In Romania, I'm going through a book with some students who want to practice their English. In the process, we're learning about the ideas that influence our beliefs. The book is called "The Secret Battle of Ideas About God" by Jeff Myers, and you can visit the book's website here. If you click on the question to the right, you'll be able to take the same short "Worldview Checkup" quiz* we're taking, and get immediate results on the differing worldviews** that have influenced your thinking/worldview. Afterward, you will also have the option of viewing some materials that Jeff Myers and Summit Ministries provide that will allow you to further study the affects certain worldviews have on our choices, decisions, and beliefs. I have included some resources from that list below. If there are others you like, share them below!
Living can be confusing can’t it? As I watch my kids interact with each other and us, I can see them get upset because each of them has a different mental picture of how things should go. Of course, my daughter thinks my son is just being a jerk. Of course, my son thinks my daughter is just being difficult. Of course, they both want to be anywhere else than with mom and dad, and sometimes we agree! Neither of them seek to understand the other’s position.
Considering what another is going through is simply not natural. What is natural is to shame your opponent in battle so they know they are fully responsible for these problems that separate. If we crush them, they will be easier to defeat. And if we defeat them—of course—we win. We all want to win, and we unfortunately face the attacks of others who also want to win even if it hurts us. Today’s blog post is going to teach you how to win!
If you’re breathing right now, you’re in transition. Your life began in one place and you’re in another place now. Transition can be good or bad. It can be indifferent as well. If I want cereal one morning and change my mind to an egg omelette, the transition is simple but distinct.
We can be better off or worse depending on how we transition from one place to another. As a married man and father, transitions in my family involve more than just me, and yet so infrequently do we prepare ourselves for the growing pains these transitions can bring.
I've been thankful for this time to focus on some powerful worship music, that in turn informs my worship each day. This is the last day of A Week of Worship and I can say it's awoken in me the desire to be more purposeful in my worship. I have worshipped each morning while I run, and hope to continue this. I also chose to include six songs this morning, so I hope you don't mind, but rather enjoy more worship to feed your soul today. Let's get to the music!
Day Six of A Week of Worship has some songs that make me want to hit my knees in worship. The enormity of God's creation, His purposes for us in Christ, and how dramatically the Lord changed history by rising again. He conquered death! When I lose sight of that, Lord rebuke me and return to me my sense of wonder!
On this fifth day of A Week of Worship, my focus is pointing in closer, like a laser. In John 4:24, Jesus tells us that God is spirit, and we who follow Him must worship Him in spirit and truth. Truth is not incidental to the life of the Christ follower. Without the truth, our worship may be sincere and heartfelt (as I believe it was for the prophets of Baal and Asherah in 1 Kings 18), but we ultimately worship to no effect, because we worship a lie.
This is Day Four of A Week of Worship, Wednesday. At the risk of sounding foolish, we've come to that day that is unaffectionately referred to as "hump day." On a day when many find themselves starting to rush toward the weekend and consider themselves heroic to have made it this far, might I suggest we take a different tack on the Wednesday? What if these songs helped us bring a little more hope to (perhaps) the dreariest of weekdays?
So this morning after walking with my wife I realized that I hadn't put this to post immediately at 7:30am. Though I can't foresee the person who's wanting to get into this post before they start the day, I also know that I don't do this for the approval of people but for my own worship of the Lord because HE is WORTHY! And this is a banner day! Not only is it a day that the Lord has made, but God is still God and infinitely good to us. May today's music lead you into an entire day of worship, no matter your circumstances or serious conversations!
I'm setting this to post at 7:30am so that, if you're inclined, you can start your day with some worship. I hope this is an encouragement to worship throughout your day, in the many ways God gives us.
What ways do you find to worship throughout the day? Leave a comment below and join the discussion!
My church, Bay Area Christian, is going through the Believe book, and I am really enjoying it. This past Sunday was about worship, and our small group went over the study guide material on worship. Our focus was on how everything we do should be an act of worship, but it was the focus on songs of worship that arrested my attention.
I write to remember the lessons I learn as a Man, Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Pastor, and Friend. As I come to grips with the blackness within me, I am more appreciative of God's grace-filled grip. We all change in the seasons of life. This is my deep well...