Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 6
Jul31

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 6

TARGET IN SINGING We’ve considered our singing through the use of these words; total, text and tone, and now we must add one more perspective to the list—our target.  Target with 1 – 2 – 3  Mike Cosper in his book Rhythms of Grace offers some helpful insight to our conversation here in what he calls “1-2-3 Worship.” He says that our singing should have three audiences or targets: God, each other, and...

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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 5
Jul24

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 5

TONE IN SINGING Recently, I found myself philosophizing with friends over the state of singing in the church[jm1] . We talked about how the church has grown too “happy;” wherein we pop songs like worship pills and it seems to stink of inauthentic denial.  Jesus, in his perfect, fully God, fully man state, here on earth, experienced the full tones of human emotion. He wept, he laughed and he got angry and tired[jm2], etc. He...

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Freebie #62-Chris Powers: How do beauty and worship go together?
Jul22
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 4
Jul17

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 4

TEXT IN SINGING | Pt. 2 Continuing from Day 3, one more thing emerges for our consideration in our songs. If we think back to the words of Colossians 3:16, our singing is actually supposed to “teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, through singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” Dave Yauk in The Tempo of Discipleship: The Rudiments and Rhythms to Shaping Followers of Christ helps us devise some quick learning...

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Freebie #61-Aaron Niequest: Moving Beyond 4 Pop Songs
Jul15
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 1
Jun26

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 1

Day 1 | FOR THE MIND, THE BODY & THE SOUL Songs are important to us! They not only have the power to equip us for a good car ride, but the world is making every effort to perpetually define the style, the songs and the artists that are appropriate for the training of the human mind, body and soul. We must realize that God created singing, and thus as its grand architect, he knows completely its purpose and appropriate...

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Freebie #58-Megan Keyes: Characteristics of a Hospitable Home
Jun24
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Freebie #41-Aaron Keyes: Q&A Competence and Content
Feb25
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Freebie #31-Fred Heumann: God Is Not Bipolar In Worship
Dec03
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Freebie #25-Keith Getty: Shaping Our Homes With Singing
Oct22
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Honoring Christ In Hymnody-Day 3
Oct17

Honoring Christ In Hymnody-Day 3

We leave you with this modern day Hymn from Garden Cities’ Album, The Gospel of John , and we would encourage you to get on our mailing list for when we release our Modern Hymn Projects. Notice the attempt that is made here to combine the choruses of today, with the rich Trinitarian theology that is so dear to us from our history. Notice also how this song tells a story—the story of God. One of the strengths of hymnody that has been...

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Freebie #24-Keith Getty: Congregational Singing
Oct15
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Honoring Christ in The Meal- Day 2
Jul11

Honoring Christ in The Meal- Day 2

Meals as Historical Turning Points Let’s give a short synopsis of how Scripture’s storyline and historical turning points are built around meals: God’s blessing began in the garden with a meal (Gen. 1:29). God gave Adam and Eve a choice to eat of blessing or curse, symbolized in the Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The curse, fall of mankind, and Satan’s temptation happened over a meal (Gen. 2:16–17). The first...

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Honoring Christ in The Meal- Day 1
Jul04

Honoring Christ in The Meal- Day 1

Meals as Method Have you ever wondered why the whole story line of Scripture is shaped around meals? Have you found yourself the least bit curious as to why the entirety of Jesus’ ministry is summed up in Luke 7:34 as “the Son of Man came eating and drinking?” Let’s do some digging. I find it fascinating that God did not start the creation in the context of a 501(c3) non-profit, a building, a cabinet, a district, a board, or an...

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Responsorial Psalm 30: I Will Praise You, Lord, for You Have Rescued Me
Nov03

Responsorial Psalm 30: I Will Praise You, Lord, for You Have Rescued Me

Responsorial Psalm 30:I will praise you, Lord, for You have rescued me. http://www.worshipministrycatalyst.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Rescue-Response-Psalm-30_Jeremy-Mayfield_081215.mp3     Here’s a 3-tiered set of notes to whet your Psalm-singin’ whistle and (hopefully) help you resonate more deeply with this ancient, sacred song: Historical It’s estimated that David penned anywhere from 73-85 of the 150 Psalms. Psalm...

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Responsorial Psalm 118: This Is the Day the Lord Has Made!
Nov01

Responsorial Psalm 118: This Is the Day the Lord Has Made!

  Let me begin by saying, “Buckle your seat belts–the holiday season is officially upon us.” While it’s easy to be immediately sucked into Christmas plans, gifts and decorations, Thanksgiving is a holiday that I choose to engage in, even if it has a smaller bling factor. Thanksgiving centers us in reflection and gratefulness. The Psalms, specially Psalm 118, offer practical words and actions we can use to...

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