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31 October 2017

'Flee to Jesus that the torn may be mended, the mob silenced, the weak bolstered and the scared made brave in the presence of Him who is King.' - Beth Moore There is no hierarchy in the family of God. No division, none more valuable than the next. We gather together every Sunday, walking through the doors echoing the Psalmist, 'As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord...

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7 November 2017

'Possibly one of the most devastating things that can happen to us as Christians is that we cease to expect anything to happen.' Martin Lloyd-Jones Read that again.And again.And again. Do these words resonate with who we are as a team of people that lead corporate sung worship?Do we actually expect God to show up?Do we expect Him to move?Do we expect Him to speak? Anot...

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21 November 2017

'A servant of God has but one Master. It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor and despised.' George Muller "He is the image ofthe invisible God,the firstborn of all creation.For by Him all things were created,in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whetherthrones ordominions or rulers or authorit...

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17 October 2017

'Grace is God's refusal to allow us to define ourselves or to have the last word.' Michael Horton Words have weight carrying the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). Flowing from the heart, coming out of the mouth to bless or curse (Luke 6:45, James 3:10). Our Enemy the father of lies is constantly attempting to leverage the words we hear in culture, in passing, ...

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24 October 2017

'Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try and find something or someone that it cannot cover.' Brennan Manning 'For from His fullness we all received, grace upon grace (Jn 1:16).' Our God lacks nothing. He does not grow weary, He does not slumber, He does not sleep, He does not need to be replenished or refreshed (Is 40:28, Ps 50, Hag 2:...

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9 May 2017

'Worship is wanting to be a tool in the hand of God for Him to do with as He pleases.' Rich Mullins We understand that worship is more than a song. And conceptually grasp that worship is all of life but when we are in the trenches of relationships, work, class, ministry and mission do our lives reflect being a tool in the hand of God to be used however He pleases? Wha...

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31 January 2017

'He speaks and listening to His voice, new life the dead receive / the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.' Charles Wesley His Word is order-shaping. His Word is world-making. His Word is life-giving. His Word is eternal. His Word is stands forever. His Word is Jesus. Our world is darkened by sin. Our hearts are darkened by sin. But there is ...

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24 January 2017

'A superficial understanding of Scripture produces a superficial worship.' John McArthur What fuels your worship? Is it the superficial or the steady? The superficial fuel for our worship could be any number of things from melody, song choice, quality and cohesion of a performed piece, our emotions, the right environment and aesthetics. Like the crazed prophets of Baal...

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17 January 2017

'Let no day slip over without some comfort received of the Word of God.' John KnoxIn a world addicted and exhausted, belittled and broken we are all looking for comfort.We search for it internally.We search externally only to find temporary relief to an eternal longing.We meet Comfort through the inspired Word of the Comforter (2 Tim 3:16, Jn 1:1-4, Jn 14:16,26). His Word...

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27 December 2016

'Scripture is God's Word to us and not a collection of human words about God.' Eugene Peterson We can trust God's Word not because man has written it, or because man has said it is worthy of trust but because God has spoken it. The same voice that spoke everything into being breathed out His Word to us (Jn1:3, Matt 5:18, 2 Tim 3:16). As far as it depends on us, let Go...

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13 December 2016

'Worship expresses in song what God's Word is teaching. It is training our heart to believe and calling others to believe God's Word is true.' Kevin Peck This past Sunday we sang of 'Emmanuel' in song after song. That God is with us, God is among us, God is for us (Matt 1:23, Rom 8:31, Jn 1:14). But do we actually believe that is true? And I don't mean theoretically unde...

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6 December 2016

'Applying the Word should lead to praising the Lord.' Mark Dever What does it mean to apply God's Word to your life? To live in light of, in response to, and obedience toward what it says 'I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.' Ps 119:11 Scripture points us to Jesus. And in God's Word we see who we are and who we were made to be a p...

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29 November 2016

'Where there is no passion for the Word of God, other passions take over.' D.A. Carson Musicians are excited by melody, dynamics, harmony, musical texture and tone. But the servant leader is excited by how those musical elements create space for the Word of God to be on display. It is their primary passion. 'The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lo...

