Andrew Logan’s Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ

Reason 12: Worship Brings Ordination for Service

with one comment

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

Mary of Bethany provides a beautiful example of a person whose worship brings her ordination for service.  She chose to place herself voluntarily as a student at Jesus’ feet, with complete attention and focus on Him. She sat there at His feet in a posture of worship, hearing all He had to share. It was her unquestioned loyalty and devotion to Him that led her to be obedient to what her heart told her to do later; anointing Jesus’ for burial.

“And as they went, it happened that He entered into a certain village. And a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary (of Bethany), who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she came to Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.  And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha; you are anxious and troubled about many things. But one thing is needful, and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:38-42)

“She sat at his feet, as scholars at the feet of their tutors when they read their lectures; hence Paul is said to be brought up at the feet of Gamely. Our sitting at Christ’s feet, when we hear his word, signifies a readiness to receive it, and a submission and entire resignation of ourselves to the guidance of it. We must either sit at Christ’s feet or be made his footstool; but, if we sit with him at his feet now, we shall sit with him on his throne shortly.” (Matthew Henry Commentary)

Mary anointed Jesus to prepare him for his service at the cross.  Pharisees saw her as a sinner.  Jesus saw her as a precious person, giving something that cost her dearly. She gave to Him freely in such a way that moved Him to reciprocate.  Jesus also recognized and appreciated her sacrifices. He saw in her the discipline that it took to reach that goal. She knew her audience knew who and what she was, yet she persevered.

She knew that Jesus was the only means of her being forgiven for her past.  It was her worship and adoration that kept her at his feet, pouring out her heart and her tears washing his feet.  She wiped his feet with her hair. She fervently kissed his feet in love and adoration for Who He was, but also in remorse for her sins.  In using her hair, she offered the only covering she had, hoping that in exchange He would become her covering.

After kissing His feet, she anointed Jesus with very costly perfume. Given her line of work, it must have taken her a long time to accumulate the resources necessary to purchase such a fine quality ointment. She offered the most valuable thing she had, a very costly sum to Jesus.  Isn’t it just like the Pharisees of our day that have a tendency to misunderstand the expression of our heart, when we obey God in giving Him our all.  Also, notice that they had other ideas on how to use the resource more effectively.  Jesus addressed this by telling them that she will be remembered for what she has done, being obedient, and giving Him, her all.  Below are the two accounts of this story we find in Scripture.

“And behold, a woman, a sinner in the city, knowing that He reclined in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster vial of ointment. And she stood behind Him, weeping at His feet, and she began to wash His feet with tears and wipe them with the hair of her head. And she ardently kissed His feet and anointed them with the ointment. But seeing this, the Pharisee who had invited Him, spoke within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, for she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:37-39)

“And when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him, having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on His head as He reclined.  But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for very much and given to the poor.  When Jesus understood it, He said to them, Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work on Me.  For you have the poor with you always, but you do not always have Me.  For in putting ointment on My body, she did it for My burial.  Truly I say to you, Wherever this gospel shall be proclaimed in the whole world, that which this woman has done shall be spoken of also, for a memorial of her. (Matthew 26:6-13)

 Another example of worship providing ordination for service can be found in reviewing the events surrounding Mary Magdalene and Mary of Nazareth’s journey to the tomb after Jesus’ death.  Knowing how traumatic it must have been for both of them to see Jesus crucified, one can understand why they were initially afraid when Jesus appeared to them after his resurrection. Let’s have a closer look.

“But late in the week, at the dawning into the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (of Nazareth) came to see the tomb.  And behold, a great earthquake occurred! For coming down from Heaven, and coming up, an angel of the Lord rolled back the stone from the door and was sitting on it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  And the keepers shook for fear of him and became like dead men.  And the angel answered and said to the women, Do not fear, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead. And, behold, He goes before you into Galilee. There you shall see Him. Lo, I have told you. And they quickly departed from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. But as they were going to report to His disciples, behold, Jesus also met them, saying, Hail! And they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.  Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid; go tell My brothers that they should go into Galilee, and there they will see Me”.  (Matthew 28:1-10)

He came to Mary Magdalene and Jesus’ mother Mary and they fell at his feet and worshiped Him.  They laid hold of Jesus’ feet, the foundation of His life and resurrection, remembering all that He shared with them.  His feet were also nailed to the cross.  They embraced His feet so as to comfort Him knowing, the pain He endured for them, and to express their sincere gratitude for His doing that. They also recognized (though probably unable to verbalize), that death couldn’t hold Jesus, and likewise, as they embraced Him and His resurrection, death couldn’t hold them either.

There is something to the fact that the two Mary’s went to the tomb to seek Jesus after His death.  Confident of their faith, and their hearts being ready to receive the fullness of His resurrection, Jesus appeared to them first.  Jesus used them to prepare the hearts of the disciples to hear of his visitation.  Jesus also imparted faith to them so that they would not be reluctant to share the news of His resurrection, and His visitation with them, with the disciples.  This impartation was brought about by their worship. One might say that through their worship, they received the impartation necessary for them to fulfill that which God destined for them to pursue.

© 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

http://aplogansr.com

http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

Publisher of Code Blue Seconds from Death by Henry C. Austin
Logan Christian Publishing Bookstore on Facebook

Advertisements

What Can Wash Away My Sin

leave a comment »

What can wash away my sin? (Wait for it…)

Not the wisdom (or lack of same) of men
Not the government, not money, fame, fortune, or deception…

Nothing, ABSOLUTELY nothing but the Blood of Jesus Christ! Oh so precious is that flow!

If you’re not where you need to be with God or others, step under the flow of Jesus’ shed blood, confess your sin, and be made whole, reconciled to God!!

© 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

http://aplogansr.com

http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

Publisher of Code Blue Seconds from Death by Henry C. Austin
Logan Christian Publishing Bookstore on Facebook

Definition of Worship

leave a comment »

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

http://aplogansr.com

http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

Written by aplogansr

August 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm

God is There – With Us

leave a comment »

Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I go up into Heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the furthest parts of the sea; even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me, even the night shall be light around me. Yea, the darkness does not hide from You; but the night shines as the day; as is the darkness, so is the light to You. (Psalm 139:7-12)

The arm of the Lord is never too short to reach you. Need a miracle in your life today? Ask Him. He’s right there. He is Emmanuel (God WITH us.)

We have not because we ask not. Because (not if), God has the very hairs on our head numbered He cares about the smallest details of our lives. He seeks to bring into existence His good pleasure in us each and every day.

So go ahead, ask Him. Keep on asking. Seek, and keep on seeking. Knock and keep on Knocking. That for which you ask, seek and knock shall be opened unto you.

Andrew Logan
http://aplogansr.com
http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php
http://www.storenvy.com/products/1730324-code-blue-seconds-from-death

Written by aplogansr

August 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Thursday Thoughts

leave a comment »

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

http://aplogansr.com

http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

 

Written by aplogansr

August 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Line Upon Line

leave a comment »

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
www.aplogansr.com
All Nations Word and Worship Center
Corpus Christi, TX
www.allnationswwc.org

Written by aplogansr

October 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm

New Site

with one comment

Feel free to stop by and have a look at my new website at www.aplogansr.com

Written by aplogansr

October 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm