Practice These Things and Devote Yourself to Them

Its not unusual for church leaders to be frustrated that members aren’t more active. And they tend to attribute lack of involvement to lack of commitment, or not taking faith seriously. But the results of actual attempts at involvement suggest other factors are at work. Consider these (real) examples. Young mother sees specific way to… Continue reading Practice These Things and Devote Yourself to Them

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In Every Church

How do you choose where to go to church? “We like the kids’ programs.” “I’ve been here for years—I’m not leaving.” “They teach the Bible here.” “Folks are so friendly—I feel at home here.” “The preacher is easy to understand.” “It’s close and easy to get to.” “It’s big enough I can be anonymous.” We… Continue reading In Every Church

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

When early Christians gathered for a weekly memorial of Christ’s death, they came together not on the day of his death, but on the day of his resurrection. The commemoration of His sacrifice which brings forgiveness of sins does not focus only on sin and death, but on new life. We must acknowledge our sins… Continue reading But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.

Words aren’t always adequate for expressing deep religious emotion. Sometimes a melody is required. Our favorite songs are often those that give voice to feelings we could not otherwise express. Singing along allows us to speak what is deep within. Listening to music can also invite us to feel a certain way. Movies use music… Continue reading Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.