Since the dawn of creation and throughout history, singing has characterized God’s people in worship.  Mandated and exemplified in the Bible, singing is integral to corporate worship and is itself an act of worship. Psalms and hymns are a fundamental means by which believers respond to divine grace, communicate their praise, affirm their faith and proclaim spiritual truth. – From the preface to the Trinity Hymnal

Throughout history, God’s Church has a rich tradition of singing to the glory of God.  Yet, in many churches, the hymnal has been jettisoned in favor of the praise song and corporate worship has been abandoned for the musical performance.  The Scriptures, however, command the people of God to “speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).  Why is it imperative that the people of God sing?  Continue Reading…

The prosperous soul is a soul where the doctrinal and the practical parts of religion bear lovely proportion and are united. We may often observe with regard to the healthiness or unhealthiness of the body two opposite extremes. We see some who are epicures, and they are of no use in society. Continue Reading…

Mercy is an attribute of God, an infinite and inexhaustible energy within the divine nature which disposes God to be actively compassionate. Both the Old and the New Testaments proclaim the mercy of God, but the Old has more than four times as much to say about it as the New.

We should banish from our minds forever the common but erroneous notion that justice and judgment characterize the God of Israel, while mercy and grace belong to the Lord of the Church. Actually there is in principle no difference between the Old Testament and the New.

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At the other side of that cross there is an eternal grave, and the only obstruction to that eternal grave is the finished work of the Lord Jesus. You see, it is finished, the law and the prophets they’ve no… at least the Old Testament economy, as we say, has no power. Sin, if we obey God, has no dominion over us. Death has no dominion over us. The power of Satan has been broken. Heaven has received Him. And the next thing is not only “It is finished,” but “He is Risen” which will be superseded with “I will come again.”

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Zoltan Kodály believed that true musical literacy – the ability to read, write, and think music – is the right of every human being.  For the Christian, however, it may be argued that musical literacy is the responsibility of every believer.  The apostle Paul commanded the church at Colossae to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with a heart of thanksgiving to God.  The Psalmist exhorted the covenant people of God to “sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth” (Psalm 96:1).  Everything in God’s creation was made to praise him – the seas and all its creatures, the field and everything in it, and even the trees of the forest sing for joy (Psalm 96:11-12)!  In Psalm 150, King David commands that not only are we to praise God with singing, we are to praise him with the playing of instruments.  God’s people are commanded to praise him with trumpets, lute and harp, tambourine and dance, strings and pipe, and loud clashing cymbals (Psalm 150:2-5). 

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“God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry?” — Jonah 4:9

Anger is not always or necessarily sinful, but it has such a tendency to run wild that whenever it displays itself, we should be quick to question its character, with this enquiry, “Doest thou well to be angry?” It may be that we can answer, “YES.” Very frequently anger is the madman’s firebrand, but sometimes it is Elijah’s fire from heaven. Continue Reading…

The Scripture doctrine of the Trinity is set forth in the abstract of principles of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in these words (Art. III.): “God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.”

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Faith is not in itself a meritorious act; the merit is in the One toward Whom it is directed. Faith is a redirecting of our sight, a getting out of the focus of our own vision and getting God into focus. Sin has twisted our vision inward and made it self-regarding. Unbelief has put self where God should be, and is perilously close to the sin of Lucifer who said, “I will set my throne above the throne of God.” Faith looks out instead of in and the whole life falls into line.

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The Cinderella of the church of today is the prayer meeting. This handmaid of the Lord is unloved and unwooed because she is not dripping with the pearls of intellectualism, nor glamorous with the silks of philosophy; neither is she enchanting with the tiara of psychology. She wears the homespuns of sincerity and humility and so is not afraid to kneel!

The offense of prayer is that it does not essentially tie in to mental efficiency. (That is not to say that prayer is a partner to mental sloth; in these days efficiency is at a premium). Prayer is conditioned by one thing alone and that is spirituality.

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Brothers and Sisters, it is an ill sign if a child’s head enlarges but not the rest of his body, or if its arm or foot should be swollen to an ill proportion. Beauty consists in the proportion of every part. A vigorous judgment should not be yoked with a cold heart, nor a clear eye with a withered hand. A giant’s head rides ill on a dwarf’s shoulders. A virtue nourished at the expense of others is a fattened cannibal fed upon the flesh and blood of its murdered kinsmen. And it ill becomes a Christian to harbor such a monster. Let us pray that faith and love and every Divine Grace may be developed—that not one power of the man may be left unnurtured or ungrown—for only thus can we truly grow in Divine Grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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