Author: Ilysia Martin

What Is Worship?

Worship is something that we talk about a lot in the Christian community, but unfortunately it is something most people rarely fully understand. When someone comes up to me on a Sunday morning and tells me that they loved worship that morning, I have to wonder if that person truly understands the meaning of that word. We, as finite human beings, like to put things in little boxes so they are easier for us to comprehend. But, as we can see from the Scriptures, worship does not fit neatly into a small, tightly wrapped box. In the next few...

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Introducing Worship Leader Ilysia Martin

If you told me 5 years ago that I would be a married woman serving as a worship director at a church, I would have never believed you. My life has taken quite a few twists and turns in the journey to get me where I am at today. But that is just how God works isn’t it? He takes our best made plans and proves that He has something much better in store for us. I have always called Rochester my home. I have lived here my whole life and my entire family is from the area. In...

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  • In His Presence
    For years in my Bible reading, my understanding of Scripture was all too heady and lacked a real, living intimacy with my Lord Jesus. The “I AM” statements found in John’s gospel touched my heart one day. I knew that Jesus rose from the dead and ascended up to the right hand of the Father; […]
  • The Call Of God
    As we study the gospels we see Jesus time and time again calling people to follow Him. His invitation was a personal one that could either be accepted or refused. For example, Mark’s gospel records that Jesus found two brothers engaged in fishing and His message to them was, “Follow Me”. In a nutshell, this […]
  • What Is Repentance?
    One of the first words out of our Lord’s lips in the first chapter of Mark is “repent”. What does the word “repent” mean? Basically it means to have a change of one’s mind or purpose. Biblical repentance involves a change of mind about God, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the world, sin, and myself. […]
  • The Tragedy of a Hard Heart
    Malachi 2:1,2 “And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed […]