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Even When I Am Not Still

I have often used the scripture ‘be still and know that I am God’ to remind myself and others to stop and listen for God. I often allow the noise of the day interfere with God’s voice.

This morning the scripture came to mind as I sat on my back deck for breakfast….it was then that I noticed God and His creation.

  • the clouds were building for anticipated rain
  • the robin tried to pull a string from a yard stake
  • two robins chased each other around the yard
  • a mother robin made numerous trips from the ground to her nest construction carrying objects often longer than her body
  • a bird dive bombed a squirrel as it tried to move toward her nest
  • two squirrels met on my fence and performed a dance

I was quiet and I recognized God surrounding me.

It is not just on my back deck…but everywhere I am today…God is there…even when I am not still or quiet.


Worship: It’s Not Dependent on Music

Earlier this week I sent out the following tweet.

“Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that worship is dependent on musical interludes” @bkauflin #worshipmatters

The quote comes from the book Worship Matters written by Bob Kauflin (@bkuflin).

A few days latter @brenmclean responded to the tweet with these simple words.

Profound. Worship is possible with zero music #Matteroftheheart

Have we fallen into the trap that we can only worship when the church gathers?

Have we become conditioned to only worship when the music starts?

If the answer is yes to either of these it is the wrong answer. Continue Reading…

A Church Lesson

they meet three times a week…in a small apartment

  • two hours for prayer
  • two hours for bible study
  • two hours for worship

they wanted to know more

they cared for each other

they ate together once a week

When I read through the new testament I can imagine the early church following this pattern.

But what I am describing is what I heard from a group of students in a communist country when they described their house church.

Think of this … they are taking 23 or more semester hours in college, which requires enormous amounts of study time, but they find time to gather three times a week… six hours.

As I left the first meeting with them, one of the girls asked for my email address, here is a portion of what she wrote. Continue Reading…

Secret Church: The Cross and Suffering.

The Secret Church simulcast is coming back to ClearView this Friday night, Good Friday. During this session David Platt examines

The subject of this edition of Secret Church will be:

“The Cross and Suffering”

Suffering is a sobering reality in a fallen world. Followers of Christ are not immune to adversity and affliction. Continue Reading…

Who Do You Say That I Am?

This post is from a devotion presented by Connie Hartzell, our Preschool Minister, to our staff in a recent meeting. The core of its content was taken from a 2006 devotion shared by Ron Walters, Vice President of Pastoral Care, Salem Music Network.


Matthew 16:13-16

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi,He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But you,” He asked them, “who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!”

Who do people say that the Son of Man is? Public consensus

Who do you say that I am? Personal conviction

These are two questions that reveal a plumb line for today, for pastors and for churches. The questions showcase two distinct styles of pastoral and ministry leadership: Continue Reading…

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