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Welcome to Living Rock Ministries Life of Worship Page!  Here you will find Teachings on living a worshipful life.  The First teaching I have taken from a blog that Worshiper Chris Wrote on JC Faith.  Soon we will be adding many more teachings.  In the blog Chris wrote from his heart and from what we had been studying together.  I hope you enjoy this site.  I will be adding Blogs that I have written about this subject and excerpts from the new teaching Series we will be going and teaching.

Mar 04 2007, 7:42 pm
Blog By Chris
 

The right hand side of the duplex wasn't supposed to be checked out when my in-laws were gone.  They went on their RV trip to Yuma a few weeks ago, and as they own and maintain several duplexes in Snohomish County here in Washington, they needed my wife, brother-in-law and I to work with prospective renters, and if all goes well, to check them in.  They added that 'it probably won't happen while we're gone.'  Sure enough, I call my wife from work a few days later and she is headed south to the duplex (we live about 30 miles away), to show it.  After 2 weeks of repeated returns to the duplex, normal background paperwork, checking out the old renter, additional cleaning, replacing smoke detectors, lights, locks, and an oven that turns on without anybody touching it, we have completed the process of establishing new renters.  I am so proud of my wife, she always puts such effort into every assignment she is given. 

Even though things 'aren't supposed to happen' in life, they do.  We all have the choice of how we are going to respond to them.  To do service for others with a joyful and positive attitude, is to do service for God.  Worship is every day, not just during hours inside a church building.  When we worship God in the every day events, by living our lives based on the model of Jesus Christ, God gets optimal glory. 

What is Living a Life of Worship?

In life we have many choices to make from when to get up to how we treat each person we meet.  Every day choices impact our lives in a much deeper way then we would even think.  That is why I choose to live a life of Worship unto God.  Each decision I make impact my daily relationship with the Lord. 

Worship doesn't mean 24/7 reading the Bible, Praying, Praising or dancing before the Lord.  Worship can be in what we do day to day.  Talking with the Lord, helping our neighbors, reaching out to the lost, giving of ourselves and praying for others can be acts of worship.  If we do everything as if we were doing it unto the Lord then we are living lives of worship.

If each Christian person lived this way imagine what the world would be like?  Would there be so much violence, hate and hunger?  Or would we live in a world where we would no longer be afraid to walk down the streets of big cities? 

Choose today to make your decisions on what would glorify God and begin living a life of worship!

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May 8th 2007 Don't Let the "I'm Busy's" Take Over... Living a Life of Worship

When I woke up this morning the "I'm Busy's" began to attack.  This week I am preparing for an arts and crafts show on our Island this weekend.  I make natural soaps, mineral cosmetics and gemstone jewelry.  I have a lot of work to do for this weekend.  I have to make all new stuff because I do not like to keep an inventory.  So now not only to I have to make things but I also have to organize them, figure out how to display them and I have to label them as well.

To be honest I wasn't even going to log on this morning.  My husband and I make all the money for our outreach ministry so it is very important that I make as many things as possible to sell this weekend.  I definitely felt way too busy....too busy to read the word... too busy to pray... too busy to work on my ministry email... too busy to post and encouraging word...to busy to eat... too busy to sleep.  Just way too busy!  The "I'm busy's" had totally taken over my morning, so much so that I began to feel overwhelmed and scattered.

When the "I'm busy's" take over this bad there is only one thing to do.  Stop, breath, and pray.  Prayer can give you just enough peace to help sort out and stomp on all the "I'm busy's".  Prayer can also help you get your day in order.  When you pray you realize what is really important.  It sure isn't the "I'm busy's".

"Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

In the above verse we see that prayer with out ceasing is one of the three most important parts of God's will for our lives.  If we leave it out then we our opening ourselves up for un-neccesary stress, worry, confusion and fears.  By continuing to pray throughout our day not only are we keeping the dialogue open with God but we are also making it possible to hear the still small voice guiding us away from things that may harm us.

So don't let those "I'm busy's" take over.  Instead take some time to pray, refocus and have a great day!

May 3rd Sacrifice of Praise

Hebrews 13:15 "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."

What is a sacrifice of Praise?  How do we give one?  Why should we give one?

When we look in the to root words  in the original deffinitions for sacrifice of praise it translates as a sacrificial offering of praise or a thank you offering.  God does so much for each of us on a daily basis.  When we bring him offerings of praise...even when we do not feel like it then we are giving a sacrifice of praise.

