For the Soul That Has Lost Its Song

Soul, you appear devastated, distraught, utterly hopeless. The pain and turbulence of life has left you riddled with wounds. Soul, do you remember how you used to join the songs of God with the people of God? Do you remember the loud shouts of praise that would explode from the overflow of your heart?   What now? Circumstances have shut you up. Pain has muted your...

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How Do I Handle A Singer Who Wants More Solos?

When it comes to the question of who is qualified to “lead” songs on a Sunday morning, you, as a worship leader, lead pastor, or staff member should have a well thought-out rationale and criteria. At Journey Church, we have spent a lot of time discussing this as a leadership team. It’s a discussion that comes up quite frequently as we continue building clear...

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The Legacy of Nena

As the final service ended at Journey Church, I checked my phone as I typically do to see what messages had come in that morning. I noticed a text from my sister stating that our sweet grandmother, Nena, had just a few hours left to live. I hopped in the car and made the 4-hour drive to Roanoke, Virginia not knowing if I would make it in time. In God’s providence I had...

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The Power of His Presence

Imagine the scene. God miraculously delivers over 600,000 captive Jews from 400 years of slavery under the cruel hand of a sprawling Egyptian empire. Now, just a few months later through the leadership of Moses, the liberated throng stands at the foot of Mt. Sinai waiting to receive the law of God. As they wait for Moses to descend the mountain, 40 days is plenty of time...

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Doctoral Learnings

Last May I was truly blessed to complete my doctoral degree at Southeastern Seminary. Though I have had the best intentions of reducing my final project into a form that hopefully will serve other worship leaders and ministry team leaders, life has gotten in the way. But I wanted to at least take a few minutes to lay out a few bullet points from my final project, lessons...

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Intercessory Prayer: The Great Under-Practiced Privilege

One of the greatest privileges we have as followers of Jesus is the privilege of praying with and for people. Yet, I would suggest most followers of Jesus fail to realize the potent power of intercessory prayer, much less practice it. I want to propose two very practical ways to begin to implement the discipline of intercessory prayer. First, pray for people on the spot....

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