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.

Great video by Paul David Tripp about awe in the life of the Christian:

Humans are hardwired for awe.

Our hearts are always captured by something—that’s how God made us. But sin threatens to distract us from the glory of our Creator. All too often, we stand in awe of everything but God.

In this video, Paul David Tripp explains what awe is and why it matters for every facet of our lives.

Once again this year, Steve Brown has shared his list of new contemporary song suggestions for the church calendar:

It was popular last year, so I am doing it again. Here are my “new song” recommendations for each of your Lectionary-based worship services in the upcoming church year. On most of the Sundays I have included a choice of songs. I have not used all of these songs in worship and some of them were released in 2015 so please have your Pastor review all the lyrics prior to use.

Jonathan Aigner issues a call to remember Advent and not rush too quickly into the Christmas season:

I don’t really hate Christmas, but I do hate that the church has let the around us destroy our sense of longing and anticipation.

And how many people with their “Keep Christ in Christmas” bumper stickers seem content to follow along like little red and green sheep, with their decorations and their music and their outfits, oblivious to the fact that the sole reason for Christmas creep is consumeristic exploitation. Period…

The church’s answer for this, of course, is Advent…

Brothers McClurg have a new Christmas album available, and here’s a cool video for the track “He Is Our King” (it’s flannel graph!):

My mom after she got done traveling became a kids’ pastor. The first images I ever saw of Jesus was through flannel graph so me and my mom did flannel videos with her old collection to the Christmas tunes.

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