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Archives for February 2016

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Gathering Together

Pastor Brian Croft has written an excellent article entitled Gathering Together. It challenges us to consider what the Bible says about WHY wegather together for corporate worship each week and not depend upon technology for what only gathered worship can accomplish. You can read it on the Ligonier website HERE or check it out below: Modern technology provides many benefi...

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The minister's job

"Christ gave the church ministers of the Word not to effect change, but to equip others to effect change. The Sunday morning sermon isn't the finish line for Word ministry, it's the starting line." (9091) The Compelling Community: Where God's Power Makes a Church Attractive (Crossway, 2015)...

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What style of music is best?

Massive battles have been fought over this issue. Churches have split. Pastors have been fired. Countless Christians have taken up arms against each other in order to defend their answer to this question. Yet at the end of the day, the style of music a church sings is relatively unimportant. What matters most is what we sing, not how. That said, at least four further poi...

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Don't Be Embarrassed by Your Ordinary Church

Pastor Erik Raymond wrote an encouraging article over at The Gospel Coalition website entitled, Don't Be Embarrassed by Your Ordinary Church. Check it out HERE or keep on reading... In the grand scheme of things, how important is your church? "Let's think together about church, and in particular the church where you are a member. If it is like most churches today it is n...

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Join us on Sunday to hear our missionary Wayne Vanderwier!

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Almost everywhere will be more attractive than church

"Absent supernatural community, the church can't compete with the world to attract non-Christians. For people bent on pleasure and ambition, the world will always be a more attractive place than your church to spend a Sunday morning. You can't out-world the world." (193) The Compelling Community: Where God's Power Makes a Church Attractive (Crossway, 2015)...

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Lean in on Sundays

Do you lean in on Sunday mornings? Or does a critical spirit or unchecked cynicism have you leaning out, ready to size up and dress down the slips and inadequacies of the leaders up front? Does a spirit of apathy and laziness have you leaning back, just going through the motions, anticipating little more than the benediction and your afternoon nap to follow? Pastor David...

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Wide & Small Circles

"Self-promotion and self-righteousness want the circle of those who know of someone's sin to be as wide as possible. But when my goal is the exaltation of Christ through the restoration of a brother, I will keep the circle as small as possible for as long as possible." (175) The Compelling Community: Where God's Power Makes a Church Attractive (Crossway, 2015)...

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The Value of Good Books

"Good books are little time-release capsules of culture-transforming teaching that you can spread around your church. Give them away often (extracting in exchange a promise to read them), and bit by bit you will change how your people think about church." (123) The Compelling Community: Where God's Power Makes a Church Attractive (Crossway, 2015)...

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New Song at Bethel: As Long As You Are Glorified

During the month of February, we'll be teaching Stephen Altrogge's song, "As Long As You Are Glorified" here at Bethel. The song reminds us that God is control of all things, and that no matter what we are going through in our lives, all that matters is that He is glorified. You can sing along, learn the song, and worship your God as you watch the video below! The shee...

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