Monday, November 24, 2014

Sing!

What is more beautiful than the voices of the redeemed, singing the praises of God from their hearts? This article titled Do You Hear the People Sing is a wonderful description of what our corporate worship should look like.  Below is a brief excerpt:


"But only one instrument sings. Only the voice brings words of praise — explicit expressions of God’s power, goodness, mercy, and wonder. Only a human voice declares the truth. A guitar, an organ, and a banjo all communicate something of the glory of God, but even the most beautiful note can’t save anyone. We are desperate for a voice, a word, a lyric that announces good news, that reminds us of the truth we all need."

Monday, November 17, 2014

Unsung Heroes

Since we've been learning about the body of Christ the last couple of Sunday mornings in church, the following article on The Unsung Heroes of the Body of Christ seems highly fitting!  Read the excerpt below and enjoy the full article by clicking HERE.


"...I’ve been just sitting here marveling at how beautiful the church really is.  I’m not even talking about the newly beautified building, although it looks amazing.  I’m talking about the Body of Christ.

"...this weekend I was struck like never before by how much the church needs other types, too.  It needs the nursery workers.  It needs the cooks.  The quiet, smiling watchers who look for needs they can fulfill.  It needs the table wipers.  The nose wipers.  The toilet cleaners.  The church needs the people who will remember to bring the plants inside when it’s going to get cold overnight.  It needs the list-makers.  It needs the huggers and the handy men and the hand holders.

"In fact, all of these people and countless others are essential to the church.  They are the real heartbeat of it.  They are what make things go, what make people feel special and welcomed, what make the children feel loved and safe and maybe just a little spoiled.  These people, these ceaseless title-less workers, they are the very heart and soul of the church."

Monday, October 27, 2014

Thorny Soil

Thorns are anything that distracts us from God. When we want God and a bunch of other stuff, then that means we have thorns in our soil.  A relationship with God simply cannot grow when money, sins, activities, favorite sports teams, addictions, or commitments are piled on top of it." ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Monday, October 20, 2014

I Want To Know Christ

Are you satisfied being "godly enough" to get yourself to heaven, or to look good in comparison to others?  Or can you say with Paul that you "want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death" (Phil. 3:10)? ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Monday, September 29, 2014

Don't Dilute the Truth

I think the sad tendency of well-meaning Christians who want to share their faith is to water down both.  They say we're not so bad (you actually can clean up your act), and God doesn't really mean it when he says that the unconverted are enemies of God (tut, tut, boys will be boys).  ~ J. Mack Stiles, Marks of the Messenger

Monday, September 22, 2014

Loving the Church Is Witnessing for Christ

John 13:35 quotes Jesus as saying that "all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another."  Proof of Christ, proof of Christianity, is the love that Christians have for one another.  

Jesus said that if you do not love the church of Christ you are in danger of proving to the world that Jesus is not the Son of God.  ~ J. Mack Stiles, Marks of the Messenger

Monday, September 15, 2014

Are You Nice, Or Compassionate?

Jesus calls us to be compassionate and loving, and that's not the same as just being "nice."

Sentimental love bleeds into the Christian mind in a form of niceness.  It's easy to confuse nice with compassion, kindness or love.  But nice is not a biblical word.  Jesus was extremely un-nice at times, because he wanted to go deeply into people's lives, into their sin with the truth, and that's never nice.  ~ J. Mack Stiles, Marks of the Messenger