Our confession is our call to war. It's our warcry. When we confess the faith (especially corporately), it's a cosmic act of defiance and a declaration of war against Satan and all the forces of evil.
We find ourselves today not crossing seas on dry land, raising the dead, or calling fire down from Heaven; but living seemingly normal, average, and even mundane lives. How ordinary.
Does your music ministry encourage or discourage people from singing? There are subtle things you may be doing that are virtually killing off congregational singing.
The modern church has attached some interesting definitions to the word "worship." Everything from lifting hands, closing eyes, smiling real big, and singing real loud have become the hallmarks of "real worship;" and if you're anything like me, this may make you feel... inadequate.
"All you young people want to do is wail at the feet of Jesus," some friends of mine were once told concerning the songs they had chosen for a worship gathering. Does God want us to "wail," to him? Isn't worship about celebration and forgetting your troubles? We need to rediscover the lament.
We’ve divided our churches between young and old, we’ve split congregations in “traditional” and “contemporary,” and in doing so, we have divided God’s people and broken God’s heart.
In the midst of pitch darkness, the light from one solitary candle breaks through the blackness and pierces through with clarity and brilliance. For nearly four-hundred years, the people of Israel had heard no word from the Lord. He who had cast down mighty Egypt, gave them the Promised Land, and ruled over them through mighty … Continue reading Advent: A Glimmer in the Darkness
It was the LORD who first identified his covenant people, Israel, as “קָהַל,” “qahal,” or an “assembly.” Learning from covenant statements throughout the first five books of the Bible, we see the importance of communication between generations in the family and in the community (Deut. 6:4-6). This “assembled” group of elect people was to serve … Continue reading To Every Generation: The Mandate of Intergenerational Worship Part I- Sacred Stones
I'm leading a small group study at my church on Sunday morning and recently we've been doing a study on the early Church Fathers based on Dr. Michael Haykin's book, Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church. In preparing to discuss the chapter on the Epistle to Diognetus, I was reminded … Continue reading If you Think Preaching Doctrine is Dry and Lifeless… You’re Doing it Wrong.