Words on Worship

Worship that Radiates July 25 2014

Have you ever stood in a room that was totally dark, only to discover, as your eyes adjusted, that you could see light seeping in from a corner or from under a doorway?  That’s because just a tiny bit of light goes a long way in a dark room.  And so it is with you and me, believer.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 5 that we are the light of the world.  Just as He came to be a light unto the nations, so we, as His followers, are to reflect His light into the world’s darkness.  Our job is to reflect His light…which, in turn, radiates His Glory.  So guard your heart against anything that would shield you from being that light. Let your light so shine that all may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  This is worship that radiates.
 
  

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Worship with boldness. July 24 2014

We live in interesting times.  There are days where tolerance is preached boldly…until you preach Jesus boldly.  Then the tolerant are not so tolerant anymore.  These are days when acceptance is touted as a must in our society…until you stand boldly for Jesus.  Then you are not so accepted anymore.  We must remember that the very nature of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus is offensive to all those who do not believe.  So we must serve and present the word of God to the unbeliever with love and a lifestyle that is consistent and holy…but still unashamed.  Don't be surprised when ridicule comes.  Jesus told us to expect it.  Don't be surprised when it seems like every religion or agenda is favored above that of the Christian church.  Jesus warned us about that.  Instead…stay faithful. Worship boldly.  Love loudly.  And live honestly.  God will honor you for that, and you will see many lives changed along the way.
  

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Are you hungry for worship? July 23 2014

When my son Cooper was younger, we had a hard time getting him to eat his food at the table.  On one occasion, we could not get him to even eat three bites of his lunch that my wife had so lovingly prepared.  We grew very frustrated with Cooper and his stubbornness, so after quite a bit of negotiating, I had enough.  I told him he would have to sit at that table until he ate at least half his lunch.  Would you believe at 5:00 that afternoon, he still had not eaten?  It was a Sunday, and time for us to be back to church, so I finally gave in. Later that night I thought about that whole scenario and this simple thought entered my head.  Cooper wouldn't eat his lunch because he wasn't hungry enough. Yes, he was being stubborn and testing his boundaries as a child, but had he been starving, there is no doubt he would gladly have eaten.  Could it be that the reason we don't worship the Lord like we should is simply because we are not hungry enough for His presence in our lives.
  

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Worshiping in the storms of life July 22 2014

You remember the story of Peter walking on the water? It was a terrifying storm out at sea.  The disciples are working hard to keep their boat upright, and then they see what appears to be a ghost approaching them, walking on the water. The next thing we know is that Peter jumps out of the boat and begins to walk on water towards Jesus.  But suddenly Peter begins to sink.  Was it because the storm was so rough?  I mean, everyone knows you can't walk on water during a storm, right?  Oh wait, you can't walk on water when it's as calm as glass, either.  The point is: it's not the storm that kept Peter from walking on water; he took his eyes off Jesus.  His faith grew weak and he began to sink.  Please remember today, it is not the storms of life that keep you from becoming a worshiping disciple of Jesus.  It is only when we take our eyes off Him that we begin to falter.  So turn you eyes back on Jesus today through any storm you may be going facing!
  

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Worshiping while you are alone July 21 2014

Have you ever felt the urge to cheat on a test?  Or run a red light?  Or maybe you watched something on TV that you knew was wrong, but stayed there a little too long?  We have all done something like this, and each time we do it compromises our integrity.  We must remember that as worshipers, it is our responsibility to live for Jesus in all things…the big and the small. Even if it seems like a harmless and minor little infraction, as believers we must maintain absolute integrity, both in public and in private.  You've heard it said before, but it bears repeating, “You are what you are when no one is looking.”  Proverbs 11:3 says, "The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them."  Be a worshiper of Jesus at all times…alone, or in public.
 
  

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Worshiping free of self-ambition July 18 2014

Self-ambition can be a good thing.  But it can also get us in trouble pretty quickly, especially when our ambitions work outside of the will of God.  My friend Lance Witt in his book Replenish says, "There is a difference between exposing something and extinguishing something." Self-ambition is exposed in many of us when we work so hard to accomplish our goals.  But when those goals move beyond the will of God, it's time to extinguish them and seek His face to see where we went astray.  You will never be satisfied if your self-ambition causes you to succeed in the world's eyes and yet fail in God's will.  Follow God's plan first.  You will find that He is a master at mastering our self-ambition and turning us into selfless servants.  And when He has us there, He can use us to change the world for His glory.
 
