Words on Worship

Honoring God with our worship April 24 2014

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that simply said, "Honor yourself." Although it is biblical to have a positive self-image and to treat your bodies as a temple unto the Lord, I do believe we have gone way overboard in our culture with this mindset.  The thought is always to look out for "Number 1" before we consider anyone else.  If you question this, then go stand in line at Toys-R-Us during the Christmas rush.  Or just drive down a highway during rush hour in any major city.  We live in a selfish society…and it's contagious.  We can so easily get caught up in honoring ourselves, that we ignore others, and worse yet, turn our back on God.  I know I have been guilty of this many times.  So here is our worship challenge for the day…Honor the Lord before honoring ourselves.  It will not come naturally, but we need to see ourselves for who we are…servants of the most High God.  Ironically, when we focus our attention and affection on Him, He ends up honoring us back!  Isn't that just like God? 
 
  
 

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Is your worship upside down? April 23 2014

In Romans Chapter 1, Paul explains in great detail that there are certain "invisible attributes” or signs of God that can be clearly seen by all mankind, thereby giving none of us an excuse for not giving Him glory. As The Message tells us that people knew God perfectly well, but when they didn't treat him like God, refusing to worship Him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense not direction left in their lives.  They pretended to know it all, yet in reality, knew nothing of the truth and grace of God.  So, the result is a trade...they trade the glory of the Creator, who holds the whole world in His hands, for the elements of creation. To be sure, the beauty of a mountain or tree gives testimony to the glory of God.  But it is not an object that is to be worshiped itself.  That's worship upside down.  That is worshiping a man-made God instead of the God who made man.  So today, make sure your worship is right side up…worship the one and only Creator God who made you and loves you and gave Himself for you.  He is the only hope you have. 
 
 
  
 

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Worship requires sacrifice April 22 2014

When I was growing up in church, we used to sing a popular song called “We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise."  But I never really considered what those words truly meant.  A "sacrifice of praise" can come in a variety of different ways...most commonly, from our lips as we give thanks to His name.  But a "sacrifice of praise" can also come from our wallets as we give, or our time as we serve, or our talents as we use them for God.  In fact, the easiest sacrifice we can give to God is praise from our mouth and heart.  This is commanded by God and should come naturally to us as His children.  But if you want to take your worship of Him to another level, then offer sacrifice of praise to Him in ways that costs you something more.  It's wonderfully fulfilling to sing loudly and raise our hands in a worship service, but it's also easy.  However, it is much more sacrificial to open our wallets and give generously from our heart to His church, and to risk sacrificing our time in service to Him to the poor and needy.  Consider today, how much more powerful your personal time of worship will be, when you are living a lifestyle of sacrificial praise.  
 
 
  
 

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Worship Jesus in the power of His resurrection April 21 2014

Yesterday we celebrated Easter.  Millions gathered around the world to worship the risen Savior.  After three of the darkest days in history, Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, conquered sin, death, hell, and the grave in one glorious Sunday morning moment.  He had foretold this moment to His disciples many times before, and now the moment was upon them and they couldn't believe it. But it wouldn't be long until they didn't just believe it; eventually they would give their own lives in defense of this great truth.  The Greek word translated "resurrection" is anastasis, which means literally "to cause to stand up on one's feet again." It can mean a resurrection from physical death, or a recovery of spiritual truth.  Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead.  And because He did, He has given you and me the power to rise again spiritually…where once we were dead, we are made alive in Him!  Worship the risen Savior today. He is the only hope we have both now and forever! 
 
 
  
 

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Worship Jesus the sacrificial Lamb April 18 2014

Throughout the Old Testament, we see that spotless lambs were slaughtered as a sacrificial worship offering to the Lord.  Sheep were dying for the shepherd.  But when Jesus came, all of that changed.  The great shepherd had come to die for His sheep.  So, when John refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God, those who heard him understood the reference.  However, this Lamb would be the ultimate, final sacrifice…as this Lamb had come to take away the sin of the world.  It's Good Friday…perhaps the most bittersweet day on the calendar for any believer.  It is bitter because this is the day we mourn the death of Christ.  It is sweet because had He not laid down His life, we would not know salvation. This is a sad day…but it is a good day.  For 2000 years ago on a Friday much like this, the greatness of mercy gave way to the power of grace. The sacrificial lamb was slain…but death wouldn't hold Him for long...
 
