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I'm Church Leader, Writer, Speaker, Marketer, Kindness Project Founder, Broadcaster and Superhero. But most important I'm a Husband, Father and a worshiper of Jesus.

10 June 2009

Adeste Fideles

"O Come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant: o come ye to Bethlehem, come and behold Him, born the King of Angels.

Yea, Lord we greet Thee, born this happy morning; Jesu, to Thee be glory given; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing"

One of the beautiful things that happened at the nativity... was COMING to worship. It's an ALIVE Jesus-truth at any time of the year.

Together... differing races, economic classes, social status's, styles of life... came to a
place to worship the King. They came long distances by faith at personal cost. Financial, time, reputation cost. They came to a plain untrendy temple-barn... not because it was comfortable hip thing to do... but because Jesus was there. But really, if Jesus is somewhere... why WOULDN'T you go?

Coming together with others to worship Jesus is one of my favorite things in the world to do. Living your faith alone without other tangible human contact, touch, bothering, provoking, encouragement... is a shallow faith experience. Shallow because you limit
yourself in how deep your God-Experience can possibly be... because it's only you. Your thoughts... Your perspective... Your bias... Your single voice. There is strength (great strength) in numbers.

The other aspect is, that in not participating with a body of believers, you rob others of the blessing of you and your gifts. Ubuntu. Our very belief system is woven together by relationship and interdependence on each other... and actually worshiping together in a place is a glorious experience.

It's beautiful because it's never "just right" for anyone. But as a worship session, filled with individual people holding signs that say what we think we are, turns into us laying down those crowns and picking God's "I AM" sign... the things that divide us just melt away into a warm-supernatural embrace.

O Come ye to Bethlehem where the word of the Father is now in flesh appearing.

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