Each Friday, I’ll post links to 3–5 resources from around the web you may want to check out.
Churchgoers May Remember Song Lyrics Over Sermon Quotes
Jen Wilkin writes about the power of song to help us remember. She also challenges her readers to consider the particular formative effects of the songs they sing.
It matters whether those who lead us in song see their task as creating a mood or a memory. If primarily a mood, lyrics can take a back seat to vocals and instrumentation. If primarily a memory, the lyrics are critically important. Like the Psalms, they should be able to stand on their own, combined with music or not.
Not Easily Offended
Part of loving others well is learning how to be not easily offended.
If this is the common experience of true believers, then it means that we should be willing to bear long with others. If we have known the continual battle between the flesh and the Spirit in our own life, then we should be ready to walk with others who know the same experience. This is why Jesus taught Peter that believers are to forgive their brother or sister if he or she comes and repents “seventy-seven times” (Matt. 18:21–22).
Leaving a Legacy of Bible Reading
As we aim to influence others, especially our children, to read the Bible, Sarah Humphrey writes that our example is powerful.
As we lead children into the Word, the best way for them to actually become interested is by seeing us already invested. I can tell my kids to practice the piano all day long, but it’s when I sit down at the bench to play that they come and sit with me. I can encourage them to make their own toast each morning, but it’s when I show them how, that they feel empowered to make their own breakfast. Teaching the Bible is no different. It comes with the patience, explanation, and the beauty of storytelling that will engage and interest them by showing them the worth of what is inside.
On the WPCA Blog This Week
This week on the blog we published an article I wrote called Lamenting Like a Christian. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out!
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