It can be as simple as just saying "Thank you Lord, for all you do!" or it can be time spent in worship and prayer.  We we at the whole chapter in Hebrew 13 we see that it is instructions on how to live a good life for the Lord.  Giving our praise is a very important part of this.  It gives honor to God.  It shows that we are thankful for our lives and all that God does in our lives.

Let me give you an example.  This actually happened this morning.

10 minutes after our prayer time this morning when my husband was on his way to work the Engine light comes on in his car.  Normally this would have freaked him out and he would have been worrying about it and calling me asking what to do.  Instead this morning he called the dealership, set up an appointment and then called me saying his engine light was on but that he was thankful that he was able to get the car in right away this morning.  This normally doesn't happen, we usually have to wait a couple days up to a week.  Then he called me on his first break and said how thankfull he was that we was having a good day at work.  He gives the glory and honor to God.  So because he choose not to wallow in the poor me my car is broken... he had a good morning at work.  Not only that but in a time where he would have be justified being a little grumpy...he was upbeat choosing to thank God.  Praise God!  Thank you Jesus! 

Here is another way to look at giving a sacrifice of praise.  Say you are walking along the street and suddenly a stranger comes up to you are gives you the most beautiful rose you have ever seen.  It smells so wonderful that you were amazed there was no bees in it and it thorns were carefully cut off so when they handed it to you it does not prick your hand.  Would you not say thank you to the kind stranger who gave you this beautiful rose.  I am pretty sure you would...esspecially if you were having a hard day.  You would be so touched by this amazing gift that came at just the right time to cheer you up.  What if I said someone already handed you a rose today?  It is true.  God gave His son Jesus, the Rose of Sharon, for you as a sacrifice.  Jesus took the thorns for you in his brow and his life was given so that you would not have to know the sting of  death.  The sweet smell is that of the victory that Jesus had over death and of the anointing that he has given us.  When you were given such a beautiful rose, how could you not thank God every day for this wonderful gift.

When ever you are having a hard time think about the beautiful rose, Jesus, and thank God for the new life he has given you!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Importance of Prayer....Living a Life of Worship

Psalms 5

 1.  Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
 2.  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my king, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
 3.  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Today I was thinking about what I should write about as it pertains to living a life of worship and prayer kept sticking in my heart and in the verses I read.  Prayer is an integral part of living a life of worship.

In the verse above from Psalms we see the importance of starting each day with prayer.  When we start out each morning praying to God we open up our lives to live in the will of the Lord for each day.  We become more focused on what we can do for others as well as what we can do to praise and glorify God.  It sets the tone for our days.

Does it take a specific prayer or a specific time.  No...absolutly not!  We can use the form of prayer that Jesus taught us in the Lord's prayer because that is a good formula to follow but sometimes we  just need to have a one on one chat with our Abba Father.  Form and ritual is not what the Lord wants for our lives.  He wants to have an intimate relationship with His creation...you, me and everyone He created. 

My challenge for you is to atleast say good morning to the Lord every morning and then say a little prayer.  You will then see how that begins to break down barriers in your life. 

Have you prayed today?

Friday, April 27, 2007

Run and not be weary... Living a Life of Worship
 

Some times when we think of all the things we have to do in a day it can get quite overwelming.  In fact it's on those days where there seems to be no time for anything that we often shut down emotionally.  Sometimes it seems better to stay in bed and avoid all the things we are faced with... bills, work, relationships, family, faith, and other preasures can truely overwelm us.

That is why when we are living a life of worship we need to take time to recharge everyday.  What do I mean by recharge...I mean spending a little time with God... weither it is in conversation, prayer, singing, music, dancing, reading the word, or sitting quietly in God's presence.  All this different ways of worship can help supply us with the strength to carry on each day.  It also gives us the ability to refocus and prioritize our time.

God first, Family second, career third, is a common way of prioritizing.  I like to add a couple more to this list.  God First, Family Second, Career third, Church fourth, & Fun fifth.  Why did I put church fourth, you may ask, isn't it the same as God.  The answer quite simply is no!  In Christian society today many people have put Church in the place of God.  Spending time with God one on one should never be forfited for church.  Yes it is important to gather together to worship the Lord but it is more important to have a relationship with God and your family.  If we are adding 3 or more times at church a week we are losing out on time that we can spend with our families meeting their needs and helping them grow.  We are also making it hard on our career lives rushing around.  We lose sight of what is really important.  Why did I say fun fifth.  Well because we do need to take some time out for fun, to relax and enjoy life.  This doesn't mean set schedule of activities such as sports or lessons or something like that.  Those things should only be added when the family unit is working well and doing the other five priorities.  Fun can be playing a game, going on a hike, going shopping, going to a sporting event, going on a vacation, or just doing what you and your family enjoy to do.  It will give you and your family a break and will make positive long lasting memories.

