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Feeling Empty after Worship: Good or Bad?

The word empty in this context is used by many to describe disappointment and a sense of non-fulfillment or far from being satisfied. Feeling "empty" after worship is a bad thing and anyone who says otherwise is not telling the truth. When someone tells you not to expect anything from worship because you are just supposed to leave your praise at the alter and leave, then you are not worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth.

Very often I hear people say they didn't get anything out of worship and then they get criticized for saying so and their commitment is immediately questioned. Instead of trying to figure out why they feel how they feel so we can possibly point them in the right direction, we often end up blaming the individual for feeling how they feel and quick to remind them that worship is not about them. They are often told they are supposed to come to worship "full" and "leave empty" after giving all their heart to God. 

Leave empty, really? We kn…

Sometimes The Excuse Is All In Your Head

The word excuses more often than not carries a negative thought because it is often used in a negative manner. Excuses are easy to find so we naturally reach for any excuses we can come up with to explain why we do or did something; why we don't or did not do something; why we should or should not do something; why we say or said something; and the list goes on.
Excuse is very easy, not just because it's easy to find but because it is the most "rational" or "ear pleasing" response we can give to make a bad situation look better than it actually is. There were several people with excuse in the bible too and they were all as human as us. Here are a few examples:
Moses in Exodus 4:10Jonah in Jonah 1:3The People in Luke 14:18 We all make excuses but this doesn't mean all our excuses are valid or necessary. Are there "good" excuses? Yes, I believe there are but they are often referred to as the truth, the solution or the right answer. Isaiah found …

"The" key to success - There is no such key

You have the key to your own success; so do I and so does everyone else. Success doesn't mean having ten Lamborghini in the driveway of your million dollar mansion. The beauty about success is the fact that you get the freedom of creating your own definition of what you want it to be. There is a key for success, not "the" key. It all depends on the circumstances you are in and your willingness to find a key that works for you and the door(s) you're willing to open.
There are several ways to becoming successful in life because success means different things to different people. Any of these "keys" for success can be duplicated or modified by anyone at anytime and a brand new key to success can be created by a new mind that thinks outside the box. Take a detail inventory of your life and find out what works for you, not what works for someone else. I'm not a financial adviser, I'm not you, I don't have your drive or habits, I don't feel what y…

Simple Way to Study the Bible

I'm going to start this with some examples in real life scenarios to help understand what I'll be explaining later in this piece. Sometimes, we just read, read, read and memorize the scriptures without understanding what we are reading. 

EXAMPLES HUMAN: When you tell your child to go clean their room, this usually means that the room is dirty or trashy. The kids don't go in there to throw out everything they see. They don't take the brand new TV from the wall or shelf along with the candy wrappers from the floor and toss it all in the trash can. Instead, they throw out some items (trash), put some items back where they belong (toys) and sometimes leave other items where they are in the room (bed).
BIBLE: This is how the bible is. It's God's instruction to us, which can also be easily taken out of context if we rely so much on the content instead of the context. I'll touch on this briefly below. 
HUMAN: Your kids understand the meaning of "go clean your roo…