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This week’s music

This week’s music

At Salem, we augment our music with recorded music. In this way, we can enjoy singing along with some of the best musicians in the world--as many of us do in our cars. This playlist is updated every week so that you can prepare yourself to worship....

July 21 — The Foundation of Joy

July 21 — The Foundation of Joy

Joy is an act of obedience. We are commanded to rejoice in God. If obedience is doing what God commands, then joy is not merely the spin-off of obedience, it is obedience. The Bible tells us over and over to pursue joy: “Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous...

June 14 — The Deadly Disease of Comparison-itis

June 14 — The Deadly Disease of Comparison-itis

Scrolling through social media, seeing friends’ highlight reels, and thinking, “Wow, they’ve got it all together. Why don’t I?” It’s natural to compare, but from a biblical perspective, it’s a trap that can rob us of joy and contentment. Paul, the apostle, nails it in...

July 7 — Exploring the Spirit-filled life

July 7 — Exploring the Spirit-filled life

Living a spirit-filled life is all about embracing God’s presence in every moment of your day. It’s about allowing the Holy Spirit to guide, comfort, and empower you as you navigate life’s ups and downs. This journey begins with a simple yet profound decision: to...

A refreshing faith

A refreshing faith

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19 (NIV) What does it mean to be refreshed? It is to be revived, enlivened, invigorated, rejuvenated, energized, restored, recharged, or...

You’re not the boss of me!

You’re not the boss of me!

Sometimes we don’t know what to do and would like someone just to tell us what to do. But most of the time, we don’t like to be bossed about. “I’m my own man or woman,” we say. “No one tells me what to do.” “You’re not the boss of me.” And if we don’t say these things...

Dealing with Depression

Dealing with Depression

A woman sat in my counseling room and heaved that long and somewhat discouraging sigh I had come to associate with the depressed. Her name could have been “Mrs. Everything”—you name it, she had it. Leaving her expensive ranch-style home and a wardrobe filled with...