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"Advent Week 4" (Preparing to Gather - 12.22.13)

December 20, 2013 by: Zach Simons

Christmas is just a few days away. Even with the season of Advent (meant to slow our pace, lengthen our anticipation and strengthen our hope), Christmas time flies by. Earlier this month I found a great devotional put out by The Village Church on Advent. I thin... Keep Reading

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"Advent Week 3" (Preparing to Gather - 12.15.13)

December 11, 2013 by: Zach Simons

Part of the reason that Advent is a month long celebration rather than a day long event is because it is meant to awaken within us a sense of anticipation for the promised Messiah; both remembering the anticipation of Israel as they waited for Jesus' first coming, a... Keep Reading

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"Advent Week 2" (Preparing to Gather - 12.8.13)

December 5, 2013 by: Zach Simons

2 Corinthians 1:20 says that "all the promises of God find their Yes in [Jesus]." This is the truth we celebrate during Advent. With Jesus' birth, light dawned on a creation dark in sin, as had been anticipated since the garden of Eden. We celebrated this last ... Keep Reading

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"Advent Week 1" (Preparing to Gather - 12.1.13)

December 2, 2013 by: Zach Simons

The season of Advent is again upon us this Sunday and comes to us in the darkest season of the year - a season when the nights are long, the days are cold, and we look with anticipation for the return of warmth in the spring. As we celebrate this season, we celebrat... Keep Reading

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"Words in Worship" (Preparing to Gather - 11.17.13)

November 14, 2013 by: Zach Simons

Periodically, we will be writing blog posts that are part of a series called “Words in Worship” that will focus on particular words or phrases that are heard frequently in our worship gatherings. These words and phrases can be found in song lyrics, praye... Keep Reading

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Preparing to Gather - 11.10.13

November 7, 2013 by: Zach Simons

For the past nine weeks, we have looked at an illustrative rather than exhaustive list of norms for Christian worship. Each are based on scriptural principles and commands, transcend cultures and generations, and are meant that and keep us faithful to the gospel of ... Keep Reading

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Preparing to Gather - 11.3.13

October 30, 2013 by: Zach Simons

Today is the last standard in an inexhaustive list of standards or norms of Christian worship that are transcultural and transgenerational, meaning that they don't change with time or place. Scripture gives us these standards of worship as ways to keep us ... Keep Reading

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Preparing to Gather - 10.27.13

October 23, 2013 by: Zach Simons

  Recently we've been working through a list of standards that should categorize Christian worship throughout the world. These standards or norms are transcultural and transgenerational, meaning that they don't change with time or place. Scripture gives us these... Keep Reading

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Preparing to Gather - 10.20.13

October 16, 2013 by: Zach Simons

Recently we've been working through a list of standards that should categorize Christian worship throughout the world. These standards or norms are transcultural and transgenerational, meaning that they don't change with time or place. Scripture gives us these stand... Keep Reading

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Preparing to Gather - 10.13.13

October 9, 2013 by: Zach Simons

In continuation of our current worship post series, we will discuss a 6th constant norm for Christian worship that transends cultures and generations to keep us faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Check out #5 at last week's post. 6. Christian Worship Should Be... Keep Reading

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