August252014

Let My Life be Filled, Packed and Crammed!

Let My Life be Filled, Packed and Crammed!

C.H. Spurgeon(Charles Spurgeon, “Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883)

“When men have much to say in a letter, and perceive that they have little paper left, they write closely.”

Looking at the shortness of life, and the much that has to be written upon life’s tablets–it befits us also to do much in a short space, and so to write closely.

“No day without a line!” is a good motto for a Christian.

A thoroughly…

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August122014

Oceans: Lyrics for the Persecuted Church

Oceans: Lyrics for the Persecuted Church

Use these lyrics in place of the bridge in the song Oceans. Turn that personal statement of faith into intercession for the persecuted church.

“Open wide the gates of glory for the dying
For the saints who have been faithful
in the dark days of their trial.

Show your mercy to the hungry and the frightened
Scatter all those who love violence
Show the nations you are…

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August112014

Oceans: Lyrics for the Persecuted Church

Oceans: Lyrics for the Persecuted Church

Use these lyrics in place of the bridge in the song Oceans. Turn that personal statement of faith into intercession for the persecuted church.

“Open wide the gates of glory for the dying
For the saints who have been faithful
in the dark days of their trial.

Show your mercy to the hungry and the frightened
Scatter all those who love violence
Show the nations you are…

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3PM

Songs in the Face of Martyrdom

Songs in the Face of Martyrdom

As I was preparing to lead worship last week, I asked a question on Facebook:

“What songs does the church sing tomorrow in the face of martyrdom? Answer the question, don’t pontificate.”

I was actually quite surprised at the number of responses and by the content of some of them.  For me, the question was quite serious. Faced with the slaughter of Christians in Iraq, including the beheading of…

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August62014

Does Your Worship Prepare People to Die?

Does Your Worship Prepare People to Die?

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

- Colossians 3:16

church cemetaryAugustine told us that the “law of prayer is the law of belief.”  In other words, what touches the heart is what tends to be remembered and treasured. In our day we could easily say that the law…

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