Worship Crossroads
Apr23

Worship Crossroads

We have created 25+ courses in music, creativity, songwriting, worship, bible, theology, and mission that can help you grow in your craft, character, and culture-making.  For all our courses and access to our weekly free music, books, and courses go to https://www.bibleandworship.com. This video specifically highlights aspects introduced in our Pastoring the Creative Course (here’s a bit of what you’ll learn) The Book of Isaiah...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 10
Feb12

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 10

Peace on Earth … / A Conversation  The author picks back up on the exposition, continuing where he left off at the end of chapter 2 about the incarnation of Christ. Here, he begins the next major section of the letter: Jesus’ appointment as a high priest (4:14-5:10; 7:1-28).  Sometimes reading about priests and high priests in the Bible can get confusing, so allow me to give some context. Priests in Israel came from the...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 9
Feb05

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 9

Sword:  A Second Warning The second warning of Hebrews is a sharp reminder that the Word of God pierces as a word of judgment, revealing all our thoughts and actions. Disobedience will not go unnoticed, nor will it go unpunished. Do you think you can hide from his all-seeing eye? Or will your vices and sins be exposed in the light? Be warned! *For further reading in the Bible: Hebrews 4:11 – 4:13 To listen to or purchase...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 8
Jan29

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 8

Take Care Pt. 1 Yesterday’s passage was a large quotation of Psalm 95 about how Israel wandered in the wilderness because of their disobedience. The author of Hebrews uses this quotation as a springboard to tell his readers that they too should be careful to obey the word of God; failure to do so will result in wandering through life and not reaching God’s rest (that is, salvation)! The author juxtaposes this peril with promise: the...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 7
Jan22

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 7

Wandered The writer of Hebrews quotes Psalm 95:7-11 to remind his readers that in Moses’ day the Israelites failed to enter God’s rest because of their disobedience. Even after they had witnessed how the Lord rescued them out of Egypt, they grumbled against God and lost sight of his promises to deliver them to Canaan. They wandered in the wilderness for forty years, and the entire generation of rebellious people died.  In today’s...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 6
Jan15

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 6

The Maker of Stories: Here, the author transitions from exposition (the discussion about the person and work of Jesus) to exhortation (the commands to endure). He compares the faithfulness of Moses with that of Jesus. In the ancient Jewish culture, Moses epitomized what it means to be a faithful servant of God. Yet Christ was more faithful than Moses, being faithful as a son. Therefore, Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses. While...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 5
Jan08

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 5

Ex Paradiso Despite Jesus’ supremacy, he temporarily humbled himself, becoming positionally lower than the angels by taking on human form. In doing so, Jesus became like us “in every respect” (2:17), demonstrating a solidarity and unity with mankind. The text even says that Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers! Wow! Shameful sinners such as us proudly welcomed into the family of God. The incarnation of Christ (Jesus becoming a...

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Freebie # 86-Dave Yauk: Environment Shapes Expectation
Jan06
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Freebie # 77-Dave Yauk: A Guide to Singing and Living
Nov04
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Freebie # 70-Isaac Wardell: Getting To Know Your People
Sep16
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Freebie #68-Dr. Ken Steorts: Nirvana Cycle
Sep02
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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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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 3
Jul10

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 3

TEXT IN SINGING  I hope we can all agree that songs are as important as the sermons from our teachers in telling the total story line of God. Our songs are important in total scope in how they develop a broader mentality, but this also does not negate the fact that songs are also important in textual specifics.  Those who write lyrics, or share them with others, are responsible for the words they put...

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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 2
Jul03

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 2

TOTAL SINGING  One of my Professors in college once said that most Christians are struggling deeply with their faith because they believe in a “canon within a Canon.” He shared this when talking about the 66-book Canon (or standard) of Scripture. What he meant is that most people cherry-pick verses from the Scriptures in whatever manner they like, and assemble the truths (apart from their context) into beautiful worldview bokeh...

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