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We Should Know Better – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 2 of 20

October 14, 2010

Can we go back to Nadab and Abihu for a minute (see previous article)? What is it they did that cost them their life? They offered “unauthorized fire” (Leviticus 10:1). One commentator said he thought that meant they were drunk. Not sure how you arrive at that one, though. What we do know is that when they did, “fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them” (10:2). These guys weren’t “worship novices”, either. As Aaron’s sons, they had been exposed to all of God’s worship instructions. Their father had been set apart, so had they (Exodus…

Inadequate Worship – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 1 of 20

October 8, 2010

Therein describes the majority of Sunday morning (O, and now Saturday night) evangelical worship services. Is that a bad “order of worship”? I don’t know but it certainly is inadequate. We can do much better than what passes as typical worship today. Isn’t our life regulated by Scripture? It is. Certainly the worship of God is regulated, too. The First and Second Commandment do this. And when you start adding up the instances where God rejected man’s worship because it was based upon man’s ideas and values—every hot-shot worship leader and creative pastor should break into a cold sweat. Cain…

7 Wonders Creation Museum

October 6, 2010

On September 18, many from the church enjoyed a trip to the Mount St. Helens 7 Wonders Creation Museum. We were treated to a 45 minute presentation on the events of May 18, 1980, when beautiful Mount St. Helens erupted. This event has provided wonderful support for creation science and the biblical record of the genesis of the earth. Lloyd and Doris Anderson are the museum owners and presenters, and you couldn’t find a more gracious couple to host a wonderful time of learning and understanding of how God created the world. After the museum, we enjoyed lunch together and…

Thought You Should Know This, Too

September 30, 2010

Just prior to our arrival in Kenya (see two previous articles), there had been a national election. National elections and post-election violence often go together in Kenya. So when there was little violence accompanying this one, Kenyans were happy. But there was a large segment of the population that was not happy with the results. Kenyans had gone to the polls to ratify a new Constitution. As I understand it, their old one was a hold-over from British colonial rule. To vote “yes” was to ratify the new Constitution. The Church in Kenya was the leading voice against ratification. Why?…

Some Thoughts After Kenya

September 24, 2010

It’s been three weeks since my return to the States; having been in Kenya the last half of August. I had been invited to teach at a pastor’s conference in the northwest part of Kenya. About fifty pastors from mostly rural Kenya attended. The conference theme was: “On Being a Pastor”. What a joy it was to meet, converse, and train pastors who want to be faithful to their calling. Most of the men had little to no training. As it was put to me, in Kenya, “a young man comes to Christ and six months later he is planting…

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