Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: know that I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and stretch you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.
As usual, I found lots of great links this week that I wanted to share with you but that didn’t quite fit into a post. When you get a few minutes this weekend, check them out and be encouraged and challenged. Maybe even learn something. 🙂
Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.
For example, did you know that the song “I Know Whom I Have Believed” was written by a Union soldier during the Civil War, who was held as a prisoner of war and became a believer while praying for another dying soldier? Or that the prolific hymn writer Fanny Crosby (over 8,000 hymns!) was blind from infancy, yet was able to memorize the first five books of the Bible, the four Gospels, the Proverbs, and most of the Psalms? Which brings us to Carl Boberg.
The ugliness of sin can be tamed by renaming: Greed becomes consumerism (essential to building our economy); pride is really having a good self-image (after all, if I don’t assert myself and my rights, who will?) gossip (because we need to pray for him/her) is necessary sharing, born out of concern, not envy. Never mind that all of these are included in the list of the seven deadly sins. We spend so much effort covering up these and more! What if we applied the same amount of energy to confessing and repenting?
While we can cry out to God in our pain, there is one precious response we need to learn. We must respond with worship: re-assigning ultimate value to God. Most of the time life is too comfortable and the volume of our busyness is too loud for us to see or feel the necessity of total surrender to the Holy Spirit. When we realize our need of Him, even when it’s in the sorest of places, the relationship that is opened up with Him is sweet. If we are honest, for the most part, we sit on the throne of our own lives, but in pain, we are moved and we again realize that He is the only one worthy to sit on that throne.
- If the hymnal was good enough for Jesus and the Disciples after the Last Supper it is good enough for us.
- Worship songs should be disregarded if they are more than a decade old or newer than 1970.
- Worship is continuous once the first song begins.
- Dressing up or dressing down will ensure worship occurs.