Biblical Perspectives

Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes
Influencing Should Never Be Our Highest Goal

The Children of Judah in 2 Chronicles 20 lifted this motif as they marched toward their enemies:  “Praise the Lord for His mercy endures forever.” For years I couldn’t quite understand why Jehoshaphat chose those particular words for the choir and musicians to sing. I realize this was a familiar doxology for them. But if

Biblical Perspectives, Random Thoughts
Reward for Faithfulness 20 Years in Coming!

This past Friday I received two incredible email responses. Unlike the hundreds of junk emails that come through my box, these are the kind of emails I like to read over and over again. They are from two of the world’s largest online magazines for pastors and worship leaders. Earlier last week, I had submitted to them my

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A Christmas Wrapped In Praise

Let’s start with a question: What is the one thing God made sure Jesus got the best of when He first came to earth? Was it our riches? No, He was born in a stall with barn animals and hay. Was it our royalty? No. His parents were a shepherd boy and a hand-maiden. They

Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes, Resources, Worship Planning
4 Goals Every Worship Gathering Should Accomplish

Every time we come together to worship our Lord on Sundays (as well as at other times), there are four goals our worship gatherings should meet. While we have quite a bit of freedom in how we go about accomplishing each goal, the goals themselves are not optional and not subject to change. They remain consistent and of utmost importance. The

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Don’t Fall in Love with Worship

When we see God as we should we will worship him as we ought. Martin Lloyd-Jones wrote, “Unless we understand what the Bible tells us about God, our worship can never be real.” Our goal is not to fall in love with worship. Our goal is to fall in love with God. As we begin

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
The True Essence of Worship

Dueteronomy 6:4-5 says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Do you see why these two verses are so central in helping us grasp acceptable worship to God? We must love him

Biblical Perspectives, Resources
Our Praise Should Be Creative

Creativity is the passage-way through which we can discover new and exciting ways to lift up our Lord. A commitment to innovation is the reason new songs are written, old songs are rearranged, new technologies are tried, and fresh ideas are put into action. Every day someone invents a new and needed utensil, perhaps for

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Leaders' Notes, Random Thoughts
Praise Out of Anquish

Hey everyone! God really blew me away this morning during my QT. I’ve never really thought of this as a motivation to praise before – in spite of maybe, but not because of… Below you’ll see I’ve pasted today’s post from my Quiet Time Journal (just in case you aren’t subscribed to my Quiet Time Journal.) Know someone going through

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Praise Impacts Our World

 The praise song the People of Judah sang in 2 Chronicles is an excellent example of the kind of worship song that both honors and pleases the Lord. Not only was it scripturally accurate (what God said), it was a redemptive song that epitomized the very heart of God (who God is). “His mercy endures

Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes
Gotta Have Accountability!

I am thankful for my accountability partners, John, Scott, Ken and my wife, Sonia. Because I am often alone in my studio/study with my computer, I have to be extra careful about what I browse on the internet. That is why each week my accountability partners receive a report from BSafeOnline.net that shows them exactly what websites

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Fall in Love with God, not Worship

I’m working on a new devotional book for worship leaders. Here’s an excerpt. I’d love to hear what you think! Thanks! When we see God as we should we will worship him as we ought. Martin Lloyd-Jones wrote, “Unless we understand what the Bible tells us about God, our worship can never be real.” Our

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Hidden Dislike for New Praise Songs

Recently I received a very telling email from a worship leader in Ohio about worship styles in their church. What she described could be written of many churches in America. For so many, the “war” on worship styles has long been over and battlelines drawn years ago. However, there is still an underlying current of discontent and

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Ready to Listen, Ready to Praise

The pinnacle of listening, the ultimate goal of our spiritual ears is this: We should be ready and able to hear our Lord speak to us anytime and anywhere he wishes. When we deliberately and regularly place ourselves in a listening posture, God can download into us his truths, insights and directives as often as

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Pleasing Praise Requires Listening

If we are to know how he wants us to praise him – whether we’re alone in our quiet times or with other believers – then we must learn to listen to him speak to us. There are exactly four ways that God speaks to His people today. First and foremost, He speaks through His

Biblical Perspectives
Fallen Troops

Four of my friends who are worship leaders and pastors have fallen out of the ministry over the past few months. Three out of the four had affairs and one was accused (falsely he said) of inappropriate behavior with a child in his church. These were (are) talented and capable men whom God was using in his