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Devotional Thoughts, Random Thoughts
The First Christmas Rush

Mention the words, “Christmas rush, ” around others and watch eyes roll and heads wag. No one has to tell us what a headache the Christmas rush can be each year. And few of us get any pleasure from last-minute shopping or standing in those long lines at the post office! However, the first “Christmas rush” was quite

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes, Resources
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

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

Leaders' Notes
How Much Praise Is Enough In a Service?

Forgive me if that sounds like a strange and rather unbecoming question for a major proponent of praise. However, for many of us as worship leaders, it is a question that lurks in the back of our minds week in and week out. I have to admit I am very curious as to why no one

Random Thoughts
Brief Break in Posting to Write

Hey everyone, I won’t be posting for the next few days. I will be hiding away to write. Please pray that God will grant me great creativity, fresh insights and much production! Pray also for my family while they “fend for themselves” without husband and daddy. Have a great week! Leave This Blank:Leave This Blank Too:Do

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

Leaders' Notes, Resources
Worship Study Revitalizes Entire Choir!

Today I received a phone call from a worship leader at a church in Marion, Arkansas. His choir and musicians have all been going through our worship study, Praise More Powerful. He said I could quote him on what he told me, so here goes: He said that he has never seen his choir so excited to

Leaders' Notes, Worship Planning
Freedom NOT to Announce Every Song

I was talking today with a pastor friend of mine. He was telling me how his music minister used to announce the title of every song before he sang it. “Now we’re going to sing Love Lifted Me….The next song is Lord I Lift Your Name…Now we’ll sing Shout to the Lord,” and so forth

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

Leaders' Notes, Resources
Worship Weekend Brings Lasting Renewal to Church!

I just received an email from a worship leader at a church in Ohio. They hosted me for a Praise and Worship Weekend over a month ago. From Friday night’s first teaching and praise time all the way through to Sunday night’s culminating Praise Gathering, God was honored and people’s hearts were revived (including mine!).

Leaders' Notes, Random Thoughts
First Service at New Church Start a Huge Success!

Several of you have asked for an update regarding the new church plant we are helping to start. Last Sunday, September 17, was our first day and in fact the kick-off service of this brand new church. It’s called The Church at Ross Bridge. We had 119 people there! PTL! My family and I are

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

Leaders' Notes, Resources
Great New Resource for Worship Leaders!

I don’t have to keep it a secret anymore! Just this week Worshipspice.com launched! It is still in its infancy stage. Ultimately it will offer not only lead sheets for the top 100 CCLI songs but also videos and written discipleship materials for worship leaders to use with their groups! In fact I have just

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