A Worship Chick from the South

"…the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life…" Psalm 27:4

3 keys to overcoming sin: #3 December 10, 2010

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“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (bold is my emphasis) 1 John 1:9

The first key to overcoming sin is knowing ourselves and our enemy. The second step to overcoming sin is confession, the third key that I think is most important in overcoming sin is knowing who our God is and the power He has to deliver us.

When we sin, we must be quick to go to Christ in repentance and prayer.  If we have wronged someone as a part of our sin, then we must ask for forgiveness from that person. These can be some of the most difficult things to do. In the story of King David in the Old Testament, he committed a great sin when he committed adultery with Bathsheba,  the sin grew as he tried to cover it up and eventually was guilty of causing the death of her husband in the process (2 Samuel 11-12).  When the prophet, Nathan, confronted David about what he had done, his response was, “I have sinned against the LORD.” David didn’t try and make a bunch of excuses, he immediately repented. David understood that God knows our hearts, and He loves us in spite of knowing it all.  God does not bless us for our decisions, he knows they are faulty, but He does bless us for our confession and acknowledge meant of our sin, that is why confession is so important. Christ has the power, He carried our sin to the Christ and only He alone can wash us clean.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.

Psalm 40:2


3 Keys to overcoming sin: #2 September 28, 2010

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One of the most important practical things that can help you beat sin is very powerful! It is confession.  Psalm 32:3 says When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. When we hold onto our sin and try to bury it inside, it becomes a prison of bondage and chains on our spirits. Confessing our sin to others is an extremely difficult thing to do, but it gives us power over our sin and can set us free from the guilt and shame that goes along with our mistakes. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt.I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.  Psalm 32:5

The word of God is clear on this,  Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16 I will admit that it is difficult to find someone you can trust to open up to, but God commanded it because confession serves a purpose and once you experience the freedom it brings, then you will begin to see the power of God move in your life.  So look for that person, but use wisdom in doing so, a pastor, a friend, your spouse, the retired widow down the street, a co-worker, if you sincerely desire to talk with someone, the God will lead you to the right person. Many, many people spend their entire lives bound up in something negative just because they can’t bring themselves to ask for help. Don’t be a person of secrets and hidden sins, as we see in the news every single day, those hidden things can destroy people’s lives.  For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. Mark 4:22

So trust in the Lord when He says to confess and  know that He is trustworthy and He can heal and forgive…


3 keys to overcoming sin: #1 August 30, 2010

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Overcoming sin is something that has been on my mind the last couple of days. My two kids are teenagers now, my daughter is 16, right at the age where she will begin to make decisions more and more on her own. The greatest thing I want to teach them is how to be strong in Christ and learn how to walk in His ways,  not based on what anyone says or teaches, but based on biblical principles and hearing from the Holy Spirit for themselves. This desire has gotten me to thinking about how I can teach them about sin.

Learning to overcome sin in a world full of it is a difficult thing, but it can be achieved by walking with Christ and learning from scripture. There are 3 things in scripture that are essential to overcoming sin, these are things that I know have worked in my own life and are very basic.  Jesus says in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

1.  Know your enemy and know yourself- The enemy has as strategy to destroy your life, so you must have a strategy as well.  Stepping over into sin most often starts with something small, but once it has gotten a hold of your heart, it is very difficult to break away.  Learn your own weaknesses, ask God for help through prayer.  Stay away from those little things that may drag you into a place you don’t want to be.  Drug addictions, alcohol, pornography, adultery, disobedience, etc…all of these things start with one, small introduction before they grow into addictions. There is always that moment at the beginning of a mistake where you have a choice to say no and walk away or to dive in. We have a way of minimizing sin or justifying it to ourselves because we don’t want to say no…  SAY NO!

In 1 Samuel, David made a big mistake, he looked at Bathsheba a little longer than he should have. If he had just turned away and went about his business, things might have been a little differently. Although God forgave him of his mistakes,  the sin had been committed and there were severe consequences that came with his actions. He caused a man’s death, lost a child, his son tried to take his kingdom and eventually his kingdom did split. (2 Samuel 12)

When we have a taste of God, a real touch, then we become addicted…we want to seek out that feeling or that touch that we have experienced before.  “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. ” (Matt 13:44)   When that desire is focused in the wrong direction, it still works the same and we look to the things of the world to fill that void.

