Worship

Unholy Hands And Braided Hair

Unholy Hands And Braided Hair

Church is messy. How can it be anything else since the church is a bunch of flawed people. A lot of Christians, myself included, advocate for a return to the practices of the church of the first century AD. In recent years I have realized the modern church has achieved this goal. I know this because churches today are just as messy as the ones the apostle Paul was trying to corral. In 1 Timothy 2, Paul has some words for those with unholy hands and braided hair.

8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. (1 Tim. 2:8–10 ESV)

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in 1 Timothy, Women, Worship

Churchy Words: Worship

Worship

What is worship? If you asked ten people this question you might get ten different answers. Most people might respond by describing acts such as praying, singing, giving, taking communion, etc. These all could be acts of devotion, but they are not necessarily worship.

I’m afraid that many people think they are worshiping if they are doing these (or similar) actions just by virtue of the fact that they are doing them. Their mentality is that I went to church on Sunday, participated in the service, and therefore I worshipped. The fact is that participating or going through the motions does not necessarily mean that you worshipped.

What worship really is

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Word Studies, Worship

The Real Reason God Rejected Cain’s Offering

Why is it that God rejected Cain’s offering, but found Abel’s offering acceptable?

“3 In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.” (Gen. 4:3–5 ESV)

The answer I was taught as a child in Sunday School was that Cain’s offering was inadequate because it wasn’t an animal. The idea underlying this is that for an offering to be acceptable to God it had to be a blood sacrifice.

Others have proposed that the offering was rejected because it was the fruit of the ground. Since the ground had been cursed (Gen 3:17) anything that grew from the ground was somehow tainted and unacceptable as an offering. Is it true that God only accepted animals as offerings? 

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Genesis, Misconceptions, Worship