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Keeping the Worship Fresh

Posted by undergroundchurch on August 31, 2010


Why is our experience in worship so varied?

We can worship God one time through song and prayer and feel like it is just a scripted venture with no passion, but the next time we sing those same songs and pray, it is like God throws the doors open to His throne room and angels dance around us.

Is there a key to keeping our worship fresh so that it isn’t so inconsistent?

I’m not a huge fan of “Do this and you get that”, but there are some basics that if we keep in mind will, I believe, aid in keeping our time with the Father more memorable each time.

Let’s follow the acronym for W.O.R.S.H.I.P.

Wonder

If you don’t take in a deep sense of awe and wonder of who God is, your worship is destined to be shallow and, frankly, uninspiring.

Open

…your heart, your eyes, your ears. Worship is as much about listening for God as it is talking to him.

Repetition

You need to practice, practice, practice being in the presence of God. Don’t expect one short 20 minute session per week in the protected confines of a structured church service to get you to a deeper level. You have to do it daily!

Solitude

Most of our worship time is spent with others. Jesus practiced solitude with God. Others that learned this secret- Moses, David, Elijah and the prophets of old.

Holiness

In recent years, we have practiced a lot of freedom in the presence of God. But for your worship to move to a new depth, learn to fear God. Yes, he loves you like a child, and we can go boldly before him, but we must never forget that he is first and foremost, holy!

Intensity

Never be content! Always seek a more, deeper and stronger worship experience.

Prostrate

Get down on your face before the Creator of the universe! Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up!

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Why does God Destroy Heaven?

Posted by undergroundchurch on August 16, 2010


I have searched for this answer, and I can’t find it anywhere in any commentary or blog I’ve seen.

What did Heaven Ever do to Deserve being Destroyed?

Revelation and Peter (2 Peter 3:7) both tell of God destroying heaven and earth in the end, but why both.  What didheaven do to deserve that fate?

Like me, you probably never even thought about ‘why’. ¬†You just accepted the fact that God was going to do it to “start over”, so let me ask the question this way, “If heaven is so… uh, heavenly, why is it scheduled to be destroyed? ¬†What makes it undeserving of a future as it is?

The answer might surprise you, and it can be found all over scripture from before man walked the earth through today to days yet to come.

Evil in Heaven

I really can’t say this any other way, “Heaven has known evil”. In fact, it is safe to say that evil is probably hanging out in heaven as you are reading this message.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. – Job 1:6,7

In Job 1 and 2, we see Satan presenting himself a couple times before ¬†God in heaven. ¬†This is an interesting situation. ¬†I mean, if you read Luke 10:18 and Revelation 12:4, you would think Satan was permanently out of heaven, but just because he was cast out, doesn’t mean he can’t return.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:¬†“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God,¬†and the authority of his Christ.¬†For the accuser of our brothers,¬†who accuses them before our God day and night,¬†has been hurled down. – Revelation 12:10

Most would agree that God is in heaven right now. ¬†We know that Jesus sits (and sometimes stands) at His right (Acts 7:55), but are you ready for this. ¬†It looks as though Satan is in heaven too standing before God spending his entire time accusing us. The passage above hasn’t happened yet.

We know that there was a rebellion in heaven when a third of the angels followed Satan in his attempted takeover (Isaiah 14:13), So there has been strife and battles, sin and rebellion in heaven.

Only One Thing Makes it Through

Here’s your question; what is the one thing (not person) that makes it through the destruction of heaven and earth?

Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions…” (John 14:2)

The place Jesus is talking about is not heaven but the place where you will be living. ¬†Revelation 21 tells you exactly where that is… the New Jerusalem.

This huge city with streets of gold and gates of pearl will be your eternal home. (Read the chapter yourself very carefully).

The New Home Never Saw Evil

The New Jerusalem is the one thing that makes it through to the end, and there is a really special reason why it is the only thing.

Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. – Revelation 21:27

This cannot be said about any other spot in all of creation… not heaven, earth, hell or anything. ¬†Evil has entered everywhere except this special city.

Heaven must be destroyed because it has known sin, evil and the prince of shame and deceit.

Peter clarifies why….

By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. Р2 Peter 3:7

He wraps both the earth and the heavens in the same judgement.  It is because of sin that Heaven must be destroyed.  The same reason that earth must be destroyed.  Just so you know, there will not even be a hint of sin anywhere in the new world to come.  That is some serious purging. That is far better than heaven, and it will be your new home if your name is found written in the book of Life

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A Light Theory

Posted by undergroundchurch on August 12, 2010


Is it a coincidence that God creates light first in the new environment He set up Genesis 1:1-3.

In short, light is not just “visible” light, but it includes the entire electromagnetic spectrum from huge radio waves to tee-tiny gamma rays.

Chuck Missler has a very good study called “Beyond Time and Space“. In it he was talking about the velocity of light and the actual space matter takes up, etc., but what intrigued me most was an article I read in Popular Science (I know it’s not the definitive commentary on the Bible) where scientists are building the most powerful laser “that can be built“.

Here’s where it get’s interesting. ¬†Theoretically speaking, there is only so much energy you can put into light before it begins to actually create matter.

Construction Worker in Laser Target Chamber at National Ignition FacilitySeems those nice little photons can move and impact electrons at such speeds and intensity that they can actually create matter, but making the laser less of a light, and more of a solid.  Essentially, you create new solid atoms out of pieces of atoms, or seemingly out of nothing.

The start of creation as recorded started with light. ¬†The sun, moon and stars weren’t created for a couple more days. ¬†So why start with light? ¬†Maybe it’s cause it was the tool used to create things in our universe.

Hey, if scientists can start with theories based on mathematical calculations and hypothetical guesses, can’t I work on theories based on conversations from the actual creator.

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