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Definition of Worship

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship by Andrew P. Logan…

Definition of Worship

Webster defines the verb worship as when a person has the feeling of adoring reverence for, or regard for1 something or someone. In his definition of worship as a noun, he makes it clear that there is an expression of emotion involved.  Thus, worship is defined as an active demonstration of a heart connection with God, whereby one expresses deep adoration and reverence.  Much more than mental assent, worship yields an exclusively focused, vertical communication flow between God and the worshiper.

God Himself clarifies this definition in several passages from the Bible.  Two such passages are found in the Gospel of John and in the Gospel of Matthew.  “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24, NKJV™).  “For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”(Matthew 12:24, NKJV™)  In reviewing these passages, one gleans the concept that God requires focused, undivided loyalty in one’s heart-felt expression of love and adoration for Him. Undivided loyalty and passion is brought about by fellowship with God through prayer, study of His Word, and obedience to His commands.

So what is in your heart today?  Have you spent time making deposits there from God’s Word?  All too often, we spend more time preparing our bodies for worship services, while at the same time, neglecting our heart or spirit.  In the space of an hour or more, we have bathed, shaved, curled hair, and painted nails yet what have we done to prepare our inner man for worship?  Sadly, after that, come obstructions from the enemy that leave our hearts even less prepared.  Yet, we press on and attempt to enter into worship.  With little wonder, much more effort is required to overcome our heavy hearts to enable that heart-connection with God.  Here, persistence is the key to being able to express deep adoration and reverence to God which we long so much to do.

Worship can also be described as speaking words of faith in agreement with God’s Word.  A beautiful example of this is demonstrated by Jairus as he petitions Jesus to heal his daughter. He chose to ignore the circumstances of her apparent death, but instead worshiped Jesus by speaking words of faith in his petition.  Jesus responded by taking the girl’s hand, and she arose.

It is the author’s belief that worship will play a vital, life-changing role in people in these last days.  If what we call modern “worship” services, complete with multimedia presentations, dynamic preaching, and other forms of entertainment would have done it, Jesus would have already returned for His spotless bride.  Instead, God Himself is waiting for the true worshipers to return to a place, where they worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, in complete freedom from time and social customs, thereby ushering Him back into their midst.  With God Himself manifesting His full glory, our hearts and lives cannot help but be changed, being made ready for his ultimate return.

With so much teaching, preaching, and literature available about worship, why was this book written?  God directed the author to identify and explain the importance of worship, and why we must do it. Additionally, we will learn the benefits derived from true worship and the role it will have in ushering-in the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

© Andrew Logan

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

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August 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Thursday Thoughts

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Remember when you first fell in love?  Remember how you couldn’t wait to get in that some special’s arms?  The hours you spent apart seemed like sheer misery. Finally, the waiting ceased and you were able to see them again. It was as if someone pressed the “pause” button and allowed you and that special person to share a slice of heaven.

 That sounds exhilarating doesn’t it?  Let me ask you a question.  When was the last time you had a similar experience entering or leaving your worship service?

 You might be shocked and amazed to learn that the Creator of the universe has the same longing in His heart for you, in an unbelievably deeper extent than what was expressed above, as He waits for you to come and share intimate time with Him. So why don’t we?

 All too often, it is the tyranny of the urgent that violates us, robbing us of the joy and assurance of an unconditional love that we need so desperately need. This meeting must end in exactly forty-five minutes to allow the parking lot to clear so that potential guests for the next meeting won’t think we’re over-capacity. We certainly can’t allow the service to run past a certain time because that would be untenable for parents or their children, and especially their temporary caregivers.

 Admittedly we as a society are often over-committed because we have bought into the “performance” mindset that equates accomplishment with success.  This never-ending drive to “go and do” is the single most effective hindrance to our spiritual health and happiness, sin-aside. Somehow we’ve convinced ourselves that by achieving more, our level of contentment will rise commensurately. As times worsen we tend to look inwardly thinking we aren’t doing enough.

 Does this sound familiar?

 The emptiness, pain, hurt, and frustration we feel at times pales in comparison to the longing our Heavenly Father experiences regularly. We’re so busy taking care of our daily obligations, so caught up in OUR own agendas, programs etc. we haven’t even asked God what His might be?

 How can we love God with all our heart, mind, and soul if we rarely, if ever, spend time with Him?

 How can we love others the way we would want them to love us, when we seldom stop and take time to:

  • Ask their name
  • Inquire how they’re doing
  • Develop rapport with them
  • Share a tangible expression of God’s love with them

 Meanwhile, the cycle repeats itself, week after week, month after month until that one day when it hits us, bam! “Where has the time gone and how will I be rewarded for my stewardship of life while here on earth?” What am I willing to do about it, right now?

 
Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

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August 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Remaining Steadfast

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We are told in Scriptures to remain steadfast, rock-solid in our beliefs and behaviors. Perhaps you’ve wondered exactly how to do that in the face of personal discouragement, unemployment, and relationship challenges… (And the list goes on)

In Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, he writes “My brothers (and sisters) be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not without fruit in the Lord. “ (1 Cor. 15:58)

Sure … But how?

