Over the past weeks, we have been consumed by the nonstop media reports and effects of the government shutdown. Politicians on both sides of the aisle, Democratic and Republican, refuse to negotiate. The President and Congress are “dug in” as they recite rehearsed talking points on their opposing views without compromise. Congress refuses to agree on how the government should be run, how funds should be spent and how to reopen the government. We are living in the daily drama of political posturing at its worst. We citizens sit on the sidelines and criticize these events while we suffer from the pains of political warfare.
As Christians, I believe we have found ourselves in a similar predicament. We are living in a time when many of our churches around the world are suffering from the effects of worship wars that have even brought some of us to the brink of a spiritual shutdown. We fellowship together while forming factions on opposing sides of the worship aisles. We debate and contend with one another about liberal versus conservative musical styles and types of worship without compromise. Yet we don’t realize that without biblical direction God is not pleased with our praise. Our worship wars have caused a spiritual breakdown because our personal preference not God’s presence informs our praise. As a result, we harshly criticize each other or sit on the sidelines while our churches suffer from the pains of worship warfare.
Each week, I want to invite you to join me in a conversation about the “Wonder of Worship (W.O.W).” In this blog we will embark on a spiritual journey that will wow you! We will discuss principles that outline God’s biblical design for a lifestyle of worship and go to Scriptures to learn how to offer God true praise. David in Psalms 95:6 says, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” True worship enables us to come into the presence of a Holy God. Can you imagine how wonderful it will be to experience the power and presence of God with intentionality at our worship services at Sligo? Join me on this spiritual journey and we will experience the wonders of worship together. Wow, what a day of rejoicing that will be!