Though Mary, the mother of Jesus, has been the subject of an intense amount of religious interest through the centuries, most of that interest is tradition derived from a host of sources that are not rooted in Scripture.
Nevertheless, in the question of Christ’s coming to earth, Mary played a crucial and pivotal role: in her womb was the Savior of the world miraculously conceived; in her womb He grew into the infant Jesus. Looking back with all the hindsight and [...]
A TRUE STORY
A few weeks ago I saw a strange and brilliant display of color and watched for a minute or two as lovely pastel colors floated in perfect circles in a row across my vision. Most of my vision was blocked by the display except for a slice along the bottom portion.
I could just make out the lower part of the computer screen. I was keying an email to a niece who is a nurse at the time, so [...]
In a previous post I commented on three types of worship, including personal worship, and some have asked me to expand on the latter. Personal worship has come under some scrutiny recently with the rise in interest in “spiritual formation.” The topic is quite relevant to the lesson on Conformity, Compromise and Crisis in Worship because it touches on the issues of conformity and compromise. Rather than criticize the compromise, let me emphasize those aspects of personal worship that I think [...]
Before we take this week’s lesson title (Conformity, Compromise and Crisis in Worship) as an excuse to proscribe forms of worship that we do not like, we need to consider worship in its wider context. There are three aspects of worship (Yes I am well aware that my classification is not the only one but this one helps me)
Personal worship: this is the time that we spend by ourselves in prayer, study and meditation
Community worship: this is the time that [...]
Make Your Own Music
The psalmist David loved music. Maybe he played the drum or blew on a horn. Or maybe he sang in a sweet tenor voice. The Bible doesn’t tell us. But the Bible tells us clearly that David played a harp.
David learned to express his deepest feelings in music. Have you ever tried to do that? Here are some tips that might get you started writing your own songs of praise.
1. Start with the words. Choose a verse [...]
The following questions may be helpful to you in presenting the lesson to a class, at home, or alone. They are provided with the hope that they stir you to think and pray and not just react. Each set of questions corresponds to a section of the SSNET Lesson Guide, for this week Lesson 5.
1. Leading thought. Do you express joy when you’re attending a worship service? Do you arrive at the church where you worship feeling genuinely happy regardless [...]
“I liked that joke the pastor told in the sermon this morning,” Rolly said during lunch at home after the church service. “Didn’t you?” He shot a look at his dad and then his mom.
“Joke?” repeated Dad. “I didn’t hear a joke.”
“Honey, you were late getting to the sanctuary today,” Rolly’s mom said. “You had to go home and change your shoes because the heel of one of your new shoes fell off.”
Rolly laughed. “That’s funny,” he said.
“I don’t think [...]
“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.” Matthew 27:51-52, NIV
Have you ever told someone that you were spiritual but not religious? Or has someone ever said that to you about themselves? The implication is that there is something wrong with institutional worship that can be avoided by dropping [...]
Rosalie H Zinke, the lesson author of Worship, the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide for the third quarter of 2011, previously authored Sabbath School lessons for the fourth quarter 1983 entitled Songs of Experience and the first quarter 1991, called Crisis, Change and Challenge on the book of Samuel. (You will find the author listed as “Rosalie Haffner Lee.”) The Review and Herald published two books by her (as Rosalie Haffner Lee). Let Me Tell You About My God: [...]
Timothy was sitting in a fifth grade general science class at an Adventist school when a thought struck him like a bolt from the blue. He waved his hand at the teacher.
“Did you say that God created the world in seven days?”
“That’s what the Bible tells us.”
“Well, I don’t think He could do that.”
“Because there’s too much in the world. Fish and birds and bugs and worms and snakes. Plus the human body. And all the animals and [...]