Church Hacks (Part 2)

by Melissa Parkhouse

Welcome to part two of the Church Hacks blog series!  Last week I shared some easy tips on getting your heart ready before you come to church on Sunday (check it out here).  Let’s continue with the next Church Hack, which happens to be on one of my absolute favorite topics: worship.

Church Hack #2:  Come Ready to Get Your Praise On!

When you show up to church, having your heart in a place that is ready to worship the Lord is crucial!

Psalm 100 exhorts us to, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His Courts with praise!”

In this verse, the word gates is an image for the Presence of the Lord, thanksgiving and praise are ways that we can create an atmosphere for God to dwell.  Psalm22:3 says that God is ENTHRONED on the praises of His people.  That means our praise builds Him a throne.  Since He is God and King over all, perhaps we should make it a good one!

We spend sometimes half the service on this one area, so to get the most out of the praise and worship time, try the following tips:

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Church Hacks (Part 1)

by Melissa Parkhouse

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the rise of DIY Culture.  Don’t know how to do something?  Google it!  Love that crafty idea?  I bet Pinterest can tell me how to do it!  Have you seen those blog posts that cover what they call “Life Hacks.”  You know, the stuff where they put a bagel sandwich inside the empty CD stack case (because who actually knows what to do with those once they’re empty?!)

All of this thinking makes me wonder, do people know how to go to church?  I mean, what kind of instruction have we actually had on the topic?  Many of us have preconceived notions on what church should be like or how you’re supposed to dress.  Maybe you have some previous experience going to church, or have never been before.  Maybe you’ve been going for years and feel like something is missing.

Here’s the thing.  Churches are places full of people who are all on a journey, a journey of learning to love God and fully surrender to Him.  That means there is place for everybody, at every stage in the journey.  While being a part of a church means so much more than corporate gatherings (like discipleship, relationship, personal growth, intimacy with the Lord and much much more!), I want to take some time to explore some helpful ways to get the most out of what is happening on Sunday mornings at church and use those times to grow deeper in your walk with the Lord.  Thus this blog series, Church Hacks: How to get the most out of Church.

Hack #1. Get Your Heart Ready Before You Come

Here are 4 simple steps for this Church Hack:

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