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Teaching Our Kids to be Worshipers

Teaching Our Kids to be Worshipers

The Psychology of Volume in Worship

The Psychology of Volume in Worship

What I Learned From My Father

What I Learned From My Father

Confessions of a Worship Pastor

Confessions of a Worship Pastor

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a few things i've been thinking about

What If?

What If?

Do you ever read the Bible and think, what if? What if Peter hadn’t denied Jesus three times? What if Paul hadn’t stood his ground so firmly for a grace only salvation message for the Gentiles? What if Abraham didn’t take Hagar into his bed? What if he didn’t have Ishmael as a son? There is another story in 1 Samuel 13 that I think “what if”? The battle lines were drawn with the Philistines. Their army was mammoth and the Israelite army was starting to quake in their sandals. Saul was supposed to wait for Samuel to offer sacrifices to God and seek Him. Instead of waiting, Saul became anxious and offered the sacrifice himself.

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The Church & Its Mandate

The Church & Its Mandate

As I write this I’ve never seen our country more disunified than it is right now.  Racial tension is at an all-time high for my lifetime (I realize others who lived through the 60’s have seen more).  And let’s not even mention political tension.  The proverbial lines in the sand are being drawn on both sides of most major issues.  Hatred is overshadowing love.  And even some of those who preach tolerance have let the pendulum swing to the other side.

Of course, any historian will tell you this is nothing new.  In fact, compared to the time of conquering empires, such as Alexander the Great, it’s quite peaceful.  However, at least in my lifetime, I’ve never observed such hatred from those on both sides of the issues.

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Parenting Part 1

Parenting Part 1

It’s a great thing kids are resilient.  No, seriously.  What would parenting be like if kids didn’t bounce back as easily as they do?  Parenting may be the most difficult thing you will ever do in life.  There are some great books and blogs on parenting and of course mentors are helpful, but in the end nothing can prepare you for what you are about to go through when you see your first child for the first time.  The highs are EXTRAORDINARY.  And the lows are, well, extraordinarily bad.

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Confessions of a Worship Pastor

Confessions of a Worship Pastor

When I was 16, I felt God stirring my heart towards worship ministry as a vocation. Fast forward 6 years and I’m at Azusa Pacific University getting ready to finish my education. It had been 6 years of fumbling forward in pursuit of what I felt God calling me to. Six years of leading worship in every venue I could find. Youth groups, college groups, camps, adult Bible studies (with 7 people in the room), Sunday night church (remember Sunday night services?). Six years of piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons. Six years worth of mistakes and embarrassments as I learned how to lead worship — and how not to lead worship. I had pursued God and what I felt he was calling me in the best way I knew how.

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