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Speaking the Truth in Love, Part 5 Speaking the truth in love means extending to others the grace of God given to us in Christ. It means speaking in order to serve others and their good. Mark Roberts reflects on Ephesians 4:11-16. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts Power Made Perfect in Weakness Reflecting on 2 Corinthians 12:9, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung discusses the meaning of courage, not as relying on our own strength, but as relying on God's power that is "made perfect in weakness." Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung Pentecost This sixteenth-century woodcut depicts Acts 2, where The Holy Spirit falls upon the apostles on Pentecost enabling them to speak in tongues to the nations in Jerusalem. Resource type: Image Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive Author: Andreas Osiander A Worship Service on Congregational Unity in Caring for Communal Needs This service outline by Elizabeth Sands Wise on Romans 12 and Matthew 5:1-11 unifies a congregation in caring for the needs of the vulnerable. Sands includes prayers, responsive litanies, a call to worship, and hymn suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Elizabeth D. Sands Wise Speaking Light In this study guide, Jessie Gutgsell notes the emphasis on the voice of the Lord and the gift of the Holy Spirit in Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Acts 19:1-7, and Mark 1:4-11. Resource type: Study Guide Source: Sermons That Work Author: Jessie Gutgsell Calvinism in Africa This article on Christianity in Africa notes the striking similarities between theologians Abraham Kuyper and Kwame Bediako who share the conviction that Christianity is the true continuation of God’s revelation in human history Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Ben Dixon Speak Up Preacher In this installation sermon, Arthur Landwehr discusses the peculiarities of speaking from the pulpit. Preachers have a responsibility to proclaim the gospel, interpret the Bible for the times, and be heard by the congregation. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection Author: Arthur Landwehr Full Text Hymns on Speaking in Tongues O for a Thousand Tongues to SingPD
Begin, my tongue, some heavenly themePD
Come, O My Soul, in Sacred LaysPD
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You Shall Rejoice In Your Festival This Catholic essay uses Deuteronomy 16:14 to suggest the need for joy in church, pondering why so many Christians appear somber during services when we should know and express joy in encountering Christ. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Tim McCauley It Can't Be Wrong if It Brings People In Here is a story about a church, Faith, that decided to incorporate an exercise room in to their new building plans at the suggestion of the woman who wanted to pay for everything. The results of... Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: James Calvin Schaap Love and Righteousness Richard Hays wrote that “love gives meaning to an otherwise unintelligible world." As pilgrims still learning what it means to live out of love in a community, we can be thankful that "love is patient." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Taize Author: Taize Community Paul's Assessment of Christian Freedom Bruce Longenecker analyzes Paul's view of freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1, 13). Salvation is by grace and not obedience to law, but freedom does not mean self-indulgence without restraint. We are obligated to love each other. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Bruce W. Longenecker In the Pit...Waiting: A service based on Psalm 40 This Lenten service is based on Psalm 40, which traces a difficult experience of David. The psalm gives us words to use in our prayers when we are going through our own struggles, spiritual or otherwise. Resource type: Service Outline Source: Reformed Worship Author: LeRoy G. Christoffels The Path toward Unity in Christ In this article, Shiao Chong explores biblical passages related to unity in order to articulate a biblical understanding of unity and reconciliation, pointing not to uniformity but to unity in diversity. Resource type: Article Source: The Banner Author: Shiao Chong
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