THE NAMES BY WHICH GOD REVEALS HIMSELF
We make our first mistake in attempting to define God or describe God if we think of "God" as a common noun rather than a personal noun. "God" is a name, the way of addressing a person.
Names are important. One of the first things we want to
Contributed by Elijah Stepp on May 11, 2008
(From Speaker’s Sourcebook II by Glenn Ven Eckeren)
Perhaps you heard about the church that planned to have the “No Excuse” Sunday Service….
Their advertisement for their “No Excuse Sunday” read as follows….
Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say "Sunday is my
Opening Illustration: This last week I have been watching the Olympics and I have noticed how important proper techniques and proper form is for the Olympic athletes. I saw it the diving, in gymnastics, in swimming and even in track and field. The experts would always point out how important it was
Brad Hightower shares the following thoughts on proper worship from http://21stcenturyreformation.blogspot.com/2004/12/jesus-clear-theology-of-worship-part-1.html
In John 4 where Jesus articulates a “Clear Theology of Worship”.
In fact, Jesus as the great prophet, the one who proclaims the
Someone said that there is a church in Palestine where the door is so low that one must stoop to enter. This was to prevent medieval raiders from riding their horses into the church to disrupt the service. The door is called,
“The beauty and the harmony of the liturgy find eloquent expression in the order by which everyone is called to participate actively. This entails an acknowledgment of the distinct hierarchical roles involved in the celebration. It is helpful to recall that active participation is not per se
"Every celebration of the Eucharist, in fact, is led by the Bishop, "either in person or through priests who are his helpers."(160) He is helped by a deacon, who has specific duties during the celebration: he prepares the altar, assists the priest, proclaims the Gospel, preaches the homily from
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Jul 17, 2009
True biblical worship so satisfies our total personality that we don’t have to shop around for man-made substitutes. William Temple made this clear in his masterful definition of worship:
For worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness;
Let’s get back to the hot topic of music: Gordon MacDonald stated, “…A piece of music can summon tears of sadness or feelings of incredible joy and well-being. Every culture (perhaps each generation) appears to have developed its own unique musical forms and expressions-the bundling together of
From page 95-96 “Who Stole My Church”
“Anyone know anything about Isaac Watts?” I asked. Yvonne spoke: “Wasn’t he a hymn writer? I think he wrote ‘When I survey the Wonderous Cross.” “Yep, he did. Know any of his other songs?” “I think he wrote one of the Christmas carols,” Ted , probably the
Contributed by Carl Kolb on Oct 24, 2009
The late Bishop Edwin Hughes once delivered a rousing sermon on "God’s Ownership" that put a rich parishioner’s nose out-of-joint. The wealthy man took the Bishop off for lunch, and then walked him through his elaborate gardens, woodlands, and farm. "Now are you going to tell me," he demanded when
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 19, 2009
The Difference Between Hymns and Praise Songs
A long time Christian went to the big city one weekend and attended a fancy big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was. "Well," said the man, "It was good. They did something different, however. They sang praise songs instead of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 30, 2009
English Deist, Anthony Collins’ Question to a Commoner, "Is your God a great or a little God?"
A well-known English deist, Anthony Collins of the seventeenth century, was walking one day when he crossed paths with a commoner. “Where are you going?” asked Collins.
“To church, sir.”
“What are you
Contributed by Tim Adams on Dec 1, 2009
A paramedic was asked on a local Dallas TV talk-show program: “What was your most unusual and challenging 911 call?” “Recently,” the paramedic began, “we got a call from that big white church on 11th and Walnut. A frantic usher was very concerned that during their worship service an elderly man
Contributed by Ed Sasnett on Dec 15, 2009
Recently, I caught a segment on TV of a movie called Jack. It’s the story of a boy that ages four times faster than usual. Robin Williams plays the role of Jack. He enters public school for the first time in the fifth grade. Though he has the emotional and mental development of a fifth grade
Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Dec 28, 2009
I can’t say I have ever felt afraid of God, but I have felt the awe of His presence, and I have been overcome by a sense of His majesty. I remember standing out on a mound of earth out on a property and looking up at the stars. Away from the city, the stars seem so much brighter, and I cried out to
Contributed by Thomas Cash on Jan 11, 2010
Charles Spurgeon said, “Though the winning of souls be a great thing, though the edifying of believers be an important matter, though the reclamation of backsliders calls for earnest attention, yet never, never, never may we cease from praising and magnifying the name of the well-beloved. This is
Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Jan 12, 2010
"There is a choice involved in obeying God, and building an Ark. And there is a choice involved in worshiping God and building an altar. No ark, no altar. You won’t know what it’s like to worship, until you appreciate what it’s like to be saved, and then your worship will never be
Contributed by Paul Dietz on Jan 13, 2010
Pastor: Like Ezekiel, I have been told: "...son of man, you are living among rebellious people."
People: With God’s help, out of rebellion comes an enthusiasm to do what is right!
Pastor: Like Ezekiel, I have been told: "...son of man, you are living among rebellious people. They have
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 6, 2010
A Child’s Sincere Worship Heard in a Man’s Dream
A man was carried in a dream to a church. In his vision he saw the organist vigorously playing the organ, but no sound was heard. The choir and congregation began to sing, but their voices were not heard. Then the minister began, energetically, to