is good and what is not? More importantly, how do we decide what songs to use in our corporate time of worship? This is a question each church needs to carefully answer....

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Why an Assurance of Pardon?

When God hears the prayer of a repentant sinner, forgiveness always happens. Our confession, rooted in the Biblical promises of God’s grace, always ends with the assurance that our sins have been pardoned. We celebrate this reality each week in our service during the “assurance of pardon”....

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Why a Prayer of Confession?

Confession of sin is a necessary part of our worship. We are an unclean people, coming to God with unclean lips and hearts. God doesn't desire fancy clothes and cleaned up people. He desires a repentant heart, and this is why we confess....

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Why a Call to Worship?

Each Sunday we are called to worship, but why is this needed? Too often we get wrapped up in our own little worlds, even on Sunday at church. The call to worship shifts our gaze from us to our Creator and gets us ready to come before Him in service....

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Why Do We Greet Each Other?

One of the first things we do at church is greet one another. We aren't just being polite when this happens. We are following in the pattern laid down by the early church, connecting with each other in a very unique way, and preparing our hearts for our time of corporate worship....

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Why do we do what we do Sunday?

Over the next several months I’ll be writing about why we do what we do in our worship service. We’ll be diving into scripture for our foundation and into church history to help with our interpretation. I hope you’ll find it instructive and helpful as we all seek to worship God in the way He tells us....

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More Than Conquerors

The sword of martyrdom is useless in the hand of the enemies of the Gospel. Whether it is famine, distress, tribulation, danger, or even sword, in all these things we are more than conquerors in Christ....

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Amazing Love!

No matter the conversion story; no matter the drama or seeming lack there-of, all stories of salvation share the same theme. We were all dead in our sin, chained in slavery to our flesh with no hope of recovery. Then God acted....

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Let Us Wonder

What do you wonder at? A beautiful sunset? A newborn baby? A spectacular play on the field? What about the gospel? Do you wonder in the midst of your worship at the vastness of God's grace and love? That is exactly what our weekly song calls us to do....

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Promise 5- The Lion of Judah

"The Lion of Judah has conquered"- another promise fulfilled and another testimony to God's faithfulness. Jesus is the great King of kings, but He didn't come from the tribe you may have suspected....

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O Praise Him! Alleluia!

Psalm 19 tells us that the heavens declare the glory of God. As the people of God we have much greater motives to praise God than do the heavens. We praise Him because He is worthy and because He has redeemed us....

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Promise 4- Heirs According to Promise

Whether you are a Jew or a Gentile, if you are in Christ then you are an heir according to the promises made to Abraham. This fact is a little fuzzy in the Old Testament, but becomes crystal clear in the New....

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Hope In Christ Alone

"In Christ alone, my hope is found. He is my light, my strength, my song." Thus begins one of the most beloved modern hymns of our generation. This song begins and ends with the hope we have in Christ; for life, salvation, and eternity....

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Ponder Anew Your Friendship With the Almighty

When was the last time you thought about your friendship with the King of creation? Do we realize all that is attached to that relationship? Our featured song this week captures many of these truths and calls us to respond with praise and worship....

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Grace Unmeasured

What do you think about when you hear the word grace? Is it a one time thing that happened when you were saved? If that's where your definition ends then you're missing out on the fullness of God's amazing grace....

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Promise 1- The Defeat of the Serpent

In 2015 our congregation will be reading through the promises of God each week. This is the first promise we will read in our worship service regarding the defeat of the Devil through the work of Christ....

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Miss a Sunday? New Podcast and more

Sometimes life gets crazy and you end up missing our time together on Sunday. If that happens, we have plenty of resources to help you catch up on what you missed....

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Easter Worship Invitation

Easter Sunday is not only a wonderful time to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, but a great opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors to church. Take advantage of this special Sunday and pass along these resources for the weekend....

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Worship Resources for March 9

We would encourage you to take some time before you arrive to prepare your hearts for worship with these resources for Sunday. ...

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Worship Resources for Feb 23

This morning Pastor Robert will be focusing our hearts on Christ's promise of peace amid a turbulent world from John 16:30-33. We would encourage you to take some time before you arrive to prepare your hearts for worship. ...

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Worship Resources for February 16

This Sunday Morgan Lusk will be opening the word, reminding us of the importance of focusing on the object of our faith, Jesus Christ. Use these resources as an aid to your morning worship as we gather....

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Worship Resources for February 9

This Sunday we will be reminded of the love of Christ as we examine John 15. We would encourage you to take some time before you arrive to prepare your hearts for worship....

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Worship Resources for February 2

On Sunday we'll be continuing through John 15, focusing on Abiding in the Fullness of the Holy Spirit. We would encourage you to take some time before you arrive to prepare your hearts for worship....

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Worship Resources for January 26

This Sunday we'll be continuing through John 15, focusing on Abiding in God's Word. We would encourage you to take some time before you arrive to prepare your hearts for worship....

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Preparing for Sunday

Our new Sunday Worship page has all the tools you'll need to prepare yourself and your family for worship on Sunday....

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