MJCF Christmas Party 2009

Disyembre 14, 2009

Today we have celebrated our Christmas Party for this year. As usual it happened after our Sunday Worship Service. Ptr. Nimrod Tica was our speaker on the said day. Once again he remind us not to worry about crisis specially this season. He remind us again about the name Emmanuel, which means God is with us. God is with us so should not worry about things. Even about tomorrow. The Lord is with us and He will never leave us nor forsake us. he always guide us in everything that we do and wherever we are.
The second part of the worship service is the Christmas party. This year Christmas party is different from the previous one. We had a Caroling competition which composed of six groups. And each of these groups where composed of different ages. Youth, women, men and adults. Evert exert all their effort to practice and to prepare for the competition. it’s nice to see that a lot of member participated on the said event. Everyone give time to practice after every worship service. Some extend their practices during their free time. They also prepared for their costumes. Some spend a lot to make the event more colorful. Every one felt the compitition and at the same time the Fun and the joy of the unity as a Church. The competition was very tight. Our judges had a very hard time choosing the campion for the competition. The panel of judges were composed of Sis. Ruby Lim, Bro Joseph Ting and Bro. Joe Esparagoza.
Aside from the competition Ate Mabel also prepared some games. Like the tounge twister “Jubilee, Jolibee”. Jubilee came from the name of our church which is Malabon Jubilee Christian Fellowhip and the Jolibee is a well know fast food chain in the Philipines. The contestant have to say “Jubilee. Jolibee” for five time and as fast as they canApril and Cherilyn proceed to the championship round. To make the game harder we added some word on the Tongue twister. Aside from “Jubilee and Jolibee”. They have to say “Bumili si Julie ng jolibee na taga Jubilee”. They have to repeat it for five times without error. At the end of the game we ended up with a tigh from these two young ladies. Aside from the tounge twister we also played The Price is Right. As usual Ate Mabel and hosted the said event though I’m not really that prepared because this is just on the spot.

Teacher?

Nobyembre 15, 2009

  

“Our planet is filled with heroes. Young and old, rich and poor, man, women of different colors, shape and sizes. We are one great tapestry. Each person has a hidden hero within. You just have to look inside you and search it in your hear and be the hero to the next one in need. So to each and every person inside in this theater and for those who are watching at home, the hero in you is waiting to be unlish. Serve. Serve well. Serve other above your self and be happy to serve as I always tell to my co-volunteers of Dynamic Teen Company. you are the change that you dream as I am the change that I dream and collectively we are the change that this world needs to be. Mabuhay!” —  Efren Peñaflorida Jr.

    This is the speech that Efren Peñaflorida Jr. gave when he received the Hero of the award from CNN. His speech is simple, concrete but very powerful. His life is living testimony that everyone can be a hero. As what he had said We are the change that we are dreaming for a very long time. Because of him he made me realize how big my responsibility is as a Sunday school teacher at the same time he also make me realize how self fulfilling it is to be a teacher. I hope and I pray that like me, may a lot of people be encourage by his life.

I found this two love poems that really touched my heart. I hope that you will also enjoy it.

WHOSE CHILD IS THIS?
Author Unknown

“Whose child is this?” I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play
“Mine”, said the parent with a tender smile
“Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should”

“Whose child is this?” I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in
“Mine”, said the teacher with the same tender smile
“Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school”

“Whose child is this?” I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door
“Ours” said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
“Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever.”


Why God Made Teachers
By Kevin William Huff
When God created teachers,
He gave us special friends
To help us understand His world
And truly comprehend
The beauty and the wonder
Of everything we see,
And become a better person
With each discovery. 
When God created teachers,
He gave us special guides
To show us ways in which to grow
So we can all decide
How to live and how to do
What’s right instead of wrong,
To lead us so that we can lead
And learn how to be strong. 
Why God created teachers,
In His wisdom and His grace,
Was to help us learn to make our world
A better, wiser place. 

From:     http://www.dltk-kids.com/school/poems_for_teachers.htm

A Journey Home

Oktubre 9, 2009

This is a movie that was produced by our mother church (Jubilee Evangelical Church). The story is all about a father who was asking for forgiveness from his children and a son who can’t forgive his father.This is a very practical movie. The story of the movie is typical yet its should be watched. I watch this movie after the typhoon Undoy, after the great flood. The weather is not that good yet i still mange to watched the movie. When I was in the movie house with my friend we both notice that the movie is a little bit predictable. you might find yourself predicting what will on the next scene. yet as i have said earlier you should watch it. I can really explain the difference of this movie to other typical comedy-drama movies. What can I only suggest is simply watch it. I hope that they can produce DVD copies so that I could have my own copy. This is a very inspiring movie that every family should watch. The cast on this film were   Soliman Cruz, Joem Bascon, John Manalo, Athena Tibi, Trisha Canete and Toni Gonzaga (Whose one of the reason why I’m eager to watched the movie.

