Category Archives: Ed McGeachy

Raising Kids Who Love Jesus

Sunday morning Bible class for children has been a mainstay for many American families, but is Bible class attendance all it takes to raise a faithful child?  As you probably guessed, Bible class attendance is just the ‘tip of the iceberg.’  The most influential person in the spiritual growth of a child is the parent.   Are you as a parent growing and striving to build a relationship with God everyday?

We sing a hymn titled “How Shall the Young Secure Their Hearts?”  This song dates back to the mid-1800s and the words dates back to 1719.  Every generation of parents has worried about the spiritual well-being of their children.  As scripture states (Deuteronomy 11:9), parents must take every opportunity to speak with their children about God, faith, and deeper matters.  When we are on a walk and we see some of God’s creation, talk about it.  When troublesome times are at hand, talk about how God helps.  When joyous occasions occur, give thanks to God together.

Brother Ed McGeachy recently gave a sermon on this topic.  If you are encouraged, please find someone to share this message with….

Musical Instruments in Worship: A Response

Another church of Christ in the DFW area has decided to add an instrumental worship service in an effort to reach out to the community.  The Heritage Church of Christ in north Fort Worth had a series of questions about the change with answers from their elders posted on their website, it has since been removed.  Bridgewood Church of Christ evangelist Ed McGeachy took the time to read the questions and examine the responses.  Over the course of three Sunday mornings Ed presented what the Bible has to say about the topic of instruments in worship and the danger of reaching beyond what the Bible teaches.  This series of lessons has been highly popular with the combined number of CD requests for this lesson exceeding 200 CDs.  We encourage you to listen to the message and follow along in the Bible.

June 2, 2013 – “Is Restoration Outdated?

June 9, 2013 – “Worship Acceptable to God

June 16, 2013 – “Musical Instruments in Worship: A Response

The Inspiring Power of Music

Ever catch yourself humming or whistling a long-forgotten song?  Happened to me this morning as I was driving to work.  The song that popped unexpectedly into my mind from my youth was that old favorite, “Does Your Chewing Gum Loose It’s Flavor On The Bedpost Over Night?”  Never heard it?  Oh, it was a silly song, no profound message, but it had a good rollicking beat, and it was fun to sing …  and the memory made me smile.

amazing graceAnd that’s the point.  As Auerbach said, “Music washes away from the soul the dust of every-day life.”  No matter whatever thoughts or cares were on my mind, getting caught up in that old song brought me back – for the moment at least – to being a care-free teenager.

Are there not some hymns you find difficult to sing because of the memories they awaken?  It may have been the favorite spiritual song of a loved one now deceased, or perhaps it was sung by a beloved congregation as you were preparing to leave and move away.  Music has an almost unmatched power to stir feelings and emotions.

Therefore, music is a natural avenue for the expression of worship and praise.  When Paul spoke of Gentiles glorifying God for His mercy, he cited David’s statement in Psa.18:49, “Therefore I will give praise to You among the Gentiles, and I will sing to Your name” (Rom.15:9).  Furthermore, by quoting Psa.22:22, Christ is represented as being in the midst of His church, “My brethren,” in public worship saying, “I will sing Your praises” (Heb.2:12).

Quite properly we cite Eph.5:19 and Col.3:16 as evidence for singing or vocal music in worship; both speak only of “singing,” and the melody is to be made with the heart.  Instruments, therefore, are added only by the authority of man, and in doing so, cut individuals off from the One they profess to worship (II Jhn.9).

However, don’t overlook the fact that both Scriptures stress not only “singing,” but what God intends to be accomplished when we sing.  Since God’s design is for, “all things to be done to edification” (I Cor.14:26), our singing shares that objective.  As we sing, we speak to one another (Eph.5:19), with the intent of teaching and admonishing (Col.3;16).  Sing therefore in praise of our God, and in doing so encourage your brethren and share a growing anticipation for the glory to come.  Let this be the music that pops into our minds during the day, keeping alight the joy of salvation.    – by Ed McGeachy

Monday Night for the Master singers visiting a shut-in.  Singing truly awakened her soul.

