I will Live and not Die

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Hating Religion – Loving Jesus

Darkness has Crossed a Line

In The Day of God’s Power

True Worship

I have noticed over the last several years that the current worship music being played in church was draining me.  I felt more drained when I left the service than when I went in.  This greatly disturbed me so I decided to dig further into why it was doing that to me because I have always loved worship.
We are told to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.  However, what I came to realize is that today’s form of worship is more like a rock concert, not worship.  It’s a performance, not true worship.  Next, I began to pay attention to the lyrics.  Most of the lyrics were not scriptural.  And the ‘worship’ service became more of an “I worship the feeling I get when my emotions get moved by this music.”  It had nothing to do with worshiping the Lord in spirit and in truth.  No wonder I felt drained!
Let’s take a look at some true Christian music.  All of these are straight from scripture.
Amen, praise, and honor
These worship songs are FULL of scripture.  Since music tends to stay with you, it is important to have that music be scripture!  I don’t want empty words going through my head when God’s Word is spirit and LIFE to me!  I want music that will encourage me, comfort me, and lift me up when life is hard.  Though these songs are from a few decades ago, they are what I choose to listen to on a daily basis.  In fact, I usually choose the instrumental version of these songs because the lyrics are still in my head.  THAT alone shows you the POWER of music!  The instrumental music soothes me on stressful days and calms my anxious heart.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the lyrics of a few current worship songs.
I hope I have sparked some curiosity in you and motivated you to dig deeper on this topic, especially if you are feeling like I was with this current music being used in churches.  Even more important, is the true spiritual dangers of this music being used as ‘worship’ music, Jacob Prasch has a lot of very helpful information to assist you in your studying on this topic in the following article.

 

Luke 22 and Peter’s denial

Pondering on Luke 22


I was pondering on Peter after something I heard Pastor Carter Conlon from Times Square Church say. He was speaking of Peter cutting off the ear of the soldier. He said, “I think he was going for the jugular, but the soldier ducked, so he got his ear instead.” It got me to thinking.

So was Peter really willing to fight to the death at this point? If so, was it because he thought Jesus would fight back too? After all, Jesus had just told them if they didn’t have a sword to sell their cloak and buy one!

But just a few hours later, he denied his Lord not once, but 3 times! 

Is it because things didn’t go according to Peter’s plan? Was it because he was disappointed in Jesus for not applauding him for taking his sword and using it on that soldier? After all, he could have been very confused and unsure of everything because now he is denying the One for whom he was willing to die just a few hours ago!

Hmm…oh the thoughts that can rise up when you take the time to really ponder what you read, instead of just skimming over it. Now when I read this portion of scripture, I doubt that I’ll ever just ‘skim’ over it again. I’ll see it completely differently.

 

My daughter had an interesting insight into this topic.  Here is what she had to say:

This made me think of what you previously said about Christians always crying wolf about the signs of end times and losing credibility.  They are trying to warn people so they can be saved by dying to their flesh (cutting the jugular), but instead, Christians are missing it and ‘cutting off their ears,’ causing them to not want to listen.

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