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SO MANY ARE MISLEAD

This post is not like most of my posts, but I believe God wants me to share an important message because I believe so many are misled by whom they worship and what worship is.  So, I do hope you enjoy reading this post and understanding what and how and why I believe what I believe.

I am a Christian and believe in the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Here are a couple of websites that explain this concept – GotQuestions.org and DesiringGod.org. I also believe in the Virgin Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. That He lived 33 years on this earth and walked among the common people of His land. He was fully God and fully man. He was the image of the Father in Heaven. He performed miracles and wonders that the people had never seen and loved like no human ever loved. He was crucified on a cross at Golgotha and He died for the sins of mankind (that includes you and me), our sins were covered with His precious blood and we were forgiven because of His sacrifice. He rose again on the third day, conquering death forever. He – Jesus – was seen by over 500 people before he ascended into Heaven to be with His Father, our God, and now sits at the right hand of God – until that day when God says “Son, go get My children” and at that time there will be a Shout and a trumpet will sLordHorse-19ound by the Archangel and Jesus will descend. He will be riding a White Horse, wearing a white robe dipped in blood and these words will be written on His robe and on His thigh – KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS – Revelation 19:16. And the armies in Heaven will also be riding on White Horses and following Him who is Jesus. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that HE IS LORD! LORD OF ALL!

Now this is just a high overview of what I believe. This is the main and most important parts of what I believe. I don’t recall any part in that paragraph about Mary, except that she being chosen by God to bear and birth, as a virgin, our beloved Lord, Jesus Christ, and she raised him along with his earthly father, Joseph. Never once does it say anywhere in my Bible that Mary is to be worshiped. I know this will step on A LOT of toes – if you are Catholic. However, the recognized Christian Bible NEVER ONCE says anything about worshiping Mary or holding her in high esteem except that she was Jesus’ virgin mother when He was conceived and she stayed a virgin until His birth. TCHNJesusNot that Mary wasn’t very special and most precious… but she is not to be adorned with our praises. Those praises are to only … ONLY … go to the One who died for our sins on the Cross.  Please don’t be misled by any doctrine but what the Word of God says.

I just can’t understand why people – a religion – Christians – promote worshiping Mary when the Bible says NOTHING about it! I have just been educated today that the Catholic Bible does say something about Mary and that she should be worshiped and prayed to. I believe that is causing many to be misled… and so many are misled by this belief.  However, I believe the Bible that is recognized by the Christian religion as to be the Bible that was written by Spirit led men and God spoke to them and instructed them what to write. God filled them with His Spirit and they wrote the Bible. Here are a couple of excerpts from a website I found: AnswersinGenesis.com

The Bible is unlike any other religious book. Despite forty authors writing from three continents over nearly two thousand years, it maintains a perfect consistency of message. Its words point unerringly to Christ, whose work on the cross was ordained by God—the true author of the Bible—before the world began.”

“The Bible was written over a period of roughly 2,000 years by 40 different authors from three continents, who wrote in three different languages. These facts alone make the Bible one of a kind, but there are many more amazing details that defy natural explanation.”

There are many other things said on this website that are compelling. I suggest you read it. It is jam packed with wonderful facts about the Bible. OK, you say… “But man left out the texts that referred to Mary…. And how she should be worshiped.” Well, I say that the texts that were left out of the Bible today were not divinely inspired and did not have the consistent message of Christ and Christ alone.130822-TH-Gods-Word-Our-Foundation All of the books of the Bible, as it says above, written by 40 different authors and was written over a 2,000 year period “…maintains a perfect consistency of message.” The divinely led men that assembled the Bible that we have today saw a message that was consistent in the books that we see today in our Bible. That is why they chose to assemble those particular books to create our Bible. It has a consistent message. Jesus Christ is our Savior and … well, refer back to my first paragraph of this post. It states it all, and why I believe in the Bible is the Divinely Inspired Word Of God. It is God’s message to His people. The people He created.

So, I will wrap this post up by saying … I hope the ones that “didn’t” know now know why the Bible is the Bible and why Mary should not be worshiped. Oh, another website I would like to direct you to as well… The article is entitled “Should we worship Mary?” and the website is Bible.org. This is another excellent article that explains that if you use Mary as your mediator … well, here is the 1st 2 paragraphs of that article with a scripture reference.

While all Roman Catholics do not necessarily worship Mary, the fact that many pray to Mary (which is an act of worship and no where justified in Scripture) and give her titles which resemble those given to Jesus Christ including the idea of mediatorship, this question and others related to Mary have been included under this heading.