Please watch the movie and see it by yourself!

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We make hundreds of choices every day. Just like Abraham. God ask him to sacrifice his one and only son. It was a very difficult decision for Abraham. Let’s take a look at the Passage in Genesis 22 and see what happened.

Abraham Tested

1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram [a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring [b] all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in

In our daily walk in our life here on earth there are two things that we need to choose from. This is to obey or to disobey God. We been saved when we chose to received the undeserved grace that God gave us. However it is not the end of jour journey. We need to decide whether we choose to obey God and received his blessings or to disobey God and receive his curse. Jesus Christ himself chose to obey God. He came to this world and died for our sins. The question here is what does it mean to obey God?



I. To OBEY God means that we CHOOSE to FEAR Him

When we say that we must fear God this doesn’t mean that we fear him because he is a bad God and he will punish us for what we have done. The fear that I am referring here is not the “Phobia” kind of fear. To fear God means that we give him Honor. We give Him reverence. We give Him the highest form of respect. David said in Psalm 111:10

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;

all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

To him belongs eternal praise.

Solomon agreed with David by what he said in Proverbs 1:7

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and discipline

Without the wisdom and knowledge that came from the Lord it is impossible for us to obey Him. Because Abraham fears the Lord he obeyed God. He went to the place where God told him to go to sacrifice his only son.

II. To OBEY God means that we CHOOSE to be HUMBLE

The Bible says on Romans 16:27 that God is wise. Therefore we must submit to his wisdom, power and Authority. God knows what he is doing. In the story of Abraham we can see that he knows what God is doing. He has an a assurance that God will do something for him. Let’s take a look at his conversation with servants and his son.

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” 6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

Abraham told his servants that both of them will come back and he told his son that God will provide the sacrifice. Isn’t Abraham crazy? When we say that God wants him to sacrifice his son that means that he need to kill his own son. But because Abraham submit to the Lord God gave him the wisdom and He has the assurance that he and his son will go back home together. Proverbs 3:34 says that the Lord humbles the proud and give grace to the humble

34 He mocks proud mockers

but gives grace to the humble.

Abraham humbled to the Lord that’s why God bless him and give him his grace.

III. To OBEY God means that we LOVE Him

Matthew 6:24 says

24“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

We need to choose to love God for us to obey Him. As the verse says we cannot serve two masters. God is a jealous God and he wants our complete attention. Let’s see what Matthew 10:37 says

37“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;

If we value our possession more than God we cannot obey Him. If we value our positions more than God we cannot obey Him. If you value your study, family or anything that you have you cannot obey Him. I’m not saying that you need to stop working, or stop studying or do not love you children or your parents. That’s not what the Bible is telling us. The bible tells us that we must NOT LOVE Them MORE the Lord, More than JESUS CHRIST. Abraham sacrificed his son not because he did not love him. He is willing to sacrifice his son because he loves him and love GOD more than him. Let us follow the obedience that Abraham has.

He Choose to obey God by fearing him

He Choose to obey God by being humble

He Choose to obey God by loving God more than anything else in this world

If we do that, we will received his blessing just like Abraham.

Worship Him in Dance!

Hulyo 25, 2009

What is a Tambourine?

A tambourine is a small hand drum made by stretching a thin animal skin or parchment over a wooden ring. The frame has several pairs of metal discs set loosely in it so that when shaken, the disks clash together like cymbals, making a pleasant jingling noise. Striking the drumhead with your knuckles will give you both the sound of the drum and the jingle of the disks. Rubbing your hand briskly across the drumhead will produce a whisking noise.

The tambourine’s origins are lost in antiquity; it is mentioned often in the Old Testament as an instrument of celebration, as here: “Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.” (Exodus 15:20)

THE HISTORY OF TAMBOURINE

The tambourine can be traced back to most ancient civilizations such as India, Greece, China, Egypt, and Rome. It is also the instrument on which Miriam played after the Israelites escaped from Egypt in Exodus 15:20. It was often associated with joy, dancing, rejoicing, victory, and times of happiness and gladness.

