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Prayers in the Worship Service

Prayer serves many purposes in a worship service. This study leads a worship leader or leadership team into an exploration and discussion of biblical examples of prayer, the types of... read more >


Congregational Singing

Using Psalm 96 and Colossians, this study identifies praise, confession, lament, thankfulness, and the singing of creedal beliefs as the five types of song used in biblical worship. Discussion and... read more >


Worship Ideas for Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

The celebration of the Lord’s Supper has multiple layers of meaning. Reflection on those meanings leads to the recognition that this sacrament ought not to be held in a somber... read more >


Reading Scripture in Public Worship

The Word of God must be central to all worship planning. It is God’s voice to us in the worship service; therefore it must be clear that God comes to... read more >


The Role of Prayer in Public Worship

In the Reformed tradition, prayers constitute a very sacred time in which the corporate voice of God’s people is lifted heavenward; therefore, corporate prayers need to be carefully thought out,... read more >


Sustaining Christian Community through the Sacraments

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the focus of some of the most extraordinary moments in Christian worship. Understanding why we celebrate these two sacraments informs how we celebrate them.... read more >


Caring for the Health of Body, Mind, Soul and Spirit

Christian leaders are charged with representing the way of Christ to their congregants and the wider community. That requires caring for their own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health in... read more >


Don’t Just Do Something; Pray

President Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated the modern tendency of U.S. Presidents to push a heavy agenda during their first 100 days in office. By contrast, Jesus spent the first 40... read more >


Practicing Daily Prayer: Four Examples

This brief article by Kimberly Winston outlines the discipline of daily prayer as practiced by four Christian leaders: Tony Campolo, founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education;... read more >


Using the Spiritual Practice of Discernment to Make Secular Decisions

Ascension Health is the nation’s largest Catholic, nonprofit health care company, with 2008 revenue of $13.5 billion. And Ascension Health makes its major decisions on the basis of a spiritual... read more >





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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