Articles by Ann Fitzgerald

Make a joyful noise! 

singing the scripture

I have had positive feedback about writing out scripture from people who tried it. Whether you chose to copy a paragraph or a book I hope that you discovered something new about your relationship with God through reading His word. Remember that the purpose of this Lenten focus is not to gain favor with God but rather to be in His presence, to dwell in and reflect on scripture resulting in a ‘trans-formative engagement” with God. Let this be a time of renewal in your spiritual journey. Here is an excerpt taken from the scripture engagement website cited at the end of this article.  “Singing seems to be a God-given aspect of being human. One important way to use singing in our lives is to use it to build up our relationship with God.”

Followers of God sing throughout the Bible Psalm 95:1-2 says, “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise. In Ephesians 5:18-20 we’re told to “address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” Jesus and the disciples sang (Matthew 26:30). There is singing in Heaven (Revelation 15:2-4). The whole book of Psalms is the hymnal of the Bible!

“One of the most powerful aspects of singing is that it connects with both our thoughts and emotions. Our relationship with God is about having the correct beliefs and thoughts about him and also about having a strong emotional connection with God, leading us to a life of obedient love. In other words, we use our “heads” (thinking), our “hearts” (emotions) and our “hands” (actions) in our relationship with God. Leaving out any one of these three aspects can lead to a shallow, unsatisfying, and potentially weak relationship with God. Singing the truths in the Bible.

Do you believe in God and his Word but have trouble emotionally experiencing God? Then turn to God’s Word and sing it!” Pick up a handout to read more about it

Phil Collins, Ph.D., 2014. This material was created in partnership with the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement.

Week 2 - February 18, 2018

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God's Word Alone... Lenten Fast

This season of lent my heart implores me to set aside my devotionals, my teachers, and beloved books to feast on God’s word alone. I have no doubt that teachers and writers are gifts of God to the church and believe that study of scripture is imperative in the life of a Christian. But this season of lent in 2018 I seek to immerse myself in the written word of God alone. I hate to admit the amount of wrestling I am doing as I contemplate this fast. …a journal musing:

The bible alone, God’s Holy Word,

         God’s wisdom, thoughts, God’s

                 power coming alive – alive in

                        heart, my heart, your heart

God’s word alone, most Holy Word,

         Flame of the Holy Spirit,

                most Holy Flame, Breath of God

                         Gods Holy Word, God’s word alone

Gods word alone, challenged I am

         Why weak are my knees? Why tremble my brow?

                Possible? Nay…but true

                         That depend I more the word of man, earthy word

                                  More on man than God

Yet tremble more and more fearful still

           To think I would consider, ponder such a choice

                                The earthly shout of man or the

                                        most Holy whisper of God

                                                  Most Holy Word of God

Week 1 - February 11, 2018