The first worship in the Land

Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. (Genesis 12:7)"By this act, Abram made an open confession of his religion, established worship of the true God, and declared his faith in God's promise. …

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Why did the Queen of Sheba want to visit King Solomon?

The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. (Matthew 12:42)Jesus is talking to the Pharisees here, and the generation He's talking about was …

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Let’s stop idolizing the first century church and love our own churches a little more

It's fashionable today to hate the church. People like to come across as wise sages, decrying the ecclesiology of the western church. Many people note that church is shallow, entertainment-driven, and lukewarm, with worthless shepherds leading clueless goats. Some even go so far as to say that most churches should be closed. They say they love …

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"Is Your Church Worship More Pagan than Christian?"

Todd Pruitt wrote a great article titled, Is Your Church Worship More Pagan than Christian? It begins this way,There is a great misunderstanding in churches of the purpose of music in Christian worship. Churches routinely advertise their “life-changing” or “dynamic” worship that will “bring you closer to God” or “change your life.” Certain worship CD’s …

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"All to Jesus through … Mary?" Catholics are taught to worship Mary as God

A friend was walking in the Italian-Catholic neighborhood of Boston's North End. He wrote that he passed by an impromptu shrine. He took a photo of it. I read the statement on the bottom of the shrine, which was dedicated to and all about Mary, and it sounded like a creed to me. It was …

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Men of the Church: Are You Sober?

When you read the New Testament you'd be surprised to read how many times men (and women) are called to be sober. And most time when the word sober is used, it means not only 'not drunk' of course, but mentally alert, sharp, thinking clearly with right judgment. Women are called to be sober as …

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A review of new contemporary music band: Rend Collective Experiment

Does the kind of music we worship in church matter? Yes, it does. In researching the state of the contemporary music bands for a blog essay I wrote a month ago, I came across a winsome new band from Northern Ireland called Rend Collective Experiment. Actually, they remind me of In Tua Nua (kudos if …

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