Everyone praising and worshipping

Philippians 2 is about the humility and exaltation of Jesus Christ. It says that He went from the highest place (equality with God the Father), to the lowest place (death as a criminal) and back to the highest place (the right hand of God the Father). After describing Christ’s incarnation and death, Paul writes, “ThereforeContinue reading “Everyone praising and worshipping”

Responding to external problems

What keeps you awake at night? According to the World Economic Forum, the biggest risks facing our world in 2019 are climate change, natural disasters, large-scale conflicts and cyber attacks. And many people struggle with poverty. David wrote many psalms in the Bible and it seems as though he spent many sleepless nights. One ofContinue reading “Responding to external problems”

Responding to personal problems

My parents in-law are going through tough times with weakness because of chemotherapy and confusion because of dementia. We can all experience such internal problems, which can be physical or mental. After all, Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (Jn. 16:33). Twelve of the psalms are prayers for God’s help for illnessContinue reading “Responding to personal problems”

Experiencing God through Worship

Being in the presence of someone more accomplished than yourself can be very intimidating. In 2010, I was invited to speak at a conference in the Metropolitan Club in New York. Men are required to wear jackets and ties at all times. Mobile phones or laptops are to be used only in designated rooms inContinue reading “Experiencing God through Worship”

Worship in Revelation

What is worship? The Greek verb to worship proskuneo (Strongs #4352) occurs 60 times in the New Testament and 24 (40%) of these are in the book of Revelation. It’s the main book about worship in the New Testament. In this way, the book of Revelation is like the book of Psalms. In Revelation, worshipContinue reading “Worship in Revelation”

True worship

What is “true worship”? You may think that worship is limited to a church meeting or the singing in such a meeting. But it’s much more than that! In Romans Paul shows that worship is an important part of our Christian lives. After 11 chapters on doctrine (what we believe about what God has doneContinue reading “True worship”

To serve and to give

“No one is to appear before me empty-handed.” Exodus 23:14. NIV. Living in an entertainment culture, we are coached to receive or to be entertained. We are prone to expect the same from a church. We go to church to hear a sermon, that hopefully is not too troubling to our conscience, one with a fewContinue reading “To serve and to give”