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What Would Jesus Say about worship?

I can tell you what He did say …
“… a time is coming – and now is here – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be his worshipers.
God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

A brilliant and fresh revelation on the heart of God.
It doesn’t matter WHO or WHERE you are.
If you worship Him NOW … ENGAGED in spirit and truth … The Father is seeking you … WOW.

The PAST doesn’t matter … Worship Him NOW
The future doesn’t matter … Worship Him NOW

It doesn’t matter what you’ve done (good or bad) in the PAST … Worship him NOW
It’s irrelevant what you’re gonna do … Worship Him NOW

Faith is NOW
God is NOW
Worship Him NOW

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Posted by on March 6, 2014 in LIFE, LIFESTYLE

 

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UNITE24

200+ on the altar – worshipping as ONE

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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WORSHIP ‘TEAM’

Why Leading Worship Includes the Whole Band

by Stephen Miller

There are few things more confusing to me than watching a worship team standing on the platform, and seeing the face of a worship leader who has all of his being in engaged in worship of God.

But then as I survey the rest of the team, I see a bass player with a too-cool-for-school scowl on his face or a guitar player with a sheepishly bewildered or bored look on his face. Or a keys player whose face is completely expressionless, glued to a sheet of music.

They are all worshiping the same God, right?

As believers, we are all leaders of worship.

Whether standing on the platform or in the congregation, we are all collectively encouraging one another to enter into the kind of full heart, mind, soul and strength demonstration of adoration that our God desires.

This is magnified from the platform. As the privilege of influence increases, so does the responsibility of leadership. That is not confined to vocalists.

The “worship leader” is not the only one leading worship. Bass players … keys players … drummers … guitarists … you’re leading worship too.

Because of the various religious and cultural backgrounds the people in our churches are coming from, the need for unapologetic demonstration of “all in” worship from the platform becomes increasingly important.

Many people are longing to express this type of worship, but are simply looking for permission. Others have been burned by disorderly displays of emotional hype and need to see this done in a genuine, authentic and helpful way. Still others have never had a point of reference for this and need to see it for themselves and be coached along.

No matter where our people are on the spectrum, it is imperative that everyone on the platform is putting forth every effort to serve and lead them.

Here are three simple ways to do this more effectively.

1. Sing Loudly.
No believer with a voice is exempt from the scriptural call to sing the praises of God loudly.

So even if you’re playing bass or keys or any other instrument — sing along! Not only will this enhance your own experience of worshiping God as you meditate on the truth of the lyrics you are singing, but you will also visibly demonstrate to the congregation the value of singing out loud the praises of God.

You don’t have to have a mic or even a good voice, but as you play your instrument, belt it out with all you’ve got!

2. Smile Big.
Your countenance says a ton about how you feel about God.

For example, if you look bored, you are communicating that God is boring. It makes no sense to sing about how great and awesome God is with a smoldering scowl on your face.

On the other hand, if you are delighting in God, people will see it in your countenance and know that God is a God to be delighted in. I’m not saying fake a cheesy grin, but I am saying, let your enjoyment of God show.

Obviously you should use wisdom … For example, if you’re singing a lament of repentance, a smile might not be fitting, but let your countenance reflect what you are singing.

3. Show Adoration.
True adoration is not limited to our songs and our faces. The idea of loving God with all your strength is using your entire body to express adoration to God.

So while you are likely to have your hands occupied for the majority of the songs, try to find moments to raise your hands and worship in other full-body-type ways. You are an example for the church of what is appropriate expression of praise, adoration and thanksgiving to God.

So don’t just stand there petrified like a statue — move around.

Musicians, we are on the platform to worship and lead worship, not just to play music. So let’s do everything we can to do this well for the glory of Christ.

Questions for reflection:

As a church musician, do you see yourself as a leader of worship? Why or why not?

As a musician seeking to lead your congregation in worship, are there things you would add to this list?

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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GOOD Friday???

bruise heel bruise head GOOD FRIDAY??? (link to listen)

This audio link explores the fact that on the other side of our greatest battles lie our greatest victories.

Jesus crucified … why GOOD?

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Shhhh

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I read the following anecdote:

A Quaker took a friend to the ‘Meeting House’ one Sunday morning.
They sat down, all the men on one side and the women on the other.
10am came and went and nothing happened.
Five minutes stretched into 10, then 20, and after more than half an hour of total silence, the visitor leaned over and whispered in his friend’s ear,
“When does the service begin?”
The hushed rejoinder came . . .
“After the worship is over.”

Ahhhhh :)
Be blessed in the presence of Almighty God … Be a ‘human being’ (abiding in Him when you have a chance to be still and quiet – switching off from other thoughts and distractions) Take time out from a ‘human doing’.

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46:10

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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A Drop In The Bucket

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“This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24

There are DAYS, and there are MOMENTS in days when this rings true in our hearts, sometimes even rising to our lips, like an anthem.

THEN … there are days we just don’t ‘FEEL’ it.

Nevertheless the TRUTH remains … This day and ALL it holds, comes from The Lord.

It may sound like a kids song but again it’s true, “He’s got the whole world in His hands”

We HAVE reason… or at least can FIND reason… or at the very least could/should ATTEMPT to find REASON to rejoice in EACH and EVERY day … somewhere between the rising and the setting of the sun.

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
Psalm 118:1

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
 
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