Marriage

A marriage may be

made in heaven, but the maintenance must be

done on earth.

Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

 Ephesians 5:33

 

Entertainment or Worship

 

Much of what goes under the name of worship today is designed more to entertain than to praise God. Entertainment rather than praise is often the driving force behind modern changes in worship style. Sometimes it is even called a performance and accompanied with a round of applause from the audience.

This, however, is nothing new. The prophet Amos condemned his generation for their worship at Bethel and Gilgal adding “for this liketh you,” that is, they worship the way they liked – not the way God liked. (Amos

4:4-5)

Our worship must be God-centered, not man-centered. Do not ask, “What worship style suits me?” but rather, “What has God

ordained?”

 Claude

Please…Dress Modestly

 

“But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28) Yes, this verse is directed to men. But why do some women think it is ok to dress in a way that tempts a man to go there, in his mind, with her? The way a female dresses speaks louder than anything she professes verbally.  A female can claim to be a Christian and talk about how she wishes men were more mannerly, respectful, and Christ-like. But until she dresses modestly, that type of respect and high regard will not be gained. Overly-revealing dress is an invitation to lascivious thoughts, not respect and esteem. A female consistently failing to present herself in a way befitting one who professes to worship God (1 Timothy 2:9-10) is not serving herself, her Lord, or the men she encounters. Nor is she setting a proper example for her family, friends, and fellow church members. When you dress in the morning, would you make the same clothing choice if you knew later, that very day, you would meet Christ Himself? If the answer is no, change your clothes. A female who dresses enticingly is not only causing others to sin, but is guilty of sin herself.

 Cindy

Contemporary or Traditional

There is a tension in the modern church between those who hold to the traditions of the past and those who want to be more contemporary. While one group values the religious traditions that have developed through the centuries, the other group would change the church to be more in step with the modern world. Many churches have sought a compromise by offering both contemporary and traditional services. But there is another alternative – a better alternative. Return the church and Christianity to its original faith and practice discarding all human innovations whether ancient or modern. Man’s ideas in religion whether old or new, traditional or contemporary, are not acceptable to God. We should not look to the past or the present, but rather to God’s Word.

In an effort to be contemporary we must not plunge ahead of the teachings of Christ. (2 John 9) On the other hand the traditions of men should be given no place in Christianity. (Matthew 15:1-9) In the clash between traditional values and contemporary thinking, the church must not yield to either; but rather stand as “the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15) We must not allow ourselves to be “tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14) whether it arises from the traditions of our forefathers or the forward thinking of our contemporaries.

 Claude