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Heart of Worship

There’s a song made popular by Michael W. Smith titled ‘The Heart of Worship’ which chorus states, ‘I’m coming back to the heart of worship….it’s all about You, Jesus.’

I’ve always just taken that to mean that having been distracted by life generally and having lost focus somewhat, I have realised where I’m at and I’m returning to what worship truly is – to the core of worship or as we would say in Nigeria, to the ‘koko’ of worship. And that ‘koko’ is Jesus, the Saviour of the world and my Lord. This is important because of what we’ve turned worship into.

We’ve made it about us: The subconscious (and sometimes conscious) motive for coming into God’s presence and saying the loving, adoring things to Him a lot of times is to then sneak in some request for our needs. To use a term found in organisations, it is more like ‘sucking up’ to God so that He will be favourably disposed towards us……or so we think. Now, there’s nothing wrong with asking your Father for stuff but as a parent, it doesn’t feel nice when you think your child is snuggling up to you and enjoying your company just to discover she just wanted to ask you for something and was ‘softening the ground’. The difference with God is that He sees right through to our heart and knows exactly what we’re after, whether we’re after Him (His face) or some ‘blessing’ (His hands).

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In the Potter’s Hands

There is a song I remember from way back that goes:

‘Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.’
[‘Spirit of the Living God’ by Daniel Iverson & Michael Baughen]

A more recent (but still old) song says something quite similar:

‘Take me and mold me, use me, fill me
I give my life to the Potter’s hand
Call me, You guide me, lead me, walk beside me
I give my life to the Potter’s hand.’
[‘The Potter’s Hand’ by Hillsong]

The foundation for these two songs is the understanding that we belong to God and not to ourselves. This holds true on two levels:

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Worship At The Master’s Feet

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.

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Being Truly Satisfied

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 →

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God is tired of religion

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?

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Intimacy with God

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 →

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True Worship demands Total Obedience

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,

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The Message in the Song

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 →