Songs for the Suffering

Songs for the Suffering

Here’s a list of songs that my family has found helpful and comforting as we’ve faced various forms of suffering: It Is Well Be Still My Soul He Will Hold Me Fast Relief Sustainer Reckless Love Lead Me To The Rock I Will Never Leave You Alone __ If you’re interested here’s my thoughts on […]

Some “Christmas Songs” should be all the time Songs

Some “Christmas Songs” should be all the time Songs

Some “Christmas Songs” should be all the time Songs We thankfully don’t limit songs that refer to the cross or the resurrection to Easter. So why do we limit songs about Christ’s advent and incarnation to the Christmas season? Jesus’ coming and incarnation are not just relevant in December. Those profound truths are relevant in […]

Using songs of ministries you disagree with

Using songs of ministries you disagree with?

What are your thoughts on using songs of ministries you disagree with? I was recently asked this question by a dear Christian. I really appreciate this sibling in Christ and I appreciate their desire to honor our Lord. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject. First, this is an important question because music […]

Songs to Fight for Sanity (COVID-19 Playlist)

Singing songs of worship is a great means of encouragement and transformation.  “Worship is one of the most transforming activities for us to engage in as Christians… When we become duly impressed with God our lives change because the things that matter to us change.”[1] So, I encourage you to sing along with these songs […]

Why is it important to sing hymns in worship?

Scripture exhorts us to sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Eph. 5:19-20; Col. 3:15-17). The Westminster Directory of Public Worship concurs with Scripture and says, “It is the duty of Christians to praise God publickly, by singing of psalms together in the congregation.” “Why do Christians sing when they are together?” Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers: “The reason […]

Baptism

What does baptism mean?  In Scripture, we see that believers are called to be baptized (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16) but what does baptism mean? First, let’s consider the etymology; where the word came from and what it means. The English word “baptize” comes from the Greek word baptizo. Many believe that this […]

Church Liturgy

We will worship so we must worship wisely. Intentional liturgy is vital. As the gathered church we purport to worship the Lord, we must do so in an intentionally biblical and wise way. By my calculations, most Christians probably spend around half a year of their life participating in the gathered worship of the church. […]

Theology of Public Worship

Worship must be carried out according to God’s revealed will. We want to worship God in the way that He has prescribed as best as we possibly can.[1] So, we want our worship to be drenched in Bible. We want every aspect to pour out biblical truth. Public worship must succeed as much as possible […]

Why do we worship?

If “worship” means singing songs of praise, as “worship” is very often used, then here are some goals of worship: We strive to build each other up (1 Cor. 14:26), be filled with God’s Word (Col. 3:16), be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18ff), be a testimony to an unbelieving world (1 Cor. 14:24-15), and gives […]

“To God be the Glory!” Sermon on Psalm 115

Discussion Questions When you think of God’s glory, what are some of the things that first come to mind? God deserves glory for so many reasons. What are some reasons you think of that weren’t talked about in the sermon? Can you relate to C.S. Lewis’ struggle? Is it hard to understand why God cares […]

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