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22 November 2016

'In today's hurrying age, I am firmly persuaded that many Christians don't give time enough to the private reading of Scriptures.' JC Ryle Whether the stable and steady, or the uncertain and fearful I find myself returning to two places again and again: God's Word and God-songs songs that anchor the truth of God's Word to my soul. 'Be to me a rock of refuge, to which ...

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15 November 2016

'As Christians we do not look at the Bible from outside. We live in it. It is our story.' Lesslie Newbigin Scripture is God's Word that in every place from start to finish shouts of Jesus (2 Tim 3:16, Jn 5:39). It is our story, because we are a part of God's Story History. We are 'rooted and built up' in His Story (Col 2:7). And as we gather we look to His story, and a...

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8 November 2016

'That's the story of worship: God creates, sin corrupts, but Christ redeems. And all of us get to sing along.' Mike Cosper If God had not redeemed us, He would still be worthy of worship. But how much more should our hearts desire to rejoice when we see God's glory on display against the black, broken backdrop of our sin? Each week as we gather, we are retelling the Gos...

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1 November 2016

'Thy glory o'er creation shines, but in Thy sacred Word I read in fairer, brighter lines, my bleeding, dying Lord.' Anne Steele We see God's glory on display in creation. He has set His glory in the heavens. The skies proclaim His handiwork (Ps 19:1). From the slightest colour to the greatest cosmos, everything is spinning in worship of our Creator God. But God has also...

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25 October 2016

'We can spare everything except the Word. We profit nothing so much as by the Word.' Martin Luther Worship is always a response. And in our sung corporate worship, we are responding to God's Word, with God's Word, from God's Word and because of God's Word. It is read, taught, applied, prayed, sung, meditated on and lived out in our gathered time God's Word is sharper th...

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18 October 2016

'Let your singing drive you to the Scriptures and let the Scriptures drive you back to singing.' Stephen Miller When the Word of Christ dwells in us richly, it pours out in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs for the building up of the Body (Col 3:16). And I am convinced that as servant leaders, there is nothing of greater value to those we serve than to be people of the W...

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11 October 2016

'Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God, for "All flesh is like grass, and all it's glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but ...

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4 October 2016

'A dependent heart begets a humble heart. A humble heart begets a grateful heart. A grateful heart begets a joyful heart.' Burk Parsons Dependence: 'In His hand is the life over every living thing and the breath of all mankind.' Job 12:10 Humble: 'When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that...

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20 September 2016

'O God, turn my soul from leaning on the things You have made, and may it lean on You who have made these things so wonderfully.' Augustine We love and admire gifts in all their forms. And while gifts should kindle affection for the giver, too easily we are drawn away to simply enjoy the gift itself. This is an exchange of glory (Rom 1:23). God is the giver of every goo...

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13 September 2016

'How long will it be before we discover we cannot dazzle God with our accomplishments? When will we acknowledge that we need not and cannot buy God's favour?' Brennan Manning Paul's sermon this past Sunday reminded me of this quote. We are those that have first received - nothing to earn, nothing to prove, it is all grace, all a gift of God (1 Cor 4:7). We have received...

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6 September 2016

'I am a person of the bent knee, the upturned hand, and the full heart.' E Stanley Jones If there was ever a posture and progression for the servant leader certainly this is it. Bent knee I once heard Louie Giglio say 'You should never stand in front of people before you have first been on your knees.' Bowing is an act of reverence (Phil 2:10), humility (Ps 146:8), de...

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30 August 2016

'Glory in His holy name, let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.' 1 Chronicles 16:10 Words are important. We need to use them carefully and work to make the familiar fresh again. And as those who lead in sung corporate worship, it is also important that we work to understand and explain the familiar words that carry a depth of meaning which enrich the songs we...

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23 August 2016

'Our perennial spiritual and psychological task is to look at things familiar until they become unfamiliar again.' GK Chesterton Have you ever done that thing where you repeat a word until it sounds weird all of the sudden? You have made the familiar unfamiliar once more. How quickly as those who lead corporate sung worship can the songs we sing, the versions and styles...

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16 August 2016

"Even when every other way is closed, the way of prayer is open." - E. Stanley Jones I shared on Sunday, songs are more than melody and lyrics they are prayers. These 'sung prayers' are the things that we believe, and the things that we want to believe. They echo father's cry of the boy with the unclean spirit: 'I believe! Help my unbelief!' (Mark 9:24) Our words in pra...

