Posts Tagged ‘worship’



Once a lifetime – the wise men (as far as recorded)

Once a year – Elkanah

Three times a year – men of Israel (three feasts)

Once a week – Jews in OT, Christians in NT on the Lord’s Day

Every day and often in the day – vibrant saints

– eab, Jan. ‘04

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Worship is not entertainment and – – –

entertainment is not worship.

– eab, 10/18/11

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Worship first occurs in Scripture in the story of Abraham taking his son to the mountain to worship (Gen 22.5).  It last occurs in Holy Writ as an angel instructs John to worship God, not him (Rev 22.9).  “Worship” appears some 100 times in between.  Worship is important in the Book.


You can, as above, worship God on a mountain, and thank God many have. You can worship God on a boat, Noah and his “landlubber” crew did earlier in Genesis, and thousands (including the disciples in the NT) have since.


You can worship God as you work.  Millions of farmers have truly worshipped as they worked God’s soil and reaped His harvest, or even sinner farmers have prayed for the Lord to send a rain (even last week?).


Our locality does not limit us from worshipping the Almighty.  He is equally close to every valley and hill on all “sides” of the earth.  Our occupation does not limit God.  He likes for men to work and, in fact, has made us so we are happiest when we are working and most dissatisfied when we are being lazy.  (Welfare does not draw men closer to God.)     


I hope all of us have sensed God’s presence in our automobiles, our living rooms, on a walk, in the night, etc.  He is not restricted to a church.  


With the truth of the above, it is also true that there is no place like a house of Worship.  There is no time like the Lord’s Day.  God’s Day and God appointed place offer us a get-a-way.  They offer us an opportunity to listen and learn, to be humble and holy, to stand, sit, or kneel in His presence.


Welcome to this Worship Service.  Happy you are here and hope you will obey the Spirit until you leave happy that you came.

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Set yourself apart from


                the Worship of the world


                the Worry of the world      


                the Words of the world


                the Works of the world.     


– eab,10/25/09

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He went into the temple

Where you’d think one could look up.

But his attitude was humble,

He saw “dregs” in his cup.


He asked God for mercy;

He beat upon his chest,

Called himself a sinner

(Not better than the rest).


He cast his eyes downward,

They sought the lowly ground.

But God, who measures all things:

The simple, the profound,


Liked his honest spirit,

Heard his call and cry,

Knew he meant his temple-talk,

Knew it more than “humble pie,”


And justified his soul;

He went back to his own place,

With a calm in his heart,

And heaven’s smile upon his face.


Friend, the next time you go to meeting,

The next time you’re in church

Avoid petty piousness,

Avoid the highest perch.


Look at God, worship Him,

And see yourself contrasted,

As this man of old did. 

His grace has ever lasted.            – eab, 5/2000


Written while Associate Professor Bible at Hobe Sound Bible College, Florida

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The body with which God endowed you,

Is really just so much neat meat.

Eyes and ears and elbows have value,

Each performing an elite feat.

But don’t worship this small temple of yours,

Because you, your neighbor in a “heat,” beat.  -eab,  1/23/03


Written at Gospel Center, Phoenix, Arizona

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A certain kind of people,

Meeting under a tall steeple,

Imagine that that’s the church.

Tall walls do not a church make.

New birth is more than a handshake;

Which these find out when in a lurch.


The church is made of redeemed hearts,

And though they meet in various parts,

Under clear sky, under a huge tree;

Worship, that’s why we gather,

Even in cold, wet weather.

Church is you and me.         -eab,  10/1/08


Written at Westfield,Indiana


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