Archive for March, 2006

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Space invaders

March 31, 2006

Draw Near

Have you ever met a space invader?  If the normal chatting distance between two talkers is a couple feet, these people have a gift of being able to stand more like 3 or 4 inches from your nose.  Suddenly your goal in life is to find a way to imperceptibly back up a couple inches so that you can breathe oxygen instead of this other person’s carbon dioxide. The really good ones somehow track with you, and when you back up, they advance and even take ground, until eventually you find yourself pinned to a wall. 

There is definitely an “energy” you feel in the proximity of others isn’t there?  When you come into contact with somebody, when you draw near, you pick up on that energy, and react to it either positively or negatively.   

This morning as I spent a little time with God, I found myself craving to be closer to the energy of God.  I want to be in closer proximity so that I can gain from what He is always “putting out”.  I want his selflessness to affect my selfishness.  I want His love to rub off on me so I can love others.  I want his wisdom to make me wiser.  I want His perspective to change the way I think.  I want His power to make me stronger.  I want His peace to wash over me. 

James tells us to “draw near to God and He will draw near to us”.   Drawing near.  It implies action.  It involves our will, a decision to move towards God intentionally, with purpose.   How will you and I purpose to draw near to the heart of God today?  He will not consider you a space invader….He will move towards you as you seek Him out.

Proverbs 8:17  I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me will find Me.

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a thought on worship

March 24, 2006

Non-partisan worshippers

In 2006, if you want a controversial subject that quickly forms sides and heated debate, start talking politics.  Democrat, republican, conservative, liberal, war, peace, taxes, health care…..these are just words…but there is so much behind them to get your pulse up.

Step inside a church with more than 2 people…and I’ll give you another ticking time bomb subject.  Music.

Traditional, contemporary, hymns, chorus’s, performance, drums, organs. 

So why the emotion?  Why the deep connection to particular styles, certain traditions or lack thereof?  Why is music so controversial?

I believe in my heart of hearts that because music is God’s invention, and is so powerful in the way it penetrates the mind and soul, that there is serious spiritual warfare surrounding music in the church. What God desires for good, Satan desires to use to divide and draw attention away from God.  

Sometimes I wonder what God is thinking when we go round and round through the ages discussing the “right” way to worship Him.   I wonder if He ever says, “Enough discussing….just get busy worshipping!”  Not that style isn’t an important subject to ponder, but I believe that God is looking for some “non-partisan” worshippers who are much more interested in the truth of God and the adoration of Him, then the form attached.

Won’t it be grand in heaven someday, when He gives us a new song we will all sing together, to bring glory to His name!! 

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a thought on worship

March 24, 2006

Non-partisan worshippers

In 2006, if you want a controversial subject that quickly forms sides and heated debate, start talking politics.  Democrat, republican, conservative, liberal, war, peace, taxes, health care…..these are just words…but there is so much behind them to get your pulse up.

Step inside a church with more than 2 people…and I’ll give you another ticking time bomb subject.  Music.

Traditional, contemporary, hymns, chorus’s, performance, drums, organs. 

So why the emotion?  Why the deep connection to particular styles, certain traditions or lack thereof?  Why is music so controversial?

I believe in my heart of hearts that because music is God’s invention, and is so powerful in the way it penetrates the mind and soul, that there is serious spiritual warfare surrounding music in the church. What God desires for good, Satan desires to use to divide and draw attention away from God.  

Sometimes I wonder what God is thinking when we go round and round through the ages discussing the “right” way to worship Him.   I wonder if He ever says, “Enough discussing….just get busy worshipping!”  Not that style isn’t an important subject to ponder, but I believe that God is looking for some “non-partisan” worshippers who are much more interested in the truth of God and the adoration of Him, then the form attached.

Won’t it be grand in heaven someday, when He gives us a new song we will all sing together, to bring glory to His name!!