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Advent: welcoming Jesus

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If you grew up like me, you grew up in a home that did a great job of celebrating the birth of Jesus each year, but without much liturgy.  I didn’t grow up in a liturgical church so it should be no surprise that liturgy wasn’t a part of our our celebrations.  In fact, I didn’t really know what Advent was until I was a worship pastor at a church and my lead pastor said we should have Advent candles in our services this season.  I said, absolutely…then quickly googled “advent candles”.

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Acoustic Guitar For Worship Leaders

Over the years, I’ve had to lead many groups, without a band, and needed to find a way to make the music interesting without the benefit of any other instruments. In this video Adam Lohrbach shows us how to play the lead for a song intro, while playing the rhythm, as wells as some fun color notes to add into chords in the key of G. The song he uses is This Is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham.
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The Faith To Stay Still

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Growing up in a pentecostal tradition I’ve heard a lot of pre-message sermons on faith.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the pre-message sermon, that’s the sermon you get before the regular sermon.  It can be anywhere in the service, but pentecostal pastors like to give their congregants their money’s worth — so we normally get 2 sermons.  (Sorry for that rabbit trail…see I make a good pentecostal preacher).

So, as I was saying, I’ve heard a lot about faith — mostly in the context of moving or doing something.  We even have a phrase for it: stepping out in faith.  It’s a very biblical concept.  After all, Peter stepped out of the boat and walk on water (Matthew 14) — albeit for a brief moment, but nonetheless he stepped out of the boat.

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