My kids always say, “Well, it’s just….” or “It’s only….”  For example: “Mom, it’s just a movie” or Mom,”It’s just a video game” I always want to reply, “OK, well it’s just a machete’ that I want to use to hack my arm off!”  That is not a good way to convince me that it is o.k.  Are you going to say, “Lord,  just let me sin for 3 hours, then I will never do it again?”  If you are trying to justify something to yourself, especially in the company of peers, then you need to stop and evaluate where you are and what you are getting ready to step into.  Although it may not seem that huge at the time, you could be staring into the eyes of the one decision that could alter your path forever.*

I want to leave you with one long thought…

(VS 1) Oh, be careful little ears, what you hear (repeat)

For the Father up above, is looking down in love,
So be careful little eyes what you hear.

(VS 2) Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see, (repeat)

VS 3) Oh, be careful little mouth, what you say, (repeat),

(VS 4) Oh, be careful little hands, what you do (repeat)

(VS 5) Oh, be careful little feet where you go (repeat)

(VS 6) Oh, be careful little mind what you think (repeat)

(VS 7) Oh, be careful little heart what you love (repeat)

*note:  I just want to add that God is a God of forgiveness, He always takes you right where you are and can wash you as white as snow. The point I am trying to make in this post is that our actions always have consequences that can effect the lives of everyone around us as well as those we have not even met yet. We are in the hands of Christ, but we still hold a measure of our joy within our own hands by the decisions we make.


Living a Life of Worship July 15, 2010

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Worship is a conversation between God and Man – A continual dialogue that should go on in the life of a Christian*

Worshiping God is more than just coming to church and singing a song for an hour on Sunday morning, to truly worship our creator, we must live our lives out as a constant act of worship. The life of David is one of the greatest biblical examples of how to walk out  a life of worship. David knew how critical worship was to honoring God and having success in his life. It was his un-restrained, open and honest worship of God that gave him the title “chosen servant” (The Lord said, “I have made a covenant with David, my chosen servant. Psalm 89:3) There are 3 things David did to live a life of worship…

1. David spent time with God – he was familiar with Him, he spent time with God as a friend…He worshiped God in the quiet places, before anyone knew his name, he worshiped whether anyone was looking or not.  1 Samuel 17 is the story of David and Goliath, in verse 37 David declares to Saul: “The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” David was already living a life in daily worship to God, he was familiar with the ways of God. This past experience is  what gave him the Faith he needed to achieve the task God had laid before him.

2. David knew God’s word – he knew God’s laws and tried to live his life by them, in 1 Kings 2, just before he passed away, David said this to his son, Solomon…” Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go.”

3. David knew how to expressively worship God …” David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might,” 2 Samuel 6:14  David expressed himself in worship to God without any reservation, without concerning himself with what men thought, he truly loved the Lord and his worship was an expression of the overflow of God in his life.

For us, our expressive worship must be an overflow of our walk with Christ. He does not expect us to be perfect, David was not perfect, he made mistakes, yet God said, “’I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.”  David’s secret was that he always turned to the Lord in times of joy and in times of trouble, he truly knew how to walk out his worship daily with Christ.

Real worship defies explanation, it was never intended to be debated and discussed,

it was meant to be experienced.*

* From Exploring Worship by Bob Sorge


Heartland Worship Institute Conference July 7, 2010

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Finally made it to the Heartland Worship Conference in Cape Girardeau MO. The church hosting it is Cape First Church, they have a great facility in an old Wal-Mart building. I am excited about my first class, it is a master
class on leading worship with the guitar, I’ll keep ya posted on how it goes. It would be awesome if I could come out playing like Yngwie Malmsteen!!


Here I am to Worship April 26, 2010

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This is a live recording we did from our service on March 14th. We had several musicians out for Spring Break, so we put a small team together with me leading, Aaron S on Acoustic guitar and Todd V on Djembe.  It turned out to be a great worship service, a blessed time of worship in the Lord


Shure Countryman Headset

Filed under: Sound Equipment — carterclan4 @ 8:14 pm

We started having some problems with my Pastor’s Wireless mic a couple of weeks ago, every time he moved, it would crackle.  We had used the mic in a drama the same week the problem began, so I thought that maybe it had not gotten plugged in correctly or something, it was obviously a short somewhere. The next week it was worse and so on  Monday  I began to really look at the mic and research my options.  At first I though we were going to have to replace the mic, but after looking closely at the mic, I realize that the cable is just plugged in, so I just ordered a replacement cable for just over $60.

When the mic cable came in, I plugged it in and all is now well with the world again, no snaps, crackle’s, or pops.  One of the things I had discovered in my research (according to some of the Church audio and Pro-Audio Tech websites I found) is that it is fairly common for these cables to go out and need to be replaced, even as much as every year, depending on the use.  I have only been leading worship here for less than a year, but the mic is well over 5 years old, so I guess that’s pretty good.  I thought I would share this information, this little bit of research I did, saved us from purchasing a brand new system.