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Worship

What is Worship?

What is worship?

Is it an organ lead hymn of praise, composed of doctrinally sound lyrics? Or perhaps is it a repeated chorus of thanksgiving around a campfire? Is it a congregation of prostrate believers chanting scripture and praying, a child stumbling through a special handbell presentation or someone using sign language to present lyrics to a congregation that is unable to understand them?

YES

“Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!” (Psalm 99:5 ESV)

Quite simply, worship is the act of exalting The Lord; reminding ourselves that He is God and we are man. When we the created exalt our creator, we find ourselves in a rightful place of surrender. It is this act of surrender that ordains our offering as worship. Unfortunately, the reverse is true as well; the lack of surrender taints our offering as filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6)

So often we find ourselves torn from the act of worshipping by the desires of the flesh. If we find ourselves consumed with preference or performance, we simply cannot exalt The Lord.

Father, let us never be so consumed with creation that we fail to exalt you as the creator. Help us to long for your exaltation and utilize every avenue of creativity in expressing your worship!

The Frozen Friday Morning

It’s April, late April, in Minnesota. Upon stepping out my front door, I found frost on my windshield. Begrudgingly, I ignored it and I hoped it would go away. I got into my car and I started it for hopefully that last “warm up” of the winter.

I went back inside and immediately this thought struck my mind; is there frost on the windshield of my heart? After letting that question sink in, I found myself allowing God to highlight the cold frosty areas of my heart that so desperately need a warm up!

“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him [Jesus] there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” Luke 23:33-34

When Jesus said, “forgive them Father” is it possible that he wasn’t just referring to the crowd, or to the soldiers driving nine inch spikes through his hands and feet? Indeed, it was for everyone, from the beginning of time to the end of time.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Today on Good Friday, we celebrate the strangest holiday; the slaughter of the sinless God-man. The perfection beheld in Jesus led him to his betrayal, condemnation and crucifixion, all for the sole purpose of saving those most unworthy of His affection. The somber truth of perfection ransomed for the freedom of the guilty ones is the very essence of grace. This is what we celebrate on this cold Friday morning.

So I ask the question of you, is it possible that there is frost on the windshield of your heart? This question is hurled into relevance as we consider the concept of the atonement. Our guilt is was the reason for his suffering . And our apathy to that conviction from the Holy Spirit builds a cold shell around our hearts. Yet if we allow the Holy Spirit to scrape away that frost, we can see the truth.

Let us be thankful, grateful, and appreciative. These attributes honor Jesus and this is our righteous response to atonement. We aren’t un-guilty, but we have been made guilt free! Thank you Jesus, for your gift of freedom, bought through your blood, by your innocence!

2 Corinthians 9

Life After Life

We have all heard the phrase “life after death,” but what about “life after life?” I think that sometimes as Christians we tend to focus so heavy on life after death that we miss life after life!

Christ has come and given life freely and in abundance!

Just as Daniel Olson challenged us this last Sunday, I want to reiterate that Jesus Christ holds in open hands the fullness of life. This means that we don’t have to experience fear or anxiety. We don’t have to worry or anger; we are free from the oppressive hand of lifelessness!

Live life in the fullness of Christ this week friends!

“They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” – 1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10