Friday Fun: Hum Some Hymns Today

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https://www.incourage.me/2013/08/11-of-the-greatest-hymns-in-church-history.html

Top 11 Hymns of all time, voted on by one authors personal decision. But we agree, these are good ones. Some first written over a thousand years ago, still sung today. Go ahead, hum along!

Number 11. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (1923)

Thomas Chisolm spent most of his life sick, but in a rare bout of health, he went on a missions trip. While traveling, he corresponded with William Runyan, a good friend of his, and they often exchanged poems they had written. Runyan found this poem of Thomas’ so moving that he composed music to accompany it, publishing it in 1923. It wasn’t noticed until several years later by a Moody Bible Institute professor, who requested it be sung in their chapel services.

Read the full article to hear these classic hymns and read the story behind them.

Featured Articles: Sermon Centered Sundays

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To say we should dump preaching in favor or drama, video, discussion, music, or anything else is to misunderstand the nature of the church and her work. In bringing us into his church, God calls us out of ourselves. Statistics show that the average American adult spends 10 hours a day connected to media; are churches wise to accommodate that trend? Wouldn’t it be better to call us away from our smartphones and tablets for two hours each week (out of 168) to hear a word from the Lord?

Genuine Christian worship is not an experience that can be simulated (or replaced) by any manmade thing, no matter how ingenious. Yes, we’ve become a visual culture, but Christianity is a verbal faith, so we must not let the visual eat up the verbal.

If you’re thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, this article can help you to understand that God can use those who aren’t fine tuned to achieve perfection. He doesn’t require the most skilled or wise, the most educated, God’s way is not the world’s way. In this article Jeff Robinson discusses the disinterest modern people can have for the same old things, but that we can’t sacrifice God’s way for the world’s.

Read the full article here.

What We’re Reading Today

From Tim Keller’s ‘Making Sense of God‘:

“[These are] Christianity’s unsurpassed offers—a meaning that suffering cannot remove, a satisfaction not based on circumstances, a freedom that does not hurt but rather enhances love, an identity that does not crush you or exclude others, a moral compass that does not turn you into an oppressor, and a hope that can face anything, even death.” (216)

Tim Keller’s ‘Making Sense of God’, this book comes as a prequel to his previous book, ‘The Reason for God’. If you’re thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, this book may help you make sense of the decision. By faith…

Music Monday

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一粒麦子 – A Kernel of Wheat

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

Jesus, John 12:24

Check out our OYC site in China, a country in great need of more kernels of wheat!

Zoom In: Mexico and Central America

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This week, we zoom in on Mexico and Latin America. We don’t have an OYC site in these regions, but it is inspiring and worth sharing if not for the vision of what can happen in other regions of Latin America and the world for that matter!

We have OYC sites in Bolivia and Argentina, and churches all throughout Latin America which are fighting for the kingdom of God!

Featured Article: Has ‘Authenticity’ Trumped Holiness?

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“There’s this idea that to live out of conformity with how I feel is hypocrisy; but that’s a wrong definition of hypocrisy,” Thoennes said. “To live out of conformity to what I believe is hypocrisy. To live in conformity with what I believe, in spite of what I feel, isn’t hypocrisy; it’s integrity.”

If you’re thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, it’s a decision that shouldn’t be lead or controlled by a feeling of fitting with who you are, that will change, but it can be conformed with God’s word and command and power.

You can read the full article here.

What We’re Reading Today

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“Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov sarcastically summarized the ethical reasoning of secular humanism like this: ‘Man descended from apes, therefore we must love one another.’ The second clause does not follow from the first. If it was natural for the strong to eat the weak in the past, why aren’t people allowed to do it now? . . . Given the secular view of the universe, the conclusion of love or social justice is no more logical than the conclusion to hate or destroy. These two sets of beliefs—in a thoroughgoing scientific materialism and in a liberal humanism—simply do not fit with one another. Each set of beliefs is evidence against the other. Many would call this a deeply incoherent view of the world.”

Tim Keller (42–43)

We are not animals, not beasts. As Christ has love us, let us love others.

If you’re thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, you will likely encounter people from a different background and world view, but we share a father.