Category Archive for: Devotional Thoughts

Why Worship Leaders Got Little Recognition in the Bible

by Next Level Worship

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…

Underground Church Risks Their Lives to Worship God

by Next Level Worship

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…

4 Articles about Worship on!

by Next Level Worship

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…

Thank God for Beth Moore

by Next Level Worship

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…

New Study Resource – Blessings Are Funnels, Not Cups

by Next Level Worship

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,…

Regaining Credibility in Our Corporate Worship

by Next Level 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…

Bringing Down Walls that Hinder Worship

by Next Level 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…

Useless Worship

by Next Level 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…

Video of Refugee Children Singing Praises to God

by Next Level Worship

Have you ever had something just stop you in your tracks and leave you speechless for a moment? When I first saw this simple, one and a half minute video, that was my reaction. These are people who have absolutely nothing, yet they are praising their God… My dear friend, Ken Galyean of, just returned…

Worship Study Helps Pastor’s Pursuit of Passionate Praise

by Next Level Worship

Whew, that’s a lot of P’s in one title! Nonetheless, it is the best way to describe an email a pastor sent me yesterday. I love this guy’s heart and grasp on praise and worship of our awesome God. That everyone had his passion and understanding! According to this note, what helped encourage his pursuit of deeper and greater praise was our worship study, Praise More…

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