Worship is something that is to be restricted to God alone. As the angel stressed when John fell at his feet in appreciation for the revelation he had seen and received, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book; worship God” (See Rev. 19:10; 22:9). Mary is not God and her exaltation in the Catholic church has no foundation in Scripture. While we may and should appreciate the ministry of men and women, they are only instruments used of God for His glory. Christ alone is our mediator. Paul clearly points this out in 1 Timothy 2:3-6.”

3 “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time.”

So with all that said, I will say that I hope you now understand my view point and understand why the Bible is the Bible and why I dislike the idea of Mary being prayed to or worshiped in any way. As it says above, God alone is to be worshiped. There is a lot more I could write about but I, myself, need to read some more about it.

I want to add that I believe Mary is very wonderful in that she was chosen of God as the “favored one” which translates literally, “endowed or filled with grace”.mary_gabriel

Luke 1:28

28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!

But that does not mean we are to worship her or even pray to her – because as it states above… praying to her is a form or worship. Anyway, my views are strictly based on what the Bible, the Holy Word of GodJesusAkiane says… Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of my faith, and yours too, if you believe in Jesus and have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior. If you know this Jesus, I will see you one day in Heaven with Him. If you do not know Jesus and have a relationship with Him as your Savior, here is another link to explain what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. It will explain it in very easy to understand terms and help you know why we believe what we believe as Christians.

God loves you so much! After all, He calls you His beloved.

The Video – King of Kings

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PRAYER – THE TABERNACLE, PART 1

I have chosen to include this post and the ones hereafter, about the Tabernacle, to be in the Prayer series because the instructions that Moses received to build the Tabernacle were during his time with God Himself and to me this is conversation or communication with God… which I call prayer. There really isn’t necessarily any reference to prayer except that it is the time Moses spent with God.

This, as all other posts, will include the scriptures and other information that I have run across in my studying about the Tabernacle. Just from what I have found in my studies, the posts about the Tabernacle will more than likely be about 3-4 posts and maybe more. So without further delay, let me begin with the first scripture.

Exodus 25:1-9

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; ram skins dyed red, badger skins*, and acacia wood; oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate. And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.

*Let me add a side note here, before I get started. In the above scripture, in verse 5, it mentions, as one of the elements – “badger skins”. I found another translation used the term “porpoise skins”. I don’t like discrepancies so I went on a search for an explanation. I found one and I liked what the author had to say as to why there may be such a discrepancy. The explanation is quite good and I believe you might like to read the entire article. However, I will not include it in this post but here is the link to it. I suggest you take the time to read it so you will understand fully the meaning of the scripture and understand when you read in one translation one thing and another translation another thing. It may help you understand and I am all about trying to figure out what was actually meant when I read the Bible. I love going on the word or phrase searches and sometimes find myself on those rabbit trails and fox holes I have mentioned before. This time it proved to be a fruitful rabbit trail.   Here is the link to the article The Badger of the Bible. This is from the website ZooCreation.com.
Freewill Offering for the Tabernacle Exodus 35:22-29

OK, so God told Moses what to have the people (the Israelites) to donate various items to build the Tabernacle and all the furnishings included therein. As some of you may know, each element of the Tabernacle, in some way, points to Christ. This first post will be an abbreviated one but will include a table that explains the colors that were to be used and their symbolic meaning.

I will be using quotes from time to time from the website that I am using for most of my information. The website is “Jesus plus nothing” and it has a wealth of information on it. This particular bunch of information is from the series that Mr. I Gordon wrote. It is entitled “Jesus in the Tabernacle Bible Study”. If you follow that link it will take you to the first in a series of four articles about the subject.

As I mentioned, I will use some quotes from Mr. Gordon and here is the first one. It is in regards to the following table with the colors and their meanings or symbolism.

Everything, whether it was the curtains, the gate, the altar, the lampstand or the Ark of the Covenant itself were constructed from the materials mentioned above. Therefore, it is worth examining the meaning of these for we shall see them again and again throughout these studies.”

Item Symbolic Meaning References
Gold Deity 1 Cor 3:12, Rev 21:18-21
Silver Redemption Ex 36:24, 30:15
Brass/Bronze Judgement Ex 27:2, Num 21:9, Rev 1:15
Blue Heavens/Heavenly nature Ex 25:4, 26:31, 28:31
Purple Kingly/Royalty John 19:2, Rev 17:4
Scarlet Blood Sacrifice Lev 14:4, Josh 2:18, Isa 1:18
Fine Linen Righteousness Lev 6:10, Rev 19:8
Goats/Rams Hair Atonement Gen 15:9, Ex 12:5
Acacia Wood Jesus’ Humanity Ex 26:15, Isa 53:2
Oil Holy Spirit Lev 14:16, Psa 47:7

Exodus - Tabernacle_ExteriorNow that you have a few things to think about and read until my next post, I will close with this information. There is a lot more to come and I am so excited to FINALLY be on the road to bringing this to you. (If you click on the above picture of the Tabernacle it will enlarge to a separate tab an you can see the various coverings)  The Tabernacle in Exodus is an exciting thing to study. I have always had some interest in it but never stopped long enough to really study it. One of my brothers actually built a scale model of the Tabernacle many years ago. It was pretty incredible. Anyway, we will discover many wonderful things in the days to come and I am sure you will enjoy learning along with me. Thank you for your patience in waiting for me to continue with the Exodus journey. It has been a wonderful journey and it is not near over.

