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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

True Worship reveals Christ and my deep need of Him

by Jeff Hegstrom
I love the words in the song, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - they declare, “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”

However, I want to be honest with you right now, there are times in my life that I go through the motions of worshiping God. Although I know better, unintentionally, I carry the burdens of life, relationships, finances, and schedules instead of giving them to God and trusting Him with the results. With my priorities out of line, my worship to God becomes routine, without meaning, and I walk away unamazed, discouraged and unchanged.

When is a time that you went through the motions of worship and went away unmoved and unchanged?

How did you overcome this feeling of apathy?


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Weight of Worship

by Brad Houchin
A few years ago, I took a Hebrew class to begin learning the Hebrew alphabet and some basic root words used in the original Hebrew language.  It was very fascinating to me that a word read in scripture today could translate back into one of several Hebrew words.

My teacher/mentor for the class showed me an impacting illustration.  He pulled two large coins out of his pocket that I did not recognize and put one in each of my hands.  As I held the coins, he asked me to lift up which one I believed to be of highest value.  I made the right choice and lifted the one that was heaviest.  He then began to talk to me about the word “kavod”.  It is one word that “glory” translates into from the original Hebrew language.

Psalm 29:2 “Give unto the Lord the glory (“kavod”) due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Worship is about knowing and loving God

Pam and I have been married more than forty-five years.  Though the first-time we met was sometime ago, I remember very well how my heart was captured when we first fell in love.  I wanted to spend time with her.  I wanted to hear about the things she liked.  When I learned that her favorite color was blue, I wanted to get her a gift that was that color.  We were in love.  And though there have been challenging times over the years, mostly due to my part - we are more in love today than ever.  
Relationship like this is what we can experience with another person.  In a similar way, relationship like this is what God desires with each of us.  The more we know Him, the more we love Him - and, the more we know and love God we desire to give him what he desires and deserves - our worship. 

How much is the worship of God and relationship with God connected for you?.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What do I really love most?

by Jeff Hegstrom
In their book, Worship: Rediscovering the Missing Jewel, Allen and Borror describe worship as “An active response to God in which we declare His worth!”
How would you describe worship?  Most of us may have some preconceived ideas of what we think worship is.  How many of you have thought about worship as: music, singing, emotions, feelings, an experience, or a Sunday morning church service?  What other thoughts or words come to mind?
  • What does worship mean to you? 
  • What describes true worship in the life of a believer?