The Relationship of God and Music

The Relationship of God and Music Guest Post by Suzanne Provagna   One of the characteristics I love about God is that He is direct. Every word has direction and meaning. Like the first commandment: Deuteronomy 5:6 “I am the LORD your GOD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Mentoring Leaders through Worship

The following article is a guest post from our good friend, Dr. Vernon Whaley, dean of the School of Music at Liberty University. This is part of the Building Strong Worship Leaders Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox that Next Level Worship is presenting in partnership with Pastors.com.   Did you know that when you and I worship

Church Experiences Christmas in New Creative Ways through Worship

The following is a helpful report of how one church got really creative in how they utilized their music and arts ministry to reach their community at Christmas 2008. Great ideas as we plan toward Christmas 2009! Guest Post by Frank Nihart, worship pastor at First Baptist Church, Deridder, LA: As a worship leader, it was

Christ Can’t Be Taken Out of Christmas

As much as secular society tries to commercialize Christmas, and no matter how often we see Santa Claus at the mall and on TV, Jesus is still the reason for this season! Do yourself a favor and read the "The Great Christmas Wars" by David Loy. I just came across it today. Below is an except from

Praise Him In the Furnace

Courtney Beam is a member of The Church at Ross Station, where I have the privilege to lead praise. Her 8-year-old son, Tucker, has been diagnosed again with cancer. (The first time he was only 1 year old.) Courtney herself has recently been diagnosed with cancer as well. Her faith and her family's faith through

Communion Shows Us What Worship Really Means

OK, I admit I am mentally challenged and stretched every time I listen to or read anything by Ravi Zacharias. I am half-way through his book, Jesus Among Other Gods, and yet again, I find myself reading and re-reading certain paragraphs and sections in order to try to grasp the full meaning of his words.

Praying for Our President-elect

The presidential election of 2008 is in the history books. We have a new President-elect and his name is Barrack Hussein Obama. Now if you voted as I did, you may very well be disappointed with that fact. But while we may be disappointed, let us not be disheartened. It is true, I will not

Pet Peaves about Worship Leaders

Kent Shaffer has highlighted a provocative list of things people hate to see worship leaders do. WARNING: This list is not for the easily offended or closed-minded or convinced-they've-got-it-all-figured-out people. I don't necessarily agree with everything on the list. But I must admit I have been (still am) guilty of some of the "gripes" mentioned here. I challenge us

American Idol Sings Worship Song

Do yourself a favor and go to WorshipMatters.com and read Bob Kauflin's article about American Idol and the contestants singing Shout to the Lord twice this week. This article is one of the most profound and provocative perspectives I have read on how worship causes our culture and Christianity to both compliment each other and

Practical Team-Building Tips for Your Praise Band

Guest Post by Chris Knox:  The “good ole days” of traveling with my husband in a Christian rock band are long gone.  We’ve “grown up”, had four children, and have excitedly accepted the God-given calling to build a worship culture at our church.  I describe that culture as combining the ingredients of music and art

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