THIS SUNDAY, 1/18
Choir: “One of These Mornings”
Preacher: Jim Gerlt
“THE KEY TO PRAYER IS SIMPLY PRAYING” (A.W. Tozer)
Where one prays make no difference to God i.e. your fervent prayer at home or at work is every bit as powerful there as in a chapel. That said, we have begun opening the church every Saturday evening at 5pm for those who might enjoy “prayer-walking” through the various rooms, ministry departments, etc. Frankly, some pray more effectively when there is as little distraction as possible – in other words, “prayer-walking” can actually make praying more difficult. Others, however, enjoy it, discovering that walking through the church allows God to bring to mind specific requests for specific ministry depts. The important thing is this: pray, everyday.
“I fear the prayers of John Knox more than an army of 10,000 men.” Mary, Queen of Scots
“As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given.” (The angel, Gabriel to Daniel – 9:23)
Praise Team: We resume rehearsals this evening, 1/18, at 6pm in the Worship Center
Adult Choir: We meet this evening, 1/18, in the CHOIR ROOM behind the Choir Loft; 7:15pm; Come ready to work – we’re going to be singing a LOT of music tonight.
Handbells: Next rehearsal: 1/25; 4pm.
GIVE ME JESUS
The past few days I have been involved in an ongoing online Facebook dialogue with many of my fellow music majors from our days at HSU. Reminiscing about some of our most beloved pieces we sang in Concert Choir, most of us agreed that Larry Fleming’s arrangement of the spiritual, Give Me Jesus, was one of our favorites. Via YouTube, I found a choir performing the exact arrangement from 2013. It. Is. Gorgeous. I can still remember singing the rich bass line as 60 of us “prayed” this prayer through music, both, here in the states on tours, and abroad in England & Wales. Find a quiet place. Relax. And enjoy.
7 HABITS OF CHRONICALLY UNHAPPY PEOPLE
Note that, taken from the Huffington Post, this article is not written from a biblical worldview. That said, addressing such vices as jealousy, fear, worry, control, and gossip, the principles stated here are, whether the author would like to acknowledge it or not, quite biblical. Striving for mere happiness is classic hedonism. A believer’s goal is to be like Christ (Romans 8:29) for, apart from Him, there is no true and lasting happiness & joy. This article well represents the familiar statement: “Regardless of if people profess their faith in Christ – if people would simply live according to what the Bible teaches the world would be a wonderful place in which to live.”
WORSHIP LEADERS (each one of us) ARE THEOLOGIANS
“We are all called theologians just as [we are] all [called] Christians.” – Martin Luther, “Sermon on Psalm 5:17”
Ed Stetzer is the Executive Director of LifeWay Research Division, a prolific author, and well-known conference and seminar leader. The following excerpt is from his recent 3-part series “A Letter to my Worship Leaders.” My friends, we are all “worship leaders” i.e. the preacher, those helping with the musical worship, the greeters, those who lead in prayer, those who welcome, etc. It is incumbent on us all to take ourselves, as Christians, seriously where theology is concerned.
[Excerpt begins] Worship leaders are theologians, whether you claim to be or not.
I mentioned Colossians 3:16 earlier as a text that encourages song. In context, though, it is a little deeper. It begins, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” It is in that context that we sing together–steeped in the Word of God. You help shape the belief systems of the people under your leadership.
Know the Scriptures. Know what we believe as a church, and don’t try to take us to a place theologically we are not desiring to go.
Make sure your exhortations to worship are within the theological bounds and culture of the congregation. [Excerpt ends]
GOD ISN’T DEAD IN GOTHAM
A wonderful interview with Tim Keller, pastor of NYC’s Redeemer Church. Keller is one of my role models for preaching and pastoring. Article is from the Wall Street Journal.
WHY YOU DON’T NEED GOD (CNN)
“My appreciation for life and its potential increased when I stepped away from my faith,” writes author, Ryan Bell.
This CNN article is not only intriguing, it is becoming more and more common as high-profile people continue to leave their faith. This topic requires a great deal of dialogue – space I do not have here in this brief newsletter. However, I thought you might enjoy reading the blog. It’s brief. Here’s your assignment: how would you respond to Mr. Bell if he were sitting across the table from you? (You can’t use “church answers.”) NOTE: I’ll be addressing this on a Sunday evening soon. Last thing – you can scroll through the photos at the top of the article to see a number of celebrities who are atheists. I did not know this fact about many of them.
FROM HEALTHCARE SCIENCE…
No more, “Hmmm – where’s that vein?”, as the nurse pokes you another half dozen times.
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
“It is atheism to pray, and not wait on [God].” – 17th century British preacher, Richard Sibbes (Saw this quote the other day in one of my books on the Protestant Reformation. The quote struck me to my core – because I am so very guilty of praying, and then not trusting God’s response.)
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:
“Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.” – Johnny Carson
GRACE NOTES: “Be a Sinner, and Sin Boldly….”
It’s a poisonous doctrine that has burdened people for centuries. And many died hoping to make certain we learned the truth, once and for all.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick