Graceful Truth — Worship

BLESSING GOD AND OTHERS

Bill Elliff Worship

The word ""bless"" is used often in the Scriptures. To bless is to praise, to glorify, to give to, to honor. The blessing of God upon us makes things natural, supernatural, infused by the hand of God. It is an essential exercise for us. Not only does it honor God, but it puts us in the proper posture, reminding us of our place before our Creator. COMMANDED TO BLESS In Psalm 134, we are commanded to bless the Lord.  ""Behold, bless the Lord, all servants of the Lord, who serve by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up...

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How to have a Biblical Worship Gathering (that Leads to Revival!)

Bill Elliff Worship

This Sunday, millions of people will gather in homes and churches all around the world to worship God on the Lord's Day. Those that can will meet in large groups to meet with God.  Ezra, in Nehemiah 8, displays a good model for what should happen in these moments. Although there is freedom in our worship and in elements of worship, the following are things we should never displace in our gatherings. 1. We should GATHER ""And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate"" (8:1) 2. We should PREPARE FOR...

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What Will You Think About Today (and What Will it Do?)

Bill Elliff Worship

Where do you put your thoughts each day? It is a choice, of course. God would not have commanded you to ""set your mind on things above"" (Col 3), or ""Whatever is good, pure ... think on these things"" if we could not do it. Here's what the Psalmist thought about and what it did to him: Psalm 48:9-11: We have thought on Your lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of Your temple. As is Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. Let Mount Zion be...

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His Reigning and Our Rejoicing

Bill Elliff Worship

There are a lot of things we can be sad about today. The state of our nation; the presence of sin; the problems we face; the brokenness of the family; the rise of terrorism ... and on and on. But there is great reason for rejoicing also. And it's found in this simple statement by the Psalmist: ""The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice!"" (Psalm 97:1) To God, the earth is a very, very small place. He sees it all in a glance. And, He reigns over it all. In His sovereignty, He has allowed the Enemy a short season...

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What You Should Know About God ... and How You Should Respond

Bill Elliff Worship

What You Should Know About God ... and How You Should Respond

""What you think about when you think about God is the most important thing about you,"" A.W. Tozer said. And he was right. The Shepherd-Psalmist-King David knew God. It was this intimate knowledge of the Almighty that made him the great man and leader that He became. God wants you to know Him, (which is remarkable). He could shroud Himself in mystery with not a speck of self-disclosure, but that is not His desire. It should be our supreme passion to deeply know the Lord. For to know Him is to love Him, and to love Him is to worship...

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