Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cast the first stone...

I'm not condoning what was said in the past but here are two observations or my thoughts from the lopsided un-tolerant treatment I see taking place toward the cooking celebrity Paula Deen: 
#1- I hope that the stupid stuff I said 30 years ago isn't dredged up and held against me like it has against her! I've grown a lot since then and it seems she has too! Plus in my case I was 13 and said I'm sure a lot of stupid stuff :-) 
 #2 - ..."he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Walk in Integrity

Here's wisdom from the Proverbs: Read Proverbs 28:6

Do you realize that your integrity, character, reputation is far greater than riches or any worldly gain especially as you are representing Christ in all you do.
So, today and each day - remember to walk in integrity!



Thursday, June 13, 2013

What happens when songs are too high (and too loud)

The author makes some great points about what happens when worship songs are too high. Check out the article here: 

Something to think about if you are a worship leader or worship pastor. Would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. 

I have to interject that it does seem that today's worship songs are purposely high and loud and there's no in-between. Worship leaders, let me encourage you to shepherd your congregations by encouraging them to sing to their God via songs that are in a range that you don't have to be a "bird" to sing. ;-) 

Yes, the songs are just one mode of worship but an important one and a huge part of the weekly services so, shepherd them supporting their need and responsibility to worship The Lord in song and do so in a fashion the focus doesn't shift to things related to what the author says in the article. 

This isn't Chris Tomlin's congregation (or any other well known worshiper/worship leader for that matter) it's your congregation that God has given you responsibility over, so don't take that for granted. 

Also, the fallacy that seems to exist today that the music has be super loud in order to be good or to "lead people" in's wrong. Many churches are actually making ear plugs available to the congregation and I have to wonder...if people have to use ear plugs in order to "worship" is that really leading them in worship or does it detract from worship? 

For the ear plug utilizers, I'd say it must detract from their worship so I'd say, worship leaders, be mindful of the audio levels...if you turn it up...just make sure it's not up there too much as it does detract from what everyone is there to do and with both of these issues (too high and too loud) it can detract from you properly feeding the flock through your roll as worship leader/pastor/shepherd... food for though and prayerful consideration.

Praying the Lord uses all of you mightily and helps you strike the right balance in all these things.

Would love to hear your thought on these topic so please leave a comment to this blog post.

Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Let The Past Die!

Let's quit living in the past! Let's move forward as the new creation that He's made us to be! Replaying the past in your mind doesn't profit you unless to initially learn from it and then move on and if you continue to replay it in your mind it will paralyze you from progress!

"From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." -2 Corinthians 5:16-17



Monday, June 03, 2013

Ephesians 4:29 and Duct Tape

Here's a good one to chew on for your Monday, plus it displays yet another use for Duct Tape! :-)

May God through His Spirit help provide the "Spiritual Duct Tape" we need many times in order to live out Ephesians 4:29!