Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Ephesians 5:15-20
If you didn’t make it to church this past weekend then this is your opportunity. Once in a while I will include a link to one of Rebekah’s messages and this time it’s something you absolutely can’t miss. This is probably one of the top-ten sermons I have heard her preach and that is saying something.
Reaching for Something More:
We had a respectable crowd for after Memorial Day, but the buzz in the CLC (and then the sanctuary) wasn’t a “lots of people” buzz it was something with more soul; there was a visceral connection between preacher and congregation that heightened the effect of the message and brought it home in a deeply personal way. I don’t think there was a person in attendance who didn’t laugh, who didn’t cry, and who didn’t reach for something more in their relationship with God.
Rebekah has been preaching a series of messages on the “Be careful how you live…” passage from Ephesians (5:15-20). This Sunday was “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord…”
She talked about the dissonance that is so prevalent in this world, and how Jesus helps us to find our song again. If you watch the video you will even catch her singing a few lines from Don McLean’s American Pie, and – later – finish the message with “I cannot keep from singing”.
No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?
How Can We Keep From Singing?
As always, Rebekah’s words made me think. They are especially helpful this week as I prepare a “keynote address” I’ve been asked to give for a group of Presbyterian ministers this coming Saturday. Who we are as the body of Christ, and how we interact with the world around us is the song we sing about our faith. Is it beautiful, harmonious, winsome, and inviting? Or is our witness to Jesus more like fingers on a chalkboard – grating, out of rhythm, and out of tune?
I want our witness to love to be a song that fills us up and then spills out over all the world. Light, love, grace, peace, promise… and a beautiful song. How can we keep from singing?
Click here for the message. The link should be cued up to start at the beginning of the sermon. Peace and more peace – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.