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26 January 2016

'Sovereign Lord, apart from you I quickly die, bereft of you I starve, far from you I thirst and droop, but you are all I need' Puritan Prayer As independent, self-sufficient people, we hate to admit that we are in need of anything. But truly our greatest need is one that we cannot remedy: to be made right with God (Romans 5:1, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9). Once and fo...

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13 October 2015

'The long painful history of the church is the history of people ever and again tempted to choose power over love, control over the cross, and being a leader over being led.' Henri J.M. Nouwen As we're reminded from Joshua 24 the choice is daily before us who will we serve (v15). And most people involved in ministry from full-time paid vocational positions to those servi...

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27 October 2015

Part 2 - read Part 1 here. 'Our serving doesn't automatically bring glory to God. We can serve with bad attitudes, with impatient hearts, out of expediency, or to impress others. But true worshipers are first of all receivers who know that their serving originates not in themselves, but in God's good gifts. Considering how God enables us to serve transforms our service in...

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6 October 2015

True worship is to love God so much that an offering is the only possible action, even though a world full of such actions can never suffice. - Harold Best One of the passages we read during the responsive reading at the Praise and Worship night was Acts 17:24-25: 'The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples m...

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1 September 2015

'only he who loves can sing.' - Augustine It is love not teeth-gritting, boot-strapping, forced effort that leads to servant leadership. True love changes you, it changes your thought process, your intentions, and your actions. That love is supernatural and only comes from knowing God (1 Jn 4:8). Hearts that love respond in action. Hearts that love God respond in song a...

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8 September 2015

'Let love keep the door of your lips' John Wesley From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks (Lk 6:45). So what comes out of our mouth is the fruit of what we have planted, and allowed to grow in the depth of our hearts. There is not a word that slips out that has not first grown up from the soil of the place known only to you and God. In the way that we conduct o...

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15 September 2015

'People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it m...

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29 September 2015

"Intercession is also a daily service we owe to God and our brother. He who denies his neighbor the service of praying for him denies him the service of a Christian." Dietrich Boenhoffer 1 Peter 2 reminds us that we are saved to be a people not just an individual. And as a part of that people, that community of faith we are to both know and be known. As the Batterson qu...

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23 June 2015

'The secret of a servant's life is that he stays in tune with God all the time.' Oswald Chambers Servant leadership, as we've discussed so far is motivated by love for God and others, it is self-sacrificial, it happens in the secret place, it is humble and giving, it is counter-cultural, it is not how we are naturally wired but is ultimately a response to the way that Go...

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14 July 2015

'In the temple and presence and worship of God, everything is worthless that is not pervaded by a deep, true humility toward God and men.' Andrew Murray Servant leadership is not a light switch to flip on when you are playing in the band, and flip off when you are not. It is the continual choice of those who seek to serve as Christ Himself served (Phil 2). Because when w...

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21 July 2015

'Take time to be in God's presence before you lead people Let Him revive you, then lead others to revival.' Christy Nockels Good leaders are first good followers and good followers are first good listeners. Being a good listener means that we are not quick with our words, but quick to keep our mouths closed so that our ears and hearts open as we get to know the voice, h...

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Guest Post: 4 August 2015

'You can't get second things by putting them first. You get second things only by putting first things first.' -CS Lewis The first things first principle applies to many things and of course chiefly to 'love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and to love your neighbour as yourself' (Luke 10:27). But I think it also applies to how we think about...

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28 July 2015

'Try pushing the boundaries of gratitude, you'll find there are none.' Mia Fieldes Having time away I have continually found myself with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Grateful for the good relationships that challenge, support, encourage and last over country lines and many many years, grateful for what we get to do, grateful for this season on life, and of course ...

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Guest Post: 25 August 2015

'And Jonathan gave his weapons to his boy and said to him, "go and carry them to the city." 1 Samuel 20:40 I was on a camp last week where the topic was the life of David. One of the things that really struck me was the story of David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 20. In particular verse talks about how Jonathan took his weapons off before going to meet with David despite him ...

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12 May 2015

"It is sweet to give or do simply to please Him without respect to the public eye." Charles Spurgeon Leading with excellence is balancing and managing tensions. The balance and tension for those of us that lead corporate sung worship is that when we stand up to lead, what SHOULD be happening is the result of the overflow of the 'Lord Most High' being our 'Dwelling Place'...

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9 June 2015

'The humblest and most unseen activity in the world can be the true worship of God.' William Barclay For those of us in a public position it can be easy to confuse our public act as real worship and service. All throughout Scripture we see how the Pharisees and Scribes love the attention that their role brings, while their hearts were far from God (Matt 23, Lk 20:46). Th...

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27 April 2015

'Excellence is the process of becoming better than I once was. I am not to become better than someone else is or even like someone else.' Harold Best God deserves our best, I'm sure there would be no disagreement among us about that. But saying it is so much easier than offering our best. It can be easy for us to fall into the trap of essentially believing that showing u...

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5 May 2015

Talent and passion are lost without discipline to steward it and integrity to guide it.' Chris Quilala Whether you consider yourself someone who's musical talent and ability could take you down the professional route, or someone who is 'good enough for church music,' or anywhere in between the truth is the expectation for all of us is the same. We are given varying level...

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31 March 2015

'O thou Beauty so ancient and so fresh.' Augustine This is my prayer for our team as we journey through this Easter season together. A ancient story of redemption, set in motion before the foundations of the world (Eph 1:4-5) would again awake our hearts to worship and wonder. If you're heart and affections need a kickstart, spend time reading about the majesty of our Go...

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7 April 2015

'So shall I fulfill the great end of my being to glorify Thee and be a blessing to men.' Puritan Prayer There should really only be two motives when leading on a Sunday morning to honor, lift up and glorify God, and to love, serve and bless His people. Anything else borders on self-serving. Over the past couple of months the image that has been burned in my brain of w...

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