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When Snow Keeps the Church from Meeting

The blizzard of 2009 prevented our church from meeting this morning. We ended up having a few families from our neighborhood over for a time of singing and prayer, thanking God for all his gifts, especially sending his Son to redeem us. After that we chowed down on eggs and french toast. I appreciated what Josh Harris, our senior pastor, sent out to the church via email, and also posted on the church blog. It’s an example of grace-filled leadership that builds the church together, roots us in the gospel, and encourages grateful serving, even when we can’t meet. Which, come to think of it, is the way we should always be thinking. Well, I’m …

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Should July 4th Affect Our Sunday Planning?

Someone reminded me of a post I did back in May of 2007 on this topic. Here it is again. I pray that today fills you with gratefulness not only for the freedom of our country for which many have given their lives, but also for the eternal freedom from God’s wrath found only in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. West sent in this question. Do national holidays have any influence on your worship planning? To what extent? Specifically, would you use the Sunday before Independence Day to focus on our utter dependence on Christ, our freedom from bondage to sin, our slavery to Christ (and so acknowledge, but spiritualize the holiday), or …

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Should July 4th Affect Sunday Planning?

West sent in this question. Do national holidays have any influence on your worship planning? To what extent? Specifically, would you use the Sunday before Independence Day to focus on our utter dependence on Christ, our freedom from bondage to sin, our slavery to Christ (and so acknowledge, but spiritualize the holiday), or do you have a way of genuinely giving thanks for our nation without worshiping it? Is it just contextual – the answer depending on the congregation we serve? Surely we shouldn’t pull out the American flag, and sing “My County ‘Tis of Thee” in worship, but how can we show (if you think we should at all) heart-felt thanks to …

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