Have you been to the Grand Canyon? Was it what you expected? Did you find yourself inspired to worship God? Or did you feel that it had been hyped up beyond what it deserved? I was able to visit the Grand Canyon once, back in college. We drove all night from LA to get there just in time for the sun rise and it was definitely awe-inspiring. I was definitely surprised. My prior image of the Grand Canyon was that it was a giant ditch in the middle of the desert. But as we drove into the park I rolled down the windows and was shocked at the freshness of the air and the scent of life and growing things that filled my nostrils. I was expecting dead, dry, bland nothingness, but this place was bursting with life. I was surprised to find life in the desert, but I should have known – that this was a special place, this is the creative workshop of the God of the universe, the God who created all life. Continue reading
“Corporate worship” – it sounds so…business-y…so formal…so blah…
But in actuality, it is (supposed to be) life-giving, grace-bestowing, and uplifting and joyful. It is the highlight of your week. When people talk about “living for the weekend” this is what they ought to be talking about! Participating in your weekly church service should be the climax of your week. If it not, then you’re either at the wrong church or you’re just doing it wrong. If your church service is dry and bland, then find a church that is full of authentic, vibrant life. It’s too important for the health of your soul to be at a church that leaves you bored or apathetic.
However, before you ditch your local community, make absolutely sure that it’s the church that’s the problem and not you. Continue reading
Check out this great article I just read that describes what happened when Jesus’ long awaited arrival finally occurred. It invites us to consider our response this Christmas as we celebrate His birth.
A Christmas Wrapped In Praise
By: Dwayne Moore
It’s gotta be one of the most popular songs on Christian radio right now, and probably one of the top songs of the year (or two or three years). Hillsong United’s “Touch The Sky”, off their 2015 album Empires. It’s an extremely passionate and poetic song that seems to be resonating with many Christ-following souls. So I’ve been eager to sing the song myself, and to lead others in worship with this song. But when I began to chart out the song I had to stop and think about whether these lyrics were really appropriate for congregational singing. Continue reading
I recently read CT Magazine interview with Adam Young, who is the one-man band known as Owl City. He is a Christian, and his words, though not directly quoting scripture here definitely hint at a concept that I believe is quite biblical (see Hebrews 12:2 “…fixing our eyes on Jesus”). Here’s an excerpt. Continue reading