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7 Reasons God Commands Us to Sing to Him

Mark Altrogge gives us seven helpful reasons why God commands us to sing to him....

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Ask Good Questions on Sunday Morning

An incredibly helpful article for us to consider! For the Church andRyan Higginbottom have given us some thought-provoking ideas to think through! Sermon, prayer, song, postlude. The worship service ends and the scramble beginsget the children, get the jackets, head for the door. It's time for lunch. Though we exchange brief "how-are-yous" with the folks in our pew, our ...

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Why I Go To Church

some challenging encouraging thoughts from Paul Tripp: Church is wonderful. Church is important. Church is meant to remind us of the miserable condition in which sin left us and our world, and of the glorious rescue of redeeming grace. The songs we sing, the Scriptures we read, the sermons we listen to, and the prayers we engage in are all designed to keep us from ever...

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Connecting Worship on Sunday to Work on Monday

Crossway provided an excellent post that was adapted from Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work by Tom Nelson A Journey toward Understanding Work I believe how we view our work and how we do our work matters a great deal more than we might imagine. Yet when it comes to this important area of my life, particularly how my work connects to my Christian fait...

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Why Congregational Singing Matters Today More than Ever

The Gospel Coalition had the following article byKeith Getty that really encapsulates why we do what we do here at Bethel. I love Yo-Yo Ma. The stellar, nearly flawless strokes of his bow dancing upon tensioned stringsthey resurrect meticulously crafted melodies conjured centuries ago among master musicians. Centuries have passed since then. And yet I lie on my bed at n...

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Three Questions to Ask Before Listening to Any Sermon

An excellent article byTony Reinke aStaff writer, desiringGod.org It's easy to become a passive sermon consumer. As a young Christian, I started to sense this tendency in my own listening, so one Sunday I brought a notebook to church and devised a simple little practice to get my discernment juices flowing before listening to sermons. It was as simple as asking three litt...

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No Application? Then You Haven’t Preached

Did you ever sit in a classroom wondering what the point was? I distinctly remember that feeling as I struggled through calculus in college. The course was taught as if the application of the principles was self-evident. And perhaps to the math geeks in the class it was. But to this English lit major, it was a constant, and losing, exercise in purely abstract thinking. Wit...

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Corporate Worship Saved My Marriage

An incredibly helpful video to watch is HERE from Desiring God! Corporate worship is one of the best remedies for our sin-sick souls. Without fail, trials and troubles renew every week. Big or small, they draw our gaze away from Jesus and distract us from God's amazing mercy and grace. Instead of resting in the gospel, we frantically look elsewhere for help. But every Su...

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Christ in Our Place

In His person and in His name we all enter the sanctuary fearlessly. And because He enters the Holy of Holies "in our name," our worship "in the name of Jesus" also reaches the same place. His name bears us, sanctifies our being, hallows our lips which are otherwise defiled to sing hymns of praise, and leads our worship to heaven. We cannot invocate God and glorify His nam...

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True Greatness

"Greatness is equated [by the world, and by us too often] with doing something large, in a notable way, as fast as you can. That mindset is burning a lot of us out. But when we come to the gospel of Jesus, it's almost like He is saying, 'Follow Me, and learn to do small things, slowly, over a long period of time.'" "We are taught to sprint . . . but most things that matte...

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God's Mercy Bestowed

"If you find me short in things, impute that to my love of brevity. If you find me besides the truth in anything, impute that to my infirmity. But if you find anything here that serves to your furtherance and joy of the faith, impute that to the mercy of God bestowed on you and me. Yours to serve you with what little I have." John Bunyan (Works, 1:336)...

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The Cross

Christ when he dy'dDeceiv'd the crosse,And on death's sideThrew all the losse;The captive world awak't and foundThe Prisoners loose, the Jaylor bound. Richard Crashaw (1613-49), "Christ's Victory"...

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Our main diet

"Expository preaching should provide the main diet of preaching for a Christian community. . . . [It] is the best method for displaying and conveying your conviction that the whole Bible is true. This approach testifies that you believe every part of the Bible to be God's Word, not just particular themes and not just the parts you feel comfortable agreeing with." Tim Kelle...

