Do You Know These 10 Amazing Reasons Why We Worship ?

Biblical Essentials for Everyone

Why do Christians worship? Why should we sing and praise and worship God?

Matt Redman has a wonderful song entitled “10,000 Reasons” that offers many affirmations for praising God. But there are far more than just 10,000 reasons to bless and worship the Lord.

Here are what I consider to be 10 amazing reasons “why we worship”. These are at the top of my list. What would you add?

1. We worship because God is worthy.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom. Psalm 145:3

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:3

The truth is, the one true God is the only being worthy of worship. Worship directed anywhere else is not only unfulfilling, it is vain idolatry. God alone is worthy of all of our praise.

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A Recap of the Holy Week Experience

Facebook Live Devotional Series Video Compilation

[Video Above] Saturday Holy Week Devotional

For this year’s Holy Week, I experimented with sharing a daily morning video devotional on Facebook Live. This was my first time doing such a thing and it was both a little nerve wracking and fun. Ultimately I was really blessed to see so many people show up, more than once! 🙂

The video above is the final installment: Saturday Holy Week Devotional: The Waiting is The Hardest Part.

I’m going to do one final “broadcast” on the Monday after Resurrection Sunday. This will be about the Eastertide season and Resurrection Power. I have some new thoughts to share.

Here’s a brief recap of the Holy Week Devotional series and links to the accompanying videos.These were quite loose, as I was both learning the technology and organizing my thoughts. But there’s some interesting ideas here, imo. You’ll have to watch the videos to catch it all. Bless ya!  

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How to Make Holy Week More Meaningful

Relive The Most Important Events of Human History

During Holy Week I’m sharing a short video devotional every morning at 6:59am CST on Facebook Live, April 10-15. Join us in real time or watch the replay on my Facebook profile.  #HolyWeekExperience

Years ago I discovered the riches available when we practice “worship as a lifestyle”  by allowing the Christian calendar to shape our spirituality. During Holy Week you can embark on a personal worship experience of “spiritual immersion”.

This article explains why and how. Be forewarned though, the way I do it is a little extreme, and probably not for everybody.

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When God Makes No Sense

Reflections from "No Easy Answers"

Once upon a time, wrestling with God about the pain and confusion going on in my world and those around me, I wrote this song called  “No Easy Answers”. Recently there’s been a renewed interest in the song and I’ve been in a lot conversations with folks about these thoughts. I’d like to share some reflections.

When God makes no sense.

Perhaps the greatest challenge for believers in God, followers of Jesus and lovers of His ways, is  – how do we honestly reconcile the painful realities of life that lead so easily to disappointment, distance and even anger towards God?

Sometimes there’s a silver lining and a redemptive purpose in suffering, like the story of Joseph. “What was meant for evil, God used for good.” (Genesis 50:20)

Sometimes self sacrifice results in a greater good, like those who serve in the military or first responders.

Sometimes people just do evil wicked acts that steal, kill and destroy – like serial killers and terrorists.

But …

How can you explain the unexplainable?

How can you make sense of the senseless?

There Are No Easy Answers

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Tozer on Worship and Entertainment #1

11 Profound Quotes from Chapter 1

Note: Hey friends, I’ve been busy this summer preparing an online course on worship and discipleship. Over the years I’ve been influenced and inspired by the work of A. W. Tozer, as have many in the worship space. The following are several quotes I pulled from chapter 1 of the book entitled “Tozer on Worship and Entertainment“. Use them to energize your ideas about worship. 

(AW Tozer compiled by James L. Snyder, (c) 1997 Zur Ltd., Wing Spread Publishers, Camp Hill, PA) (The headings are my own.)


Our Hearts Long For Him

Worship seeks union with its beloved, and an active effort to close the gap between the heart and the God it adores is worship at its best. p.2

Don’t Worship for What You Receive

We [do] calm our spirits and there is a soothing effect in worship, but the primary object of church attendance is not to relax – it is to offer worship, which belongs to God. p.3

A Happy Ending

When all the full redeemed universe is back once more worshiping God in full voice, happily and willingly, then we will see the new creation – the new heaven and the new earth. p.4 

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Draw Me Nearer: Songwriting As An Overflow of Intimacy

My Guest Post for WorshipTeamTraining.com

Note: I’m delighted to be a guest contributor to the WorshipTeamTraining.com website. This article contains my recent guest post “Draw Me Nearer” along with bonus links to the recording of my song and lyrics. 


