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name:robin    residence: dayton, ohio, united states
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Friday, October 17, 2003

"Music and liturgy can assist or express a worshipping heart, but they cannot make a non-worshipping heart into a worshipping one. The danger is that they can give a non-worshipping heart the sense of having worshipped. So the crucial factor in worship in the church is not the form of worship but the state of the hearts of the saints. If our corporate worship isn't the expression of our individual lives, it is unacceptable. If you think you can live any way you want and then go to church on Sunday morning and turn on worship with the saints, you're wrong."

~John Arthur

"Worship is the submission of all our nature to God.
it is the quickening of conscience to his holiness;
the nourishment of mind with his truth;
the purifying of imagination by his beauty;
the opening of the heart to his love;
the surrender of will to his purpose--
and all of this gathered up in adoration,
the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable,
and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness
which is our original sin and source of all actual sin."

~William Temple