Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: know that I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and stretch you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.
As usual, I found lots of great links this week that I wanted to share with you but that didn’t quite fit into a post. When you get a few minutes this weekend, check them out and be encouraged and challenged. Maybe even learn something. 🙂
Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.
I know that many of us worry that our children will be bored during church. We fear that if they are bored they won’t want to go, and if they don’t want to go, then that doesn’t bode well for their future as good little Christians. For this reason we have created all kinds of awesome children’s church programs designed to keep them busy and interested. I think those things are great if they’re available to you.
But, I say it’s okay for kids to be bored at church.
C.S. Lewis the eminent author once described the nature of the Bible’s Psalms in this way “The psalms arose from a nation of farmers The delight that the psalmist express in nature is “a delight which is both utilitarian and poetic. Unlike pagan nature poetry, which populates every local stream and hill with a deity, the psalmists’ doctrine of creation in one sense empties Nature of divinity. Because of their doctrine of creation the psalmists’ gusto extends to forces of nature that are either indifferent or actively hostile to people” C.S. Lewis brings about the theological importance of the Psalms while pastor R.C. Sproul brings out the experiential nature of the Psalms when he says “Whenever I read the psalms, I feel like I am eavesdropping on a saint having a personal conversation with God.”
So lets take a look at four important things to remember while reading the Psalms.
If you grew up with hymnbooks, you know there was a metrical index in the back and it’s there for a reason. Well, actually it was there mostly for the amusement of musicians since most churches never did switch up tunes or lyrics. L.M. is also 18.104.22.168. which means any song with that same meter will work, though I’ve suggested a few that use C.M. or Common Meter which is 22.214.171.124. (though I’ve added words in some cases or you have to stretch in others).
They saw me for me, in both my worst and my best of times. Sadly, it was more of the later than the former, yet they remained loyal and true by offering me grace and love. It is impossible to fit all the life lessons I learned from touring in a hardcore band in one blog post. No, I won’t be musing about how it’s better to NOT shoot roman candles at one another (sorry mom). Nor will I share about best ways to sneak 12 people into one hotel room; or why a relay race after eating 60 sliders from White Castle might be a bad idea. Instead, I will share three things that I hope help in some way.
I am sure you have considered God’s command in 1 Corinthians 11:28: “Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” It sounds simple enough, but what is actually involved in this kind of self-examination? How should we prepare ourselves before celebrating the Lord’s supper?