Elders and Deacons Part 3

The office of deacon is one of the most misunderstood and under utilized offices in the Church today. In many congregational churches the deacon functions as an elder and there is no deacon. In most Protestant churches where there are deacons they are in charge of the church picnic, or lawn care, or the finances. But are these things within the proper function of the deacon office? Let’s take a look at the creation of the office in Acts 6: 1-7 and let it be a guide to us in forming our understanding of this important leader in the New Testament Church.

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists[a] arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers,[b] pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

A problem arose in the early Church. Widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. This causes us to pause and ask, “Is the church suppose to take care of its widows?” The answer is yes. This is not something that is common only to the Church in Jerusalem or Judea. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, gives Timothy, in his first letter to him, the requirements a widow must meet in order for her to be added to the number of widows under the Church’s care. Timothy is in Ephesus, and Ephesus is the most important church in Asia Minor. Timothy was strategically placed there by Paul to establish the work and to properly organize it according to the Apostolic model. There are some who will say that the book of Acts is descriptive in nature but not prescriptive in order that they may wiggle out of the Church’s responsibility to care for widows. To this we answer, if that was the case why would Paul say this to his young protege’ left in the Ephesus.

Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband,[a] 10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.

Paul is prescribing the function of the New Testament Church and the providing the specific requirements for enrollment of widows into the care of the Church. What does this have to do with deacons? Everything, as you can see from Acts 6:1-7, the purpose of the creation of the Deacon office was to administrate, under the Apostles, the care of the widows in the Church. These persons were not to set up chairs at church picnics, children and teenagers can do those good and necessary works. Deacons are to carry out the incarnational ministry (serve tables Acts 6:2) of the church to the legitimate poor. The legitimate poor are defined as widows, orphans, and strangers (refugees). These family-less, property-less, disconnected persons are referred to in countless Old Testament passages as being in need of inclusion and care in the wider community of believers. Below is a list of important passages that the reader can review. They demonstrate, beyond all doubt, that God’s desire is that His people care for the legitimate poor, widows, orphans, and refugees, in their midst.

In our next blog we will further explore the ramifications of rediscovering the proper role of the Deacon in the modern church.

Deuteronomy 10:18 God’s attitude toward the legitimate poor

Deuteronomy 14:22-29 Tithe Feast

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 Sabbatical Year

Deuteronomy 16:9-12 Feast of Weeks

Deuteronomy 24:19-22 Harvest Practices

Deuteronomy 26:1-15 First Fruits (Free Will Offering) & Tithe (Obligatory Offering)

Deuteronomy 27:19 Curse upon those who pervert justice for the legitimate poor in the believing community

As well as the following Old and New Testament passages

Psalm 68:5 Psalm 82:3 Psalm 146:9 Isaiah 1:16-19 Matthew 25:31-46  James 1:27

 

 

 

 

 

Knowing God Part 1

“Father I want to obey you, but I struggle to find the power to obey”, or some variation of this prayer, has been prayed at one time or another by every single authentic follower of Christ. Some of us have been Christians for most of our lives, yet the process of spiritual transformation remians a mystery to us. I hope the series of articles that follow will help others discover the richness of the intimate Knowledge of God, as well as how Scripture teaches us to pursue it.

 

My conversion to Christianity was sudden and miraculous. I went from smoking pot and drinking all night to reading the Scriptures and praying all night. I basically became a monk for the first year. I worked, I ate, I slept, but mostly I pursued God with everything I could muster. I changed all my playmates and all my playgrounds. I forsook the world and found in the body of Christ new friends, a new family, and a new home. But, and I hate adding this but, but, I became a jerk for Jesus. I gained more doctrinal knowledge in a short period of time than most people gain in a lifetime. I loved theology. I read good theologians and godly men. I seemed to have a gift to understand it. But I became swollen in pride, because “knowledge puffs up.” My knowledge about God had outpaced my intimate knowledge of Him as person. One evening, as I was praying a very pharisaical prayer over somebody else, God pulled back the veil of my heart and gave me just a glimpse of the pride and darkness that dwelt there. I was devastated. I could not believe I was so unlike Jesus, and that there had been so little actual transformation. But that night began the real journey for me. From that night on I rarely ever (I wish I could say never) saw myself as a man who knows, but I became one that is in pursuit of the intimate knowledge of God. For He is so boundless that after an eternity to pursue Him, there will always be more to discover, for He is infinite.

