Songs of praise

By DON PEDAL

What loud music! Have you ever been in a service where you felt drowned in sound --- sometimes to the point that it is painful to the ears? Have you ever gotten angry and thought, what is wrong with these people?

Many of us sit quietly through the service and do not return. We might even feel inwardly guilty about our feelings and are not sure how to deal with them. I had this problem myself and turned to our Lord in prayer. I asked for guidance. What does He say in scripture about this? How did the early church worship? The bible tells us that King Solomon dedicated the temple with singing, cymbals and harps, praising the Lord. The glory of the Lord filled the house of God. (2 Chron. 5:1213). Some of us might think we can accept what scripture tells us about temple worship back then but raising hands and jumping around in the aisles must certainly be pushing the envelope.

Scripture shows us that raising hands is certainly Biblical. (2 Chron. 5:1213). Dancing and moving around is also Biblical. There might be times when dancing in the aisles should be used with discretion if it becomes disruptive to the service or causes uneasiness in the other worshipers. It should never be permitted to distract us from worshipping our Lord. As we sit in our seats and ponder the various issues discussed above, we must remember we are in a house of worship where love, tolerance and forgiveness abound. God loves every one of us, even the ones bouncing around waving their arms. We must be careful not to let our surroundings distract us from our own personal worship of our Lord. Let us rejoice and be grateful to be part of the love and worship going on all around us. Be thankful that we live in a land that allows us freedom of worship and protects us from violence.

Let us thank our God for His love for us, the daily forgiveness of our sins and the blessings He so lavishly pours out on us. Not all of us have a warm home to go to in a peaceful neighborhood. Some of us have to choose between healthy meals and our medications. How about those dedicated people who ensure that our power and gas lines are kept working. Do not forget those wonderful men and women of our military who risk their lives that we might continue to live safely in the land of the free.

As we faithfully attend services at church, let our prayers and attitude reflect our wonder in the presence of the Lord himself as we join our fellow believers in exalting His wonderful name.

Posted on July 23, 2017 .

@Chili Crossroads Bible Church

Tom Murray was the special guest speaker at Chili Crossroads Bible Church on July 9. He shared two messages: The Compassion of the Christ and Build A Bridge and Get Over It. You can listen to both messages at www.chilibiblechurch.org/sermons. Guests are always welcome at Chili.

Tom Murray was the special guest speaker at Chili Crossroads Bible Church on July 9. He shared two messages: The Compassion of the Christ and Build A Bridge and Get Over It. You can listen to both messages at www.chilibiblechurch.org/sermons. Guests are always welcome at Chili.

Posted on July 9, 2017 .

Father's Day at Chili Crossroads Bible Church

Families are invited to the BBQ Sauce Faceoff. Pastor Neal vs. Tom Snodgrass. Who makes the best BBQ sauce? Vote for your favorite sauce and every dad takes home his favorite sauce. Father's Day, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. Chili Crossroads Bible Church 29445 County Road 10 Fresno, OH 43824 Learn more at www.chilibiblechurch.org or www.facebook.com/ChiliChurch740-545-9707

Posted on June 2, 2017 .

Incense is a common component of religious ceremonies

Religious ceremonies are rife with various traditions. Candles and oil are just two of the many symbols commonly found during weekly services and holy days of obligation. During special ceremonies and sacraments, church officials also may use incense.

At some liturgical services, priests, deacons or alter servers may swing censers that send plumes of perfumed smoke into the house of worship. Individuals may not know why incense is used in certain religious ceremonies. Many religions once burned incense as an offering to a deity or to use as an aid in prayer. According to the book, “Ancient Egyptian Materials and Industries,” by A. Lucas, the first recorded use of incense was by the Egyptians during the fifth dynasty. The use of incense also was commonplace in Eastern religions. 

In Western churches, particularly Roman Catholic churches, incense is housed in a thurible, which is a metal censer suspended from chains. The Christian practice of using incense is rooted in the earlier traditions of Judaism. 

The word “incense” is derived from the Latin incendere, which means “to burn.” In the Old Testament, God commanded His people to burn incense in various passages. He commanded Moses to make an altar of incense for worship in Exodus 30:1-10: 

You shall make an altar to burn incense upon; of acacia wood shall you make it . . . And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall burn it,  and when Aaron sets up the lamps in the evening, he shall burn it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.

God even specifies the recipe for incense, blended with spices and frankincense.
Incense has not only represented gifts to God, but also has been used to sanctify and purify an area. The smoke symbolically purifies all that it touches. Hands and liturgical vessels, such as chalices, may be inverted over the burning incense to be cleansed in the fragrant smoke. Often a priest will swing the thurible over the altar, the Book of the Gospels, the paschal candle, the altar cross, and even himself and his parishioners. The censer may be swung between one and three times depending on the object or person being honored, according to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), a detailed document that governs  celebration of the Mass.

Incense is an integral part of many religious services. It may be used in weekly masses or reserved for ceremonies celebrating sacraments or High Holy Days.

Posted on May 30, 2017 .

100-foot banana split

Ariel Jones (left) and Chloie Raber (right) enjoyed ice cream with toppings at the 100-foot banana split on Wednesday night at the Chili Crossroads Bible Church. The AWANA awards ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of the many children in the community who memorized hundreds of Bible verses this year. See more pictures at www.facebook.com/ChiliChurch. The church's summer youth program starts May 24 every Wednesday at 6:30pm. Bible study for teens and adults. Everyone welcome.

Ariel Jones (left) and Chloie Raber (right) enjoyed ice cream with toppings at the 100-foot banana split on Wednesday night at the Chili Crossroads Bible Church. The AWANA awards ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of the many children in the community who memorized hundreds of Bible verses this year. See more pictures at www.facebook.com/ChiliChurch. The church's summer youth program starts May 24 every Wednesday at 6:30pm. Bible study for teens and adults. Everyone welcome.

Posted on April 27, 2017 .

Easter EGGsplosion

Raelynn Wright, left, and Rebecca Durbin, right, each launched a raw chicken egg with a catapult and hit the cast-iron skillet bull's eye at the Easter EGGsplosion at the Chili Crossroads Bible Church on Easter Sunday. See more pictures at www.facebook.com/ChiliChurch.

Raelynn Wright, left, and Rebecca Durbin, right, each launched a raw chicken egg with a catapult and hit the cast-iron skillet bull's eye at the Easter EGGsplosion at the Chili Crossroads Bible Church on Easter Sunday. See more pictures at www.facebook.com/ChiliChurch.

Posted on April 20, 2017 .

Mother's Day at Chili Crossroads Bible Church

Every mom gets a box of chocolate covered strawberries at the Mother's Day Celebration at the Chili Crossroads Bible Church on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. Bring mom out for a fun time!

Chili Crossroads Bible Church 29445 County Road 10 Fresno, OH 43824 740-545-9707 Learn more at www.chilibiblechurch.org or www.chilibiblechurch.org/ChiliChurch

Posted on April 13, 2017 .