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.

Rich Kirkpatrick teaches you how to know when to pull the plug on a ministry:

There comes a time when a beloved event, ministry function, or recurring project must come to an end. Since these were birthed by the passion and time of your volunteers and church leaders, sunsetting them can be a touchy topic to approach. Wisdom shows us that everything has its time and season. Whether or not the church ministry is loved or formerly successful does not necessarily make it effective or entirely helpful. How do you pull the plug on a church ministry or know when to keep it on life support? After all, every ministry has a shelf life.

Michael Kelley shares three ways that singing is a powerful weapon for believers:

This is where we find ourselves today, living as ambassadors of another kingdom in the midst of hostile territory. We are the rebellion against the rebellion. But this rebellion is fueled by love, grace, forgiveness, compassion and service. These are the weapons of the rebellion against the rebellion, but there is another weapon we have at our disposal. It’s an unlikely one, something that we wouldn’t typically think of as being powerful when wielded correctly.

It’s the weapon of singing, and for the follower of Jesus, singing is a powerful weapon indeed.

Darin Smith shares five reasons why being part of a local church is essential to the Christian walk:

I’ve got a personal relationship with Jesus. I spend daily, personal, and private time with the triune God in prayer, petition, study, worship, confession, etc. So why do I need to join a local church?

Here are at least 5 biblical & practical reasons to join a local church.

Brian and Bryce at Worship Tutorials put together a video review of an awesome-looking piece of gear – the Line 6 Helix:

I’ve been a Line 6 fan for a long time. My first amp ever was a Line 6 Spider. Through the years I’ve been both extremely frustrated and very impressed with their products (that Spider was not a good sounding amp – at all). Lately I’ve been using both high end tube amps and pedals as well as modeling gear like the POD HD500x, and I think both types of setups can sound great and useful in different environments.

The Helix is Line 6’s new flagship modeling product. It is completely different technology than the POD HD series, and is priced and developed to compete with higher end systems like Fractal’s Axe FX and the Kemper Profiling amp. We think it sounds fantastic. Here is a table of contents to help find what you’re looking for in our ~40 minute first impressions and review video…

In honor of Doc and Marty’s arrival the other day, Scott Ball lists seven things the church didn’t have access to back in 1985:

It’s Back to the Future Day. It’s fun. Of all the predictions of what 2015 would look like from the vantage point of the 80’s, the things which are strangely accurate are interesting. Yet it’s still massively disappointing that cars can’t fly and I don’t own a hover board. Let’s get moving, scientists and engineers!

The subject got me thinking. What do churches have now that they didn’t have in 1985? How far have we come (or regressed)?

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