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Are Worship Leaders Being Suffocated?

By on December 6th, 2016
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This post was originally published here and has been republished with permission.

I’ve heard a common statement recently. It goes something like this, “That worship leader is too self-centered” or “That worship leader is doing nothing but putting on a show.”

I agree with the premise that we need to get the focus off of ourselves and onto God. However, I’m worried about the response this causes from pastors and the congregation.

A few requests I’ve heard are:

  1. Sing songs in a key that the whole congregation can sing
  2. Sing your original songs very sparingly
  3. Don’t do songs that only hype people up
  4. If I pay you, you’ll only look at this as a job
  5. Just sing the songs like the CD. We don’t need your extra artistic flair
  6. (Insert your own churches preferences on what worship leading should look like)

While there are helpful tools in all of these suggestions, they can become more like rules. These expectations have suffocated worship leaders inside of a little box and we wonder why it all feels generic. I’m more concerned about worship leaders falling in love with Jesus and learning how to lead people to worship Jesus than trying to fix their “pride” issues. I don’t know about you, but I’m done trying to gauge someone’s pride level based on how they look while leading worship. I’d rather focus on my issues of only being able to focus on Jesus when the mood is just right.

Here are my suggestions for pastors on how to treat your worship leaders/musicians:

  1. Don’t give them a list of “don’ts” for what they shouldn’t do in worship.
  2. Help develop them as a worship leader.
  3. Disciple them and give them tools to help them grow in the knowledge of God, lead people, and love God more. Serving them will teach them to serve the congregation.
  4. Encourage them to write their own songs.
  5. Pay them. If you don’t, they’ll go get a “real job” later on. It breaks my heart to think of all of the God-gifted musicians that gave up on their dreams because they couldn’t feed their family while doing what they love.
  6. Remember that they aren’t cover band robots. They are humans designed by God that have a unique gift that they NEED to express. They can lead a congregation while being themselves, I promise.
  7. Don’t be afraid to let them have fun during worship songs. Sometimes it’s good to connect on a surface level in order to go to a deep level.
  8. Listen to their ideas and don’t be too controlling.

Worship leaders, don’t be afraid to be yourself. God created you to worship Him. He doesn’t want everyone to worship Him like Chris Tomlin. He wants you to worship the way you worship. When you’re on stage, worship an audience of One. But don’t forget to lead the others to worship as well. Also, while I’m at it, leading in front of thousands of people isn’t a sin. If the Lord calls you to lead the nations in worship, don’t let anyone stop you. If you have a dream in the will of God, don’t let anyone stop you. That being said, not everyone is called to a big audience. Whether you lead a lot of people or a small congregation, keep your heart alive in God and in music and don’t quit.


About the author

Brandon Oaks

Brandon and his wife Morgan live in Kansas City serving at the International House of Prayer. Brandon is a full time worship leader and electric guitar player. He has led worship for about 7 years and has played guitar for 9. He also travels to play guitar, lead worship, and equip musicians across the U.S. Brandon is from Tallahassee, Fl and moved to Kansas City in 2011 to join the prayer movement at IHOPKC.


Week 4 of 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting

By on October 21st, 2016
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40 DAYS OF PRAYER & FASTING | UNTIL NOVEMBER 8, 2016

This prayer guide will help to focus our prayers as we are in 40 days of prayer and fasting for America. Use this guide in your prayer times this week.

Jesus is the only answer to our nation’s problems. A Great Awakening is the only answer to a nation that has gone away from its biblical roots. No politician has the answers for our nation, but we must pray for godly leadership in every position of authority. We must cry out for another Jesus Movement to sweep across out nation and people turn to the Lord. The Word says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

Personal and corporate repentance

Before we begin in intercession, it’s good to inspect our own hearts and come clean before the Lord. Take time to confess and repent to God of any sins in your life. Then, from a national perspective, repent for rejecting God as a nation, and for the removal of God in our education systems and government.

