Worship Is Crucial for New Encounters

Worship is vital to new encounters with the Father. It is refreshing, powerful and freeing. At this year’s Epiphany conference, Bob Book will be focused on drawing people out into new worship encounters by giving helpful instruction about accessing the truth of a song and how to step into presence and engage. We want the worship experience at The Epiphany to encourage people to step out of their circumstances and position themselves before the throne.

Bob’s worship has been a beloved part of Team Brilliant events for the last several years and is deeply engaging and uplifting. Check out this video from Mind of A Saint, where he performs his original song, “You Make My Heart Sing”:


If you’re eager for a powerful worship experience and an epiphany of life in the spirit, don’t wait to register to attend The Epiphany in Anaheim, California.

We can’t wait to see you there.

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Thankfulness as Part of Crafted Prayer: An Activation from Crafted Prayer

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We can thank God first, in every situation, because every problem we encounter comes with His provision attached to it. God has a plan and a purpose for us; He says that everything works together for those who love Him. That promise is a deep well of provision for us. Whatever calamity life throws at us, God can use it for our blessing and our benefit.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose,” Paul wrote in Romans 8:28. It is that attribute of God’s nature that makes it so critical for us to come to a place of thanksgiving. Continue reading

The Threshold to God’s Presence Is Thanksgiving

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Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” –Psalm 100

Gratitude, appreciation, an acknowledgement of something done or a service delivered: these are the hallmarks of respect that we give to people and institutions, when deserved, as a courtesy. It’s good manners: part of the social contract and part of our make-up as human beings. Recognition of the positive behavior of others is key to the continuation of that behavior.

But there’s more to it than simply checking off the required etiquette. In Japan for example, there are rigid systems in place regarding expectations of social behavior, enshrined in the individuals’ status and relationship to one another, dating back through centuries of tradition and high culture. With all of that to bear in mind, and the potential social consequences of failing to adhere to the intricacies of the code, where is the genuine expression of gratitude? Where is the ‘giving thanks’ part of the thanksgiving experience? Continue reading

Presence Is Always Tangible

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Presence is always real whether we are feeling His company or believing that His Spirit is in attendance. In faith we receive Him because of the truth of His word; “I will never leave you nor forsake you. I am with you always, even until the end of the world” (Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:20). Faith makes God manifest. He said He would never leave us, therefore He is here! Faith does not need emotions but is complemented by them. What we believe for is eventually made real in solid form. God loves to materialize and make His presence felt in our heart.

At the dedication of Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 8:11), God came and filled the place and no one could stay on their feet. Tangible presence affects us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. God is real and that reality can overwhelm us on any given day. Moses saw a burning bush and heard the voice coming out of it (Exodus 3:2–4). Elisha saw horses and chariots of fire (2 Kings 6:17). Paul was knocked off his horse and blinded for several days by the brilliant light that surrounded him (Acts 9:3–9). The disciples on the road to Emmaus felt their hearts burn within them when Jesus was present but hidden (Luke 24:13–32). Continue reading