HOW DO YOU FEEL?
When I was in school in literature class we would be given reading assignments. A paper with questions about the reading material would sometimes be given; usually things about what the author was trying to convey. “What does the lamp symbolize?” “What is the author saying when . . .” Questions like that.
The other day I was looking over one of my grandchildren’s reading assignments. He was to read a chapter in a book and answer five questions. Every one of the questions was about how the reader felt. “How do you feel when . . .” was the beginning of every question.
Evidently the emphasis has changed from what an author is trying to say to how does the reader feel? I find ...view middle of the document...
A typical four hour service would consist of a half hour of signing followed by three and a half hours of preaching. Church ended when the people believed God was finished speaking to their hearts and it was time to digest all that the Holy Spirit was saying to them. The emphasis was on the message of the scripture and what The Author (God) was trying to say.
Moving forward to today, many churches will have 3-5 minutes for announcements, 40-45 minutes of music and ending with a 10-15 minute sermon, with an apology given if the services runs an hour and five minutes. The evils of sin are seldom if ever preached about and the atmosphere of the service is more like a High School pep rally. The emphasis is on the feelings of the congregation.
Music is essential in our lives as Christians. There are at least a dozen interments mentioned by name in the Bible used in praise and glory to God. It would be wonderful if every church could have a full orchestra. God even commands us to sing when we are merry, “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.” (James 5:13). There are many verses which tell us sing, Psalm 81:1; Psalm 95:1; Isaiah 30:29; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; and the list goes on. Music...