Stepping Out in Faith

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How Technology Has Changed Our Worship September 8, 2013

Filed under: Christian,church,Faith,God — webmasteryates @ 3:50 pm
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The way we worship on Sundays has changed a lot over the past 6 years in the small rural community where we attend church. Sometimes I’m resistant to change, but I like the mix of contemporary music with hymns from my childhood. Being able to follow the sermon by watching the screen at the front of the sanctuary helps me to stay focused. It also allows me to see what points the pastor wants us to really grab onto.

Having a praise band instead of a piano or organ has been a gradual change. This has now become solely the praise band, because we no longer have a pianist, anyway. Many people are participating in a ministry that wasn’t available a few years ago. We have quite a few teenagers who are involved in the praise band by singing or playing an instrument. The music is very uplifting and tends to draw in some people who may not feel as comfortable in a church that only has a piano.

We got a new pastor a year ago and he is pretty tech savvy. Instead of using notes and referring to his Bible to read scripture, he was using his iPad. Evidently some of the less tech literate thought it was wrong that he was using the iPad instead of the Bible. It’s no different than referring to notes that are written on paper. The advantage is that he can have a Bible right on his iPad or easily copy and paste scripture right into his notes. Change is hard, but when we take the time to understand the change we may realize it’s not exactly what we thought at first.

Just as students learn best by different methods, Christians may learn best in different ways. The important thing is that we come together to worship and praise the living savior. It doesn’t matter if we wear a shirt and tie or jeans and a t-shirt, what kind of music we use, or if the pastor uses notes on paper or on an iPad. What matters is the condition of our hearts and that we come to church to praise the one who came to save us. Reach out to others in whatever way you feel God is speaking to you. Of course, this is just my opinion. You’re entitled to yours…


Daily Prompt: Call Me, Maybe February 5, 2013

Cell phones have become a part of our everyday lives. When I walk out the door without mine, I get a little frantic! I have an app on my phone that helps me keep track of all the information I need to document for my diabetes. I can log in the amount of carbs I eat, my blood glucose numbers and keep track of the insulin I inject. That doesn’t include that my phone is my line of communication with my children and the rest of my family. I can access my email, check facebook, write a blog post, and get directions all from the palm of my hand.

Yes, when I was a kid, eons ago, we got along without cell phones. If you were going to be separated from your family or friends you always had a plan to meet somewhere at a certain time. We planned ahead. That’s not so much necessary now a days because of our cell phones. We live in the age of technology! We might as well embrace it and use it to make our lives easier in whatever ways we can.


What Did We Do Before Cell Phones? February 11, 2012

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How did we ever survive without cell phone? In the “good ole days” we planned ahead and communicated with each other ahead of times about our plans. When we had stuff going on after school, our parents knew what time we’d be done so they could pick us up. Going out with friends? Our parents knew where we were going and what time we’d be home.

I realize I’m revealing my age here, but I can remember when we had a party line! When the phone rang it wasn’t necessarily ringing for our household. You had to listen to how it rang. Was it two longs and a short or two shorts and a long? I don’t really remember how to make a phone call, guess I was too young to be on the phone much. I do remember though if someone else on our line was talking and you picked up the phone, you heard their conversation. And you couldn’t use the phone until they were done talking. I guess I don’t miss those days!

I do like the convenience of being able to touch base with my family so easily with cell phones. If one of us is running late or plans have changed, we can easily contact the rest of the family. As long as we aren’t in our home town. Unfortunately even in this day and age, we live in a dead zone! Even Verizon Wireless doesn’t provide service in our area. That can be frustrating! But as long as we’re away from home, if we have car trouble or something, we can call to get help.

I don’t want to go back to the days before cell phones. This is one change in my lifetime that I have welcomed. The technology has made a cell phone be much more than just a phone. There are probably many things I could use my phone for that I haven’t figured out yet. But I’ll figure out what I need. Honestly, I know it’s possible to survive without cell phones, but I don’t really care to go back to those days!


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