Worship: Why Exuberant?

“Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth” Psalm 47:1-2   The scene is set – a congregation is gathered for worship, the musicians are in their places, there is a buzz in the air – great anticipation. Suddenly the music begins and the...

“The Voice Of His Child”

           “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3   I remember the days when my son was only 4 years old and we would sit together in this overstuffed chair in our living room, he on my lap, and he would go on and on talking about...

“Cultivating A Lifestyle Of Worship”

I once had a very difficult encounter with a ministry colleague many years ago in South Carolina that ended in this person yelling and saying some terribly hurtful things to me. I was so astounded at this person’s response to me that I literally could not speak. I left their home with a toxic mixture of hurt, anger, confusion, and a lot of other...

“The Flicker In The Window”

“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:15   Every Christmas Eve, I take a walk around my neighborhood late at night. It’s a tradition I started when I was a teenager in college. It is a time I covet to spend with God...

Spirit and Truth – Reconciliation

Spirit & Truth Part 4 of 4 Part Series   “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23   In this final installment in this series, we are looking at the two important qualities of worship shared with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in the Gospel of John -...

Spirit & Truth – Healing

Spirit & Truth Part 2 of 4 Part Series   “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23 We are looking at the two important qualities of worship shared with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in the Gospel of John - spirit and truth – and how we...

Spirit and Truth – Power

Spirit & Truth 4 Part Series   “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23   Jesus spoke these words to a sinful Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in the town of Sychar in Samaria. As innocuous as this encounter seems to be, it is actually a powerful revelation from...

“Worship: The Unceasing Prayer Of God’s Children”

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   These references to “praying continuously”, and “pray without ceasing” used to intimidate me.  Images of Gregorian Monks walking the grounds of monastery in constant prayer come to mind.  Living a life that is 100% devoted to prayer is a higher bar than anyone...

What Are We Telling God When We Worship?

A little girl says to her Mother after running across a busy street, “Mom, you’re saying with your mouth that you’re glad I’m safe, but your face is telling me I may not be so safe!” We send mixed messages every day, encounters where we are upset, but try to put on a socially acceptable face, and add in the elements of sarcasm, and...

Why Worship? – Part 4 “Worship Renews”

Why Worship? Part 4 of the 4 Part Series   For the past three months we have been exploring the benefits of worship and have discovered three significant blessings we receive from engaging in the worship of the King of Kings. First, we have seen that worship lifts our head and our perspective, then we found that worship heals our brokenness, and this past month we explored...