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Ps. 51:1-3 (NKJ)


Intercession topic for this week: Government & Military

GOVERNMENT

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)

  • Pray for President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the Cabinet members for wisdom, discernment and guidance from the Lord. Pray for their spouses and family members.
  • Pray for the next President and Vice President that will be elected on Nov. 8th, for pro-life, pro-family, pro-Israel leaders to be elected.
  • Pray that our leaders have God’s strategies as they deal with world leaders on difficult issues that effort the entire world (Israel, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea, Pakistan and other countries).
  • Pray for that any terrorists’ plots will be uncovered and stopped. Pray that ISIS is defeated.
  • Pray for members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Pray for them to vote for pro- family, pro-life, pro-Israel legislation. Pray for members who know the Lord to be strengthened and those who don’t to be saved. Pray for their spouses, families and staff.
  • Pray that our leaders to stand up for religious liberties and freedom in this nation. Christianity is increasingly under attack. Pray for members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus who are fighting for religious freedom in our Nation’s Capitol and Legislative Prayer Caucuses in the states that are taking a stand for religious freedom.
  • Pray for the U.S. Supreme Court Justices to not legislate laws but to interpret them correctly and to vote in favor of restricting abortion and eventually overturning Roe v Wade. Pray that the next U.S. Supreme Court Justices and FL Supreme Court Justices that are appointed will be pro-life, pro-family justices.
  • Pray for Governor Rick Scott, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Cabinet Members, Agency Heads, all state, county and city leaders for wisdom, discernment and guidance from the Lord and do what is right before God.
  • Pray for Florida Senate President and members of the FL Senate and Florida Speaker of the FL House and Members of the FL House of Representatives. Pray for them to vote for pro-family, pro-life legislation; for those who know the Lord to be strengthened and those who don’t to be saved. Pray for their spouses, families and staff.
  • Pray for the Florida Supreme Court Justices to not legislate laws but to interpret them correctly and have wisdom.
  • Pray that any seats that open on the FL Supreme Court to be filled with pro-life, pro-family justices.
  • Pray for anything done in darkness to be exposed by the light of the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for leaders to have reverence for and fear of the Lord and to fight for religious freedom in this nation.
  • Pray for government leaders to publicly acknowledge their sin and dependence on God.
  • Pray for godly, pro-family, pro-life leaders to be elected in 2016 to city, state and national positions of government.
  • Pray for all members of law enforcement and emergency responders for protection and strength. Pray for their families. Pray for families who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty.

MILITARY

“The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” Psalm 34:7 (NKJ)
“Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me.” Psalm 59:1 (NKJ)

  • Pray for protection for our men and women in uniform, for strength and for their minds to stay clear and their spirits to be uplifted.
  • Pray for our military leaders to have wisdom, discernment, and insight into the enemies’ activities as they fight terrorism in our country, around the world and in the Middle East. Wisdom to defeat ISIS.
  • Pray for the President, for the Secretary of Defense, and for the Joint Chiefs of Staff that God will guide them and give them military strategies.
  • Pray for the spouses and families of those in the military for strength, protection, and endurance as they wait the return of their loved ones, and for God’s provision and protection. Pray for those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.
  • Pray for the troops to have hope, peace, and God’s comfort as they fight for our freedom and the freedom of others around the world.
  • Pray for those who don’t know the Lord to be saved and those that are saved in the military to boldly share Him with others.
  • Pray for military chaplains to boldly pray in Jesus’ name with the troops and not be reprimanded.

Week 3 of 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting

By on October 14th, 2016
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40 DAYS OF PRAYER & FASTING | UNTIL NOVEMBER 8, 2016

This prayer guide will help to focus our prayers as we begin 40 days of prayer and fasting for America. Use this guide in your prayer times this week.

Jesus is the only answer to our nation’s problems. A Great Awakening is the only answer to a nation that has gone away from its biblical roots. No politician has the answers for our nation, but we must pray for godly leadership in every position of authority. We must cry out for another Jesus Movement to sweep across out nation and people turn to the Lord. The Word says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

Personal and corporate repentance

Before we begin in intercession, it’s good to inspect our own hearts and come clean before the Lord. Take time to confess and repent to God of any sins in your life. Then, from a national perspective, repent for rejecting God as a nation, and for the removal of God in our education systems and government.

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Ps. 51:1-3 (NKJ)


Intercession topic for this week: Family & Church

FAMILY

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

  • Pray for God to build faith foundations in families, that they will pray together, worship together, have a love for God and for one another.
  • Pray for marriages to be strengthened and homes to be Christ-centered. For the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman to be valued by the society as a whole in spite of the U.S. Supreme Court wrong decision.
  • Pray for the institution of the family as a whole and for individual families within your circle of influence that may be struggling.
  • Pray for single parents that are struggling to raise their children.
  • Pray for the hearts of the parents to be turned to their children and the hearts of the children to their parents.
  • Pray for prodigal sons and daughters to return to God and their families.
  • Pray for any gang strongholds throughout the nation to be broken and gang members to come to Christ.

