Did you know that God invites you to worship Him as His guest every Sunday? Greg Wheatley, director of worship at New Covenant Church, describes what this means, and why it's so important, in the latest edition of "The Day After Sunday" podcast.
The tentacles of today's culture war and political strife have entangled the church, which has shown herself to be a more than willing combatant. But which battles are really worth fighting, and how do we fight them? The answer may surprise you.
Winston Churchill once said, "We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us." The same is true of our words. Once we begin to use a word in a certain way, it shapes our very thinking on the subject. In this first of a series on worship, Greg Wheatley, music director of New Covenant Church in Naperville, shows us that Christians trapped in musical emotionalism too often ascribe to music a power that is reserved for the Spirit Himself.
In the latest edition of my podcast, The Day After Sunday, you'll see that idolatry wasn’t a problem only for pagans “way back when.” It remains a serious issue for us in the West—even Christians who claim God as their King. I think it’s safe to say that if we had lived back then, we would have been just as guilty as any pagan of this sin.
Here are nine reasons why.
The father of the prodigal son didn’t settle for an arid relationship based on restitution. Instead, in grace and mercy, he ran to meet his dirty, dusty, and defeated son, and he threw an elaborate welcome-home party. When we come to our senses and return home to God, we receive the same extravagant grace. Listen as Pastor Chris Castaldo shares the encouraging message, "When Your Sins Are Egregious."
Like Ezekiel, we step into the suffering of humanity with eyes wide open, but we don’t stop there. We believe that bones can live. Crazy as it sounds. Indeed, "foolish" according to the apostle Paul; yet, it's true. The most tentative and enfeebled Christian has the power to speak life into dead bones. Why? Because Jesus Christ swallowed up death.