Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Opus 2011-276, Monday Pulpit: PM

When I was in the army one of the big themes was PM or Preventative Maintenance.  Sunday the pastor hit on that theme.

I don’t have my notes in front of me but I have been thinking about the sermon.  One of the comments he made was that we need to make our decisions before we need to make a decision.

His topic was making choices and how God gives us free will through the power of the Holy Spirit and prevenient grace.  Yes, for you who are into extreme predestination, we Arminians also believe that we cannot do anything in our own power.  The difference is that we believe God intervenes in such a way to allow us the ability to choose.

The point was that we need to prepare for life by deciding what the laws and principles will be that we will follow.  Thus when we are faced with certain decisions and temptations we don’t even need to think about it.  We have already decided our foundation.  It becomes a no-brainer.  Thus if for some strange reason I can’t imagine, if I am ever propositioned by a woman to compromise my marriage covenant, there is no decision to make.  Just pass along what has already been decided. 

So lay the foundations.  Make the decisions.  Know where you stand.  It makes it much easier to get through the day.

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