  

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Worship Jesus, Only Jesus July 17 2014

I recently recorded a song by Matt Redman bearing the title “Jesus, Only Jesus.”  In fact, I like that title so much I named the entire project Only Jesus.  It will be available September 9 on iTunes.  The reason I like that title is because, as a worshiper that sums up what worship should be about…only Jesus.  Colossians 1 is such an awesome passage describing just how worthy Jesus is to be the sole object of our worship.  Paul reminds us in this passage that Jesus is the only one who can deliver us from darkness and save us from our sin.  Jesus is the very image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  He was King before time began, and will be King for all eternity.  Not only does Paul remind us that all things were created FOR Jesus, but also that all things were created BY Jesus and THROUGH Jesus.  Jesus is the Creator of the world!  He is not just some prophet who walked the earth for 33 years and had some wise sayings.  He is God in the flesh.  And no one can enter heaven except through Him.  So worship Jesus today.  Only Jesus!
  

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The songs of worship July 16 2014

To worship the Lord is our primary responsibility in life.  Worship is loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  Many of us express our worship to the Lord by way of song.  And over the last 20 years or so, we have witnessed a sort of worship revolution in our churches.  This is due in large part because of the many wonderful songwriters and singers who have delivered new expressions of worship to the platforms of our churches.  Many of these songs are simply scripture put to music, so even thought the sound is new, the message is ancient and true.  I encourage you today to embrace these new songs of praise, as many of them are incredible uplifting and will speak into your heart.  At the same time, I encourage you to not forsake those great timeless songs of our faith that have touched the hearts of countless souls for many generations.  These songs, both old and new, both hymn and chorus are just one way God speaks to us and draws us closer to Him.  Listen to them. Sing them.  It will change your life!
  

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The presence of God...no greater place to be. July 15 2014

When God called Moses to deliver His people from slavery in Egypt, Moses gave a typical response. "Me? I don't think I’m up to this task. Isn't there someone else?"   God promised Moses His presence would be with Him. But Moses wanted something more, something tangible. Now fast forward to Mt. Sinai. Moses has delivered the people from Egypt and he is up on that mountain receiving God's handwritten ten commandments.  Down below the people have rebelled and the Lord is furious!  But Moses intercedes on their behalf and God decides to spare the people with one exception. His presence will no longer accompany them in the wilderness. To which Moses replies: "If your presence will not go with us, do not send us up from here." Isn't it interesting that early on, Moses had to have something in addition to God's presence in order to have the faith to move, but now, all that matters to Moses is to be in the presence of God. Nothing else. If you and I could ever get to that point in our walk with God, there is no telling how He would use us to change the world.
  

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What is the purpose of worship? July 14 2014

We all worship something or someone. I believe it is safe to say we worship that which we live for.  And we live for that which we worship. We are created beings and have a natural inclination, a built-in desire to worship something or someone.  The problem is, many of us get that confused and end up worshiping a creation of some sort rather that the Creator Himself.  But the purpose of worship is so you and I can fulfill our purpose in life.  We were created to worship God.  We were made to live for Him and enjoy Him forever.  He deserves it.  He is the giver of life.  And yet, even though God should be the object of our worship, somehow, some way He takes our worship and turns it into a blessing to us.  So, the purpose of our worship is to honor and bless the Lord.  But, the result of worship is that He, in turn, blesses us.  Isn't that just like God?  Always giving.
  

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How great is our God! July 11 2014

The story goes that one morning a young boy approached his father and asked him "What does heaven look like?"  His father responded and said: "This afternoon while you are under the deck playing with your trucks, look up and see what is underneath that floorboard."  So the young boy did what his father asked. But when he looked up, he saw nothing but dirt dobber nests, spider webs, and ugliness. That evening when his father returned from work, the boy told him he had done just as his father had told him, but he didn’t understand. His father told him he would give him the answer after dinner.  So after dinner, when the sun had set and the sky was lit with stars, the father took his son outside and stood still beneath the gorgeous moonlit night.  Then he said, "Remember I told you to look up while your were underneath that deck and see what lies beneath the floorboard?   I want you to look up now.  You see how beautiful that night sky is?  I can't tell you what heaven looks like, but that my, my son, is just the floorboard."
  

