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Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Worship Wednesday | 0 comments

GOD Desires A Deep Bond

GOD Desires A Deep Bond

*Worship Wednesday* — GOD desires true, covenant relationship with us.  While GOD is the rightful ruler of all, and His foundation is secure and unshakable – even the demons understand GOD’s rule and tremble at His Word (James 2: 19) – He seeks something more.   GOD doesn’t just want a King and loyal-subject relationship.  In addition to being seen as the dominant ruler over all other deities or gods of this age, He longs for true and deep bond by a covenant.   “This is what the Lord says: ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.  Where is the house you will build for me?  Where will my resting place be? (Isaiah 66: 1)  GOD’s desire is to find that place in each and every one of us.  Let Him rule.  Let Him...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Worship Wednesday | 0 comments

Everlasting to Everlasting

Everlasting to Everlasting

*Worship Wednesday* — Our acknowledgment of GOD does not make Him who He is.  It is not our worship that establishes His rule, for His government is from everlasting to everlasting and His Kingdom will have no end.   Also, we see the reign of Jesus as complete and unchallenged.  All of human history is moving toward one climactic moment when at the name of Jesus every knee will bow.  Before all is said and done, there will be no living thing that will not openly acknowledge the Kingship of Jesus.  All will confess, even if salvation is no longer within their reach.  Satan himself, will proclaim in front of nations and all creation watching, “Jesus is Lord!”   It all begins and ends with us in worship before the King in Heaven.  He initiates worship, and He is the sole focus of it.  To live under His Kingdom rule is to become a...

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Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Worship Wednesday | 0 comments

A Treasured Awareness

A Treasured Awareness

*Worship Wednesday* — Worship is something to be treasured, held with the awareness that it is not ours to keep.  Worship is not about us.  It is a mix of clear-headedness and inexpressible joy that we enter in, knowing that we are engaging in something divine.  We are drawn to participate in something that is beyond our own efforts.   We don’t forsake gathering together, as is the habit of some (Hebrews 10: 25), but we run to the place of worship to meet with GOD Himself.  The worship that GOD seeks is not out of our reach.  We can get there with complete abandonment and trust, satisfying the deepest desires of our souls.   From time to time we should take stock of what is most central, important and vital in our common life together.  Now is that time.  Let’s discover the worship He is longing for.   “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the...

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Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Worship Wednesday | 0 comments

He Is Here!

He Is Here!

*Worship Wednesday* — The worship that focuses on GOD first, acknowledging His presence among us, can be unsettling.  We are not welcoming a force to empower us, not invoking the presence of a distant deity.  It’s not about aligning ourselves with good ideas or philosophizing about the concept of GOD.  It’s about acknowledging that He is real.  He is alive.   Making way for GOD in our worship is not something vague or theoretical.  What makes worship truly Christian is its proximity.  GOD is in the room.  Worship is now not only objective, it is also deeply personal.  Songs are no longer just *about* GOD, they are sung *to* GOD.  Worship becomes about responding to GOD’s presence.   The dynamics of the liturgy change from a monologue to a dialogue.  GOD is here, and we will never be the same.  The presence of GOD is no longer out of reach; the Kingdom is here and manifest amongst...

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Worship Wednesday | 0 comments

It’s All About GOD

It’s All About GOD

*Worship Wednesday* — IT’S ALL ABOUT GOD.  Worship is an end to itself.  It is for GOD.  To lose sight of Him is to lose sight of worship altogether.  All begins and ends with Him.   This stance is not quiet.  This kind of worship is engaged.  Over and over in the book of Revelation we see the elders throwing down their crowns, bowing low before their GOD.  It’s clear that this is voluntary and not a reaction to being overwhelmed by His glory or overcome by something external.  The elders are moved by the revelation of who it is they stand before.   “You are worthy, our Lord and GOD, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4: 11).   The power of this kind of worship shifts the focus from the worshippers of the One being worshipped.  The attention shifts from the worship team, choir, and the preacher to the...

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Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Worship Wednesday | 0 comments

How We Perceive Worship

How We Perceive Worship

*Worship Wednesday* — HOW WE PERCEIVE WORSIHP:  Several things in Christian subculture contribute to our attitude toward worship.  The emerging popularity of worship music and influence of worship leaders/artists, songwriters and worship bands have had a definite impact.   It’s so important that we pause long enough to see where we are.  Who we’re really doing this for.  There are no easy answers but we need the courage to ask the hard questions and yet fight for the simplicity and devotion at the heart of our worship.  We must create bridges of understanding for people who may discover GOD through a church meeting, but maintain a GOD-centered focus in worship.   We must not be ashamed of worship that is biblically authentic, or become insecure living in a society that may be hostile toward GOD and His ways.  He is our King and we shall not fear.  GOD is the focus of true worship.  (1 Corinthians 2: 15 –...

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