I think I need some more “Preach On It…..” in my life!!!

You might need this today……..

 

It might just help you tomorrow…..

 

 

Don’t be afraid to “talk about it…..” a couple times in the first service mañana 🙂

 

Bb

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13 Reasons why “Singing songs is such a small part of our worship”!

Because:

1. Most of us only do it once a week, twice if we’re “real churcheez”…..

2. Most of us who only do it once a week go to a church that relegates it to 17 minutes (not knocking, I COMPLETELY understand the parking issues)…..

3. Most of us who only do it twice a week don’t appreciate the midweek worship team so we really only do it once a week (see number 2)…..

4. 4 of our 17 minutes is a top 40 opener so “the reality is”, 13 minutes of our week is spent singing in worship (if we fall into the number 1 or 2 category)…..

5. Some of us can’t sing at all, and are afraid that “Simon” is sitting next to us so you won’t catch us even trying, giving us our own category (see number 6)…..

-it’s starting to get serious

6. Some of us don’t ever sing songs as worship…..

7. worship is a lifestyle (see number 8)…..

8. If worship is a lifestyle and “singing songs” is such an important part of it than very few are really worshipping, and those few are doing it very seldom…..

9. If that is true than there’s a book (or an app if you don’t like carrying that leather thing) that says “the rocks would be crying out”…..

10. Rocks aren’t singing…..

–uhoh

11.  Prayer is also a form of worship, and the app (or GIANT leather relic) says “pray without ceasing”, giving the notion that we should probably be praying more than singing…..

12. There are way too many other forms of worship that are constant in our everyday lives like actions, re-actions, routines, habits, etc. etc. etc…..

13. See numbers 1-12…..

 

Just to throw in some clarity, here is just a bit about the word “worship”…..

 

Worship*       (wər-shəp)

noun

1. reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also : an act of expressing such reverence

2. extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem

verb

1. to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power

2. to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion

 

*The word is derived from the Old English weorþscipe, meaning, worship, honor shown to an object, which has been also described in history as “worthiness or worth-ship”—to give, at its simplest, worth to something

 

Bb

 

Should the “RELIGIOUS” be allowed back in the church?

I don’t know about you but I know I’ve had many conversations in which the only thing we agreed on was that neither of us were “religious”!

“I have a relationship, not a religion”!

“That’s religious, it’s not about religion, it’s about a relationship”!!

“She DEFINITELY has a religious spirit”!!!

“THEY give us a bad name, the religious people…….like *Jack Christianmanson”!!!!

*If your name is Jack Christianmanson than I’m sorry….one because I wasn’t talking about you specifically I promise, and two because, wow, Christianmanson??

“That’s a religious spirit and we don’t want it in OUR church”!!!!!

Come on, the majority of us have said similar things in the past…

Right?? No??

Really, it’s not hard to be honest on this one.

Exactly!! Yes!!

Well, lets take a look at what the word actually means…..

 

Religious

adjective \ri-ˈli-jəs\

1. relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity      <a religious person> <religious attitudes>

2. of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances <joined a religious order>

3. a: scrupulously and conscientiously faithful

b: fervent, zealous

 

Just, one more time, take a look at that definition, just one more time…..

Here’s a quick breakdown of what I get out of it:

I want to always, conscientiously, faithfully, or maybe I should say “religiously” be “manifesting faithful devotion” to the “reality” and “deity” of my religious beliefs, of my christianity, of my Savior…..AND definitely want to be fervent and zealous” about it!

OH, AND, what made me think any different in the past???

If this is anything close to what you get out of it than maybe we have something here.

There’s a lot of stuff going around right now about why this generation is leaving church.

There’s a lot of great people out there that don’t like our not so great church.

There’s a lot of US that aren’t very disciplined in our “religion”, our “relationship” with Christ!

You might have a great church and don’t fall into this not so great accusation but if you have a church that is not “religious” and would bite back at any one using the word to describe them than maybe, just maybe it’s not as great as you’ve thought, or maybe, it is great but could be greater by allowing ONE thing back in.

ONE thing that might just grab the attention of a generation that’s tired of watching our shows, and our attempts at recreating their favorite concert or event, and our “relationship” with an image that has become just a “homeboy”! It might just attract that generation that is and has been desiring to put a fervent zealous faithful devoted mindset (that YES has been passionately turned in the wrong direction) on something real that has real traditions, real liturgy, and real religious people that stand for them at all costs.

Just maybe…..

Bb