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Wordwise Hymns submitted an article that really stirred me up today. Though mostly about hymns and John Newton, the author questions our sense of wonder of G-d at the end of his article. Where is the passion of the Church in its songs? Why don’t we invite our heart (and maybe brains?) to Church or Synagogue? Below, I took a stab at one idea that may limit us. What do you think limits passion towards G-d?

 

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via Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder โ€” Wordwise Hymns

“I believe the wonder of the modern expression of the Church is quenched through decades of passivity, or maybe a failure of curiosity.
My spiritual heritage ranges from observant to belligerent, from the first pagan Swedish converts of Ansgar to atheistic Swedish socialists, from Polish Catholics to Polish Orthodox Jews to atheistic Jews. All this inheritance from Europe was then crunched and compacted into smaller boxes of American Protestantism: Episcopal, various Lutheran synods, Baptist Fundamentalism, Assemblies of G-d, the Vineyard (Non-denominations), Messianic Jewry.
I am surely not condemning the Church that I know and love, but am aware of how effective our common enemy is at lulling us to sleep.
Many of us only know Church history as told to us through secular scholars. We don’t know the backstory of the hymns or their authors. How many of them suffered for the privilege to worship G-d in Spirit and Truth?
We have disconnected from the Old Testament, in some cases, almost entirely. We don’t connect with its’ Feasts and Holidays so we are limited in relating to the founders of the Church and our Savior.
Surely, He loves us whether we read the newspaper or Herodotus, but it seems plain to me that one who remembers only 75 years of the Lord’s faithfulness may experience less passion than those who draw on the memories of Israel and the Church over the past 5775 years. May we be ever curious and ACTIVELY meditate on our King of Kings, and his unmerited favor shown through the stories of the faithful throughout history!” PTH

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19th Century, Culture, education, History, Intercession, Jesus, Minnesota

Sunday School At Ft. Snelling 1823

Abigail Snelling starts a Sunday School at Ft. Snelling for the children.*

Lord, thanks that You love children. Thanks for the curiosity of the children of Minnesota. May we not fail to teach them the Bible, or introduce Jesus as โ€˜the Living Wordโ€™ of God. Thank you for the legacy of freedom we have in Minnesota because of Jesus!!!

Is this an over statement? Do we have an inheritance of liberty if the culture of our state has chosen to follow the example of Christ? I think it would be a great study for the scholars.

What happens to a culture that cherishes the primary teachings of Christ? Would they not highly value the virtue of love? Imagine a place committed to overlooking offenses, and forgiving its enemies! What if children believed that they were made in the image of a good God that treasured them? 17417391What new vistas would we reach if we remained humble and teachable as Christ did?

I may be considered a lightweight for the following statement, but Whitney Houston had it right! We are limited in so many ways because we don’t know and accept ourselves. We are insecure and have to prove the validity of our position, not caring about who we damage. Sorry Jesus, and Whitney, we haven’t learned the “Greatest Love of All.”

*Note โ€“ PrayThroughHistory usesย the timeline located for several years at the Minnesota Historical Society Web site, at this URL: mnhs.org/about/dipity_timeline.htm . ย The current URL is http://www.dipity.com/Minnesota/History/Minnesota-History/ and only works if typed, not pasted, in browser. It is worth the effort!

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