Saturday, August 12, 2017

Seasons of life

















As we look toward the fall coming soon and the onset of fall routines like school and work, small groups and more - we can also look to seasons of change in our lives in a spiritual sense.

What do I mean? 


While life physically changes for us, it changes for us spiritually too - at least it should as a believer. The physical changes can affect the spiritual too. Sometimes we will go through times of great joy and excitement and it seems like we're on top of the world, other times, we can be in the valley of the shadow of death as Psalm 23 describes it. When we're there we can take comfort that God is there with us, empowering us through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Psalm 23:4 says, 


Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


See that? Comfort in times of trouble. God is there walking with us no matter what. He won't leave us when we need Him the most. How do we view the good and bad times? The temptation is to view only the good times as God's blessing and the bad times as not from God. The bad times? They can be times of testing God has allowed to mature us, and if we don't get it He may allow it again and again until we get it right.

In times of rest and happiness and overflowing blessing, we need to be on our guard ready for the next spiritual attack from the enemy as 1 Peter 5:8 says, 

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

It's those times of ease and comfort and blessing that we can get complacent and not be ready for the attack of the evil one and his forces. The need to stay vigilant is always necessary. 

We need to be ready at all times for the next season of our spiritual walk. There really are 4 seasons - before the spiritual attack, in the midst of the spiritual attack, coming out of the spiritual attack, and getting ready for the next spiritual attack. That may sound bleak, but it's true when you think that the enemy's goal is to devour or destroy us and our testimony for Christ.

To wrap this up, we need to be ready at all times. Reading our Bible daily, praying, trying to memorize Scripture, serving in our local church to help build each other up and in turn grow ourselves.

How are we doing today? I admit that I am not always at peak performance, but God is gracious ready to forgive and ready to help us do better. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Using secular songs and more in worship services - 2017 edition

Using secular songs and more in worship services - 2017 edition (Original BLOG about this was in 2013)

What is a worship service? Seriously? Who is it for? 



Dictionary.com defines worship as:

1. reverent
2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage: 
       They attended worship this morning.
3. adoring reverence or regard.
4. the object of adoring reverence or regard.

So if that is what worship is, to give honour and praise to God, giving Him the worship that He is due, then I fail to see why churches use secular music in the service. The argument is to be seeker friendly, to appeal to those outside the church to bring them in. 


If that's the case, should we be serving beer at services too? What about using PG-13 clips with swearing and having violence and more in them to be acceptable to seekers? Where do we draw the line?


A worship service is something designed with God in mind, not a person off the street. It's FOR Him, not for us or anyone else. If we offer secular music in praise of our God, is He well pleased with what He hears? I don't think so.


To me using secular music or secular skits and more to draw a crowd defeats the purpose. It's trying too hard in man's power to try and reach the lost. Christian music has so many styles to match what's out there that we don't need to cross the line and use secular music in our worship services to God. It takes the passage from 1 Corinthians 9:21 - 23 out of context: 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. The passage was not saying to use the world's music in worshiping God. You can't worship God with a song that has no message trying to do so. Two different mindsets. It can't bridge the gap, only the message of the Gospel can.


Then that's just me...

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Death and Life - Remembering then Celebration!

February 8th we remembered the passing of my mom a year ago. Hard to believe she's been gone a year already. We look forward to the day when we will see her again. 





















The Lord takes away, and He gives...

Say hello to our newest family member, Shiloh! She was born this month at 9 lb 11 oz, 21 inches long, a full head of dark curly hair and blue eyes. A beautiful little girl!
















What a year it has been, going from saying goodbye for now to my mom, to welcoming our new little girl! Through it all we never stopped praising God and we look forward to seeing how this little one changes our family for the better!

Praise God!