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10 March 2015

'God pours no power into a man's heart till man's power is all poured out.' Charles Spurgeon When it comes to serving what does power have to do with anything? Service is about minimizing self to promote, exalt and focus on another. That is not something that comes naturally for us as humans and certainly adds an additional odd tension for those of us that serve by sta...

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24 February 2015

'A broken person is a much more attractive leader to God, than a proud person.' Tim Keller We are broken people. But God makes broken things whole (Is 61). And in God we find our 'wholeness.' Not in our talents. Not in our abilities. Not in our relationships. Not in our agenda. Not in our work. Only in the Father, through the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit do we fi...

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3 March 2015

'God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible, what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves.' AW Tozer Broken people have a right view of self (not an overly exaggerated self-loathing) which first flows from a right understanding and fear of God like we heard on Sunday(Luke 12:4-5). What an honor we have as believers, that God...

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17 February 2015

'Oh God please give me three wounds; the wound of contrition, the wound of compassion, and the wound of longing after God.' Lady Julian We never think of a wound as a good thing. They are painful, and they kill our delusion that we are self-sufficient. They remind us that we have need. We ask for wounds to be healed not to be inflicted. But these wounds that flowed from ...

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3 February 2015

'If love is true, there must always be a certain extravagance in it. It does not nicely calculate the less or more. It is not concerned to see how little it can decently give. If it gave all it had, the gift would still be too little. There is a recklessness in love which refuses to count the cost.' William Barclay We serve a God who loves extravagantly. Nowhere do we se...

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10 February 2015

'When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area of death. Therefore, in love, He claims all. There's no bargaining with Him.' - CS Lewis Worship is costly. The CS Lewis quote goes on later to say that God is not interested in some of your time and attention, or even all of your time and attention. He is after you your whole heart, your whol...

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20 January 2015

Truly, the presence of Jesus is all the heaven we desire Spurgeon A few weeks ago, Pastor Paul had the staff list out all of the blessings and promises we could think of that we receive as believers because of the work of the cross. Of course, we all know: forgiveness, eternal life, a hope, a future the list is endless. But the more time I've spent dwelling on that ques...

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27 January 2015

'Is there nothing to sing about today? Then borrow a song from tomorrow; sing of what is yet to be' - Spurgeon In whatever life circumstances you may find yourself, worship is always a choice. Both rightly placed worship (towards God, Lk 4:8), as well as misplaced worship (towards self, Rom 1:25). We choose what we worship. Look no further than the story of Job to see tha...

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13 January 2015

'God never tells us to give up things just for the sake of giving them up, but He tells us to give up them up for the sake of the only thing worth having, namely, life with Himself.' Oswald Chambers There is a sharp and extreme contrast between life and death, wouldn't you agree?What we saw on Sunday morning, and what we'll continue to see throughout the 'What's Killing ...

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6 January 2015

'God gives where He finds empty hands' St Augustine If my wife, Kelly and I have learned anything in the experience leading up to and moving to Liverpool it's this: God wants us to live open-handedly. Speaking of all of us that call ourselves Christ followers: our lives, our resources, our talents and desires are not really 'ours.' Every good and perfect gift is from Go...

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23 December 2014

'A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.' Dietrich Bonhoeffer One of the things that has struck me this year more than any before, is the longing and desperation that is poured out in so many of the Christmas songs that we sing. Often we're...

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30 December 2014

'Here I raise my ebeneezer, hither by Thy help I've come' In the States, and I would expect in the UK as well, the holiday season as you move into the New Year can be a time of reflection. Thinking back on the past year, remembering and reminiscing on the good times, and hoping and looking forward with anticipation to the following year. Because we as people are generally...

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25 November 2014

'But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.'2 Corinthians 3:16-18 This is a different kind of...

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2 December 2014

'Study the Word, be challenged by sermons, pray, pray, pray. Be so saturated in Truth that when you open your mouth with or without a guitar the Truth is what pours out.' Jon Dunn As we gather on Sunday morning no matter our role: worship leader, welcome team, sound, pastor or children's worker our job is the same: to proclaim the Truth. The vehicle used to articulate th...

