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Gates of Thanksgiving

March 10, 2020

Gates of Thanksgiving At one time in church history, ordinary Christians didn’t sing. Instead, they listened while sacred music was performed by professionals. But thanks to the Reformation and the invention of the printing press, congregational singing made a comeback. The first hymnal was printed in 1532. Simple, singable tunes and sturdy...

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Devotion for November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008

Devotion for November 18, 2008 Bible scholar Elizabeth Achtemeier once wrote, “The human mind is a picture gallery, and we live by the images found in it.” With this in mind, picture a very bright star that shines brilliantly and is surrounded by others stars in a beautiful constellation. This is a helpful way to think about one of the most...

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Devotion for Jan. 15, 2009

January 15, 2009

Devotion for Jan. 15, 2009 W. E. B. Du Bois, the first African-American scholar to earn a degree from Harvard, studied the experience of black slaves in America. He wrote about the impact of the spirituals, calling them "Sorrow Songs" and describing them as "the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side of the seas . .

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Devotion for November 04, 2006

November 4, 2006

Devotion for November 04, 2006 In 1995, radio listeners could hear the song, “Flood,” just about anytime they tuned in to a popular station. There’s nothing unusual about hearing a song repeatedly, but what was unusual about this song was that it was recorded by the band Jars of Clay—an explicitly Christian group whose name was taken from...

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Devotion for Sept. 27, 2011

September 27, 2011

Devotion for Sept. 27, 2011 Singing is a natural means of expressing our feelings. Whether a soaring hymn in a cathedral, a soft lullaby to a child, a plaintive lament at a memorial service, or solitary singing in the shower, singing is a creative gift from God. It uses both our souls and our bodies to express emotion, and every culture around...

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Devotion for Jun. 18, 2004

June 18, 2004

Devotion for Jun. 18, 2004 While the church has always valued moral purity, at some points in history it has felt ambivalent about marriage. Sex in particular, even within the confines of marriage, has been an uncomfortable subject. As early as the second century, some Christian leaders reacted against growing worldliness in the church by...

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Devotion for June 23, 2007

June 23, 2007

Devotion for June 23, 2007 Handel’s Messiah is his best-known musical composition. Though now associated with Christmas, this masterpiece was originally intended for performance at Easter. The scriptural lyrics were selected by Charles Jennens, an Oxford-educated literary scholar and friend of Handel’s. After Handel composed the music, the...

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Devotion for Dec. 10, 2010

December 10, 2010

Devotion for Dec. 10, 2010 The word worship comes from the old English word worth-ship, meaning to attribute worth or value to something, or to recognize the true worth or value of something. When we worship God, we are recognizing His worth and attributing worth and value to Him. But at this point we might pause: Does that mean that God...

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God’s Family

November 4, 2018

No matter what your biological family background is, you are invited to be part of the family of God. You can join by following Abraham’s example of faith. Turn to Jesus and trust in His life, death, and resurrection for the power to make you God’s child. As the song says, you will be so glad you are a part of His family.

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Warning against Legalism

November 18, 2014

Warning against Legalism After being told multiple times not to put his fingers near the mouth of the shark, a ten-year-old boy had his finger bitten at the Australian Shark and Ray Centre. His school class was on a field trip. The Centre’s representative said, “He had at least ten warnings about not touching the front of the shark’s nose...

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