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6 June 2017

'I was made by Love, for love and to love I will fulfill my destiny.' E. Stanley Jones Our one true calling: to love. Your gifts are not an end in and of themselves, but an opportunity to exercise love. You are only walking in your calling with your time, talents, relationships and resources when those things are done because of Love, by love and to love. 'If I speak...

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2 May 2017

'Too many people are singing songs they've learned instead of songs they've lived.' Henry Seeley Your most effective leading of God's people will never be the songs you lead on Sunday but it is in the songs you live. Your most effective leading is offering not just your song, but your life in worship which ultimately rises in a sacrifice of praise when we put on an inst...

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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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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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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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16 February 2016

'Mystery is not the absence of meaning, but the presence of more meaning than we can comprehend.' Eugene Peterson As we gather together for corporate worship, physical eyes only see the surface. Spirit-gifted spiritual eyes sense the mystery. The mystery of who God is, what He's done, who we are, and what is happening as we gather. And a glimpse is all it takes to see t...

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9 February 2016

'When the pressure of work for Christ is allowed to be the excuse for our not finding time to seek and secure His own presence and power in it, as our chief need, it surely proves that there is no right sense of our absolute dependence upon God; no deep apprehension of the Divine and supernatural work of God in which we are only His instruments, no true entrance into heave...

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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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15 December 2015

'He who communes with God is always at home' Spurgeon Home is a haven of safety, rest, understanding, reprieve, security and belonging. Too often I find myself seeking those things seeking home in relationships and locations apart from God. But for the believer as a 'stranger' and 'alien', our home is a heavenly one, dwelling in right relationship and union with God (1...

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1 December 2015

'The only good we do is what He does in us.' John Calvin If servant leadership needed a mantra, I submit the above. Even our righteous deeds [good works] are like polluted garments, filthy, worthless rags in God's sight (Is 64:6). Jesus reminds us that 'none are good but God alone' (Lk 18:19) so truly the only good that we can offer is what His Holy Spirit is working...

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3 November 2015

'For God is not unjust as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His name in serving the saints, as you still do.' Hebrews 6:10 Both of our churches are celebrating large transitions for Liverpool, the movement to three Sunday services, for the Wirral the development, growth and assembly of a team to lead corporate sung worship. There is a learning c...

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25 November 2014

'But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.'2 Corinthians 3:16-18 This is a different kind of...

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11 November 2014

'Abandon the secret chamber and the spiritual life will decay.' Isaac Watts'God first seeks devotion to Him in the hidden place worship when no one else is watching.' Matt Redman'Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.' William Wilberforce Worship is not a light switch we turn on and off. For those of us that lead in sung worship, we ...

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