New Worship Album from Sara Lindsay

 

So excited and proud of my friend, Sara Lindsay ( or Mrs. Dolmage as some call her) to release her new album TODAY!  I’ve got mine…and you gotta get yours!!!

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Where Your Heart Goes

Title : Where Your Heart Goes
Artist: Sara Lindsay
Release Date : December 10, 2014
Format : CD or iTunes

Missions and Worship

“*Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.
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Design: Emi Negron

 

“Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions.It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God.

“The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!” (Ps 97:1). “Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!” (Ps 67:3-4).
“But worship is also the fuel of missions. Passion for God in worship precedes the offer of God in preaching. You can’t commend what you don’t cherish.
“Missionaries will never call out, “Let the nations be glad!” who cannot say from the heart, “I rejoice in the Lord…I will be glad and exult in thee, I will sing praise to thy name, O Most High” (Ps 104:34, 9:2). Missions begins and ends in worship.”……
Read the rest of the article Let The Nations Be Glad by John Piper

Let the Nations Be Glad!
*This Excerpt is from John Piper’s 1993 book Let The Nations Be Glad

So that it how I worship Him, by submitting my life to Him in a real way – Erin Vidovich

On this day when we have a memorial for our beloved Erin Vidovich, I remember back to the end of August when she and Pete Anderson did an interview with me for our Los Altos Grace Church family on Sunday morning.  It was a powerful time of reality and truth.

Below is the write up from that time….and what a beautiful way Erin worships our Jesus now: So that it how I worship Him, by submitting my life to Him in a real way.

 

WORSHIP IN THE CRUCIBLE OF LIFE

Our theme of worship took on a new facet this week. We did an interview with two of our own beloved saints: Pete Anderson and Erin Vidovich.
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In this interview format, our own Pete Anderson who lost a spouse to divorce and another to death (and is now happily married to Cheryl) and speaks about the difficulty of worship even through great loss.

Erin Vidovich is currently battling through cancer for the second time. She articulated succinctly about what it means for her to worship in this “crucible of life.”

For me worshiping has been as it is written in Romans 12:1, where we “offer up our body as a living and holy sacrifice to God.” It has meant surrendering, submitting, trusting God completely with my life–in a very real way.

Other problems that I’ve been through in my life, with jobs, or kids or other things, God would always say to me, “Let it go. Love me more than these. And trust Me to handle that.”  

And then when it came to my cancer, He said to me, “You have to love me more than your own life.” And I truly understood what that meant.

Everything I thought my life was to be about: getting old, sitting on the porch swing with my spouse or traveling the world or playing with my grand kids. Whatever it was, those were my plans, and I had to let go of those. Maybe that’s not what God’s plan was for me.

So that it how I worship Him, by submitting my life to Him in a real way.

One of the questions was to share some of the Scriptures which were most meaningful as they walked through their crucible experiences. To spur you on to love and good deeds, we thought we would list the ones they shared:
Erin: A lot of the Psalms, but particularly Psalm 57:1 and her favorite Psalm 34.

Pete: Proverbs 3:5-6, the book of Psalms, specifically Psalm 73:25-28, the story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) and Romans 8:28 (and the whole chapter)

This interview was deep with meaning and powerful testimonies to God’s goodness and grace through the most difficult things in life.

We encourage you to check out the recording of this interview online here  and share it with others who might be encouraged by the truths found there.

Worship in the Crucible of Life

Worship in the Crucible of Life - Mike Jentes, Pete Anderson & Erin VidovichI had the chance to interview a couple of beloved folks from Los Altos Grace to share their stories.

In this interview format, Pete Anderson who lost a spouse to divorce and another to death (and is now happily married to Cheryl) speaks candidly about the difficulty of worship even through great loss.

The second person on the panel, was Erin Vidovich who is currently battling through cancer for the second time. Erin has a blog which chronicles her journey and learning called Serendipity

These are modern day models of how we can trust God and truly worship Him no matter what comes our way in life!

Download the “Worship in the Crucible of Life MP3

Listen in online >> Worship in the Crucible of Life

The Father is a “Seeker”

I had an amazing meditation time today thinking about this:

But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. NLT John 4:23

I have read this a gazillion times, but the truth of that last sentence astounded me…the Father is looking for worshippers. WOW. He is the “seeker” of people who will bow their life down toward Him. He is the one on the Go, on the Lookout, the aggressor in nudging people toward worshipping Him.

What an amazing God we serve…one who created us and one who comes after us even when we have built walls between ourself and Him. May we worship–bow our life down towards Him–that way…the way He wants, the way he seeks!

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