July 2011 Blog Posts (48)

GOT FAITH?

All Christians need faith to fight off the attacks of the enemy. Faith is our shield, one of the pieces of the armor of God listed that we need to put on daily to ward off the darts of the enemy.

Ephesians 6:16  In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.…

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Added by Rev. Don Ray Wornstaff on July 1, 2011 at 12:38pm — No Comments

More on Faith

Faith is for EVERYBODY, not just the Jewish people whom God loves.

Galatians 3:14 Through the work of Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing He promised to Abraham, and we Christians receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.…

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Added by Rev. Don Ray Wornstaff on July 1, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Worship Music in the New Testament

The worship of the emerging Christian movement did not produce new forms of music, but shared the characteristics described above, many of which are still found in the music of historic liturgies. Clearly, the worship life of the early church included psalms and other forms of song.

The New Testament mentions worship music in several places. The gospel story begins with a hymn of praise on the lips of the heavenly host, "Glory to God in the highest" (Luke…

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Added by Rev. Don Ray Wornstaff on July 1, 2011 at 8:08am — No Comments

Forgiveness: A Bold Choice For A Peaceful Heart

"Don't allow your self-forgiveness to be contingent upon somebody else's readiness or willingness to forgive you. They may get something out of holding on to anger that they aren't ready to let go of. They may be too frightened or wounded to let go of their anger. Feeling angry may be an important part of their healing process at this time. Allow others to be where they are. Respect their right…

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Added by Rev. Don Ray Wornstaff on July 1, 2011 at 7:23am — No Comments

Forgiveness: The Power To Change The Past

"The Risen Christ proclaimed not that we 'have to forgive,' but rather, that at last we CAN forgive--and thereby free ourselves from consuming bitterness and the offender from our binding condemnation. This process requires genuine human anger and grief, plus--and here is the awful cost of such freedom--a humble willingness to see the offender as God sees that person, in all his or her terrible…

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Added by Rev. Don Ray Wornstaff on July 1, 2011 at 7:19am — No Comments

Forgiving The Unforgivable

"Forgiveness is a rebirth of hope, a reorganization of thought, and a reconstruction of dreams. Once forgiving begins, dreams can be rebuilt. When forgiving is complete, meaning has been extracted from the worst of experiences and used to create a new set of moral rules and a new interpretation of life's events."…

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Added by Rev. Don Ray Wornstaff on July 1, 2011 at 7:02am — No Comments

The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don't Know How

"God is the original, master forgiver. Each time we grope our reluctant way through the minor miracle of forgiving, we are imitating His style. I am not at all sure that any of us would have had imagination enough to see the possibilities in this way to heal the wrongs of this life had He not done it first."…

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Added by Rev. Don Ray Wornstaff on July 1, 2011 at 6:55am — No Comments

Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve

Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve

"Forgiveness is God's invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And he invites us all to forgive each other".

Lewis B. Smedes

Added by Rev. Don Ray Wornstaff on July 1, 2011 at 6:48am — No Comments

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