Biblical Perspectives

Biblical Perspectives
Repetition in Praise Is Not a Bad Thing!

I was talking on the phone recently with a worship leader friend of mine in Mobile, AL. He said he has a small clan of people in his choir that complain every time they sing any songs that repeat. “Too much repetition,” they keep telling him. I’ve often heard of such songs with certain repeating phrases

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How One Worship Leader Helped Teach His Church about Worship

I’ve believed for years that we should do more than just lead the congregation in singing. As worship leaders, we need to also teach worship and praise to the people in the pews. Here’s a worship leader that’s doing that very thing! Not only did he bring us in to teach his choir, he used a very common tool called a

Biblical Perspectives, Guest Posts
Worship – The Missing Jewel

Today during my quiet time I came across this commentary by Chuck Swindoll. Powerful reading. This encapsulates the reason we started Next Level Worship, LLC. Enjoy! A.W. Tozer once said, “Worship is the missing jewel of the evangelical church.” Even though decades have passed since Tozer first said it, I’m afraid the jewel, in most places of our

Biblical Perspectives, Guest Posts
Praise and Proclamation Go Hand in Hand

By John Martin  Psalm 40:1-3 speaks of a time in David’s life when he is at an all-time low. He feels trapped in a dark, damp pit where he is surrounded by his enemies and the burdens of the world are more than he can bear. He is praying and waiting for God to do

Biblical Perspectives, Leaders' Notes
Our Ultimate Goal as Worship Leaders

Excerpt from Week 8 of Praise More Powerful: What can we accomplish every single time we stand in front of others to lead praise and worship? To begin to “unearth” what we so desperately need to discover, we need look to 2 Chronicles 20. In verse 29, the Children of Judah had just returned from

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

Biblical Perspectives
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

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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

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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

Biblical Perspectives
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