CHURCH

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19

  • Pray for the Church in America to be what God wants it to be, a place that pursues God’s Presence through prayer, worship and the Word, that desires to equip people to know Jesus and make Him known and where people are drawn to make Christ their Savior and Lord.
  • Pray for pastors, their spouses and families to be strengthened and not to grow weary; that they would hear the direction of the Lord and have a burning passion for prayer for their city, state and nation to transformed.
  • Pray for your church and its leaders, asking God to grant them wisdom and vision to make the Church a vessel for healing and revival in America.
  • Pray for unity across denominational and racial barriers, for pastors to carry other pastors and congregations in their heart and to reach out with the love of Christ.
  • Pray for boldness in the church to preach the Gospel and the harvest to come in and a mighty revival sweep the nation.
  • Protection for the Persecuted Church worldwide, for protection and strength as they live for Jesus.

Week 2 of 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting

By on October 7th, 2016
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40 DAYS OF PRAYER & FASTING | UNTIL NOVEMBER 8, 2016

This prayer guide will help to focus our prayers as we begin 40 days of prayer and fasting for America. Use this guide in your prayer times this week.

Jesus is the only answer to our nation’s problems. A Great Awakening is the only answer to a nation that has gone away from its biblical roots. No politician has the answers for our nation, but we must pray for godly leadership in every position of authority. We must cry out for another Jesus Movement to sweep across out nation and people turn to the Lord. The Word says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

Personal and corporate repentance

Before we begin in intercession, it’s good to inspect our own hearts and come clean before the Lord. Take time to confess and repent to God of any sins in your life. Then, from a national perspective, repent for rejecting God as a nation, and for the removal of God in our education systems and government.

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Ps. 51:1-3 (NKJ)


Intercession topic for this week: Life and Justice Issues

“Turn us back to You, O LORD, and we will be restored; renew our days as of old.” Lamentations 5:21 (NKJ)
“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17 (NKJ)
LIFE prayer: “Jesus. I plead Your blood over my sins, and the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America”. (Bound4LIFE.com)

  • Pray a pro-life justice be appointed to the US Supreme Court and pass the Senate confirmation and that Roe v Wade will be over turned.
  • Pray for the abortion rates to continue to drop in Florida and across the nation and for abortion clinics to close down quickly and abortion doctors to be saved.
  • Pray the current Supreme Court Justices (U.S. and FL) will see truth and change their positions to be pro-life and pro-family and not legislate from the bench. Ask God to open their heart and eyes.
  • Pray for Planned Parenthood to continued to be exposed as the abortion business that it is. Pray Planned Parenthood is defunded and clinics to be closed down.
  • Pray that the lies of homosexuality will be broken off this nation. Pray for people to see truth on this issue and people to be set from the lifestyle of bondage.
  • Pray that the spirit of racism is broken off our nation.
  • Pray for other cultural issues that affect our cities to be broken off and people walk in freedom: pornography, gambling, perverse sexual education in our schools, human trafficking.
  • Pray for Pro-Life groups like Bound4Life that are on the front lines praying for the ending of abortion. For more information visit www.bound4life.com
  • Pray for Ending human trafficking groups like Exodus Cry that are on the front lines praying for the ending of abortion. For more information visit: www.exoduscry.com
  • Pray for Pro-Family organizations across the nation are strengthened and have financial support

Longing to Be Enjoyed – Part 1 of Longings of the Heart

By on September 7th, 2016
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“There are inescapable cravings in the core of every human heart that cannot be ignored, denied or pacified: they must be satisfied.” -Mike Bickle

Fundamental to every living person are longings that transcend culture, religion, or lifestyle. These longings are given by God, and only He can fulfill them. They are what drive every pursuit and every motive in life.

The longing to be enjoyed

Take a quick glance at American culture and you’ll soon realize that everyone wants to be ‘Liked‘. From social media, to entertainment, this American generation wants to be heard and enjoyed for who they are. I believe this culture echoes a powerful longing in our hearts: the longing to be enjoyed.

Enjoyed by God Himself

While human companionship can provide a great sense of support and security, this longing to be enjoyed is rooted in a desire to be enjoyed by God Himself. When one’s life are marked by the enjoyment of God, there becomes a pillar of strength inside that isn’t easily swayed by the insecurities and opinions of others. This longing is foundational to our identity in Christ (1 John 4:19).

Jesus said, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” (John 15:9, emphasis mine) The measure with which the Father loves Jesus is the standard with which Jesus loves us. Let that sink in. How much does the Father love Jesus? It’s immeasurable. But Jesus goes one step further, and later says “that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:23, emphasis mine) That means that both the Father and Jesus love you as much as the Father loves Jesus.

