The Church Choir

2004 General Conference

This is our pastor’s article for the February 2015 edition of The Shepherd’s Voice, our congregational newsletter.   At Shepherd of the Hills, our choir has been adding to our worship services long before I came here to serve as your pastor. But, I suppose, we can ask, “Why did churches have choirs in the […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 6: Just as a Father Corrects a Son

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Paul just finished with words saying that “we” (that is, pastors such as Paul, Apollos, Cephas, and Sosthenes) are stewards of the mysteries of God. For that reason, the congregation at Corinth were not to judge them, at least that which “is now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.” With […]

Acts, Lesson 24: Paul Makes His Way to Jerusalem, Despite the Troubles that Await

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Paul is still on his third missionary journey, having met with pastors from Ephesus in Miletus. He and his traveling contingent now press on toward Jerusalem.   A short stay in Tyre Read Acts 21:1-6 In this section, we find Luke doing what he had earlier done in the book of Acts: he speeds up […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 5: The Role of Pastors and the Congregation

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Being God’s Temple Read 1 Corinthians 3:16 Scriptures teaches us that the body of an individual Christian is God’s Temple (1 Corinthians 6:19), the congregation when it gathers for worship is God’s Temple (1 Corinthians 3:17), as well as the entire Church (Ephesians 2:19-22). In these verses, the “you” is plural, referring not to the […]

Acts, Lesson 23: Paul Gives Godly Counsel to Fellow Pastors

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Paul is still on his third missionary journey. Having left Ephesus, his longest stay during his missionary travels, he makes a final sweep through Greece before going to Jerusalem. During this time, he was collecting donations to help “the poor among the saints in Jerusalem” (Romans 15:25-27, 2 Corinthians 8-9). Paul may also have traveled […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 4: What God Gives, How He Gives It, and What Will Remain

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After 1 Corinthians mentioned what God had called Paul and Sosthenes to do, to preach and teach the wisdom of God, Paul then again got personal.  He said the Corinthian Christians had not grown in the Faith as they should have.  They were still “fleshly infants”: they haven’t grown in stature and lost their “baby […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 3: Babies Running Amok

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We finished chapter 1, where 1 Corinthians stressed that it’s in “weakness” where we see God.  Paul contrasted earthly wisdom with God’s wisdom, which may seem foolish and scandalous, most exemplified in the cross of Christ.  We begin chapter 2 with Paul still making his personal appeal, by using “I” and recalling his visit with […]

1 Corinthians: Lesson 2: 1:10-31: God’s Contrarian Ways

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Last week, we learned how Paul and Sosthenes (Silas) organized 1 Corinthians, using many elements of Greek rhetoric in that letter. They also wrote an extended greeting, in which they dropped hints to the content within the letter that would follow. Further, although 1 Corinthians has two authors, it also has extended parts where Sosthenes […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 1: Introduction

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  Author and Date 1 Corinthians identifies its writers as the Apostle Paul and Pastor Sosthenes, whose Hebrew name was Silas (1:1). Sosthenes would later become the Bishop of Caesarea. Sothenes assisted Paul and also served as his scribe. At the end of the letter, however, Paul wrote his “goodbye” in his own handwriting (16:21). […]

Jesus Prophesied in the Old Testament

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This lesson came into being from a question asking to see where Jesus was foretold in the Old Testament, but also where we find its fulfillment mentioned in the New. But before we delve directly into what the Scripture writers have foretold, we look at how Jesus Himself understood the Old Testament. This is so […]