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Category: Worship

4 Insights for Greater Fruit-Bearing

February 03, 2017

Whether you’re a young church planter walking by faith, or a mature pastor experiencing the blessing of God’s favor—wherever you are on the spectrum of pastoral ministry, I hope these insights will help you bear more fruit for His kingdom. Take a few minutes to listen in on my parting conversations with four men from our Harvest Training Center—all gifted and …


How Worship Can Amplify Sermon Impact

May 20, 2016

It surprises me that it is not always apparent to the preacher of the Word that the musical support surrounding his proclamation can significantly amplify and punctuate the message God has given for the congregation that weekend.


Matt Redman and the Privilege of Serving Jesus

August 12, 2015

Take a few minutes and work through this post. I am praying it will stir fresh affection for Jesus and for serving Him with your whole heart. “Do not withhold good, from whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Proverbs 3:27 Failing to honor those who serve well among us …


Summer for the City

July 02, 2014

“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2b If you take God’s Word seriously, you don’t have to wonder why God blesses certain things. The Lord is very consistent. There are things that matter to Him.


On the Road to Focused Sermon Prep . . .

June 13, 2014

Getting down to serious sermon prep takes focus, concentration, and at times, clearing your head of the other stuff you are thinking about. So here comes the mind dump. Hope it’s edifying for you—it sure has been for me.


Preacher Thoughts on Tone, Criticism, Scripture, Confession and Valentine’s Day

February 26, 2014

Random thoughts (no doubt related to conscious thoughts) are constantly in a pastor’s mind. What do I think about that? How should I handle this? Which approach is most Christ-honoring, most helpful, most impactful?


Get Your Focus Back

January 16, 2014

Hey Pastor: What are you working on today? What are you striving after? Grieving over? Burdened about? Let’s keep our focus: We are not important. We are unprofitable servants on our best days. We have a King—and it is His glory we seek. John 2:11 says, “This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at …


Elevating Worship Through Scripture

December 31, 2013

Dear Pastors and ministry leaders—a new year of God’s faithfulness is upon us. I am praying for a year of growth for me, my family and for our church. I hope this blog has been and continues to be a source of encouragement to you in your service to Christ and His kingdom.


The Earth Stood Still

December 20, 2013

Pastors: Don’t fear a lack of originality at Christmas. If How the Grinch Stole Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life can be watched every year, and if “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” can be sung every year, you don’t have to wrestle with “something they have never heard before” in your …


Stop and Celebrate!

October 04, 2013

Dear Pastor Friends: God is faithful, His promises are true, His ways are just, and our trust is rightly placed in Him. For this reason milestones in the life of a ministry matter


Disappointed

September 24, 2013

After 25 years in the same church, Kathy and I have seen much of what there is to see in serving the Lord. So my goal in posting occasionally on this blog is to open my heart to pastors.


Worshipping the Son

May 15, 2013

I am so excited about our worship department and the second live recording this Friday night for Vertical Church Band. They are such a gifted young group of artists—and we are so passionate about our adoration of Jesus Christ.


Vertical Church Tour Recap

October 18, 2012

With all my heart I believe the battle that rages in the heavenlies is for the glory of God and His great Son, Jesus Christ. The enemy is very happy with horizontal church. As long as church is boring, entertaining, or self-help, it does not threaten the kingdom of darkness.


Worship: The Most Powerful Thing We Do

August 09, 2012

When Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21), He was punctuating the absolute centrality of worship as the determinant for every human future. Worship or adoration is the most powerful expression


Is Worship More Than Singing?

August 02, 2012

I often read or hear a servant of Christ insist that worship is “more than singing.” We are frequently told that making a meal for your family or cleaning your car or helping your neighbor are all acts of worship. When these acts are the outgrowth of our love for God


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