 
  
 

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Who or what do you worship April 17 2014

It's my boy Cooper's birthday today.  I remember him asking me one time, "Why does the economy need so much money?"  He asked me that after watching the news and seeing how much emphasis is placed on the world economy.  Although it is true that we need money to operate our business and pay our bills, we must be careful that is does not become our motivation for living. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 6 that we cannot serve God and money.  It is impossible to serve two masters.  And bear in mind, the god we serve is the god we worship.  So who or what do your serve today?  Much can be told about us by how we spend our money.  Are we good stewards of what He has provided for us?  Do we serve the master of our money?  Or is our money mastering us?  Choose you this day whom you will serve and whom you will worship.  My suggestion: Trust in the eternal God who will provide all your needs according the His riches in Glory.  
 
 
  
 

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All He wants, is all of you April 16 2014

God owns everything.  If we were to ask God in an interview what the size of His portfolio is, He would say "All of it." God owns it all. Not only that, God is over it all!  But not only that…God created it all!  In Isaiah 44:24 God reminds us: "I am the Lord, who makes all things, who stretches out the heavens all alone, who spreads abroad the earth by myself."  Isn't it comforting to know that the God we worship, owns and holds absolutely everything in His hands…including you…and including your portfolio.  We have to get into our minds that our money is God's money.  Every financial decision we make is a spiritual decision because it's not our money to begin with. We are simply managing what He owns. So I challenge you today to worship God by placing your money and your life solely into His hands. He is Lord over all, so all He wants is all of you. 
 
  
 

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Worship God with your money April 15 2014

It has been said there are two things in life you cannot avoid: death and taxes.  It's tax day here in America.  And I can honestly say, I do not know anyone who enjoys paying taxes, but it is our duty as citizens to do what Jesus said in Mark 12 and "give to Caesar, that which is Caesar’s."  As a result, we enjoy the rights and securities our government affords us.  However, Jesus also said, "Give unto God, that which is God's."  Which of the two is most important?  They both are, but one is temporal, and one is eternal.  It is right for us to pay our taxes and to give the government what is due, but we must also give ourselves to God.  Yes, it is a sacrifice to pay those taxes, but in the end, it is only a percentage of our income.  However, it is a much more rewarding sacrifice to give unto God that which He deserves.  And what is that? All He wants…is all of you. So smile when you write that tax check and know that it is a blessing to live in a free country. But you can smile even more knowing that the true and living Savior has set your soul free.
 
  
 

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Worshiping the sacrificial Savior April 14 2014

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the beginning of Passion Week...the week in which Christians all over the world acknowledge and celebrate the sacrifice of our beloved Savior.  He endured that cross for two reasons: you and me.  Motivated by His love for us and the mission of His Father, Jesus willingly laid His life down as an innocent man and bore the sins of the world -past, present and future- upon His beaten and bloodied back.  My friends, if we ever had cause to worship Jesus, we should start at a hill called Golgotha, where Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, despised the shame of the cross and endured it for us.  As Billy Graham once said "God proved His love for us on the cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love You'."  Today…love Him back by worshiping Him.  
 
  
 

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Worship God with your feet - everywhere you go April 11 2014

Psalm 1 says, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful."  The word blessed means happy.  It is a reference to inward joy.  In this verse the Psalmist is clearly telling us that if we want to have a joyful life, a life that worships God, then we cannot get caught up in the gravitational pull of sin.  We must be careful not to walk into those traps that so easily beset us…whether it is a simple button on our computer, a remote in our hand, or a second glance in the wrong direction.  Once you walk down that path, it gets more and more difficult to turn around, and eventually, as the Psalmist warns, we will take a seat among the scornful.  So walk intentionally today with a lifestyle of worship.  Reminds me of a song I wrote with Tommy Walker that said, "Everywhere I go, in everything I do, every step I take, help me live to worship you."
 
  
 

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Worship God with your feet - wherever you go April 10 2014

Psalm 8 is a beautiful chapter of praise in the Bible. The Psalmist declares to the Lord, "How excellent is your name in all the earth!"  All throughout the chapter reminds us who we are, who God is, and that our meaning begins and ends with His glory.  He tells us that all of creation has been placed under man's feet.  We are God's prized possession...His masterpiece. He has given us dominion over all other things.  So, wherever we walk, we must carry this responsibility on our shoulders with discipline and integrity.  We must take care of the earth because it is God's creation.  And we must beware that every decision we make always comes with a consequence.  So as you walk today, remember what is under your feet…the whole world.  Honor God in how you treat it, for how excellent is His name in all the earth!
 
