“PRAISE AND WORSHIP” Bringing it down from the stage and into the congregation

 

 

1 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones,Praise from the upright is beautiful
2 praise the Lord with the lyre; make music for Him
with a ten stringed harp.
3 Sing a new song to Him; play skillfully on the strings,
with a joyful shout
Psalm 33:1-3 (HCSB)
Well, this weekend was our Praise and Worship team retreat; a great time was had by all in attendance. The time spent in fellowship was about getting to know more about that team member who stands next to you week after week preparing the congregation for worship. While much of the days activities were centered on knowing one another, my take away was really to answer two questions “What contributions do I bring to the team, that are praise worthy, and Is there room me for growth that would cause the Lord to use me on a deeper level of this ministry? Hmm?

As we sat around talking, for some reason, the subject of our individual skill level in music came up; the many years of practical application, who we were privileged to grace the same stage with, down to the disciplines we possess; writing, charting, to the number of instruments we can play. Granted, the ability to play an instrument at a certain skill level is one of the requirements; though it is not the only requirement.

In the movie “Fury” Shia Lebouf’ characterizes a soldier with a pastoral background, who quoted scripture to inspire his fellow soldiers to press on. As it turns out, the scene where they were trapped in the tank and surrounded by German troops was one of those times. Shia fired off a shot that took out a few enemy soldiers and was commended for it by the commanding officer though he replied “I am the instrument, not the hand.”

“I am the instrument, not the hand,” Wow, what a profound and powerful a statement. We are the Lord’s instruments; our talents are gifts come from Him. So when it was my turn to answer these questions, I replied, I’d like to think my music is praise worthy because my priority is to first seek His face, to search for Him in the Scriptures; that I may be used as His mouth piece wherever I am called, so the music is secondary.

I would add that ministry cannot occur in an “I” convention where entitlement and self edification has all but replaced the purpose we’ve been called, for whom all praise and glory flow through. I’d say that the retreat was very much a success as evidenced by yesterday’s Praise and Worship and the projects to expand (the ministry) beyond the four walls of the church. guitarist2

“HEIRS OF SALVATION” Finding value in yours

A Devotional

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Holman Christian Study Bible HCSB
Gal 3

27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ like a garment. 28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
When Christ was crucified, all of mankind was given access to the saving grace of the LORD and an opportunity for reconciliation. Then the Lord will create a cloud of smoke by day and a glowing flame of fire by night over the entire site of Mount Zion and over its assemblies. For there will be a canopy over all the glory. And this saving grace is free for the taking Isaiah 4:5 (HCSB)
FREE FOR THE TAKING, for those who would choose to come. But nothing’s free? Technically you’re right, a great price was paid for our sin debt that we might have salvation (John3:16)

WHAT VALUE DOES THIS GRACE AND SALVATION GAVE FOR ME? Of course we want to barter, it’s in our nature. In order for Salvation and Grace to have any value, it has to have meaning and have impacted us in a deep way. For me, it’s revisiting my past, going back to the time when I was at my lowest. Devastated by poor decisions, and helplessness. I was angry at the world and made sure the world knew it. It took me to be that broken and to realize that I needed to stop what I was doing, fall on my knees, and cry out to God, any God. I didn’t knowArc1 God, but I knew He existed. Well I said the same prayer everyday hoping one day that He would finally hear my cry for Help. Yes, I looked out everyday for an angel on a horse to come and swoop me up out this place I was in. Needless to say, the angel on the horse never showed, but what did happen just blew my mind. One day when I was saying my same prayer, I suddenly experienced a weird feeling, a feeling I’ve never felt before. It felt like someone placed their hand on my back and lifting me up at the same time. Suddenly, I felt this calming spirit flow through me, and my tears began to flow. The Lord came and met me where I was at, lifted me up, dusted me off, and said “I got this”

And this is the value of my Salvation. I pray that this will resonates with you, and encourage you to put a value on your salvat
ion. *(Psalm 100:3) Acknowledge that Yahweh is God. He made us and we are His-His people, the sheep of His pasture In fact the water I give him will become a well of water springing up with in him for eternal life.

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I AM THE WAY

THE BREAD OF LIFE
Journal 6.15

John 6:44 (HCSB)

44 No one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him; and I will raise up the last day

On the way to Galilee, Jesus passed through Capernaum, Jerusalem Judea, and Samaria, where He witnessed and attested to many by performing  miracles of healing and transformation which caused sparks to ignite a light within. This caused believers to go and be witness to these great things they have seen.

This was a great thing and brought edification to Himself, though His purpose was to glorify and edify those who prophesied about His coming and His works giving credit to God the Father, Moses, and John the Baptist (John 5:31) If I testified about myself my testimony would not be valid. 32 There is another who testifies about me and I know the testimony he gives about me is valid
So as we pass through our regions, let us be faithful to do our good works of leading others to Christ, the One who sent us. And so we pray that our lives be a testament to His majesty, greatness and love.

