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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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