  
 

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Worship begins with a heart of repentance April 09 2014

Over the last few days we have been making our way through the 4-step process of revival in 2 Chronicles 7:14.  We must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and today, just a word about that last step…turn from our sinful ways. To repent literally means we make an about face…we turn from the way we were heading, and intentionally go the opposite direction. As worshipers, we must regularly confess our sins and work to stay in right relationship with the Lord so that we stay in intimate fellowship with Him. And…He is faithful and just to forgive us.  But we must always beware of the dangers of sin.  For, as my buddy Ike Reighard says, "Sin will always take you farther than you wanted to go, cost you more than you wanted to pay, and it will keep you longer than you ever intended to stay." 
 
  
 

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Worship the Lord by seeking His face April 08 2014

2 Chronicles 7:14 gives us a 4-step process to personal revival.  In that verse, the Lord tells us we are to humble ourselves, pray, seek HIs face, and turn from our sin. I love that phrase "seek His face." It implies we are to seek the very heart and mind of God.  We are to seek after who He is.  So often we seek the hand of God before we seek the face of God.  When we seek God's hand...we are looking for what God can do.  When we seek the face of God, we are looking at who God is.  Although it is perfectly natural for us as His children to seek both the hand and face of God, many times we seek His hand first in order to bring us an experience or deliver us out of trouble. He is certainly capable and willing to do that, but to seek His face means we come to Him seeking His agenda instead of our own. So if you want revival in your life of worship, begin by humbling yourself, praying, and earnestly seeking the face of God, not just His hand. 
  
 

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Worship the Lord through prayer April 07 2014

When we pray, we are communicating directly from our heart to the heart of God.  Praying is our opportunity to enter into intimate fellowship with our Savior.  When we pray, it opens our heart to revival and it gives our minds the proper perspective on how to live daily. In his wonderful book, The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson says, “ Who we become is determined by how we pray. Ultimately, the transcripts of our prayers become the script of our lives." What is the story God is writing in your life? What does that script look like? Are you close enough to God to recognize His voice as He gives you direction in your time of prayer?  Do you pray consistently?  Do you pray expectantly?  Do you pray fervently? It is quite the challenge for us all, but prayer is a vital discipline we must develop as we live a life of worship.  
  
 

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Praying is a form of worship April 04 2014

We were reminded yesterday of the 4-step process to revival that is laid out for us in 2 Chronicles 7:14.  We must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our sin.  Today, just a word about step 2: praying.  One of the most powerful ways we can worship the Lord is through prayer.  It is when we pray that we humble ourselves enough to seek God's direction in our lives. But remember, prayer is a two-way conversation…it is us talking to God, but it is also God talking to us.  Prayer is not just us making petition to God for the things we want and need, but it is also us praising God directly for who He is and what He's done.  Prayer is us acknowledging our raw dependence on God.  And, as my buddy Mark Batterson says, raw dependence is the raw material out of which God performs His greatest miracles.  Worship the Lord through praying today.
  
 

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Do you worship with humility? April 03 2014

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God gives us a clear 4-step process to personal revival.  "If my people will humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways. Then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” So the first step is to humble ourselves in the sight of God.  How do you do that?  It starts on our knees.  We must get to the place in our lives where our sole desire is to be who God wants us to be which then leads to doing what God wants us to do.  Today I encourage you to relinquish a little control over your life into the hands of Almighty God.  Focus on who you are becoming over and above what you are doing, and place yourself in a position of humility before the Lord.  You will find that "God is especially responsive to worshipers who humbly request the right things for the right reasons.”
  
 

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Worship Christ for who He truly is April 02 2014

 

There is coming a day, when every living creature will bow before Jesus in worship.  Paul states this in Philippians 2. By this, Paul does not mean everyone and everything will bow in universal salvation, but rather universal subjugation. One day, every individual will face the Lord Jesus, and when that happens, they will have no choice but to acknowledge Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  So here's a question for you today: since we will all bow on our knees in worship at some point, why not live our lives in honor and reverence to King Jesus, now?  It is not as though He is unloving and uncaring, or that the abundant joy He offers now is miserable drudgery!  He is the author of hope and giver of life!  In Jesus is the fullness of true happiness!  So enjoy His presence today.  Don't wait for the glories of Heaven to discover the wonder of worship. Start right now by falling on your knees and giving your heart to Him in praise.  