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9 August 2016

'Only after all the noise has spent itself do we begin to hear in the silence of our hearts, the voice of God.' AW Tozer In a world busy and loud, silence is uncomfortable. But the wisest man who ever lived declared: 'To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools.' Silence is both external: 'Be not rash with your mouth let your words be few;' and...

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2 August 2016

'witness is overheard worship.' Harold Best One of my favourite examples of worship leading of servant leadership in all of Scripture is John the Baptist. Witness to the light but not the source (Jn 1:8). The voice declaring but not the Christ (Jn 1:23). Sent of God but not worthy to untie the sandals of Christ (1:6, 27). We come already worshiping to our gathered ...

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26 July 2016

'Herein is wonder of wonders: He came below to raise me above, was born like me that I might become like Him.' The Valley of Vision Our world is loud, chaotic, distracted and completely bored. Even Christians are not immune we too must fight to allow the truth of the gospel to win our affections afresh in every moment. Servant leaders serve. They call out the beauty i...

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19 July 2016

'Oh God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more.' AW Tozer There is something very special about our gathered time as God's people in His presence to pour out His praises (Psalm 22:3, Matthew 18:20). But as we know, worship is not just what happens on Sunday morning. Worship is who we are and how we live every moment of ever...

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12 July 2016

'The word minister is not a title of power but a designation of servanthood.' - Francis Schaeffer On this team, we are all ministers serving in the area of music. Minister literally meaning, 'one who attends to the needs of others.' And what is the greatest need of the people we serve? To be made right with God. A need we cannot remedy only Christ can reconcile relation...

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5 July 2016

'Confidence without arrogance, humility without self-pity, power without swagger only the gospel steadies us.' Jared C. Wilson The gospel. The good news of who Jesus is, what He has done and who we are in light of that truth is the most important thing you will hear today and the day after that... and the day after that. The gospel is the most important thing for you to...

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28 June 2016

'It is true that God humbles us. Scripture also says to humble ourselves. In the formation of our own hearts, we have a part to play.' Scott Sauls In an instant, upon accepting Christ you were justified (declared righteous) with a righteousness not your own, but one that has been imputed (assigned/ascribed) to you by Christ's perfect life, death and resurrection (Philipp...

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21 June 2016

'Those saints stand highest in God's sight who are lowest in their own; the more glory is theirs, the more humble they are at heart.' Thomas Kempis More than any other prayer, the thing I ask God for this team is that we would see Him for who He truly is. No cheap substitute. No man-made shadow. No false 21st century slant, but the one true God, high and lifted up (1 Co...

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14 June 2016

'Being servants of all is the highest fulfillment of our destiny, as men created in the image of God.' Andrew Murray Every single human is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). But as followers of Christ, we not only bear the image of God, but carry the presence of God inside of us (Romans 8:11). We experience His presence together as we gather with fellow believers ...

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7 June 2016

'...O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel, and that I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word.' 1 Kings 18:36 This is the heart cry of a servant leader. Let it be known When God reveals Himself, the servant leader responds in emboldened declaration of that reality to the world (Jn 1:29)...

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31 May 2016

'I shall be humble enough to receive, grateful enough to pass on.' E. Stanley Jones What do we have that we did not receive (1 Corinthians 4:7)? Everything is a gift from our good, gracious Heavenly Father who uses each gift for His purpose (James 1:17, Philippians 2:13). Seen through the eyes of faith, even trouble, trial and difficulty can be a 'gift' conforming us to ...

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24 May 2016

'God creates out of nothing. Therefore, until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of Him.' Martin Luther How quickly we want to work for God. Help Him out. Use our gifts to do something for Him. But this is the God who Knew you before He laid the foundations of the earth (Ephesians 1:4). Knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13). Has you engraved ...

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17 May 2016

'God will make us broken bread and poured-out wine with which to feed and nourish others.' Oswald Chambers Servant leaders follow the example of Christ, who was Himself broken and poured out (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Isaiah 53:12). It is a high and holy calling and responsibility. Would you join me in praying a scary prayer? 'God, would you make us broken bread and pour...

