Author: Ilysia Martin

Preparing Our Hearts

You walk into church Sunday morning feeling groggy and tired. You are running late, so you walk into the sanctuary halfway through the worship set. You are thinking, “Where did the weekend go? Why is tomorrow Monday? Why am I even here when I have so much to do at home?”. You find a spot to stand and listen as the band leads the last song. You aren’t really interested in singing this morning so you just wait for the music to be over so you can sit down and rest. Doesn’t this sound like all of us at...

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I cannot tell you how many times I have heard people talk about the insignificance of worship in church. Unfortunately, many people view worship as something that simply happens before and after the message, as if singing praise is just a form of musical embellishment. What I want to talk about this month is the power worship has through the Holy Spirit. In the Understanding Worship EQUIP class that recently wrapped up, we listened to a message titled “Ambushing Satan with Song”. In this message John Piper talks about the immense power that singing has against the weapons of...

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Old Versus New

In the past few months we have looked into the meaning of worship. We have unwrapped truths and untruths about the praise of our Savior and what that should look like in our lives. This month I want to talk about a difficult subject when it comes to worship. I want to talk about personal preferences and how they get in the way of honest worship to our Lord. We all have our own set of likes and dislikes and things that minister to us as well as others that do not. When it comes to the creative arts,...

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  • Cleansing … It’s An Inside Job
    It is significant to note that in the days of Hezekiah’s reformation (2 Chron 29:1-5), they began the cleansing of the house of the Lord in the inner part. Before there can be any pure work of God accomplished, our inner man must be cleansed. Paul writes about cleansing ourselves “from all filthiness of the […]
  • Upright Living
    “Shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.” The Hebrew root of the English word “upright” means straight, even, or right. Webster’s Dictionary defines upright as a strict adherence to moral principles. As followers of Jesus we, above all people, are to be honest and scrupulous in all of our ways. The psalmist […]
  • Are you Listening?
    As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, so that while seeing, they may see and not perceive, […]
  • Access To God
    To have access to God means that you and I have the ability to communicate or approach the Lord at will. Jesus Christ has made God the Father accessible. Each and every child of God is now able to have personal fellowship with the Lord. We can bring all of our prayers and needs to […]