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Prayer and Praise

Found the video below at Ragamuffin Soul via Catablog:

The song is just ok for me, but I love his passionate reading Isaiah 53:1-5 from The Message.  More interesting, is the website the publisher set up for the song

I’m not for isolating ourselves from other churches, but there’s something awesome about a local body of Christ supporting one another through prayer.  Wouldn’t it be neat we had something similar at First Trinity

Maybe it’s online at our website that Joe Z does such great work on.

Or maybe it’s just a section of wall with butcher paper from floor to ceiling where people can write prayer requests and praise reports. 

Maybe it’s off the beaten path on Sunday morning (is there somewhere not on the beaten path?) where people could not only write, but actually stop and pray, together or individually. 

Cool stuff.

The Confession of Praise

I started Lutheran Confessions 1 today. I’m not extremely excited about it since my schedule is so crazy, but I love having Dr. Winger as a professor. He’s great for my style of learning and he’s great at keeping my attention. There are few people I could sit and listen to talk for 3 hours, but he’s one of them.

Today we talked about the three confessions of the Christian church: Confession of sins, faith and praise. The first two are fairly well understood by most Christians. We confess our sins to God and are forgiven. We confess our faith in the words of the Apostles’, Nicene and occasionally the Athanasian Creeds. But the confession of praise? The term “confession” is not used with “praise” in modern Christianity often.

Basically, it’s the church’s act of praising God. Dr. Winger made the point that our modern concept of praise has given us a slight misunderstanding of this word.  Modern “contemporary” Christian music is sometimes guilty of only praising the attributes of God. God is good, great, awesome, mighty, etc. The biblical concept of praise is more than that however. The Greek term for “confession” is used when God tells of us His deeds and we speak them back to Him. Most of the “praise God” stories in the Bible are retellings of His previous work. The Psalms are full of this type of praise as psalmists declare how God has rescued them from the depths of the grave.

In the last several years, I’ve noticed Christian worship moving away from the “God is great” style towards a deeper, more Biblical one. Music is a tremendous gift to the church, and the resurgence of scriptural lyrics confessing praise to God brings the Scriptures to life in new ways. I’m thankful for those artists who were led down that route for their music.

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