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September 4, 2020

The perversion of worship is idolatry, bowing to the wrong things, or the wrong ones. Idolatry gives the worth—which belongs to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob alone—to someone or something else.

August 29, 2020

If we grasp the essence of biblical praise, worship, and thanksgiving as I have explained to you, then some exciting implications emerge. For instance, there are other important expressions of praise, which we usually don’t think of in those terms. Let me give you thre...

August 22, 2020

We can leap for joy or kneel in adoration, dance or bow, shout or remain silent. We can laugh and, at times, weep. Sometimes we may clap our hands in expressions of praise; other times clasp our hands in a solemn attitude. We may proclaim, we may pray. Any and all of t...

August 17, 2020

Between Pentecostals/Charismatics and Evangelicals, typically, there has been a split between the head and the heart. Each is convinced the other group is out-of-balance and that they alone are engaged in true worship and praise.

August 8, 2020

Giving thanks is something you do with facts, not only feelings. Typically throughout the psalms, these facts spring from what God has done for the writer, the praiser. They are not engaged in some theological exercise, analyzing God's attributes.

July 30, 2020

The more we permit the Prince of Peace (Sar Shalom) to govern our lives, the more peacefulness, wholeness, completeness, well-being, and security we will experience.

July 17, 2020

Most of us Christians relate to God only because of what he has done for us, what he will do for us, or what we need him to do for us. We have seldom got to the place where we quiet our souls and are content just to be with God. That is a precious thing, and when you g...

July 12, 2020

When the Bible speaks of the knowledge of God, it means coming into an intimate relationship that is characterized by submission to his authority, faithfulness to his will, and obedience to his commandments.

June 27, 2020

My translation of Romans 3 is an attempt to capture Paul's thought expressed in the original Greek language. God accomplished his new covenant salvation through the faithfulness of Jesus. We believe that—and because of that belief—we come into a relationship of fai...

June 20, 2020

Hesed speaks of two things: of God’s love or grace, and of his covenant faithfulness. Hesed is often translated as steadfast love, lovingkindness, love—it is the word for grace in the New Testament. It is like both the root and the trunk of a tree.

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