Spiritual Practices – Singing To One Another

“Address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Ephesians 5:19-20) Notice something unusual in this passage?  Paul says that we should not only sing to Lord, but also to one another. Most of the Church’s singing takes place with a big group of people staring forward at a small group of people.  This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s not a very personal encounter.  The worship team may be out […]

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Spiritual Practices – Singing When You Don’t Mean It

Singing occupies a special place in the Church’s list of spiritual practices.  It came into use quite early, and played a prominent role whenever God performed his mightiest acts of salvation.  Israel sang God’s praises by the shore of the Red Sea (Exodus 15:1).  Centuries later, Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn before leaving for the Mount of Olives, starting the chain of events that would lead to the cross (Matthew 26:30).  Singing has continued in the Church ever since, and will continue for eternity.  The book of Revelation shows the heavenly creatures singing “a new song” to the […]

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Sunday Summary – A Different Gospel

In yesterday’s sermon passage, Galatians 1:6-11, Paul the Apostle states the reason behind his letter: the church there was “deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ” (meaning God), and had turned to “a different gospel.”  While continuing to profess love for Jesus, the Galatians had unwittingly embraced a set of doctrines and practices that was dividing their fellowship, stealing their joy, and hindering their growth in godliness. Turning to a different gospel, then, is serious business.  How can we know whether we are at risk of committing the same error?  To answer that question, it helps to […]

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