The Sites to See

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A small god offers no comfort for a big storm – “A god, that does not know, is not able or does not care, is a small and pathetic deity, who is not worthy of worship, adoration or trust. Ultimately a small god can offer no comfort for what happened on Sunday night. None.”

The least sung song: “We all know there is a vertical dimension to our worship, where our songs give us a voice to sing to the Lord in praise or in petition, in expressions of wonder or in pleas for his favour. Most of us think far less about the horizontal dimension of worship, where we worship for the benefit of our Christian brothers and sisters. The least-sung song is the song we sing for one another.”

My Congregation Barely Sings; How can I help? This is a really good article is you lead church music! Church leaders underestimate how deliberately they must push against these cultural trends to get their church singing”. 

Scared: It’s really good to have some true honesty – and here’s a slice of some.

The Gospel – Here’s a good summary of Who God is, who we are, what sin is, why we need Jesus and how we can be saved. Highly Recommended!

The Sites to See

Jesus isn’t the means to something wonderful – Adam Ford offers another comic on how we view Jesus. Obeying him isn’t the way to get blessings. Jesus is the blessing.

“Don’t Waste your Weakness” – This is another reflective post by John Piper – he always has some good, deep and rich thoughts to think through and I hadn’t really thought of this before. It’s certainly something to ponder.

10 Questions for a better bible study – This post is definitely helpful if you’re reading the bible and really looking for how you can be learning more from it.

I’m better than you – Tim Challies offers the honest truth about his pride. And I think if we’re honest with ourselves we can all relate to it.

Prayermate – I just downloaded this app, and it looks helpful! Basically the goal is to help you remember to pray. You can put in prayer points and it will cycle through them. Give it a go.

Sincerely one of the Many girls who care – this is a post for the guys, from a girl. How are we going at keeping ourselves pure for our future wife? For our families? For the sake of women who have been so easily ‘objectified’?

The Sites to See

Are you Righteous? – This post is by one of my friends, but that’s not why I’ve provided a link. Take a look – by God’s standard are you righteous? The answer will be no, so the question becomes have you put your faith in Jesus as the only saviour and repented of your sins?

I want Every Young Person to Read This – Sam Kee gives a good challenge against the conformity our society encourages and how we should be living in light of the truth.

Christ as Radiance – “He is the Lion and the Lamb. He is the Lamb and the Shepherd. He is the Shepherd and the Warrior. He is the Warrior and the Priest. He is the Priest and the Sacrifice. He is the Sacrifice and the Victor. He is the Victor and the Servant. He is the Servant and the King. He is the King and the Convicted. He is the Convicted and the Judge. He is the Judge and the Advocate. Diverse excellencies, each pair juxtaposed yet complementary, finding their admirable conjunction in him.”

Open Letter to Pastors – in this post Anna Wood talks about what pastors should be teaching. Is this what we’re learning and eager to learn at church? If not then there’s a problem.

Eternity – I really enjoy Adam Ford’s cartoons – this one’s about keeping an eternal perspective. Take a look, it won’t take you long.

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

Nat.

The Sites to See

Why you weren’t ready for marriage: what no one ever told you. “Love is worth it, trust me. But it takes hard work, just like anything else in life worth having.”

Why I love an evening service. In this post Tim Challies explores why having an evening service at church is a good thing, even though it’s often viewed as inconvenient.

Never say – Adam Ford gives us a few things we’ll definitely never say when we’re in heaven

“Love You With The Truth” – Casting Crowns: This song is great (Lyrics below)! Sharing the gospel is something I find really hard to do. Check out Casting Crowns’ new album: Thrive. I’m half way through listening to it and most of it is excellent.

For the longest time, I believed the lie
That I’m not a strong enough believer
To be the friend that can take your hand
And lead you straight to Jesus
I’m waiting on the preachers, singers, and the teachers
To string the perfect words together
But every single time I have to say goodbye
I wonder will this be the last timeI cant call myself your friend and walk awayWhen we love, we earn the right to speak the truth
When we speak truth, we show the world we truly love
I’m not pointing my finger, I’m holding out my hand
I lay it all on the line now to see God save my friend
Let my life and my words be the proof
I’m gonna love you with the truth
Gonna love you with the truth

Yes, God is love, but God is just
And we are separated in our darkness
So God let Him who knew no sin
To become sin to make us right with Him
Its not about religion or earning Gods forgiveness
Or magic prayers or new behavior
Its all about your heart, Hell meet you where you are
Turn from your sin and trust in Christ as Lord

Jesus is the truth, the life, the way

How I’ve prayed for this moment, that you would finally see
That God is more than religion, a stained-glass fantasy
And how Ive prayed for the courage, for my silent faith to speak
Or that God would just send you a better friend than me