Essentials for Local Church Harmony 7: Sunday Selah 

Essentials for Local Church Harmony Day 7: Sunday Selah And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46, ESV) I’m not going to say there was a time of broken harmony or unity within the Trinity during the three dark hours of Calvary. But one thing is for sure: it was something…

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Essentials for Local Church Harmony 6: Why It Matters 

Essentials for Local Church Harmony Day 6: Why It Matters  I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word,  that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. (John 17:20-21, ESV) At some point in your…

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Essentials for Local Church Harmony 5: Fulfill Your Role 

Essentials for Local Church Harmony Day 5: Fulfill Your Role  Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27,  ESV) I’m a sucker for a good sports movie. And while not fanatically patriotic, a sports movie that is also patriotic is probably going to draw my eyeballs. Therefore, Disney’s “Miracle” is right up my alley. It’s about the Miracle on Ice at the Lake Placid, NY, …

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Essentials for Local Church Harmony 4: 1+1=3 

Essentials for Local Church Harmony Day 4: 1+1=3 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! … And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.…

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Essentials for Local Church Harmony 3: Never “Arriving” 

Essentials for Local Church Harmony Day 3: Never “Arriving” Instead, continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Messiah. Glory belongs to Him both now and on that eternal day! Amen. (2 Peter 3:18, ISV)  “I have arrived!” Have you ever experienced a moment in life that makes you feel like saying that? I don’t think I really have yet, but I imagine many have.…

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Essentials for Local Church Harmony 2: No One Stands Above All

Essentials for Local Church Harmony Day 2: No One Stands Above All    But when Cephas [Peter] came to Antioch, I [Paul] opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. (Galatians 2:11-12, ESV)  Have you ever been an unwilling bystander in the middle of a…

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Essentials for Local Church Harmony 1: Leaders Go First 

Essentials for Local Church Harmony Day 1: Leaders Go First  Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! (Psalm 133:1, ESV) Throughout all forms and genres of music, harmony is vital. From jazz chords to acoustic performances to rock power chords, harmony is essential in most forms of music. It’s especially important in vocal performance. Imagine the opening lines of “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas with no…

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