Only fools don't worship God April 01 2014

It's April fool's day!  And I'm sure many of you have a few tricks up your sleeve to share with your friends.  Oh, it's one thing to act foolishly as we cut up with our friends, but quite another to live our lives foolishly.  This is what the Bible refers to over and over…cautioning us to steer clear of believing foolish things and living foolish lives.  Psalm 14:1 says, “ The fool has said in his heart there is no God" and Proverbs reminds us "the way of the fool is right in his own eyes."  Many times in Scripture we are warned about thinking and living foolishly…mostly in reference to a lack of morality in our character.  So, go ahead and enjoy the fun of this day, but remember to LIVE foolishly in the eyes of God is no joking matter.  He demands a lifestyle of worship, a commitment to His word, and a discipline to make wise choices…not foolish ones.
 

Make Jesus the focus of your worship March 31 2014

Jesus should always be the object of worship.  Phillipians 2:10 reminds us that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess the name of Jesus.  Every living being..angels and humans alike will bow before King Jesus…the author and finisher of our faith.  It is only Jesus who has the right of sovereignty…"For in Him all things were created."  He is before all things and in Him all things are held together. So is worshipping Jesus a regular practice in your life?  it should be the most natural thing for a Christian to place Jesus in a position of preeminence in our lives.  But, many times, maybe not in belief, but in action, we relegate Him to just another religious object to be brought out on a Sunday morning experience. Remember today that Jesus is the very image of the invisible creator God.  He is God in the flesh..the one for whom all things were created.  Worship Him today as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and let His majesty consume your lifestyle of worship.  
  
 

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Worshiping God from our knees March 28 2014

We have seen it many times in movies or pictures, when one is brought into the presence of royalty or greatness, the first thing they do is bow to their knees in reverence and humility. In Ephesians 3:14, Paul mentions praying from a posture of bowing his knees. This position of utmost humility was in contrast to the more normal posture of prayer in that culture in which they would pray standing with hands raised up. And yet, all through scripture we see this posture…kneeling to pray.  From Solomon's dedication of the temple to Jesus in the Garden, praying from the knees is shown as a definite sign of humility before the Lord. I want to encourage you, if you are physically able, to make kneeling before the Lord a common practice in your life.  There is just something about that act that immediately places us in a position of service before our Lord.  And when we humble ourselves before Him on our knees, He makes us that much stronger when we stand.
  
 

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Serving others is an act of worship March 27 2014

While tempted in the wilderness, Jesus linked worship and service when He replied to Satan’s tempting offer saying “…it is written, WORSHIP the Lord your God and serve Him only.” Could it be that when we SERVE others we WORSHIP our God? Many times we feel the temptation to build ourselves up in the eyes of friends, family, neighbors or co-workers.  Today, I encourage you to resist that temptation. Instead, humbly serve others and as a result, you’ll WORSHIP the Living God. For, as Mother Teresa once said, “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.” 
  
 

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Worship God by listening to others March 26 2014

Worship is loving God. And,we express our love for God in a multitude of ways.  We honor Him by serving, loving and praising Him in all things.  But, we also worship Him by loving and serving others.  And one of the best ways to serve others, is by simply listening to them.  Everyone wants three things: to be heard, to be respected, and to be understood. It's amazing how much more others respect us, when we simply spend a few moments listening to them.  David Augsburger once said, "Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” To truly listen to others, is to show our love for them.  Jesus did this better than anyone.  People loved him for it.  Then He pointed them to the truth, and they listened…and were changed forever.  You want to worship God more deeply and earn the right to be heard at the same time?  Then practice today the art of opening your ears to others and truly listening to them.
  
 

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Do you recognize the voice of God? March 25 2014

We live in a noisy world.  It's very rare that we are ever in absolute silence.  In fact, some of us even sleep better with a noise maker.  We have grown so accustomed to noise around us, that total silence is eerie and uncomfortable.  But have you ever considered that the word "listen" contains the same letters as the word "silent"?  One of the best ways we can worship Him today is to get alone, turn the noise off, and rest in the silence.  Psalm 46:10 puts it this way: "Be still, and know that I am God."  It is in the stillness that we hear and recognize His voice. I love what Dr. Jeremiah has to say about this verse: "When God cannot be found in the midst of the frenzy, silence and stillness are needed to hear Him - so that His children may KNOW He is present and has a plan for the future."
  
