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What is worship?

All the links for our show for Wednesday, 27th March 2019!


What is worship?

Worship is not the slow song that the choir sings. Worship is not the amount you place in the offering basket. Worship is not volunteering in children's church. Yes, these may be acts or expressions of worship, but they do not define what true worship really is. There are numerous definitions of the word worship. Yet, one in particular encapsulates the priority we should give to worship as a spiritual discipline: Worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission (Webster's Dictionary,1828).

True worship, in other words, is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness. Thus, if your lifestyle does not express the beauty of holiness through an extravagant or exaggerated love for God, and you do not live in extreme or excessive submission to God, then I invite you to make worship a non-negotiable priority in your life.

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 Your Rhema Verse of the Day:

john 4 v 23 1

From John 4:23

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks."

This verse is important for two reasons.  One is that this is part of Jesus' correction on the meaning of worship. The Samaritan woman tried to change the subject from her sin, by asking Jesus to resolve an old spiritual debate of where worship should occur: at Mount Gerizim or at the temple of Jerusalem? Rather than deferring the subject, Jesus shows that "true" worship of God is not tied to a location, but to the intent of one's heart.

Secondly, This verse is critical for what it says about the Samaritan woman who has lived an immoral lifestyle (John 4:16–18), so much that she has been rejected, even among the outcast Samaritans. But Jesus broke down culturual and social barriers to speak to her and model forgiveness because This woman needed to know that she was wanted, loved, and valued.

The Samaritan woman was looking to fill her spiritual void with a series of relationships so naturally, at first she did not understand what Jesus meant by a spring of living water, leaving no more thirst (John 4:13–14). However after what she says in the next verse, it seems to be dawning on her what Jesus is really speaking of.

Today's verse isbrought to you by the Bible society.

Ever wished the Bible came with a field manual? Well, it’s here! The Field Guide to the Bible will help you make some sense of what can be a challenging book. Check out more at www.biblefieldguide.com

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Fairtrade Chocolate

How do we know if the people who produce the ingredients that go into our chocolate are getting a fair deal?  Fairtrade chocolates is one way of knowing that the chocolate we buy is ethical. CEO Molly Harriss Olson of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand spoke to Diane about the differences between how fairtrade chocolate and regular chocolate is produced.

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Social Media and Kids

As a parent what do you do when your kid asks for a social media account?  Questions may arise like what age is the right age to start, which social media platforms are good, and how as a parent do you manage it?  Christian Gallen is a senior presenter for Attitude and author for the Parenting Place, he joined Andrew by phone to talk through the how to of introducting social media to children.

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Joy's Poverty Cycle

All the links for our show for Tuesday, 26th March 2019!


How to make a real difference

Tearfund's poverty cycle is a nationwide movement, challenging Kiwis to get fit, have fun and make a difference, to help combat human trafficking and exploitation.  It hopes that people will reclaim trafficking routes near to them by creating their own challenge and going the distance! Joy spent an hour on the bike today in studio to promote the cause. Feel free to donate here to tearfund to show your support or even move yourself this March and fundraise to help break the cycle of poverty and injustice for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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 Joy's live video of her hour on the bike (only a few mins of it though!)
 

 Your Rhema Verse of the Day:

phil 3 13-14

From Philippians 3:13-14

"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

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Gracia Burnham

Gracia Burnham served as a missionary in the Philippines for 17 years, while celebrating her wedding anniversary at a resort she and her husband were taken hostage for many months.  Even during this extreme hardship Gracia felt Gods presence with her.  Gracia is in the country for a tour with Ethnos NZ and joined Diane in studio to tell her story.

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