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Music is very powerful.  It stirs our hearts.  It’s leads us to cry.  It’s a call to shout.  It reminds us of past loves and different seasons.  It is a tool that teaches us.  It influences our minds and our culture.  Words to songs I never wanted to hear in the first place are still stuck in my head today.  Music is very powerful.

When music is used to worship God it is in it’s most powerful form.  It is a sacred bridge between things here on the earth and the throne room of the Almighty.  With that in mind, it’s good for us to be reminded of the importance of this portion of our own personal devotional life and our corporate gatherings as well.

I thought this article had some interesting insight. What do you think?

Ideas on what to do when your “quiet time” goes silent.

Most of us know we’re “supposed” to do devotions every day. And so we slog along, crack open our Bible every day and hope to pick something up by osmosis before we forget what we’ve read. Why do devotions seem so … pointless? What do you do when you know you should be doing them, but it just feels empty and insincere to do them? Do devotions even matter?

Though the video above is humorous, it strikes a convicting chord because it points out our tendency to forget and marginalize God. We fill our lives with so many people, so many events, and so many things that we have no time left over for God. Even for those of us in full time ministry, it is a constant battle to not substitute the work of God for actually spending time with God. Even so, the Scripture is very pointed on how God feels about “competitors.” Please consider the following verses:

(Heb 1:6) And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

As far as I can remember, I have always viewed this verse as speaking of a future event.

But I have noticed that for some “reason”, some among our ranks have now changed their minds and see this verse as talking about the birth of Christ; and I simply can’t see why!! 🙁

The following is my reasons:

Now the context that I speak of is ‘The worship of Christ’ as shown in verses such as
Matt 2:2,8,11; 8:2, 9:18, 14:33, 15:25, 20:20, 28:9,17;
Mark 5:6, John 9:38, etc.

HTML clipboardThen Jesus said him, “Begone Satan!  For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”  (Matthew 4:10 – NASB)
John Wilson was a printer and author, born in Scotland in 1802.  He later moved to America and was a staunch defender of Unitarianism.  His work on “Scripture Proofs and Scripture Illustrations of Unitarianism” is a great source of Biblical knowledge concerning the unity of God.  For a short biography of John Wilson you can go to:  http://www.famousamericans.net/johnwilson1/ .  His other Unitarian publications comprise “Scripture Proofs and Scripture Illustrations of Unitarianism” (1833; 3rd ed., London and Manchester, 1846; abridged, Boston, part i. ; new ed., New York, 1847); “The Concessions of Trinitarians” (Manchester, 1842 ; Boston, 1845) ; ” Unitarian Principles Confirmed by Trinitarian Testimonies” (Boston, 1855-57).  The following is a paragraph that summarizes the topic that only the Father was the one whom the apostles worshipped.

What Does the Bible Mean by the Term “worship”?
by Carlos Jimenez (Xavier)

Jason D. BeDuhn, Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament, University Press of America, 2003, pp. 41-49.

Ancient Mediterranean societies tended to be very hierarchical. It was a world where everyone knew their place in relation to countless superiors and inferiors. Those who neglected or forgot this stratification of rank would be readily reminded by those around. In the highest place stood God or the gods. Below that in the Roman Empire ranked the emperor, followed by senators, governors, and a very complex system of local officials, priests, and landowners. The very bottom was occupied by slaves who might be owned by the lowliest of peasants.

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