Monday, December 13, 2010

The Week In Words...

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Every week I say that I'm going to participate in WIW...because I just love checking out what Barbara has gathered each week...It's SO inspirational and thought provoking.  I tend to read a lot of quotes...but don't flag them and then can't find them when Monday rolls around.  Her's a blogger's kind of Meme...you can link up to any day of your previous week...which is totally sweet of her.  But, today...I'm actually ready for Monday!

“Worship is not looking up and feeling good, it is bowing down and feeling lowly………When we try to feel an experience of affirmation from worship, we are not worshiping God.  We are worshiping our own egos.” (pp. 56-57)
from Dan Lucarini’s Why I Left the Christian Comtemporary Music Movement

I've been really convicted lately, to consider whether I'm genuinely engaged in praising and worshiping during the song time at church.  Honestly, my brain is usually going a million miles an hour..."oh, so and so is here....and don't forget you have to sit in the front row when choir dismisses for the offertory...Lubby is being rotten again, etc."  Far from God focused! Ouch!

“The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them …….. providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church …… the need is for Biblical doctrine, so understood and felt that it sets men aflame.”
– C. H. Spurgeon

Whoa is that true.  Sadly, a lot of amusing the goats going on...not much sheep feeding!  I find it interesting that Spurgeon said this...he died in 1892!  Couldn't sound more like RIGHT NOW!

“VICTORIOUS WARRIORS WIN FIRST…
AND THEN GO TO WAR,
WHILE DEFEATED WARRIORS GO TO WAR FIRST…
AND THEN SEEK TO WIN.”
- Sun Tzu

 Ever think about whether you're living like the victory's been won?  Sometimes I act defeated...imagine!  Humph!

"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."
-C. S. Lewis

This quote (above) was given to me by my dear librarian friend Cheryl...as we discussed this article and having discerning spirits in this world.  I will quote her e-mail to me..."I think your reaction of feeling a "muddled conviction" is in part because you are feeling a little bit of how he feels about reading, and about life. Like there are rules we have to discern in every moment of life. Why can't he just browse the bookstore? Why can't he let loose and enjoy? There's something there that is fearful and guilty . . . and neither of those are what we're called to....All media content (books, music, movies, etc) are held up to the truth of scripture."

That made me think of Romans 8:15, "For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

FYI--To anyone interested in what happened to Memory Mondays...yeah, rotten time of year to start a new meme...and Vlogging is time consuming and...I think that Loverbrains and I are going to begin memorizing scripture together in the New Year.  I'll keep ya posted.  

5 comments:

Barbara H. said...

Wow, that first one really packs a punch. I love that kind of quote that opens our eyes clearly to something.

That quote of Spurgeon's is especially amazing in light of the times in which he lived -- he would be appalled at the entertainment abounding in services these days.

Excellent quote about victory, and about reading, too.

Thanks for joining in!

Lisa notes... said...

I especially love your quotes about worship. I kept catching myself yesterday morning NOT worshiping, but wondering things like "Why are we singing this old song again? That is pitched way too high,", etc. May God give us grace through his forgiveness, and diligence to keep reminding ourselves of our REASON to worship: Him.

nannykim said...

I especially love the first quote! So good@

e-Mom said...

How funny that you joined Barbara's meme on a day that I posted a quote from your blog! You get around lady...

Love this:

“VICTORIOUS WARRIORS WIN FIRST…
AND THEN GO TO WAR,
WHILE DEFEATED WARRIORS GO TO WAR FIRST…
AND THEN SEEK TO WIN.”
- Sun Tzu


Ever think about whether you're living like the victory's been won? Sometimes I act defeated...imagine! Humph!


I love to think about Randy Alcorn's interpretation of the next life in his book Heaven. It gives me hope on those dismally down days when like you, I forget the victory has already been won...

Blessings! ღ

bekahcubed said...

Those first two go together so well. We have to ask ourselves--are church, worship, devotional life, Christian disciplines about me or about God? Of course, we all know that they're ultimately about God and His glory--but too often we live as though they were all about us. (Lord, help us!)