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How passionate is your worship? July 10 2014

We worship that which we are passionate about.  And we are passionate about that which we worship. If you don't believe me, go to a college football game.  There you will see an incredibly accurate depiction of the right kind of worship…it's just the wrong god.  There is loyalty and dedication shown to our favorite team by wearing the team colors.  There is sacrifice made…as we spend enormous sums of money to get our tickets.  There anticipation and excitement…so much that we are willing to get there 3 hours early and park a mile away just to make sure we don't miss anything.  But most of all there is passion.  We passionately praise our team when they do well, and passionately mourn when they lose.  Can you imagine what our lives would be like if we approached worshiping God with the same passion with which we cheer our teams.  God deserves our passionate approach to worshiping Him.
  

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Are you prepared to worship? July 09 2014

A.W. Tozer said, "The impulse to worship God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him."  Isn't it interesting that worshiping God is made possible for us by God?  Worship is for us, but it's to Him.  This is our position in Christ…that we worship Him alone as a gift from Him alone.  Worship also requires preparation on our part, personally and corporately.  Personal worship prepares us for corporate worship, and corporate worship prepares us for personal worship. In other words, the time we spend with Jesus during the week will have a direct impact on how we respond to His presence on Sunday morning at church.  So worship happens when our hearts are prepared to be in His presence.  And the only way we can get there is to approach Him with the innocent candor of a child…empty handed, humble, and with eyes and heart wide open.
 
  

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How are we supposed to worship? July 08 2014

How do you worship?  Have you ever pondered that question?  As you know by now, worship is not music.  Worship is loving God.  Over the next 4 days, I would like to give you 4 elements of worship that will help us all understand how to worship God properly.  First, we must understand our position in Christ.  We will only worship God to the extent to which we understand who He is and what He's done.  Worship is all about Jesus!  So we must worship Him from a position of humble reverence as one who is truly unworthy to receive His grace and mercy.  As David Peterson said, "Worship is essentially an engagement with God, through Christ, in the Holy Spirit on the terms that He proposes and in the way that He alone makes possible."  As you live a life of worship remember who you are and whose you are... it is all about Him.
 
  

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Worship as a Family July 07 2014

I just returned from Italy not long ago. One thing I appreciate about the Italian culture is the value they place on quality time spent with family. Much of that time is spent around the dinner table.  It is quite common for families in Italy to spend 2-3 hours at dinner together each night. This inspires me to spend more time with my family around the table.  To set aside a time each day when we can laugh, learn, love and lean on one another.  As Christians, this is a wonderful and honoring way we can worship our Savior.  For it honors God when families pray together and stay together.  Imagine a night around your home that is unplugged for just 3 hours, and real communication with each other takes the place of electronics communicating to us.  Ronald Reagan once said, "All great change in America begins at the dinner table."  I do believe he was right.  Try it.  It might change your family forever.
 
  

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Worship and Thank God for Your Freedom July 04 2014

Today our nation celebrates its birthday.  What an awesome thing to look back over our incredible history and remember all the valleys and victories we have shared together as Americans.  Sometimes I think we forget, that like it or not, we are in this thing together.  Isn't it a shame that it takes a tragedy for us to remember that? We are one nation under God.  So today on this July 4, let's celebrate in peace and in unity. Let's set our differences aside and remember this freedom didn't come free.  And then, let's worship. Thank God Almighty that we have the privilege to be a citizen of the greatest nation on earth.  He has blessed us. Bow before Him today and thank Him for your freedom.
 
  

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Worship Better. Worship Free July 03 2014

Freedom opens the door to possibilities and opportunities.  Freedom gives us the chance to be better, to improve our position without fear and without interference.  We can thank our forefathers for this freedom.  And we can thank the many men and women who died to preserve it.  This week as we celebrate our nation's birthday, let's be reminded that our freedom is to be cherished.  Every time you get in your car to drive around town, it's because you are free to do so.  Every vacation we take, every paycheck we earn, and every investment we make is all because we have the freedom to do so.  We have rights to vote, rights to bear arms, and rights to worship God…all because of freedom.  But today, let's also remember that freedom doesn't just give us rights to do as we please, but it also gives us the opportunity to do what's right.
 
