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Note: This is a guest post.  This is by Dan Carwright.  He’s been a brother who has been iron sharpening iron with us on here and social media for years.  His blog can be found here.  He also tweets.

I saw that question on a Facebook post a couple of weeks ago, connected to the recently released Bethel Music song “Reckless Love”, written by Cory Asbury. Apparently it hit the top of some Christian music charts but has also garnered quite a bit of dialogue, some of which is helpful helpful and some decidedly not so much.

Nevertheless, the above question is quite valid and deserving of discussion, at least when examined in light of what scripture teaches us about the nature of God’s love.

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Sunday is the day the church gathers for worship!

If you have been a Christian for sometime you might have heard of the cliche, “___ for an audience of One.”  The “One” is understood as God.  What you fill in depends on what you are doing for God.  It can be “preach for an audience of One” but probably more often it is “sing for an audience of One.”

I was doing my devotional thoughts and translation exercise from the Greek translation of Psalm 108:3 and it made me think deeper concerning this saying.

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I have young ones in my family and our home have many ditties.  Once in a while a ditty for one’s memory of theology strikes me.  Here’s one that deals with worship.

It’s not always easy to worship God as sinners.  You know what helps me?  Thinking about Christ.

Here’s the ditty:

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I’ve been doing a lot of studying this week so this is going to be a quick post.  Normally I don’t listen to anything when I study (so I don’t become distracted) but since I’m on overdrive I’ve been listening to some worship songs.

I admit I’m not really a music person but among the songs I really appreciated this week is “Be Thou My Vision” which is probably one of my favorite hymns.  I thought it was important that in the midst of a pastor’s study it is God and Christ that is one’s vision and focus.

So what is your favorite worship song?

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ethics under scope South Bay Alliance Church has hosted a monthly series in 2014 on the topic of Christian Ethics.  I commend this church for their moral courage to tackle on various issues some of which are controversial in our day and age.  I also appreciated the fact that they approached these topic with the desire and effort of being biblical. I hope you would all enjoy these videos.  I encourage you all to save this page and to share with others!

Introduction to Christian Ethics (January)

Woman, the Word and Worship (February)

The Statutes of Liberty (March)

Christians and Politics (April)

Christian Ethics: Euthanasia (May)

A Time for War (June)

Christian Ethics: Recovery of Vocation (July)

Contemplations for the Single Christian (September)

Worthy Life Aborted (October)

Homosexuality in the eyes of God (November)

Science, Philosophy, and God (December)

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The Foundation of Communion WIth God Owen

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I did not know what to expect when I first got this book; I got it because I was curious and wanted to know more about the famous Puritan John Owen.  The book’s main point is that Christians today can benefit from Owens’ writing with his emphasis on a distinctively Trinitarian piety.  In fact the title plays on a quote from Owen that the foundation for Christian worship is the Triune God.  The bulk of the book are selected passages from John Owen’s work that is divided into three sections: 1.) Knowing God as Triune, 2.) Heavenly Mindedness and Apostasy 3.) and Covenant and Church.  My favorite section was section two because it touched on a lot on searching one’s own heart for the motive of worshipping God and it confronts a wrongful heart and false spiritual high that does not rely on God and the Gospel.  Christians must always watch their own heart for false and prideful reasons to worship God especially when it comes to public worship.  For those who are new to John Owen, both the opening chapter titled “The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen” and appendix A, “Reading Owen” are extremely helpful.  I think “Reading Owen” is important enough that it ought to have been the second chapter of the book rather than being an appendix.  This book did make me want to read more of John Owen.

NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher Reformation Heritage Books through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my honest opinion. The thoughts and words are my own and I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.

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What should follow after knowing that the Christian faith is the foundation of human experience and that all other is intellectual sinking sand?

I think of these songs…

We should sing of how firm the Foundation!

I like this version as well!

We should say other ground is sinking sand!

(That’s the best version I can find…I wish there were more traditional hymnal version of the above on Youtube!)

Doxology should be the Christian response when all is said and done during evangelism and apologetics

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