"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment" (Mark 12:30)

When we worship the Lord, the activity of our minds and hearts is within the worship of our lips and bodies. True worship goes beyond worship services and prayer and becomes "worship of the heart" when it affects how we live our lives. This worship leads us to have loving relationships with others.  It causes us to reject the false gods that could distract us from worshiping the Lord God Jesus Christ alone.

In the story of the Fiery Furnace we have an example of three men who worshiped their God despite dire consequences.  Threatened with death in the fiery furnace unless they bowed down to a golden idol, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego refused. An angel of Jehovah protected these men from the heat of the furnace.  They showed an amazing commitment to living their religion.

Although we may not face such dramatic outward challenges to our faith, we can take inspiration and comfort in knowing that the Lord supports all of our efforts to bring our life into a state of worship. For genuine worship is our loving, adoring response to our Heavenly Father, and it is essential to a productive and happy life.

Highlights for this topic include

Quotes from the Lord's Word about Worship from the Heart

"Worshiping the One True God"
by the Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
We can worship one God and not various idols as we strive to bring Him more into the center of our lives by making our priorities the same as the Lord's. Do we value the same things as He does?

An Overview of Projects and Activities for Families
Projects and activities about The Fiery Furnace, True Worship, Freedom of Worship, Worshiping One God, and You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me. 

 "The Fiery Furnace"
an illustrated talk for young children by the Rev. Kurt Horigan Asplundh

 The Fiery Furnace: Finger Puppets and a Stage (for ages 6-9) (PDF)
Use a shoebox to make a fiery furnace stage, use the enclosed pattern to make four finger puppets, then reenact the story of the Fiery Furnace from Daniel 3.
Note: Ths project is part of series of Family Lessons with a family talk and activities for five different age levels. 

 The Fiery Furnace song by Lori Odhner (PDF) 

 Sunday School Lesson on the Fiery Furnace (for ages 9-12) (PDF)
This lesson from the Oak Arbor New Church, includes directions for using the wax-resist technique so that the crayoned figures of the three men "resist" the flames painted with water color just as the Lord helped Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego "resist" the real flames of the fiery furnace.