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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

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Fall in Love with God, not Worship

I’m working on a new devotional book for worship leaders. Here’s an excerpt. I’d love to hear what you think! Thanks! 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

Random Thoughts
Gone to San Antonio!

Hey everyone, I won’t be posting anything for the next few days. I’ll be in Houston then San Antonio. My wife is going with me to a worship seminar I’m leading at a church in San Antonio. We’ll be visiting my sister in Houston for a couple days before traveling on over. Please pray for

Leaders' Notes, Resources
Steps to Planning a Worship Gathering

From time to time, I’m asked how I go about planning for a worship gathering – or service, as it is often called. Below are some simple steps and elements to consider. Please remember that in most cases it is best to involve a team of trusted staff and volunteers, rather than one person planning everything.

Biblical Perspectives
Hidden Dislike for New Praise Songs

Recently I received a very telling email from a worship leader in Ohio about worship styles in their church. What she described could be written of many churches in America. For so many, the “war” on worship styles has long been over and battlelines drawn years ago. However, there is still an underlying current of discontent and

Biblical Perspectives, Devotional Thoughts
Ready to Listen, Ready to Praise

The pinnacle of listening, the ultimate goal of our spiritual ears is this: We should be ready and able to hear our Lord speak to us anytime and anywhere he wishes. When we deliberately and regularly place ourselves in a listening posture, God can download into us his truths, insights and directives as often as

Resources
Daily Audio Bible Podcast

 Lately I can hardly wait to go running my twenty minute jog. It’s not that I’m some exercise addict; rather I use that time to listen to Brian Harden’s Daily Audio Bible Podcast. Right now he’s reading from the Good News translation. A couple weeks ago it was the New Living Translation. He changes up which gives the

Guest Posts
Traditional vs. Contemporary Worship Music

A pastor friend of mine wrote this article. Provocative thoughts! Let us hear what you think about this topic. Thanks! – Dwayne   There is a disturbance within the church of today.  It is an issue that can take the most loving, most unified congregation and turn them into a bitter, battling group of individuals.  The

Guest Posts, Leaders' Notes
What should a blended worship service look like?

Hey, I just came across an article in Creator Magazine that challenges a lot of our thinking on what we mean by the word “blended.” Leave us a comment and tell us whether you agree. By Roger O’Neel: Most evangelical churches today have a service they would describe as “blended”. This type of service allows for a broad appeal to many types