Devotional Thoughts

Devotional Thoughts
False Assumptions about Life, God & Worship

I ran across a great quote the other day while reading Worship By the Book by D.A. Carson. He was quoting from a book called Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin. This sums up the attitude of many today! If we know the characteristic sins of the age, we can guess

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Limitless Freedom in Christ Has Its Boundaries

Several months ago I came upon the idea that as Christians we should “stay inside our box,” the box God has given to us. I am just now beginning to develop this concept as God shows me clear direction in His Word. During my quiet time yesterday (as I go through the book of Joshua

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New Article in Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox

A shout-out of thanks to Kristine Noelle for publishing our 7th article in the Toolbox! Kristine is the new managing editor of RWMT after our good friend, Tobin Perry, left that post to become pastor of a church in Evansville, Indiana. The article is entitled, Staying Fresh for Life. It is an excerpt from Day

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Our Worship Should Reflect God’s Transcendence

There is no other God but the Lord. But do you realize that even the demons believe there is just one God? In fact, we Christians could take a lesson from these imps of the dark world. The Bible says they tremble before Him. (See James 2:19) No doubt they shake before God mostly out

Church-wide Campaign, Devotional Thoughts, Family Devotions, Resources
Family Devotional on Worshiping with Other Believers

This is the fourth devotional of the family devotions series we have posted. Each of these brief, but effective family devotions are taken from the 30 Days of Praise Devotional Journal. 30 Days of Praise is a church-wide emphasis on worship that includes daily devotions, small group Bible studies and messages on worship by your pastor. Go here to learn

Biblical Perspectives, Church-wide Campaign, Devotional Thoughts, Family Devotions, Random Thoughts
Family Devotional on Knowing God More

This is the third installment of family devotions we have posted. Each of these brief, but effective family devotions are taken from the 30 Days of Praise Devotional Journal. 30 Days of Praise is a church-wide emphasis on worship that includes daily devotions, small group Bible studies and messages on worship by your pastor. Go here to

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
God Is Not Fooled by Public Praise

This morning during my quiet time I was stopped in my tracks by two simple verses in Psalm 26. I have read this chapter numerous times before; yet, today a powerful and convicting truth seemed to jump right off the page at me. It is an awesome truth I needed to grasp about my worship both in

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Family Devotional on Meaning of Praise

Excerpt from Week 2 of the 30 Days of Praise Personal Journal: Week 2—What Is Praise Family Worship Time Say this week’s memory verse together: Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. —Hebrews 13:15 (NKJ) Ask: Don’t you like

Devotional Thoughts, Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes
Study Finds Pastors “Too Busy for God”

OK, an article in this week’s edition of Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox hit me hard. Our ministry is right now in the midst of launching a major church-wide emphasis on worship (called 30 Days of Praise). At the heart of its purpose is to get people to slow down and make time daily to focus on God and

Biblical Perspectives, Book Reviews, Devotional Thoughts
Praise Should Be Life’s Greatest Pursuit

The following is a continuation of the introduction from a new book I am working on. Go here to read the first part of this introduction. Thanks for your feedback! ~ Dwayne  As we dig into God’s Word together in the chapters that follow, we will discover that the greatest and most significant pursuit in our lives

Biblical Perspectives, Book Reviews, Devotional Thoughts
4 Questions that Determine Our Success at Life

As many of you know, I am working on a new book on the priority of praise in our lives. Below is an excerpt from the introduction. Thanks for taking time to review it for me! ~ Dwayne  When you think of the greatest things in life to pursue, what comes to mind as possible candidates? Is it money and

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Worship Planning
Reinventing Our Predictable Worship Subculture

I just read a powerful dialogue on Nancy Beach’s blog. (Nancy is programming director at Willow Creek Church in Chicago and author of a challenging book entitled, An Hour on Sunday: Creating Moments of Transformation and Wonder.) Please do yourself and your congregation a favor: Go to her blog site and read Nancy’s entry, The

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Prominent Praise

Excerpt from Praise More Powerful:  Let’s imagine that we’re “flying over” and looking down at praise. As we do, we realize that praise, like land and water seen from an airplane, stretches as far as the mind can perceive in all directions. It is universal; praise to the Lord is everywhere you look.  As we

Biblical Perspectives, Book Reviews, Devotional Thoughts
A Successful Life Is a Worshiping Life

The following is an excerpt from a new book I am working on. I’d love to hear what you think! Thanks! – Dwayne  We need to reconsider how we measure success in life. People may garner great accomplishments during this life, yet fail to prepare for life after death. And since our life – or at

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A Danger of “Professional Praise”

The following article is an excerpt from Week 3, Day 4 of the Praise More Powerful worship study:  Knowing God in a personal way is actually the highest level of Emmanuel. He is not only God with us. He can and should be God with me. That is His ultimate goal with each of us. He