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We Are Standing on Holy Ground (3 of 10)
Series: Worship at Its Best
Steve N. Wagers
July 6, 2008
1. Where God Stands!
A) He Owns It All
B) He Oversees It All
2. Who God Seeks!
A) Lives that Show Truth
1) Outward Conduct
2) Inward Character
3) Upward Commitment
B) Lips that Speak Truth
3. What God Sends!
A) His Grace Flows Out
B) His Glory Shows Up
A few years ago the Chicago Tribune reported the story of a New Mexico woman who was frying tortillas when she noticed that the skillet burns on one of her tortillas resembled the face of Jesus. Excited, she showed it to her husband and neighbors, and they all agreed that there was a face etched on the tortilla, and that it truly bore a resemblance to Jesus.
The next day, the woman went to her priest to have the tortilla blessed. She testified that the tortilla had changed her life, and her husband agreed that she had been a more peaceful, happy, submissive wife since the tortilla had arrived. The priest, no accustomed to blessing tortillas, was reluctant, but agreed to bless it.
The woman took the tortilla home, put it in a glass case with piles of cotton to make it look like it was floating on clouds. She then built a special altar for it, and opened the little shrine to visitors. When a few months, more than 8,000 people had come to the shrine of the "Jesus of the Tortilla," and all of them agreed that the face in the burn marks was the face of Jesus, except for one reporter who said that he thought it looked like former heavyweight boxing champion, Leon Spinks.
That story is proof positive that people will look for, and find just about anything to worship. In fact, we have watched a major shift take place in the church over the past several years. We have watched as the sanctuary has become a theater, ministry has become performance, and worship has turned into entertainment.
Many churches have designed their "worship" service to attract peopl ...
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