WORSHIP ACCORDING TO THE PSALMS (Part 2: Psalms 31–60)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 9, No. 12 (December 2014) We continue from October our look at facets of worship that are displayed in Israel’s hymnbook, the Psalms. The intent is not to expound exhaustively each Psalm, of course, but simply to highlight one major perspective on worship that can be seen in each. WORSHIP IS . . . (Psalm 31) . . . trustfully waiting on the Lord to deliver and bless.(Psalm 32) . . …

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WORSHIP ACCORDING TO THE PSALMS (Part 1: Pss. 1–30)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 9, No. 10  (October 2014) In this new series we will look at facets of worship that are displayed in Israel’s hymnbook, the Psalms. While not exhaustive studies of each Psalm, of course, we will highlight one perspective on worship that can be seen in each. WORSHIP IS . . . (Psalm 1)   . . . the blessing of relating rightly to the Lord.(Psalm 2)   …

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Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 15) (Conclusion)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 9, No. 9  (September 2014) 19. SCENES OF WORSHIP IN REVELATION (Part 2) d.  A Great Multitude (Revelation 7:9-12 ) After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud …

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Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 14)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 9, No. 8  (August 2014) 19. SCENES OF WORSHIP IN REVELATION (Part 1) In A.D. 987, Vladimir, Prince of Kiev . . . sent embassies to the neighboring states of Bulgaria, Khazar, and Byzantium to examine their beliefs. The ambassadors return, declaring that the Islam of Bulgaria is too unhappy a religion to adopt. . . . Vladimir himself rejects the Judaism of his Khazar neighbors, for he …

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Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 13)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 9, No. 7  (July 2014) 18. WORSHIP IN THE GENERAL EPISTLES a. 1 Peter 2:5    Spiritual Sacrifices You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. The Church arose within the context of 1st-century Judaism; but as the book of Acts relates, the rejection of the gospel by most …

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Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 12)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 9, No. 6  (June 2014) 18. WORSHIP IN THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS Hebrews is a whole world of its own when it comes to New Testament teachings about worship. Here are some testimonies to its greatness and uniqueness: Hebrews presents the most complete and fully integrated theology of worship in the New Testament. All the important categories of Old Testament thinking on this subject—sanctuary, sacrifice, altar, priesthood and covenant—are …

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ASCENDED ON HIGH: The Significance of Jesus’ Ascension

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 9, No. 5  (May 2014)   A REDIRECT Seeing how yesterday (Thursday) was Ascension Day (40 days after Easter; a public holiday in much of Europe), and this Sunday many churches will thus mark Ascension Sunday, it seemed appropriate to interrupt our series on Important New Testament Passages in order to briefly focus on this oft-neglected yet incredibly significant event in the ministry of Jesus and the life of the Church. …

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Important New Testament Worship Passages (Part 11)

WORSHIP NOTES Volume 9, No. 4  (April 2014) 14. Turning from False to True Worship (1 Thessalonians 1:8-10) Too often we talk about the gospel only in negative terms: that is, how it saves us (and gloriously so!) from sin, death and hell. But it is important to realize and to emphasize that we are not just saved from something, but also to something: to a personal relationship with our …

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