16 Jesus told him,”I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. sheep
John 14:6

Father God, Thank you for thus reminder of who You are; and for the purpose which you have called us.We pray for strength to be obedient to Your word so that through us others You will be magnified and will come to know you. We pray this in consideration of your favor and grace and in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, Amen

OUR MORAL COMPASS

“Our stuff”

I increased my accomplishments. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself
5 I made gardens and parks for myself and planted every kind of fruit tree in them Eccl.2: 4-5 HCSB

Thought:
He amassed great wealth; Gold, silver, land, kept slaves and concubines; Every thing of a king. Clearly, he was the Howard Hughes of the day, and enjoyed the pleasures of man. Though he didn’t let his wealth affect his ability to lead. Solomon was a wise king (2:9) so I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; my wisdom remained with me.

(2:11) When I considered all that I accomplished and labored to achieve, I found everything to be futile and a pursuit of the wind. There was nothing to be gained under the sun. He knew that without a moral compass, anything he possessed was futile and of no value which is the theme of the book of Ecclesiates.

Solomon could ill-afford to think only of himself and asked himself. He questioned himself as to the message he was sending out and examples he was setting for his people. (2:12) Then I turned to consider wisdom, madness and folly; For what will the man be like who comes after the king? He will do what already has been done.

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When I want anything for myself, I will ask myself;
“What impact would this have; how would my situation right her, right now?

And,

What does it say about my character?

HELPLESSNESS TO HARVEST My journal

Good Saturday, My journal this morning is about What the Bible says about how we are to respond in times of adversity and conflict. First,deer I’ve a question. How would you finish this statement?:

I “DID NOT” have, so I….

Now hold that thought.

When we say something enough times, it becomes our truths; we actually convince ourselves that this is who we are. As I think about this, I began to wonder what the Bible says about how we approach our giants. I immediately thought of the obvious, Samson, Benaiah, and Gideon. But what about Moses and the apostle Paul? They knew suffering, dealing with fear and strength, who dealt with all three at the same time.
Imagine where the Gospel would be today had they had approached adversity from a position of fear and uncertainty:

Deuteronomy 28:48
You will serve your enemies the Lord will send against you in famine, nakedness, and lacking everything. He will place an iron yoke on your neck until he has defeated you
God’s people would’ve remained slaves to the Egyptians and never tasted the promised land, and the gospel would’ve been lost when on the road to Damascus, or died in prison:

But remember God’s response to Moses in the book of Exodus, when he was in the midst of major adversity? (Exodus 14:16) As for you, Lift up your staff, stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it so the Israelites can go through on dry ground.
We are given all authority and access to the power of God, and through the Holy Spirit:

(Ephesians 3:16) I pray the He may grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His spirit.

I pray that however you’ve answered the question above, that you’d go out in the strength and conviction of the Lord and move your mountain.

Mark 11:23
I assure you,; if anyone says to this mountain, be lifted and thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes what he says will happen, it will be done for him

God bless

Scroll of Remembrance

Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them;So a “Book of remembrance” was written before Him for those who fear His name. Malachi 3:16 NKJV

“Take this feeling we’re feeling now, outside these walls and let it rain!”  Gaither

When we gather and share the name of the Lord, He is present and listening. The names of those present are recorded in a book before the Lord, and opened on that day we stand before the Great Throne of Judgement. For this reason, we are commanded to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the world , that all can be saved. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them on the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit Matthew 28:19

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Book of Collosians (A bible study) NKJVstudy) NKJV

 

spectaclesNot unlike any church, the church at Collosae had it’s share of problems. Throughout the book, there is a particular theme Paul uses to address the descenssion among the believers there. He speeks of three important points that are relevant in today’s churches

“Chapter 3” NKJV

AVOID STINKING THINKING
Remember, the Jewish population in higher here in Collasae, and Paul hits hard on being steadfast in our thinking, reminding his co-workers of the battle ahead against the false doctrine and legalistic teachings of the church leaders. 2 Set your mind on things above not on things on the earth.

Ref (Romans 2:25) For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law; but of you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcised.
You are representatives of the Gospel, “Born again” in Christ; set apart, and no longer bound by our sinful nature.

(3-17) CHARACTER
3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God 4When Christ who is our life appears, then you will also appear with Him. AGAIN I SAY (8-11): But now you yourselves are to put off all these; anger, wrath, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.

Go and tell them (Church Leaders), the kingdom of God is for everyone: 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian Scythian slave nor free. Christ is all and in all.

12 Therefore, as the elect, of God, holy and beloved, pit on tender mercies, humility, meekness and longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, of anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you too must do. 3:12-13.

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THE CHRISTIAN HOME “Harmony and love”
18 Wives submit to your own husbands as is fitting in the Lord 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them 20 Children obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

Consider this: I used to think this verse literally spoke to the family unit, after scrubbing it against the chapter, Paul is actually talking about the remaining in harmony and love with other believers, the church family.

Thoughts?: