Trying Something New…

April 25, 2008

Well, here goes…

Until a few months ago I hardly knew what a blog was, let alone how to insert creatively written anecdotes into one, and I wasn’t very interested in finding out!  But things and times change, don’t they?  Sometimes we would prefer for them not to, but it happens in spite of us.  When it comes to writing notes in a blog I must remind myself of what is important.  Jesus Christ.  It’s not about me, it’s about reaching people for Jesus Christ and encouraging one another through time, and the changes that time brings with it.  There is one (and only one) thing that does not change…, “For I, the Lord, do not change…” (Malachi 3:6), and therefore our hope that He has provided does not change.  His Word remains truth.  We may use new songs, new instruments, or new preaching styles to worship, evangelize, and learn by, but the message remains the same.  Jesus Christ.  And I must ask myself:  Am I being as effective as I can be in delivering that message to those around me?  I cannot remain stagnant and be effective.  I need to observe who and what is happening around me and find the best way to deliver that timeless gospel message.  The gospel is greater than the means by which it is delivered (Phil. 1:15-18).  Should we be sure that the means resides in alliance with scripture?  In as much as we can, by all means! *pun intended*  We all have oppinions on what is the ‘right’ way to do things in the church and there was a time when many of the ‘good ole’ hymns’ that we know and love would have been considered by many to be straight from the mind of Satan simply because of the chords used in the music, or because they were being played on a piano instead of an organ.  Is the piano any less holy than an organ?  Is a guitar or drum set any less holy than…what will the next new thing be?  The question really becomes, how effective can we become in sharing Jesus Christ.  We must understand that means change with time, like it or not, but the message does not.  Therefore I blog.  Therefore you…

In Christ’s Love, Joe

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3 Responses to “Trying Something New…”

  1. Roger Kendig said

    About time you posted on the BGBC Blog; Keep them coming Bro. Roger

  2. Kent Dalton said

    Welcome to the world of blog. Nice first posting Brother Joe.

    I like the idea of continuous change, but keeping the timeless message. It’s kind of like what the Reformers refered to as “SEMPER REFORMADA: To be Always Reforming According to the Word of God”.

    Or similarly in scripture (Psalm 149:1)
    PRAISE THE Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, praise Him in the assembly of His saints!

    A new song is new. As we grow in Him, we know Him better and deeper and this should produce a change and a new song of praise.

    To Him be all glory and praise.

  3. Drew Lepis said

    Joe
    Pleased to see your thoughts on here. While I’m still a young whipper snapper – blogs perplex me. And yet I’m encouraged about the power of the blog, the stratocaster, a pearl 5-piece and the media that God uses to proclaim himself to his own creation. Thanks for the reminder that in the end, it is all truly about communicating Jesus Christ and his life and death that has brought so much grace to men like us. Keep it simple, keep it focused on Jesus.
    ~Drew

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