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.
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.
04 Five Epic Worship Fails: Jesus Confronts The Pharisees
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”.