Essential Acts of Worship

Essential Acts of Worship

by Ruth O’Neil

It doesn’t matter who you talk to; there are as many ways to worship as there are believers in the world. Worship can be corporate or it can be personal, hopefully believers experience both corporate and personal on occasion. Scripture tells us there are four basics to worship and all should be included in our worship time whenever and wherever one decides to worship.

Singing 

Singing is a form of worship that can be highly emotional. One can be moved to quiet tears or moved to dance with joy as David was when the Israelites brought home the Ark of the Covenant. Despite what some people think, the beat of the music doesn’t matter. The music that moves one person to worship may put another to sleep or bring on headache. It’s the words of the song that are important. It’s the words that bring about the meaning of the song, along with the emotional response from the listener. Be careful about judging others in the form of music that bring about worship for them. Worship for one can be as a member of a 1000 person choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus,” while for another, it’s singing along to a song on the radio in the privacy of the car.

Make sure your worship includes some type of music.

Prayer 

Prayer is the form of worship that not only allows us to speak to God, but also allows Him to speak to us. One can pray anytime, anywhere, in a crowd, or all alone. Prayer needs to be more than a list of what we want. If you have trouble thinking of things to pray about, make a list you can refer to during your prayer time.

Don’t think that you always have to kneel to pray. Pray whenever someone or some situation comes to mind. Pray whenever things are quiet and you know you won’t be disturbed. Pray short prayers throughout the day, if that’s what you have time for. Do as the Bible says and “pray without ceasing.”

Tithing 

Tithing is the act of obedience in giving back to God. The Bible commands us to tithe and gives us some guidelines. Tithing can take place in a number of ways. One can tithe to the church, one can give directly to missions, or simply to give, in Jesus’ name, to a need. Tithing should be as private as possible. What you tithe is ultimately between the giver and God.

Preaching 

One cannot grow spiritually without another one to lead. Yes, personal Bible study is extremely important, but there is much to be said when sitting under teacher who is more knowledgeable in the Scriptures.

It doesn’t matter where or when you worship, is on you do as you do it regularly and that it contains these four aspects. They do not even have to all be done in the same one-hour church service. You can incorporate these four acts of worship throughout your day.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com

Usable

Usable

by Sherry Chamblee

Am I usable for God? Not am I good enough, or smart enough, or talented enough. But am I usable?

What does being usable mean?

Colossians 2:20-23

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

This passage struck me today. We know from other passages that God does expect us to be obedient children, so these verses aren’t telling us to be lawless, or to go ahead and live in sin.  But I’m seeing this passage as referring to being caught up in following ritual, obsessed with doing things just right to the point where we forget who we’re serving. Instead we really wind up serving the rules. We’ve let them become our master.

If the law is our master, then we aren’t usable to God anymore. We’re ignoring Him.

God is our Master. What He says, goes… yes?  It might be a subtle difference, but I think it’s important.

God doesn’t give us the law so that we’ll follow it blindly and forget all about Him. He wants us to be in a relationship with Himself, so that following His laws becomes a natural outcome of that relationship.

And once we see it that way, we see how God can truly use us.

It no longer is a matter of “merely” loving my neighbor and haphazardly figuring out how to show that. It’s now a matter of listening for God’s guidance in how to show that particular person what God’s love looks like.

So if I let God be my master, and not just the law, than God’s the one using the law in my life to do His will in the world.

Pretty cool, isn’t it?

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

 

 

A Light in the Darkness

A Light in the Darkness

by Ruth O’Neil

John 3:19 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” 

This verse may be written in sometime toward the end of the first century, but it is still relevant to us living in the 21st century maybe even more so.

People are obsessed with the dark. Have you noticed the themes of entertainment lately? Many movies and books are “dark.” The Christian is commanded to be a light in the dark. In a conversation with other writers one day we were commenting on how many places where an author can advertise his book are full of other books that are simply filth. At first, I didn’t really want to advertise my book there because I didn’t want it mixed up with the trash. However, as I thought about it later and as one of my writing friends commented, that book would stand out because of its light.

