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.
I walked toward the car. The driver rolled down his window and called to me by name: “Hey, Thom, where do you park around here?”
The man was a coach in the baseball league where I coached with one of my sons. I didn’t really know much about him, but I was glad to see him at church. I led him to one of the few available parking spots. He thanked me: “Thanks, Thom, I was about to give up and go home.”
A few months later…
The set list was made up of songs I had seen these students sing out with fervor and passion. My call to worship was gospel-centered, infused with humor and truth. I reminded the students that the fact we are able to declare praises of Jesus’s victory over sin and death is not only a miracle in itself, but a risen Savior is worth singing about. My band was doing an excellent job on all ends. Still, the students responded with nothing but blank stares. What was my response to this?
Anger. Frustration. Bewilderment. I was genuinely dismayed.
Why in the world were these students not worshipping
If you ever wondered what theater geeks and music nerds did on a Friday night during their high school years, this is a fair glimpse. I confess to being present and being impressed, though I should also admit that this was not my scene. I was there because of a girl. But I was a musician and I’d heard of “perfect pitch.” But I’d never seen anyone exercise it before.
When someone says “So-and-so has perfect pitch,” they could mean one of several things.
God often uses the experiences I have with my kids to paint a picture of how He feels about me and my relationship with Him. I had the privilege of preaching the week after Christmas, and as I was doing my sermon prep I couldn’t help but think about my time building Legos with my son. As I prepared my sermon, God and I had a sweet time together. I would ask Him questions and He would answer. Sometimes I would hear Him speak to my heart, other times he would direct me to a particular passage. I felt like, in the same way that I had built a Lego set with my son, my sermon was kind of like a Lego set I was building with my Father in Heaven, only I didn’t know what the final product would look like. God gently coached me through the instructions and helped me get to the end. When it was done, I felt total security in my sermon because, even if nobody liked it, it didn’t matter — it was something I built with my Father.
The character Rey has to make a hard decision. Does she go back to her home planet of Jakku where everything is familiar, or does she leave to begin an adventure into the unknown?
As spectators in a movie theater, that’s an easy choice. We know Disney has to make an Episode 8 and 9 so, of course, Rey’s decision is to embark on an adventure.
But when we are in the moment, those kinds of decisions are hard; the consequences are real and the pressure is on.