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True Worship


For the last 17 years, I've been on a journey to learn all I can about what true worship really is. I studied, taught and listened to others teach about worship.

And do you know what I have learned? Worship is not complicated. On the contrary, it is quite simple.

Worship starts with God's love. As we receive His love for us, we respond to that love. Our relationship with Him must be based on the understanding that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16, NKJV). read more

The Subtle Dangers of Soulish Worship

WHEN OUT-OF-CONTROL EMOTIONS INVADE YOUR WORSHIP, THEY CAN OPEN THE DOOR TO DECEPTION.


Have you ever heard the saying, "Let's have a Holy Ghost time!" or "Let's have church"? These expressions are freely used in our churches today, and rightly so. We should expect that something powerful will happen in our lives when God shows up and manifests His presence.

The Bible is filled with examples of people who had supernatural encounters with God's awesome power in the Old and New Testaments. One such example is that of the priests who could not even minister in the temple because the cloud of God's glory was too dense (see 2 Chr. 5:13-14). read more

The Simplicity of Praise

God isn't looking a perfectly sung worship chorus but for the simple expression of our hearts.

Hagan-Worship FILLER It always seems to begin and end the same--a torn envelope, then a tearful stream.

Birthday rituals, especially those between a papa bear and his cubs, have a way of doing that. I'm as normal, I suppose, as any papa bear at the moment when, just prior to the cake and candles, I begin the jubilee by accepting my birthday cards from the kids. Responding joyfully to their eager offerings, I quickly thumb open the cards with heartfelt surprise. Then, without trying to look unappreciative for the coins spent, I swiftly glance past all the artwork and poetry. read more

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