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What if everyone reading this post invited a friend to church next week? A thousand people might read this post. Do you think a thousand more people will be in a church next week?  Probably not.  Well, what about 50%? If we all invited one person, would 500 more people be in church next week?  Probably not.  If every single one of us invited one person to church next week, I bet only about 50 more people would be in... Read More
I hate the church critic!
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There’s this guy I know who always has something negative to say about church. If I’m being perfectly honest, I hate him. Can I admit that as a Christian? I hate him. It doesn’t matter what I do or preach; he always has something to say. Or, if he doesn’t say it, I can read his body language. The sermon runs a bit long? He lets me know. The song is too unfamiliar to enjoy? He gets worked up. The... Read More
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For most of my life, the Lord’s Supper seemed strange to me. I didn’t think it fit with the rest of worship. I grew up going to a very traditional church in a very old, beautiful building with a very austere worship style.  As a young person, church felt something like this . . .  Opening hymn.   Some recitations and readings.   A sermon and some prayers.   Then, wait! Stop everything! Snack time!  All the adults would file to the front.... Read More
Praying for the church
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This Lent, as we focus so much on Jesus (for good reason!), it’s also a great time to focus on what Jesus thought was important enough to do right before he was arrested, beaten, and crucified. He prayed for the church. Often, I think we are so used to driving by the church, going to the church, or praying in church that we forget to pray for the church. Using some of the same thoughts as Jesus prayed in John... Read More
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On New Year’s Eve morning, my home congregation didn’t have a worship service, so my family tried something new. Instead of doing a devotion at home or going to church with friends, my husband and I decided we would visit a place where we knew nobody. We let our kids pick which church to try, and off we went.  Have you ever taken your children church shopping? Friends of ours gave us the idea. They realized their children will move... Read More