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“Spiritual Songs” and our Corporate Worship: Some Thoughts on Ephesians 5:18-21

The following is a brief excerpt from my book, Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life (Zondervan). Its focus is Paul's instruction in Ephesians 5:18-21, where he writes: "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ" (Eph. 5:18-21).

10 Things You should Know about God's Omnipresence

(10) The teaching of Scripture on God's omnipresence is unassailable. In addition to what we have already seen in Psalm 139, note the following:The word "omnipresence" refers to the truth that God is everywhere: from here in the room where I sit to beyond the galaxies that the Hubble telescope is able to probe. Let's look at ten things we should know about this attribute of God. (1) The best place to begin in thinking about divine omnipresence is the very personal affirmation of it by David in Psalm 139. There he writes: "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, 'Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,' even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you" (Ps. 139:7-12).

5 Easy Steps to Begin a Daily Quiet Time

The way you begin your day often determines the quality of the day. For this reason, throughout my adult Christian life, I've tried to spend some time focused on the God I love and trust. It truly does make a difference. I often encounter people, however, who want to begin a daily quiet time, but they aren't sure how. They've perhaps tried before, but it didn't last. It really isn't as complicated as we often make it out to be. The main thing is simply to do something, but in case you are one of those still wanting to but not sure how, let me offer a few suggestions.

19 Great Quotes On Grace For All Christians

Grace! Many times we use this word and listen this word in church, books and praises. But do you really understand what grace is? And Are you filled with it?Here is 20 quotes on grace from famous preachers, authors and theologians. These help you to understand what grace is and how to work in grace and with grace.

Jesus is The Servant and We are The Served

If someone were to ask you what it is about Christianity that makes it unique among the many world religions, how would you answer them? What is it about the Christian faith that sets it apart and in doing so helps to confirm its truthfulness? What is it about Christianity that makes it so appealing?

Why God Created The World

During John Piper's recent ministry trip to Europe, he spoke at the Congresson Missione in Montesilvano in Italy. His subject was: Why God Created the World. I strongly urge you to read and re-read this remarkable article. It was first published at www.desiringgod.org on Saturday, September 3, 2016.

The Most Misused Text in the Bible

“Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God will come, He answered them, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable; no one will say, ‘Look here!’ or ‘There!’ For you see, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:20-21).

How Fear Led One Man to Heaven and Another to Hell

There's no easy way around this story, so let me come straight to the point and say it as honestly, yet delicately, as I can. On the surface the story in Mark 6:14-29 feels more at home in the National Enquirer than it does in the Bible. I would expect to read about this sort of thing in the gossip column of some Hollywood blogger, but hardly in the Bible!

Living by Faith in the Greater Wealth of Christ

It was by faith that Moses made a critical decision: he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter (Heb. 11:24). Let me say just a brief word about who this woman may have been, because it sheds considerable light on the nature of Moses' choice.

If There Is No God, What Does "Moral" Mean?

There was something both interesting and baffling that I noticed in the issue of Christianity Today. It was a report on the results of the Pew Research Center's survey of people around the world. The question they asked was: "Is belief in God necessary to be moral?" Of the forty nations polled, China ranked lowest. Only 14% said Yes to the inquiry. Indonesia ranked highest as 99% of the people polled said Yes. The United States came in at 53%. Only 20% of those in Britain said Yes and 15% of those in France.

Think, Meditate, Ponder

Among the many reasons I could mention why I love God's Word, let me give you just one example. When I read a passage such as Philippians 4:8-9, I find myself experiencing a double effect

Self-Awareness and the Sufficiency of Christ

One of the most helpful things I've learned in my years as a pastor is the crucial role that self-awareness plays in our growth as Christians. By self-awareness I mean the capacity to be honest and sincere when it comes to both our strengths and weaknesses.