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ASCEND – Song #4

Waiting for something we desperately want, or legitimately need, can be quite difficult.  Psalm 123 is a song of lament and petition.  In just four verses we hear lyrics of faith, pain, and readiness.

Repetition of words and phrases provide clues for understanding.  Notice ‘eyes’ are mentioned four times, and ‘mercy’ is requested three times.  The songwriter is looking up to the Lord, and…

Trade Route Discipleship - Part 2 Your Routes

The most common, straightforward way to bring the message of Christ to a hurting world is to live your life transparently before all those with whom you come in contact. This is how early Christianity spread. Relatives, neighbors, people with whom they did business, and everyone else along the way were able to see and hear the early Christians and their genuine faith lived out.…

Ascend – Song #3

We’re on song number three as we continue to listen through the ASCEND album (Ps. 120-134). Most songwriters compose a song or two about a special place in their life - usually, the song is about wherever home is for them. Psalm 122 is a song about a special place for all of God’s people. It’s a song about Jerusalem. It’s good to remember that the Bible is written within the context of actual history…

Kenwood Journals Explained

We have developed a journaling system to go along with this year's sermon series Make Disciples Who Make Disciples. We hope you will try journaling and that it will help you grow in your walk with the Lord.

Digital Journal FREE

If you prefer to journal using your phone or keyboard, you can find a digital journal with the monthly prompts…

Getting Started on Journaling – Part 2

My last post encouraged you to make journaling a life-long habit. You may be thinking, okay, so what should I focus on? How do I go about getting into God’s Word? What other things should I be writing about? To give you some ideas, I’ll share from my own journaling so far in 2021.

Last winter, I spent two months reading Revelation. This book is not an easy one but it helped to jot down observations…

Getting Started on Journaling – Part 1

What comes to mind when you think of journaling? Writer’s block? Hand cramps? Or maybe you’re picturing one of those lockable pink diaries crammed with pre-teen emotions, romantic crushes, and classroom snubs. My own thoughts were once tarnished by these reservations, so it took me a long time to start journaling as a serious spiritual discipline.

After fits and starts and much failure,…

Trade Route Discipleship - Part 1 Neighborhood

The most common, straightforward way to bring the message of Christ to a hurting world is to live your life transparently before all those with whom you come in contact. This is how early Christianity spread. Relatives, neighbors, people with whom they did business, and everyone else along the way were able to see and hear the…

Journaling and Discipleship

 

 

We just began a new sermon series on discipleship which will encourage participation through journaling. You may be wondering one or more of the following questions: What exactly is journaling? Why should I journal? How should I journal? 

Simply put, to journal is to “write in a journal or diary

ASCEND – Song #2

Our fall theme in youth group is ASCEND – we’re turning to the Psalms of Ascension (120-134) to help us understand the Christian journey – its struggles, sorrows, joys, and victories.  This section of the Psalms basically functioned as a playlist for God’s people as they made the road trip up to Jerusalem.  They made this journey three times…

What Does the Bible Say about Being a Grandparent?

Retirement is not a Biblical concept. We are called to serve the Lord in all phases of our life once we come to know Him, and until we are called home. In different phases of our life, we are called to different service and we find ourselves equipped in different ways to serve. Being a grandparent is one of those phases. The culture is pushing for old age to be eliminated and the aged to be put…

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.