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Weekend Setlist: 10/17

Leading worship only once this weekend and I have to tell you it feels kind of weird.  Tonight was the first night of our new stage set up.  Things seemed to go very well.  I know that we will have to keep working through things, but I am very pleased with the direction that we are moving.  I am so appreciative of everyone who helped make it possible.  Over the last day we took everything off the stage, rewired the stage, moved every back, tested the lines, started tuning in the system, simple EQ, soundchecked, and led worship.  Busy, but worth it.

Anyways, we are in the middle of our Prodigal God series and this week we were talking about redefining lostness.  Our focus was mainly on the older brother.  Now you might be thinking this story is just about the younger because he was lost?  But what about the older brother?  He was in the father’s house, but he did not want a relationship with the father, he wanted the father’s stuff.  He was all about controlling God.  He was also lost.  Here is the setlist we followed this weekend:

Your Grace is Enough (G) – Chris Tomlin arr.

You Deserve (G) – Matt Crocker and James Dunlop (Hillsong United)

God of Agers (G) – Ben Fielding (Hillsong)

Amazing Grace (E) – Chris Tomlin arr.

What’s in Your Heart?

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 32:24-25 (NIV)

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 32:24-25 (NIV)

But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart.

2 Chronicles 32:31 (NIV)

Have you ever heard someone say that how you deal with adversity shows a lot about who you are?  I’m sure you have and while this is true we do need to look at the other side of things.  How do you deal with the good things that come to you?  Hezekiah was ill to the point of death and when he prayed God gave him a miraculous sign and healed him.  But the Bible tells us that Hezekiah did not respond to the kindness shown him.  After experiencing the wrath of God he repents and God removes His wrath.  A little while later it said that while some rulers of Babylon (to ask about the miraculous sign) were visiting God left Hezekiah to test Him and see what was in his heart.  In experiencing displays of God’s power and success at every corner the greatest challenge he faced was how he would respond to these good things.

Success can be one of the greatest test we face.  This is a tough test because our natural tendency is to gravitate towards pride.  Instead of an attitude of thankfulness and remembrance we might experience some short-term memory loss and think we did it all.  Instead of praise for God and others our language might be filled with personal pronouns.  These are signs that you are failing the test of success.

So if you are in the midst of this test how do you pass?

  1. Remember – Remember ultimately God is the source and remember you probably didn’t do this alone
  2. Thankfulness – This is one thing that God absolutely loves.  Say thanks for everything you can think of.
  3. Watch – Be mindful of the pronouns you use.

Sunday Setlists: 7/11 – 7/12

This post will be part of Fred McKinnon’s blog carnival called Sunday Setlists.  Worship leaders from all over are sharing about what’s happening in their services.

We had another great weekend at church.  Since our worship pastor was out of town last weekend and will be out of town through next weekend I am picking up an extra weekend this month.  I am blessed because I have strong teams around me and for most of the services I will have at least one person leading with me.  The only obstacle we have had to really deal with is the conflict that summer and volunteering brings.  There has been a lot of swapping and playing with the schedule.  Anyone else dealing with that?

Over the last 2 summers our sermon series have centered around one book.  This summer we choose the book of James.  This shouldn’t be too bad for developing set lists for the weekends.  This weeks sermon was more of an introduction to the book of James.  With the set list we decided to focus on our response to adverse situations that sometimes fill our lives.  As Christ-followers our response to adversity should be different from those who are not following Christ.  We always have a reason to give God praise.

Home (E) – Marty Sampson

Let Everything That Has Breath (E) – Matt Redman

Blessed Be Your Name (A) – Matt and Beth Redman

The Stand (A) – Joel Houston

Still (C) – Reuben Morgan

Called from/Called to

So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.
1 Kings 19:21 (NIV)

So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.

1 Kings 19:21 (NIV)

Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart. He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.

