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Bringing In The Cheese

And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with singing” (Psalm 105:43).
 
I have always enjoyed singing, even when I was little and couldn’t understand the words. I remember singing “Bringing in the cheese when I was very young.”On a serious note, I wonder how many of us understand all the words we sing in hymns. “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also,” Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:15. Many of our hymns were written more than a century ago, and our language has changed. They are filled with references to scriptures that some may not know. We run across such phrases as “night with ebon pinion,” “the Macedonian call,” “the cleft of the rock,” and “my Ebenezer.”

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It’s What You Do

Ponder: Why Christians do what they do.
Scripture: “You will know them by their fruits . . . every good tree bears good fruit” (Matthew 7:16, 17, NKJV).
“If you’re a parrot, you repeat things. It’s what you do.” You may recognize that line and several similar ones from ads run by a certain insurance company. They claim that if you want to save money, you buy insurance from them – “It’s what you do.” I’m all for saving money, but right now I want to borrow their line to discuss why we do what we do as Christians. Jesus said a good tree bears good fruit. But why does it do that? In short, it’s because that’s its nature. If a tree bears bad fruit, there isn’t much to do but cut it down.

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Walking Through the Valley

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Psalm 23:4, NLT

Life in general is filled with highs and lows, but it can especially be apparent for those in Christian ministry leadership positions. Just look at how many pastors, youth ministers, and worship directors eventually leave ministry. The work wears on a person.


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