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Originally posted by Daniel Lyle from Worship the Rock:

 

Music is useful, but not necessary. Music is good. But Jesus is better. Music is a gift, but not a god.
Music isn’t my life. Christ is.”

-Bob Kauflin

Considering the true focus of worship has helped put things into perspective and has caused me to ask some questions…

If I could never sing again would I still worship? If I could never play any form of music again would I still worship?

While I was considering these two questions the words of the old hymn, Jesus Paid It All, came to mind…

“I hear the Savor say Thy strength indeed is small Child of weakness watch and pray
Find in Me thine all in all”

I am weak but Jesus is my All in All!

So what do we then need to worship God? Do we need our perfectly tuned voices? For the answer consider this scene of worship from the life of Job.

After losing everything…

Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” -Job :20-22

The only thing that Job needed to worship was a proper perspective of God and a dusty corner of earth to fall face down on.

I have come to the conclusion that my worship is not contingent upon the value of my offering. My worship is only contingent upon Jesus’ inherent Godly qualities. If Jesus is my All in All then Jesus is all I need to worship!

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I’m really diggin’ this new version of Joyful from Brenton Brown, I think we will be adding this one in the next few weeks, ala NLWC style, ’cause that’s how we roll.

Props to Mark Driscoll for finding this info:

 

The Truth About Santa Claus

The larger-than-life myths surrounding Santa Claus actually emanate from the very real person of Saint Nicholas. It is difficult to know the exact details of his life with certainty, as the ancient records are sparse, but the various pieces can be put together as a mosaic of his life.

A Gift-Giver

Nicholas was born in the third century in Patara, a village in what is now Turkey. He was born into an affluent family, but his parents died tragically when he was quite young. His parents had raised him to be a devout Christian, which led him to spend his great inheritance on helping the poor, especially children. He was known to frequently give gifts to children, sometimes even hanging socks filled with treats and presents.

Perhaps his most famous act of kindness was helping three sisters. Because their family was too poor to pay for their wedding dowry, three young Christian women were facing a life of prostitution until Nicholas paid their dowry, thereby saving them from a horrible life of sexual slavery.

A Bishop and Saint

Nicholas grew to be a well-loved Christian leader and was eventually voted the Bishop of Myra, a port city that the apostle Paul had previously visited (Acts 27:5-6). Nicholas reportedly also traveled to the legendary Council of Nicaea, where he helped defend the deity of Jesus Christ in A.D. 325.

Following his death on December 6, 343, he was canonized as a saint. The anniversary of his death became the St. Nicholas holiday when gifts were given in his memory. He remained a very popular saint among Catholic and Orthodox Christians, with some two thousand churches named after him. The holiday in his honor eventually merged with Christmas, since they were celebrated within weeks of one another.

 

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