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Your Sorrow Will Turn to Joy

Desiring God has served the church well by making Your Sorrow Will Turn to Joy available for us! Holy Week is not an obligation. It is an opportunity. In the chaos of our increasingly fast-paced and hectic society, the annual coming of Holy Week each spring March 2027 this year is a reminder to pause and ponder, to carefully mark each day, and not let this greatest of ...

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Only in Christ

"To reach people gospel preachers must challenge the culture's story at points of confrontation and finally retell the culture's story, as it were, revealing how its deepest aspirations for good can be fulfilled only in Christ." Tim Keller,Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism(20)...

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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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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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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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Advice for Another Year of Bible Reading

Bruce Ware's article, Advice for Another Year of Bible Reading,over at Desiring God is a wonderful, balanced approach to Bible reading in 2016. He has provided us with five guidelines that have helped him over many years of reading Scripture. 1. Commit yourself to consistent Bible reading. 2. Engage in both fast-paced and slow-paced reading. 3. Notice the who as much, ...

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Bible Reading Plans for 2016!

Many Christians take the beginning of a new year to evaluate their Bible reading habits, and then change or begin a Bible reading plan. For our convenience, Ligonier has compiled a list of Bible reading plans for us to choose from! Check them out HERE!...

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10 Questions to Ask Before Worship

Chuck Lawless, a professor at Southeastern Seminary, challenges us to ask ourselves 10 questions before we attend worship services each weekend. He writes... "Worship is not only about what we do when the church gathers; it is what we are to do every day. The best worship is a continuum of: worshiping God by getting ready to meet Him; worshiping Him with His people throug...

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God Brings Us Suffering for Others' Sake

Ongoing pain and suffering is hard. My wife and I have wrestled with her chronic pain for five years now. Everyone suffers somehow. It might be chronic pain, cancer, broken relationships, disability, or the struggle against besetting sins. It's hard to live in a world of futility and brokenness. We groan for the day when it is all made right (Romans 8:1825). And yet, suff...

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Preparation of Worship (07/05/15)

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Preparation for Worship (05/17/15)

Scripture to Meditate On: Job 1:1-2:13 Thought to Ponder:'We have heard the story of Job. His riches destroyed, his family taken, and his own body afflicted. We can only imagine the depth of his loss and pain. Yet as we ponder Job's misery, do we see the threads of God's mercy in it? We will all face suffering at some point in our lives, it is inescapable. But what makes ...

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Preparation for Worship (05/10/15)

Scripture to Meditate On: Acts 16:11-40So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a ...

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Preparation for Worship (05/03/15)

Scripture to Meditate On: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are g...

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Preparation for Worship (04/26/15)

Scripture to Meditate On:Ephesians 3:1-13For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentilesassuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which wa...

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Preparation for Worship (04/19/15)

Scripture to Meditate On: 1 Peter 2:1-12So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvationif indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves l...

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Preparation for Worship (04/12/15)

Scripture to Meditate On: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burd...

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Preparation for Worship (04/05/15)

Consider in anticipation of celebration tomorrow! "Halleluia!Jesus is risen!He is risen indeed! May this declarationresound not only in these wallsbut touch the livesof all we meetand forever bethe truth of which we speak.Your love,once sown within a garden,tended for your own people,neglected and rejected,now spreads its sweet perfumein this placeand wherever it is show...

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Preparation for Worship (03/29/15)

In Luke 19, the Pharisees tell him to make the people stop blessing him as a king, he answers, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out (verse 40)." Why? Because he will be praised! The whole design of the universe is that Christ be praised. And therefore, if people won't do it, he will see to it that rocks do it. In other words, he is sovereign. ...

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Preparation for Worship (03/22/15)

Scripture to Meditate On:Revelation 19:11-20:6Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name...

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Preparation for Worship (03/15/15)

"When Calvin does refer to the origin of the devil and demons, he does so to discredit dualismand to guard against the accusation of some, that Satan was created by God with his presentevil nature. There is no room, in the theology of Calvin, for the view of Satan being, as itwere, the God of evil and darkness opposed to the God of righteousness and light. WhilstCalvin ma...

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Preparation for Worship (3/8/15)

This is an organizational vision video, but you can't help be inspired by the working of God to equip and enable His people to seek to accomplish His work in the world! Join us tomorrow morning to hear more stories about what God is doing! Acts 29 2015 Vision Video from Acts 29 Network on Vimeo ....

