Last year about this time our Tennessee Titans were involved in a heart wrenching defeat in the Super Bowl. All season they had fought back from deficits to win and it appeared as though they were going to pull off another comeback victory over the Rams. Unfortunately they came up about a yard and
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Nov 15, 2004
In a certain village in Europe several centuries ago, a nobleman wondered what legacy he should leave to his townspeople. He decided to build a church for a legacy.
The completed plans for the church were kept secret. When the people gathered, they marveled at the church’s beauty and
Contributed by Chip Monck on Feb 15, 2005
10. Is it really possible to introduce pyrotechnics gradually?
9. Do rhinestones and choir gowns ever make a positive statement?
8. Never enlist a Worship Leader with a Marilyn Manson tattoo!
7. While drums can be a welcome addition to any worship service, is it really necessary to have
Rach and I have a friend who is a source of grief for us. It is not that he has done anything to us – he is quite dear to us actually. Rather it is what he has done to himself, what he has chosen to believe. About ten years ago, this friend began absenting himself from church. He was getting
Contributed by Jamey Reynolds on Apr 13, 2005
G.Campbell Morgan once stated,
Revival cannot be organized, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from heaven when God
Jars of Clay sings about how we should be in love with the One who we praise – Listen to their song “Love Song for a Savior” and note some of their words and the heartbeat of this song. Catch these phrases in the song
i. He is as close as a heart beat.
ii. We must learn how to see Him
Contributed by Brent Baker on Sep 13, 2005
In his book, The One-Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard recommends developing the practice of "one-minute praising," where the manager (or parent, spouse, etc.) tries to "catch someone doing something right" and then spend a full sixty seconds praising that person for the good deed. This is a lot
Listen to what an English Hymnist named Eric Routley wrote concerning Wesley’s hymns, “These hymns were composed in order that men and women might sing their way, not only into experience, but also into knowledge; --- that the cultured might have their culture
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 5, 2006
A recent Lutheran Brotherhood poll reveals adults spend about the same amount time shopping in December as they do attending religious services. Men spend an average 12.7% of their time shopping vs. 13.6% attending religious services, while women spend 19.1% and
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 6, 2006
32% of American Christians have never experienced God’s presence in worship. (Foster letter
Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Jul 29, 2002
I’ve told you about the worship conference coming in September, and the one part that I am really excited about is a fellow named Andy Hunter. Andy comes out of the Rave scene in England. He is still a D.J. at secular raves, but he also leads worship using his turn tables. He calls it “worship
Contributed by Dan Cormie on Oct 23, 2002
Gene Mims in Kingdom Principles for Church Growth said, “The purpose of worship is to come before the Lord in obedience to praise Him, to hear from Him, to confess to Him, and to commit our lives to Him. Every worship service is to be an encounter
Contributed by Dan Cormie on Oct 25, 2002
Any one more than forty-five years old can probably remember where they were when they first heard of President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.
British novelist David Lodge, in the introduction to one of his books, tells where he was--in a theater watching the performance of a satirical revue he
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jun 2, 2001
A conference at a Presbyterian church in Omaha. People were given helium filled balloons and told to release them at some point in the service when they felt like expressing the joy in their hearts. Since they were Presbyterians, they weren’t free to say "Hallelujah, Praise the Lord." All through
Contributed by Jeffrey Sackett on Jan 24, 2003
The problem with not coming to church is that you’re like the radio operator on the USS California. They called the ship unsinkable. They claimed it was the safest ship on the Seas. But as the night of April 14th gave way to dawn of the 15th the British ocean liner, the Titanic, of the White Star
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Apr 11, 2003
[Worship Is a Time to Celebrate, Citation: Rod Cooper, "Worship or Worry?" Preaching Today, Tape No. 108.]
I used to be the chaplain for the Astros and the Oilers when I was in Houston, Texas.
After I’d do a chapel, they’d give me tickets.
One time in the Astrodome I watched Earl Campbell run
Contributed by Mike Hamilton on Apr 29, 2003
Tony Evans says, “If you limit worship to where you are, the minute you leave that place of worship you will leave your attitude of
A missionary in Paraguay wrote, “While …serving in Paraguay, a Maka Indian named Rafael came to sit on my porch. I was eating and went out to see what he wanted. He responded, "Ham, henek met." Again I asked what I could do for him, but the answer was the same. I understood what he was saying but
Contributed by Evie Megginson on Apr 19, 2004
I heard the story of a boy who was pumping the old pump organ in a church so a certain lady could play it. After the service, he said to her we really played well today. She snapped back, what is this we stuff, I played well today. Well the next Sunday, she
Contributed by Steven Dow on May 28, 2004
In The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouwen retells a tale from ancient India: Four royal brothers decided each to master a special ability. Time went by, and the brothers met to reveal what they had learned.
“I have mastered a science,” said the first, “by which I can take but a bone of some creature and