There are two kinds of new songs: re-treads and originals. Which one is your soul singing? Psalm 149:1 exhorts us: “Sing to the Lord a new song” but what exactly does that mean? Does it mean learning the latest Hillsong or Bethel tunes, or finding a contemporary way to sing the old hymns, or is … Continue reading New songs and your supernatural goals
Why worship? Why does the Bible so frequently tell us to engage in the art and practice of worship? Why is worship such an important arrangement between God and His followers? And while we’re asking questions, what is worship? Is it singing? Shouting? Kneeling? Meditating? What does it mean to truly worship God? Is worship … Continue reading Worth-ship: understanding true worship
Whose eye does an elite orchestral musician most want to catch, the audience’s or the conductor’s? For a brilliant symphony musician, audience applause is a desired outcome, but it is not the central aim. The focus is on following the conductor’s lead. What would happen to a violinist or a cellist who gazed at the … Continue reading The Audience or the Conductor?
“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray.” (Luke 5:16) If Jesus did it shouldn’t we? If the Lord Himself “often” withdrew for prolonged seasons of connecting with God through prayer then shouldn’t those of us who follow Him make time for spiritual retreats too? If you’ve ever done it—if you’ve ever carved out an … Continue reading How to have a spiritual retreat
A parenting coach once remarked about curfews: “Nothing good happens after midnight.” It’s probably good advice since most deviant behavior occurs in the late night hours when shops are closed, streets are empty, and everything is cast in shadow. However, what do you do when it isn’t a curfew you’re discussing but your life? What … Continue reading Nothing good happens after midnight (unless it’s this)