The tambourine began to take a prominent place in the music world during the eighteenth century when composers used it in their operas, however, it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that the tambourine became more popular, appearing in Igor Stravinsky’s balled ‘Petrushka’, as well as in works by composers such as Berlioz.

Although the tambourine is accepted as a percussion instrument in the orchestra, it wasn’t until the Salvation Army began to use it at the end of the nineteenth century did it begin to one again take its rightful place as an instrument of praise, worship, and warfare in the church. The Salvation Army were also the first to form timbrel brigades, often of young people, devoted to learning and playing the timbrel, especially during outreaches.

The technique of playing the tambourine called ‘Timbrel Praise’ was developed in Hong Kong during the 1980s by Dodie V. Sarchet-Waller and has since then
emerged into what it is today.

The tambourine is now accepted as an acoustic, untuned instrument belonging to the percussion section of the orchestra. It has an indefinite pitch and
is used to maintain rhythm and contribute generally.

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO TAMBOURINE DANCE

“Praise Him with the timbrel and dance.” Psalm 150:4

Dance is a praise and worship offering to the Lord and a response to being in the presence of the Almighty. Dance is demonstrated by motioning the body, hands, and/or feet rhythmically, using prescribed or spontaneous steps and gestures. Every movement is to be expressed in a manner that gives glory to God rather than to one’s self. Dance is creative and reflects our Master Creator from whom creativity originates. Playing the round tambourine drum as a percussion instrument and combining dance movements constitutes a powerful and unique expression which reflects upon the end-time celebration in heaven. Each series of movements and tapping of beats of a particular routine or choreography called a “pattern.” All patterns are given a title, a key scripture verse, and an explanation along with a choreography diagram and detailed instructions. A specific Biblical principle is assigned to each pattern much like a word is correlated to a hand motion in sign language. When we play our tambourines and dance we are declaring God’s Word in our lives and in the earth. Ephesians 6:17 states that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. Thus, our tambourines and dancing with them becomes a visible prophetic sign of wielding, as a sword, God’s truth.
The tambourine or timbrel is the Jewish symbol of victory and jubilee. Miriam, the sister of Moses, picked up the tambourine and led the women in triumphant dancing after crossing the Red Sea. God freed Israel from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. He then prepared and led them to the Promised Land where they could freely worship. As we pick up our tambourines and dance, we join in the freedom found in the Exodus story. The joy of our salvation is kindled afresh each time we play our timbrels and we are reminded of the joy that is to come when Jesus Christ (Yeshua The Messiah) returns.
Jehova-Nissi means, “The Lord is my banner,” Exodus 17:15. In Song of Solomon 2:4b, the banner of the Lord over us is love. The ribbons placed on our timbrels represent God’s banner over us and a testimony of what God has done, is doing, and will do in our lives. Just as a timbrel dance pattern has specific Biblical meaning, so does each ribbon pattern. Each color and number of ribbons signifies a particular Biblical standard. Psalm 20:5a shouts, “We will sing for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners.”
Romans 12:1-2 reminds us that it is our reasonable service of worship to present ourselves as living and holy sacrifices acceptable to Him. Anyone who is willing to study and explore new expressions of offering love and gratitude to God will gain insight and spiritual fruitfulness. The tambourine and dance ministry can increase intimacy with God in worship. What an exciting opportunity for any individual regardless of age and skill to enhance their praise and worship experience! Everyone can learn to expand and extend themselves, whether privately or corporately, to deeper dimensions of worship.

Great deal!

Hulyo 25, 2009

I’m very happy and thankful for the life of this guy. He is Kevin. He really made an effort to help the Tambourine dancers like me. This is a sample of the video that he created. He upload dance patters though videos on Youtube. This is a really great help for worshipers and servants like me. Though this I know that he can fullfill him goal to encourage more worshipers and dedicate their lives and talents to the LORD.

Please take some time to read this. This is the content of the “about me” part of his Youtuve acoount.

About Me: This account is dedicated to our Father whom we only praise and worship..
most of the videos here are patterns or steps using different worship tools which can be used to praise God. Some of the patterns in this account are derivations from Aunty Margrate Yap’s tambourine manuals. Most patterns here are from God and we are just the instruments used to praise Him.

Worship

Hulyo 25, 2009

What is Worship?