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19 April 2016

'His service alone is perfect freedom.' Thomas Crammer On the surface what can appear like freedom, is actually being enslaved no responsibilities, no authority, no accountability, no obligations. It is the way that appears right in our hearts, but leads to death (Proverbs 14:12). As followers of Christ, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free (Galatians 5:1). An...

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12 April 2016

'Abandonment of ourselves is the kernel of consecration, not presenting our gifts, but presenting ourselves without reserve.' Oswald Chambers God has both given you life, and given you unique gifts (Genesis 2:7, Job 33:4, 1 Peter 4:10). But he does not want what you can 'do for Him,' what He wants is you. Not a little, not some, not the convenient parts, or enough that y...

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5 April 2016

'We practice our death by giving up our will to live on our own terms.' Eugene Peterson If we are honest, desiring servant leadership with all of it's surrendering, preference-killing, others-seeking, humility and ultimate death-to-self, is not our natural proclivity. But servant leadership is the natural result of those who are being shaped into the image and likeness o...

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29 March 2016

'Once a man has experienced the mercy of God in his life he will henceforth aspire to serve. The proud throne of the judge no longer lures him; he wants to be down below with the lowly and the needy, because that is where God found him.' Dietrich Bonhoeffer Romans 2:4 tells us that it is 'the kindness of God that leads to repentance.' We did not choose God, He chose us w...

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22 March 2016

'But in service we must experience the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves. Service banishes us to the mundane, the ordinary, the trivial.' Richard Foster A life described as mundane, ordinary, and trivial may be one of the most revolting things to our celebrity-obsessed culture (both in the world and within The Church). But service happens much more in the unse...

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8 March 2016

'Grateful hearts want to monopolize the tongues of the people for the glory of God.' Spurgeon Gratitude is born in two areas: when we've been given something unexpected, undeserved or extravagant, and when we see a bigger picture past the present moment. Is this not the Gospel story? A grace and love that we do not deserve that moves us out of the present moment into ete...

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1 March 2016

'Pride is the oldest and commonest of sins. Humility is the rarest and most beautiful of graces.' JC Ryle Humility is the hallmark of the servant leader. It is also what God requires of all believers (Micah 6:8). But it is a 'rare' and 'beautiful grace,' because as simple as it sounds, it is impossible to create in our own strength. Humility is the gift given to those w...

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23 February 2016

'Remember Whose you are, and Whom you serve.' Oswald Chambers Easier said than done, right? The truth in that statement is key to understanding our identity and enabling our calling as servant leaders. Your Identity you belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 John 4:4). Your identity is in Christ (Colossians 3:3). You did not earn it, you cannot lose it, and it can never b...

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22 December 2015

'The presence of God's Spirit in your life takes away the frustrated soul-thirst and turns you into a fount where others can find life.' John Piper We have two choices in our serving: life or death. We can speak, lead and serve in such a way that leads ourselves, one another, and our people to life, which is Jesus or to death which is towards ourselves. It is only God t...

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24 November 2015

'Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.' GK Chesterton Gratitude should be the perpetual posture of the servant leader. Happy because 'The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad,' and wonder-filled because 'what is mankind that He is mindful of us?!' (Ps 126:3, 8:4) And at the intersection of happiness and wonder we find gratitude. Servant leaders should be...

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17 November 2015

'O, chief musician, tune our lips to the melody of thanksgiving!' Spurgeon What is the melody of thanksgiving? Like the leper in Luke 17, who was healed, and 'turned back, praising God with a loud voice,' and falls 'on his face at Jesus' feet, giving Him thanks (v15-16),' it is the natural response to seeing God for who He is, recognizing what He has done, and understand...

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10 November 2015

"We slander God by our very eagerness to work for Him without knowing Him." Oswald Chambers We all know it is not our actions but our faith that justifies (Rom 5:1, Gal 2:16, Eph 2:8-9). So why is it so hard for us to live like we actually believe that to be true? Ultimately, and obviously because we are sinful and we constantly desire to justify, prove, and save oursel...

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20 October 2015

Part 1 - read Part 2 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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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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Guest Post: 11 August 2015

'Letting go of my pride, giving up all my rights.' -Chris Tomlin For me one of the biggest marks of a servant leader is someone who gives up their preferences for the good of others. As musicians it is tempting to make decisions based on what we enjoy, what will allow us to best display our musical talents and what is easiest for us. But, in the words of Stephen Miller, '...

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