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!
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.
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.
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
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.