Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: know that I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and stretch you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.
As usual, I found lots of great links this week that I wanted to share with you but that didn’t quite fit into a post. When you get a few minutes this weekend, check them out and be encouraged and challenged. Maybe even learn something. 🙂
Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.
Struggling choirs are mentored with the help of gospel superstar Deitrick Haddon (Preachers of L.A.) and Grammy-winning recording artist Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child. Each week, the duo will surprise a community, school or gospel choir and help them find perfect harmony both within their music — and their members.
After the Bible there are a few books that every believer should probably read, reread, and apply. On this short list would be works like Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Pilgrim’s Progress, Augustine’s Confessions, Mere Christianity, Knowing God, and Operation World. But even these great works fall behind what I consider the second most important book for every Christian.
But as I got older, I began to do more than just hear his songs; I began to listen to them. As I did, one song began to catch my attention above the rest. Throughout his world peace anthem “Man in the Mirror”, Jackson unequivocally states that to save this world, to make humanity and society a better and more peaceful place, we must begin with ourselves; we must begin the improvement with the person we see staring back at us from the mirror. This realization came about when I was crawling out of a pit of wildness and degradation.
Many of the churches in our area swing far to one side of the pendulum: they are either comprised of mainly families, or they have few families but a large group of college students. Rarely does a church have much of both, but by God’s grace, we do.