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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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11 October 2016

'Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God, for "All flesh is like grass, and all it's glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but ...

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13 October 2015

'The long painful history of the church is the history of people ever and again tempted to choose power over love, control over the cross, and being a leader over being led.' Henri J.M. Nouwen As we're reminded from Joshua 24 the choice is daily before us who will we serve (v15). And most people involved in ministry from full-time paid vocational positions to those servi...

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6 October 2015

True worship is to love God so much that an offering is the only possible action, even though a world full of such actions can never suffice. - Harold Best One of the passages we read during the responsive reading at the Praise and Worship night was Acts 17:24-25: 'The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples m...

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1 September 2015

'only he who loves can sing.' - Augustine It is love not teeth-gritting, boot-strapping, forced effort that leads to servant leadership. True love changes you, it changes your thought process, your intentions, and your actions. That love is supernatural and only comes from knowing God (1 Jn 4:8). Hearts that love respond in action. Hearts that love God respond in song a...

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30 June 2015

'Hesed loves regardless of the response. It does not demand recognition or equality. It is uneven.' Paul E Miller We cannot serve if we do not first love. We serve as an act of worship (Rom 12:1) in response to the love of God (1 Jn 4:19) towards the people of God 'do you love Me?' then 'feed My sheep' (Jn 21:17). God's love for us is 'hesed' love covenant-keeping, loy...

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Guest Post: 4 August 2015

'You can't get second things by putting them first. You get second things only by putting first things first.' -CS Lewis The first things first principle applies to many things and of course chiefly to 'love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and to love your neighbour as yourself' (Luke 10:27). But I think it also applies to how we think about...

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14 April 2015

"Let gratitude be awakened; let humility be deepened; let love be quickened." Charles Spurgeon Often we are quick to talk about what should be happening to and in those who we are leading in worship, but all three of these should be true of us when we are leading worship. Gratitude awakened The opposite of gratitude I've found is discontent. It's an intense vocal (out l...

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3 February 2015

'If love is true, there must always be a certain extravagance in it. It does not nicely calculate the less or more. It is not concerned to see how little it can decently give. If it gave all it had, the gift would still be too little. There is a recklessness in love which refuses to count the cost.' William Barclay We serve a God who loves extravagantly. Nowhere do we se...

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2 December 2014

'Study the Word, be challenged by sermons, pray, pray, pray. Be so saturated in Truth that when you open your mouth with or without a guitar the Truth is what pours out.' Jon Dunn As we gather on Sunday morning no matter our role: worship leader, welcome team, sound, pastor or children's worker our job is the same: to proclaim the Truth. The vehicle used to articulate th...

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