The next post we will delve a little deeper into the Tabernacle and the elements or furnishings of the Tabernacle. Thanks for joining me on this journey.

The Video – Lord We’ve Come To Worship ((with lyrics) – Don Moen

The Song – We’ve Come To Worship

 

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WORSHIPING

This past Sunday was my first day back to sing with the Praise Team at church. I had to work on Sunday for a while and was unable to attend church. I want you to know that it was an awesome event! God was present in that room! We sang some of my favorite songs and the congregation worship was so awesome! Garth is the Worship Pastor and he led us into the presence of God Almighty and Pastor Brad brought an awesome message! Worship is so very important for believers! It brings us right into the presence of God.

Worshiping the LoDavid Kills a Lion I Samuel 17:34-36rd!  There are so many ways to do this and it is not for sissies.  One of my favorite ways is to do it in song.  David also liked to worship God in song considering all the Psalms that he wrote.  Some were poems or just thoughts and some were songs, but all were written with worship in his mind and heart.  Now David, before he was King, was a shepherd.  He tended his father’s sheep.  He wasn’t a lowly little man though.  He must have been pretty strong and sturdy to fight lions and tigers – those creatures that would get after his sheep.  Then to have gone against Goliath the giant and defeat him, however that was just with a smooth stone and his sling shot.  Wow… Nonetheless, David loved worship and loved to worship his God!  Here is one of his wonderful Psalms.

Psalm 138

I will praise You with my whole heart;
Image3 Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,
 When they hear the words of Your mouth.
Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.
Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.engage-in-worship3

David knew how to worship and praise his God.  It was his way of connecting with God.

Have you ever been in a church service or seen one on the internet or TV and just watched the Praise Team or Choir members?  Some of them look like they would so rather be somewhere else.  I don’t understand… if you are “leading worship” – which is what the choir and praise teams are supposed to be about – you need to look like you are enjoying what you are doing… and not only “look” like it, but you ought to feel it in your bones!  NOT just go through the motion!  If you don’t “feel” it you shouldn’t be leading worship.  Worship before the sermon or message is so very important!  When we worship we are in the awesome presence of the Almighty God Himself and we are telling Him how much we love Him!  We should be happy about this, right?  But there is also a time to be reverent, not boisterous and shouting. Heart-of-worship

My father tells a story of when he was leading worship once in a church and the last song was a very quiet, gentle song that ushered the congregation right into the presence of God Almighty and the atmosphere was filled with a sweet peace.  Then the preacher came up and told a loud boisterous joke that really dampened the spirit that was present!  One should be aware of the presence of One so Wonderful and act accordingly for sure. 

You can worship anywhere too!  Of course at church but it is not confined to the church building.  I worship in my car, my bathroom, my kitchen, at my desk at work …. Anywhere!  Because God is everywhere!  I am so thankful God has given us this way to worship Him.  It fills me up and gets me through the day!  I do love worship. worship-him1

I challenge you today to worship! Take time to worship God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They are 3 in 1 and deserve our praise and worship!

The Song – God Is Here – Darlene Zschech (Revealing Jesus CD)

The Video – We Will Remember – Tommy Walker

 

 

PRAYER – ABRAM PART 4b

My post yesterday was anticipating what happened to Abram and his family after they left Egypt. While in Egypt Abram lied to Pharaoh about his wife Sarai and said that she was his sister – which she was his half-sister – they had different mothers. But it was a blatant lie to help keep him out of hot water. Even though it was a half lie, God considers a lie a lie – still is a sin. By the grace of God, he was allowed to leave Egypt along with all he had without much more than a scolding from Pharaoh. Let’s see what happened when Abram took his family from Egypt back to the “promised land” that God had told him to go to.

Abram leaves Egypt with all of his family, flocks and servants. I understand that one of the servants was a young woman that had been given to Sarai in Egypt for a maidservant. This maidservant was Hagar. We will see later what happens with Hagar, Sarai and Abram. So, they leave Egypt after “surviving the escapade” and head back to the promised land Canaan. They finally settle back in Bethel, which is where they had settled at one time and abram-and-sarai-leaving-egyptAbram built an alter to God for worship and thanksgiving.

