The Essentials of True Worship

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By Greg Laurie “For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” —John 4:24 Worshiping God is not about having a great voice or talent. It is about having your heart in the right place. That is what God is interested in more than anything else. God looks on our hearts when we worship. And He wants us to worship in spirit and in truth. In John 4, we …

THANK YOU LORD for THANKSGIVING!

Lyle Rapacki BIBLE STUDY / DEVOTIONALS, BIBLICAL ANSWERS, BODY OF CHRIST, FAMILY, FEATURED ARTICLES Leave a Comment

Four years ago my article: “Thank You Lord for Thanksgiving!” appeared in The Olive Branch Report.  Many responded wonderfully from across the country, and even shared their own stories of giving thanks. This year we have all the more reason to give thanks to the Lord God of All Creation for the myriad blessings in each of our lives; and for the blessings that can still be seen and named in our Nation.  I pray …

Nothing Quite Like It

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By Greg Laurie “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” —Matthew 18:20 I think Christians have the best songs of any religion on earth. The Christian faith is a singing faith, which is not necessarily true of other religions. They may chant, and they may moan. They may have their various forms of music. But there is no faith that is as full …

Why We Should Worship

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By Greg Laurie Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. —Psalm 118:1 Worship can turn the most miserable circumstances into a wonderful time. In the book of Acts we read of Paul and Silas, who were beaten and thrown into a cold, dark, stinking dungeon for preaching the gospel. But at midnight Paul and Silas began singing praises to God. They worshiped the Lord. As they sang, …

Created for Worship

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By Greg Laurie “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” —Revelation 4:11 Everyone, no matter who they are, worships someone or something. Certainly we don’t all worship the true God in Heaven. Some worship a god of their own making. Others worship the true and living God. Some people worship people. They worship sports heroes, actors, …

Worship and Work

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By Greg Laurie Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. —Luke 10:38 Imagine if you were to suddenly hear a bunch of cars outside. When you look out your window, you see a motorcade pulling up. Out steps a person of great importance, who walks up your sidewalk and rings your doorbell. When you answer the door, the dignitary …

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Pursuing the God Who Loves to Be Caught

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by Steve Eastman, Wait Til You Hear This Did you ever hear the expression, he chased her until she caught him?  What’s true of future spouses, is also true of our pursuit of God. Link © 2016 WaitTilYouHearThis.com If you like The Olive, then consider helping us to continue the fight against liberalism, political correctness, and the removal of God in this country. Our costs are considerable, and NO one is paid on this site. …

The Music of Worship

John Miltenberger BIBLICAL ANSWERS, BODY OF CHRIST, FAMILY, FEATURED ARTICLES, TEENS-KIDS Leave a Comment

6/8/2016 This morning over breakfast, my wife and I had a discussion about music, specifically, music used in worship. It brought to mind a Christian Bookseller’s convention I attended years ago in Anaheim, California… My boss at the time was the owner of a retail Christian bookstore, as well as a publisher and wholesale distributor of Christian books. We were excited about escaping the routine of retail, and enjoying a week in California. I was …