Looking to the gospel of Matthew, we read where Jesus said “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock. And the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. And it did not fall, for it was founded on a rock.” (Matt 7:24-25)

Could it really be that simple? To just:

1. Position yourself where you can hear The Word
2. Obey The Word

That sounds straight-forward. The day-to-day application however may be a different story. What does being steadfast in behaviors and actions look like? (Ps. 15:2-5)

1. He who walks uprightly
2. Works righteousness
3. Speaks the truth in his heart
4. Does not backbite (slander) with his tongue
5. Does no evil to his neighbor,
6. Does not disgrace or shame his neighbor
7. Despises a reprobate (vile person)
8. Honors those who fear Jehovah
9. Remains faithful to his word or promise even if unprofitable);
10. Does not put out his money at interest
11. Does not take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall not be moved forever.

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July 5, 2011 at 1:45 am

Line Upon Line

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There was a DIVINE PLAN and reason why God wanted Israelites to share the stories of God’s faithfulness from generation to generation. So… that both young and old would be able to recount the numerous incidents of God’s faithfulness, deliverance, provision etc. etc.

So do you think God suddenly decided, ok enough of that. People nowadays don’t need to do that anymore… I don’t think so, not by a long shot. In fact, I dare say that we need to do likewise to an even GREATER degree.

As elders and leaders in our homes and houses of worship, we MUST return with our whole heart back to God…Keeping the MAIN thing, the MAIN thing…what is that? The Gospel, line upon line, precept upon precept for both young and old. Modern day application? Absolutely, provided it’s not a twisted perversion to support one or more of man’s goals, agendas or schemes. New methods? Certainly, as long as it edifies God and causes no sin or temptation for same.

If the righteous be forsaken, what are the unrighteous to do?

Pastor Andrew Logan
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All Nations Word and Worship Center
Corpus Christi, TX
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October 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm

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October 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

In the Name of Jesus

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Have you wondered why there aren’t more modern day miracles or answered prayers in your life and the life of your friends? What is different now from when Peter, James and John walked on the earth? I believe there are several key differences that explain this phenomenon.

Key difference # 1:

Peter, James, and John had an intimate relationship with Jesus, the Word made flesh. So much so that Jesus’ very Life and Spirit became a part of them. I believe the demonstration of this reality came when Peter spoke “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, I freely give. In the Name of Jesus’ rise up and walk.” You see Peter had a complete revelation of the reality of Jesus’ authority and power over absolutely everything. A dynamic compound of action borne out of revealed faith summoned the Spirit of God to work on Peter’s behalf.

Key difference # 2:

I want to challenge the reader: Has this expression “in the Name of Jesus” become nothing more than Christian-speak or jargon to you? Do you routinely end many if not all of your prayers with it, not giving it a second thought? Unfortunately, this habit may seem harmless; however we must recognize the heinousness of doing it. To trivialize the expression like adding salt or pepper to our meals is no different than driving a stake into Jesus’ hands or feet on the cross. In other words, Jesus’ sacrifice MUST have been worth more than Christian verbal “pixie dust”.

Key difference # 3:

We have forgotten that God’s Word and Holy Spirit inspired words are loaded with creation power. May I remind you that Jesus spoke, and things were created from nothing more than His Words? In our hurried mundane lives, we have completely overlooked this aspect of relationship with God. The same Power (One) that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is alive inside us, so our words bring reality of what we speak into existence whether it is life or death. Is your life focused on bringing life to others? Does your speech reconcile with this focus?

Selah.

Pastor Andy Logan
All Nations Word and Worship Center
author of Plugging Into Real Worship and
Conectándose a la Adoración Verdadera
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October 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm

What about you?

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Been to the woodshed lately? No, I mean behind it, as in taken back there for a little “correction” shall we say. Yes it hurt, but I take comfort in the fact that God still cares and won’t leave me the way He found me. So what did He say?

“When are you going to stop making excuses for what you THINK I can’t or won’t do with/through you?”

Ouch. And He continued.

“When are you going to get out of the way, and simply do what you already know how to do? Create an environment where I (The Lord) can join you and manifest myself among you and others there, and show them who I AM?”

You see, He’s done listening to the “But God, I’m not this (or that) yet. I need to do [something bigger that requires more skill, money, help, etc than I currently have]” Newsflash: He already knows what you do/don’t have!!

“Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears Me and opens the door, behold I will come in and sup with him.”

Have you cleared the overgrown brush, the weeds, the tricycles etc. from in front of your heart’s door so that He can come and knock on it?

Are you listening for His knocking?

So often we look at the above scripture reference and file it away and pull it out as we lead someone to Christ.

So do you only visit your friends’ houses 1 time only and never again? I don’t think so, especially not if they’re close. You visit OFTEN especially when there’s food involved!

How much more does God want to visit with us and share His Food with us? Much more frequently than we give Him room to do so in our busy lives.

So that’s where I’ve been.

How about you?

Andrew Logan
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July 9, 2010 at 1:32 am