Fullness of Joy

“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and...

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Lessons In Humility

“A wise man will receive a rebuke and he will prosper. But a fool rejects his father’s discipline” (Proverbs 15:5). Let’s look at it from the perspective of receiving discipline from Our Father in Heaven… when the Holy Spirit exposes sin in our lives, how do we respond? Do we...

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The Message & The Medium

I love what the Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians about becoming a servant of all in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. He doesn’t count himself as greater than anyone, and he is focused! I’ve heard several times that the message is more important than the medium. If we ever stop short...

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Worship Wars

I don’t love contemporary worship music. Never have. I tried liking it back in my early years of college—when I started taking Jesus seriously—because that seemed like the good Christian thing to do. But even the contemporary Christian artists that I could stomach better than others still couldn’t compete with my...

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Listening: Brady Toops

Last Summer, Brady Toops came to Sioux Falls and led an evening of prayer and worship hosted by Life Church and Underground House of Prayer. He came by himself, and my friend put together a team to play with him. I got to play electric guitar. I’ve played rhythm acoustic...

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Lay It All Down

I was reading this morning in Proverbs and James, and I also started the book Radical by David Platt. As I read in Scripture about God’s plans for us and how our desires get in the way, and as I read David Platt’s perspective on the way we worship in...

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More Than A Feeling

Disclaimer: This post is not about a girl I used to know that slipped away when I closed my eyes… but as I was reflecting on worship this morning, I was thinking about how often we base it, both corporate and private, on our feelings or how people respond by...

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