Genesis 13:1-4

So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.

From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord.

This was a revival time for Abram. He was finally back with God and praising His name for bringing them through the time in Egypt. He experienced his own kind of “survival to revival” time (the theme of the Women of Faith Conference I just attended was “From Survival to Revival”).AbramsCall

How many times do we, as Christians, make our own decisions without talking to God about them and find ourselves in the midst of a mess. Knowing this we humble ourselves and ask forgiveness and God, being a merciful and forgiving God, forgives and restores us to Himself. My thinking on this is that we have experienced a “survival to revival” time with God. I, myself, have done this and experienced this many times. God is so good to restore us if we humble ourselves and pray and ask Him for forgiveness. Abram experienced this. The scriptures do not really say that Abram humbled himself and asked for forgiveness, but he did worship at the altar he built before he went to Egypt. I believe Abram realized what he had done, humbled himself, prayed and God restored. That is what God does. He is such an awesome and loving God.

The next time there is recorded “prayer” (conversation with God) between Abram and God is after Lot and Abram part. Lot goes one direction wiAbram and Lot Separate Genesis 13:8-10th his flocks, herds and family and Abram and his stay in the land of Canaan. Then God calls to Abram.

Genesis 13:14-18

14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring[a] forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”

18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at HebPicture1ron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.

God reminds Abram of His promise to him. He assures him that the land is his and Abram should walk the length and breadth of it and claim it. Abram then builds another altar to God to worship and thank Him for His provision.

God has given us so much, just as He did to Abram. We are told by God to look upon His gifts to us and walk the length and breadth of our promise as well. Not literally walk around the land, as Abram did, but figuratively, gaze upon Jesus Christ, our gift. JESUSTake in the fullness of Him into our lives and enjoy our walk with Him daily. Take in the peace, contentment, happiness and fullness of joy with our Lord and Savior. God has given us a life of fullness, we just have to claim it and walk with Him to enjoy the promises of God.  Have you talked to God today?  Have you asked Him about your next move, your next step?  He is waiting to hear from His beloved.

The next post on Abram and God’s prayer time is about Lot being rescued out of Sodom and Gomorrah. This is a wonderful prayer time between God and Abram and one of my favorites. Abram is so real with God. See you tomorrow!

The Song – God’s Great Love – Singing Men of North Central Texas

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WOMEN OF FAITH

Tonight was the first night of the Women of Faith Conference in Dallas, Texas.  I am fortunate enough to join about 17 ladies, most from my church and most of them from my Sunday School Class.  It has been a most wonderful night and one that has helped me grow more, again.

Since it is the hour that it is, I will not be posting the next post on Prayer – Abram.  I will catch up with that either tomorrow night or Sunday night.  This Women of Faith Conference will last through mid afternoon tomorrow and it promises to be one of growth, love, sharing and worship all in one!  I am honored to be able to attend with these ladies.  They have welcomed me into the church and class with open arms and I am forever grateful.  They are becoming wonderful friends and I want to thank you ladies for having me along this year and many years to come!

This is one of the songs we heard Nichole Nordeman sing tonight.  Awesome lady and artist.

The Song – I Want To Leave  A Legacy – Nichole Nordeman

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BREAK TIME AGAIN

Yesterday I ended the series “The Ark and Noah” and here is the link if you would like to read that post. It was a most enlightening series for me where I learned a wealth of information and you will too when you read it.  It was a joy to share with all of you.

Due to my work schedule being early tomorrow and it being the hour that it is tonight … I don’t think I can really do justice to a post regarding the continued Prayer time that Noah and God had. So, I am going to take a break from doing a full post.

Tomorrow I hope to pick up ark_rainbowwhere the Prayer series left off and talk about the prayer that was bound to have happened with God and Noah while they were on the Ark.  I know that Noah must have had break time  to talk to God  and oh the conversations (prayer) they must have had on the Ark.  Tomorrow I will talk about the Raven, a most famous Dove, the sacrifice, celebration and worship Noah and his family partook in when they left the Ark. It was a glorious day indeed!

Thank you all for reading my Ark and Noah series. I so enjoyed the research and learning so many new things myself. It is exciting to me that they found the Ark! I can’t wait to read more on that website. If you would like that link again, here it is. You really need to check it out! So exciting! Noah’s Ark Site. Enjoy! See y’all tomorrow!

Genesis 8:6-22

So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole eOlive Branch2arth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. 10 And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. 11 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. 12 So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.

13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.

15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.