When we give each part our lives a certain priority, then we are able to organize our lives better, build stronger relationships, and grow in our faith.  When we keep God at number one on our priority list we are better able to fit all the things we want to do in our lives in and we are spiritually prepared to press on towards our goals.

In God's word it states in Isaiah 40:31:

 "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

My prayer for each and every one who reads this is that they will take time with God and that they shall truely run and not be weary in every aspect of their lives!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Living a life of Worship... Everything that has breath
 

Psalms 150

 1.  Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
 2.  Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
 3.  Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
 4.  Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
 5.  Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
 6.  Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

This is one of my most favorite verses in the Bible.  It talks about so many different ways to praise the Lord.  From play an instrument to dancing.  Verse 6 is the verse that really gets me though.  Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord.  Every thing!  Wow! 

This statement caught me off gaurd a little....does this mean that animals praise the Lord.  It does say everything doesn't it.   So i decided to dig deeper into the Hebrew version of this verse to get some deeper meaning.

When we look at the literal translation it says

Everything that breaths let praise Yah. Praise Yah.

When we dig deep the word for everything in this statment in Hebrew is pronounced "Kole"  This is translated as: properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every. In context in the Bible this word was most often used as "all"

The words "that breaths" are one word in Hebrew which is pronouced "nesh-aw-maw".  This is translated as: a puff, i.e. wind, angry or vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect. or (concretely) an animal.  In context in the Bible this was word was most often used for "Blast, breath, inspiration soul or spirit"

The words "let praise" are one word in Hebrew which is pronounced "haw-lal"  This is translated as: to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify.   In context in the Bible this was word was most often used for "to celebrate, comend, glory, give light"

And of course Yah...is the name of the Lord God most high.

So when we put this all together in an expanded version with the definitions of the words we get

Let all, the whole, any and every thing that puffs divine inspiration, that is an animal, that has wind: glorify, celebrate, boast, rave, give light to the Lord God most high.

Everyone of us can do this!  We can all celebrate the Lord God most high!  We can all shine His light!  God has given us so many ways to praise Him that I am sure He created a way for you just as He created a way for me to worship Him.

How do you worship and praise the Lord God most High?  Have you done it today?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Living a life of worship...No Skills required
 

Come just as you are!  There are no skills required to be a worshiper of God.  You don't need a degree in Theology, music ministry, dance or Biblical literature to worship!  All you need is a heart ready and willing to give all your best to God.

Here's and example from my life.  Before I got married I loved to play my piano to worship the Lord all day long.  I would spend hours in our piano room making up worship songs and just playing my heart out.  I comunicated my every need and desire through the keyboard.  I would even go to the practice rooms in college to play.  Now mind you I am not the best pianist nor am I a great vocalist.  My piano teacher droped me because I have a birth deffect which doesn't allow me to extend my pinkies.  My voice teacher was in college very nice though.  Anyways when I got married I married a true musician.  A man with perfect pitch who could sing and play anything you could put before him.

At first I kept playing...but then slowly I began to stop playing.  So much so that I almost totally gave up playing.  I let my husband do all the musical stuff around the house and in the ministry.  So my personal time of worship was neglected for far too long.  I still wrote the occasional worship song and began to study worship dance and flags.  But something was missing.

Yesterday afternoon I went into our living room and for some reason switched on my husbands piano.  I was going to listen to some of the songs he had recorded on it but could not figure out how to work that part.  In stead I began to play around with the different sounds eventually stopping on grand piano.  All of a sudden I began to play my heart out again.  I sang to the Lord with all my heart.  It wasn't perfect and I know I missed some notes but what I realized was that God didn't care if it wasn't perfect.  I was the one who set the standards I couldn't reach.  I was the one who compared my playing with my husbands not God.  He just long to hear my heart song... imperfect but sweet... missing notes but coming from deep with in.  I realized maybe for the first time in a long time that God made me who I am... and no one is perfect.

The Bible says that God has a throne made out of our praises.  Have you made a throne for Him today?

 

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