Practicing Sabbath

Yesterday we talked about the fact that honoring the Sabbath is something important to God. It is something He calls His people to remember and regularly practice. In the sermon we studied why the Sabbath is so important, we did not look at how to practice the Sabbath. While the Bible obviously calls us to practice spiritual disciplines like Sabbath, it doesn’t always tell us how to do them. One ...

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Multiple Worship Services at Harris Creek

Due to the overwhelming growth we have experienced through the summer, we are going to three corporate worship services beginning this fall. This is a plan which leadership has been discussing and praying about since March, and we believe it is time to make the move. We are encouraged about what God is doing in our midst and pray that you will receive these changes with enthusiasm. So, here is ...

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Church-wide Fast: Week 6

Once again, I am posting this blog late. I apologize for the delay. After going through six weeks of the fast, I asked our people two simple questions: “What have you learned from this experience?” and “Do you plan on ever fasting again?” Here are some of their answers: I learned that it is very difficult to actually deny yourself a physical need, even if it is for a short period ...

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Church-wide Fast: Week 4

Note: Our church is using the season of Lent to do a church-wide fast and prayer. Many of us are fasting from food for 24 hours (Sundays at 6:00 pm to Mondays at 6:00 pm) in order to bring us closer to Christ. While we are doing this fast, we are also journaling about our experience. I am using the church’s blog to post many of their thoughts anonymously to ...

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Church-wide Fast: Week 3

Note: Our church is using the season of Lent to do a church-wide fast and prayer. Many of us are fasting from food for 24 hours (Sundays at 6:00 pm to Mondays at 6:00 pm) in order to bring us closer to Christ. While we are doing this fast, we are also journaling about our experience. I am using the church’s blog to post many of their thoughts anonymously to ...

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Church-wide Fast: Week 1

Harris Creek is using the season of Lent to do a church-wide fast and prayer. Many of us are fasting from food for 24 hours (Sundays at 6:00 pm to Mondays at 6:00 pm) in order to bring us closer to Christ. While we are doing this fast, we are also journaling about our experience. I am using the church’s blog to post many of their thoughts anonymously to share ...

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Good Grief

Here is a link to the podcast from Week 2 in case you missed it: http://www.harriscreek.org/podcast/1-9-11.mp3 Grief will enter the equation any time you discuss the subject of death. If you live long enough, grief will be something that is as inevitable as death and taxes. Grief is not only associated with death, but can come through experiencing the “loss” of a number of things in this life. You can grieve ...

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Secular Becomes Sacred

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14 Last Sunday night, Harris Creek held its first ever “Lessons and Carols” service. This is a very old type of celebration that has actually been around since the 1800s. So, there was nothing unique about this service aside from one minor detail: We had it in a local bar (ok, technically on the patio outside a local bar…but still). ...

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Salt & Light

“A Christianity which has lost its vertical dimension has lost its salt and is not only insipid in itself, but useless to the world. But a Christianity which would use the vertical preoccupation as a means to escape from its responsibility for and in the common life of man is a denial of the incarnation.”[1] Yesterday we talked about one of my favorite passages in Scripture, found in Matthew 5:13-16. Here ...

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Epic

There have been some recent articles in Relevant Magazine and Christianity Today that have talked about “hipster” subculture. Both articles talk about the positive and negative effects that this subculture has had on Christianity. But I think the Relevant article was wrong on a point that I would like to bring up. In an article from the September/October issue of Relevant Magazine, Brett McCracken says that hipsters have helped Christianity ...

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