The problem with …

“The problem with much contemporary evangelism is that it produces ignorant and, therefore, weak Christians. In fact, ignorance is encouraged. The more a Christian knows, the more he is a threat to the church authorities. Consequently, the teaching is as shallow as possible and as general as possible. There is also a problem that many leaders in evangelical churches are not theologically trained. Their ability to exegete and expound the Scriptures is limited. The result is baby Christians fed endlessly on watered-down milk (Heb. 5:11-14).
Ignorance is detrimental to the church (Hos. 4:6). Without solid instruction, spiritual growth is stunted. The young people, especially, will often leave, because when the church has exhausted its abilities to entertain – and she cannot compete with the world in this – they will look for meaning elsewhere.”

Martyn McGeown,
from “Ye Are My Witnesses”, p. 124

Psalm 96 (Psalm Sunday, Week 44)

Psalm Sunday
Week 44

Psalm 96
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“1) O sing unto the Lord a new song; sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
2) Sing unto the Lord, bless His name; show forth His salvation from day to day.
3) Declare His glory among the heathen, His wonders among all people.
4) For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.
5) For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
6) Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
7) Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people; give unto the Lord glory and strength.
8) Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts.
9) O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; fear before Him, all the earth.
10) Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth; the world also shall be established, that it shall not be moved; He shall judge the people righteously.
11) Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof.
12) Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein; then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
13) before the Lord. For He cometh, for He cometh to judge the earth; He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with His truth.”

Psalm 95 (Psalm Sunday, Week 43)

Psalm Sunday
Week 43

Psalm 95
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“1) O come, let us sing unto the Lord! Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2) Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.
3) For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4) In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the strength of the hills is His also.
5) The sea is His, and He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.
6) O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7) For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if ye will hear His voice:
8) “Harden not your heart as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness
9) when your fathers tempted Me, proved Me, and saw My work.
10) Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said ‘It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’
11) Unto them I swore in My wrath, that they should not enter into My rest.””

Psalm 103:20-22

Psalm 103:20-22
“20) Bless the Lord, ye His angels that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word.
21) Bless ye the Lord, all ye His hosts, ye ministers of His, that do His pleasure.
22) Bless the Lord, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

Psalm 94 (Psalm Sunday, Week 42)

Psalm Sunday
Week 42

Psalm 94
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“1) O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth—O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, show Thyself.
2) Lift up Thyself, Thou judge of the earth; render to the proud their due reward.
3) Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?
4) How long shall they utter and speak hard things, and all the workers of iniquity boast?
5) They break in pieces Thy people, O Lord, and afflict Thine heritage.
6) They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
7) Yet they say, “The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.”
8) Understand, ye brutish among the people; and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
9) He that planted the ear, shall He not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see?
10) He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not He correct? He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not He know?
11) The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
12) Blessed is the man whom Thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of Thy law,
13) that Thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be dug for the wicked.
14) For the Lord will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance.
15) But judgment shall return unto righteousness, and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
16) Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17) Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.
18) When I said, “My foot slippeth,” Thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.
19) In the multitude of my thoughts within me, Thy comforts delight my soul.
20) Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with Thee, which frameth mischief by a law?
21) They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
22) But the Lord is my defense, and my God is the rock of my refuge.
23) And He shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off!”