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Killing Me Softly With His Blog…..

Have you ever the Roberta Flack song Killing Me Softly? In case you haven’t here are the lyrics:

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

I heard he sang a good song
I heard he had a style
And so I came to see him
To listen for a while
And there he was this young boy
A stranger to my eyes

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

I felt all flushed with fever
Embarassed by the crowd
I felt he found my letters
And read each one out loud
I prayed that he would finish
But he just kept right on

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

He sang as if he knew me
In all my dark despair
And then he looked right through me
As if I wasn’t there
And he just kept on singing
Singing clear and strong

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me

He was strumming my pain
Yeah, he was singing my life
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly
With his song

I had my own little “killing me softly” moment recently. Mark posted a link to a blog written by Jim Elliff on his Facebook page. Mark left for work shortly after posting the link. I saw it and clicked on it. Never in my life have I felt more like someone could read my very thoughts than this. I do not know Jim Elliff. I have never spoken to him. However, he posted some of the very same thoughts I have had recently. It was almost scary how much he and I are on the same wavelength on this subject. This particular writing is titled The Negotiables.  It talks about things in church that we do in certain ways, but they really don’t matter. For instance our meeting times. Almost every church I know of meets at the same time, on the same days. Here are some of Jim’s words about that:

Remember that the early church did not have Sundays as a day off until Constantine in the early 300s. They had to meet early in the morning before work or late in the evening after work, even on Sundays. If this day gets eaten up in commercial enterprise as the years go on, Christians are not going to miss out. We certainly can meet in the evening like our ancient forebears did during the greatest years of church expansion. Right?

This really hit home for me. My husband works a swing shift. He is not always able to be at church during the times we are having service due to being at work or having just gotten home at 6:00 am after a 12-hour shift. Do you have any idea how much it pains a  preacher who loves God’s  word to have to miss church? It is a lot. Other people I know have jobs where they work some or all of Sunday, or they have to work late on Saturday night and can’t make it on Sunday morning.

He goes on to mention how having bulletins, with everything for the service laid out can be a hindrance.  We can get so consumed by having a pattern (ex- sing X number of songs, pause for announcements, sing, have prayer, sing, take offering, preach, leave) that rather than letting the Spirit be our guide, we let our habits be our guide.  He even mentions having more than person share the message. That is what you see in the book of Acts. Actually, if you want to get technical, that is the way Jesus worshiped. Luke 4:16-22

He even mentions how we take offerings. Maybe have discreet boxes where it is easier to give without being noticed. Matthew 6:2-4 He mentions taking the Lord’s Supper in a different way. I really think we lose a lot of meaning by using a stale cracker and a tiny cup of juice. He talks about how we could do Sunday School in a different way. Why do we meet in sanctuaries, seated  neatly in our rows of pews? Why does singing always come before the message?

Let me clarify something, lest anyone think I am saying all churches that follow the typical model are of the devil. I do not necessarily think having a model of worship is a bad thing. I think that being so firm in our models is bad. i think that if we take liberty away from worship, we are treading in dangerous waters. For closing, I will share more of Mr. Elliff’s thoughts:

Though we love what the Reformation restored to us, we are more shaped by the Reformation structure and pattern than by the early church’s liberty and flexibility. The forms of the Reformation served well in that culture. They were new and fresh and within biblical boundaries. But must we be Reformation-like today? Yes, when it comes to the doctrines of God, man, salvation, etc., because the Reformation returned us to the Bible. But likely not when it comes to external forms. We must use our freedoms and rejoice in that liberty.

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Ahhhh…..Monday

Yes, I know that most people hate Monday. With a passionate, deeply rooted hatred, they despise Monday. I am not like most people. I have begun to LOVE Monday! It is a brand-new day! Its the beginning of a brand new week, full of possibilities. Anything that didn’t go so well last week, we have the opportunity to correct or replace this week. I never thought I would think of Monday as a gift from God, but it is, really. It is a picture of how He makes all things new. This is a new week. New time for me to bond with my kids. New opportunity for us to serve him. New week to learn more about him. So,what are you waiting for? Go live for HIM!!

Brain Blast While Doing the Laundry

Have you ever had one of those days where everything that was seemingly unrelated and separate just all somehow clicked and worked together? I had one of those yesterday. We started out with our Catechism reading like normal. For the start of this school year we are just doing a review by reading the Monday story that goes along with each of the Q&As we have already done. So we read about a little girl choosing a puppy from a pound and naming her Grace. Just like God chooses us out of our estate of sin and misery in His grace. The topic for history this week is Creation through Noah. Benjamin has a book with Cd about Noah. So he played the CD and read along.  Samuel was working alone on a drawing, Nathaniel was working on some math problems, so I grabbed the opportunity to sneak  off for a clothes folding.

Let me sort of flash-back for just a moment. It seems like I have seen a lot of conflicting ideas about the doctrine of election lately. It might be in person or over the internet directed to me, or it might be an editorial in the Alabama Baptist newspaper where some bloke takes it upon himself to rewrite the five TULIP points to better fit with what he believes is “fair”.  So keep in mind that all this is floating in my head. As I was listening to the story of Noah, which I have always loved btw, it suddenly dawned on me. We read the story of Noah, how God rescued one family out of all the whole world and we call it gracious and wonderful. We read about Abraham, where one again God calls one, and we never hear anyone say “That is not fair”. Why is it that people want to pull the “fair” card when it comes to the New Covenant? Do they really think it is “fair” Jesus had to pay for their sins?

Do I think that my brain blast will help the whole world come to believe the same about God as I do? No, I do, however, think that it will help me when confronted with “I don’t think God creates people that He knows have chance of going to Heaven!”

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