Worship is a covenant and call from our Lord to come before Him and meet with Him with reverence, gladness, and joy. It is a call to know Him intimately and express appreciation to Him with praise and thanksgiving, doing so with passion, sincerity, conviction, and in reverent fear and trembling. Worship is the aptitude, attitude, and practice of expressing the desire to know our Lord and Savior further, and being grateful for Who He Is and what He has done for us. Worship is the giving of our best to Him. And, we do this because we are His; we give Him our heart that is already His. He has given His best to us already; in addition, we are enveloped into His eternal love and care for pure and useful purposes.

Do You Know What Worship Is?

When the average Christian thinks about worship, he tends to think about music or how a service is planed out. Perhaps a favorite hymn comes to mind or a praise song that captivated him or her in some moving response. Singing is an expression of worship, but it is not worship.
The problem many of us face in understanding and doing worship is we miss the main point. We get so caught up in the mechanics and formal preparations that we miss the reason for our coming together for worship. Others think that worship is boring, or dread it, and thus neglect it. Do you think worship is boring? Do you dread dragging the kids to church with all the hassles that go with it? “For what?” you say. Perhaps, we become hard or disappointed with God and no longer feel like worshiping Him. Conceivably, we may only be interested in emotional reactions¾how we feel and what we get¾so there is no real, active, heartfelt participation on our part. Perhaps, the song selection and the melodic, correct, and favored instruments and harmony are not the problem; rather, it is our attitude and limited knowledge of what we are to do and be in worship. There is no place in Scripture where someone encounters God and says it is not relevant or he or she is bored. If we become bored in our church, possibly it is our reverence and attitude that is wrong; perhaps our passion has disappeared. Worship becomes boring or a hassle because we want to be pleased, or because we yearn for whatever the latest happenings are and we are not receiving them. But, we have to realize that boredom comes from a heart that is detached from the focus and object of the worship, which is Christ. We are not paying attention to the One we should. Our boredom is a personal and spiritual problem of a lost focus, or of carelessness or laziness. It is like an addiction to the latest fad and what moves us rather than what we are to bring. We must reengage our hearts and minds, be renewed to Christ, and be satisfied by what He has done in us. When we worship, we are to respond to Him and only to Him. It comes down to our surrendering our will over to His, so He is more and we are submitted to Him (Isaiah 59:16; Psalm 34:8; 63:1-4; John 3:30; Rom. 12).
Worship is not about how we do it; it is about why we do it. Good worship is not about the “right things” as we see it; it is about being right in Christ and expressing our gratitude to Him. Our hearts need to be engaged in bringing our joy and gladness to and for Him as the object of our worship. Our desire needs to be satisfied by being in His presence, not by the melodies, the tunes, or the forms and procedures. We come into the Lord’s presence with joy and exuberance from a heart of gratitude¾not because of the pleasing sounds of the worship band or organ, or getting what we want from it. Never let worship be just an emotional response to the music, how the service is structured, or what we are used to; if this is so, you and your church have missed the point by a very large degree! The bottom line of effectual, true worship of our Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord comes down to being God—centered and not self—centered, as in only interested in meeting the needs of those who come and not Who we are to proclaim. We are not to focus on what concerns or satisfies us; rather, our focus should be on how we come to Him and meet with Him—all to please Him. Worship Means We Are to Glorify Our Lord
Our chief purpose in life is to give Christ glory. This is proclaimed in Scripture (Psalm 73:25-28; 1 Cor. 10:31; Rom. 11:36),

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (English Standard Version)

“For(A) from him and through him and to him are all things.(B) To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36 (English Standard Version)

in our confessions of faith, and must be so in the practice of our faith. Again, it is not about us, it is about Him! It is interesting to note that many false teachers use these verses out of their context to proclaim that God is a divine bellhop who delivers to us our whims and desires—that we seek Him to please ourselves and get what we want. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is no guarantee that God will give us anything, and we certainly do not deserve anything. Out of His grace will come splendors and treasures for us in His time, perhaps in this life, but certainly in the life to come. It is this same perverted thinking that twists what worship is, falsifies who Christ is, and misrepresents how we are to approach Him. What we need to ask ourselves is if the glory of God is in our mindset when we sit in our churches and begin to worship? If not, why not? To begin our worship, our minds need to be focused on Him, with the will and desire to glorify Christ. Perhaps we should ask ourselves, what enchants me? What is my pleasure? Where is my treasure? Where is my gain? These questions will show our character and where we receive our drive and thinking. These are the guidelines that motivate our designs and decisions, and how we treat our Lord and one another. This is also how collectively, we as a body of believers will treat our neighbors and one another. Having a mindset of glorifying Christ will affect all we do in life. It will enhance our relationships, center our church, and cause us to be more fruitful in what He has for us. Remember that the essential element in worship is that all who proclaim God as Lord must also be devoted to Him. That is, we must love Him, we respect Him, and we fear (as in awe) and reverence Him. We are to worship Him and only Him in glory, and what He has done in deeds. We can take comfort and assurance that the worship we have toward the Father does not fall on deaf ears. We are meeting with our Father and not a tyrant. We are to seek His presence, apply it to ourselves, and then to others

