• Processed Religion

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  • A Reasonable Response

    Romans 12:1–2

    God is not interested in just a portion of our time, energy, thoughts, or money; rather, He wants it all. This does not mean that we cannot enjoy what He has given us, but it does mean that we must ...Read More

  • A Reasonable Response

    Romans 12:1–2

    We all know that the remaining presence of sin in our lives makes it impossible to have a perfect desire to please God when we worship. Nonetheless, since we may now approach the Father boldly in Christ (Heb. 10:19–22), we ...Read More

  • Rebuilding the Temple

    Ezra 3

    Zechariah 4:10, addressed originally to the returned exiles, says that those who despised the small things of the new temple would rejoice. This implies that we should not despise what seem to be “small” moves of God, for from small ...Read More

  • The Regulative Principle

    Leviticus 10:1–3

    Even within the Reformed tradition, where the regulative principle is highly esteemed, there is disagreement as to how it should be applied. But adherents to the regulative principle agree that human beings are not free to introduce things into worship ...Read More

  • The Role of Beauty

    Exodus 26

    The propriety of visual imagery in the church building continues to be debated within the Reformed tradition. What we can all agree on, however, is that God is supremely beautiful (Ps. 27:4). In our worship and teaching, we must draw ...Read More

  • Sabbath Consciousness

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  • Sacraments in Worship

    Acts 2:42

    In today’s church, some Christians believe that the sacraments can be a private affair, that it is right to take the Lord’s Supper in the privacy of one’s home apart from public worship. Scripture shows us otherwise. The sacraments are ...Read More

  • Sacrifice from the Heart

    Psalm 50

    Read Matthew 12:1–13. What was the major concern of the Pharisees? What was Jesus’ concern? What does Jesus mean by “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (see Hosea 6:6)? Examine your life and your practice of worship (corporate and private) ...Read More

  • A Sacrifice of Praise

    Hebrews 13:15

    In light of the great sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf, the appropriate response is one of worship and praise. As we glorify God, we are strengthened; and we testify to the reality that one day, all of creation ...Read More

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