Sometimes people make fun of me because of what I won’t watch. I let them have their fun because my convictions may not be theirs and vice versa. However I am convinced this is how Satan sneaks into our lives and pulls people way. He makes the dark look inviting and exciting.

That is why I have devoted my life to writing good things. Where there is utter darkness even the smallest of light will be seen. Yes, I could make more money writing things that were more sinfully appealing, but I won’t. I want to be able to stand before God and not have any shame in anything I wrote. I want to hopefully meet people that, because of my writing, were led to Christ, or at least deepened their relationship with Him. That kind of success is something money can’t buy.

I challenge you to pray and ask God to open your eyes to the light. Take 30 days and only watch, read, and participate in things that are wholesome. You know – the things that you wouldn’t be embarrassed about your grandma or your kids were there with you. Take note of your attitude and demeanor after those 30 days. Has anything changed?

I hope so.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com

Don’t Forget to Pray For Your Loved Ones!

Don’t Forget to Pray For Your Loved Ones!

by Rebekah Beene

I noticed that she had a kind face. She painted my granddaughter’s fingernails with such gentleness and care. When she came over to talk with us I found out right off she was a Christ follower. She shared her testimony and my friend and I had a great conversation with her.
She told us her husband was Buddhist. She tried to talk to him about Jesus but he would not believe. So she began to pray and she asked all her Christian friends to pray for him. She came home one day and he was ecstatic! He said “Jesus visited me!” The visitation was amazing and when it was over he told his wife, “Jesus is REAL!” His life is now changed as well.

Oh beloved, Jesus wants to visit you. He will move heaven and earth on your behalf just to let you know He is real and what the Bible says about him is true! You can trust Jesus when everything else falls apart. Jesus is alive and well for you! You may know Him as Savior. But He has a refreshing for you. And you want a visitation from Him. Jesus is real! And He visits His own and changes their lives. Invite Him into your circumstances. Everything for life and godliness is in His hands. Everything you lack He provides. Everything others have done to you He heals. He will give you gifts as He visits you. The gift of forgiveness for all trespasses against you as well as those trespasses of your life. He will give you the oil of joy for all you are in mourning about – quite the amazing trade that you could not achieve on your own. As He gives you the garment of praise you will be released from the spirit of heaviness. He sets your feet to dancing as He pours His love into you so lavishly and generously. Condemnation, shame and fear have to flee at the entrance of your Savior’s love! His love is unprecedented – He loves you as you are and yet loves you into more visitations and more changes! He fills you with His Spirit so that you can live this life of faith – by faith in Him.

When God sent His Son to visit you your whole world changed! And He’s still in the life changing business. When you pray for the salvation, healing, deliverance and change for those you LOVE, His love changes them as well! His desire is to visit all people, and He delights in showing mercy to you and to the ones you are praying for!

God loves you and He’s for you – always, completely and faithfully! Rejoice and run to Him this morning and expect a wonderful visitation! This is the year of dropping all the things that hold you back and just enjoying His presence as you live in the Light of the World – Jesus!

Romans 5:6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. NIV

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

John 12:46 I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
Blessing in the City

Blessing in the City

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, blessed shalt thou be in the city. (Deuteronomy 28:2-3)

The city is full of care, and he who has to go there from day to day finds it to be a place of great wear and tear. It is full of noise, and stir, and bustle, and sore travail; many are its temptations, losses, and worries. But to go there with the divine blessing takes off the edge of its difficulty; to remain there with that blessing is to find pleasure in its duties and strength equal to its demands.

A blessing in the city may not make us great, but it will keep us good; it may not make us rich, but it will preserve us honest. Whether we are porters, or clerks, or managers, or merchants, or magistrates, the city will afford us opportunities for usefulness. It is good fishing where there are shoals of fish, and it is hopeful to work for our Lord amid the thronging crowds. We might prefer the quiet of a country life; but if called to town, we may certainly prefer it because there is room for our energies.

Today let us expect good things because of this promise, and let our care be to have an open ear to the voice of the Lord and a ready hand to execute His bidding. Obedience brings the blessing. “In keeping his commandments there is great reward.”

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