While in high school Byron attended a church pastored by Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne, The River at Tampa Bay. That church first introduced me to the awesome ministry of Pastor Joe Cruse and his family. Pastor Joe led the worship there. Now Pastor Joe and his wife, Becky, along with their children, have a church, worship school, and Christian academic school in Austin, Texas.
Pastor Joe and Becky have an anointing to worship the Lord in song that truly blesses the nations. They travel all over the world leading worship, teaching, training worship leaders, and blessing people. Within seconds of meeting them you'll feel their genuine love for people, as their warmth and friendliness (and Texan charm) radiate and fill the room.
God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3). We are to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise (Ps. 100:4). The importance of Spirit-filled worship can't be overstated. I personally believe that worship can usher us into a place where we can clearly hear God's voice. That worship opens a channel between Earth and Heaven, through which God can funnel revelation and direction directly to a worshiper's heart. Praise acts like water to our souls, helping God's Word sown therein to grow and manifest. I also believe that nothing hastens the manifestation of answered prayer like thanksgiving and praise. For all those reasons and more, you just can't spend enough time praising God.
True worship involves more of the heart and less of the hymnal. We can all praise the Lord in song. Ministries that focus on worship emphasize a crucial part of the victorious Christian life. Visit the website of Worship Works Ministries International. Purchase some of their terrific music albums. They will provide you with countless hours of exciting listening and Spirit-led worship. Also be sure to check out Joe and Becky Cruse's blog. Lastly, I am so excited to say that Pastors Joe and Becky Cruse will be visiting our home church, Covenant Christian Center of Tampa, next Wednesday, September 30, starting at 6:30pm. Be there and be blessed.