Category Archives: Worship

Critic or Worshiper?

“When we gather as the church, we are not coming as critics.
We are not talent judges from The Voice who get to slam
a ‘worship button’ whenever we like what we’re hearing.
We are not entitled to make the call on whether or not
we feel like worshiping God and building up his church.
His glory does not wait for us to like the music
before he becomes worthy of all our worship.”

Stephen Miller

Feelings Are Liars are great liars. If Christians worshipped only when they felt like it, there would be precious little worship. We think that if we don’t feel something there can be no authenticity in doing it. But the wisdom of God says something different: that we can act ourselves into a new way of feeling much quicker than we can feel ourselves into a new way of acting. Worship is an act that develops feelings for God, not a feeling for God that is expressed in an act of worship.

-Eugene H. Peterson

Run Harder

“There’s one thing you can do: Keep. Showing. Up.

Approach the throne of grace every day. Multiple times a day.

Show up in the presence of God. Keep coming closer.

Run harder.

You don’t have to possess the right words. God can handle your silence.

You don’t have to understand. God can handle your confusion.

You don’t have to repress your messy emotions. God wants it all.

The enemy’s goal is for you to withdrawal from His presence.
To believe the lie that He’s forsaken you.

He wants you. He loves you.

He doesn’t just love the perfect you,
or “the-proper-way-to-respond-to-this-situation” you.

Just come.

He wants to weep with you, enjoy you, identify with you,
and be with you.

He has not forgotten you. He has not abandoned you…

When circumstances scream otherwise,
believe the truth, beautiful child of God.

Believe, believe, believe that He is for you.”

David Santistevan

Give It To Jesus

“…this little boy with five barley loaves and two fish did the one thing that the disciples never in their infinite wisdom thought to do.
In all their strategy and their frustration about their own inability
to affect any sort of change in their situation,
they neglected to do what was implicit to this little boy:
they never once thought to give what they had to Jesus.”

Michael Kelly

Supernatural gatherings are not always spectacular, but they are always supernatural. And if a church looks for or works for the spectacular, she may miss the supernatural. If a person enters a gathering to be wowed with something impressive, with a style that fits him just right, with an order of service and song selection designed just the right way,
that person may miss the supernatural presence of God.
Worship is supernatural whenever people come hungry to respond, react, and receive from God for who He is and what He has done.
A church worshipping as a Creature of the Word doesn’t show up to perform or be entertained; she comes desperate and needy, thirsty for grace, receiving from the Lord and the body of Christ, and then gratefully receiving what she needs as she offers her praise—
the only proper response to the God who saves us.

– Geiger, Eric; Chandler, Matt; Patterson, Josh . Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church