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What is “patriotic worship” in the USA?

A comical blog mentioned “patriotic worship”. It seems to take place on the 4th of July, so I assume it is from an American perspective. However, as you can imagine, it is quite difficult to search ...
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How do Quakers know when to start and stop their church meetings?

Worship meetings of the Religious Society of Friends (or "Quakers") are spent in silence unless people are moved by the Holy Spirit to act. This seems clear enough, however, I do not understand how a ...
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Was the Roman Catholic Church responsible for the change of Sabbath to Sunday as day of rest?

Some historians--both Catholic and Protestants--make reference to Constantine, the emperor, circa 527, as paving the way for the Bishop of Rome as responsible for the change that historically took ...
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How do we know we aren't worshipping the same God? [closed]

How does a Catholic know that they are not worshiping the same God as someone who practices Islam or Judaism? Is there anything that concretely points to them being different past personal ...
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What Scriptures are used to justify the belief that Christians of Denominations other than a specific one will be rejected by God?

In my studies of the Bible I have never found where God has rejected the worship of anyone who worshipped him in sincerity. The only restrictions to worship other than worshipping in holiness as far ...
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Why is it that some people experience extreme emotions listening to worship music? [closed]

Christians and nonchristians interested in Christianity sometimes report experiencing emotional reactions to Christian worship music. In addition, attendees of many Pentecostal or Charismatic ...
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The question of graven images [duplicate]

It seems to me that people are having a serious problem defining what the Bible means in reference to the graven image, so I pose this question: if the Bible says not to create any graven images, then ...
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Why do some Pentecostal preachers claim that Lucifer was a worship leader?

Here in Brazil, there are some Pentecostal preachers who claim that Satan (Lucifer) was the "Minister of Praise in heaven" or the "ruler of the Celestial Choir". According to a Pentecostal ...
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Did Jesus say “worship me, I am God” [duplicate]

Is there a verse in the Bible states that Jesus himself said to his people that he is God and must be worshipped?
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What do Christians do on a Fasting day besides worshipping?

While Christians fast, do they only focus on worshipping God (such as bible reading and praying)? If they involve in any other activity besides worshipping God, would fasting be inefficient? What did ...
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What is the history of offertories?

Many churches take up tithes and offerings in the middle of a service, and many have an offeratory or music during that time of the service. I'm curious as to the history of this practice. It seems it ...
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Music Ministry in Evangelical Free Church of America

I have a desire to start a Music Ministry in an EFCA local assembly that sings to recorded Contemporary Praise and Worship music. How long should I be committed to this assembly before being allowed ...
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Is “Worship Pastor” a new term?

From Wikipedia article "Worship pastor" A Worship Pastor usually refers to a person in some Christian churches, largely in North America, who ministers within the church via music performance, ...
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Does the New Testament mention Christians worshipping the Holy Spirit?

The New Testament often mentions Christians worshipping God the Father, as well as His only-begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:23). However, does the New Testament mention Christians ...
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What kind of worship does God look for, for Salvation?

Through Gods word the bible, we are given commandments of what we shouldn't do and what we need to do in order to attain salvation. That last part is really what I'm focusing on. What does the New ...
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Did God create man to worship and praise Him?

I heard it many times from some Christians and even preachers that God created us to worship and praise Him. I think this idea came from the fact that Psalms contain many phrases like "Praise the ...
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Commandment about idols and idolatry in OT

God continually tells the people throughout the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) to not turn to idolatry. Exodus 20:4 says: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of ...
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Fallen Angels worshiped in ancient civilizations?

Ok, so I am doing research for a fictional book and in my research I have come across the names of 2 fallen angels (book of Enoch) that take advantage of mankind and allow man to worship them like ...
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How can Dietrich Bonhoeffer's inclusion of non-Christians be explained theologically?

I remember seeing a documentary about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. One scene that was very interesting revolved around his leading a worship service in a transport between prisons, for all the ...
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Justification of Recitation of Creeds in Public Worship according to the Regulative Principle

Some churches which hold to the regulative principle of worship (RPW) insist that recitation of creeds or portions of confessions or catechisms by the congregation is an important act in the public ...
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Is song a critical component of worship or something that we've just borrowed from example?

As a follow-up to this previous question: What is the biblical basis for singing in church? Would worship be incomplete without song? Though their are examples of worship through song in the bible ...
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What is the basis for why certain musical beats are deemed by some to be unchristian or immoral?

I have encountered people in the past that have asserted that certain musical rhythms or beats are inherently immoral or sinful. It seems to follow, then, that even if the words of Scriptures ...
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What is the biblical basis for singing in church?

I know music is a form of worship that is expressed several times throughout the Bible, but how did singing gain such a pivotal role in church services? What biblical basis is there for congregational ...
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What does it mean to “worship God” to Christians in general?

When Christians worship or pray to God, generally what is in their mind? Do they pray to God who is one person among Trinity or do they pray to all three of them as one? I am asking about what is in ...
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What is the background of the verse Heb 10:25

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 What would be the reasons ...
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Why worship saints / Mary / Angels?

