For those who don’t know, in 2008, I founded a worship ministry – At The Master’s Feet (ATMF) – although our first outreach held in 2009. ATMF serves to fulfil the mandate to raise true worshippers who worship God in spirit and in truth by organizing annual 2-hour worship gatherings in Nigeria and in Ghana (with the plan to go into other African nations) and an annual outreach to women in Nigeria – Alabaster Box. In between outreaches/worship gatherings, we keep sending out messages by sms, online and e-newsletter to help worshippers grow in their lifestyle of true worship.
I’ve always heard it said that the attainment of earthly pursuits never truly satisfies, that no matter how rich you get, the riches can’t satiate the hunger that’s deep inside. Well, I’ve agreed and said same to others but you know what, I’ve never had ‘more than enough’ money, so I can’t say I’ve spoken from an experiential knowing.
Yesterday, though, I got a taste of that emptiness that comes after reaching a goal that is shallow. Read more →
What is religion?
It is “the belief in a god or in a group of gods. : an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods”(Webster’s dictionary). According to Wikipedia, “Many religions may have organized behaviours, clergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, holy places, and scriptures. The practice of a religion may also include rituals, sermons,…. prayer, music,….public service or other aspects of human culture.”
So what makes Christianity different from the hundreds of religions?
Humans have a general desire to belong and to love, which is usually satisfied within an intimate relationship. I live in a part of the world where intimacy, even in marriage, is not common. Spouses live in their own worlds and come together just to talk about the children or issues with the home, or to have sex…..and even that is, Read more →
I have a child who has an interesting, but annoying, habit: when she is told to do something, she abandons what she was told to do and does something else or even several other things that are good but are not what was asked of her. For instance, I’d say, “Tidy up your room” and instead of doing just that, she’d wash and put away the dishes, clean the cooker and wipe the kitchen counter. To her,
Many folks don’t really pay attention to the lyrics of a song they’re listening to. They enjoy the music, perhaps pick up a repeated phrase here and there, but don’t really sit to listen to and think about the words being sung…..the message of the song. Yet, the words of songs do have a tremendous effect on our thought processes which affect our words and actions. Read more →
Worship is primarily an intimate love relationship between God, the Creator, and us, His creation. We love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). In other words, we simply respond to the revelation of the amazing love He has for us which He manifested when He sent His Son to die on the cross for our own sins.
Love and obedience are intertwined in our relationship with God. If we just obey without love, that is not worship that’s acceptable to God. Our obedience should be a natural overflow or outcome of our love for God. Little wonder when He was asked which was the greatest commandment, Jesus responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).” (Matthew 22:37, Amp). Something else He said was, “If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.” (John 14:15, Amp)…
Blogging seems to be one of the current fads, right? Everybody who has something (or nothing) to say has a blog or something they call a blog. My natural inclination is to head in the opposite direction, to not do what everybody else is doing but guess what…..I have something to say and this is the best way to say it……for now.
So what do I have to say, you might ask.
There are so many churches and huge numbers of professing Christians, but Christ’s impact is not being felt in our homes, communities and nations. There is so much hype about gospel music and worship music, so much singing going on in our places of worship and even during our personal times of devotion but there seems to be a disconnect between all of that and our daily lives – our moment by moment life choices and decisions. We’re hearing the name of Jesus from scores of lips, but we’re not seeing Him living amongst us daily through His followers like we should. My deepest passion is to see worship move from the outward acts of raising hands, kneeling, singing songs and even crying to the inner, true worship of a surrendered will and bowed heart; to see more true worshippers arise to worship God in spirit and in truth as He desires; to see less of the talk and more of the walk.
Speaking of gospel music, I despair that the ministry of music is getting lost somewhere between the laudable attempt to produce high quality music and the unfortunate trend of trying to ‘do the music thing’ like those who have not made themselves accountable to God for the gift of music He has bestowed so generously on them.
These, dear reader, are the issues burning in my heart. I am hopeful that as I share my thoughts on different issues, the practicality of worship and the reality of God’s love for us and our reciprocal love for Him will come through.
If you are in love with God or you’d like to fall deeper in love with Him; if you’re tired of superficial Christianity and want to experience God’s reality in your everyday life; if you have been singing the songs without understanding or meaning every word; if you want to be or grow as a true worshipper……please subscribe and join me on this exciting journey into Christ-likeness.