Keeping your children in worship with you comes with challenges. How do you teach your children to pay attention and participate? What can you do to minimize the stress and disarray of getting ready Sunday morning to have your family prepared physically and mentally to join in worship on Sunday morning?
More than Just Keeping Toddlers Quiet As Christian families progress in training and teaching their children to love and worship God, we must make preparations for our children to participate with us in corporate worship. For my family and many that we know, our children have been a part of the worship service with us from their birth. We have good friends that have waited until their children were toddlers to have them participate in the worship service. No matter the timing, it is important that we begin by asking ourselves an important question: What is the purpose of your. . .
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Disagreeable Compliments As Christians, when we think about our faith or our worship, we often sink into thoughts or discussions about secondary doctrines or modes of worship. While there is surely a time and place for those discussions, I have been a bit dismayed of late with the relative proportion that is spent on what I would consider tertiary topics, or points of debate that are less than central. I have heard it said far too often (and sadly said it myself) when referring to a pastor or teacher, the constant self-protective caveat of “You know, I don’t agree with. . .
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Sunday is the high point of our week. Having a restful Sunday requires some planning and preparation during the week. Kara talks about some things you can do to help diffuse the stress and hurry of Sunday and truly make it a restful day…even for Mom!
If you are anything like me, daily life in your household generally conforms to a pattern, a liturgy, a modus operandi. Every day certain things happen, and other things happen every few days. Some patterns, however, are weekly, monthly, or annually. Some things are necessary on a daily basis, like eating and drinking, and as long as we’re alive, these will continue unabated. Some events are weekly, like Sunday worship; other events occur annually, like birthdays and Christmas. Finding Time for Family Worship One pattern that I have clumsily endeavored to establish for decades now is a time of daily. . .
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We Find it Hard to Believe The older we get, the more it takes to fill us with wonder. This is because it becomes increasingly difficult for us to believe in wonder-full things. Believing is easy for the heart that can hope anything is possible. But when certain possibilities have been chased away and certain glimmers doused, faith suddenly has to be worked at, and belief has to be practiced, and hope has to be memorized. Where do you go to practice something so sacred? To the brightest, most brilliant, spot of light you can find. Darkness might keep your. . .
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Jesus Talked to Churchgoers “If you are not more spiritual than those who are teaching you how to be spiritual, you will be one of those who will one day call out to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and I will say to your face—I never knew you.” Scary? It should be, especially since the above paraphrase is a synopsis of Jesus speaking to the Church at that time. The quote is a connecting of the dots from Jesus’ teaching at the Sermon on the Mount. Do you remember as a child getting one of those books full of all types of. . .
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We were made for worship. There is nothing higher to which we can attain but to be perfect worshipers of our God. The Westminster Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?” To which we answer, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” It is inevitable that we will fail in perfect worship on this side of the veil, but it is our joy and His promise that we will one day succeed. Join us as we have a conversation about worship, the chief end of man.
Perhaps the Apostle John said it best, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” This should be the heart cry of the Christian parent, this should be the motivation that inspires our prayers and our actions as we invest in the lives of the children that God has given to us. Sadly, in many evangelical churches the promises of God with respect to our children are often ignored. For instance, we read in Psalm 103:17 that the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His. . .
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The Children’s Shorter Catechism set to music. Available on CD or MP3
What is corporate worship and why does it matter to us? Worship is the one thing that all Christians are supposed to have in common both now and forever. Praising God is what we were created for. Join Dr. Sproul as he opens Scripture to discuss those things which should unite us and which will bring glory to God and fulfillment to men.
The shepherd talks to his sheep. Sometimes to praise, sometimes to correct, always to instruct. The Word preached is a pillar of our sanctification.
In this, the second of three conversations on worship, we consider together the elements that make up our worship. In moving step by step through the liturgy of Saint Peter Presbyterian Church, we see that worship is, corporately, renewing covenant with God. He speaks to us, and we respond with our “Amen.” It includes as well an extended discussion on the role of preaching in worship, arguing that too often our sermons reduce down to downloads of information, and suggesting instead that sermons, like all the service, ought to show us Jesus.
We serve a God of order, but do we serve Him in an orderly way? This first of three conversations on worship looks at the purpose of liturgy, of order, of design, in how we gather together to as the Lord’s blessing. Every church, of course, has a liturgy. But does liturgy drive us to look inward, or to look to the glory of God? Join us in this discussion of the very reason for our being, the worship of the living God.