The preacher had a few extra in the pews, Sunday night - and they all stayed awake for the whole sermon!
Our Lads to Leaders puppet team presented their show for congregants who remained after the Sunday evening worship. The kids have worked hard to hone their puppetry skills. This show will go on the road for the Memphis Lads to Leaders gathering in April.
We have more pictures of yesterday's Bible Bowl challenge. The youth group outscored the adults. These photos are from the score reveal. These kids will challenge the church in Neosho, Missouri, in a couple of weeks.
Our youth challenge adult members of the church to quiz on the given chapters every month. Today's contest was over most of the book of Job.
People who have rejected the teaching that singing in worship must be without the addition of mechanical instrumental music have appealed to culture, to the permission of silence, to aesthetics, to emotion, to tradition, to preference, and the like. As we examine Colossians 3 and Ephesians 5, seeing the imperatives in each place (“let the word of Christ richly dwell within you”—Col. 3:16; “be filled with the Spirit”—Eph. 5:18) and the participles that reveal how to obey the imperatives (Eph.: “speaking…singing…making melody…giving thanks”; Col.: “teaching…admonishing…singing”), we rightly say that God specifies what He wants and through such excludes what does not fall within these categories. No one will successfully build a case for Divine authorization or approval, and church history will have turned centuries of pages before it is even found introduced in Christian worship.
* Neal's original title for this article was Not Just a Problem for Those Who Favor Instrumental Music.
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