  

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The Responsibility of the Worshiper July 02 2014

Have you ever been caught doing wrong? Our first response is often to blame someone else for our actions. It's called transferring the blame, and we are pros at it.  But, as worshipers and free Americans, the responsibility of our actions lies squarely on our shoulders. Transferring the blame means shifting the ownership of the problem elsewhere, which in turn creates a household, or a church or a society that lacks the integrity to own up to our own failures.  As Ronald Reagan once said, "We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker.”  It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.  As worshipers, and free Americans, let's take that to heart today
 
  

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Freedom is Never Free July 01 2014

We are one nation. But, we are also a divided nation.  We are divided by racial tensions, moral dilemmas, religious views and political warfare.  Back in the day of our nation’s beginnings, even though the arguments were many, there was one basic belief that was foundational to all reason and truth…the belief that we come from a Creator, and that under that Creator, all men are created equal. Our Founding Fathers were not all Christians, but virtually all of them held a system of beliefs that was grounded in Biblical Judeo-Christian ethics.  Now, even the most basic of those truths is not only being challenged, but completely ignored and potentially forgotten by future generations.  Ronald Reagan once said, "If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."  This week, as we celebrate our freedom, let's remember that even though our founders didn't agree on everything, one thing is certain, they knew they were in the hands of the Almighty God.    
 
  

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Thank God for our freedom June 30 2014

Well it's the week of July 4th.  This is the week we celebrate our independence…our freedom as a nation. But while we do that, I also want to remind you as Christians, that you have a freedom that goes far beyond just that of an American citizen.  You have the freedom of Christ!  Because of His sacrifice on the cross and because He rose from the grave, you have a freedom that lasts forever! If Christ has saved you, then He has forgiven you of your sins and you are no longer a slave to them.  Therefore, if the Son makes you free, then you are free indeed. I encourage you today to worship God with all the freedom that has been given to you.  Praise Him today that He has set you free from the guilt and shame of your past, and worship Him today for who He is and what He's done.   
 
  

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Worship between now and then June 27 2014

I am guilty of always having my mind on the future.  I know it is a good thing to plan.  But it is a bad thing to plan without God.  In fact, when we leave God out of our planning, He may leave us out of His.  So let me propose this plan for you today.  Number 1: Be wise and prepare yourself for the future…financially, spiritually, relationally.  Number 2:  Be careful and make sure that you are following God's will in all of this.  Number 3:  Be alert and know that your plans could change in an instant because God is in charge and you are not.  And number 4:  Be thankful and rest in the fact that your life is in His hands.  He holds your future, and He holds you now!  Allow Him to mold your heart today and this will shape your future.  
 
  

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Worship God while you are weary June 26 2014

Many of you work incredibly hard.  And then, as a reprieve from your work, you play just as hard.  While all of this can be fun and fulfilling, we also need to take a regular time…preferably one day a week, where we simply rest.  The stress of life can wear us out quickly so it is good to sit down on a regular basis and just be still before the Lord.  So if you are tired and weary today, maybe instead of planning a weekend full of activity, you should just rest…and settle your heart.  A long time ago I recorded a song called “Settle Me Now”.  To this day, the words of that chorus still speak to me:  "Settle me now. Don't let me miss this moment, You've got so much to show me and I know I need You.  Settle me now.  Oh Lord, please draw me closer, let me feel Your presence.  Reach beyond my doubt and fear somehow, and settle me now.”
  

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Worship God with a Christian worldview June 25 2014

I'm trying to teach my kids to have a Christian worldview.  In other words, I want them to know their culture, be able to communicate with their culture, but no get sucked into the temptation and the sin of our culture.  I want my children to be in the world, but not of it.  This means that I must teach my children to be as Scripture says: "wise as serpents, and gentle as doves."  So in order to do this, they must explicitly know two things: what they believe, and why they believe it. I want to encourage you to teach your children what it means to live wisely in this world and to develop a Godly love for their culture.  Not to embrace the things of this world, but rather to embrace the humanity of this world so that as they grow, they grow "in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and mankind."
  

