Weekly Attendance by Non-Church Members (10.14.21)

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This week we’re going to be talking about the number of non-church members who attend church services weekly. This may sound strange since it seems that it’s harder in many places to convince members to show up every week. We’re going to consider some observations about this.Continue Reading

Monthly News Roundup (07.29.21)

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This is the last episode for the month of July – time for our monthly news roundup. In this episode, we’ll be talking about assisted suicide, children reading the Bible, and Chinese authorities shutting down a virtual church service.Continue Reading

God’s Plan for Worship

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‘Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth’” (John 4:20-24).

In this chapter, Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman by a well. The discussion covered several topics, one of which was the issue of worship. After she “perceived” Jesus to be “a prophet” (John 4:19), she brought up a question about worship. In Jesus’ answer, He explained to her some basic principles about worship. These instructions are helpful for us as well.

In this article, we are going to look at what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman and what He teaches about God’s plan for worship. There are four basic points we can take from His instruction on this occasion.Continue Reading

A Year After the Start of the Pandemic – Some Lessons (03.18.21)

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Last week was the one year anniversary of the official start of the pandemic. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic. This has impacted all of us over the past year. As we look back on what has transpired and consider all of it in light of the Scriptures, there are some lessons we need to learn.

STORY – The Covid-19 Pandemic Is Now One Year Old

This has been a difficult year for all of us – whether we have been directly affected by the virus or not. As bad as the virus might be and the number of deaths have been attributed to it, that’s not even the whole picture. We have faced economic shutdowns, businesses being closed, many people out of work, schools have been closed, many churches stopped meeting, mental health is declining, relationships have been strained, and people are isolated from others. It’s been a difficult year.

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Religion and Depression, Hallmark Channel’s LGBT Shift, and Being Religious or Spiritual (02.25.21)

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After missing last week, the podcast is back and we have three new stories to discuss. The first discusses the complex connection between religion and mental health. Then we talk about the shifting values in what has traditionally been seen as “wholesome, family-friendly” entertainment. We end with a conversation about how people view themselves as being religious and/or spiritual.Continue Reading

The Christian and Minimalism (Sermon #44)

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The Christian and Minimalism (Sermon #44)

We’re taking a break this month from our regular episodes. During this break, we’ll be posting audio sermons instead. The sermon for today is titled, The Christian and Minimalism, and was preached on September 27, 2020 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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The Christian and Minimalism

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If you have spent much time online looking at articles and videos about personal development – how to make the best use of your time, get the most out of life, and focus on what is important – you have likely come across the concept of minimalism. Many self-help gurus promote this philosophy and there are a number of people who describe the benefits they have seen in their own lives by adopting its principles. There are some concepts found in minimalism that will be appealing to most people, even if they do not embrace it in its entirety.

What is minimalism? And what place, if any, does it have in the life of a Christian? Let us briefly consider this concept.Continue Reading