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

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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…

 

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

 

Set List for April 11th April 12, 2010

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5 Minute Countdown

Freedom by Darrell Evans

Welcome

The Preschool Children sing (or “the little bitty’s” as we call them)

Freedom (again as the children exit off the stage)

Friend of God

Amazing Love/You are my King

OFFERING – I belong to You by Superchick  (done with 2 acoustics and 1 vocalist)

Scripture Reading – John 20:19-29

Intro to Message – My Lord and My God

Video – Power Outage (this was not originally in the Order of service, but hey, we like to do things spontaneously sometimes)

Message (While booth team scrambles to get computer back up and running) The message was about how when we are children we depend on our parents Faith to get us through, but at some point in our lives we have a moment where God becomes our own, we have a personal experience with Him.

Benediction/Altar Time – Consuming Fire

See more Set lists at Sunday Setlists.

 

Mondays in my office

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Mondays are generally my reflection day. It is a time to prayerfully think about  Sunday’s service, what went well, what did not go well and why. The mistakes that were made, can they be improved on? Where was the core of the problem and how am I going to move forward in correcting it?  This has been a year of learning for me for sure.  I have been doing worship on teams, including leading for over 15 years, but this has been a whole new experience and I have made some doozy mistakes…oh yes.

That old saying “hindsight is 20/20” definately has applied to me several times.  I have often walked away on a Sunday morning  seeing so clearly, thinking, “Why in the world did I pick that song?” or “What ever made me think I could sing that song?”  I don’t really know why it becomes so much clearer at that point ((Big Sigh)).

The best Mondays are when I can look back and know that we were visited by the Lord, His presence coming down like a sweet fragrance that covers the room.  That was this past Sunday, the Sunday after Easter…now last Sunday, Easter, was one of those times when I walked away wondering, “What just happened?”…but I guess that’s ok, I will do my reflecting, make adjustments where they need to be (scrap a song or two that I vow never to try again) and move forward in what the Lord has for our congregation, because, like I tell the team all the time, it is all about Worship. When we come ready to give to Him, He comes ready to give to us.

” seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. ” Deut. 4:29

 

A renewing of my mind: part 1 March 9, 2010

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I knew that our trip to California would have some sort of spiritual significance, because every trip Jeff and I have ever taken has had some sort of spiritual revelation attached to it big or small. However, I did not know that it would be so personal to me or what God wants to use me for, He is showing me things even now as we zoom down the hill from Fayetteville to Fort Smith to go home after a week in Los Angeles for what I thought was really more of just a family vacation, but has become so much more.

I am generally fearful of new things and a bit lazy, I have spent my life this way and although God has grown me up by leaps and bounds, these human tendencies are hanging on to me like burs used to stick to my socks on Grannies farm when I was 10. (you southerners know what I mean…a stroll through the tall grass and you’ll have 30 or so, then they prick you when you try to pull them off!)

There are gifts and abilities God has given me that I can do easily without being led by the Spirit, they are things that were a challenge once upon a time when I couldn’t do them without Him, but now with practice, have become easy, I can do them in my own strength…but I DON’T WANT TO! I don’ t want to be in a place where the things I do everyday are easy and I get in a rut of pride and laziness…so what do I do?