When John falls down in his knees to worship the angel, the angel tells him immediately to stop because he is just a worshiper like him, so all the glory is for the Lord. It is I, John, who heard ...
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How should Selah be read?

Many of the Psalms feature the word "selah" which as I understand is a musical or liturgical term. When the Psalms are read aloud, how should selah be uttered? I've heard it both said aloud, or left ...
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Are there any surviving hymns from the Valdensian movement?

The Valdensians preached and celebrated the Lords Supper in the native tongue of the people, not in Latin. However, every source I've read about their customs focus on what was spoken, and I also want ...
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When did the gathered church stop singing choruses?

I read a few years ago, that the early church (1st - 2nd century) would start their gatherings by singing choruses and that this went on for a while, before the rest of the liturgy. Unfortunately, my ...
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What is an LDS general conference?

Tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, the Mormon church is holding a general conference, which happens twice a year, in place of regular church meetings. There's some basic stuff on their website about it, ...
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Does worship bring joy to God?

Does worship bring joy to God? If so, can you give me some references from the Bible?
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Christians showing purported satanic signs

I have read about satanic symbols and signs and that made me conscious of people around me doing them. Christians, relatives, people I know who I believe cannot belong to any cult. Here are the common ...
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All the references where Jesus is offered worship

What are all the references to the instances where where Jesus is offered worship in the Bible? I am raising this question because some of my friends from some specific denomintations believe only ...
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What practical effect do stock worship phrases, like “God be magnified”, have?

In our worship to God many times we utter phrases like "God I magnify you" or "God be magnified". I used to wonder, is God really magnified by saying those words? How can we really magnify God or have ...
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Arguments For/Against Spiritual Uses of Cannabis in Christianity?

As I am aware most Christians regard Cannabis's physical and spiritual effects as the same as use of alcohol for intoxication, and that its use is not permitted by their doctrines. Contrarily, some ...
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Justification of Offertories according to the Regulative Principle of Worship

I was in a church today that considers itself to hold strictly to the regulative principle of worship (that which is not explicitly commanded for public worship in Scripture is implicitly condemned) ...
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Do they use icons in the Roman Catholic Church?

Do they use icons in the Roman Catholic Church like they do in the East Orthodox Church? In my limited experience, I've only seen statues in the Roman Catholic Church, but not icons. I don't just mean ...
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Should a woman cover her head in Christian worship?

Traditionally in many Christian churches the women would cover their heads in worship citing 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. Why has this practice stopped, and why has it stopped mostly in the last 70 years? ...
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What does it mean to worship in truth?

In the early verses of this scripture, Jesus tells the woman that we wouldn't need to go to the mountains or Jerusalem to worship. "...God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in ...
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Why don't we dance?

At my old church (PCA) occasionally there would be a few women who would dance at the front of the sanctuary. Later, after leaving the church, I began to feel a little bit biased against that dancing ...
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What is the earliest Christian use of a worship leader?

Music directors existed in Old Testament times (see these 56 references). But was there such a thing as what we now call a worship leader in Christian (New Testament and early church) times? Or is it ...
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Did Luther Really Use Bar Tunes for his Hymns?

The title sums it up: I often hear it said during the debates on liturgy and music styles that are appropriate for worship that even Luther used common bar tunes (equivalent to days pop songs) for his ...
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Is it more important that a worship service be contemplative or instructive, and how do we know?

Per this link, there is a very definite effect of technology in worship. The benefits of using, say, an iPad to reference Scripture and all of the additional source material (commentaries, ...
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Is prayer an integral part of worshiping, or is it possible to worship without a prayer?

This question is a multiple-tradition overview question, which means that all kinds of views on the matter from all various traditions that are present in Christianity are welcome. Is prayer an ...
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What is the biblical basis for the prohibition of instruments in worship?

I understand that some Protestant churches prohibit the use of musical instruments in their worship services. What is the specific biblical basis for this practice, or, if there is no specific ...
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Why isn't the cross considered an idol?

Exodus 20:1-15 ESV And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods ...
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How to reconcile Kierkegaard's model of worship with Existential authenticity?

I've been told Kierkegaard suggested that worship be a form of theater where the congregants are actors and pastors are directors. (This is the only on-line reference I could find, does anyone have ...
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Are there non Catholic/Orthodox churches that use a Crucifix?

Are there churches outside of the Catholic and Orthodox traditions that use a crucifix as opposed to a cross? I just watched a movie in which the main character is in a church that has a crucifix on ...
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How should we dress when attending church worship/activities/services?

As a geek, I can't even start to understand why do we have to dress "formally" when attending church. What are some verses from the Bible which instructs us on our attire when attending church ...
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What has the Bible said about appropriate Sabbath-day worship?

The Sabbath is important to every Christian, but everyone has varying ideas about what is appropriate. Instead of opening up the question for debate, I was wondering what the Bible has to say about ...