Everyone enjoys receiving praise. In general it denotes respect, appreciation, and admiration. In learning it indicates satisfaction, competency, and progress. Praise can motivate us toward reaching new heights while justifying the effort made to that point. People have so valued praise that they began treating it as a means of building self-esteem, even to the […]

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The assembly should highlight the week of every faithful child of God. This period of worship, study, and devotion provides the much-needed focus and spiritual context for life that the world attacks as dull or meaningless. Every gathering offers yet another opportunity to remind ourselves of the extent of God’s interest, the depth of God’s […]

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“Worship is boring!” That, my friends, is the attitude of far too many Christians. They may not say it. They may never use those words. However, their restlessness throughout the assembly, their discomfort during the singing, and their hurry to get done and out the door speaks volumes. Similarly, youth may enjoy the rapid fire…

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For some Christians the church assembly acts as that grudgingly accepted necessity submitted to with reservations as that necessary burden carried until receiving relief from the welcoming arms of death. They come fairly regularly, ritualistically sit in the same pew each week, bow their heads at the appropriate times, mouth the words of some songs,…

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Getting Things Done is the name (GTD for short) of a popular time management method based on a book of the same name written by David Allen. This book, and others like it, are popular in the business world as individuals try to do more work in less time with fewer distractions. This is a…

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Worship lies at the heart of any religion. It displays the fundamental principles of doctrine, the significance of adherence to a particular authority (or not), the relationship expected between participants, and the foundational morality expected of all. When people often overlook many of the distinguishing features of a given religious group, they fail to appreciate…

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Upon the completion of the temple and its preparation for service with all its furnishings, the final step to fulfill its purpose required bringing the ark of the covenant into the newly completed house of God (2Chr. 5:1). Solomon marked the solemnity of the occurrence with a sense of ceremony indicative of the grandeur of…

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The various structures built in the ancient world always impress. The pyramids of Giza created a distinctive landmark that other nations have long attempted to imitate. The Great Wall of China, though utilitarian in design, speaks to the history of that great country. Even the various ruins of Greece and Rome capture the imagination, especially…

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