The Bible often is read poorly in our church services; but when it is read well, it can minister as deeply as a Spirit-empowered sermon. Unfortunately, in many churches public reading of the Bible is little more than homiletical throat clearing before the sermon; but as W.E. Sangster asserted: "Bible reading offers the widest scope for the enrichment of public worship, and it is a great pity that the Scriptures are often so badly readWhen the Book is well read and made to live for the people, it can do for them what sermons often fail to d It can be the very voice of God to their souls."
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Scholars refer to the Book of Psalms as "Humanity's Hymnbook." There are many messianic psalms predicting certain events in the life of our Lord. Someone quipped that the Bible is actually a "Him book," because from Genesis to Revelation it is all about Him, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Table of Contents FEATURES: Spiritual Intelligence; Lost and Found; Bible and Bible Reference 2009 Survey; Preaching and Leadership: A 25th Anniversary Retrospective; What's the Point? Moving from Exegetical to Homiletical
That was Israel: 40 years of journeying from Egypt to the Promised Land, 40 years of God's never-ending supply. Then one day the Israelites were standing on the bank of the river, looking longingly into the promise. The next day they were there-and celebrated. We celebrate what a difference a day makes.
"Why in the world do you give an invitation at the end of every service?" The questioner, like me, is a Presbyterian minister. There was a hint of scorn in his voice as he asked. I could understand. We both know that such invitations are not automatically a part of typical Presbyterian worship. I suspect that perhaps only one of us knows this has not always been the case.
The Lord's Prayer can be rote, or it can become a divine force unleashing God's glorious blessing. How is "Thy kingdom come" a prayer that literally changes the world? Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come" (Matt. 6:9-10).
Fifteenth in a series1 Corinthians 10:14-22 The text for today reads: Therefore, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we b
John 21:15a So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" There comes a time in everyone's life when a decision must be made. Jesus asks us the same question He asked Peter. He says to us, "Do you love Me more than these