Music has great power to both reflect and shape human experience. In worship, as in other activities, music is able to express the most profound thoughts and emotions in ways that words cannot. Music in Christian worship is a powerful—even a risky—force that must be used thoughtfully, imaginatively, and prayerfully.
Following the lead of secular culture, many Christians place Christmas as the most important day in the Christian year. This article suggests that a more profound understanding of Christmas arises out of an awareness of the history of the Christian year. Christmas should be understood in light of the events which follow—Epiphany and, eventually, Easter.
we are in Christ, we are new people! The old ways are gone (or at least dying off) and new desires and choices typify our life: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,” writes Paul, “he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” II Corinthians 5:17.
This verse lifts the curtain on the glorious prayer-song the redeemed will sing throughout eternity – that the blood of the Lamb paid the price for the salvation of His people.
Many Christians feel uncomfortable publicly sharing their faith. Various reasons are given for this but their reluctance typically boils down to insecurity about what others will think. This passage shows that when we display our convictions – in this case by openly worshiping the Lord – not everyone will respond but most will respectfully listen. A lack of confidence is a poor reason to withhold the key to eternity.
The Magnificat, or the Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise, is both a prayer of glad hosannas and an acknowledgement that all of us – even the mother of our Lord – are in need of a Savior.
This joyous, care-free, peaceful experience bringing the believer into a joyousness, living simply by faith day by day, is the will of God. So that not only is it God’s will that we should find full deliverance from all care and undue anxiety, but He has ordained prayer as the means by which we can reach that happy state of heart. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
Prayer always brings forgiveness to the seeking soul. The abundant pardon is dependent upon the promise made real by the promise of God to the sinner. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
The greatness and majesty of the Lord is revealed to us through the perfection of His creation. That the hand of an infinite God fashioned all that we behold is a self-evident truth – which is why Scripture says that only the fool declares his unbelief in anything beyond himself.
This well-known prayer has many interpretations. One theme that is undeniable, however, is that Jabez recognized that he lived in a fallen world and asked God to protect him and to keep him from becoming ensnared by the sin around him. This is a prayer we should offer regularly so that temptation will not overtake and destroy us.