Biblical Living

Worship is Life

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Worship is life

It’s been said that man can live only so long without food, a month or a little more maybe.

He can survive only a few days without water.

He have live just minutes without air.

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Beat the Funk

I woke up with that feeling again.

You know the one, it’s the feeling of lethargy and angst against the entire world. You detest the sound of the alarm clock and even more, everything that follows for the next 14-16 hours before you can close out the world again.

Once again, the funk has you in its clenches and just won’t let go.

What is think funk feeling?

How does it come on, and, even more profound, what’s the secret to making it go away?

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Warm Up Your Worship

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For a while now I’ve listened, on repeat, to a setlist I created just for the purpose of moving my heart closer to the heart of God. What I have discovered is that I am just better when my heart is filled with worship and to get there, I have to be completely intentional. I called it my Tuesday Setlist because I do the bulk of my writing on Tuesday and through this setlist, I find a very peculiar connection with the Spirit of God no matter where I may be.

Last Tuesday, I was stilling at my table in Sbux writing through some things very close to my heart and I am all but weeping. I love what this is doing to my surrounding.

On Sunday our church, much like so many others, gather together for the point of directing our worship to the heart of the Father. What we’ve discovered is that our worship doesn’t always reflect how we feel about this Father. Sometimes our worship is waning and it doesn’t feel like it really connects.
Sometimes we’ll get through our 3 song list and as the 3rd song is ending, you can visibly see the worship working its way into the hearts of the people. They’ve reached the point of worship readiness but only when the worship is over.
We have to begin earlier and warm up our worship on our own, so that when we gather corporately our worship can be contagious.

Worship is not an element that just happens, worship is prepared for, as much as the message. Worship is intentional, it doesn’t just happen. It is that way for the ones leading and it is that way for the ones being led. You’ve got to warm up your worship.

Try this as you go through this week. It’s one of the reasons we typically post our coming Sunday’s setlist on our social media pages ahead of time so that you can intentionally warm up your worship.

So without further delay, here it is, my Tuesday Playlist

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The Importance of Personal Worship

Have you ever felt you just needed to be refilled? That doesn’t make enough sense. As a Christ follower, there have been a few times where we have engaged in worship in such a way that the world around me seemed to melt. I wish the secret to those moments could be identified. 
Recently, I felt I needed to be refilled again. I’m recognizing that our Sunday is a day of rest and refuel. Maybe that’s what God meant and intended when he called is the Sabbath. He meant for us to regroup, refocus, and refuel.

Worship has a way of doing that.

This particular Sunday was a weekend when I had no immediate responsibilities so it allowed me to just attend a service and engage in worship. I was determined to do so.
With life as full as it has been lately, my mind racing a thousand miles per hour at every waking moment, I wanted the time of rest and restoration. I needed worship.

What I notice though, is that it takes time to get into that Spirit of rest and restoration. It’s like we have to forcefully quiet the noise to arrive at the worship.
There have been times when that process was never fully accomplished, and so worship came and went. It was a check off the list of the Experience Outline and the service went on.

Worship is a choice we make to enter into. It’s not something we view or watch. It’s something that erupts from the depths of our hearts.

That’s the danger of the busy world around us. The busier we get, the more buried our worship goes until it cannot rise to the surface of our hearts and erupt anymore.

The problem is that we reserve worship only for the weekend.

True worship is something that should happen in our life with consistency. Almost as though our worship should need to take a break so that life can happen rather than the reverse which is so often what takes place.

Recently, I was sitting in Panera on a very rainy day, with a sanctified cup of coffee and Bethel Music’s, God I look to You + Spontaneous playing on my iPhone. I’ve had it on repeat for about 30 minutes (which means the song has only played twice, long song =) and I’m finding my heart being stripped away off all the busyness to a place where the Spirit of God is rising to the surface.

I’m recognizing that I desperately need this moment right now.
Suddenly, I sense the fact that the restaurant around me has become my sanctuary and I’m standing in the presence of Jesus himself.

I need worship. I was made for this.

Do you realize that when we get to heaven worship will be the only thing that remains? Of all the “work” we do on this earth, all the “ministry” we involve ourselves with, worship will be the only one that continues into eternity?!

This is but a practice session of the main event.

Could it be that the anxiety you feel today, the pressure you face, the lack of productivity and desperation of life is a result of a draught of worship?