Give Me your heart

And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of … More Give Me your heart

Worship or entertainment?

Stephen Cole, of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship comments on Ezra 3-   Note first  that both personal and corporate worship focus on God and affirm by faith His goodness and covenant love (3:11). Worship requires skillful musicians (3:10), but if the focus is on them, you’re into entertainment, not worship. Worship praises the Lord, saying, “For He is good, for His … More Worship or entertainment?

J. C. Ryle: Why take our bodies to church, if we leave our hearts at home?

And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of … More J. C. Ryle: Why take our bodies to church, if we leave our hearts at home?

John Piper: Only worship is an end in itself. Only worship should not be done as a means to achieving something other than itself.

Jesus quoted Isaiah in Matthew 15:9-10 “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” John Piper preached a sermon, “Worship is an End in Itself” based on this passage, and here is the concluding paragraph. He … More John Piper: Only worship is an end in itself. Only worship should not be done as a means to achieving something other than itself.

Worship God!

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, … More Worship God!