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True Worship

I read this short article awhile back and just came across it again this morning.  It may be short but it is full of such valuable information.  Let’s keep our main goal, worship. It really is quite simple.

 

MINISTERING to the HEART of GOD

Music Ministry can sometimes become so overwhelming.  The music minister/director is responsible for the pulse of the service from the pre-service all the way through the “after service” time.  It can all be very draining and all too often this stress can cause a person to get “out of focus”.  As music directors we put so much emphasis on “getting it right”, having the latest and the greatest new worship song, and singing it before our neighboring church does-ok, maybe that is too brutally honest-but the fact remains that when we get spiritually drained, we get out of focus.

Our job is simple, really.  Our goal is to create an atmosphere of praise and worship.  What is the purpose of praise and worship?  It is to minister or, as we often say with little thought, bless the Lord.

King David, who wrote our candy stick motto, “Sing unto the Lord a new song’, also wrote those powerful words, “Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and all that is within me”.  To really minister to the heart of God goes much beyond singing a really cool song with a jamming beat.  Somehow as we prepare for our worship service each week, we have the commission to reach right into the depths of our souls and bless the Lord.  It is then and only then, that we can really have a successful music department.

written by: Michele Penton

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Yesterday was a great day in the Lord’s presence. From the beginning of service to the very end His glory filled the sanctuary. Matt opened the service with the old hymn, “There Is Power In the Blood” and as we sang I knew this would be one of those special times. We sang more choruses and then the chorale sang, “I Am”. Oh my! It was as if waves of glory rolled. Nathaniel (our son) preached one of the best sermons I have heard on “The Precious Blood”. This is pretty good since he didn’t know he was preaching until 9:30 Sunday Morning. When Nathan (my husband) woke up his back had totally gone out on him and he could barely stand up. So he told Nathaniel that he was going to have to preach and take care of the Communion Service. However, the anointing of the Holy Ghost was so real. After Nathaniel preached we partook of the Lord’s Supper and remembered the sacrifice our Lord made for us. Once again the presence of the Lord swept over us as we worshiped and thanked the Lord for all he has done. Thank God for His great love! Where would we be without the Lord?

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We are at Landmark Global Impact 2008 in Stockton, California. The church here is absolutely beautiful. Bro. Wayne Huntley from Raleigh, North Carolina preached a great message tonight on “We Need Revival”. He preached about the difference between evangelism and revival. It was so good and so needed. If you want to listen to this sermon I’m sure you could order a copy (dvd or cd) from CLC. It would be worth your time and money. Also, it is always so good to come to a conference and fellowship with people of like precious faith. Seeing old friends and making new ones is always a pleasure. God bless all of you this day.

Another great sermon you will want to hear is “How to Build a Revival Church, preached by
Randy Keyes. This is so true! Please order this one from CLC too. You will be blessed.

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Sometimes when things are not going well in our life we are quick to complain. We are also quick to look for someone to blame. It surely must be someone else’s fault. It seems we live in that kind of day where no one wants to take responsibility for their own actions. However, that “someone” may be a lot closer than we think. It would do us all good to start with some self-examination before we look elsewhere.

During Jeremiah’s time the disobedience of God’s people was great and yet they wondered why God was not blessing them. What these people failed to recognize was their own rebellion and unrepentant attitude. This left them without God’s forgiveness and without His blessings.

Jeremiah wrote in Lamentations 3: 39-40 (HCSB)

39 Why should [any] living person complain,
[any] man, because of the punishment for his sins?

40 Let us search out and examine our ways,
and turn back to the LORD.

Why should we complain about what OUR choices have brought to us? Why should we blame someone else? Why do people even become angry with God?

Proverbs 19:3 (Amplified Bible) The foolishness of man subverts his way [ruins his affairs]; then his heart is resentful and frets against the Lord.

God is righteous and just and He will allow us to feel the results of our choices. However, God’s greatest desire is that we would acknowledge our sins (errors) and turn back to him as Jeremiah stated in Lamentations.

David, the man after God’s own heart said,

Search me, O God, and Know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139: 23-24)

It is definitely for our benefit when we open up to such a relationship with God. Let’s not complain to God, but instead do some soul-searching and determine where our life needs to be put back on track with HIS will. If we maintain a genuine repentant spirit and openness to God, his direction and will for our life, then and only then will He continue to bring us His Blessings.

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I want to say a big Thank you to our church family for honoring my husband on his birthday. He loves the bookshelf’s. He will now be able to get the rest of his books out of storage. Hopefully we will have it finished this week and you will be able to come by the office and see it for yourself. He was able to get a few books out of storage and put them in the home office when we moved here. However, when you have over 25 years of study books, etc you have collected then that is quite a library. Thanks again! The Pentecostal Church family is AWESOME. You are a blessing to us and we love you dearly.

p.s. The photos did not turn out good so that is why they are not posted. Sorry.

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Happy Birthday to my incredible man! I hope and pray your day is blessed beyond measure. Nathan, I Love You BUNCHES!

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Top Ten Predictions for 2008

 

1. The Bible will still have all the answers.

2. Prayer will still work.

3. The Holy Spirit will still move.

4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.

5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.

6. There will still be singing and praise to God.

7. God will still pour out blessings

upon His people.

8. There will still be room at the Cross.

9. Jesus will still love you.

10. Jesus will still save the lost.

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