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Perfection vs. Excellence

Today’s guest post is written by my friend Jonathon Willis, a talented musician and passionate Christ follower. Jonathon takes seriously the responsibility of using  his gifts and talents to encourage others to engage in Christ-centered worship. Jonathon has worked with many artists and you can find his keyboard recordings at CD Baby.

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So, Michael has asked me to write an entry for his blog this week. I am honored to do so. Michael and I have a long and rich history going back to 1994, where we first met in a church in Owensboro, Ky. I had become somewhat disillusioned with church at that time in my life – young and newly married, my wife dragged me kicking and screaming one Wednesday evening to the obligatory mid-week dinner and Bible study that we baptists have grown so fond of over the last several decades. (And I must confess, I DO like to eat… but I digress.) My wife, Diana, had been visiting for a couple of weeks. She introduced me to Michael and Melissa that night, and a long-lasting friendship began – as did my re-education and rededication to the worship of our Lord and Savior. My family and I now worship at Clearview Baptist Church in Franklin, TN, where I serve alongside Michael as a member of the worship band. Over the years, our friendship has grown, as we have shared our victories and our struggles as brothers in Christ. Continue Reading…

Even When I Am Not Still

I have often used the scripture ‘be still and know that I am God’ to remind myself and others to stop and listen for God. I often allow the noise of the day interfere with God’s voice.

This morning the scripture came to mind as I sat on my back deck for breakfast….it was then that I noticed God and His creation.

  • the clouds were building for anticipated rain
  • the robin tried to pull a string from a yard stake
  • two robins chased each other around the yard
  • a mother robin made numerous trips from the ground to her nest construction carrying objects often longer than her body
  • a bird dive bombed a squirrel as it tried to move toward her nest
  • two squirrels met on my fence and performed a dance

I was quiet and I recognized God surrounding me.

It is not just on my back deck…but everywhere I am today…God is there…even when I am not still or quiet.

 

Worship: It’s Not Dependent on Music

Earlier this week I sent out the following tweet.

“Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that worship is dependent on musical interludes” @bkauflin #worshipmatters

The quote comes from the book Worship Matters written by Bob Kauflin (@bkuflin).

A few days latter @brenmclean responded to the tweet with these simple words.

Profound. Worship is possible with zero music #Matteroftheheart

Have we fallen into the trap that we can only worship when the church gathers?

Have we become conditioned to only worship when the music starts?

If the answer is yes to either of these it is the wrong answer. Continue Reading…

A Church Lesson

they meet three times a week…in a small apartment

  • two hours for prayer
  • two hours for bible study
  • two hours for worship

they wanted to know more

they cared for each other

they ate together once a week

When I read through the new testament I can imagine the early church following this pattern.

But what I am describing is what I heard from a group of students in a communist country when they described their house church.

Think of this … they are taking 23 or more semester hours in college, which requires enormous amounts of study time, but they find time to gather three times a week… six hours.

As I left the first meeting with them, one of the girls asked for my email address, here is a portion of what she wrote. Continue Reading…

Secret Church: The Cross and Suffering.

The Secret Church simulcast is coming back to ClearView this Friday night, Good Friday. During this session David Platt examines

The subject of this edition of Secret Church will be:

“The Cross and Suffering”

Suffering is a sobering reality in a fallen world. Followers of Christ are not immune to adversity and affliction. Continue Reading…

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