Weekend Links

Weekend Links

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.

Mike O’Brien explains why it’s good to give your worship team a Sunday off once in a while:

Last Monday I sent out a text to my worship team. It read as follows: “Hello Worship Team 3. This might excite some of you and bum some of you out, but I sense I am supposed to lead with one guitar and one vocal this Sunday. No band. We will resume the following week. Please come early and sing with vigor as I lead!” One by one, I heard back from my team with texts: “I’m in!”, “Sweet!” “Word” and “Praying for you”.

Todd Wright shares a simple truth that applies to almost every worship leader out there:

Like a lot of scary stories, fear is a good motivator and it always stuck with me: better do a good job and do all you can to make sure people don’t hate your guts!

But I don’t believe that myth anymore. I’m sure it happens here and there, but I think the story is a lie. I don’t think a congregation ever hates their worship leader. It might be a tough relationship that takes a lot of work, but I think the opposite is true.

Steve Simms lists six reasons to pursue a form of worship that we often neglect:

Fasting is to go without eating any food for a period of time dedicated to God. Here are 6 biblical reasons to fast.

Stephen Altrogge wants you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of Adult Onset Calvinism:

Approximately 1 out of every 4 Christians will encounter adult onset Calvinism (commonly known as AOC) during their life, either personally or in someone close to them. It can be a scary thing to encounter, especially if you’re not familiar with the symptoms. The person you once knew and loved is suddenly a completely different person.

Don’t panic.

It gets better.

To help you navigate the treacherous waters of AOC, I’ve listed the possible symptoms you may encounter…

Ever find anything really, really valuable hidden in a notebook?

An American scholar has found what he says is the earliest known draft of the King James Bible, hidden in a 400-year-old notebook in a British library… The notebook had been cataloged in the 1980s as “verse by verse biblical commentary” with “Greek word studies, and some Hebrew notes.” Inside, Professor Miller found 70 pages in Samuel Ward’s handwriting. As he flipped through it, “there was a kind of thunderstruck, leap-out-of-bathtub moment,” he told The New York Times. “But then comes the more laborious process of making sure you are 100 percent correct.”

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