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  • Sing Out Loud

    August 29, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Commune Together

    A few weeks ago, the FMC musicians met for their monthly worship practice.  Before diving into the music, they read through an article on congregational singing written by Mark Dever and Matt Merker found at www.9.marks.org journal church-singing

    The article emphasized how scarce ‘corporate singing’ has become within the...

  • Sabbath Rest

    May 23, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Worship, Faith

    Two weeks ago, Janice and I spent a few days at Deer Ridge Ministries - a spiritual retreat center which accommodates couples who serve in full-time ministry.  This ministry began over a decade ago to facilitate place where pastors can intentionally practice Sabbath without added responsibilities.  But what is Sabbath?  It is an...

  • When Scrooge Comes Home

    December 20, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith, Commune Together

    What do the story of Jesus birth, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and Dicken’s “The Christmas Carol,” all have in common?  

    Among other answers, each story involves a character with deep-seeded bitterness and resentment – King Herod, the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge.   Now certainly, each person...

  • Real Invisible gods

    September 13, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith

    A couple of years ago, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary by staying in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.   The city itself is beautiful and filled with locally-owned restaurants and shops.   There is also a plethora of spiritually-inspired stores.   In Asheville, you can easily purchase statues of Buddha, a variety of...

  • Ancient Paths

    July 12, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith, Leadership

    Liberal.  Conservative.  Progressive.  Traditionalist. 

    Hardly a day goes by without these adjectives appearing in my BBC international newsfeed or showing up in various written or spoken conversations around the topic of the climate of North American church.  I don’t know if you describe yourself using any of...

  • Love and Holiness

    June 28, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Worship, God's Character

    As we have been focusing on prayer through this year, my eyes have been on the lookout for various prayers that are offered to the Lord from the various writers of Scripture.  This week, I was struck by the prayer which the Apostle Paul prayed for the church of the Thessalonians at the end of chapter 3. 

    He wrote, “May the Lord...

  • The Honor of Prayer

    May 10, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Worship, Faith

    Charles Spurgeon once said, “Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian.”  

    Indeed, directly seeking the face of God and laying our anxieties at His...

  • No Weakness Allowed

    April 26, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Worship, Commune Together

    What makes a man?  As a father of three sons, I think about this often as we play, talk, and experience life together.  Whether I like it or not, their primary understanding of manhood will come from me – what I say, how I act, what I value, etc.  Yet my goal, is to continue to lead them beyond myself and to Jesus and...

  • Forgotten By God

    Dealing With Our Spiritual Depression October 19, 2016 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Worship, Faith, Scripture

    There are many common experiences that Christians all share.  Typically these experiences (like cronic pain, the struggles of parenting, the difficultly of offering forgiveness or methods of coping with the abruptness of death) become the subject of conversation as prayer requests are shared. 

    However, the experience of spiritual...

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    When Chained To A Wall

    September 21, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Worship, Faith

    Occasionally as I’m reading the New Testament, I try to imagine how I would respond to various situations, teachings or events if they had taken place in our modern day.  Suppose that you were at your cousin’s wedding when some unknown thirty year-old named Jesus turned water into excellent tasting wine.  Or imagine being...