Because He Lives

Why do we sing the songs we sing in worship?  What makes them appropriate?  Are worship pastors purposeful in the songs we select or guilty of picking their favorites or the songs most requested by others? The only true “series” I keep with on this blog is the “Why do we sing that?” series.  IContinue reading “Because He Lives”

I Appreciate You!

Many churches across the country designate October as a month to tell their pastor that they appreciate them.  I have experienced this in  each church I have had the privilege to lead as pastor of worship.  It’s difficult to express just how much a word of encouragement from someone within the congregation can lift my spirits. SomewhereContinue reading “I Appreciate You!”

Holy

by Matt Redman, Jason Ingram, Jonas Myrin Verse 1 What heart could hold the weight of Your love And know the heights of Your great worth What eyes could look on Your glorious face Shining like the sun (REPEAT) Chorus 1 You are holy holy holy God most high and God most worthy You areContinue reading “Holy”

Don’t Tell Me How to Love God

To many, the term worship has become a smorgasbord-word and the definition varies with each individual according to how they fill their plate.  Successful worship then is judged according to how the song arrangements makes them feel.  To allow more people to “feel” like successful worshipers, we ask pastors and worship leaders to become short-order cooks and prepare only theContinue reading “Don’t Tell Me How to Love God”

Keep Sowing

Remembering that Christ used seed as parable on multiple occasions, please read my following story with your spiritual eyes wide open. There’s just something very refreshing about coming home from work and walking out to the garden with fresh seeds.  That’s what I got to do Monday evening.  After I pulled into the driveway, carried my backpackContinue reading “Keep Sowing”

A Bit About Blogging

After took a break from blogging during the month of July, I heard from many of you who read my blog.  Thank you for asking me when the next blog would come and for encouraging me with your kind comments.  I would love to hear from you in the comment section and benefit from yourContinue reading “A Bit About Blogging”

Happy Dependence Day

  Wednesday we will celebrate the anniversary of when the United States first declared its independence from the oppressive empire of Britain.  (This is history, not politics.)  In contrast, every Sunday, as believers we celebrate our dependence on Jesus Christ.  The United States, at its very foundation, gained its freedom by declaring itself sovereign thenContinue reading “Happy Dependence Day”

From The Inside Out

From The Inside Out by Joel Houston Verse 1 A thousand times I’ve failed Still Your mercy remains And should I stumble again Still I’m caught in Your grace Everlasting Your light will shine when all else fades Never-ending Your glory goes beyond all fame Verse 2 Your will above all else My purpose remainsContinue reading “From The Inside Out”

Do I Care What Others Think?

When it comes to corporate worship we can’t escape the fact that we are in the presence of others.  Wherever we sit or stand, we are surrounded by other worshipers. (And non-worshipers) In a world where image is everything, do we concern ourselves too much with what others think, when we should be focusing onContinue reading “Do I Care What Others Think?”

Nostrum – Chapter One – Up The River

nos·trum  [nos-truhm] noun 1.a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims and with no demonstrable value; quack medicine. 2.a scheme, theory, device, etc., especially one to remedy social or political ills; panacea. 3.a medicine made by the person who recommends it. 4.a patent medicine. Origin: 1595–1605;  < Latin nostrum  our, ours (neuter singular of noster ); referringContinue reading “Nostrum – Chapter One – Up The River”