You are God’s favorite person (every single one of you)

God likes you because He likes Jesus

Would you say that Jesus is God’s favorite person? What does the God who is love feel towards Jesus, the God who is love? Because that’s what God feels towards Jesus, I believe we can all view ourselves as God’s favorite. God likes you because He likes Jesus; enjoys talking with you because He enjoys talking with Jesus; and hearing your worship. Imagine if we presented ourselves to God in worship as His favorite.

The Apostle John was so confident in this concept that he referred to himself as “the one Jesus loved”.

  • “Jesus saw…the disciple [John] whom He loved standing by…” (John 19:26)
  • “She ran to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple [John], whom Jesus loved, and said…”(John 20:2)
  • “That disciple whom Jesus loved [John] said to Peter…” (John 21:7)
  • “Then Peter…saw the disciple [John] whom Jesus loved…” (John 21:20)
  • “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples [John], whom Jesus loved.” (John 13:23)

The Cross is proof of God’s enjoyment of us

How far would you go to protect someone you love? Would you take a punch, take a bullet—would you die for them? Understanding the reason why Jesus died on the Cross will help convince us of God’s enjoyment over us. The Bible says “…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…” (Heb. 12:2). What was the joy set before Him? Part of His joy was securing salvation for man-kind.

The greatest labor of love that ever happened was possible because Jesus pursued the greatest imaginable joy, namely, the joy of being exalted to God’s right hand in the assembly of a redeemed people: “For the joy that was set before him [he] endured the cross!” –John Piper


What does it mean to love the Lord with your strength?

By on August 23rd, 2016
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“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5

I am sure that we have all heard the great commandment from Deuteronomy 6:5 to love the Lord with all of our heart, mind and strength. Throughout the bible this command is continually held up as the pinnacle of what the Christian life is to be centered around (along with loving our neighbors as ourselves). Jesus confirmed this in the Gospels when He answered the questioning of the scribes in Mark 12:28-34.

Loving God with our hearts and minds seems very practical. Loving usually always has to do with matters of the heart and we all know about the unseen world of our minds that must be continually reigned in and governed to love the Lord. But what does it mean to love the Lord with all of our strength or might?


How to tell if you are a Peacemaker or a Peacekeeper

By on April 22nd, 2016
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There are two attitudes, two primary mindsets that exist in the world when it comes to living in peace with the people around us. They are both effective in many ways, but I suggest that only one of these mindsets was the one Jesus was talking about when he talked about peacemaking. We will call these two approaches the peacemaker and the peacekeeper.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. -Matthew 5:9

Peacemakers and Peacekeepers have common goals

Before we explore the differences between these two attitudes, we will look at the similarities between them. As Romans 12:18 states, it is a goal to live at peace with the people around us, and both these attitudes further that cause immensely. Many people live without caring about creating or maintaining peace at all. We can honor the peacekeeper while striving to transcend that mindset as peacemakers on the earth.

  • Peacekeepers and peacemakers both operate under authority. There is weight to their actions and words.
  • Peacekeepers and peacemakers both have a high value for peace. They both see the need for peace in the world around them. They’re not in denial.
  • Peacekeepers and peacemakers are both active in society. (In contrast, people who have isolated themselves have abandoned the cause of peace entirely, because peace is innately about relationship and connection.)

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. -Romans 12:18

Where they differ

Despite the similarities, there are many differences in these two approaches to to peace.

  • Attributes of a peacemaker
  • Peacemakers operate in the authority of wisdom and in the power of love. (James 3:17, James 2:16)
  • Peacemakers have high hopes. (Romans:15:13)
  • Peacemakers walk in humility. (1 Peter 3:8)
  • Peacemakers understand that repentance is necessary for true peace to be created. (Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 3:11)
  • Peacemakers are creative and sacrificial in their process. (Ephesians 2:14-16)
  • Peacemakers celebrate small victories. (2 Corinthians 13:11, Luke 15:7)
  • Attributes of a peacekeeper
  • Peacekeepers operate under the authority and power of the law. (In contrast, see Jesus’ approach in Ephesians 2:15.)
  • Peacekeepers react strongly to the threat of emerging conflict.
  • Peacekeepers try to keep society from getting worse. (They are, in many cases, conservative.)
  • Peacekeepers fear the consequences of a failure to maintain balance.
  • Peacekeepers sacrifice righteousness for the sake of peace.
  • Peacekeepers view compromise as one of the greatest virtues.