2 Kings 2:12-13 (NIV)

I can’t remember where I got this from but Peter Marshall once said, “a call of God is a two-sided call–there is a call ‘to‘ a work, and there is a call ‘from‘ the present work.  In the story of Elisha we see the call to and the call from take place.  In both instances Elisha decisively walks away from what he was doing to embrace the new season.  It’s not that what Elisha was doing was unsuccessful or bad but God was calling him from that to what was next.

I think it is harder to move from something we enjoy or have found success in, than it is to move from something we hate or have had difficulty with.  Regardless of what God is calling us from we need to completely embrace the new.  Elisha set the example.  He literally destroyed what represented the past so he could walk into what was next.  If you are in that transitionary season of being called from something to something what do you need to destroy to move forward?

Don’t stop

Good things grow even in the darkest times. – pg. 26 Inc. June 2009

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)

This really stuck out to me.  It was in reference to creating a start up in the midst of a recession, but I think this can be applied in every aspect of life in every season of life.  Beyond this quote as Christ-follower  I must also remember what God’s word tells me in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Inspiration

Inspiration is the impetus that causes a burst of creativity. – Amy C. Cosper Editor-in-Chief Entrepreneur

Today what will inspire you to bursts of creativity?

Lesson’s from Leviticus

The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting.  He said, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When any of you brings an offering to the Lord, bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock.'” – Leviticus 1:1-2 (NIV)

As I have been reading through the book of Leviticus one of the main ideas that stuck out to me was that God is very concerned about how we approach Him.  When we worship God we are to approach Him on His terms not ours.  At the beginning of this book the God tells Israel that when they bring an offering is must be done in a certain way and as we go through Leviticus there are different types of offerings each with specific steps.  Now we can easily get caught up in the gruesomeness of the offerings brought or lost in all the details that are given and totally miss the deeper point of what I think God was trying to communicate.

God is holy, blameless, righteous, powerful, just and perfect.  Now I could go on an on, but you get the point.  If God is all of these things should we not be careful in how we approach Him?  In our worship should we not be more concerned with what He desires than our own personal preferences?  This is what I think God is after in the book of Leviticus.  When I look at all of the steps given and sacrifices that are prescribed it makes me stop.  I think about who God is and I realize that many times the worship I bring does not fit the honor that He is due.

Our prayer every day should be this, “God, as I worship You today what would be pleasing to You?”

New series beginning this weekend

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This is a first for my church.  Starting this weekend we are addressing the topic of sex and the “taboos” that surround it.  Instead of allowing the world around us to define sex we will be taking a few weeks to see what God has to say about such a controversial subject.  This should be interesting.

BTW: Thanks to Open from Lifechurch.tv for the promo stuff check it out

Response

In life we cannot always control the circumstances or people that surround our lives, but we can always control our attitude and our response.  How I respond is more important than what happens.  I don’t want to speak lightly about trials and test that come, but how we respond will shape who we become.  We can grow and mature or we can wither and die.  The choice is yours how will you respond?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4 (NIV)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4 (NIV)

Shut up and listen

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I am coming up on my two year wedding anniversary at the end of this month.  One of the current lessons I am learning is how to interpret whether my wife wants me to fix the problem or just Shut up and listen.  

By nature I am a person who wants to quickly hear the problem, fix the problem, and be done with problem.  Most of the time this is not what she is looking for.  She does not want me to fix the problem.  Rachel wants my attention and wants me to just listen.  With my personality this can be difficult, but for me learning to listen is going to be a key to great marriage.  

In my own life someone just listening has helped me grow.  Hearing the words come out of my mouth while talking things over helps me realize how foolish I’ve been or it helps me discover the answer I am looking for.  So the next time your wife (or anyone for that fact) comes to you with a problem ask yourself whether this something that she wants fixed or should you just Shut up and listen.

BTW: 1. My mother-in-law gave me the inspiration for this one and at one point she told me that Rachel has a minimum amount of words that she needs to get in each day.  This is another thing you should keep in mind.