I was having a conversation yesterday about possible new players for one of our worship teams. The comment was made that this particular person would definitely need us to work with him. It occurred to me at that moment…
It’s what we do.
That’s one of the things that makes the church different from a professional music environment. We work with people. We help them get better. Yes, we want our standard of playing music to get higher, but, at the core, we are about helping people become better musicians and, most importantly, worshippers.
So next time there’s someone who has desire and the glimmer of musical gifting I’m going to remember what we do…
We work with people.
I had always heard of A.W. Tozer, but hadn’t really read or heard any of his teaching. A few weeks ago someone tweeted a quote of his that floored me:
The church that can’t worship must be entertained. And men who can’t lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment.
So I wanted to see if there was more where that came from…and there most definitely was!
I first found a series of MP3s from 1960 – ten sermons in a series on the Holy Spirit. I’ve listened to three and they are exceptional.
The next thing I did was to download his book “The Pursuit of God.” I’ve been using the Amazon Kindle App for my iPhone to read books…it’s so easy to just download a book and my phone’s always with me. This book was only 99 cents! But it’s worth far more than that.
I’m only a few chapters in but there are already some amazing truths. Here are a few of my favorites (so far):
The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word.
…but let him come defenseless before the Lord and he will have for his defender no less than God himself.
The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all.
(God said to Levi)…”I am thy part and thine inheritance,” and by those words made him richer than all the brethren, richer than all the kings and rajas who have ever lived in the world.
God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.
So, I highly recommend the teaching of A.W. Tozer this week. Do you have any recommendations for me??