These articles are from various sources. Some are old blog posts, others appeared in religious journals over the years. If nothing else, they are a trip down memory lane.
Has the “invitation song” outlived its usefulness? Well, every one of us should be asking, “What am I going to do about this sermon?” This is what should be on our minds, and a well-selected song following the sermon can help us decide on our response.
Compared to our brethren in the first century, we’ve got it easy. There is so little price to be paid for being a Christian, most of us would say that we’ve had “a pretty good life anyway” even if it turns out there is no afterlife. Either way, we’ve got our bases covered. (Or do we?)
Unlike Paul who longed to go to heaven and be released from the difficulties of his earthly “tent” (2 Corinthians 5:4), we spend our lives making our tents as cozy and comfy as possible — and perish the thought that we might have to quit living in them anytime soon.
Let’s not define “encouragement” solely in terms of our feelings. Courage is not the absence of fear; it is going ahead and doing the right thing even when our feelings are failing us. So if we’ve been “encouraged,” that means we’ll do the right thing, even when it’s scary.
Hearing the usual comments made before the Lord’s Day contribution, a visitor who didn’t know anything about our services might reasonably conclude that this is not a very important part of our service and that, in fact, we are a little embarrassed about it ourselves.
As preachers (and writers), many of us are playing it safe. Like an athlete only trying to “keep from losing,” we seem to want nothing more than to keep from offending anyone. This was not the way Jesus taught, of course. He was willing to “throw deep, into heavy coverage.”
More . . .
- Upgrading the ‘Invitation Song’
- Of All People the Most To Be Pitied?
- Glamping Toward Canaan’s Happy Land
- The (Real) Difference Encouragement Makes
- Are We Apologizing for the Contribution?
- Throwing Deep, Into Heavy Coverage
- No Higher Love Than to Share the Gospel
- My Three Mantras
- Shutting Out the Noise
- If We Hear 50% Fewer Sermons
- Do You Need to Be Rebaptized?
- Salvation . . . y Mas!
- Priority: Feeling Good or Thinking Rightly?
- We Must Do More Than ‘Motivate the Tribe’
- Many Things Are True in Two Senses
- Painful Memories Can Help Us
- In the Lord’s Supper, We Learn Endurance
- Deepest Joy Comes from a Surprising Source
- How We’ll Be Like Jesus
- Two Extremes, Equally Dangerous
- Why Study the “Church”?
- The Valley of Vision
- Candor and Courtesy
- Truth Ain’t Goin’ Away
- About the Facebook Post on President Trump
- I Always Sit at the Bar
- Major Milestone for WordPoints.com
- Faith: ‘Wishful Thinking’ or ‘Reasoned Confidence’?
- Letting the Scriptures Guide Us
- The Power of God’s Providence in Our Lives
- A New Year
- Am I Honest?
- The First Requirement for Spiritual Growth
- Helpfulness to the Local Congregation
- Taking the Time to Grow Spiritually
- Every Act Counts
- Giving the Lord Our Leftover Time
- Honesty with Ourselves
- How Do I Know What My Priorities Are?
- Handwritten Notes Are Valuable
- 100% Always
- Real People Actually Saw the Resurrected Jesus
- What’s Your Evangelism-to-Entertainment Ratio?
- Morning Classes in Meetings
- Making Meetings a Big Deal
- Exciting Daily Bible Plan
- One with the Tiger
- Schedule Books and Sacrifice
- Possessions and Pride
- Try Jesus?
- Are We Soothing? . . . or Disturbing?
- Going Home? I WISH
- A Major Milestone
- Should I Still Quote Thomas Kinkade?
- Ten Tips for Better Bible Study
- If the Lord Wills
- Life Outside of Eden Leaves a Lot to Be Desired
- God Is So Good! Yes, But When?
- Doing Good in the Dark
- Learning from Unlikely Sources
- Christian Activities
- A Morning Prayer
- How to Help Your Divorced Friend
- The Ugliest Woman I Ever Saw
- The Worst Sin in the World
- Discouraged? I’d Be Worried If You Weren’t
- Give Away Your Favorite Things
- Lapse-Activated Behavior
- We Are Not Given Unlimited Time
- Thoughts on Reading the Whole Bible
- Letting the Lord Complete the Conquest
- Devotional Time on Difficult Days
- Daily Bible Reading . . . Together
- Reminder Objects
- Giving God the First Hour
- The Fish God?
- Training in Godliness – 1 Timothy 4:8
- ‘Heaven’ by Peter Kreeft
- I Took the Vow Ten Years Ago
- Christian Daily Devotion