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A Successful Life Is a Worshiping Life

The following is an excerpt from a new book I am working on. I’d love to hear what you think! Thanks! – Dwayne  We need to reconsider how we measure success in life. People may garner great accomplishments during this life, yet fail to prepare for life after death. And since our life – or at

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A Danger of “Professional Praise”

The following article is an excerpt from Week 3, Day 4 of the Praise More Powerful worship study:  Knowing God in a personal way is actually the highest level of Emmanuel. He is not only God with us. He can and should be God with me. That is His ultimate goal with each of us. He

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Worship Is the Place Where God Is at Home

This is Part 4 of a 4-part series by Rex Terry, entitled “Why Worship Is Our Primary Responsibility”: III. Worship Was The Practice Of The New Testament Saints And Believers • They worshiped Christ at His birth. (Matt. 2:11) • They worshiped Christ during His earthly ministry. (Matt. 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 28:17) • They worship Christ in heaven now

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts, Random Thoughts
Necessary Ingredients for Success in Life

I am currently going through Joshua in my devotion times. Below is from a recent post in my online quiet time journal. “But how does this title and theme fit with worship?” you may ask. That is simple: To live a life of success means to live a life that honors/worships God! Enjoy. – Dwayne Text: Joshua 1:6-9 Theme: God gave Joshua 5 directives necessary

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Why Worship Leaders Got Little Recognition in the Bible

Do this: In thirty seconds, name all the famous prophets and preachers in the Bible that come to your mind. Now, in no more than thirty seconds name all the worship leaders you know of in the Bible (who were famous because they directed or played music). The list is quite a bit shorter, isn’t it? How many did

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Underground Church Risks Their Lives to Worship God

Last Sunday a young couple shared their testimony at our church. They were members of an underground church in Saudi Arabia for five years. Their story moved our congregation to tears and a standing ovation for their courage. Click in the audio box below to listen to their 20-minute testimony with our pastor, Randy Norris. While you

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4 Articles about Worship on!

God is constantly good! Today marks our fourth article to be featured on and Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox. is by far the most popular site for pastors and church leaders. And the Ministry Toolbox newsletter has a subscription of well over 180,000. Amazingly, the editor of and the Toolbox, Tobin Perry, has asked us to

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Thank God for Beth Moore

My wife, Sonia, just returned today from a Beth Moore Conference in South Carolina. Although she was exhausted physically from her 7-hour trip, spiritually she was pumped. In the few hours that she’s been back, she has used words like “awesome,” “incredible,” and “encouraging” over and over to describe what she experienced and learned. I put Sonia on the

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True Worship Is Three-Directional

At some point you were probably like I was (and so many in our pews still are!). Any time you heard the word “worship” you assumed that word mostly referred to singing, clapping, talking to God, etc. However, worship is actually much more than that. True, Biblical worship encompasses our entire lives. In fact, in

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New Study Resource – Blessings Are Funnels, Not Cups

My dear friend, Dr. Terry Hadaway, is a partner in our ministry who writes incredible Bible studies. In fact, he has just written some phenomenal small group lessons called “The Real Good Life.” Remarkably, he has placed all three of these fresh and insightful Bible studies on his website as a FREE download. Yes, you heard it right,

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Regaining Credibility in Our Corporate Worship

One of the most powerful messages I have heard preached on the topic of worship came recently from my pastor, Randy Norris. He leads a new church plant in Hoover, Alabama, called The Church at Ross Station. I am privileged to be the worship leader at this tremendous new work. I asked Randy if he would share with

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Bringing Down Walls that Hinder Worship

The following is an excerpt from Week 8 of the Praise More Powerful worship study, which in that week focuses on the goals worship leaders should have when we lead others in praise… According to Joshua, chapter 6, the people of Jericho had constructed a huge wall that prevented God’s people from reaching them. In much the same way people

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Is Worship Leading a “Spiritual Gift”?

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Christians Should Be Drawn, Not Driven

Last night I ate dinner with an evangelist friend on mine. In a somber and convincing tone he shared with me how at one point he had to leave the ministry for a while. He had become so driven to perform and “minister” at his church that he burned himself out and almost lost his family.

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Useless Worship

The following is from my Quiet Time Journal. I am currently going through the book of Colossians. This particular scripture passage (like so many in Colossians!) has direct application for worshipers and worship leaders, thus prompting me to feature it on this site. You may view all my QT entries thus far in Colossians by going to my online Quiet Time