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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

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