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“The Privilege of Worship” (BookLook)

Privilege of WorshipWorship Wars

In “The Privilege of Worship,” Stewart Holloway addresses worship in a new vibrant way. We all know the “worship wars” that can happen within our churches and relationships. We spend far more time arguing or sharing our puffed-up opinion about how we want to worship, than we do simply worshiping. And the result of such actions, is destruction rather than peace and brokenness rather than the wholeness Jesus gives to us. There is no beauty in “worship wars”. I have seen its effect on a personal level, and it reminds me of the need to focus on worshipping God (not myself or someone else). What if we worshiped God in all His holiness and splendor, rather than arguing about the way we worship?

Help Wanted: Jesus!

As Holloway stated, many Christians are missing out on the privilege of worship. We get more excited about a football game, than we do about worshipping our Savior. We should be more excited about Jesus Christ and the opportunity given to worship Him. This is why revival is the only word to kindly express our need as the Church.

For many of us, our worship needs a revival. We need to remember what worship is honestly about. These days, we aren’t treating worship with the reverence it deserves. We need to remember the design of worship. Through worship, we get the opportunity to “communion with God” as Holloway states as he describes worship. God has given us a way (worship) to meet with Him and pour all that is building up in our hearts.

Worship is the beautiful communion and celebration between us and God.

Thoughts on “The Privilege of Worship”

As I read Holloway’s book and reflect on its key principles, I am able to gain a clearer picture of worship and its importance in my life. However we worship, it needs to be the center of our lives. Holloway shows his heart for worship in “The Privilege of Worship,” and God will change our own hearts as we read this book. Our hearts will become excited about worshipping the Lord our God. We will have a more intimate relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. We will see peace flow through our church lives, as we give ourselves to God, His Church, and choose to not participate in worship wars.

There are many good things God will give to us, as we give ourselves to Him and commit to worshipping Him.

This book has been a blessing for me to read. While I am not done reading or using it in my Christian life, I do think it is a good book for any Christian to read. We all need to remember the amazing privilege we have been given, in Christ, to worship. (Psstt: The book is only $3.99 for the Kindle edition)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook’s blogger review program, in exchange for a honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

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Intercessory Prayer (Dutch Sheets, Bethany House)

Truthfully, this is perhaps the most difficult book review that I have written. After reading some of Dutch Sheets’ book, Intercessory Prayer, I discovered he is not an author to read or support.

The Author

As I approached chapter 2, it became clear that Sheets operates from a different belief system. While I didn’t google his name beforehand, it is clear that he declares “modern day” prophesies. By definition: he gives prophetic words that he believes is from God. Whenever we are met with a prophet, we are taught to test their works. There are many who claim to be a prophet, yet their words never spring into action – showing them to be accurate prophesies.

I encourage you all to do as 1 John 4:1 teaches us to do. In 1 John 4:1, we are taught to “test” those who prophesy to see if they come from God. We have many false prophets and teachers in today’s world.

That is a little background on what we are called to do as Christians, when we come across a prophet. With that said, I cannot support him in any capacity. Because he is a self named apostle and modern day prophet, I simply cannot support his work – especially having read some of this book.

Part of the greatest task I have, as a book reviewer, is to lead my readers to books that will direct them into greater knowledge of God, His Son Jesus, and the Gospel using the Bible with a clear interpretation.

 

Thoughts on His Book

Sheets believes that God’s work is dependent upon His people.  As in, God’s work will not go forward unless we are actively involved in intercessory prayer. I highly question this line of thinking. To me, this is something that goes against what I believe God teaches us, through the Bible. While God chooses to work through His people, His work is not dependent upon us in any way, shape, or form.

To be honest, the book started me on a trajectory of questioning my beliefs among other things. I tried to see his point of view, in chapter 2, as I read. Yet, all it did was disturb my spirit and cause me to do a lot of wondering if there was any truth to what I was reading in this book… But soon after reading this chapter, I learned of his background which helped bring some light for why I struggled to read and understand this book. From my own observation, it does not seem like it was written from a clear interpretation of the Bible. Reading a book such as this one, will only cause us to be led astray.

So with all that said, I must admit that this is not a book or author I would recommend.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Bethany House’s blogger review program, in exchange for a honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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God Can Use Anyone – Even Me

Amazing how God will use whoever to speak the Words He wants us to hear. The question is: Will we listen?

Do I believe these words? Do I firmly believe God can use whomever He wants, to deliver His message? Do I really believe that? Do I believe God’s opinion is far more important than my own or others? When God calls us to step up to the plate, will we allow our thoughts to be consumed with all the ways we differ from all those past players on God’s team. I mean – our form is different; our abilities and experiences are different; There is much that we can do to compare ourselves to others.

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people,
but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not
be Christ’s servant. – Galatians 1:10

We have to choose God over everything else.

But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom
you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served
beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land
you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.
– Joshua 24:15

When God calls us to step up to the plate, what will we do? How will we respond? We need to prayerfully seek God’s Will for our lives. Does the opportunity excite us? Does it answer our hearts’ desire to grow and see others grow in Him? My prayer lately has been for a spiritual fire in the lives I know. And, I am getting to see that prayer come to life. My job is to be obedient. Go, when God says “Go”. And stay, when God says “Wait on Me”.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
– Matthew 28:19-20

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD. – Psalm 27:14

 

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The Best Yes

Run with Purpose

phil 2-16Are we holding fast to the Word of God?

In the Amplified translation, it is a bit different:

Holding out [to it] and offering [to all men] the Word of Life, so that in the day of Christ I may have something of which exultantly to rejoice and glory in that I did not run my race in vain or spend my labor to no purpose.”

Are we living out our life, holding to His truth, and offering that same truth to others? Or, do we allow other things to get in the way? Even in hard times when we think a different approach to something could be made, we need to hold even tighter to the Word of God, His Grace, and what all of the Bible has to teach us. The more time we spend in prayer and studying the Word- the more we can share His love and Truth with those around us.

Resolve to hold to His truth. It isn’t about what we think is right. It has to be about God’s Word. It has to be about sharing God’s Word with others. We need to investigate what the Bible has to teach us, so we can know God’s stand on the stuff we face. God has the answer!

Here are just a few important truths that I know I need to focus more on.

  • Leaving my understanding to the side.
  • Putting arguments aside
  • Keep God’s Word at the center.

To me, these are things that truly matter. So often, it can be easy to throw our opinions out at people. Often, without any consideration of how they may feel about it. It needs to be about more: We need to place God’s Word above our understanding and opinions.

The second part of this Scripture is equally important as the first. Why, do these things? Why, try to limit sharing my opinion? Why, put His Word first? Why, keep the arguments aside? Simply put, it is for the glory of God! 

We run now and give God our best in every area, because He is worthy! At the end of my life, I want to be able to have something to show for it. I want to make my life to count. God has given me so much. I want to make sure that I am not foolishly wasting it (my time, gifts, sphere of influence, etc). I want to make sure that I am wise in my decision-making, and running the race that God has set me on. Are we running with no purpose? We must run with purpose, running to give God the glory and honor as we seek to live an obedient life. In our God-given assignments, let it be for Him.

As we seek wisdom and discerning our best yes, let us remember this truth:

“… So that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ (Phil. 1:10).”