Honoring Christ In Our Bodies-Day 1
Jan02

Honoring Christ In Our Bodies-Day 1

We Have a Problem We Recognize we have a problem though we have confidence that God can fix it … The mantra for the culture of our world today when it comes to dealing with difficult things is, “why do badthings happen to good people.” When we give into believing this false worldview we take the place of the entitled victim whenever we encounter anything that feels negative. The Scripture’s portrayal of humanity, on the other...

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Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 10
Dec26

Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 10

Today, you’ve got one last lengthy reading assignment to do. You’re going to read the whole book of Revelation straight through. Well, at least from Chapter 4 to 22. Consider how John structures the whole apocalyptic letter. Revelation has long been understood as a difficult book to understand as it deals with the End Times through the lens of very difficult imagery. However, I would suggest that the study of eschatology (the end...

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Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 9
Dec19

Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 9

God’s Rhythm in the Epistles Today, you’ve got a lot of reading to do. You’re going to read the whole book of Ephesians straight through. Consider how Paul structures the whole letter. It’s not just a bunch of verses, and great teaching, but it’s a book of worship. Its shape follows the pattern of how God calls, catechizes (teaches), and commissions us as the church to love God and others. Reading Ephesians in this way will cause us...

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Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 8
Dec12

Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 8

Today, you’ve got a lot of reading to do. You’re going to read the whole book of Romans straight through. Yes, you heard me! Consider how Paul structures the whole letter. It’s not just a bunch of verses, and great teaching, but it’s a book of worship. Its shape follows the pattern of how God calls, catechizes (teaches), and commissions us as the church to love God and others. Reading Romans in this way will cause us to relate to...

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Freebie #31-Fred Heumann: God Is Not Bipolar In Worship
Dec03
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Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 6
Nov28

Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 6

God’s Rhythm in the Temple In the Old Testament Solomon’s Temple had 3 “spaces”: the outer courts, the inner courts and the Holy of Holies. The Outer Courts … this space was where the people were welcomed in, confessed their sins, received forgiveness and they were washed clean in the laver. The Inner Courts … this was where the priest alone would enter for the partaking of the lighted Word, the Table and the prayers. Holy of...

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Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 5
Nov21

Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 5

God’s Order of Worship is present in how he deals with our sin corporately (together), but also in how we relate to God in worship individually. Meditate on Isaiah’s encounter with God today, and consider how God’s rhythm again can challenge us in how we relate to him when we’re worshipping with Christ’s church together, as well as when we are walking with the Lord in our daily rhythms. God’s character recognized (vv.1-4) Human...

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Freebie #29-Dr. Jim Hart: Growing In Liturgy & Love
Nov19
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Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 4
Nov14

Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 4

God’s Rhythm in the Law God’s people had been under the ruling and tyrannical Egyptian regime for over 400 years. Imagine the psychological and spiritual complexes that had taken root in the Israelite people after 400 years of oppression and slavery. During their times as slaves, Israel had fallen into idol worship, and they’d embraced in large part the Egyptian gods and their false sense of rule. After God delivers Israel from the...

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Freebie #28-Dr. Jim Hart: Beauty and the Virtuous Life Cannot Be Argued Against
Nov12
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Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 3
Nov07

Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 3

God’s Rhythm in Calling Moses was a covert Israelite masquerading as an oppressive Egyptian ruler until one day, in an act of angry justice, he murdered an Egyptian slave-master who raised his hand to harm a fellow Israelite. Moses was driven into exile for his act. He was driven away from Egypt, and was unable to be of any help to Egypt or the oppressed Israel. Moses fled into the land of Midian. He married, and accepted a simple...

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Freebie #27-Harrison Hollingsworth: Creating Work That Lasts & Helps The World Flourish
Nov05
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Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 2
Oct31

Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 2

God’s Rhythm in Restoration In Day 1 of this study we looked at how God has a pattern, or a rhythm that all of creation follows in how we relate to and worship him. It is important to note that God’s rhythm not only presses its way into creative activity, but also into acts of re-creation or restoration. Sadly, when humanity chose to sin against God by disobeying him, we experienced a distance from God and a change in our nature. We...

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Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 1
Oct24

Honoring Christ In Our Liturgy-Day 1

Rhythm in Creation The Christian’s goal is to be a vibrant Spirit-Filled part of God’s Church—committed to and directed by the Word of God. In observing some of the key passages on worship in Scripture, one can see that some distinct patterns, rhythms, and call and response conversations emerge in Christian prayer. The rhythm of Scripture is proclamation and response. God initiates worship in conversation and we respond. You will...

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Honoring Christ In Hymnody-Day 3
Oct17

Honoring Christ In Hymnody-Day 3

We leave you with this modern day Hymn from Garden Cities’ Album, The Gospel of John , and we would encourage you to get on our mailing list for when we release our Modern Hymn Projects. Notice the attempt that is made here to combine the choruses of today, with the rich Trinitarian theology that is so dear to us from our history. Notice also how this song tells a story—the story of God. One of the strengths of hymnody that has been...

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Honoring Christ In The Psalms-Day 6
Sep26

Honoring Christ In The Psalms-Day 6

Our Jesus, experienced the full spectrum of human experience and emotion while on earth. If we are to truly become “Christ-like,” we too are going to have to be equipped for all that life may bring. I believe it is the Psalms that prepare us with such a “strength of soul.” Each day in this study, we will ask you to explore a particular genre of poetic writing in the Psalms. We will ask for you to fellowship with the Lord in prayer...

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