Monday, April 14, 2014

God's Purposes In Our Pain

It's seldom easy to understand the trials and suffering we experience, but we must believe that God is in complete control.
He sometimes works painfully in our lives; he always works purposively, even if that purpose becomes clear only alter.  As the Puritan John Flavel once wrote, the providences of God are like Hebrew words - they can only be read backwards.  ~ Os Guinness, Doubt and Assurance

Monday, April 7, 2014

Not Fair-Weather Believers

The character of our faith has a whole lot to do with the character of the One we put our faith in.  This is why we can be confident no matter what the circumstances.
Followers of Christ are not simply fair-weather believers.  They are realistically committed to truth, people who "think in believing and believe in thinking" as Augustine expressed it.  They are, therefore, like experienced pilots who can fly in bad weather as easily as in good, by night as well as by day, and upside down as well as right side up. ~ W. Andrew Hoffecker, Doubt and Assurance

Monday, March 31, 2014

One Effect Of Worship

"When you exalt the Lord...God in your life is increased and the 'you' in your life is decreased!  I don't know about you but I know that I need more of God and less of me...When you stand and you start to praise Him, He is exalted and the things of the earth grow strangely dim." ~ Darlene Zschech, Extravagant Worship

Monday, March 24, 2014

What Can You Bring To Worship?

"There is one thing ... that can stop you from being a truthful worshiper, and that is you feel like you have nothing to offer God.  The only thing you really have to give is yourself...and that's all He wants.God says, 'Just give me your heart.'" ~ Darlene Zschech, Extravagant Worship

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pray Ahead For Worship

Do you pray before entering a worship service?  If you have, then you're properly prepared!  
"Extravagant worshipers know the power of prayer and meditation...as worshipers we seek His face more than we seek anything else." ~ Darlene Zschech, Extravagant Worship

Monday, March 3, 2014

Engage Your Heart

"Regardless of how magnificent the musical moments are, unless your heart is fully engaged in the worship being expressed...it is still only music."  ~ Darlene Zschech, Extravagant Worship