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One-Sentence Prayers

20 One-Sentence Prayers That Will Consistently Change Your Day

These prayers will help you lean on God during your busiest days.
christian songs about grieving

40 Songs for Grieving and Funerals

Often, our songs in worship focus exclusively on celebration or happiness. But life includes grieving. Consider using some of these songs as ways to help your congregation mourn well.
5 Bad Ideas That Will Make Your Service Fake

5 Bad Ideas That Will Make Your Service Fake

You feel fake vibes when hoping for authentic ones. Regardless, what makes a worship service fake might be boiled down to five basic things:
Holy Spirit

Does God Really ‘Inhabit the Praises of His People’?

As Christians we must understand that music is an expression, or overflow, of the indwelling Holy Spirit controlling us (Ephesians 5:18-19). It is also the “word of Christ” at work in our hearts that gives us cause to sing (Colossians 3:16).
lament

My Church Started 2021 With a Service of Lament

The North American thing to do is to think positive and charge ahead. But the biblical thing to do is to lament. The book of Psalms has 150 psalms in it. Out of the 150 psalms, the greatest number — 40% — are psalms of lament.
worship leaders

What 2020 Taught Worship Leaders

Worship Leaders have really been put to the test in the last year. It is time for a major disruption in the worship paradigm of the church. 2020 set the stage, and we’re ready for a change.
time management

Why You Can’t Seem to Manage Your Time

Time management. Of all the people I know who ever focus on this concept, only a small handful are confident that they’re doing it well. Most of us feel out of control.
broken heart

Worshiping With a Broken Heart

God is the only Physician who can fully heal a broken heart, and he has never failed in his ability to heal. Sarai, David and Hosea all suffered broken hearts for different reasons—a barren womb, a shameful trail of sin, unrequited love—and God healed them all. #brokenheart #worship
praying to god

Praying in Crisis: Do You Want Deliverance…or to Go Deeper with God?

How do you approach praying to God? We often turn to prayer for deliverance from our pain, but God is calling us to something much deeper.
singing about heaven

When and Why We Stopped Singing about Heaven, and How to Start Again

Singing about heaven has always served as a great encouragement to believers who do not (and should not) feel at home in this fallen world. Singing about heaven “right-sizes” a church’s expectations about what believers can anticipate in this life.
9 Healthy Ways to Deal with Leadership Loneliness

Leadership is Lonely – Here Are 9 Healthy Ways to Deal With It

Leadership is lonely in some ways. With every step in leadership we make comes the inevitable increase in loneliness. The higher we climb in leadership, the more responsibilities we get, the lonelier we become.
liturgy

The Beauty of Liturgy

Liturgy creates order and flow in an ever-changing world. How many times have we been guilty of rushing through something, or throwing out orderliness because we’re hurrying toward the next thing on our schedule?
perfect christmas tree

The Quest for the Perfect Christmas Tree

Some think the Perfect Christmas Tree is the stuff of fairy tales and legends. But for the True Believer, she knows the Perfect Christmas Tree is out there, waiting, yearning to be brought into the greenhouse warmth of our home.
Christmas carol

The Real Christmas Carol

Most people have seen one or more versions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Hands down, it is among my favorite Christmas tales: the story of Ebenezer Scrooge having his conscience reawakened through the apparition of his former partner and the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.
Christian Christmas Music

Christian Christmas Music Your Congregation Hasn’t Grown Tired Of

We've all been there: Tired of the same old Christmas music. This new Christian Christmas music will delight you.
christmas worship songs

17 Christmas Worship Songs Perfect for Your Church

This mix of traditional songs and new spins on regular favorites are ideal for the season.
pastors and worship leaders

20 Things Pastors and Worship Leaders Should Say to Each Other More Often

It's easy for a church staff to fall into "silos," where each one does their work and steers clear of other staff members. We might even do a good job within that silo, but the church deserves better. Pastors and worship leaders need to communicate, often--and with encouragement.
time for a worship leader to leave

Two Sure Signs It’s Time for a Worship Leader to Leave

How do you know when it';s time to move on from your church or ministry?
gratitude

Brandon Cox: On Gratitude

"I like really like that we take a moment to articulate our gratitude. As I reflect on God’s blessings on my life in the current season, I feel an incredible sense of gratitude." ~ Brandon Cox
daily examen

The Daily Examen – Why Old Things Matter

sometimes “old” is the new “new.” The spiritual practice of the Daily Examen, a pattern of prayer that was formed (I believe by the Holy Spirit) in the heart of Ignatius of Loyola in the early 1500s, is like that for me.
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