01272019 Classic Worship Folder
Sometimes it just takes a lot of words to convey an idea. Compound words often help, like bookstore and mother-in-law. Compound words in German, such as Weltanschauung, Weltschmerz and Kühlschrank, inspire both awe and fear in students learning German for the first time. The German language often creates bigger compounds for bigger ideas. Some of their words are very long! In putting ideas about God into words, the Bible offers some very big ideas. Really out of this world. One of the Bible’s biggest ideas comes in one of its smallest words. Translators often resort to compounds to render it into English. It’s one of the most important Hebrew words every Christian should know. #steadfastlove
01202019 Classic Worship Folder
Abraham Lincoln did not say, “The problem with quotes on the Internet is that no one can confirm their authenticity.” Nor does the Bible say that “cleanliness is next to godliness,” “God works in mysterious ways,” or “God helps those who help themselves.” (Guess which one actually comes from Aesop!) We hear what we want to hear. It happens often—with loved ones, teachers, doctors, etc. Beyond misunderstanding and misquoting the Bible, we often hear what we want God to say. Christians often say that God will never give us more than we can bear. But does the Bible actually promise this? The truth may surprise you.
01202019 NewDay Praise Worship Folder
Who doesn't like to be liked? Being liked feels good. Being liked by someone can be the start of a deep and meaningful relationship with that person. And affirmation and positive input from the people around us helps us learn what is socially acceptable and how to get along with others. But we live in a society that is consumed with approval and affirmation... a world that idolizes one's ability to fit in, be popular, and conform to the latest trends and styles. But life is not about how many "Likes" you get or how well you've imitated the popular people or trending styles you find on social media. God doesn't call us to conform to the ways of the world, but to be transformed by his influence in our lives. To be liked by others feels good, but to be made more like God is the goal of a follower of Jesus.