Praise and the Presence of God in the Valley

Praise and the Presence of God in the Valley

Have you ever heard the expression, when praises go up, heaven comes down? When we hear phrases like that, we typically picture a big crowd in a big church with many hands raised by people singing worship music. And it’s true – when God’s people get...
You were Created to Get Creative

You were Created to Get Creative

God is quite creative. All you have to do is look up and around you and you’ll see a world filled with wonder, with color, in mesmerizing detail. Often when people express themselves creatively, even when they aren’t producing specifically...
4 Reasons Modern Worship Services Should Engage the Emotions

4 Reasons Modern Worship Services Should Engage the Emotions

I hear it all the time and it’s blogged about regularly… Modern worship songs and services are just too much emotionalism and not enough doctrine. Long ago, I wrote a blog post to that very effect. I revisited the issue a few years ago and deleted that old...
The Two Big Reasons Why Believers Give Praise to God

The Two Big Reasons Why Believers Give Praise to God

We’re a pragmatic society. Meaning, we usually don’t invest time into doing something unless we can see the personal benefit of it, the more immediate the better. And pragmatism isn’t all bad. Sometimes the right question to ask is, what will get me...
How Worship Changes You From the Inside Out

How Worship Changes You From the Inside Out

God has far greater blessings planned for you in eternity than you’re ready for yet, and one of his primary means of maturing and growing us to be ready is the time we spend with him in personal worship. Isaiah’s story (in chapter 6 of the book by his...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...
5 Reasons to Make Easter Sunday a Really Big Deal

5 Reasons to Make Easter Sunday a Really Big Deal

Jesus rose from the dead. Nobody else has ever done that. At least, not without Jesus’ help. And Jesus’ resurrection has changed the world. It has changed history. It has changed me, and millions of others. It’s a big deal. If you’re a pastor...
The 'Third Place' May Be the Best Place for the Church to Gather

The 'Third Place' May Be the Best Place for the Church to Gather

Home. Work. Hangout. Those are the three places we do life. There’s no better place for the church to gather than right in the middle of the third place – the hangout. Via Wikipedia: In community building, the third place (or third space) is the social...

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