May 23, 2018

Church Family, would you join me in prayer this summer?  There are a few things happening and in the works that we would love to have you join with us in prayer over.

Over the next few months, we want to put together a worship ministry team that has a heart to plan and execute dynamic worship experiences for our church body.  When planning within the worship arts (really the arts of any kind), it is so beneficial to have a range of input.  There are also so many moving parts leading to any given...

March 21, 2018

This coming Easter season is exciting!  Here’s some of what is on the horizon:

Palm Sunday:  During second service our PreK and Preschool kids will be joining us during the 10:45 a.m. service.  Look for the joy (or maybe bashfulness?) as our little ones come down the aisle during the first song.  Don’t be late to service or you will miss out!

Good Friday:  We are going to have a special time of communion on Friday evening at 7 p.m.  This service will be a quiet and reflective time to hea...

March 12, 2018

Have you ever considered that we, as a church, celebrate Easter weekly?  I know...there aren’t all the bunnies and eggs and pretty things.  But there is actually a reason for the day of the week we choose to come together as a body of believers. 

We meet on the first day of the week, and have since the beginning of the church.  Check out Acts 20:7…”On the first day of the week we came together to break bread.  Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept...

February 14, 2018

Being a part of the kingdom of God means there is a task at hand.  Each of us, once receiving the Spirit, is also given gifts—talents to help us further the goals of the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 12:27-31).  What we have to realize though is that we aren’t given these gifts so that we can work alone.  Community is desperately important for two reasons. 

    

First, we are in community to build and be built back up.  When we gather together, scripture actually tells us th...

February 2, 2018

Planning Sunday’s worship services, I have been contemplating and fleshing out an important understanding of communicating with God during our times of worship together.  Often worship leaders “invite the presence of God into the space”.  As I sought this out in scripture, I’ve noticed two things.  First, God is omnipresent, meaning that the presence of the Lord is everywhere at once.  (Isaiah 66:1-2, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Job 38:19-20, 32-33, Psalm 11:4-5)  Second, and possibly more poignantly, Je...

January 17, 2018

The New Year is a great time to commit to a newer and healthier way of doing things.  So, what are some newer and healthier ways of worshipping together in 2018?  During the prophetic time of Amos in the Old Testament, the people of Israel needed to realign their worship.  This is what God has to say to them:

“I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.  Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the...

December 22, 2017

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all those who helped or wanted to help us move into our new house.  Rebecca, the kids, and I all live in Rushville now!

Merry Christmas to you all and blessings on you and your families this joyous and beautiful holiday season.  May God bless you all abundantly.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,...

December 11, 2017

I love this time of year.  Not because of time with family, though I love them dearly.  Not because of gift giving and trappings, though those are incredibly fun.  Not even because of all the fun and beautiful music that is played only seasonally.  I love this time of year because God always seems to use it as an opportunity to reawaken my heart.

My heart comes alive because the fullness Jesus and all He is and has done comes clearly into focus.  The reality that God shaped all of...

November 24, 2017

Coming up on this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I want to encourage you to lead your families in worship together.  There are a hundred and one different ways you can do this.

It could involve:

  • singing together

  • reading your favorite scriptures together

  • talking about what you are thankful for and intentionally going to God in prayer and thanksgiving for it

  • making beautiful pieces of homemade/handmade art expressing your thankfulness to God

  • serving at a soup kitchen

  • find...

November 13, 2017

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.  My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

Psalm 51:16-17 (NIV)

Why do we come together to worship on Sunday mornings?  To worship?  To fellowship?  For community?  For prayer?  There are so many things that we are called together weekly to, and to say that any one is of greatest importance misses the complexity of the character and design of our...

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