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START, STOP, CONTINUE

The new year always brings new resolutions and decisions with good intentions. But rarely do people follow through. Maybe its because we're being too complicated. Maybe if we started small, we could make more progress. Recently, I attended a communications seminar and was challenged to name one thing I will START, one thing I will STOP, and one thing I will CONTINUE. I''ll be vulnerable and let you know what I chose: I'm going to START scheduling a consistent time in my week just to be creative. I'm going to STOP taking it personally when someone does not like my ideas. I'm going to CONTINUE building relationships that energize me and encourage me to move forward. Now that you know, you can hold me accountable. It's just that simple. That's what I'm going to do right now. As I do these things and complete some of them, I will add more things. I'm not...

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Cult vs. Cultic Movement

In 2009, I decided to to back to school because I wanted to make sure that I really believed what I believed! One of my professors, Ergun Caner, taught an Apologetics class. Apologetics is the "discipline of defending a position through the systematic use of information". For the believer, apologetics is an important tool to help defend the faith. Besides learning about different religions, sects, and positions, Dr. Caner taught a class about cults and cultic movements. Recently, this lecture was brought back to my memory because of conversations I've had concerning believers adopting new positions. Most of this blog will be direct quotes from Dr. Caner's lecture. This will be a long read but it's worth it. Before we get into the blog, please remember these scriptures: Matthew 7:15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves." Matthew 24:24 "For false...

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Who’s On The Throne?

FROM THE UPCOMING BOOK: THE WORSHIP PROBLEM Why do we have problems with idolatry? The lack of God infiltrating life or invading our space is essentially why most of us have problems with idolatry. When God is seen as an appendage rather than the Person that should consume our lives, we will always struggle with keeping Him first. It’s not rocket science to understand that when God gave the great leader Moses the Ten Commandments, the first ones deal with the subject of idolatry. In fact, he literally spells out what he means in the 2nd command because he wanted them to comprehend the depth of meaning. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,...

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Confessions of a Worship Leader

I've been asked from time to time what are some of my biggest challenges as a worship leader and today I want to write about one of them: PRIDE! When you are doing a great job consistently you're always going to get compliments. "Great job today"! "Oh my God, the worship was so anointed this morning." "Do you have a CD? I mean, you need to record something. I can listen to you every day." "I just love your voice. It is so beautiful." "I've never had a worship leader quite like you." "Come here! I can't believe how awesome that was today!" You get my drift! It feels good to get these compliments especially when some worship leaders get taken for granted. However, when you internalize them too much, you start to develop a...

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Will the real Worship Leader please stand up?!

You guys already know that I love worship, worship teams, singing and writing awesome songs, etc. I have a confession to make. There have been times when I was hired to be a "worship leader" that I thought I was THE "worship leader". Let me explain. When I was hired to lead the team, I've felt that I was the one who truly knew what was best for the team. I've felt like the way I ran my team was up to what I thought, envisioned, taught, etc. My song selections were the "best" because I was the worship leader. My idea of how to lead the congregation was paramount because I was the authority on worship! I failed to remember that the real "worship leader", the one who would ultimately be held accountable for the people they were leading, was the overseer (pastor, minister, one appointed to lead). Worship leader, you don't...

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Transition

TRANSITION: movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change. If you've ever taken the DISC personality test, you'll find that you have a dominant personality trait and usually an accompanying trait that basically rounds out how you think about things. Here is what each letter stands for: D- Dominance, I- Influence, S- Steadiness, C- Contientiousness I discovered that I was an SC which means I am very "steady and detailed". In other words, I don't like to change too much and I like things to flow a certain way. However, there comes a time or times in your life when change is necessary and can be the most important thing that you can do. A good friend and mentor of mine, Babbie Mason, gave me an example of this that I will never forget. She compared us (humans) to trees or plants. In order for trees to...

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CONTROL

PART OF THIS BLOG IS FROM THE UPCOMING BOOK "THE WORSHIP PROBLEM" BY B. DAVID STEVENS: I grew up in the 80s and Janet Jackson was one of my favorite artist. I still remember when her breakout song, CONTROL, hit the radio and MTV. I was glued to the TV. The song was all about being your own person, living your own life, and fulfilling your own dreams. I don't really have a problem with that to a degree. I mean, God wants us to be that way, right!? Or does He? I have a confession to make. I often treat God as an appendage. I don’t allow God into every part of my life because frankly I desire control and sometimes I think that if I don’t have the control everything will fall apart. Does anyone else relate? There are times that I just relate to God when I really “need”...

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For God and To God

PART OF THIS BLOG IS FROM THE UPCOMING BOOK "THE WORSHIP PROBLEM" BY B. DAVID STEVENS: For the believer, there is no secular or sacred. There is only life with God. -B. David Stevens Worship is our ENTIRE lives lived for and to the glory of God. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV) “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” That seems elementary enough, right? Can worship be confined to a place, a moment, or time? Or should worship be involved in every dimension of life? Should our personal worship influence every part of our lives? Or, should there be a difference between our secular existence and our sacred existence? In the book of Romans, Paul says that we should “take our everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life—and place it before God as an offering.”...

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