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Foreword

I first learned of Vernon M. Whaley through my college-age son, Jordan, who was studying under Dr. Whaley’s leadership at Liberty University’s Center for Worship. Growing up as a pastor’s son and actively involved in local church music ministry, Jordan understands much about worship and is generally unimpressed with superficial and trendy approaches. Yet, the depth of insight and personal care expressed by Vernon Whaley awakened in Jordan a fresh passion for the presence of God and a keen desire for excellence in worship. I have been a Senior Pastor of large churches for almost 25 years. In that time, God has allowed me to lead my congregations in extraordinary experiences of worship-based prayer through prayer summits, all-night prayer meetings, weekly prayer times, seasons of fasting, and national conferences hosted at our church. Still, my heart yearns for more. Called to Worship has stimulated even great thirst through a deeper understanding of how vital worship is to my soul and how pleasing it is to God. Today, as I have the privilege of speaking and leading renewal events in dozens of churches and conferences each year I see the good, the bad and the ugly of worship. I am more convinced than ever that Dr. Whaley’s thorough, biblical treatment of worship like the one offered here is desperately needed. In Ephesians 3:18–19, Paul prayed that we “may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” His understanding of these truths compelled him to worship with these words, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

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Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

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