 

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Use your ears to grow in worship March 24 2014

Thomas Dubay once said, "The humble listen to their brothers and sisters because they assume they have something to learn. They are open to correction, and they become wiser through it.” And you've probably heard it said before, that we have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen twice as much as we speak.  The Bible says something similar when James reminds us, “Be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath." (James 1:19) So one way we can improve our lifestyle of worship is to talk less, and listen more.  My college professor reminded me once that even fish don't get caught if they keep their mouth shut.  So today, before you speak out of turn, ask yourself, “ Is it worth it?" Then, have the discipline to refrain from words if they are not necessary.  Not only will you learn more about others that way, but it will also open your ears to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit.  
  
 

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We worship a listening God! March 21 2014

You know, there is quite a difference between hearing someone and really listening to them.  But aren't you thankful that the God we worship doesn't just hear us…He is actually listening!  And, He doesn't just reply to our prayers, but rather He answers our prayers in exactly the way we need because He knows and understands our hearts.  Psalm 34:17 says “ The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles." My friend Mark Batterson says: "The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked."  The Lord knows our heart, He knows our motives, and He is listening. So worship God today by trusting that He not only hears your prayers, but He is eager to respond. Be specific, be bold, and know He IS listening.
  
 

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Is it possible to listen with your eyes? March 20 2014

There is much we can learn by hearing instruction.  But that learning process is even more effective when those instructions come to life by way of pictures or video or demonstration.  We are a visual people, and for many of us, we are able to grasp a concept more quickly when we see an example of it before us.  Jesus used word pictures and visuals all the time in His teaching.  One instance, in John 4, He says "Open your eyes and look at the fields…the are white for harvest.”  It is a visual reminder to all of us that the world is ripe for the telling of the good news of the Gospel.  As worshipers, our responsibility is to share the truth and love of the Gospel.  So I encourage you to today to open your eyes…and listen with them.  Can you see the cry of the poor and the needy?  Do you see the lonely weeping of the abused and abandoned?  Do you see the pleading heart of that bitter person at work?  Listen with you eyes…and the needs around you get louder.
  
 

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It's one thing to hear, but do we really listen? March 19 2014

Over the last few days I have tried to give you some food for thought about worshiping with our eyes…but how about our ears?  Stephen Covey said in his famous book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People that "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply."  I've been guilty of that a million times! In essence, I was more interested in what I had to say, than in the words of the one sharing with me. Believe it or not, even when Jesus spoke, many did not listen.  Jesus often spoke to people in parables, and if they were just a casual listener,  they would miss the entire meaning of His words, fail to act on them, and miss out on life-changing spiritual truths. I encourage you today to worship the Lord by intently listening to His word and to honor others today by really listening to what they have to say.
  
 

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Worship God by opening the eyes of your heart March 18 2014

Millions of us have sung that well known song by Paul Baloche "Open the eyes of my heart…I want to see You."  The words of this great song are a direct reference to Ephesians 1:15-23, where the Apostle Paul is praying over the Ephesians that they might embrace the Word of Truth with their hearts. There is a direct connection between the eyes and the heart.  What we see enlightens us to truth.  And the heart is the channel through which God imparts that truth into our lives.  I want to encourage you today to open the eyes of your heart.  Pray that God will enlighten you into the deeper truths of His word, that you might be able to catch a broader glimpse of just who He really is.  For He is our risen Savior: perfect and holy, awesome and mighty,  righteous and worthy! 
  
 

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Are you wearing green today? March 17 2014

It's St. Patrick's day.  And for many of us, that mainly just means we need to wear some green so no one will pinch us today.  But to the Irish, this day has a much deeper meaning. St. Patrick was a man who faced many trials in his life, but who also lived with a deep sense of destiny and calling.  At 16 years old, he was captured, brought to Ireland, and sold into slavery.  But it was in this time of slavery that Patrick became completely devoted to Christ.  After 6 years, Patrick escaped from his captors, only to later return as a missionary to the Irish people. Like all of us, he faced temptation and discouragement, but he remained faithful.  So on this St. Patrick's day, I encourage you to be mindful of the importance of staying faithful to your call as a believer.  Those around you need to see who Christ IN you as you live a life of worship and devotion to Him.  Or, as St. Patrick said, "Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me."
 
  
 

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Worshiping God with healthy eyes March 14 2014

It is true that where my eyes are, is where my attention lies.  For instance, if my child is talking to me and my eyes are on my phone, then the phone is still winning my attention over my child.  Luke 11:34 says, "Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness." In other words, if we keep our eyes on that which is holy, our lives will be a light in a dark world; but if we get distracted and place our eyes on that which is sinful, then we darken not only our own souls, but those around us as well. So, as we strive toward a lifestyle of worship, protect your eyes and keep them healthy by focusing on that which is pure and holy.   
 
