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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Opus 2012-39, Enquiring Minds

Do you take notes?  How many times have you half-way remembered something but you have no way of getting the entire thought?  It is one reason why I am always writing things down.  I may never see the paper again but the process of writing it down helps me to remember it. 

For the car I have a small recorder to record my thoughts.  I may never get back to them but it helps me remember.  Often when I do get back to them I realize that they were worth forgetting, but occasionally I am really glad I grabbed the moment.

It is a valuable habit to take notes on a sermon.  I never write what I am told.  You know how the preacher will say, “This is important, write it in the margin of your Bible.”  No way.  Just because he thinks it is important doesn’t mean I am going to write it down.  I like to listen to a different voice.  It’s not so much writing down what the preacher says as writing down what the Holy Spirit says as you are listening. 

Understand the dynamic.  Often what the preacher says is not what you hear.  You know how this works in conversations.  It is the source of much confusion.  Allow the Holy Spirit to turn this into an asset.  When your mind starts to wander, enjoy the moment.  It could be the Holy Spirit bringing something to mind that you have been ignoring and this is the time for you to follow it.  Obviously if all you are doing is thinking about asking out the girl in the row in front of you it is probably not from God.  This is true specially if your wife is sitting next to you.  But if you begin to think about something that happened from a comment someone made, follow it.  If a Bible verse comes to mind turn to it. 

A wandering mind can be a wonderful thing.  Or is this better, a wondering mind is a wandering thing?  Take your pick.

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