*I have changed the names of the pastors and churches to protect their privacy.
This book began as a series of teachings titled Surviving the Wilderness. I was unaware that a wilderness experience awaited me when I chose the title. Our pastor, a kind, loving and faithful shepherd had resigned. The congregation was sure our new pastor would build on a thriving foundation and bring the church higher than it had ever been. We were sadly mistaken. The hateful way Pastor Talley treated the congregation brought me to a breaking point. In the middle of the series, I walked out of Joy Church determined never to return. The pastor was too self-absorbed to care that he had driven me and by that time more than half his congregation away. Phone calls of concern from the congregation members persuaded me to return, but it was too late to repair the damaged relationship with the pastor.
My family eventually left the church, which had become an Egypt to us. We spent several months at a church meeting in a Christian schools nursery in New Orleans. I thought there would be a place for my gift in this new work of God. I was wrong. The church died and my family’s next stop was an Independent church where I received emotional healing under the ministry of Pastor Massey and finished writing and teaching Surviving the Wilderness.
Exactly three years later, Pastor Massey raised $90,000 in one offering. He uprooted the church from the building they had been leasing for twenty years and moved into the Christian schools nursery in New Orleans. The plan was to build a new church or purchase a vacant building. Instead, grievous sins among the leadership were exposed and the church died. My family returned to Joy Church, which was under the leadership of a new Pastor.
Once again, I looked for a place of service, but the church had lost so many members under the previous administration opportunities to teach were few. I started a Women’s ministry but the constant drum beat to write led me to release the Women’s ministry into the hands of a new leader. I began rewriting Surviving the Wilderness into a manuscript format. No longer struggling to survive in my own Christian experience, I saw that the heart of this series was more than survival, but learning how to worship God.
I pray Road to Worship will be the beginning of the end of your journey through a wilderness that shatters false ideas about God. The alternative is a miserable Christian experience. Paul warned the Corinthians that everyone in Israel ate
“the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert. Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.” 1 Corinthians 10:3-6, NIV
This book is a total of 21 chapters broken into three sections: Love 6 chapters, Law 7 chapters and Lawlessness 8 chapters. My goal is to post 1 chapter per week.