participation in worship

Boost your budget by missing worship?

If you miss worship on the first day of week, does that mean your pocket has a little extra in it to spend the rest of the week?

If you answer yes, you have the wrong answer.

Giving as we have been prospered means exactly that – giving as we have been prospered; not giving as long as we show up to worship!

If we miss worship one week, but we prospered that week, then a portion of our prosperity from that week still belongs to God. And to deny that portion of worship is to deny the God who calls us to worship Him (1 Corinthians 16:2). EA

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-11)

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Making Melody In Our Hearts To The Lord

Sing, sang, sung or singing – when it comes to worshipping God through it, it’s a verb no matter how you say it.

When it comes to worshipping God in song there’s one thing that the religious world has either forgotten or it never knew and that’s that singing to God in worship is not meant to be entertainment any more than prayer, preaching or partaking of communion with the Lord. It’s meant to have a purpose, a direction and a result…from us to God. And looking for a beat that soothes His soul is the last thing that God is looking for from us as we sing to Him.

But before our worship in song can reach its goal it has to have a starting place – namely our heart!

It is true that there is also an aspect of singing in worship that is meant to capture, curtail and correct the wandering hearts of our brothers and sisters much like preaching, but even that aspect must begin and end with the Lord in our heart. According to the scriptures we are to: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16) The heart-strings of our brethren cannot be pulled in any direction unless we are already using our own (Ephesians 5:19). And twiddling our thumbs during the time that we should be singing does not constitute either.

Lastly, when it comes to singing in worship, our “talent” or the lack thereof to the ears of our neighbor does not do away with the admonishment or the desire of the Lord to hear us sing to Him. We don’t have to be “front and center” when the Lord is there. I mean think about it, have you ever thought about how the one who could solely listen to the voices of angels finds great delight in us singing to him? Just a thought.

Making melody in our hearts to the Lord will happen when He’s the Lord of our heart in life and in worship, for we cannot have one without the other. EA

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)