Here we go again. Election year! It’s time for all the good Christians to start arguing over presidential candidates and shrouding Jesus in the American Flag. So many people genuinely believe that somehow their nominee is going to miraculously save the world (that’s already been done; that party was represented by a Lamb, not an elephant or a donkey).
Warning: aggressive political comments incoming. The following words will challenge your loyalties and make you feel uncomfortable. For the sake of clarity, I love my country, but I love the Kingdom of Jesus way more. If you’re easily offended, stop reading now.
No political party will ever legislate the Kingdom of God. Constantine tried; it was a disaster. When Christians take political matters more seriously than they do Jesus, the constitution becomes the gospel and the president becomes the messiah. The Christian icon is a bloody cross, not stars and stripes…
This episode of the Voices In My Head Podcast was recorded live at the Empower the Church conference in Lima Ohio on Saturday October 24th, 2015. This workshop on spiritual formation deals with the following:
Leading worship requires just as much practice as playing an instrument, learning to sing, and writing music does. This goes not only for the worship leader, but it also applies to the other singers and musicians on your team. In order to do our calling well, it requires practice. As the leader of a worship team in a church I have found that one of my most challenging tasks is not just teaching the congregation to worship, but teaching our musicians to worship. This workshop will focus on the practice of intentional spiritual growth in your praise band members as a regular part of your practice times. Practicing the presence of God together is as essential as practicing your music together.
This chart is a great tool for worship leaders, vocalists, and band members to use to map out the parts of a song when preparing to play together. Write out what each instrument is doing in the song while you listen before practice. Learn what part you are supposed to play or sing. Thanks to Paul Baloche for providing this chart.
I wrote a new arrangement of Charles Wesley’s, ‘O For A Thousand Tomgues To Sing’. This song was written on the one year anniversary of Wesley’s conversion. I’m calling the new chorus, ‘Lord of All’. The lead sheet is available below as well.
Lead Sheet: (note that the words as slightly different in the video than on the lead sheet. I rewrote the chorus after making the video)
Me: “Jesus, enough is enough. You just told us to sell our cloaks and buy swords, but now your telling us not to use our swords but to beat them into plow shares. Are you really telling us to sell our possessions and destroy our weapons? Do you really want us love our enemies, pray for them? Do you really expect us to do that? Won’t living like this will likely get us, our families, and friends tortured and killed.”
Me: But this isn’t safe.
Jesus: No it isn’t. Do you still love me?
Jesus: Those who love me keep my commands. I’m only asking you to follow my example. I did it and so can you. I’ll be with you every step of the way.
Me: Anything else?
Jesus: Forgive the people who hurt you and your loved ones. Show them what God is really like.