If we’re not sure about something, we always have the avenue of prayer, crying out to God. I’ve heard it said different times already, even if there is a particular medicine we’re asked to take…. You know, we ask the Lord to bless and sanctify our food, why wouldn’t we do that with medicines as well.
In Luke 11, we read that the disciples came to Christ with a request, and I think it’s interesting what they requested. They did not request to be taught (how) to preach, they did not request to be taught how to teach, how to heal, how to cast out demons, or how to do miracles. They asked Jesus to teach them to pray. And so he taught them this prayer that we are going to be looking at this evening, which actually has become a very neglected part of most of the church, but the Anabaptists retained their appreciation of this prayer.
The presentation by Bro. Lapp consisted of a slide show with narration. At the current time, the slide show is not in a media type that we can present here on the website. Therefore, we have opted to not even present the audio narrative part of his presentation, as the audio and video must really be presented together. Thank you.
Humanity wants to worship; God wants us to worship him. What I’d like to teach in this message is, #1) I’d like to explain what worship is. #2) We want to worship God in spirit and in truth. #3) Genuine worship produces joy. #4) The importance of reverence in worship. and #5) Patterns and forms of worship. What I’m going to give to you this afternoon is almost exclusively about corporate worship.
Short history of medicine: Patient comes in to the doctor and says, “Doctor, I have an earache.” In 2000 BC, the doctor says, “Here, eat this root.” In 1000 AD, the doctor says, “The root is heathen, say this prayer.” In 1850, the doctor says, “The prayer is superstition, drink this potion.” In 1940, the doctor says, “The potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.” In 1985, the doctor says, “The pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.” In 2000, the doctor says, “The antibiotic is artificial, eat this root.”
Two main things that Jesus said. #1) Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon Earth. and #2) Sell what you have and give alms. And these two commands, if we boil it down to plain English, what do we have? We have Jesus saying don’t accumulate wealth on this earth…..
One reason for change, and it’s used in society, is if structure reflects values, and values shift, structure shifts. And you see that all through time. There’s this constant shifting of both the structure and the values.
….I’d say, “Our problem is we don’t know what is witchcraft and what is not witchcraft. We don’t know.” But I’ve changed my mind. I don’t believe that anymore. You know what our biggest problem is? We don’t care.
Too often, the way we approach life, differs very little from that of my neighbor. We tell each other by our lifestyle that we do believe more is better. Can we take and hoard our material possessions, wring a little bit of tribute out of them, and hope to go away unscathed? But we’re doing it! And too many of our children, disullusioned by what passes (as) Christianity are walking out the door!