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Posts from May 2012

Wednesday Is for Worship: “Majesty (Here I Am)”

Good Wednesday to you! This is the day the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it!  Of course, there are manifold reasons to rejoice, but today I want us to think about rejoicing in God’s majesty.  In fact, that’s the name of today’s song:  “Majesty (Here I Am).” Martin Smith and Stuart Garrard of the band Delirious? penned…

The Demise of Death

One of the most haunting songs has to be the old mountain song “O Death.”  Most of us are probably familiar with Ralph Stanley’s a capella version made famous in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou. In this lifetime, we certainly know death.  On this Memorial Day as we remember the servicemen and service women who died for the USA, I…

Homosexuality and the Golden Rule

God tells us through Paul, as translated in the KJV, to rightly divide Word of God, the Bible (2 Tim. 2:15). Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. People like to take the Scripture—especially the words of Jesus—and fill them with a different meaning than intended by God. Recently, President Obama did just that on May 9, 2012 when he announced in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts that he now supports the legalization of homosexual marriage and used the Golden Rule as one of his reasons…

Wednesday Is for Worship: “Hosanna”

Well, it’s Wednesday, and we’re once again turning our spotlight on songs to worship our great and glorious God.  He’s so awesome!  How could you not praise Him?!!! Today’s song is written by Brooke Fraser and also performed by her below along with the Hillsong band.  The song was published in 2006 by Hillsong Music Publishing and is included on a few…

Wednesday Is for Worship: “Behold Our God”

As many of you know, I’ve been a worship leader in some capacity since 1999. I’m passionate about music, especially music that magnifies the Lord!

Today I want to introduce a new weekly series that I pray will be beneficial to you. I’m calling the series “Wednesday Is for Worship,” and each week I’ll post a worship song to God. I pray you’ll use it to first sing praise to our great God and then to introduce it to others, hopefully even your congregation. Some of the songs will be new. Some will be old. But, all of them will extol the name and glories of God.

Our inaugural song is one that’s been on my heart for over a month now…

Apology Accepted!

As a sinner interacting with sinners in a sinful world, there is going to be ample opportunity to apologize for something. Preferably, giving and receiving apologies will be few a far between, but most likely, it’ll be more often than we would like. The problem is that often our apologies are not apologies at all or are just lip-service, sort of like Larry the Cable Guy’s famous, “Lord, I apologize, and be with the starving Pygmies down there in New Guinea.” If we are going to honor God and actually work toward peace and reconciliation with those we offended or offended us, we’d better learn to apologize well…

The Danger of Airing Negative Church Situations at Home with Our Children: An Interview with Pastor Bill Houpt

I have been in pastoral ministry now for a decade.  As any leader in the church knows—whether they are a pastor, elder, deacon, chairman, director, or a regular lay volunteer—disappointment, frustration, controversy, disagreement, arguments, and a whole other litany of negative situations are part of what every leader has to deal with.  We are sinners working with sinners.  Negative things are bound…