Marsha’s visiting a lifelong (literally–they’ve known each other since they were infants) friend this weekend. So, I stayed up last night and watched “Eddie and the Cruisers II–Eddie Lives” until way later than I should have.

It’s been years since I watched “Eddie II”. (I don’t think there actually ever was an “Eddie and the Cruisers I.) I love the music in the movie but, as I reflected on the story, I realized how easy it is for music to become an object of worship rather than an act of worship.

Music was created by God to be used in worshiping Him. As a former musician–both classical and rock–I look back and realize that I was guilty of loving the music more than the Creator. It’s not about the art–it’s about the Master Artist Who gave us the music. It’s so easy to get caught up in the music to the point it becomes our focus. That’s what Matt Redmon was talking about when he wrote “I”m coming back to the heart of worship, ’cause it’s all about You, Lord.”

Lord, forgive me for those times the music was the focus of my attention, instead of focusing on you with my music. You, alone, oh Lord, are worthy of my worship. I thank you for the music, Lord, but more than that, I thank you for the heart of worship You have placed in my heart.

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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