Guest Post http://www.worshipteamtraining.com/draw-me-nearer/

In this article I want to talk about two things. First, some biblical principles for developing greater intimacy with God. Second, how the fruit of our intimacy with God can result in many good things, in this instance writing new songs.

Designed For Intimacy

We are designed for intimacy. First with God, then with others. The gospel promises that we can connect with God at the deepest, most authentic part of our souls.

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To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice

05 Five Epic Worship Fails: King Saul Disobeys

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Final installment! In this series we’ve been looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first!

Epic Fail Number Five: King Saul Disobeys (1 Samuel 13:7-15
1 Samuel 15)

In the session were going to be looking at two episodes from the life of Saul in the Old Testament.

Background of the story.  Saul is the first King of Israel. He was anointed, and he has some early victories in his life and reign. But he has a bit of an inferiority complex and it caught up with him. Ultimately, His character could not sustain this calling.

Let’s look at the first story. 

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Lip Service Won’t Cut It

04 Five Epic Worship Fails: Jesus Confronts The Pharisees

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In this series we’re looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first!

Epic Fail Number Four: Lip Service: Jesus Confronts The Pharisees (Mark 7:1-13, Matthew 15:8-9)

Background of the story.
For some time now Jesus has been going around doing his earthly ministry of proclaiming the kingdom of God, teaching and healing. He is starting to get into some debate and controversy with the religious establishment, the Sadducees and Pharisees. This exchange cuts right to the heart of the “religious spirit”.  

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Integrity Matters

03 Five Epic Worship Fails: Ananias and Sapphira

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In this series we’re looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first!

Epic Fail Number Three: Ananias & Sapphira (Acts 5:1- 11)

Background.

Here’s the scene. The book of Acts is all about the birth of the church. Jesus has been resurrected from the dead. Then the Holy Spirit falls upon the disciples at Pentecost. (Acts 2) The church is set on fire. Jesus followers are going out and healing people, signs wonders and miracles are happening. All heaven is breaking loose, and the church is growing exponentially. It is an exciting time.

A spirit of unity and generosity had become part of their spiritual DNA. The end of Acts 4 describes the culture of early Christian community and it’s a beautiful thing.

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You Gotta Do God’s Work, God’s Way!

02: Five Epic Worship Fails: David & The Ark

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In this series we’re looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first! http://www.robstill.com/five-epic-worship-fails-and-what-we-can-learn-from-them/

Epic Fail Number Two: David and The Ark (2 Samuel 6, 1Chronicles 13 & 15)

Background of the story. This is the account of when David returns the Ark of the covenant from its captivity with the Philistines and brings it to what would become Jerusalem.

This is something that had been in David’s heart for a long time. He had been anointed as a young man to become king, then spent many many years in the wilderness awaiting for his destiny to be fulfilled, and finally mean King Saul dies. Now it is his moment and the first thing he wants to do is go get that ark and bring it back where it belongs. 

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12 Essential Scriptures to Disciple Worship Volunteers

My Guest Post for Seedbed Worship Design Collective

As I write this article, we are in the Eastertide season, the 50 days between Resurrection Sunday and Pentecost. One of the traditional stories that would be preached during this season is the “Great Commandment” that Jesus gave for his followers to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19).

A disciple is a believer who is growing in his faith and his love for Jesus on an on-going basis. She is a learner who is in a lifelong process of maturing and being transformed by the Lord.

Note: This is a guest post I wrote for the Seedbed Worship Design Collective, you can find the original article here. 

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Worship Ministry Insights from Cain & Able

01 : Five Epic Worship Fails: The Story of Cain & Able

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In this series we’re looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first! http://www.robstill.com/five-epic-worship-fails-and-what-we-can-learn-from-them/

Epic Fail Number One: The Story of Cain & Able (Genesis 4)

Background of the story. We are at the beginning of the story of God. He’s created the world in Genesis 1 and 2. He’s created Adam and Eve,  they’ve already sinned and been kicked out of the garden of Eden. Now they have their first children, Cain and Abel.

Genesis 4:2-4

Abel was a herdsman and Cain a farmer. Cain brought an offering to God from the produce of his farm.

Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, “choice cuts of meat”.

Cain brought fruits and vegetables whereas Able offered steak and hamburgers.

The scripture then says that “God liked Abel and his offering, but Cain and his offering didn’t get his approval.” Genesis 4:5

Why?

Why would God except one offering and reject the other? What’s up with that?

Does God like barbecue more than salads?

Now let’s look at the rest of the story. 

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