  
 

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Open your eyes to the glory of God's creation March 13 2014

Albert Einstein once said "He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed."  How long has it been since you took just 15 minutes to pause and open your eyes to the beauty of God's creation around you?  Whether it be the majesty of the mountains, the glorious vastness of the oceans, or the simple fluttering of a butterfly...the beauty and wonder of creation is all around us, pointing praise to our Creator.  Let me encourage you to open your eyes to the splendor in your midst and to take care of God's creation as an act of worship.  Go ahead and live a little greener, pick up that litter you see on the ground, get outside on a sunny day and take it all in.  Then remember, God put all this here for us. Thank Him for it, and honor Him with it.  
 
 
  
 

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What we see greatly affects our lifestyle of worship March 12 2014

Do you remember that little song we used to sing as children “ O, Be Careful Little Eyes What You See"?  Eyes are the window to the soul.  What we see and when we see it, can literally change our lives forever. The late John Bunyon said we have two main channels into our mind, the EYE GATE and the EAR GATE.  Through these flow most of the knowledge we receive. Proverbs 4:25 tells us to "look straight ahead."  And Proverbs 23:26 says:  “My Son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways.”  The connection between the heart and the eye is a clear one. Out of the heart flows the issues of life.  And through the eyes flow knowledge to the heart.  So be careful what you watch and what you see.  Let's guard and protect our eyes so that they are free from sin, which in turn, allows us to worship freely.
 
 
  
 

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Worship is for now, and for eternity March 11 2014

I was sitting in a restaurant the other day, and as I was waiting on my food I found myself staring at the silverware.  Oddly enough, I noticed that the fork and spoon, in a loose way,  reminded me of an open hand and a closed hand.  Just looking at these common household items reminded me of two special words in my life: prosperity and posterity. The fork, or open hand, represents prosperity, or success in life, but only by way of temporal things.  The spoon, or closed hand, represents posterity…also success in life…but in things that have eternal value.  May God help us all to be prosperous, but with an open hand.  And may we all have posterity... holding tightly onto those values with a closed hand. So next time you sit down to eat, look at that fork and spoon and be reminded that our lifestyle of worship must include a healthy grasp of  that which is temporary and also that which is eternal.  
 
 
  
 

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Will you worship God with open hands? March 10 2014

Hands speak a language of their own, don't they?  Hands held up can mean praise or even surrender. Hands held out with palms up can either mean I am giving this to you, or you are giving something to me.  Hands that are closed can mean a sign of aggression as it forms a fist.  You get the idea.  So as we approach worship, I encourage you to live with open hands.  It is only with open hands that we can give something away, but is also only with open hands that we can receive.  Worship is you and me giving our hearts in praise to God, but He is gracious in that He blesses us in return for our praise.  Isn't that just like God?  He is always giving.  So worship the Lord with open hands…ready to give, ready to serve.  You never know what blessings God will put back in to those open hands of yours.
 
 
  
 

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How can I worship God with my hands? March 07 2014

When I mention a phrase like "worship God with your hands" many people might think I'm merely talking about the Sunday morning experience where we lift our hands in praise during a worship song or prayer.  And even though that is certainly a Biblical expression of our worship, it is just as strong of a display of worship when we use our hands in service to God and to others.  Worship always includes three elements: glory, dedication and sacrifice. Lifting our hands in praise is ascribing glory to God.  But reaching out our hands in service requires sacrifice.  Both acts serve a proper purpose in worship, and our walk with God requires both.  So this Sunday while you are church, praise God with your hands and lift your voice in glorious praise.  But, when the song is over, look around and realize you can worship God throughout the week by using those same hands to serve Him by serving others.
 
 
  
 

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How can I worship God with my body? March 06 2014

How can I worship God with my body?  Well, worshiping God with our bodies is quite different than the mindset of our current culture which is quite obsessed with worshiping the body itself.  There is certainly nothing wrong with living a healthy lifestyle and eating properly.  In fact, we should do that, as our bodies are a temple unto the Lord and we need to  treat them as such.  However, worshiping God with our bodies as a "living sacrifice" as Paul puts it in Romans 12, means we present all we are as an offering to God. So worship isn't just something we think about, it is something we do…with our hands, feet, ears and eyes.  It means we glorify God wherever we are and with whatever we are doing.  Remember, worship isn't just reserved for Sunday morning songs.  Worship is you and me loving the Lord in all aspects of life, in work or in play.  So jump in and worship God with your whole heart AND your body.
 
 
  
 

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