God’s Covenant With Creationbible-noah-ark-2_650x366

20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the Lord smelled the pleasing odor, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

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CLEAN HANDS, PURE HEART AND MIND

I remember a time when I sang in a choir at church and didn’t really … really … have a relationship with my God. Oh I was saved when I was younger… but relationship… a relationship with my God. There came a time when I asked myself if I had clean hands, pure heart and mind to have a deeper relationship with God? Let’s look at what a relationship is. There were 3 different ideas when I Googled the definition for Relationship. This is one of them. I like this one considering how we are “related” to Jesus but it is not exactly the one I was looking for but read on.RELATIONSHIP

Relationship: the state of being connected by blood or marriage.
“they can trace their relationship to a common ancestor”
Synonyms: family ties, family connections, blood ties, blood relationship, kinship, common ancestry, common lineage

(I may have to do a series on this one also… to explore how we are connected to Jesus)

The Merriam Webster definition is this:

Relationship: the way in which two or more people, groups, countries, etc., talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other

I like the part that says “talk to”, “behave toward” and “deal with each other”. You cannot have a relationship unless these elements are present. It’s not a relationship otherwise. It is just knowing each other.

OK, back to singing in the choir. I sang all the good old hymns and all the wonderful praise and worship songs. I loved them. I love music. I have been raised with music all my life. Regular music and church music. Music – I think it flows through my veins. However, when I began to understand that the “Choir Director” was so much more than just “directing the choir”… he was tasked with leading the congregation into the very presence of Almighty God! To Worship… to lead worship. The Praise and Worship Leader title for that individual came about with the advent of “Contemporary Worship” I believe. It describes whaworship heartt that person really is to do. To lead the people in worship of God. To show how and why we are to worship God Almighty. The choir at the same time is to do the same. The choir should be considered worship leaders as well and are considered this by the Worship Leaders. At least I have been told by more than one that this is what he expected of us as a choir.

So when I realized this and me being in the choir I began to take it a lot more serious. I began to analyze my life and ask myself… “Am I living the life of a worship leader?” “Am I being the example that God wants me to be?” “What are the “standards” for being a worship leader?” “If my Worship Leader was living like I was, would I approve?” Well… I will tell you that those are just a few of the questions I asked myself. Needless to say, CLEAN HANDS 1I dropped out of choir for a while. Why? Because I was not living the life I should have been as a Christian worship leader and I felt very convicted! I was not really worthy of “leading worship” of any kind. I worshiped my lifestyle … I was not worshiping God. Oh, I sang the songs and felt the emotions… but … I don’t know… it is just not the same now. It is so much deeper and more meaningful. It has been such a journey for me the last 4-5 years. It has really blown me away how God has revealed Himself to me. However, it wasn’t until I began to seek Him. I turned away from what I was  doing and sought His will.  Oh, He was always there. Waiting. Loving. Knowing. Waiting. Waiting for me to wake up!  When I did it really made so much of a difference!  He was waiting and I am glad He was!

All I know is this… if you are involved in any kind of worship “leadership” you need to make sure you are clean from the inside out. Clean hands, pure heart and mind. God knows the difference. blessed-are-the-pure-in-heart-1-728He loves you anyway, but He does require pure worship of Him. He wants clean hands, pure heart and mind and a pure motive! Are you worshiping to please yourself, others or Him?

There is a story in the Bible that makes me shake my head every time I hear it. At first I thought… wow… that’s a little harsh… but “God is God and I am not” I love that phrase … I heard my pastor say it more than once and I really like it. Let me explain the story a little.

Moses had a brother named Aaron. Aaron was the High Priest and he had 4 sons and they were called to be priests as well:

Numbers 3:2

And these are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab, the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

Now Arron’s first born Nadab and the next born Abihu offered unauthorized fire … well, I think if you read what the Bible says it will make more sense… read what happened…

Leviticus 10:1-3

10 Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. And Mstrange1oses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying:
‘By those who come near Me

I must be regarded as holy;
And before all the people
I must be glorified.’”  So Aaron held his peace.

Aaron understood Moseheart-and-mind1s plain and clear. His sons were disobedient and they paid the price. I began my relationship with God and realized I had many things I needed to … had to clean up! When I did, I can’t tell you how much sweeter my relationship became. It deepened my faith, it opened up my heart and mind to things I never imagined. God is God and I am not and I am glad of it!

This isn’t just for Worship Leaders.  It is meant for anyone that wants a relationship with God or a deeper relationship with God.  If you don’t have a relationship with God today, please call out to Him. If there are things you need to “clean up” in your life, then do it! God is always there waiting. hqdefaultYou miss so much of God if you don’t. God wants clean hands, pure heart and mind. He will help you if you just ask. He loves you so much. He calls you His beloved!

Here are two videos of the same song. One is by Mercy Me with Lyrics. The other is a group singing. I like both… so I am sharing both! Enjoy!

