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Congregational Worship: Enjoying the Lord together

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Fellow believers, does our congregational worship reflect a people who have seen the King of Glory? Who is the King of Glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle!… The LORD of Hosts, he is the King of Glory!” (Psalm 24) At Northwest we value worship. The ultimate act of worship is to love the Lord Jesus with all our heart, soul, and mind (Matthew ...

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Congregational Worship: The Heart of the Matter

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In the Law of Moses, Israel was instructed, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart…” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Unfortunately, this proved to be an impossible task for Israel and for us. Jeremiah described the dilemma, “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick…” (Jeremiah 17:9). The idea conveyed by the prophet is deliberate duplic...

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus in the Tomb

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The Jewish leaders insisted that Pilate secure the tomb with soldiers stating that Jesus' disciples might steal his body away and claim that He'd been resurrected. They asserted that this second "deception"-resurrection- would be worse than the first- believing Jesus to be the Messiah. Pilate, perhaps with a hint of sarcasm, deflected the request back at them saying "you h...

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus on the Cross

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Behind the covering of the blood-soaked purple cloak and the excruciating punctures of the thorns that adorned his head, was the embodiment of Almighty God - the Creator of all things. At a moment’s notice, a single word from the Most High would have removed Him from this heinous act and return Him to his rightful position in the presence of the Father. Yet, He remaine...

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus in the Garden

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In the garden of Gethsemane, we find Jesus with a heavy heart, “greatly distressed and troubled.” Going to pray, Jesus confided in His disciples that His soul was “very sorrowful, even to death.” (Mark 14:33-34) Luke tells us our Lord was in such anguish that while praying in the garden He began to sweat blood. (Luke 22:44)...

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus Anointed, His Betrayal Arranged

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Have you ever said or done something that was driven by ulterior motives or ignorance? Jesus surrounded himself with people who made these choices, imperfect like us. He patiently endures and expects our shortcomings. And like a shepherd, He gently corrects in a way that directs the focus of the problem from the behavior to the heart....

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus Questioned

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The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to ask questions of Jesus. This would have been part of their responsibilities as religious leaders. They wanted to make sure the truth was taught; however, Mark 11:18 tells us they already had their minds made up. They were working their own purposes rather than serving the mission of God....

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus Cleanses the Temple

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When Jesus entered the temple and began driving out the money changers, He was not alone in His anger on the historic occasion. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus spoke from the prophets, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of robbers.” These words were not lost on the chief priests and the scr...

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus Enters Jerusalem

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Knowing He was hated by the most powerful men in Jerusalem, Jesus could have chosen to slip into the city quietly for the Passover Feast. Not only did He choose a public arrival, but Jesus entered in the midst of a joyous celebration. He embraced the suffering ahead of him......

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Facing Anxiety with the Dread of God

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A quick search on ways to ease anxiety will produce common results: focus on what you can control; exercise deep breathing; and practice self-care. While opinions on this subject vary, it is widely accepted genetics, chemistry, trauma, or a combination, are contributing factors to the anxiety many experience today. Our Creator is glorified any time we trust in him through...

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