Everlasting peace

These approaches look the most different when you consider them in the light of eternity. Peacekeepers use threats of violence, or the presence of physical power, to maintain peace. But peacemakers take aim at the heart of the problem: the hearts of people, starting with themselves.

There is a difference between unity and coexistence. To maintain a form of peace, peacekeepers will silence divergent opinions. But people who truly carry an overflowing peace in their hearts, shine bright:

“And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” -Mark 9:47-50

Salt is a preservative, but in the case of peacemaking, I like to think of it more as a festive flavor. As we shine with a humble holiness, we demonstrate that one thing is available to all of us, if we are bold enough to believe it: peace with God. As we unify around this truth, we discover that we have peace with each other as well.


Looking back on testimonies of answered prayer, we believe for what’s ahead in America

By on March 14th, 2016
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This post was originally posted on Bound4LIFE.com. Used by permission.

I have been a governmental intercessor for 25 years, standing in the gap for our country. I began to truly intercede for the nation when I had my fourth child; today, with four grandchildren, I am still standing in the gap for America and training young intercessors.

Many battles have been won and some lost. Our job as intercessors is to stay steady, stand firm, and never, ever give up! Sometimes this is easier said than done. When you watch the news and it seems like you’re losing, you have to learn to declare the Word of the Lord, realize you’re in a long-term battle, and not grow weary.

I want to share some stories of governmental intercession that I hope will give encouragement in the midst of the battles we are facing right now as a nation.


Why Israel is important to every person on Earth

By on November 16th, 2015
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If you’re like me, you’ve often wondered why the Church places an importance on “standing with Israel.” You’ve probably even seen some believers seeming a little bit flakey in how they act, out of love for Israel and the Jewish culture. Rather than just showing allegiance to Israel without knowing why, it’s important to get God’s heart for Israel and to understand her Biblical importance, even to you and me as individuals.

The entire storyline of the Bible (Old Testament and New) is about Israel, and the Jewish people. Does it “ruffle” your theological feathers that salvation first came for the Jews (Rom. 1:16, 11:11)? Thank God the Gentile Church has been included in the plans that God has for Israel, as well (Rom. 11:17).

Agreeing with God’s sovereign decision

Israel would be His people

To really understand why Israel is important we must go back to the beginning. In the Garden God made man and told him that He could eat anything but the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. After their disobedience and fall, God made a way for them to be reconciled to Himself. God knew that the only way that man could be reconciled to Himself would be for Him to do it Himself. No man was able to do it, so it must be God.

Through Israel’s Seed He would raise up Someone who would crush the Enemy’s head (Satan). He sovereignly chose that the Seed would come from the house of Abraham (Genesis 3:15). Fast forward to God’s promise to Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3). Then God said, “Lift your eyes now and look… For all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever” (Genesis 14:14-15).


How You Can Encounter God in His Word

By on October 13th, 2015
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A lot of people treat their time in the Word as an item on their to–do list that needs to be checked off. “I gotta get to the next chapter so I can be caught up on my Bible reading plan,” some might hurriedly mutter to themselves. What causes us to be preoccupied with simply finishing our Bible Reading Plan, and how can we better approach the subject of reading the Word?

Jesus warned the Jews in His day, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” (Jn. 5:39) The Word is what displays God’s character and nature so that we are driven to talking with, and encountering God.


How to stand up after falling in sin

By on September 24th, 2015
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This post is for everyone, but especially those who feel trapped in their own sin and shame. It’s for those who enter worship on Sundays with a heavy heart, feeling unworthy to approach God because of their failure and making promises to God “to do better” that they know they can’t keep. This post is for those who are struggling to understand how God could love them when they keep asking for forgiveness.

What do you do when you’ve found yourself confronted with the reality of sin in your life? More specifically, what is a healthy way to repent and move forward?


Ways to Develop Prophetic Musicianship

By on September 1st, 2015
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The term “prophetic musician” simply describes a musician who, operating in the spirit of prophecy, testifies of Jesus. Because prophecy is simply the testimony of Jesus, it can be coupled with many different mediums. Preachers preach the testimony of Jesus; teachers teach it. Singers sing the testimony of Jesus; painters paint it. All these mediums can prophesy about who Jesus is and edify the Church.

“[T]he testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10)

Examples in Scripture

The Bible has some amazing accounts of prophetic musicians who cast out demons and won military battles through melodies and songs.

  • Young David played his harp and caused King Saul to be set free from a terrorizing spirit:
    • "And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.” (1 Sam. 16:23)


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