The perfect church service would be the one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God. But every novelty prevents this. It fixes our attention on the service itself; and thinking about worship is a different thing than worshipping ... 'Tis mad idolatry that makes the service greater than the god. -By C.S. Lewis
Let me praise you like a songbird and dance across Your skies. Show my thanks and all my wonder that Your Son came here to die. My every breath is Yours to give; yet, when I fail You, You will forgive. My love is all I have to give. I’m here to worship, You. -by Lois Macdonald
Does one songbird say to the next, “My voice is the loveliest?” No, they just sing. Or when they fly do, they rival for the lead role? No, they just dance. The true beauty of Nature? Her blind faith. -by Lois Macdona
There was a sweet time, not so long ago, when we gave ourselves permission to stop and smell the daisies. When we would pause at daybreak and bathe in the cleansing sound of nature's "dawn chorus." When morning cried out to humanity, join heaven's opening symphony. Worship in its purest form. -by Lois Macdonald
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't.”- John Piper
"Prayer is not what is done by us, but rather what is done by the Holy Spirit in us. "
In all their hard work, in all their diligence and doctrine, they had forgotten love. The greatest commandment. To “Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matt. 22:37. It is no wonder more and more people are becoming skeptical of the church. Despite their good intentions, many churches are unaware that their love for God has faded, and it shows. That glorious “honeymoon stage,” when they were first “on fire for the Lord,” has fizzled out. Leaving members spiritually exhausted. Attempting to do good works in their own limited strength. Jesus tells them to, “Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first” (Rev. 2:5). Remember God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. Now is the time to draw closer to God and go on a second honeymoon. Give the world hope that God’s love is alive and well. For “the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,” Rom. 8:16. Be a beacon of brotherly love. Reflecting Christ in all your hard work, all your diligence and doctrine. With the heart of a servant. Where God’s love flourishes, and it shows!