My Jesus Fair

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am with the introduction of My Jesus Fair to our congregation this past Sunday.  Our quartet did a great job introducing the song and the congregational singing on the final stanza was tremendous!  I mean, we could have kept going and sung the whole song over a few more times.  I love that kind of service where there is an obvious response to the preaching of the Word that is expressed in song.

As we talked about last Sunday night with our Praise Emphasis Week, we have printed the words to My Jesus Fair on the back of your “table topper.”  I want to challenge you as a family to sing a stanza and the chorus together.  I really want you to try it.  This song is on Christ Only, Always that was commented on in another post as we have included a link here to the singing of the song with congregation.

If you can’t remember the tune, click on the link and sing with the music. Reading through those stanzas as a family will be very profitable and I think there are many points on which to stop and have some conversation.

Great Praise for a Great God

When Solomon built the temple he did it with great extravagance and expense.  His reason for this was explicit:

“And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.” (2 Chron. 2:5)

Solomon’s philosophy was certainly logical:  Because God is great, His house should be great.  But Solomon’s logic was also inspired by God.  The principle of “great praise” is articulated many times in Scripture.  Continue reading

How Did I Do?

Magnifying Glass“How did the preacher do today?”  “What did you think of the message?”  “Did you like that choir song?”  “What about the special music?”  Do these types of questions and discussions ever come up in your car or around your dinner table?  I wonder how often we ask this question:  “How did I do today?”  I suspect that the first set of questions could be indicative of a flawed view of what church is all about. Continue reading

Faith to Sing

Music staffDo you have faith to sing? “What does faith have to do with singing?” you ask.  Simply stated, singing is an act of obedience.  And every act of obedience to God’s Word is an act of faith. But what does this act of faith actually accomplish?

In one way, our singing is not about us.  It is about God.  The angels that sing around God’s throne are there for Him.  Continue reading

Real Men Sing!

ppt_2009_mm_real_men_singSome of you men may have been unsure how to think about Pastor Campbell’s recent announcement that we’re having a men’s choir for Father’s Day morning. Basically, we’re trying to give you an opportunity to proclaim to your family and your church:

“I praise God by singing. Other people may feel embarrassed. They might think they’re too cool–but not me. I understand that there’s nothing cooler than when my soul soars and shouts the magnificent works of Almighty God. I take seriously the commands of Psalm 100: ‘Make a joyful noise unto the LORD. . . . come before his presence with singing. . . . Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.'”

Wouldn’t it be great to have so many men show up that we have send our regular singers home. Move over! Make room for the guys who want to make a joyful noise! You don’t have to sound good. You don’t have to look good. You just have to sing. Loud.

We’re practicing after the Evening Service this Sunday, June 14. No excuses–it’s not even a school night. See you there.

There is no God like Thee

SkyWhat is the greatest commandment?  The answer too easily rolls off our tongues:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Mt. 22:37)

How much of our lives is governed by this love?  Continue reading