Friday, August 26, 2016

IN PRAISE OF LOW BUDGET NON PROFESSIONAL MUSIC MINISTRIES



The congregation at Capitol Hill Baptist church in Washington D.C. sings hymns every week for their worship service.  Here is a blog by Mark Dever, the senior pastor, explaining how they do it.



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN TO DO?



"May we be unwavering to give out God's Word in the midst of the world's hatred," John 17:14. The world hates Christians more and more every day.  In the past only being called "goodie two shoes, or "Snow White," were they ways that the world would make fun of  Christians.  Now it is predicted that Christians will be marginalized in our society.  Next will be prison, and then execution.  Right now Christians all over the world are dying for their faith. Deaf ears of the leaders of the nations block out the cries.  Here is what columnist Rod Dreher relates.

Monday, August 22, 2016

HOW TO PRAY LIKE A BELIEVER NOT AN UNBELIEVER



John Piper has written a wonderful blog on prayer.  If you want to deepen your prayer life here are some suggestions on how to pray like a believer not like an unbeliever.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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Friday, August 19, 2016

MISSIONS:ECCLESIOLOGY WITH A PASSPORT

Here is a blog from a series that a pastor in South Africa is writing.  He is dealing with how the Church has forgotten to keep centered on the Great Commission and has gotten side tracked on Social Justice.  Of course the disciples did heal people when they were out preaching.  Luke was a physician.  But they did not spend all of their time trying to care for just the bodies of the people. They were more concerned with their souls.  He is saying that the mission of the Church has changed and not for the better.  Click here to read the blog.

TOP 10 THINGS I LOVE THAT WORSHIP LEADERS DO



Jared Wilson is a pastor, writer, and blogger that I follow.  At one time he was writing a blog call "The Thinklings" with a few of his friends. They are C.S. Lewis fans.  But alas, they no longer write the blog.  Here are Jared's thought on worship and worship leaders.  I don't raise my hands to pray or to sing to the Lord but others do.  I don't stand the whole time for the worship songs but others do.  I don't think God cares how you sing to Him as long as it is in spirit and truth.  We are to make a joyful noise!  Click here to read what Jared likes that worship leaders do.




Monday, August 15, 2016

A GIFT OF A THISTLE-- JAMES HORNER



All it takes is a gift from a little child to touch your heart.  God uses the small and invisible things in this life to comfort us sometimes.  I remember when my sister died I was so angry.  I watched a movie called "Eraser" and I felt better.  Swartzenhager erased all of his enemies.  Death is an enemy. Some day God will erase death.  Then there was the time I attended a funeral for a loved one who died at a young age.  She was only in her 50's.  Her sister remembered that her favorite flower was a yellow rose. Shortly after the loss, a yellow rose grew unexpectedly in the garden.  It was a comfort to her.  

Another time for  grieving for me was when I was going through my grieving process, the first years I came down with fibromyalgia. I would walk into the drugstore or department store, spray myself with all of the sample perfumes, and enjoy the smells.  (My daughter gave me several little samples of perfumes for a birthday as she knew what a comfort good smells were to me.)  Another comfort was when I listened to my favorite music.  (Pandora is great.  I can add every kind of music.)  The above video is from the movie “Braveheart.”  The composer of the music, James Horner, was killed in a plane crash in 2015.  What a loss.   We can appreciate the music he left behind and the gentle scene from the movie.