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Posts from September 2012

Wednesday Is for Worship: “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”

Well, here’s a fresh one.  It’s been on my heart for about a week now.  I’ve been singing it.  My wife’s been singing it.  My son has been begging me to use it at our AWANA worship.  It hit #1 this year on the Billboard Christian Music chart and is connecting with the hearts of worshipers everywhere.  I’m talking about “10,000 Reasons…

That’s Not Fair!

The Lord has blessed my wife and me with four children, and the two oldest who are 6yo and 4yo have developed a strong sense of justice.  Even last night, my 2yo daughter’s growing sense of justice was shining through.  I doubt a day goes by that I don’t hear them tell their mother, “Mom, that’s not fair!” or me, “Dad, that’s…

Of Garbage Dumps, Cesspools, and Outhouses: Aromas That Repel

The Bible makes it clear that those who follow Christ are to smell like Him.  No, don’t go running out to try to find a bottle of pure nard perfume to anoint yourself with (John 12:3).  God is talking about a spiritual aroma and not a physical one.  He tells us through Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16, “But thanks be to God,…

Can Christians Vote for a Mormon?

Are you struggling with whom you are going to vote for in November?  Are you being tempted to simply just stay home and not vote because you can’t vote for the incumbent, and you can’t bring yourself to cast a ballot for a Mormon? Yesterday, Baptist Press ran an excellent article summarizing the crucial conversation held at yesterday morning’s chapel at the…

Wednesday Is for Worship: “Arise, My Soul, Arise”

A blessed Wednesday to you!  It’s a good day to arise and praise the Lord, especially as the feel of fall is strikingly in the air.  Today I’m going to take you back… way back to 1742.  In that year, one of the finest hymns was put to paper called “Arise, My Soul, Arise.” Charles Wesley (the brother of the famous preacher…

Discerning Minds Want to Know: Sharpening Discernment for Our Trying Times

In the year 2012, discernment is golden.  To be honest, it’s always been that way.  The ability to decide between truth and error has been needed ever since God created mankind and placed them in the Garden.  However, given the current trying milieu of multiculturalism, multi-religiosity, and postmodernity, it just seems like discernment is needed now more than ever.  Mark Twain once…

Wednesday Is for Worship: “Shout to the Lord”

It’s Wednesday once again.  Are you ready to do a little shouting?!  A shout of praise, that is.  There’s a lot to shout about, and today’s song will help you along. “Shout to the Lord” was written in 1993 by Darlene Zschech and published through Hillsong Music Publishing.  It is by far the most popular song Zschech has written.  In fact, here…