 

“There is in the awful and mysterious depths of the Triune God neither limit nor end. ‘Shoreless ocean, who can sound Thee? Thine own eternity is round Thee, Majesty divine’”

A. W. Tozer

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The Advent of Joy

Advent-Candles“The root of joy for the Christian, is the truth of joy in the Son.”

 

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one to save;  He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” (

                            ~ Zephaniah 3:17 ~  

When we think of might we think of physical strength.  It is easy to see how the Israelites missed the coming of their Savior, they were looking for the wrong kind of might. They were looking for a ruler in the might of men to come and deliver them from Roman tyrants.  God sent them a baby, born in a barn, who slept his first night in someone else’s clothes, at the bottom of an animal food trough.  He then spent the majority of His human life in quiet obscurity as a carpenters son.  Finally, when He was revealed to His people as the Son of God and King of Israel, it was not at a grand coronation in a King’s court, but in a garden outside His own tomb, before a few women who had come to visit His grave. Listen to Paul in his letter to the Romans,

“the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord”
                            ~ Romans 1:1-4 ~

This is not how we would have done it.  But it is marvelous in our eyes.  To know that now Christ Jesus is not only seated at the Father’s right hand, but that He rejoices over us.  He is not seated on the Throne with a stern look upon His face, but He is exulting over us with loud singing.  This incredible scene of love does bring a quiet over my soul.  I get quiet so I can listen to the joy of my Savior.  The root of joy for the Christian, is the truth of joy in the Son.
Soli Deo Gloria

Scripture Readings for the Week of December 14, 2014
Advent Theme: Joy

Sunday              December 14        Luke 3:7-18
Monday             December 15        Isaiah 12:1-6
Tuesday            December 16        Isaiah 52:1-12
Wednesday      December 17        Psalm 126
Thursday          December 18       Zechariah 9:9-17
Friday               December 19        Zephaniah 3:14-20
Saturday          December 20        Philippians 4:4-9

Joy to the World by George Fox University Orchestra

O Come All Ye Faithful by Kings College Choir

 

The Advent of Peace

Advent-Candles

Devotional Thought from Ezekiel 34:11-31
Peace can be an illusive thing in this life. Conflict seems to be inscribed on our DNA. In fact, the Bible says that it is.     What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? “Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?(James 4:1)” Our sin nature, what the Apostle Paul calls, “the flesh” causes conflict, quarrels, and war. It is important for us to realize however, that our primary war is not with other men. Our primary war, the one raging in all human hearts, is against God. The Apostle Paul, again, describes the human condition

“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”

                            ~ Romans 1:28-32 ~

Yet God, after all our actions to the contrary, says in Ezekiel 34:25 that He is going to establish with us a “covenant of peace”. God ended the conflict. God resolved His justice. God initiated an end to the war. He did not send a general to conquer and destroy us, but he sent his only begotten son to save us. God became man, the incarnation, was the end of the war. Listen closely to the angels in Luke 2, and celebrate that there is now a “covenant of peace” between God and man, made by the God-man, Immanuel, Jesus Christ our Lord.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
                                    Luke 2:8-14  

Soli Deo Gloria

 

Readings for the Week of December 7th

Sunday         December 7        Isaiah 2:1-5
Monday        December 8        Isaiah 11:1-9
Tuesday        December 9        Isaiah 54:11-17
Wednesday   December 10       Ezekiel 34:11-31
Thursday      December 11       Zechariah 8:9-17
Friday           December 12       Psalm 85
Saturday       December 13       1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

 

Carols for this week

O Little Town of Bethlehem performed by the St Louis Boys Choir

Silent Night performed by the American Boys Choir

 

 

 

The Advent of Hope

Advent-CandlesA Devotional Thought based on Isaiah 40:1-11

We are fragile beings. Jesus will say our life is like a vapor or a mist, here right now and then gone in a flash, blown away by nothing more than a gentle breeze. To a child, 70 years seems a long time. To a 70 year old person, it was just yesterday that they were a child. Life is fragile, and life is short. It is easy to lose hope and to begin to wonder, “How can I stand before God?”.  Isaiah 40 gives us a word picture to describe the especially fragile condition of our soul before God’s Holy Word, when he says,