Video – Give Us Clean Hands – Mercy Me

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WERTHER’S and THE WORD

I posted this back on April 23, 2014.  I got a few comments about it – although there is only one showing online.  That’s ok because they told me over the phone that they really liked it.  I thought I would re-post it because it has great information and I think those of you that have read it before will enjoy it again.
Those of you that have not read it, well… here’s your chance.
I do hope you don’t mind me re-posting it and I do hope you enjoy it!
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I was coming back from my 1st break of the day and as I walked up to my desk I saw that someone had laid a couple of pieces of candy on my desk.  This is not an uncommon thing around where I work.  We are always looking out for one another in one way or the other –  Candy, coffee, tea, sodas, food of any kind, etc.  It is always a nice surprise though to find candy.  This particular candy was a Werther’s Original but it was the Coffee flavor.   I am not much of a coffee drinker and thought “I’m really not going to enjoy this… but I will try it.”   As I get older I find that I am more willing to try new food items…lol.  Anyway, I unwrapped the first piece, popped it into my mouth and instantly my mouth was happy!  It was so good!  Yes, it had a flavor of coffee but blended with that wonderful Werther’s caramel flavor!  It was really, really good!  The longer I held it in my mouth the better it got!  I was “HOOKED”!  I asked “Who put this on my desk?”  One of my girlfriends just smiled.  I figured as much.  I thanked her and continued on enjoying my Werther’s Original Coffee caramel. WERTHER'S ORIGINAL COFFEE Over the next month or so I was eating more than I should have in one day!  But I couldn’t help myself!  They were so good!  It seem I had an insatiable appetite for these little candies.  Well, after a few months, my mouth finally allowed me to rest from them but for a while there it seemed as though I was eating my weight in them in a week’s time.  My taste for them had waned a bit.  I guess my mouth just finally had enough.  I think I had only one today and none yesterday… so I am definitely getting better.

Now there is something else that I have had an insatiable appetite for.  It began about 1 ½ years ago.  I began to read the God’s Word and it began to come alive in my heart and soul!  Yes, I have read the Bible all my life, but it was when I started “listening” to the Bible on my YouVersion Bible App it changed everything!  BIBLE AND PHONEI began listening on my way to work and found that was the first thing I listened to on my way home from work.  Every day!  I could not get enough of God’s Word!  I started at the beginning – Genesis and listened through to Revelation!  Oh My Goodness!  I was hooked!  I couldn’t get enough!  Every day I was listening to the all the stories about Adams and Eve and all that they went through.  Then all the wonderful Patriarchs of the Bible – Moses, Noah, Abraham, David, etc.  So many stories I have heard all my life and all came to life wherever I was!  It was a total LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE!  I learned who God really was and is!  I learned so much about how much He loved man, even all the “Stiff Necked Israelites”.    I don’t ever see me getting enough of God’s Word!  This is not like that candy where you taste it a little and then it’s gone!  God’s Word is living!  In Hebrews 4:12 it states 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  That is pretty strong!  God’s Word can change lives and has and does!  The more I know the more I want to know!

I have heard it asked and I myself have asked a dear friend who was my Worship Pastor at the time… “How is it that you read a scripture in the Bible one day and you get something out of it and then next time you read that same scripture you get something else out of it?”  His response was short and sweet and timeless!  He simply said “Leah, because God’s mercies are new every morning.”  I have found this to be so true!  Here is the scripture that it refers to – scripture new every morningLamentations 3:22-2322 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning;  great is your faithfulness.”  I suppose I will never… NEVER… get tired of reading or listening to God’s Word.  I learn something different every time I read or hear it.  It fills me with such joy and peace and contentedness.  As I said before, the more I know, the more I want to know.

I guess there is one other thing that I love as much… well, almost… as God’s Word and that is Praise and Worship Music.  I think this is because Praise and Worship music is just what it says… it praises and worships the God of all creation!  Jesus the Messiah and Lord of All!  And so many other things!  Much of it is scripture put to song.  I Love That!  I am so very fortunate to be in a church that preaches The Word of God and sings praises to and worships God Almighty!  That is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit!  Three In One!

I would suggest that you set aside some time during the day – morning, noon or night – to read God’s Word.  That is of course if you don’t do this already!  BUT I WANT TO WARN YOU!!  It is addictive!!  Say … start with the Gospel of John.  Read one chapter a day and in 3 weeks (21 days) you will have read the entire book of John.  You will love it!  I promise!

Thanks for reading my blog too!  I do pray that you find God’s peace and joy in the day – every day!

This Song  – This Is My Word – The Singing Men Of North Central Texas

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WORSHIP PASTORS

Yesterday I posted about Pastors that have been influential in my life. There are other pastors that have been influential and such a blessing to me also.  These wonderful ones are the Worship Pastors.  They each, like the other pastors, have left their mark on my heart and soul in a very powerful way.  I guess music has always been a powerful thing in my life.  I tell people I have sung since before I was born, because mom always sang in a choir when she was pregnant with me.

