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Why do we...?
Why do we Worship God?
"You must worship the Lord your God; serve only Him."
Why do we have Speaking in Unknown tongues and the Interpretation in the Church?
"So, dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophecy, and don't forbid speaking in tongues. But be sure that everything is done properly and in order."
1 Corinthians 14:39 & 40
Why do we have Audible Praise to God?
"Praise the Lord I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will raise his holy name."
Why do we Sing Songs as well as Hymns?
"Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the holy spirit fill and control you. Then you will sing Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the lord in your hearts."
How do we Worship God?
"But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth"
Why do we Sing in Tougues and in English?
"Well then, what shall we do? I will do both. I will pray in the spirit, and I will pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I wil sing in words I understand."
1 Corinthians 14:15
Why do we Stand to Sing?
"Then the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout."
2 Chronicles 20:19
Why are Musical Instruments part of the Worship Service?
"Praise him with a blast of the trumpet; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;praise him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise him with loud clanging cymbals."
Why do we Clap our Hands?
"Come everyone, and clap your hands for joy! Shout to God with joyful praise!"
Why do we do Prophecy?
"But one who prophesies is helping others grow in the Lord, encouraging and comfronting them"
1 Corinthians 14:3
Why do we Lift Our Hands?
"So whoever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy"
1 Timothy 2:8
|A Missionary, aged 14: I praise God for His love for me! He was so faithful through all of my pain.|
I grew up in America in a Christian home. At the age of 6 I was baptized; however, I didn’t truly know what a relationship with God meant until 2006 when God called my family into the mission field. We moved over to Europe for a 9 month training course then headed to Africa. It was extremely difficult to live in a minuscule village where next to no one spoke English or had never heard of the one true God. I had to put my trust in God every day. I struggled greatly with living in a place where if I even stuck my head out of my bedroom window people would point and laugh. I asked God every day to give me strength and to help me love these people that He loves so deeply.
About 14 months after we moved to Africa I was sexually abused twice by natives. My life and family’s life crumbled. How could God send me to a place where I could get hurt like that! I was 12 years old! Did He not love me? If He is truly with me all the time and will protect me, why didn’t he stop those men from touching me? Did I do something wrong, was that punishment? I had giving up everything in my life to come share His amazing love with these pagan people, and this is what happened. 9 months later we moved out of Africa. I was a mess! I felt alone and empty. When we got back to America I went through a horrifically painful process of healing and trusting in God. But how could God’s perfect plan for my life fit into what has happened? If He really loved me He wouldn’t have let that happen.
However after months of Christian counseling I still wasn’t really healing from all the hurt and pain inside. I then realized that there was a hole in my heart and I couldn’t feel complete without putting my full trust in God. As I looked back on what happened I realized that God had a plan for everything. I knew that He was in control, but I hadn’t been believing it. I praise God for His love for me! He was so faithful through all of my pain. It’s hard when your in extremely difficult situations to trust that it’s for your ultimate gain. The things I’ve learnt from that life experience are priceless.
Even though those 2 years were the toughest of my life so far, I wouldn’t change them for anything. The Bible verse that got me through it all is Jeremiah 29 v 11-13 which reads: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
God has been so faithful to me. God has taken what satan wanted to destroy me with, and used it for good and the benefit of my life and walk with Him. My dream is to work with young mothers or women who have been through sexually abusive situations and help them find the ultimate healer and best friend!