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The Theology of Shout

Many times, as we express our faith, we just need to shout. Shout in praise, shout for joy, and shout about God’s faithfulness when we’ve extended ourselves to believe and obey, in faith. I call it the theology of shout. Scripture gives us some vivid pictures of this: First we just need to read Joshua […] Continue reading…

Contrasting Ways of Responding to God’s Presence

 My last post highlighted king David and bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. To the Israelites and David, the Ark clearly signified God’s presence in their midst. This post examines two contrasting ways of responding to God’s presence from 2 Samuel 6. As the Ark comes into the city, on its way […] Continue reading…

Seeking God’s Presence

 One of the most sobering stories found in the Bible revolves around how both sinner and saint responded to God’s presence. Both 2 Samuel 6 and 1 Chronicles 13, 15 and 16 describe how Israel went about moving the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem from the house of Abinadab where it had been […] Continue reading…

Thirsting for God—Profound, Practical, and Praise-Filled

 I’ve been writing about the importance of thirsting for God. Using David’s words in Psalm 63 we can feel his intensity and his great desire for God. He thirsts and craves for God’s presence in his life. In earlier posts I pointed out that our thirsting for God is personal, a priority and passionate. In […] Continue reading…

Worshipping in the Spirit—John’s Example

In my last post I wrote about worshiping in Spirit and in truth. I used Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well to illustrate the point. In this post, I want to focus on the apostle John and his example of spiritual worship. In John 13:23–25 John wrote, “Now there was leaning on […] Continue reading…

Worshipping in Spirit and Truth

There’s a very famous story in chapter 4 of John’s gospel. Jesus is talking to the Samaritan woman at a well. They are talking about worship—where worship should happen. Jesus tells her, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father […] Continue reading…

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

We should fear God (have reverential awe for Him) not just because of His amazing nature (see Exodus 34:6) but also because of His amazing love. We should worship, draw near, and hold on tightly to God in awe and reverence because of His amazing love for us. The Apostle John writes in John 4:8, […] Continue reading…

God is Looking for True Worshipers

In the gospel of John, chapter four, there is a famous story of Jesus’ encounter with a Samaritan woman at a well. They’re having this back-and-forth conversation about her life. She is a Samaritan so she’d always been taught that God should be worshiped in at particular place, and in a particular way. Jesus tells […] Continue reading…