“A voice says, Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”    
                                ~ Isaiah 40:6-8 ~

But then the prophet gets a vision of the GOOD NEWS! He is told to get up on the top of Mount of Zion (the Temple Mount) and shout and tell everyone that the Lord is coming with power and an outstretched arm. That He is bringing with Him a reward (eternal life) for His people. The Lord is coming to them, and they should be on the look out for Him. But instead of looking for a mighty military general to throw off the empires of the world, they are told to look for a shepherd. Because that’s what we need, a Great Shepherd for our souls. “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in his arms; He will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young (Isaiah 40:11). We have a Shepherd who has overcome sin and death, and who WILL reward His people with eternal life. A shepherd that knows their fragile human condition, because He would come and bear it. That’s the Incarnation. That’s not a maybe hope, that is a sure hope.

“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
            
                                ~ Matthew 12:18-21~

Soli Deo Gloria

Devotion from Psalm 149

cross mosaicPsalm 149:1-5

[1] Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! [2] Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! [3] Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! [4] For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. [5] Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds.

 

One of the reasons why I choose a solitary quiet place for prayer is, when I sing, I really don’t want any one to hear me but the Lord. It’s awful. I truly make a joyful noise, but it’s more noise than anything. I love to sing however. I especially love to sing the older hymns. As far as I’m concerned there is no better song than Nearer My God to Thee. If you don’t know it, or have never heard it, then your church is robbing you of not just of a good song, but they are disinheriting you of the rich Christian tradition that is rightfully yours . Uh, oh, I said the T word didn’t I. Tradition is not a bad word at all. Sure it can lead to some bad things. But don’t blame tradition for that, it is ungodly men in the present that disturb the church with either an unhealthy love for or hatred of what they perceive as tradition. Interesting that I would bring up tradition when the Psalm plainly says, “Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song”. It does not mean to write a new song, it means sing to God with a renewed heart. The song may be old, or new, the age of the song does not matter. It is the state of the singer that is being addressed here. The Psalmist draws our attention to why we should be singing in verse 4, “For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.” Consider that phrase. Let it roll around in your mind for a minute. THE LORD TAKES PLEASURE IN HIS PEOPLE! God takes pleasure in you. When He thinks you, He sings over you. When you sing you are harmonizing not just with Angels in the worship of God, but there is a song of love that is being sung over you as well. So, when you go to the Lord, go with joy. When nobody is looking, dance. If you play an instrument, play a song and sing to the Lord. Let the first thought you have in the morning be, “the LORD takes pleasure in his people”. Let your last thought at night be, “he adorns the humble with salvation.”

Devotions from Psalm 1

Psalm 1
[1] Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; [2] but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. [3] He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. [4] The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. [5] Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; [6] for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

 

Who is the man that is blessed? The answer to that question is not the one typically given by the American Christian. The answer is not “the guy with the most stuff”, or “the guy with the most friends”. The answer is, “The man who doesn’t listen to, or surround himself with, or receive honor from the men of the world.” He has no desire for the woold pathrld’s vanity fair. He is in the world, but he is not of it. The blessed man desires above all to hear from the Lord, to be surrounded by the presence of the Lord, to be honored by the Lord. So he grows in patience and stability. He is willing to wait. He puts down deep roots next to the stream that flows from the Throne of God. He fills his mind with God’s Word. Patience has its perfect work in his life. The blessed man grows into a substantial person, one not blown about by every wind of doctrine. He bears fruit in season. When he is a young father with small children, he blossoms into a man concerned with their early needs. When his children are grown or nearly so, he becomes a mentor to young men, those without his wisdom, either those who themselves are now young fathers, or those that are young men who never had the benefit of a father. When he gets a little snow on the roof (or the roof falls out), his counsel matures even further as the many years of interaction with the holy Word and the Holy Spirit substantially change him. His words are fewer, but they are full. While the men of the world grow lighter, and more afraid of the future as their bodies weaken and their strength fades. The father in the faith grows in glory, in eternal weight, as he reflects the glory of His heavenly Father. He knows God and is known by God. He is a man with unexplainable peace. He is sure of his future with the Lord. He is occasionally afflicted with doubt, we all are from time to time. But those periods of spiritual disturbance grow shorter and shorter. He is a blessed man, and the Lord’s blessing does not end in this life. It is just a foretaste of the joy to come.