There are at least 100 verses in the Bible about Worship.  Click this link to see the websiteHebrews 13:15 is just one of them –15 “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”   Another one is…

Psalm 95:1-6 – Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

To begin… the firstDEAR WORSHIP PASTOR Worship Pastor I can really remember in my life has to be my father again…. Yes, he was a pastor and a “Music Director”. They used to call them Music Directors back in the day.  He was always the “Music Director” or interim Pastor in every church I was in growing up.  This too was such a blessing.  He taught me the appreciation of music.  My entire family is musical in some way and I am so thankful that music was an important thing to teach us!  I can remember dad leading the good old hymns like The Old Rugged Cross or In The Garden or It Is Well and so many others.  PJ AND JOHNNYThat is all we knew back then.  It wasn’t until I started going to other churches as an adult that the Contemporary Worship came into its own.  This picture is of my father and brother.  Two very influential men – Worship Leaders – in my life, for sure!  I love the old hymns though.  Click this is a link to go to a website that is all old hymns.  It was quite a find!  Mom and dad and I sat around the kitchen table singing old hymns the night I found it. We sat there for a little while and it was a cherished memory making time for sure.  The old hymns are my foundation of my love for music. It is in my blood … in my dna for sure.

My father also writes music and plays an instrument called an Omni Chord. It is his accompaniment when he goes to the assisted living home on Sunday afternoon. He holds a small church service for the folks there and he plaLET MY LIFE BECOME WORSHIPys, sings and preaches. I just love that about him. He loves sharing his music and his God.

The first Contemporary Worship Pastor I recall is a man that was one of the most powerful Worship Pastors I have ever known.  He was the most transparent, kind, gentle man that I knew at the time.  His voice was amazing and when you were around him you could just see Jesus in his eyes.  He loved the Lord and shared whenever he could.  This man was John Griffin at Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas.  monkimage.phpHis Wednesday night choir practice was a worship experience more than practicing.  He has been known to stop practice and pray – right in the middle of choir practice!  An Amazing man!  Anyone that knew John Griffin loved him.  He and his sweet wife were precious people and they were well schooled in voice and music.  We were so blessed to have them at Calvary Baptist.  After I left and moved up to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, he left Calvary Baptist stumblr_m7za1hCtaC1qlo0ozo1_1280ome years later.  He has, in the last few years, gone back to Calvary Baptist and I am certain they were thrilled to have him back.  To be in the choir with John as our Worship Pastor was such a blessing.   He always pointed us to Jesus Christ.  John made sure that Jesus was the One we worshiped!

Next would have to be the Worship Pastor that I knew for just a short time at First Baptist Euless.  Kim Noblitt was there with Pastor Thomas.  I was in th4656591_300x300e choir briefly with Kim.  Kim Noblitt and his wife sang with the group Truth and that is where they had met.  He was another wonderfully kind, gentle man that had an awesome voice and knew how to worship God and lead his people in worship!  When he and his wife sang a duet it was always a joy!  I have included some of his music from time to time in some of my posts.

After that period of time there was a dry spot in my life.  I was away from the church for about 10 years when I was married.  I was never so happy to be back to somewhere in all my life!  Back with my family and church!   That is when I found out about the next Worship Pastor in my life.  tumblr_n5gonjPOyw1tpcfcjo1_500My brother, Johnny Ray Adams, Jr. is a Worship Pastor at his church Poetry Baptist Church in Poetry, Texas.  This is a little farm community South East or Rockwall, Texas which is East of Dallas.  Yep, he is in a beautiful country church and leads those folks right into the presence of The Lord on Sundays.  He also sings with The Singing Men of North Central Texas.  Those guys know how to sing don’t they?  WOW, have I been blessed by that group!  (I share the Singing Men of North Central Texas music sometimes at the bottom of my posts)  My brother is one of the kindest, gentlest men that I know.  He loves the Lord with his whole being as well.  He had a good teacher, my dad.  He, too, has been so influential in my journey with my Lord through his music and his knowledge of the scriptures.

The last Worship Pastor, but again, by far not the least… is my current Worship Pastor – Garth Adams (no relation).  He loves the Lord and has opened the door for me to be honored to be on our Praise Team.  This has been so much of a blessing to me.  WorshipWorship Pastor Garth Adams  is a very driven and task oriented man with the kindest spirit and heart.  He realizes how he is sometimes driven to “get the job done” and has to stop himself to remember to listen to The Spirit.  He has apologized to us as a Praise Team that he realizes this about himself and shared that he wants to get to know all of us better on an individual basis.  He wants to be more of a Pastor to us as the Worship Team.  I admire his honesty and forthrightness.  A man that recognizes his weakness and is asking us to help him.  Wow…. I like that!  I have really just begun to get to know him and his sweet wife but I am looking forward to many years (if God sees it this way) ahead to learn more about him and his wife and the church!