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9 December 2014

'Our job as worship leaders is to help people see the gospel more clearly and understand how it affects everything.' Matt Boswell What we do on a Sunday is not an isolated, insular moment.As we gather together as Cornerstone Church we're gathering as a small portion of the larger Body of Christ gathering with believers from around the city, country and world. We also jo...

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16 December 2014

'It is impossible to have met the real Jesus and be indifferent. You either bow down in wonder OR go away offended.' Tim Keller Who doesn't love Christmas? I don't think I have any friends Christian or non who don't celebrate Christmas in some way. But what's not to love, time off work and school, hanging with people you love, good food, gifts, and some sweet stories abo...

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18 November 2014

'Sing and play like you actually believe what you're saying or at least you're trying.' Charlie Hall "I can't honestly sing lines like 'it will be my joy to say, Your will Your way,' it seems like a lie if I don't believe it right now." As I've led worship through the years, I've had several people tell me things like that and as much as I understand the thought proces...

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28 October 2014

'Sloppiness drains the "vertical" dimension out of gathered worship immediately. Mediocre music and language can only provide a "horizontal" reference. Our hearts may be warmed by the sincerity of the singer or speaker, but excellence has a "vertical" reference, lifting the heart toward the transcendent.' - Tim Keller There is no debate: heart, character and a desire to s...

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4 November 2014

'The reality is that in the throne room of almighty God, everyone's bowing as low as they can. In the 1700s, a Frenchman called Franois Fenelon wrote down some great advice for any worship leader: 'Make yourself little in the depths of your heart.' - Matt Redman As Christ followers is there any area of our lives that is not counter-cultural? The world says: exalt yourself...

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11 November 2014

'Abandon the secret chamber and the spiritual life will decay.' Isaac Watts'God first seeks devotion to Him in the hidden place worship when no one else is watching.' Matt Redman'Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.' William Wilberforce Worship is not a light switch we turn on and off. For those of us that lead in sung worship, we ...

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21 October 2014

'Whenever we assume that art mediates God's presence or causes Him to be tangible, we have begun the trek into idol territory.' - Harold BestWe've either heard it, or said it: 'the music really ushered in the presence of God this morning.' I cringe even thinking about the number of times that's been said to me, or the number of times I've believed it to be true. Yes, music...

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8 September 2014

'Worship must be Christ-centered, Holy Spirit led, in response to the Father, about intimacy and service, and always resulting in transformation' - Tim HughesI love this quote from Hughes, it so clearly articulates what worship is, and our role as leaders of sung corporate worship. Like we heard yesterday, if the Gospel isn't central - then what are we doing? Jesus is the ...

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14 October 2014

'you will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself.' - Charles SpurgeonI am keenly aware in my own heart and life the temptation to 'glory in myself' especially when it comes to special or unique events like the Praise and Worship nights we have done as a church. There can be a different spirit in the air among those serving and attendi...

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15 September 2014

'You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back.' - St Augustine--Often we call the part at the beginning of the service (Welcome/Scripture/Notices) the 'Call to Worship.' - Although I think there is something useful in helping people recognize that we're now beginning our service time together; the reality is...

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22 September 2014

"If you wish to deepen the worship of the people of God, above all deepen their grasp of his ineffable majesty in his person and in all his works." - DA Carson---The definition of 'ineffable' is 'too extreme or too great to be expressed in words.' How fitting for our God! But as people who's job is to give the congregation words to express and sing of a God who is inexpres...

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30 September 2014

'You don't lead [worship] for love and acceptance, you lead FROM a place of ALREADY being loved and accepted by God' - Kristian Stanfill Musician is not your primary identity.Leader is not your primary identity.Vocalist is not your primary identity.Using those God-given gifts should flow out of our true identity; which is loved, accepted child of God. It's so easy to be s...

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1 September 2014

'Our worship does not add to God's worth. He's God! Our worship adds God's worth to our lives.' - Louie Giglio---We become what we behold - and in worship that looks like: God reveals who He is (we behold), and we respond to who He is (we become). God's worth is added to our lives by the revelation of Himself, and our being continuously transformed into His likeness. So le...

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