Application

1.    Seek the honor that comes from the Father alone. Abandon all attempts to impress or to find validation from the men on the world.

2.    Put down deep roots into the waters of God. Spend daily time with Him in His Word. Let your mind be filled with the Truth of God.

3.    Don’t look for instant gratification. You will bear fruit in season. Let patience have its perfect work in you. Much of the spiritual life happens by increments. You are a tree, not a weed.

4.    Surround yourself with other men who desire to be “blessed” men as well

Solomon’s Porch Devotional for the Week

Preparing Our Hearts cross mosaic

Psalm 51:3-12
[3] For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.  [4] Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.  [5] Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.  [6] Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.  [7] Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  [8] Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.  [9] Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.  [10] Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  [11] Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.  [12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

1. Perhaps there is some sin that lies heavy upon your heart.  Take a moment and consider the fitness of your soul

2. Ask the Lord to teach you the deeper wisdom of His way and to grant you a willing spirit,  not just to walk in His way but to forsake your own completely

3. Perhaps you feel that your heart needs to be created anew, that your spirit has become crooked, and you are lacking in peace and joy.  Confess your sins then AND RECEIVE the promise of forgiveness in Christ.  Sometimes we only give our sins to the Lord but refuse to or forget to receive forgiveness.  Hear the words of Jesus spoken to the paralyzed man, “Son (or daughter), your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:5)

Songs for the Week open hymnal

I am so thankful that Ms. Christy Hunt has agreed to begin to lead our singing each week.  Her first week leading us was wonderful, and I look forward to all of us learning some new and old songs together.

Holy Holy Holy by the Kings College Choir

God Be Merciful To Me by Indelible Grace

Brokenness Aside by All Sons and Daughters

Abide With Me by Indelible Grace

 

Scripture Readings open bible

Acts 2:14a; 22-32

Psalm 16

1 Peter 1:3-9

John 20:19-31

 

Sermon Synopsis

Last night we continued our Sermon Series through “The Lord’s Prayer”, focusing for the second week in a row on “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”.  Last week we spent some time looking at the conscience, an under taught on topic in the Church.  We looked at the role of the conscience especially in regards to it needing to be purged from “dead works to serve the Living God”.  We cannot approach God in our own righteousness, whatever we dream that may be.  Whether ceremony, service, or charity, none of these can erase the blot of sin upon our soul.  “Nothing in our hands may we bring, only to the cross may we cling.”  Once purged from these “dead works” by the saving work of Christ however, we stand before the Lord in a New Covenant, never needing cleansing again.pulpit

But then, we find that there is still corruption in us, and that we need to further seek the forgiveness and mercy of God.  It is important for us that all our dealings are built upon the grace of God.  Therefore Jesus has us begin praying not, “Lord forgive me”, but rather, “Our Father”.  It is four petitions into The Lord’s Prayer before we are told to seek forgiveness from God.  John 13:1-11 was the text we ended with last night, and in it we find Jesus telling Peter that he only needed his feet cleansed not his whole body.  This is analogous to us.  Christ has made us clean.  It is only our feet that need cleansing, and this is the type of cleansing that we seek from God now that in Christ we may call Him, “Our Father in Heaven”.

 

Children’s Catechism Questions catechism

86.    What does the fourth commandment teach us?
A.    To keep the Sabbath holy

87.    What day of the week is the Christian Sabbath?
A.    The first day of the week, called the Lord’s Day.

88.    Why is it called the Lord’s Day?
A.    Because on that day Christ rose from the dead.

89.    How should the Sabbath be spent?
A.    In prayer and praise, in hearing and reading God’s Word, and in doing good to our fellow  men.