Worship Means We Are to Fear our Lord

We are to “Fear God.” This means we are to reverence God as our Lord, We are to come before God in this way, along with humbleness (1 Pet. 5:6). We bring Him our endearment and respect with more meaning, power, and intensity. This is the reverence and awe of God before His holiness that He seeks (Job 28:28; Prov. 1:7; 3:5; 8:13; 9:10; 16:6; 31:30; Psalm 2:11; 34:11; 111:10; Isa. 12:6; Eccl. 12: 13; Mal. 1:14; Matt. 10: 27-33; Rom. 2:11; James 2:1).
And he said to man,
‘The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.’ ” Job 28:28
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:5

“Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the LORD Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations. Malachi 1:14

It does not mean we are afraid of Him; rather, we are fearful of His wrath and in awe of His presence (Matt. 11:28; Rom. 3).

The book of Proverbs states that the fear of God is the foundation of learning and growing, as Jesus confirmed in Matthew 10:27—33, making this precept clear. Fear helps us focus on Him, realizing His awesome holiness and our unworthiness. Then, we
can bring Him a respectful attitude, one of wonder and admiration, and there is nothing that can hold us back from proclaiming His praise. What happens when we do not have a fear of God? It means we do not respect Him and continue to place ourselves first. Proverbs tells us that this is the attitude of a fool!

“How long will you simple ones [a] love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:22

These are also the reprobates in Romans, chapter one, who trust in themselves and not God, who hate knowledge and correction. They seek distortion and destruction of themselves and others.

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates correction is stupid. Proverbs 12:1

He who trusts in himself is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe. Proverbs 28:26

They stir others to strife and contention, totally opposite of what we are to do on this earth (Prov. 1:22; 1:31-23; 5:12; 12:1; 14:1; 11; 20:3; 28:26; 29:11)!

Worship is to be Real

Real, sincere, God—exalting adoration must be the focus of worship in our daily walk with Him. Worship is real when we fully realize that it has only one true agenda, and that is…you should get this now…God! As He is our reason and purpose for life and all that we do, so our worship, as Scripture proclaims, must be also. It is not to be how we benefit from it, but how we promote God and His Kingdom. It is our response to His Word that affects our character, maturity, and growth in Him. We need to know Him before we can truly honor Him more deeply. As we get to know His holiness, character, and percepts, we seek to know, learn, and apply them to our life. This encourages and promotes our ability, and supports our drive to worship. In a church, the essence of the service must propagate to the attendees to worship, as in the reading of the Word, the preaching of the Word, the liturgies, confessions, music, and so forth. All of these instruct us about His nature so we can know and worship Him more. God speaks to us, and then we speak back in our adorations, and in our behaviors toward one another (Psalm 105:3; 1 Cor. 6:20).
We need to be aware that it is human nature to listen to our desires rather than to God. We live in a culture that tells us to be “me—centered,” yet God wants us to draw close to Him. Therefore, we have to get ourselves lined up with His Way and not ours. We are to worship in the way God has revealed to us; Worship is about aligning ourselves to Christ according to His precepts(A rule or principle prescribing a particular course of action or conduct. Law An authorized direction or order; a writ), not our preferences. If we do not, we are drawing near to idols and self-expressions, sweeping ourselves into idolatry. This is what the second commandment is all about (Ex. 20:4-6; 1 John 5:20-21). The bottom line is that we are to be focused on God not on anything else.

