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Worship vs. contemporary worship

"That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;" (Eph. 4:14).

We are warned in this passage not to be "tossed to and fro", this carries the idea of fluctuation or instability (as caused by waves) along with this imagery, we are not to be "carried about" or to be borne or conveyed about easily by the unsettled and unpredictable "wind of doctrine."  Doctrine means teaching or instruction.  If anything is supposed to be solid and engender stability it should be sound doctrine.  When people are instructed in the Word or the doctrine(s) of God's Holy Word, there is strength and stability.  Take for example what is mentioned in Psalm 1 regarding the blessed man who stays in the word.  It says: "he shall be like a tree planted..." (Ps. 1:3) this suggests a purposeful plant vs. a wild tree.  This s…

What do my sons like...

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WT as we affectionately call him (thanks to his Great-Grandma Starr) likes: Thomas the Tank, Choco-Pudding, Cookies, Cakes, Pizza (esp. the crust), "Juice" - he calls everything he drinks juice, even if it's water, ha! Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Wrestling, Cars, and two blocks (that has small bells) which he rattles in sync as he listens to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." When he "prays" all he does is repeat names like Mama & Dada...Dada & Mama...and so on (super funny).  Read him a story, then at the end have him read it back to you (what a nut!).  He loves his mother's night time routine: reading and singing.  We have our family devotions every night (read a Bible story, and pray) except on Sundays (where we have Bible preaching and prayers all day at church).





JD likes to eat, sleep, poop, puke, and keep us up all night! What a funny guy! He really likes his pacifier.  He loves to be held, and he is extremely nosy (quite alert for a lit…

Two sermons worth listening to

"Perilous Times Shall Come" by Dr. Roger Voegtlin (Pastor of Fairhaven Baptist Church, Chesterton, IN). - This sermon highlights poignant Bible verses and principles about the importance of standing for Christ.  So many good insights are also shared in this sermon regarding the importance of powerful preaching vs. popular preaching and a working church principle vs. church marketing.  This sermon is something that can inspire pastors and preachers to remain faithful to God and His Holy Word.

"Why Most Independent Baptist Churches will be Emerging in 20 Years"  by Dr. David Cloud (Missionary, prolific author, and Biblical Fundamentalist preacher) - So many people do not like Bro. Cloud because as a preacher he exposes sin (so what's new?).  It is difficult to stand against your own, when your own are in the wrong, this sermon is a rather difficult one to preach because he names extremely influential "leaders" within the "IFB" circles but not…