90.    What is the Fifth Commandment?
A.    The Fifth Commandment is, Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days maybe long in the land that the Lord thy God has given thee

upcoming events

05.03.14 Hickory Hollow Farmers Market from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm located @ 5434 Bell Forge Ln East (next to the Antioch Post Office)

05.04.14 Our inaugural weekly meal is coming up next week.  I am excited about this addition to our worship gathering.  This weeks meal theme is italian food.  If you need more info about what to bring email Melissa Mundy at junglegirl94@juno.com.

05.24.14 We are in the process of planning a cookout and game night as well so stay tuned

Mission

Matthew 28:19-20

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Downtown

 

Using the The Lord’s Prayer as a Guide: Part 2

family prayingHallowed Be Your Name

In my last article I talked about my personal struggle finding my way to a meaningful life of prayer. I kept at it, making tons of mistakes along the way, but God led me to the eventual enjoyment of a rich, full, and free personal relationship with Him. I found the path to prayer with God through Jesus’ teaching on prayer via what has come to be known as, “The Lord’s Prayer” found in Matthew 6:9-15.

 

[9] Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. [10] Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. [11] Give us this day our daily bread, [12] and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. [13] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [14] For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, [15] but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

I first learned to approach God and enjoy Him as my Heavenly Father. The Gospel of Jesus must permeate our hearts and minds or else, as Martin Luther said, “the world, the flesh, and the Devil” will drive us from Him, which I believe is the sad state of many, many believer’s today. Many trust God for salvation in the future, but never learn to dwell in a “present faith” that continually reconciles them to God, moment by moment. In other words, they believe God will love them in the future, they have faith in that, but they are not sure God loves them in the present, especially in the moment of failure. Unless you come to see God as your Heavenly Father first, everything else about prayer will be illusive to you. God is either your Heavenly Father or He is a Heavenly Judge. You either believe He longs to be with you, and has opened His throne to your every approach, or you believe He wants to punish you, and the way of your approach is filled with the guilt of your shame. What does the Scripture say to you?

 

Hebrews 4:14-16

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

If you are now ready to press on in your prayer journey, trusting God fully as your Heavenly Father, then let us boldly go on and draw near to God, learning next to “hallow” His “name”. But first, I’d like to make a few suggestions on prayer in general.

 

  1. Things you will need

a)    Bible

b)   Song book

c)    Pencil and paper

 

  1. Choose a decent space fit for the occasion, if it can be managed

a)    Familiar place

b)   Private, so that you can comfortably converse with God

c)    Quiet, so you can be still and hear

 

  1. Posture

a)    position of reverence

b)   comfortable enough so its not distracting to your mind

 

  1. Silence

a)    rather than starting by talking, be quiet for a period

b)   push all distractions from your mind

c)    turn off your phone

d)   Use the pad and pencil to jot down stray thoughts that come to mind that might consume your time of silence

 

Now that you are in a quiet, private setting, sitting or kneeling in a posture demonstrating your reverence for God, with our phone off, and your Bible, song book, and pencil and pad before you, let’s get started hallowing the name of God.

 

Hallowing God takes Meditation

Choose a Scripture that expounds something about the nature and character of God to meditate on. I find these passages most often in the Psalms, prophets, and at the ends of the New Testament letters. A good way to build a personal archive of Scriptures to meditate on is when you are reading your Bible, or when you are listening to a sermon, and one of these great passages of the Scripture is pointed out to you, underline it, high light it, or jot it down some where.

 

How do you meditate on passage?

  1. Read it aloud several times slowly, considering it as you read
  2. Then read it several times silently, allowing the key words to lift themselves up to you
  3. Ask your self, What is the Spirit saying to me? Then just listen
  4. Jot down what you hear

 

Singing is a Great Way to Hallow God’s Name

Here is where privacy can really be key, and by key I mean “off key”. I can’t sing “a lick” as they say here in the south, but because I am in a private place I don’t really care, I can just sing out, and praise the Lord. Get your song book out, choose a few songs that really lift up the name and character of the Lord, and let them fly, sing with joy, sing with abandon, sing with your heart. It should be full, as you just spent the last few minutes considering the greatness of your Heavenly Father and the wonder of His attributes. Guess what? You just “hallowed the name of God”.

 

Prayer: Thy Kingdom Come is coming soon, so stay tuned to Solomon’s Porch.  Oh and tell your friends about us if this article has been helpful to you.

 

Soli Deo Glori