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Enjoy worshiping God as a family June 24 2014

You've heard it said…"The family that prays together, stays together."  And honestly…it's true.  It's very hard to stay angry with each other and to fight openly when the Word of God is open before you and when you are kneeling to pray.  I want to challenge you today to regularly worship the Lord as a family.  Pick a verse that you can all learn together for the week and come up with fun ways to explore God's work in your lives. Take advantage of those moments of candid conversations so that you become the spiritual motivator of your family and a Godly example to your children.  And more than anything, work hard to discipline yourself to live a genuine life of worship at home in regular mundane activities.  That way, your children will see God molding you every day…not just Sunday.  
 
  
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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Worship God with your family June 23 2014

I believe Jonathan Edwards was correct when he said, “Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church."  As you know, the church exists to bring honor and glory to God.  So as Christian families, we should do same.  The church also exists to serve the community and reach out to those who don't know the Lord. It is truly a wonderful thing to have a nightly prayer time and daily devotions. This not only grows you closer together, but it also helps ground you in the word of God so that you will have strength throughout your days to live for Him…even when you are alone.  If you are not meeting with your family for regular times of prayer, Bible study and devotion, I highly encourage you to begin as soon as you can.  It will grow your family into the worshipers God intends you to be.  
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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Worship the Lord right now June 20 2014

Life is like a vapor.  We are here on this earth for just a short time, and then we are gone.   Since we are here for only a little while, my question is what are you doing with this precious time right now?  Have you ever noticed that so much of our time in the now is spent planning what we will do in the future?  We tend to live lives with the mindset of "when I have this, or when I get there…" But the Apostle James encourages us to think about what we are doing right now.  He reminds us that we do not know what will happen tomorrow.  Only God knows our future, and only God holds our future.  We must approach each day with a surrendered will to follow His plan. Remember this...trusting in God is the only real way we can prepare ourselves for tomorrow, because He is the only one who controls it.  
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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How do you spend your time? June 19 2014

The phrase "spending time" is rich with meaning.  First of all, to spend anything means it is going to cost you something.  And time is the most expensive and important commodity we have in life.  Why?  Because every second we spend…is a moment we will never get back.  We all start life with a certain amount of time in our account.  None of us know how much time we start with, so we don't know how much time we have left. We must cherish and take advantage of every moment given to us by our Lord.  Enjoy life to its fullest and like Ephesians 5:16 says, “Redeem every moment.”  Each day is a precious gift.  So choose your moments wisely.  And the wisest way your can spend your time is by worshiping Jesus. It is with this time that you truly learn how to live a life well spent.   
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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Where does all the time go? June 18 2014

As a worship leader, it dawned on me the other day that over 98% of my time is spent off the platform, rather than on it.  And really the same applies to all of us.  Most of our time is not spent sitting in church. We are out working jobs all week or racing our kids around town.  So we must learn to worship as we go.  In every moment and in every situation, we can and should worship the Lord. Colossians 3:23 says "In whatsoever you do, do it whole heartedly as to the Lord, and not unto men."  In other words, make the focus of all your life about bringing Glory and honor to God.  Then on Sunday when you are sitting in church, the worship service will take on a whole new meaning  because you're worshiping Jesus the other 98% of your time.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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Spend time worshiping Jesus June 17 2014

Do you spend time with God?  I mean real time…in times of prayer and study of His word. Often I've been guilty of skipping moments with the Lord. Or I'll just read a verse or two to get the legalistic part of me off my back, and then move on throughout my day.  But, that does little to help me grow closer to Jesus.  I want to encourage you to pick a time each day and meet with God.  Guard it as though it were a doctor's appointment. For this is daily surgery on your soul.
I love what Richard and Henry Blackaby say in their book Spiritual Leadership: If we view this time as a crucial consultation with the Creator of the universe, we will diligently guard it, regardless of the day's demands.”
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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Worshiping the everlasting Father June 16 2014

