Preparing for the Future of the Church

A proposed change in the Spiritual education of children and young people It is vitally important that we prepare now for the future of the church. How we train our children and young people has great bearing on the spiritual commitment of the next generation. God has high expectations and standards of conduct for our youth and young adults. Our intentions and motives have been right, but has the spiritual education in Sunday Schools, vacation Bible schools, Christian schools and church youth groups been consistently producing young people who are…

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The Key for Lasting Revival

One of the Godliest kings in the Bible was King Hezekiah. Hezekiah brought about a great spiritual revival and reformation in Judah. God tells us this about him: “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. He removed the high places, and broke the images, and cut down the groves, and broke in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called…

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Totally Rethinking Church, Part 1: Stepping “Out of the Box”

(Note: The purpose of these articles on Totally Rethinking Church is not to incite a rebellious attitude against the established church or encourage an elitist attitude; but to stimulate your thinking to look at the Scriptures and evaluate the church, so that you can help make the church more like Christ would have us to be.) Millions of Christians in the last several years have been totally rethinking what “church” is and are looking for a deeper relationship with Christ. A spiritual revolution and revival is quietly sweeping across America…

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Totally Rethinking Church, Part 2: Sheep – A Key to Understanding God’s Design for the Church

For many years, I felt like I was not being fed spiritually at church as much as I wanted to be. Many Sundays I felt like I was given skim milk instead of real meat that I could sink my teeth into. The meetings, activities, and teaching responsibilities in the church always kept me busy, but they did not really satisfy my spiritual longings. Little did I realize that I would have to become a farmer to understand God’s answer. Many of the truths in the Bible are given using…

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Totally Rethinking Church, Part 3: A Refreshing Change for Church Leadership

The caring “pasture” shepherd pastor that is God’s plan for Church leadership is the type of pastor that we all have a deep longing for. God’s design for church leadership is much different than what we find in most conventional “feedlot” style, building based churches today. It requires a total reprogramming of our minds of what Spiritual leadership is and how it is carried out. In the process of changing the format of worship from a church building to a house church, we have the opportunity to totally rethink what…

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Why You Should Sing in Your House Church

Singing is a very essential part of our worship of God and needs to be a part of every house church. Our desire is to help you as best we can to make a beautiful, joyful sound in singing praises to our God. God loves singing, and loves to hear us sing praises to Him. The purpose of this article is to help you see how important your singing is to God, and to encourage you to perfect the singing ability of those in your house church. Singing, whether a…

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Why “Decidedly” Godly Music?

We are excited about the blessings of singing and listening to decidedly Godly music. There is a growing trend of people who are realizing the real value of pure, decidedly Godly music in the church and in the home; music that is not tainted with the music styles that have been used to worship Satan. Our God is a musical God. He enjoys singing (Zeph. 3:17) and listening to singing and music. Music existed before the world began, and Heaven in eternity future will be filled with music. Music has…

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What Music Should Children Listen To?

It is important that children listen to and sing hymns and other Godly music that we normally think of as being for adults, in addition to songs that are geared for children. In fact, children need to be saturated with hymns and other decidedly Godly music. Here is why: Children learn a lot about God through the songs they sing and hear. Hymns are rich with spiritual truths. Many hymns in four or five verses will have 25 or more different spiritual truths that are expressed, while many children’s songs…

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Music for Children

Children love music. A happy child is a singing child who sings and hums as he works or plays. When my wife and I sang in a choral group, one of the things that impressed us was that the singing captivated the attention of four and five year olds for an hour and a half. Music ministers to all age levels in a way that preaching and teaching can never do. The music that you and your children sing and listen to is more important than you may realize. The…

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Is Music Amoral?

There is a debate among Christians: is music itself amoral? To define what is meant, the question needs to be stated several ways. Is music neutral? Is sound capable of moral influence? Does music alone, with or without text, carry and communicate moral value? Does music have moral value? Does putting Christian words to any kind music make the music Christian or Godly music? Are different kinds or styles of music right or wrong? The above questions, while appropriate to ask, are actually viewing music from the wrong perspective, or…

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How to Make Spiritual Truths Stick in Your Mind

The songs that we sing and listen to permanently shape our understanding of who God is and what the Christian life is all about. It is readily recognized among educators that information in song form is easier to remember. It has been stated that “What’s learned in song is remembered long.” Songs that children learn are remembered the rest of their lives. Once a tune is learned a person never totally forgets it. It will always be familiar. The well known song writer Philip P. Bliss once said: “Preaching is…

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