The HOW of worship is vital

“EVEN IN TIMES of great danger and haste there is a place for ritual in the spiritual life. God is careful to give very specific instructions on how families should celebrate the first Passover. God is a God of symbols, who impregnates common objects with divine significance. The precision with which God creates the Passover meal will be a precision he brings to the law and to the construction of the tabernacle. Why is important, and what, but also how: how we speak, how we pray, how we act, how we worship. This matters to God, and it ought to matter to us. It plays a role in what we retain and what kind of persons we become.”

Excerpt From

Year with God

Richard J. Foster

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/year-with-god/id1082411955?mt=11

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Worship is preceded by study

“In worship we reflect on all that God is and does and offer our praise and gratitude. To worship is to, as much as is possible, see God in full glory and worthiness. That is why so often worship is preceded by study. We seek to understand who God is and remember all that God has done, and then all we can do is marvel and adore. We can only enter into worship of God if we view God as worthy, if we understand our proper place in our relationship with God.”

Excerpt From

Year with God

Richard J. Foster

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/year-with-god/id1082411955?mt=11

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The worship demanded by the gods of this age

Our rigid ideologies may be couched in “sacred” terms at times, but we need to understand the liturgy of our culture.

From the “right” to the “left” we are in liturgies to the different gods of our age. The demands are stringent. But to the “right” or the “left”, what is being sacrificed is the same thing: it is our children. 

We will keep singing our righteous songs as to why OUR rigid ideologies are “right” and the other side is “wrong.” The gods of this age don’t care. The worship keeps coming and the next generation keeps getting sacrificed.

Lord, we are blind. Somehow, please open our eyes!

Oh, the places we’ve been

In 9 days we pack up a moving truck and begin a new phase of our lives. In the last four months, we have been able to see God do incredible things to prepare the way for us.

We’ve also had the incredible opportunity to visit all kinds of churches and see the Body of Christ in worship. While I am still hard on my own tribe (evangelicals) because we’re simply not ready for what is ahead in our culture (and I’m not sure just how many churches are), I am far more positive about the Body of Christ than before.  Continue reading “Oh, the places we’ve been”

The abundance of his presence

Yesterday was a travel day for us, so I wasn’t able to post readings for Saturday.

Saturday readings:

Psalm 87, 90, 136
Gen. 47:27-48:7
1 Cor. 10:1-13
Mark 7:1-23

Sunday’s readings:

Ps. 66, 67, 19, 46
Gen. 48:8-22
Rom. 8:11-25
John 6:27-40

While I know it’s a need in my life to slow down when I read, it doesn’t happen enough. I slow down when reading Scripture, but when I read other books I hustle through too quickly. Continue reading “The abundance of his presence”