Worship is to Praise God

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise¾the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Hebrews 13:15-16) Our offerings today are not about dragging our livestock or pets to be sacrificed. Jesus was our sacrifice. So then, what do we bring? We bring ourselves! We bring a heart that desires Him, a will that is surrendered to Him, and a life that is dedicated to Him. Our sacrifice today is what flows from our heart, our love and adoration of our Lord. We are to be so full of love for our Lord that it flows to those around us. Our praise, as drawn from this text, is a peace offering of thanksgiving. This means our Lord wants us to be devoted to Him with our whole being, all the time and in all that we do.n There should be no circumstance we could ever face where praise does not flow from our lips. Our praise is to acknowledge Christ alone, by faith alone, and by His grace alone. There should be nothing from us but that faith. What we have to sacrifice is our person, ability, and availability to His purpose. When we first give ourselves, everything else will be easy because pride and hoarding will be eliminated as well as materialism. We can sacrifice our wallets and purses to His service. Time, talents, and treasures should flow willingly from us to Him in service with joy and gladness. This involves our intellect in knowing Him as well as our emotions in praising Him. The biggest praise is what flows from our lips. The thanksgiving for His saving grace should flow with passion and conviction. The primary testimony that we are effectively praising God is the result our praise has on our friends, family, and neighbors. When we are in a healthy relationship of praise, the church reaps benefits of health and vitality. This beckons to the world who our Lord is and what He does. This is the sacrifice of praise because it distracts from our ego and self and points toward His presence. True praise places our focus on our Lord and helps remove us from our sin and selfish nature.

What Worship is Not

What worship is not is just a routine or rhetoric we do to fill air time on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., or something we do by compulsion or by habit. Worship is not about the set up, the instruments, or the traditions. It is not liturgies or confessions, although these are means to worship Him. Worship is not to be mundane or ordinary, although we can worship Him in the mundane and ordinary aspects of life. Our God is not ordinary or mundane; He is Magnificent and Omnipresent. Thus, we need to make sure our worship does not become monotonous or it will become meaningless. We must see ourselves in His presence whether we are in a splendid cathedral, on a beach, or in a basement, hiding from those who would persecute us. Worship is not for unbelievers, although they are, of course, welcomed. Worship is not evangelism nor is it to be a platform from which to invite people to know Him. Worship is primarily for Believers who have been paid for by Christ, to come together to express praise for Him. It is about Christians proclaiming Christ as Lord. Thus, is must be taken seriously and passionately and never compromised or watered down. We must realize that the gospel and our Lord offend, and people who are not in Him will not understand it (John 6:61-67). That does not mean we patronize to their ways and do silly things like remove our cross or neuter our message or take the essence away, afraid we will hurt somebody’s feelings. Yes, we will offend! Praise God in that! We are to evangelize with our attitudes and activities, but never water down or subjugate our worship of Him to please those who do not know or understand Him. When we do this, we miss the point and do our church a disservice, our community a disservice (because they are not getting an accurate picture of worship; they need to see sincerity, not pretentiousness) and most of all, we are not glorifying our Lord (Lev. 10:1-7; 1 Sam. 15:22; Psalm 1; 131; 2:11; Matt. 15:8-9)! We tend to think that when we come to church, we should feel emotionally moved or be seeking what we can get out of it. Worship does not depend upon where we are or if we are pleased or moved. Yes, worship should be pleasing and we should be moved, but not in the way a lot of us Christians today think. We tend to think we are the ones to be pleased and moved, but this is the opposite of true worship. He is to be pleased and we should be moved when we are pleasing Him. It is not about feeling good or being caught up in the experience or being affirmed or feeling good about self. It is purely giving Christ the glory. It is about bringing self into His presence with awe and reverence, joy and exuberance! Do you see the difference? The exuberance, energy, and excitement we are to feel is not what we receive, it is what we give…what we give to Him…and then we should feel good about that too (Psalm 111:1; Isaiah 29:13; Matt. 15:6; 1 Cor. 11:20;
Col. 2:23). How do we get our worship right? Basically, we need to understand what worship is, and then we can go before our Lord in prayer, repent of our misguided ways of doing worship, and seek His ways. Then, we can start to do worship with sincerity, joy, and eagerness. Worship involves our whole being. We must engage our intellect so we can know Him and His precepts, then we are to “feel” Him and partake in His presence. These are exercises that we do not just get up and do; we slowly learn over the entirety of our earthy lives. We partake, and in the struggle and practice, we get to know Him and experience Him more. He will transform us; we have to receive His transforming power and grow it as we do with Faith and Fruit. As this takes place, we become more of His and less in us. We become mature in the Spirit and in the Truth, and our lives will touch others more profoundly and deeper. This also takes a commitment to continually practice walking in His presence. You can do it; the only one stopping you is you. Take the step and walk in His ways. Be a Christian who really and truly has a will that has been transferred to Him and a mind that is renewed in Him, and then tell Him so with gladness and joy. This is a process that will last a lifetime, so be in prayer and seek Christ, for He first sought you!