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Connie Ruth Christiansen

Connie is a long-time teacher of college academics, Bible, drama and music. She has been involved in worship ministry for more than 20 years. As an inspirational musician, speaker and author, her desire is to motivate members of the Body of Christ to their true destiny: Healthy, vibrant, free to worship, confident to share their unique gifts within the church, and bold to actively share their faith with a world that so desperately needs to experience the love of God. To provide feedback on Connie's articles or to contact her, write to: beautyforashes@live.com.

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, the Song and the Story The words of Isaac Watts as they appear in his song, (1674-1748)<i>When I Survey the Wondrous Cross</i> are some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking of all hymns.
Why Christians Need to Praise God Worship and Praise are keys to accessing the manifest presence of God.
Why God Desires Praise God does not have a self-esteem problem. He does not need praise and worship to boost His ego. His desire for the attention of His creation is rooted in love. He commands praise and worship in order to benefit the worshipper.
Will the Circle be Unbroken, the Song and the Story <i>Will the Circle Be unbroken</i> is one of America's most recognized Gospel songs. In 1998, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.<br/>
Worship and Evangelism Music in itself has the power to melt the hardened heart, and to calm fears. Ears that willingly turn towards music are then open to hear not just the melodies but also the words of that music.
Worship Instruments in the Church - Piano - Part 3 <i>Piano in Worship</i> is a quality resourece for pianists of all skill levels who desire to find a unique balance between excellence of skill and the heart of worship.
Worship Instruments of the Old Testament The first mention of musical instruments in the Bible is in Genesis 4:21. The last mention of a musical instrument is a harp in Revelations 15:2. Beginning and end, Heaven and Earth worship God with voice and instruments.
Worship is Not Just For Church A recent survey yielded some beautiful responses,as a wide variety of men and women from different Christian denominations shared insight into their personal times of prayer and worship. Outlined in Worship at Home Part 1, 2 and 3, are excerpts from that survey.
Worship Music: Godly Comfort Through Song All of creation makes music to praise God (Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 55:12) and to lift the human heart. Listen, and the mind refocuses, the heart is encouraged, the body finds new strength, joy begins to bubble up and hope is renewed.
Worship Music: Lessons from David and His Harp David's harp brought him his first entrance into the throne room, which would someday be his seat of rule. As a king he failed and succeeded, sinned and repented. As a musician his prophetic songs of praise and worship ring out in churches yet today, proclaiming the greatness and goodness of God and reminding that it is not sinless perfection God looks for in a worshipper or musician, but a humble yielded heart.
Worshipping The Lord At Home, Part 2 More excerpts from a recent survey that reveals insight into the personal prayer and worship practices of men and women from diverse backgrounds.
Worshipping The Lord At Home, Part 3 Jesus said, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42 NKJV) In a recent survey, men and women of diverse church backgrounds, professions and ages were asked to share insight into the 'good part' of their busy days. See excerpts of that survey in Worship at Home Part 1,2 and 3.
Yes, Jesus Love Me, the Song and the Story Yes, Jesus Loves Me was originally written as a song for a novel. Two years later it was set to music. It has remained one of the most well loved children's songs around the world, for more than 150 years.
Yesterday, Today, Forever, the Song and the Story <br/>A.W. Tozer in his biography of Albert Benjamin Simpson, <i>Wingspread,</i> explains that Simpson's songs followed none of the standard rules of hymn writing, but that he sang them often and they always touched his heart.

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