The etymology of our English word “worship” as spoken in the days of William Shakespear was actually pronounced “worth-ship.”
It’s derived from the old English word “weorp” which means to assign worth to someone. The online dictionary of etymology defined it as “significant, valuable, of value; valued, appreciated, highly thought-of, deserving, meriting; honorable, noble, of high rank; suitable for, proper, fit, capable.”
“Ship” from the old English word “sciepe” speaks to the idea or quality of being or condition…power, position, office, or skill.
Worship, therefore, assigns honor, praise, and glory to Him who is worthy and who is valued. Thus, the Psalmist proclaims: Continue reading
When I was a kid in the late ’50s and early ’60s, we watched a TV show called, “Father Knows Best.” The lead role was played by Robert Young who spoke with authority, wisdom, and also compassion. He had the solution to every problem. He was the ideal father.
Imagine such a show being on TV today. The image of fathers has fallen into disrepute. With so many absentee, delinquent, and abusive men, our respect for fatherhood has diminished. Also, the media and silly sitcoms often tend to portray dad as a bumbling idiot. Continue reading
Last Saturday, for only the second time in my life I missed a preaching appointment during a meeting due to sickness. I don’t know if was something I ate, or just a “24 bug,” but I hadn’t been that sick in a long time.
As a result, I not only missed preaching Saturday night, but a Cracker Barrel breakfast with the elders and several brethren, and a steak dinner with two other couples. Continue reading
Plutarch who lived from 46 to 120 A.D. once wrote, “The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart.” The Psalmist often coupled the spirit of thanksgiving with worship to God.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving. And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Ps. 100:4) Continue reading
“Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan,” once opined the German theologian, philosopher, and physician Albert Schweitzer.
Since I’ve been unable to find the source and context of this quote attributed to Schweitzer, I suppose it might be subject to various interpretations. However, consider it from a simple New Testament perspective. Continue reading
As Christians meet for worship today around the world, local churches will meet at different times. Culture and customs may impact the order, style and length of worship.
Some churches will meet in modern facilities with large crowds attending. Others will assemble in simple, nondescript buildings. Some may meet in rented storefronts. And others may gather in a small group in a family home.
Furthermore, I wonder how many different languages and dialects will lift their voices in praise and prayer to God today? Continue reading
Today we gather in our churches around the US and all over the world for one central reason and for one special focus. To remember Jesus.
On the eve of the His crucifixion, during the Passover feast, Jesus instituted a memorial, later called by Paul, “The Lord’s Supper.” When partaking of it, Jesus instructed, “This do in remembrance of Me.”
Today we assemble because of who Jesus is. Because of what He did. And because of our relationship to Him.
For today’s seed thought, consider these great quotes about Jesus. Continue reading
Ascribing honor to those in special positions of power, influence, or responsibility is a principle found throughout the Bible.
In the Old Testament Kings, prophets, and priests were accorded honor for who they were, the office they occupied, and the service they rendered.
Israel was taught to honor God by their worship, their sacrifices, and even through the way they used the blessings He provided them.
Jesus came to earth honoring the heavenly Father through doing His will and finishing the work assigned to Him. Continue reading
“Enter to Worship, Leave to Serve,” was a slogan that was popular for a period of time, appearing on church bulletins and posted on outdoor church signs. I once saw it displayed at the entrance of the building, so you could see it entering and leaving.
Today, as we join other Christians in worship, think about worship, not just an event. Or a religious rite. Or an end within itself. But as the motivation to take what you’ve learned, felt, and experienced to find expression in service.
Briefly consider 5 reasons why we ought to serve others. Continue reading
Some Sundays may seem more special than others to some people.
You may recall a Sunday on which you or someone you love was baptized into Christ. Or a Sunday with a new congregation. Or your last Sunday with a church, or a special person in your life. Or it may be a childhood memory of a certain Sunday that sticks in your mind.
The religious world has designed by human decree some Sundays are more special than others. Continue reading