The time when we praise God in song is a time to force cold and indifferent hearts into duty, to nurse godly affections into greater strength that have been smothered by our inclination to self, and to shove aside distracting thoughts of life’s affairs.
It can be hard to really appreciate how challenging it is for some people to continue as Christians, and just how easy and attractive it is to simply tap out. Are we equipping people to process and understand these struggles well? Are we providing the support for them to hang in there while they do?
Truth isn’t affected by popularity, or a lack of it.
Experience will teach us that although Christian hope should give us gladness, it does not remove but only blunts the varied griefs we suffer and does not fill the hole left in the lives of those left behind.
I would like to promote the use of ‘real’ (i.e. paper) Bibles for personal reading.
Jesus presents wise living in a new light – instead of measuring wisdom by success in everyday life, it is measured by the practise of his word.
Some churches sing the psalms during their time of worship.
On what do we base our confidence of persevering in the faith?
My wife and I read a book with the above title, and would like to share a few thoughts from the preface.
I have wondered if the way we practice church gatherings is too attendance-based to prompt much opportunity for meaningful fellowship and mutual love.