Why Should We Sing Psalms? (1)

drjoelrbeeke031652015Dr. Joel R. Beeke

Should today’s Christians sing psalms in public worship? For a long time—about eighteen hundred years—that question would not have been relevant. Throughout those years Christians of all kinds used psalms in worship. Some chanted them as prose texts in Greek or Latin, and some sang them in metrical versions (the Hebrew psalms rendered into lyrical poetry according to the forms of a given language and set to tunes suitable for congregational use).

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By | March 22nd, 2016|Herald, Worship|

Rational or Ecstatic Worship? The Second Broken Principle

dr-peter-mastersDr. Peter Masters

The second major deviation from biblical principles in contemporary worship is that it promotes a substitute for rational worship which we call ecstatic worship. The Lord requires that we worship Him ‘in spirit and in truth’. The ‘truth’ part of this means that worship must be right, and also that it must be understandable or rational. Paul echoes this when he insists that Christians pray and sing with the understanding. The conscious, sound mind is the vital human organ of worship. (See 1 Corinthians 14.15, and chapter 5 – ‘Let the Lord Define Worship’.)

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By | March 14th, 2016|Herald, Worship|

Spiritual or Aesthetic Worship? The First Broken Principle

dr-peter-mastersDr. Peter Masters

Aesthetic worshippers believe that genuine praise needs a ‘physical’ dimension greater than mere unison singing. It assumes that God is an ‘aesthete’ – sitting in the heavens and looking down with appreciation at the skill and beauty that we bring before Him.

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By | January 29th, 2016|Herald, Worship|

Witchcraft in a Modern Guise

dr-peter-mastersDr. Peter Masters

In reviewing the sins of the flesh (in Galatians 5.19-21) the apostle mentions witchcraft, often today translated sorcery. He actually uses a word which we have in English, although for us it has a much nobler meaning.

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By | January 25th, 2016|Herald, Worship|

Worship in the Melting Pot

instruments12022015Dr. Peter Masters

Worship is truly in the melting pot. A new style of praise has swept into evangelical life, shaking to the foundations traditional concepts and attitudes. The style of worship followed throughout the entire history of Bible--believing churches has been shunted on to the sidelines – and why not? Young friends are asking – ‘What’s the matter with contemporary music groups? Isn’t there every kind of instrument, including percussion, in the Psalms? Didn’t they dance in worship in Bible times? Isn’t God the same yesterday, today and for ever? Why should we be tied to gloomy Victorian culture in our praise to God?’

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By | December 2nd, 2015|Herald, Music, Worship|

Look Who’s Here

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

We in the New Covenant participate in a great Exodus. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has delivered us from Satan's dominion. We are now aliens, sojourners in this wilderness, en route to our Promised Rest in the consummated Kingdom. In this wilderness we, as ancient Israel, are called to warfare.

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By | June 22nd, 2015|Church, Herald, Worship|

Intelligent Worship

Dr-Albert-N-MartinAlbert N. Martin

John 4:24 says that the Father seeks a people to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Such worship is the response of the heart to the revelation God has given of Himself.

God does not seek superstitious worship, in which we worship because we think there’s some magical power in going through the mumbo jumbo of worship.

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By | February 28th, 2015|Herald, Worship|

Praise Our Saving God (Psa 68.19-20)

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

1 Blessed be the Lord, 2 Who daily loadeth us with benefits, 3 Even the God of our salvation. Selah. 4 He that is our God is the God of salvation; 5 And unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.

The psalms are the Church’s hymnbook of praise to the true and living God, not only as He is in Himself, but as He is in His relationship with us who are His chosen people, united with Him in a covenant of salvation.

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By | February 11th, 2015|Herald, Meditations, Worship|

The Heart of True Worship (Psa 63.1-5)

Pastor-D-Scott-MeadowsD. Scott Meadows

Desire for God (vv. 1-2) It’s all about God. Fourteen times He is referenced, counting pronouns—six in the first verse. The psalmist’s whole being is directed upward, where God dwells, as symbolized by uplifted hands in prayer and praise (line 10). By definition, true worship exalts God above all creatures, which is to recognize His transcendence as Creator and sovereign Lord. Yet the psalmist glories in his connection with this transcendent Deity. The Most High is also present, not only in His being but also relationally. “O God, thou art my God” (line 1a) is covenantal, founded upon His Word of promise, and wonderfully personal. Not only Israel is the chosen nation, but I am one of God’s elect. God’s love joined with His mighty acts of redemption have singled me out from a world of sinners to be holy, belonging to God in a special way. I am His and He is mine. I trust Him. I own Him. I love Him.

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By | September 26th, 2014|Herald, Worship|

God-Honoring Worship
Is Preaching Obsolete?

Pastor Dave ChanskiDave Chanski

Many people in our day view the authoritative preaching of the Word of God in the same way they view the telegraph. Both, they feel are outmoded and obsolete. "Why tap out our message in archaic Morse code when we have the advanced inventions of the fax machine, cellular phones, and e-mail?" Likewise, "Why grind out the gospel through the tedious instrument of preaching when we have available the sleek methods of dramatic and musical productions, multimedia slide presentations, and town meeting-like group discussions?" Unfortunately, many Christians and churches treat authoritative preaching as an embarrassing relic from a bygone era. God thinks otherwise. After His baptism, "Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God" (Mark 1:14). "He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him, and that He might send them out to preach" (Mark 3:14). The Spirit's coming at Pentecost issued in in Peter's preaching a mighty sermon (Acts 2:14ff.). Paul and Barnabas evangelized sinners and edified saints by preaching to them (Acts 13:5; 14:7,21, etc).

By | July 8th, 2014|Herald, Worship|