Yesterday was Father's day.  My dad has always been my hero. But, like all of us, his time is limited on this earth. However, Isaiah 9:6 reminds us that we worship an everlasting Father who is with us throughout eternity. As everlasting Father, He is our provider.  He owns it all and "shall supply all our needs according to His riches in glory."  He is our protector.  He knows and cares about every little detail of our lives. He is also our comforter. And in giving us comfort, He gives us strength for our long, and sometimes difficult journey.  Remember, this life is a marathon and not a sprint.  I encourage you today to take time and thank God for your earthly father.  But then, look to your everlasting Father and place your trust in Him.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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Worshiping Jesus, the everlasting Savior June 13 2014

Read John chapter 1 and you will see that Jesus was not just some temporary being. True, He only dwelt among us for a short while, but Jesus has always been. He was there before creation, and He will be there throughout eternity.  In plain old Virginian English….He ain’t goin’ nowhere!!  He was is, is is, and will be is.  Jesus just Is!  He is the Alpha and Omega.  The Beginning and the End.  The same yesterday, today, and forever!  His beginning wasn’t the manger, and His ending wasn’t the cross. Are you getting the picture?  He is Everlasting!  Doesn’t it comfort you to know that we worship a Savior who is Everlasting?  He will never leave us nor forsake us.  He is going to be there through it all!
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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Worship lead, follow or get out of the way June 12 2014

We talked yesterday about how each one of us is a leader of people to some extent.  We all have some level of influence.  So today, I would like to challenge you to view yourself as a leader.  As a Child of God, begin to see yourself as a worship leader.  I like that old saying, "Lead, follow, or get out of the way."  That only gives us three options doesn't it?  Nobody wants to be in the way, and it is not near as fun to follow.  So why not be a leader?  If you feel like you have no influence, ask yourself why.  If you feel like a failure, evaluate what choices you've made.  If leadership is influence, then why not expand that and glorify God with it?!  It will take discipline and humility to allow Him to shape your heart.  And it will take surrendering your will to His. But just think of the endless ways in which God wants to use as a leader.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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Becoming a worship leader June 11 2014

Sociologists tell us, that because of social networks, email, work environments and numerous other outlets, that each one of us will have a direct influence into the lives of at least 10,000 people over our lifetime.  That's a lot of influence!  The question is…what kind of influence will it be.  Leadership is influence.  Like it or not, all of us are leaders to a certain degree.  Look around you…someone is in your direct line of influence. You are a leader of someone.  Are you their worship leader as well?  Of course, I don't mean you can you sing and play guitar!  I mean…are you showing them an example of what it means to live a life of worship?  I pray you are, because there is no other purpose in life higher than that.  I challenge you to influence the others around you by worshiping the Lord in all things.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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Good worship and bad worship June 10 2014

So many times after I have led worship somewhere, people will say to me on the way out something like "That was good worship, today." Of course, many times that simply means "Hey, I like those songs."  And therefore, bad worship would mean they don't like the songs. But remember, true worship is really not about a song at all. True worship is a lifestyle that honors God in all things.  True worship is not about a where or a when…but rather it is about Who and how! Jesus answered this issue with the Samaritan woman at the well. And through a powerful conversation, Jesus helps her understand that the quality of worship is our true measure of devotion to God.  So what is good worship?  A life fully devoted to Christ.  What is Bad worship?  A life fully devoted to self. 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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Worshiping the Lord with people you don't like June 09 2014

Do you go to church with people you don't like?  Or maybe you have to work next to someone you really don't care for?  What if your neighbor is the last person on earth you would actually hang out with?  How do you worship the Lord around people like this?  Worship begins with humility and servitude.  Jesus lived each and every day with this spirit of love.  So, the least we can do as worshipers of Him is strive to do the same thing.  This is what it means to have the "mind of Christ."  Remember, just about 80% of life is about having the right attitude.  Ask Him to help you love them through His eyes.
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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Worship the Lord in truth June 06 2014

In John chapter 4, as Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, he revealed to her that the location of our worship is not near as important as the heart of our worship.  At the heart of our worship lies two important elements: spirit and truth. To worship in spirit means we worship God from the depths of our souls.  It's not about a place or an object.  God is spirit; His Holy Spirit dwells within us, and so our worship must come from our spirit as well.  Worship is beyond the physical realm. Worship is a spiritual matter.  But worship is also an intellectual matter.  We must worship in truth.  I implore you today to study and meditate on the truth of God’s word.  Know what you believe and why you believe it.
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
  
 

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