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Choosing Worship Music Requires Balance

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Every so often people will tell me that they heard an amazing worship song that we have to sing in church.  Which is awesome. I love that people are excited about worshipping the Lord through song and want to share that with me. Plus, I'm always looking for new songs.  So, I thought it might be helpful to share some things I consider when choosing new songs for congregational worship. I evaluate them using four criteria: theology, content, context and...

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Posted by Matt Bowen with 1 Comments

Pray First, Then Decide

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"The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord." Joshua 9:14 (NIV) The story of the Gibeonites deceiving Joshua and the Israelites (Joshua 9) is a fun little story of psychology and trickery. It's shrewd on the part of the Gibeonites to forge a peace treaty with Israel, knowing of Israel's recent victories in battle due to God's power and leadership. Self-preservation is a strong motivator! Joshua's response is also a great example of our human desire to trust...

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Posted by Kathy Raines

Do You Believe the Promise?

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I asked him point blank, “Did you steal John’s stuff?” He looked at me unmoved, without hesitation and very calmly said, “No.” I knew he was lying. His roommate had already brought me into the room earlier when my friend wasn’t there and showed me where the stolen items were being hidden. So I continued, “So, if I walk over to your closet, I won’t find a hole in the floor and be able to pull out what was stolen?” Thinking this direct...

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Posted by Jerimiah Smith

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