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In the last entry it was proposed that mankind was created by God primarily for worship. Where do we get this idea?
From the first pages of the Bible we find that God created Adam, the first man, for worship. That is, Adam’s job and the purpose of his being was to glorify his creator by obeying Him and communing with Him and listening to His word and following it. And Adam was given a liturgical helper, Eve, who would worship with him. Out of their worship and obedience together would flow their dominion over the whole earth. God gave them children who they were to train up to be worshipers. They were to fill the earth with a race of worshipers and that purpose and calling do not change after the Fall. Read more
The statement “worship changes the world” strikes most Christians as a ridiculous proposition, because for most Christians attendance at worship is not a priority. It is secondary. It is non-essential. It is not perceived to be necessary for their lives, or their salvation. It is something that is okay to do, if you feel like it benefits you. Sure the church offers opportunities for fellowship and service and gives you connections in the community.
We think, preaching is okay, if it grabs your interest, but you can get that anywhere – radio, internet, television. Worship helps us along in our Christian life, a little bit. But it isn’t like it’s the end of the world if we miss it. It really is nice when you need it, but it has very little to do with our spiritual health. That’s what our quiet time is for. That’s what our private devotion is for. That’s how our thinking typically goes. Read more
One of the most difficult issues we face in studying the book of Joshua, and an issue that is often raised by critics of the Bible, is the question of how a loving God could command the wholesale extermination of the seven nations that inhabit the Promised Land. We can’t have this conversation outside the political context of the past 150 years, where we have seen wicked men attempt to wipe out entire races of people. Read more
When we open chapter five of Joshua we learn that for forty years, the people of Israel have not only been cut off from all the blessings of the land of promise, we find that they have separated themselves from the sacraments and from proper worship. The first generation out of Egypt failed to bring their children Read more
As the children of Israel, lead by Joshua, prepare to enter the promised land they are confronted by the prospect of crossing the Jordan river which just so happened to be at flood stage at that time. But when the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant step into the rushing river, God stops up the water and the people cross through the waters on dry land. Read more