Monday Night for the Master singers visiting a shut-in. Singing truly awakened her soul.

Just Another Weed?

Growing season is just around the corner.  That also means, of course, the unwanted plants will also start sprouting (in fact, they already have).  One of the chief culprits is that bothersome dandelion!  Lawns get infested, flowerbeds invaded, and we wage an on-going war with that pesky little weed!

dandel08-lHowever, there is a lot more to the dandelion than meets the eye.  In gardening circles it is known as Lion’s Tooth (also Irish Daisy, Priest’s Crown, etc.).  The name is a corruption of the original French word, dent de lion, or “teeth of a lion,” so named because its notched leaves bear a resemblance to the teeth of a lion (have to use your imagination!).

Originally from Asia and Europe, it was first brought to North America (yes, someone brought it here!) because of its beautiful flower, and up till the early 20th century folks were actually buying packets of dandelion seeds for their gardens.  But, it is more than just looks are involved; this humble little “pest” also has many medical uses.  According to “Creation Moments,” up till 1957, more than 100,000 pounds of dandelion roots were imported annually to the U.S. for pharmaceutical use.  In spring, the dandelion contains mannitol, used medically in the treatment of hypertension and coronary problems; plus it also has various industrial applications.  Furthermore, it is edible, and tastes good – so I’m told – both cooked and raw.  There is also dandelion wine and dandelion jam, and when roasted and ground up, can be used as a coffee.  Who knew!

I don’t expect this will produce a change of heart when it comes time to pull weeds, but it does show that “weed” is a matter of perspective.  Tastes change: At one time dandelions were deliberately planted, now they are just as deliberately removed!

More important than man’s changing tastes, however, is our Creator’s design.  God gave man, “every green plant for food” and when He saw “all that He had made” it was declared “very good” (Gen.1:30-31).  Therefore, regardless of our ability to comprehend it or not, we know all of God’s creation has purpose.

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”  (Rev 4:11)

Our “Season” Doesn’t End!

A month ago you may have heard someone saying, “O, how I love this season,” (You can be sure they didn’t work retail!) but what now, is it now back to the old work-a-day grind?  When all the trappings of the “Christmas season” are packed away for another year, will that also include the “good cheer” that supposedly characterized the “season”?

For all the religious error and blatant commercialism, you’ve got to admit there is something special about the “season.”  Families take time to be together; hard-earned money is spent to bring others pleasure; time is taken to write a greeting to those with whom we are no longer in daily contact; friendly “season’s greetings” are received from complete strangers.  Seems to me, this whole “season” thing can be summed up by the fact that for about a month there is more thought given to others.

Now, why should that spirit end in January?  Maybe as a society one month of “good cheer” is enough!  “Couldn’t keep it up much longer; we’re exhausted being nice, thoughtful and hospitable.  Thank goodness it’s January, we’ll get a breather and start paying for all that ‘good cheer.’ ”

Here’s where the uniqueness of New Testament Christianity shines clearly:

* We didn’t have a “Christmas pageant” or a special “Christmas service” because we, at His direction, remember His sacrifice on our behalf every first day of the week in the Lord’s Supper (I Cor.11:23-26).

* We do not commemorate His birth with an annual observation, not only because He gave no authorization to do so,  but also because we,  by His grace,  live daily in His presence   (Matt. 28:20; I Cor.1:9; I Jhn.1:3).

* Thoughtfulness towards others is not a special effort for a season, but is part and parcel of being disciples of the One who first loved us (I Jhn.4:10, 19; Heb.13:1).

* We rejoice in the announcement made by the angel of God (Lk.2:14), and do so free of any contrived sentimentality, realizing that the promised peace is found only in our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom.5:1).  And not while He lay as a revered baby, but as a grown man He was willing to, “taste death for everyone,” and so doing, “put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb.2:9; 9:26).

* Therefore, those “baptized into Christ Jesus” know a joy that is unseasonal and enduring (Rom.6:3; Phil.4:4-5).

– Ed McGeachy