Worship in Spirit

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (John 4:23 ESV) As a worship pastor, I absolutely love to see people singing praises to God, who is worthy of our highest praiseContinue reading “Worship in Spirit”

Real Faith ALIVE

There are two statements that have stuck in my heart this as I listened to Jesus Manifesto, a book I had previously read. “Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good.  he came to make dead people live.” -Jesus Manifesto “It’s possible to serve God without loving him, but it is impossible to love GodContinue reading “Real Faith ALIVE”

Does God Feel Worshipped?

When it comes to worship, everyone seems to have an opinion.  What are the best songs to sing?  Should the emphasis be on congregational singing or should we highlight a special choir piece or a solo?  Is it more important to be relevant or foundational?  Do we attempt to be more creative even if itContinue reading “Does God Feel Worshipped?”

It Is Better To Suffer For Doing Good!

It’s been easy for me to get discouraged lately.  I read the news and watch the holy ordinance of marriage attacked by a godless society.  I read further and discover that religious discrimination is thriving in New York. There, it is not only lawful to deny churches the ability to rent public school space forContinue reading “It Is Better To Suffer For Doing Good!”

Be Careful Little Thumbs What You Tweet!

Remember the song you sang as a child?  Oh, be careful little eyes what you see.  That was the first verse.  The others were: Be careful little mouth what you say/feet where you go/ears what you hear/hands what you do… that’s all I can remember.  May I submit an updated verse to this song thatContinue reading “Be Careful Little Thumbs What You Tweet!”

Sing, Sing, Sing!

I’ve been a worship pastor for 18 years.  Much has changed for us with regard to worship in the church.  New technologies such as big screens with moving video backgrounds have found a home in our places of worship.  That’s not a bad thing!  It’s also not the “bees knees” as they say.  Well someContinue reading “Sing, Sing, Sing!”

The Paradox Between Being Relational and Being Right

I see in my kids a reflection of myself.  We are caught in a paradox seeded in the blueprint of humanity.  An inner desire to be in relational conflicts with a passionate drive to be right.  For my kids, this comes out in epic sibling battles. My kids love each other, and depend on thatContinue reading “The Paradox Between Being Relational and Being Right”

Tell the Story

I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY by Katherine Hankey I love to tell the story of unseen things above. Of Jesus and His glory, Of Jesus and His love. I love to tell the story because I know it’s true. It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do. My recent ambition to write comesContinue reading “Tell the Story”

What Is A Disciple?

At my church, we are in the middle of the series we’ve titled The Original BIG XII:  That is the 12 disciples.  So I thought I would look up the definition for disciple.  Here is what I found.  Disciple – “One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.”  Have you ever beenContinue reading “What Is A Disciple?”

What Am I Afraid Of?

We all have things that we are afraid of. Some are small fears, some are bigger fears. For instance; some people are afraid of heights or spiders or clowns.  To my knowledge I don’t have any fears that cripple me like that.  But I do have some smaller fears. It could be said that I’mContinue reading “What Am I Afraid Of?”