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Segregated Worship Saddens Me PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 20 January 2020 12:09

God never intended families to be segregated in worship. In fact, God disapproves of divisions in worship because Christ is not divided. Therefore, there is "neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female," but all one in Christ. The simple analogy of the church being the "body of Christ" is enough to tell us this. To be a body, it has to be together.

 

Nothing saddens me more than to see a worship service in which the children are rounded up and led away so as not to inconvenience the rest of the congregation. Sure, there's a time for a parent to take out a fussy little one and I'm thankful we have a "cry room" for such occasions (complete with speakers and a TV feed so mom or dad misses nothing). But children belong in worship. Scripture says preaching is powerful. Reading from a story book, playing a game, or hearing a talk in a separate room isn't the same.

 

I want the little ones to hear the name Jesus early and often. I want the hymns to be etched into their little minds. I want them to learn the reverence of God's house. Entire houses came together in worship in the New Testament. We rob our children if we segregate them.

 
Empathy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Friday, 03 January 2020 13:04

"Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." - Romans 12:15

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Psalm 1 - The Way of the Righteous Vs. The Way of the Ungodly PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Wise   
Wednesday, 01 January 2020 15:20

Psalm 1 contrasts for us two paths of life: the way of the righteous versus the way of the ungodly. This chapter describes the characteristics of both ways, and then concludes with the end for each course of life. The way of the righteous is known by the Lord; the righteous have intimate fellowship and communion with God when following God’s will in God’s way and flourish in fruitfulness. On the other hand, the final end of the way of the ungodly shall ultimately perish.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 January 2020 15:26
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Bible Reading Plan for 2020 PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Wise   
Monday, 30 December 2019 18:32

As we begin to make New Year’s Resolutions for the upcoming year in 2020, arguably no resolution is more important than a renewed commitment to the reading and study of God’s word. We hope you will embark with us on this one year Bible reading plan designed to read your Bible all the way through in the next year.

Click here to view and download a PDF of the 2020 One Year Bible Reading Plan

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Brief Note on Anointing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 12 December 2019 11:38

Studying through 1 John presently on the radio brought to mind some interesting facts about the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

John uses the word "anointing" with reference to the work of the Spirit. In the Old Testament, anointing had two purposes:

1. Priests were anointed to ceremonially prepare them for their ministerial work. This was described as an act that both consecrated and sanctified them.

2. A shepherd would anoint the head of his sheep, to heal them from maddening infestations of insects. This act was to bring healing and protection.

Compare that with the work of the Spirit in our lives. The Spirit prepares and enables us, as priests unto God. Also, the Spirit brings healing to us. Obviously, we have healing from the depraved state we are in through Adam, but also on a daily basis we find healing from guilt, shame, lies, etc., when we pursue Christ.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2019 11:40
 
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