This Sunday Pastor Ron encouraged and exhorted us to consider the words of the hymn we had just sung, "Take Time To Be Holy". Ron has frequently recommended that we make sure we are not just singing some words in a casual, thoughtless way. Larry referenced another hymn in the thoughts he was sharing with us, "How Deep The Father's Love For Us".
It is amazing the depth of theological and practical instruction in the Christian faith that is contained in the hymns and songs we sing in church. These songs beautifully and accurately summarize what we have been studying together the last few weeks: the importance and priority of God's word, fellowship with fellow believers and prayer in our lives. I encourage you to slow down a little this week and meditate on the teaching contained in these songs.
Take Time To Be Holy
How Deep The Father's Love For Us
This week consider:
If you have a favorite hymn, chorus or worship song please post a comment sharing the title and why it is your favorite.
7/22/2013 09:16:02 am
OK, I'll be the first to post. My favorite hymn is "It Is Well With My Soul". I can tend to be a glass half-empty person. The writer of this hymn (Horatio Spafford) had lost his family to a storm at sea, and yet was still able to say to God, it is well with my soul. It reminds me that God is the keeper of my soul, and in Him I can have peace regardless of circumstance.
8/3/2013 06:26:21 am
Yes this hymn, also one of my favorites, is about the peace that surpasses all understanding. Something I have benefited from since soon after being saved. In John 15 verse 16 Jesus says ....I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit..... I believe this peace that Christians display in times of tragedy and strife is a prime example of that fruit.
7/22/2013 09:31:36 am
My personal favorite is "Trust and Obey"When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
7/22/2013 11:08:49 pm
I was challenged by Larry's sermon this week. If God is guiding our pastor to preach in a certain place in scripture, it makes sense that we should be meditating on that part of scripture too. Never really thought about it that way.
7/23/2013 06:10:34 am
I really like Sue's comment. Sometimes in our desire to please God we get ourselves over-extended. A sermon on Sunday, a sunday school class on a different topic from the sermon, a mid-week bible study or small group study on another topic, and then our own study/reading or favorite radio ministry on still another topic. It's no wonder that many have described the church in America as "miles wide but only and inch deep". If you struggle for focus in the time you spend with God, a good place to start would be to consider making the scripture passages, worship lyrics and topics of our Sunday Services as your focus each week.
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