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  • A Future Reward

    June 24, 2020 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith
    For those who have admitted their spiritual need before Jesus, there is a future comfort from sin and sickness which will make earthly afflictions seem like a distant dream.
  • Apr22Wed

    Life As Worship

    April 22, 2020 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith
    Does “true worship” include singing or silence?  Giving or receiving?  Standing, sitting, kneeling, dancing or walking?  Does it include others or is it solitary?
  • Mar31Tue

    The Greatest Commandment

    March 31, 2020 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith
    It appears as though this Jewish scribe had already come to see that genuine affection, not religious legalism, is what God desires most.
  • Mar27Fri

    For The Nations

    March 27, 2020 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith
    Jesus' quotation from Isaiah 56 emphasized that the presence of the Lord has been made available to everyone – the pious and poor, the Jew and Gentile alike. 
  • 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...

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