I want to announce to the world that God is not boring. I know for a fact that many people can believe He is by seeing some of these church buildings and church meetings. Some are aforementioned solemn you feel like confessing if you cough and feel like you will be excommunicated if your kid makes a noise. And grandiose, almost gaudy decorations all over and the smell of dust for the empty building through the week. I think churches have done church wrong for generations. The early church meetings were in people’s homes so money would go to those who need it and not opulent buildings. And people read from the Bible and worshipped and sang songs together. That part is good but not sure where in the Bible is the hour long boring sermon that reads a verse and then narcissistically prattle on for an additional 50 minutes. God is not boring. Or a narcissist. Or wasteful with money. Or quiet. What in nature is quiet? What in nature is boring? Nothing. Even when God designed His temple for the Jews, it had awesome things like nets and pomegranates and beasts and winged creatures all over it and ordered it to be colorful! He is a God of movement and color and noise and fun and life and beauty. Our church meetings should reflect that and perhaps we would wake everyone up and get them saved before He comes. Imagine that. ❤
I remember being in a wedding. I was there early all dressed up, ready way before the bride and groom were. Then they were finally ready and we had to hurry up and wait again for the last minute people to get there. Then we waited for the late ones. And finally we stopped waiting. The waiting was over.
Another time I remember a man I was deeply in love with and wanted and expected to marry. But he kept making me wait and wait to marry. Engaged but no date and stall and I realized I was waiting for the wrong man and I had to stop waiting and accept his decision to not love me back. The waiting was over.
Whatever else I have done in life where I had to wait eventually ended in and stop to the waiting. Things finally happened to change the and tats from waiting to happening. And here we are today with the longest waiting game of my life, waiting for the true in-love-deeply-with-Jesus church to be caught up and gotten out of this place. And we wait. And I see it, many have tired of waiting and have fallen asleep. Many have decided it is not real or really going to happen. Many don’t even care anymore because they filled their lives with more important or pressing distractions like tech, entertainment, desires and lusta, etc. And some of us still are eager and expectant. And our job is to do our job to the beat of our ability as working for the Lord in the worship of obedience and love God and everyone He puts in our path. So, let’s be awake and eagerly serving our Lord. And someday the waitinf will be over. Praise God!!!❤❤❤
It being very very hot today, my mowing hour has changed to now. I usually wait until my coffee is finished but I believe I will melt n if I wait that long. Yesterday at church, I filled in on keyboards for worship and was blessed by it. I love leading worship. It makes me happy to worship with other family that loves my precious Savior! So I will merrily mow now remembering sweet collective worship and fellowship yesterday. Churches are not perfect by any stretch but I am sure thankful to have one and bye a part of love and worship of God with others. That is precious. And so will the bath be after mowing. Lol Here goes. Have a beautiful day! 🙂
I was taught piano by my mom (music conservatory trained) from a young age, before preschool, to play the piano. I am classically trained but also trained to play for church/worship. These are two differing philosophies. While both are fun and rewarding, one, classical, is played to show off your skills and the composer’s skills and one, worship, is to show off God. The key to being successful in leading hearts into worship lies in whether or not you have adequately prepared, and I do not mean having the chord sheets or notes ready or memorizing the song, though that is a tiny part of it. “You cannot teach what you do not know.” You will never lead another to worship if you are unfamiliar with the concept. You must worship as a lifestyle. Loving God, studying the Bible, praying, serving Him and others, loving people are all forms and extensions of worship to God. When you live in that and keep humble, God will play through your fingers when the time comes to smooth out any imperfections or distractions during live worship after you have practiced ahead of time and lived in this state of worship. As you are diligent to God, He rewards with blessings of being able to share that and draw them in. And do not underestimate the power of a sustain pedal and inflection- building up a song vs. quiet moments of contemplations. Be ok with pauses. Be comfortable in your skin. You play for God and not people. That is a key ingredient. I always sing, out loud or in my mind, while I play. When you mean it, you play from the heart fearlessly and just play for Jesus, like it is you and He in the room. I do this whether I play for Jesus alone or play before thousands of people gathered to worship Jesus. Same thing. Numbers never matter, but your heart does. I detest emotionless playing for worship. God deserves our passion, our putting of ourselves and intention into what we play for Him. We represent His worthiness to be worshipped when we play so it must reflect that. It is an honor and a privilege to lead worship from the piano and He blesses those who do it well, meaning from a heart of constant worship and dedication to God. Nothing is better, so do it right, do it well. Go with God!! ❤
Leaders, whether of churches or government, make decisions that affect us for good or bad. We need to make a point to pray for them daily because we want them to make decisions that are wise and good, fighting evil and promoting goodness and growth/healing of our land. Plus these leaders are extra responsible for their actions when they face God. Please pray for our leaders. May God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
The truth is hypocrites are everywhere. They are in vhurch and out of church. They are in bars and temples. The real issue is who is working on it? Going to church is putting in an effort to stop screwing up. Yes, sometimes just making it there is all the effort put out, but a lot of people in church are really trying to be better. And when you judge those inside the church for being a hypocrite, aren’t you yourself judging too? And that makes you a hypocrite also because no one is perfect. Not one person, except God. And church is one way to grow closer to God and improve our chances of getting better. So really, not going makes you resolved to remain a hypocrite whereas going to church is a decision to do something about it. So there it is.