Biblical Perspectives

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Asking, Seeking and Knocking

If you are like me, you have known Matthew 7:7-8 for a long time — and claimed it countless times! Jesus said, “Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receives, and he that seeks will find, and to him

Biblical Perspectives, Guest Posts
American Idol Sings Worship Song

Do yourself a favor and go to WorshipMatters.com and read Bob Kauflin’s article about American Idol and the contestants singing Shout to the Lord twice this week. This article is one of the most profound and provocative perspectives I have read on how worship causes our culture and Christianity to both compliment each other and

Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes
“Worship Leader” Is Still a Good Title

Of late, the term worship leader has come upon hard times. ‘Seems that titles like “lead worshiper” or “worship facilitator” or even “song leader” are more in vogue. I appreciate the careful thought and articulation of my colleagues who want to better define what we do each week when we stand in front of other believers

Biblical Perspectives, Book Reviews, Devotional Thoughts
Spurgeon on the Practice of Praise

I am reading C. H. Spurgeon’s book, The Practice of Praise (Whitaker House, 1995). This is a power-packed little read! Here are some amazing (and convicting!) quotes that I highlighted from the first half of the book. (Second half coming soon!) ~ Dwayne “They shall abundantly utter the memory of God’s great goodness.” (Psalm 147:5) The word,

Biblical Perspectives, Resources, Worship Planning
Four Worship Philosophies

My good friend, Charles Billingsley, has written a strong and insightful article that I want to pass on to you. It’s called Worship: Four American Philosophies. Below is an excerpt. Go here to read the entire article. Blessings! ~Dwayne Excerpt from article by Charles Billingsley:  I am certainly not an expert, but I hope to

Audio Teaching, Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Audio Teaching: Stay Inside Your Box (Honoring God’s Boundaries)

http://praisemorepowerful.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/stayinsideyourbox.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEverywhere we turn, someone’s telling us to “get out of our box.” But that should depend on what box they’re referring to. Yes, it’s good advice not to allow ourselves to be limited by our circumstances and our own small thinking. However, Dwayne explains in this provocative 35-minute audio

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Random Thoughts
I’ve lost my burden for the unsaved; Why am I still leading worship?

I had the privilege to visit the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC last week. It is a place filled with information and inspiration about Dr. Graham’s ministry over the past 60 years. As I went from room to room of this interactive and visual walk through godly history, the Holy Spirit spoke very strongly to me. He

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Resources
Success God’s Way in Ministry and Life

“For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up; but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.” – Psalm 75:6-7 (RSV)  There are several examples in God’s Word of people who through humility – or humiliation – became great: Job, Joseph,

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Limitless Freedom in Christ Has Its Boundaries

Several months ago I came upon the idea that as Christians we should “stay inside our box,” the box God has given to us. I am just now beginning to develop this concept as God shows me clear direction in His Word. During my quiet time yesterday (as I go through the book of Joshua

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Resources
New Article in Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox

A shout-out of thanks to Kristine Noelle for publishing our 7th article in the Toolbox! Kristine is the new managing editor of RWMT after our good friend, Tobin Perry, left that post to become pastor of a church in Evansville, Indiana. The article is entitled, Staying Fresh for Life. It is an excerpt from Day

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Resources
Our Worship Should Reflect God’s Transcendence

There is no other God but the Lord. But do you realize that even the demons believe there is just one God? In fact, we Christians could take a lesson from these imps of the dark world. The Bible says they tremble before Him. (See James 2:19) No doubt they shake before God mostly out

Biblical Perspectives, Church-wide Campaign, Devotional Thoughts, Family Devotions, Random Thoughts
Family Devotional on Knowing God More

This is the third installment of family devotions we have posted. Each of these brief, but effective family devotions are taken from the 30 Days of Praise Devotional Journal. 30 Days of Praise is a church-wide emphasis on worship that includes daily devotions, small group Bible studies and messages on worship by your pastor. Go here to

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
God Is Not Fooled by Public Praise

This morning during my quiet time I was stopped in my tracks by two simple verses in Psalm 26. I have read this chapter numerous times before; yet, today a powerful and convicting truth seemed to jump right off the page at me. It is an awesome truth I needed to grasp about my worship both in

Biblical Perspectives, Church-wide Campaign, Devotional Thoughts, Family Devotions, Resources
Family Devotional on Meaning of Praise

Excerpt from Week 2 of the 30 Days of Praise Personal Journal: Week 2—What Is Praise Family Worship Time Say this week’s memory verse together: Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. —Hebrews 13:15 (NKJ) Ask: Don’t you like

Biblical Perspectives, Church-wide Campaign, Family Devotions, Leaders' Notes, Resources
Family Devotional on Meaning of Worship

The following is an excerpt from the WorshipLife Journal. Week 1—What Is Worship Family Worship Time Say this week’s memory verse together: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.—Deuteronomy 6:5 (NKJ) Have everyone say this together: Worshiping God means loving God. Say: We