“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”
Growing up, I played a lot of “Marco Polo” during the summer at my grandparent’s pool. If you are not familiar with the game, let me explain. It is a game that you play in water. One person is “Marco” and everyone else is “Polo”. The person that is “Marco” must keep their eyes closed while they swim around in the pool. They would call out “Marco” and everyone else must answer “Polo” and the one that is “Marco” has to listen to where the voices come from and try to swim and tag the “Polos”. Got it?
Well, one day, my brother and I were out in our neighborhood playing with a group of friends when someone suggested we play “Marco Polo”. I had never played…
Last month I had the opportunity to take a short-term missions trip to the country of Panama. Not only was it to visit one of our sent missionary families from our church, but it was a time for me to reconnect with a life-long friend.
Each day we traveled to the town of Espave, Panama, to do painting and to build windows for their church building. The community where this church is located in is a charcoal community, which means that there is always charcoal residue present and with no windows in the church building, it was causing problems inside. We also had the opportunity to install a water tank for their bathrooms, which provided them with water to use in their sinks and toilets.
I can’t say enough about the team that God put together for this trip. I am not a builder but God had the right people, in the right place, at the right time and for that I am truly grateful.
The theme for my church this year is “Until The Whole World Hears”. That is our goal and should be the goal of every Christian this side of heaven, to proclaim His name to the nations. I hope you enjoy the video!
 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  There is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved his appearing.
“Don’t leave anything on the court or field…” this was the way I was taught to compete as an athlete. And this is the sentiment behind what Paul writes here in 2 Timothy.
A drink offering would have been poured out on or alongside a blood sacrifice. Paul is saying that his life has been poured out as an accompanying sacrifice to the death of Christ on the cross. Paul’s life has been…
I am afraid that there are too many people (in churches today) that are more concerned about their preferences than with worshipping and praising God. Mike Hartland, Director of Worship for LifeWay Christian Resources says this about worship:
“Worship is our only reasonable response to God’s revelation”.
“The idea is simple – worship is not something we initiate or conjure up for the purpose of convincing God to act on our behalf. It’s not an exercise that dictates a reaction from a deity, nor a personal discipline intended to produce tranquility in our lives. It’s not a philosophy or an approach to spirituality, nor a belief system among many belief systems attempting to bring meaning to our existence. We worship in response to our God, who has revealed himself to us“.
The paragraph below was written by a friend of mine. He is a great pastor and an even better person and friend. He brings out an excellent point about worship and praise of God.
“The word worship comes from two words. One is the old english word “worth” meaning worth and the other is the suffix “-ship” meaning the quality. For example, friendship is the quality of being a friend,. Sportsmanship is the quality of being a good sport. So worthship literally is the quality of ascribing or declaring worth. When we worship we are saying that God has worth, that He is WORTHY.
Worship’s first cousin is the word praise. To praise means to set a price on or attach value. The word “praise” comes from the latin word for price. The opposite of praise, in Latin, is the word for devaluation. So both praise and worship carry with it the idea of ascribing or declaring worth or value. SEEING AND SAYING THE WORTH OF GOD. Worship and Praise is our response to the WORTH of GOD. “Worship is our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.” – Louie Giglio
So your passion of your worship is directly related to your understanding of the worth of God in your life. It has nothing to do with how you feel, if you like the songs or the singers, if the music is good or bad. At it’s core, worship is a decision to respond to the work and person of Jesus by SEEING and SAYING His worth in what you say and how you live.
I have a corner in my home office where I retreat to spend time with God. It separates me from the distractions of work, which sit just a couple of feet away from my prayer corner. I often enjoy a cup of coffee while reading from Scripture or elsewhere as God directs me. When I began to pray this morning it was the empty coffee cup rather than thoughts of work that began to distract me. Why? Because I knew that the coffee cup needed to be soaking in the kitchen sink and it was bugging me. So I got up and relocated the coffee cup to the sink. And then I went back to my prayer corner to sit quietly and listen for God’s voice.