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I heard an author speaking recently about men and our feelings of inadequacy when a challenge is brought to us that is bigger than what we think we can handle.  It seems that many times we, both men and women, will be blocked by our feelings of inadequacy and not rise to the challenge at all. Often times we don’t take the first step because we aren’t sure how we are going to accomplish step 3 or 4.  I have seen this play out many times in my life.  I want to do something that is big, something that is beyond me and many times I don’t even do what I can do because I am afraid of the parts I can’t do.

The speaker addressed this issue in a way that I have never heard before.  He talked about the story in the Bible where Jesus feeds the 5000.  In the story there was a great multitude of people and the disciples wanted Jesus to send them away because the hour was late and it was a desolate place.  They wanted to people to be able to go and buy themselves some food to eat.  Jesus had a different idea and said to the disciples, “You feed them.”  So the guys go out and gathered what they could.  Five loaves and two fish.  Now, anyone knows that this is not enough food to even feed the disciples, let alone the crowd.  But the disciples did what Jesus asked them to do and they brought him what they had.  They knew it was inadequate but they brought it anyway.  They could have easily not followed through on the first step because they were unsure of the second and third steps, but they didn’t!  They followed through and brought their inadequacies to Jesus.  He then took it and multiplied it.  They brought what they had because they knew that he would take care of the rest.

This spoke to me loud and clear.  When we have dreams that are bigger than us, let’s bring what we have to Him.  No matter how small with think our part is. Let’s let Him take care of the rest.

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The Mobile Blog

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Shortly after a began this Blog I downloaded the wordpress app for my android phone.  I was very unimpressed as it was clumsy and not very user friendly. I think I opened the application once and then never bothered again. So impractical!
So tonight I was updating some of my Apps and updated the wordpress app. I know I am behind the ball on this,  but holy cow what a great app!  This is so user friendly and actually very helpful. I am excited to try this application out a little more “on the go”. 

Song Leader, Lead Worshipper, Music Minister, Worship Arts Director, Worship Leader, Worship Pastor…  These are just a few of the titles given to the person that leads songs on a Sunday morning in local churches.  The title is usually given based on the denomination of the church or the culture of that church.  Each of these titles are good but I have a feeling that each one says something a little different about how the position is viewed or rather what is required of the individual in that position.

I am doing a little research and I would love to hear from you!  Worship Leaders/Pastors, I would love to hear from you.  What is your job description?  What do you feel like your main responsibility is?  How do you see yourself changing as you serve in the local church?  Senior Pastors, I would love to hear from you as well.  What are you looking for in the person that leads the songs in your church?  What do you feel like the greatest challenge for them is?  I would also like to hear from local church people.  What do you want from your worship leader?  Is leading songs enough?

I am not looking for a right answer or a wrong answer.  I am looking for YOUR answer.  I want to hear thoughts and opinions and I want my own view to be broader.  Thank you so much for your participation.

Looking Toward Eternity

Posted: March 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have recently been reading a couple of books about Heaven and eternity.  A lot of times as believers we talk about Heaven and how someday we will be in a place of no more tears.  We talk about seeing Jesus face to face.  We talk about the great reunion, seeing loved ones who have believed and have gone before.

These are all great things to think about, but sometimes I think we forget that eternity starts now, not just after we die.  I’ve really begun to try to live out of that perspective.  Being driven be eternity has really began to affect me in the areas of pursuing holiness, meaning continue to put of sin, and in evangelism.

I just wanted to share that and ask you what being eternity minded might mean to you.

Moderation

Posted: December 15, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I just read a blog post from The Resurgence.  Great reminder for me this Christmas Season, how about you?  Check it out…

http://theresurgence.com/2010/12/11/your-grandma-was-right-all-things-in-moderation

This week I am attending an incredible conference in Kansas City.  It is the 2010 National Worship Leader Conference.  Worship leaders from all over the country travel to Kansas City to participate in this week long event.  I feel very privileged to have this opportunity right here in my home town.  Yesterday was the opening day and I have already been so challenged and so blessed.  I can’t imagine what is going to be in store for me through the rest of the week.

In last nights opening event, Steve Berger was the main speaker.  He spoke out of Psalm 40, how to sing a new song when we are in the pit. For those who have never read this Psalm before, or if you have never listened to U2, here is the passage:

1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

At some point we will all be in the pit.  We all go through season of trial, season of torment, seasons where we may even question is God cares about us.  The question is not if we end up in the pit, but when.  Psalm 40 teaches us that when we are in the darkest season of our life, we can still set our feet on the Rock and trust that the Lord is sovereign!  When he makes our steps secure, we have no choice but to sing a new song.  So what is that “new song”?  Berger says it is a “new experience with an ancient truth”.  If that hasn’t hit you yet, just think through it a while longer.  He has put a new song in YOUR heart as well.  Let us not be silent, but lets let “many see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord”!

Yesterday I was privileged to listen to Vicky Beeching’s brand new EP scheduled for release on Feb 9th.  I have been looking forward to hearing this project for what has seemed like months and it does not disappoint!  The songs are very guitar driven which you would expect, but there is a little more edge to this recording which I like VERY much.  Lyrically these are powerful songs where something is actually being said.  I love Vicky Beeching’s passion for communicating the heart of God and the Lord is really speaking through these songs.  I can’t wait for you all to hear them.  Hop on iTunes first thing Feb 9th and get this record.  You will be super glad you did!!