I love most of the Hillsong music. There's a questionable song or two, but not one of us is perfect
Hillsong has become controversial of late. I love most of their music, but then I'm a musician, and their flavor of worship music is what I love to play, as well as similar progressive CCM.
Music can be a powerful spiritual medium. It's been a difficult mine field to navigate when leading worship. Where does worship stop and entertainment begin? When does the church start looking too similar to the world? Having served on worship teams for over 25 years, I think it's just like genuine faith...it's a heart thing, the true motivation of our souls and focusing on Jesus, directing the worship to Him, and not bathing in how good the music makes us feel. It can be a difficult thing for the average pew sitter to parse, and in some ways, even harder for the worship team.
I left a "seeker sensitive" church 3 or 4 years ago. Loved the music we were doing, hated the seeker sensitive part. Had to leave when I felt it was all too much of a "show". As much as I miss serving on a worship team and playing music, I probably won't ever go back to a 501C3 organization. Sadly, many (most?) churches in America are badly broken. In New England where I live, I can't find one that has great worship music without all the apostasy.
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” John 6:29
EnochWalked: I don't suppose the Palestinians are going to be given the chance to buy F-35s if they normalize relations with Israel. One other disadvantage for the Palestinians is that Israel doesn't dispute the borders of UAE, whereas "Palestine" is more ambiguous.
Oct 25, 2020 8:42:04 GMT -6
bora: Believing that God does not exist is like believing there is no food in the grocery store; no food on the earth; despair and starvation for our families. But there is food and our families are secure in the knowledge that God does exist. Just a thought.
Oct 25, 2020 8:48:41 GMT -6
EnochWalked: www.fivedoves.com/letters/oct2020/luisv1011-2.htm This is a detailed theory about the "Isaiah 61 Jubilee Year Theory" with a fantastic diagram at the end. Well worth a read if you haven't already. It explores the idea of the Trib. starting in 2022.
Oct 25, 2020 8:50:50 GMT -6
EnochWalked: I wanted to cross-reference it with another source, so I compared its claim "27 AD was the 7th year of that Sabbatical Cycle" with en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shmita "the Sabbatical year 41/42". 27 AD + 7 years + 7 years = 41 AD. Seems correct.
Oct 25, 2020 8:53:09 GMT -6
EnochWalked: I don't know how controversial an idea it is that the Tribulation will exactly match the historic Sabbatical cycles (or that we can know where modern years fall on that cycle) but knowing the date of the Trib may not tell us the day or hour of the Rapture.
Oct 25, 2020 8:57:54 GMT -6
EnochWalked: Cross-referencing again I find this long but compelling analysis: endtimepilgrim.org/70wks11.htm which supports the claim that "Jesus began His ministry in 28 A.D." which would have been the Jubilee year immediately following 27 AD.
Oct 25, 2020 14:14:12 GMT -6
mike: Prov 28:9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. (<--Society & some of the church today like this - EW?)
Oct 27, 2020 6:49:59 GMT -6
boraddict: Bummer, I was looking forward to debating stella. The supposed message from stella was sad to me; because, it was so obliviously from Satan
Oct 27, 2020 7:08:15 GMT -6
mike: Bora - sorry the intent was to antagonize not prophesy.
Oct 27, 2020 7:09:17 GMT -6
boraddict: Yes, I know, and stella did not have a solid scriptural foundation. Satan tricks people like that so easily.
Oct 27, 2020 7:26:00 GMT -6
ksteven: mike, Bora- I have a sneaking suspicion that the "trigger event" stella was waiting for was being kicked. Im no prophet, but I suspect we may see someone by another name giving a similar "prophecy" soon.
Oct 27, 2020 8:12:24 GMT -6
Natalie: kstevens- wouldn't surprise me
Oct 27, 2020 8:46:45 GMT -6
rusty pail: "the One having died for us, so that whether we might watch or we might sleep, we may live together with Him" v.10
Oct 27, 2020 10:56:53 GMT -6
mike: Hey rusty, havent noticed you in a while. nice to see you
Oct 27, 2020 11:10:58 GMT -6
EnochWalked: mike: That's an interesting proverb, thank you. There definitely are those in society that are trying to appear pious while living effectively lawless lives, but sadly many have given up even the pretence of morality, being proud of their abomination.
Oct 27, 2020 14:14:30 GMT -6
boymaker: I don't know what to make of Stella. It felt like an attack. She got my Philly up. Pre-tribbers are the target of a lot of mockery and I just felt that in every post. Thanks for showing us how gracious you are to erring members, and where you draw the line
Oct 27, 2020 15:39:06 GMT -6
mike: Boymaker, when someone comes here in their first post telling us they have a warning, my guard goes up. We are all different parts of His body. I went into 'protect' mode. It couldve been spot on, but wrong way to deliver it
Oct 27, 2020 15:55:37 GMT -6