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In the last entry it was proposed that mankind was created by God primarily for worship. Where do we get this idea?
From the first pages of the Bible we find that God created Adam, the first man, for worship. That is, Adam’s job and the purpose of his being was to glorify his creator by obeying Him and communing with Him and listening to His word and following it. And Adam was given a liturgical helper, Eve, who would worship with him. Out of their worship and obedience together would flow their dominion over the whole earth. God gave them children who they were to train up to be worshipers. They were to fill the earth with a race of worshipers and that purpose and calling do not change after the Fall. Read more
The statement “worship changes the world” strikes most Christians as a ridiculous proposition, because for most Christians attendance at worship is not a priority. It is secondary. It is non-essential. It is not perceived to be necessary for their lives, or their salvation. It is something that is okay to do, if you feel like it benefits you. Sure the church offers opportunities for fellowship and service and gives you connections in the community.
We think, preaching is okay, if it grabs your interest, but you can get that anywhere – radio, internet, television. Worship helps us along in our Christian life, a little bit. But it isn’t like it’s the end of the world if we miss it. It really is nice when you need it, but it has very little to do with our spiritual health. That’s what our quiet time is for. That’s what our private devotion is for. That’s how our thinking typically goes. Read more
Joshua is a book about warfare, but it is not anything like any other historical account of a war. The book of Joshua describes very little about the actual combat, because the point of this book is not that Israel defeats the nations with the best swordsmen or the best horsemen or the most cunning military strategy. What is underscored in the book of Joshua time and again is that Israel’s enemies are defeated because she trusts in Yahweh who is the mighty warrior of Israel. Read more