Thank you for reading my blog posts. I do love to tell you all about how God has been such a huge part of my life – even when I wasn’t aware of Him in my life.  I just believed I needed to include the Worship Pastors in all of the appreciation and ask you to remember to pray for those in your life as well.  They are the ones that are tasked with bringing the people into the presence of The Almighty God!  Preparing the way before the message in church.  Preparing the hearts of people to receive any message that God has to give them.  They have an awesome responsibility as well, along with the Sr. Pastors in your church!  Please remember them in your prayers as well as your Sr. Pastors.  our_worship1

The Song – Your Presence Is Heaven – Praise and Worship Leader Darlene Zschech

The Video – Your Presence Is Heaven To Me – Israel Houghton

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ROBOTS OR REAL LOVE

Do you like to be made to do something? I don’t think any of us really like that. We all like to make our own mind up and have the freedom to choose what we want to do and when we want to do it. Also, do you want to “make” someone like you, much less make them love and respect you? Of course not. Those are the kinds of things we want people to do on their own. Because if they choose to like you, love you and respect you it means much more. It’s a deeper kind of like, love and respect.asimo-robot_48

God being the infinite Creator that He is knew this about our nature. After all … He created us! When He created us He did not want robots. He wanted human beings that loved Him because of Who He is! He gave us free will (this link has scriptures about “free will”). He could have created us as beings that served Him blindly. Ones that had no free will whatsoever, but again, in His infinite wisdom He created humans that had a mind and could choose whom they will worship. Whom they will serve.   Because chosen like, love and respect is so much deeper.

Now let’s look at the Angel. Angels are not to be worshiped. God created them as He created all else. See this website for a good description and good information on angels. In the times that Paul encountered angel, he fell on his face. When John was being shown various things by an angel – Revelation 22 – and an angel took him to another place to see…. John fell down to worship the angel. The angel clearly said … “See that you do not do that. For[d] I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” So angels are NOT to be worshiped. (illust)_The_Annunciation_-_UNKNOWN_3Mary, the mother of Jesus, encountered Gabriel sent from God. She was troubled by what he told her but she did not attempt to worship him (Luke 1:29-30).

Here is an excerpt from the above mentioned website about angels:

“The word “angel” actually comes from the Greek word aggelos, which means “messenger.” The matching Hebrew word mal’ak has the same meaning.”

So angels are never meant to be worshiped. We should worship God alone.. (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) just like the 10 Commandments say in Exodus 20:3-5 say:

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Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”

Now there is one angel that wanted to be worshiped and was the most beautiful angel in Heaven. He was cast out of Heaven by God because he wanted to be like God. Clearly, no created being can be “like God”. He is the creator of all! Now Satan was created by God and yet he wanted to be like God and therefore wanted to be worshiped. God cast him out of heaven along with all of his demons. It says in the following scripture …

“Satan is also called the “prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2. He is the “ruler of this world” in John 12:31.” (From this website)

Another excerpt from that website about angels:

“The Bible classifies some angels as “elect” (1 Timothy 5:21) or “holy” (Matthew 25:31; Mark 8:38). All angels were originally holy, enjoying the presence of God (Matthew 18:10) and the environment of heaven (Mark 13:32).

Other angels oppose God under the leadership of Satan (Matthew 25:41; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Ephesians 6:12). We often call these “demons.”

There is actually a great unseen conflict raging that goes beytumblr_mbsmxgQQdi1qku6o5o1_500ond anything we can imagine. It is not, however, a fight between two equal and eternal forces. God who created all beings is still in charge, and once He has used wicked angels to accomplish His purposes, He will bring them to a final defeat.”

So… we should not worship a created being… angels. Worship only God.

Ok, back to the original thought. Angels worship God and apparently do have a will also. They – most – chose to worship God. The others were cast out. God created them and He created us. We have a free will to do as we please. However, the consequences are deadly! If we choose to do our own thing and not the will of the Father, we may not have a chance in the future to decide to follow God. This life is so uncertain. Things can change in the blink of an eye. You never really know if you are going to have your next breath. So… as it says in Joshua 24:15

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”princeofpeace13_thumb1

After you meet Jesus, you will want no other god… Jesus touches your heart and when you invite Jesus into your heart, He touches you like no other! You will never be the same. See this wonderful Gaither Video…

He Touched Me – The Gaither Vocal Band.

 

Sorry i do not have a regular song, but this one is very good and special!

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