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Preparation for Worship (3/1/15)

Join us tomorrow as we hear more stories about what God is accomplishing to make His name famous aroudn the world! Trailer - Episode 7: Day of Battle from Frontline Missions International on Vimeo....

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Preparation for Worship (2/22/15)

In preparing to celebrate the Lord's Supper, consider these thoughts from Pastor John Piper. ...

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Preparation for Worship (02/15/15)

Scripture to Meditate On:John 3:1-18Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, ia ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the k...

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Preparation for Worship (02/08/15)

Scripture to Meditate On: Ephesians 2:1-10And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by...

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Preparation for Worship (01/25/15)

Scripture to Meditate On: Acts 4:32-5:11Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy...

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Preparation for Worship (1/18/15)

Scripture to Meditate On: John 8:48-59 The Jews answered him, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?" Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death...

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Preparation for Worship (1/11/15)

Scripture to Meditate On: John 4:1-26Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, fo...

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Preparation for Worship (12/21/14)

Scripture to Meditate On:1 Timothy 1:12-17 1 Timothy 1:12-17I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the fa...

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Preparation for Worship (12/14/14)

Scripture to Meditate On: Hebrews 10 Hebrews 10:5-10Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,"Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,but a body have you prepared for me;in burnt offerings and sin offeringsyou have taken no pleasure.Then I said, 'Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.' "When he said...

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Preparation for Worship (12/7/14)

Scripture to Meditate On: Matthew 1 Thoughts to Ponder:Christ intentionally entered the world knowing that His creation would reject and crucify Him, and also knowing that He would save many! Delight in His coming because it was the beginning of His redeeming work! Join us tomorrow as we joyfully consider His coming while listening to King's Brass!...

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Preparation for Worship (11/30/14)

Scripture to Meditate On: Hebrews Songs we've learned throughout our study of Hebrews: Complete in Thee All I Have is Christ He Will Hold Me Fast ...

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Preparation for Worship (11/23/14)

Scripture to Meditate On: Hebrews 13 Hebrews 13:17-25Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I u...

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Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass are coming to Bethel!

Invite your family and friends to start Christmas celebrations with your Bethel family on Sunday, December 7th at 9:15 am!! Tim Zimmerman and The King's Brass present hymn classics with a contemporary flair. The King's Brass features three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion and keyboards. These instruments blend together to create a time of innovative worship ...

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Preparation for Worship (11/16/14)

Scripture to Meditate On: Hebrews 13 Hebrews 13:10-1610 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own bl...

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Preparation for Worship (11/9/14)

Scripture to Meditate On: Hebrews 13 Hebrews 13:1-9Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. 4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage...

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Preparation for Worship (11/2/14)

Scripture to Meditate On: Hebrews 12 Hebrews 12:18-29For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given, "If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be ston...

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Preparation for Worship (10/26/14)

Scripture to Meditate On: Hebrews 12 Hebrews 12:12-17Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of ...

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Preparation for Worship (10/19/14)

Scripture To Meditate On: Hebrews 12 Hebrews 12:1-11Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despi...

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Preparation for Worship (10/12/14)

Scripture To Meditate On: Hebrews 11 Hebrews 11:32-40And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophetswho through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weak...

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Preparation for Worship (10/05/14)

Scripture To Meditate On: Hebrews 11 Hebrews 11:29-31By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly...

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Preparation for Worship (09/28/14)

Scripture to Meditate On: Hebrews 11 Hebrews 11:23-29By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than...

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Do you worship when life's rough?

Paul David Tripp with some challenging thoughts in clarifying what the Bible says about worship: "When we talk about worship, here's what typically comes to mind a Sunday morning gathering where we dress up, sing songs, give money, and take notes during a sermon. There's much to gain from that type of setting; I refer to it as 'corporate worship' and think it's very nec...

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New Song at Bethel: Complete in Thee (Nyce)

Yesterday we introduced a new old hymn entitled Complete in Thee. We'll continue learning and singing it throughout the month of June. This gospel-laden hymn was written over 150 years ago, and the melody was recently re-written by Ben Nyce to be more singable and memorable. Here you'll find all the resources you'll need (audio, sheet music) to become familiar with the son...

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