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Confessions of a Worship Pastor: Sin, Worship & My Lesson Learned

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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.

That’s where I was 6 years in.  About to graduate and on the very edge of entering ministry — the thing I had been dreaming of and pursuing.  However, it was in this season, at this time, that I was also caught in a behavior that God was trying to correct.  Sin had crept in.  It’s important you know everything I mentioned above as context for the way I felt as God was pursuing me on this issue.  I felt unworthy.  I felt guilty.  Embarrassed. Ashamed.

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When God is Silent

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If I’m honest there are days when I think, “Can I even discern God’s voice?”  There have been times when I feel so close to Him and there are LONG stretches when I wonder where God is.  I wonder if He really is listening to me.

There are times when I think, “God I know you led me to this decision, so why are you so silent now that I’ve followed you?”  I become unsure of myself.

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The Church & Its Mandate

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A friend of mine was in town for spring break a few weeks ago and while we were catching up with each other, we got onto a great conversation about The Church — it didn’t start out that way, but that’s where we ended up. Truthfully, I’ve been mulling it over for weeks and it’s been very challenging to say the least. 

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Faith Like a Trampoline

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As my kids have gotten older, and all their friends with them, I have begun to have conversations with some fellow parents about where life issues and matters of faith collide. We have friends whose children have decided they no longer believe in God or who make choices that are in conflict with God’s design for our lives.

In addition, my wife and I are starting to see some areas in our faith where we no longer believe what we were taught growing up. We are in the process of untangling some of these areas from our faith.

These two things have caused me to start thinking about how our faith should operate.

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