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Video Interview with the Charlie Hall Band about Worship

I got a chance to sit down with Passion artist, Charlie Hall and his band, this past weekend at Scott Dawson’s Strength to Stand Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN. It is no wonder Charlie has been nominated for the Best Worship Artist for 2006 in CCM’s Reader’s Choice Awards! He’s certainly got my vote! This

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Video Interview with Joel Engle about Worship

My friend, Joel Engle, was kind enough to give me about 10 minutes of his time for an interview between praise sets this past weekend. He was leading worship at Scott Dawson’s Strength to Stand Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN. Joel is an anointed worship artist, song-writer and author. He has a contagious passion for God

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Video Interview with Skillet about Worship and Performance

I recently had the opportunity to sit down this past weekend with Skillet’s lead singer, John Cooper,  I knew these guys put on a great show on stage, but after talking with John, I can clearly see their heart for God and their passion to use their music to bring others to Him. Thanks, John, for giving

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Video Interview with Spur 58 about Worship and Songwriting

This past weekend I had the chance to sit down and have a nice long chat with a great up and coming worship band called Spur 58. I’ve known these guys for a while, but every time I get around them I love their hearts and passion for the Lord even more. Do yourself a

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Death Can Be a Precious Time to Praise

A member of our ministry’s advisory board who is also a pastor wrote me this morning to tell me of an amazing experience he had last week. He got to see first hand how one family responded with pervasive praise at the very moment of their godly loved one’s “precious” death. This is a powerful read with an equally powerful conclusion…

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Created to Praise Him in a Unique Way

I received the following note in an email a lady sent me this morning. She and her husband along with her entire church are beginning our Praise More Powerful worship study. I think you’ll agree that her passion and love for the Lord is both encouraging and convicting. Oh, that we would all share in this kind of

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Churches Need Foundational Teaching on Worship

Below is an article by my friend, Frank Nihart, a minister through music in south Alabama. Through his leadership the Lord has built a strong and growing choir and orchestra ministry in his church. Starting later this month, Frank will take all 100 of his music ministry team through our worship study, Praise More Powerful. As you

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Developing a Worship Culture In Your Church

Exactly what is a “worship culture,” and what can we do to help our congregations become more “worship minded”? These are the questions a fellow worship leader, Chris Knox, began to ask the Lord several years ago. I asked Chris to share with us what God has taught her and her church on their journey

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New Year’s Resolution: Be Godly, Not Religious

I’m reading a challenging and refreshing book right now by Chuck Swindoll. It’s entitled, So, You Want to Be Like Christ? The back cover sums up very well what Dr. Swindoll communicates through the pages of this powerful hardback. Below is an excerpt from the back cover. Just these words alone are enough to make me say

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Podcasting Your Worship Service

I asked my friend, Terry Hadaway, to share his insights about podcasting. Along with his amazing writing and church education ministry, Terry and his son, Daniel, have a powerful internet ministry, called Audio Interactions. They help several churches and well-known Christian leaders produce their podcasts. (You may know Terry as the author who wrote the study guide

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Rick Muchow’s Tips for Leading Worship

Below is an excerpt from an article by Rick Muchow entitled, “Seven tips for Leading Worship.” I discovered this great resource on Pastors.com. Enjoy! By Rick Muchow: Here are my tips for effective worship L.E.A.D.I.N.G.: Let God lead Jesus said that he is the vine and that we are the branches … apart from him we can do

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Our Praise Should Be a Gift to God and Others

Guest Post by Pastor John Martin  The other day I saw a large anthill built in a crevice in the concrete.  Out from this anthill were two columns of ants.  The outgoing column of ants headed toward the “fields” to “work”, while the incoming column returned to the colony with his or her “harvest”. Each

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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

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Redefining “Blended Worship”

I’m afraid the idea of “blended worship” is often watered down. Blending a few old and new songs in the same service does not necessarily constitute God-honoring and unifying worship among Christ’s body. I discovered this article while perusing New Creation Ministries’ website this morning. I strongly concur… Blended Worship by Robert Webber – January 2003 Throw

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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