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The Warfare of Worship (5 of 6)
Series: The Heart of Worship
Pastor Jeff Schreve
2 Chronicles 20
It was Easter 1799, Easter Sunday morning in the town of Feldkirch, Austria. The people awoke, and they awoke in fear, because Napoleon's armies were outside the city gates poised and ready to attack and overtake them. The people in the town got together this Easter Sunday morning to talk about what they should do. Should we just surrender? I mean, we're no match for Napoleon's armies. What should we do? And the bishop in the town said, "Hey, it's Easter Sunday morning. It's the day that we celebrate the resurrection and remember in a special way the resurrection of our King, the Lord Jesus Christ." And he said, "Before we do anything, we're going to have our moment of victory, and we're going to celebrate the resurrection of the King." And so all the townspeople said, "Yes, we need to do that" and they said "Let's let the church bells ring out the sound of His victory and the sound of His resurrection!" And so they began to ring the bells. And they rang them for all they were worth. And when Napoleon's commanders heard the bells of victory, they wondered, what could this be? And they determined that it must be that the Austrian army had come in the night and was there poised and ready to fight the French. And they said, "This is a fight that we don't want to engage in." And they fled away - wow - all because of church bells, all because of the sounds of victory, all because of the sounds of praise. Listen. I believe with all my heart there's power in praise. There is warfare in worship.
We've been in a series called "The Heart of Worship." We're learning about how to do this thing called worship. The Bible says that the Father seeks people to worship Him in spirit and truth. We're created to give glory to God. We're created to worship God. We're just beings that have within us this innate desire to worship. And if we don't worship God, we're going to worsh ...
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