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The Cost of Worship

worshipI’ve been reading through Numbers, and one of the things that has been striking my heart is the immense cost to worship.  To be in relationship with God–the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, the jealous and burning fire, the consuming One–is a dangerous and costly thing.

Yes, Jesus’ blood has paid the price of our sins, and his act of redemption on the cross enables us to come into the presence of God, but still there is a cost to worship or it is not really worship.  Worship is an act of giving, and so it necessitates a loss on the part of the worshiper.  Now, this cost is negligible when compared to the ultimate glory we receive, the joy, peace, healing, love, and acceptance we find in the presence of God.  But there is a cost.

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Numai Prin Harul Tau – Sunny Tranca

As soon as I heard Sunny Tranca’s music, my heart went, “Oh, yeah!  This is worship!”  In Bucharest, it’s been hard to find good worship, free, expressive, heartfelt, passionate, clap-able and dance-able.  The best we’ve found has been at Raul Vietii–who always seem to stop right when they get *almost* to the point of a real, free heart connection to God during worship–and Elim.  And, of course, Piatra Vie!  (No bias here.  😀 )  (And, actually, we’re a long ways from where we want to be…  God, send us worshipers and musicians!)

I had begun to think Romanians just don’t understand what it means to worship passionately and freely.

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Wanted: Worshipers

worshipers wantedWhen I went back to the U.S., almost everyone asked me what I missed most while in Romania.  Although I would usually answer with a list of food (cheddar cheese, milk, Pizza Hut…), those were all secondary (or even “thirdary”).  The one thing I have missed most while living in Romania is passionate and free worship.

At Biserica Piatra Vie, we are trying to develop a church of worshipers.

What will that look like?  Well, as God is the one in charge of building the church (Matthew 16:18) and as he is the one looking hardest for worshipers (John 4:23) and as he is the one who draws men to himself (John 12:32), I’m not entirely sure just what we’ll end up like.  With that said, though, here is some of what we’re envisioning:

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Jon Thurlow – Strong Love

Recently, I’ve grown pretty well addicted to this song by Jon Thurlow.  It’s pretty simple lyrically and chord-wise, but it’s got such a happy sound to it that I totally love.  It’s a great reminder of the simple joy that’s ours simply because God chooses to love us regardless of how worthy (or unworthy) we may be.  🙂

For those interested, the chords are below, along with the strumming pattern I use.  (Sorry for the incorrect spacing on the chords; WordPress is not friendly when it comes to spacing things correctly.)

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Behold the Lamb – Daniel Bashta and Harvest Bashta

The music of Daniel (and his sister Harvest) Bashta has really been ministering to me lately.  I love the passion and energy in the music.  It’s almost impossible to sit still while listening; either you want to bow down on your knees or get up and dance.  🙂  And I love how so much of the lyrics are drenched in Scriptural phrases and images if not word-for-word Bible.  “Behold the Lamb,” in particular, evokes images of the angelic choruses in the book of Revelation as well as the Lord’s Prayer in the gospels.  I love it!

As this song has been a great source of strength to my spirit lately, I wanted to share it with you.  Enjoy the chords and lyrics here, then head over to www.danielbashta.com for links to purchase his music.  (Sorry for how the chords and words don’t line up correctly.  I’m blaming wordpress ’cause the file on my computer is fine.)

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Thursday Nights in Our Living Room

I’d been thinking about giving an update on our Thursday night church meeting, but why write my own when I can “steal” my brother’s? Besides, he said it better than I would, anyhow.

It Doesn't Matter Where

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Thursday nights, we invite English speakers to our home for worship, prayer, and Bible teaching.  It’s one of the meetings I’m most excited about, but it’s also been the slowest to get going.

Why am I most excited about this meeting?  Well, honestly, I’ve got a lot of selfish reasons – I get to speak in my native language, without a translator, and worship God in English, using songs that I like, with people who speak and understand the language really well.  Plus, I get really ministered to during the meetings, no matter how many other people show up.  The presence of God has been really strong at our little meetings, so I always leave encouraged and strengthened.

But beyond the selfish reasons, having a meeting in English should, by nature, draw young people who have a desire to change the world.  From what we’ve learned about Romania, if you…

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Cody Carnes Is No Longer Beating Romanian Prostitutes

codycarnes  vs sexshopsinbucuresti

I keep an eye on the stats for my blog.  It’s not really useful or productive in any way, but I’m often curious about what posts people are reading, how they find my blog, and how many people are returning readers.  In particular, I’ve been watching two posts for the last few months, my two most popular ones:  Romanian Prostitutes… Just Another Standard Hotel Amenity and All He Says I Am – Cody Carnes

Although my Cody Carnes post had been the uncontested lead nearly since the day it was published, a few months ago, a serious challenge appeared in the Romanian prostitutes post.  I’ve been watching intently the last few weeks as the gap between the two slowly but surely began to close.  Last night, the two were only one view apart by the  time I went to bed (702 to 701 views).  As of this morning the Romanian prostitutes are now in the top position, with a small but growing 6-view lead (710 to 704 views).

This makes me sad.  I know the average reader of my prostitution post is finding it it while searching for ways to get sex in Bucharest, not while searching for ways to help end human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  It means more people are interested in continuing the exploitation of women and minors than in the things of God.  😦

But there is a bright side.  We can all breathe a sigh of relief because Cody Carnes is no longer beating Romanian prostitutes.

(And, yes, I really did use up an entire post just so I could make that stupid joke.)