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I’m a husband, dad, friend, and pastor. –S. I’m a wife, mom, friend, and homemaker. –M.

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A Different Sort of King

As Jesus rides the donkey into Jerusalem, a crowd gathers—ordinary citizens waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna!” The crowds probably mean “Save us from the Romans." But Jesus has his eyes on a bigger enemy. 

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Contagious Courage

I see a church community as a place to experience the contagiousness of courage. Surrounded by fellow hikers on the path, we hear and see people cheering us on while we in turn do the same for others.

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The Melodious Part of the Worship Service

Why do we sing in worship services? Why not simply use spoken words? For one thing, songs give us language to describe our experiences. We cling to them like life preservers when our faith is challenged.

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Worship Is Like Orange Juice

I was once told that worship is like orange juice. Sunday worship is the concentrate but you need to add water to week experience it all week. Do you ever have days you don't want the concentrate? 

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A Gracious Welcome

This welcome statement challenges me to reconsider whether there are people I’ve labeled as beyond God’s reach and therefore not truly welcome to worship...

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I'm a Hypocrite, Too

Acknowledging the contradiction between adultery and the values he espoused while part of the TV show 19 Kids and Counting, Mr. Duggar declared, “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever.” I’m not sure I entirely agree with his assessment...

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  • Hi Bryan! Something the leadership at Trinity CRC often hears is how it's hard (impossible, actually) to know everyone in a large congregation. The newsletter will not enable us to know everyone;...

  • Trinity CRC's newsletter here in Rock Valley IA, called "News & Views," is published every other month. It typically includes:
       :: a couple articles/reflections on Christian living in...

  • These aren't devotionals but our kids (and we as parents, too) have appreciated these over the years:
       :: Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago (highly recommended)...

    posted on: Family Devotional?
  • I, too, wish to express appreciation for you sharing your story. I pray it encourages others and empowers more people to seek help via medical professionals, friends, prayer, and whatever other...

  • Thanks, Colin! I don't address it in this series of articles, but sometime I'd like to blog about the CRC's preparatory forms and being "ready enough" to partake. In part 2 of this series, I talk...

  • Thanks Eric. Good food for thought. I don't have time now but I might come back to this at some point (probably when the next person gushes on about how much they love Jesus Calling!).
    ~...

  • Thank you, Eric, for sharing that link. It articulates the concerns I have with Jesus Calling. I see challies.com does not allow for comments. For sake of fairness, I'd be interested to hear any...

  • I found 2 resources here on the CRC website:
    :: crcna.org/sites/default/files/model_church_facilities_2015.docx 
    :: network.crcna.org/church-admin-finance/facilities-use-policies

  • Here's the Worship Team mandate from Trinity CRC in Rock Valley IA.

     

    Objectives

     

          To achieve the stated purpose, the following...

  • Thank you for this wonderful gift, Jeff! I've done a series before on the words from the cross. I really like the Jericho road idea!

    I think my favorite Lent-Easter series I've preached was...