Friday, January 22, 2010

Emotion-Centered Worship

Please listen to the following excerpt from the "Truth Project." In this short video clip, Ravi Zacharias urges for Christian worship to appeal to the intellect, rather than to emotion.

Describe some of your experiences with what Zacharias calls"manufactured feelings/emotions."

Zacharias says, "...feelings should follow belief and not create belief." Are you willing to search yourself and discover any beliefs that you have created from your feelings? If you are brave, please share by commenting.

Early I Rise... and worship

Lord, you are the one who gives life.
You are the one who gives gifts.
Why do I scorn that which you provide?
These are but a reflection of a heart who misunderstands you.
You are good.
You give us what we need.
You provide for us all that is sufficient to serve and glorify you.
Holy Spirit come...
Give me renewed eyes and a heart that is glad and praises the Lord.
Lord, wherever I am,
I will serve you.
My God, for what purpose you have anointed me for in this moment.
I will serve you...
with all my strength - in your strength.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Nativity of the Lord: By Monk Michael (Greek Orthodox)

An artistic expression of our Lord becoming flesh and dwelling among us. (Read Galatians 4:4ff.)

An icon rich in meaning...

Christmas: George Herbert (1593-1633)


ALL after pleasures as I rid one day,
My horse and I, both tir’d, bodie and minde,
With full crie of affections, quite astray ;
I took up in the next inne I could finde.

There when I came, whom found I but my deare,
My dearest Lord, expecting till the grief
Of pleasures brought me to him, readie there
To be all passengers most sweet relief?

O Thou, whose glorious, yet contracted light,
Wrapt in night's mantle, stole into a manger ;
Since my dark soul and brutish is thy right,
To Man of all beasts be not thou a stranger :

Furnish and deck my soul, that thou mayst have
A better lodging, than a rack, or grave.

THE shepherds sing ; and shall I silent be?
My God, no hymne for thee?
My soul ’s a shepherd too : a flock it feeds
Of thoughts, and words, and deeds.
The pasture is thy word ; the streams, thy grace
Enriching all the place.
Shepherd and flock shall sing, and all my powers
Out-sing the day-light houres.
Then we will chide the sunne for letting night
Take up his place and right :

We sing one common Lord ; wherefore he should
Himself the candle hold.

I will go searching, till I finde a sunne
Shall stay, till we have done ;
A willing shiner, that shall shine as gladly,
As frost-nipt sunnes look sadly.
Then we will sing, and shine all our own day,
And one another pay :
His beams shall cheer my breast, and both so twine,
Till ev’n his beams sing, and my musick shine.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Profound Worship: Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

Listening to Tallis
I am no longer confined by four walls.
The room somehow grows eternally large.
It is big.
It is mysterious.
Words cannot describe.
I am lost, yet I feel close to home.
And when there is pause,
I feel the silence.
It is a heavy silence.
It is a silence that makes me realize that I was somewhere else.
But, now I am here.
And, I long....
I want to go back to that place.
That place, profound.
That place, divine.