The other day I came across a page from countryliving.com with this bold headline:
20 Best Sunday Quotes That Confirm It’s the Best Day of the Week
Left out of the list were quotes about God. Faith. Church. And worship.
The 20 quotes spoke mainly of relaxing, enjoying the newspaper, sleeping in late, reading a book, or as a lady, Linda Jones, expressed it, “I need some solitary running time. On Sundays, I can unwind and reconnect with the natural world.” Continue reading
“Among the greatest privileges afforded to man is the opportunity to worship the Creator–to bow down before him in reverent acknowledgment of Who He is, to thank Him for His goodness, and to offer Him our praise,” wrote Dan Petty in the introduction of the 2005 Florida College Lectures, “True Worship.
“Worship,” Dan wrote, “gives meaning to a life devoted to serving God.” Continue reading
Gladys Dunn had recently moved into a retirement community and was looking for a church to attend. Fortunately, she found a congregation to attend within walking distance.
When she arrived on Sunday, she found the building attractive and inviting. The people were friendly. The singing was enthusiastic and edifying. The prayers were fervent. And the communion service was reflective and thought-provoking. Continue reading
My older readers remember when every church had a printed bulletin and mailed them out. I used to get them from all over the country.
One of the regular writers who must have been a syndicated columnist was “Selected.” I suppose he was related to “Anonymous,” and “Anon” who were also regular contributors.
In my worship folder is a short list by “Brother Selected” on things to bring to worship and things to leave at home. Here they are with a few brief comments and scriptural references. Continue reading
What does Sunday mean to you?
Some people grew up where Sunday was just another day of the week. Nothing special.
Others look at Sunday as a day to enjoy sports. To watch football or basketball.
For some Sunday is a day to play hard, engaging in some form of recreation. And ending the day exhausted. Continue reading
From my “worship folder,” here are a few seed thoughts to consider as we focus on attending Sunday worship services.
“Worship is a verb.” –Robert E. Webber
“As a verb, “worship” is active, not passive. Worship is not an event to be watched, but an activity to be joined.” Sheldon W. Sarge
“Leaders in worship should work to avoid mistakes and do their work effectively. But acceptable worship depends far more on the heart and attitude of the worshiper than on the abilities of leaders.” –Bill Hall Continue reading
Admittedly, there’s a lot of junk posted on social media in general, and on facebook specifically. However, there is a lot of good stuff too.
- Reports of conversions to Christ.
- Churches broadcasting Bible classes and sermons.
- News from fellow Christians that’s uplifting.
- Photos of God’s wonderful creation.
- Spiritually thought-provoking conversations.
- Notes of congratulations.
- Encouraging posts that brighten your day.
- Devotional blogs (like ThePreachersWord)
Today’s reblog asks 3 important questions that potentially could change your life forever. It’s a 2-minute read. But it could make a big difference
“No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.” penned Henry Emerson Fosdick, a preacher of the early 20th century.
Think about that a minute
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There’s an old story that made the rounds several years ago in church bulletins. It may be apocryphal but it makes a good point.
A church member once wrote a letter to the editor of a local newspaper complaining that it made no sense to attend church every Sunday. “I’ve gone for 30 years,” he wrote, “and in that time I’ve heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me. I can’t remember a single one of them.”
He then concluded, “So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.” Continue reading
“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world,” wrote Martin Luther in the forward of a 1538 symphony by George Rhau.
“Music controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits,” Luther further observed. “The precious gift of music has been given to man alone that he might thereby remind himself that God has created man for the express purpose of praising and extolling God.” Continue reading