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In his book Kissing the Face of God, Dale Walker writes of the extraordinary things God does "when we live a life of compassion given as an expression of worship." Using abundant and engaging examples from his own life and others', Walker shows in a practical way how acts of compassion flow out of true worship. We follow Walker as he ministers in a nursing home in New ...
In his book Kissing the Face of God, Dale Walker writes of the extraordinary things God does "when we live a life of compassion given as an expression of worship." Using abundant and engaging examples from his own life and others', Walker shows in a practical way how acts of compassion flow out of true worship. We follow Walker as he ministers in a nursing home in New Mexico, at a "Kingdom party" for street people in Hong Kong, to a prostitute dying of HIV-AIDS in Zambia, and to orphans living in a cemetery in the Philippines. In this groundbreaking book, Walker guides us to look where Jesus is looking, demonstrating how to find His presence in the suffering and hurting ones - "the least of these" - through a worship that changes the world.
"Kissing the Face of God has literally changed my concept of what worship is and the unexpectedly powerful ways God can flow through it! A must-read for every worship leader, missionary, and pastor."
- Tommy Walker, Worship Leader for Christian Assembly, Los Angeles
"...reading this book will be a defining moment."
- Delane Bailey-Herd, Project Manager, Food for the Poor, Haiti
A full-time pastor for thirty-three years, Dale Walker is senior pastor of Heart for the World Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He and his wife Sharon founded Heart for the World Ministries, a missions organization through which they give their very best to those who have the very least. They have six children and eight grandchildren. You can listen to Dale's sermons at www.hftwchurch.org.
Posted June 8, 2010
In Kissing the Face of God, Dale Walker says that because God changes us as we worship and adore him - He is filling, purifying, loving us - we are enabled to love others, to see Him in others. This book offers a fresh-minted connection between worship and compassion that literally embodies the two most important commandments. And the writing is dense with beautiful, convicting, real-life examples that illustrate Scripture, what God is urging us to do.
There is a breathtaking moment after the author's brother Tommy Walker gives a concert in Zambia, where a teenage girl, devastated by illness and a very lost lifestyle, scrambles forward: this girl teeters on the edge of life and death, almost swept over by hopelessness and despair, and yet-- during the concert, God touches her, and we see she is also just one breath away from new life, which she does receive as the author tells her how much the Father loves her. We have this sense of the author ushering her toward the gates of heaven, of the two of them peering in. You get shivers reading this.
The author also shows so clearly that worship does not just help ME give compassion to the hurting ones, it also brings the Father's heart directly to them, enabling the least of these to know they are first in the Kingdom of God. There are many illustrations of this, and other diverse demonstrations of worship and compassion working together. This book also moves from local to global: by the end, the author is handing you the binoculars, your field of vision has expanded. You can see the trail of fire ignited, for instance, at the Philippines graveyard when God spoke to the author about one lost child living there. At the author's next stop - a church in Japan - the congregation catches the fire and offers donations for the cemetery orphans. You glimpse how the Lord weaves our visions together globally.
The exercises challenged me lovingly. There is a humility about this whole book that points to victories only God could stage - I think it's that humility that helped me believe I could be more vulnerable to God in my worship, see with His eyes, and actually do what He wants me to do.