Preparing for Worship // July 16, 2017

Preparing for Worship // July 16, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) [This week’s worship preparation was written by Nathanael Miller, Uptown’s Pastoral Intern for Outreach] We all know that appearances can be deceiving. I think that the food in a fast food ad looks delicious. The perfectly crafted meal is aesthetically pleasing, with the light hitting […]

Preparing for Worship // July 9, 2017

Preparing for Worship // July 9, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) [This week’s worship preparation was written by Mark Skylling, Uptown’s Pastoral Intern for The Gathering (Young Adults) Have you ever experienced the calm before the storm? Perhaps it’s the cool breeze you feel while dark clouds are looming on the horizon. Or maybe you’ve seen […]

Preparing for Worship // July 02, 2017

Preparing for Worship // July 02, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) How do you define success? What needs to happen in your life for you to feel like you’ve made it–like you’ve arrived? Some might define success as a certain job or career path. For others, seeing your children happy and healthy might make you feel […]

Preparing for Worship // June 25, 2017

Preparing for Worship // June 25, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Over spring break one year when I worked for RUF, I helped lead a mission trip to London, where we worked with a church that reaches the large immigrant population from India, Pakistan, and the surrounding countries. Many of the people that the church seeks […]

Preparing for Worship // June 18, 2017

Preparing for Worship // June 18, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It’s almost impossible to get on social media without seeing a post (or several) about the LBGT debate. I remember one time when a friend posted an article on Facebook in support of same-sex marriage with the comment, “Don’t they deserve love, as well?” This […]

Preparing for Worship // June 11, 2017

Preparing for Worship // June 11, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) True forgiveness is hard. Half-hearted forgiveness is easy; simply telling the person that you forgive them is easy. Forgiveness when you’re not truly hurt is easy. But true forgiveness, laying aside the other person’s wrong in an effort to restore a relationship that has been […]

Preparing for Worship // June 04, 2017

Preparing for Worship // June 04, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Do you have certain expectations of Jesus? You’ve given your life to Him; now you should get something out of the deal, right? Do you expect Jesus to bring with Him the perfect spouse you’ve always wanted or the perfect children? Or do you expect […]

Preparing for Worship // May 28, 2017

Preparing for Worship // May 28, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Few fictional characters exhibit the pride and legalism that characterized the Pharisees better than Javert from Les Misérables. Javert is the police officer who has made it his mission to track down Valjean, a fugitive ex-convict who has turned his life around after being shown […]

Preparing for Worship // May 21, 2017

Preparing for Worship // May 21, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) The story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 is certainly one of the most famous stories in the Bible. Those who are raised in the church grow up hearing about this miracle that Jesus performs in order to provide food for an incredible number of people, […]

Preparing for Worship // May 14, 2017

Preparing for Worship // May 14, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) So much of life is about expectations. We filter everything that happens to us through our expectations of what should happen to us. Disappointment comes because of unfulfilled expectations; joy comes from met or exceeded expectations. Take, for example, something as ordinary as going to […]

Preparing for Worship // May 07, 2017

Preparing for Worship // May 07, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) In the 9th grade, I had the pleasure of sitting under a Bible teacher who at my high school was famous for being crazy. She was an elderly lady with spiked hair and looked a little bit like a Disney villain. But the reason why […]

Preparing for Worship // April 30, 2017

Preparing for Worship // April 30, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be free of weariness? To go to bed each night feeling tired but content and wake up the next morning feeling rested and rejuvenated? Have you ever thought, “If only I had one less thing […]

Preparing for Worship // April 23, 2017

Preparing for Worship // April 23, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “Suppose we heard an unknown man spoken of by many men. Suppose we were puzzled to hear that some men said he was too tall and some too short; some objected to his fatness, some lamented his leanness; some thought him too dark, and some […]

Preparing for Worship // April 16, 2017

Preparing for Worship // April 16, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I will always remember the first time that someone close to me died. It was my grandmother, and I was about 7 or 8. There was nothing particularly traumatic about her death; she was older and died of cancer. But as an eight-year-old kid, I […]

Preparing for Worship // April 09, 2017

Preparing for Worship // April 09, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) In my Life Group this week, Wade Savant led us through Psalm 110. This Psalm, written by King David, looks forward to Jesus the Messiah (whom the passage refers to as “my Lord”) and depicts a side of Jesus that we’re not used to thinking […]

Preparing for Worship // March 26, 2017

Preparing for Worship // March 26, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Power and gentleness is a rare combination. People are like fire. The more powerful they become, the more dangerous and oppressive they can become. History is full of examples of men and women who have gained power and used it selfishly to advance their own […]

Preparing for Worship // March 19, 2017

Preparing for Worship // March 19, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) While I doubt any of us have ever tried to build an actual house on sand (I know I haven’t), I imagine that most people have built (or tried to build) a sandcastle at some point in their lives. If you have, then you understand […]

Preparing for Worship // March 12, 2017

Preparing for Worship // March 12, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) The guys in my mentor group recently turned me on to an app called Mint. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Mint is a budgeting app that allows you to budget and track your spending all on your phone (as well as a bunch […]

Preparing for Worship // March 03, 2017

Preparing for Worship // March 03, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) How do you live when no one else is around? Are there things you’re willing to do when you know no one is watching that you would never do if you knew someone would find out? Or on the other side, are there good things […]

Preparing for Worship // February 26, 2017

Preparing for Worship // February 26, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) In a Missions class I took last fall, one of my assignments was to read a biography and write a paper on the life of a missionary. I chose as my missionary C.T. Studd. If there was ever a man on fire for the mission […]