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Posts from December 2011

Biblical Worship 11: Lifestyle-Oriented

A few years ago, the band Casting Crowns released an anthem that really gets to the heart of worship.  It was called “Lifesong” and part of the lyrics said this: Empty hands held high, Such small sacrifice; If not joined with my life, I sing in vain tonight. May the words I say, And the things I do, Make my lifesong sing,…

How Long, O Lord? – Christ

  This week we continue the season of Advent by lighting the 5th and final candle, the Christ candle.  Our 2011 Advent theme is “How Long, O Lord?” and each week we’ll be looking at a passage of Scripture that focuses on the Second Coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. Our text this week comes from Revelation 22:6-7: And he said to…

Bethlehem’s King and Bread

O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie; Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, The silent stars go by. Every year the city of Bethlehem plays center-stage again to the most wonderful story ever told.  We read in Luke 2 that a census was being taken of the entire Roman Empire of which Israel was a part.  Each person…

How Long, O Lord? – Love

This week we continue the season of Advent by lighting the 4th candle, the candle of love.  Our 2011 Advent theme is “How Long, O Lord?” and each week we’ll be looking at a passage of Scripture that focuses on the Second Coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. Our text this week comes from Revelation 19:11-21: 11 And I saw heaven opened,…

How Long, O Lord? – Joy

This week we continue the season of Advent by lighting the 3rd candle, the pink candle of peace.  Our 2011 Advent theme is “How Long, O Lord?” and each week we’ll be looking at a passage of Scripture that focuses on the Second Coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. Our text this week comes from Philippians 4:4-7: Rejoice in the Lord always;…

Biblical Worship 08: Heart-Felt

In my last article on “mind-provoking worship” I pointed you to Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:37.  Let me point you there again, YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.  Last time I focused on the mind.  This time I want to focus on the heart.  Biblical worship is…

Biblical Worship 07: Spirit-Driven

Today I want to look at the biblical worship essential of being Spirit-driven. In Acts 1 the apostles were commanded to wait and not proceed until prompted by the Spirit of God. The early leaders of the Church in Acts 6 were to be men “filled with the Holy Spirit.” The written revelation of God forming the canon was written by “holy men moved by the Holy Spirit.”…