Friday, June 28, 2013

Worship Wars

There are several reasons for opposing this new church music. Firstly, it’s too new. Then, it’s often worldly, even blasphemous. The new Christian music is not as pleasant as the more established style. There are so many new songs you can’t learn them all. It puts too much emphasis on instrumental music rather than Godly lyrics. This new music creates disturbances making people act indecently and disorderly. The preceding generation got along without it. It’s a money making scam and some of these new upstarts are lewd and loose.”
They weren’t attacking today’s Christian music, but the hymn writer Isaac Watts, famous for writing, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” in 1723!!  

Did you know that many churches across our country are engaged in war?  They are called “Worship wars.”  Wars where music directors challenge the pastor and the congregation by demanding to do the music they want. Wars between the congregation and the worship team and leader.

The Barna Group (Research and Pollster) writes, “Most of the church people who fight about their musical preference do so because they don't understand the relationship between music, communication, God and worship. Church leaders foster the problem by focusing on how to please people with music or how to offer enough styles of music to meet everyone's tastes rather dealing with the underlying issues of limited interest in, comprehension of, and investment in fervent worship of a holy, deserving God. The real issue is not the choice of music by churches but rather people's interest in, understanding of, and engagement in the act of worshiping God. Music is just a tool meant to enable people to express themselves to God, yet we sometimes spend more time arguing over the tool than over the product and purpose of the tool."

There are two dangers I face as a worship leader.  First, if we introduce too many new songs, then it isn’t conducive to entering into worship…we are too busy just trying to keep up with the words.  So, I pace out the new songs over the course of a year to make sure the congregation isn’t overwhelmed. 

The other danger is in repeating the same songs to a point where we mindlessly mouth the words without catching the message… that’s why I encourage other leaders to incorporate a calendar that has approximately a 3 month rotation. 

The word “repetition” has become synonomous with “outdated,” “ineffective,” and “it doesn’t move me anymore.”  I believe God anoints songs, just as He anoints singers.  The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.  In other words, the Lord is not an indian giver! The words of an anointed song will always have the same power as when it was first created.  We can become complacent, but if the “old songs” (repeated contemporary songs) fail to “move” us anymore, it is not the fault of the song, but rather, with us.  God doesn’t take back His anointing.

We must be taught that we are not singing the songs for the congregation… the congregation is here to give to God, not to receive.  Secondly, the Worship Leader, choir and musicians must seek the face of God so that His Spirit would anoint their ministry.  We don’t seek the anointing, we seek the Anointer…when we do that, the songs, (whether old or new) will have the anointing and power to move individuals to worship God. 

As we learn new powerful and anointed songs, let’s insure that they have the same power and anointing two years from now as they do when we first hear them!!! 

I envision an hourglass set on it’s side half way through it’s run.  The sand has stopped and there’s no movement between what happened, what’s happening, and what is yet to be. That’s what happens during spirit  worship.  It becomes timeless, and affects everything else we do.

My prayer for Worship Leaders and their teams: “Lord, your Word says,Whosever will may come!’  Help us to be vessels of your Spirit to change the hearts of those who “won’t,” to be those who “will!”

Thursday, June 20, 2013

India Orphan Girls CD


The India Orphan Girls CD is NOW RELEASED and is available for ordering!  It features a blended mix of contemporary and traditional songs and was recorded with state of the art equipment; the orphan girls sang with an anointing that will bless you more than you can imagine!  And, an even greater fact is that the proceeds from EVERY CD sale goes back to the orphans to provide for their food and daily needs.  We can’t think of a better cause to invest in, as you will not only be filling your home with beautiful music, but blessing this group of orphans in Chennai, India. The cost of each CD is $15 plus $3.00 shipping for each CD.  

To place an order, state how many you want and send your check payable to:  
                               Global Outreach International
                               P.O. Box 2335
                               La Mesa, CA. 91943
Put Orphan CD in memo line and include your return address.

If you wish to order more than one, here is the price breakdown for shipping and handling:
      $3.00 shipping and handling for 1 CD
      $4.50 shipping and handling for 5 CD's
      $7.00 shipping and handling for 10 CD's.

In the meantime, pray for these girls who have so little, yet love the Lord with all of their hearts.  AMEN!


God always seems to get my attention at the most unorthodox time...during the middle of the night!  It’s a sad indictment against us when we get so consumed with our daily affairs that we don’t “tune-in” to listen to the voice of the Lord.  I will often awaken in the middle of the night with a phrase emblazoned on my mind; and even though it may not make sense at the time, I have found that when this happens God is speaking His word to minister to me.   In Job 33:14, we are told that God speaks to men in the night, to cause them to change their minds, turning them from sin, and keeping them from pride and from falling into some trap.  I know that I need God to speak to me and to protect me from sin and myself.   

Several years ago, I was awakened at 3:00am with the phrase, “The answer is on page 248.”  I wrote it down and didn’t look at it until the next day.  When I saw the note that morning, I reached for the closest book near my bed, which was my “Praise and Worship Study Bible.” I immediately turned to page 248, and there in bold print were the words, “You must be blameless before the Lord,” Deuteronomy 18:13.  I knew exactly what the Lord was saying and it wasn’t just for me, but rather, for all of us.  We have all been given a trust from the Lord with our ministry of music, and God expects us to be faithful…not only in attendance, but with our hearts and with worship that is in “Spirit and in Truth.”  And Spirit/Truth worship can only happen when we recognize our sinful nature, ask for God’s forgiveness, and walk humbly before Him.  Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you what is good and what the Lord requires of you…to act justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.”  Acting justly means to walk in righteousness, being morally and spiritually pure….to be blameless!  Loving mercy is showing compassion, and walking humbly is simply recognizing we are nothing without God’s help, and that we daily need his forgiveness.   Since God gave us our gifts in the first place, we have nothing with which we can impress Him, except by acting just, loving mercy, and walking humbly….being blameless in God’s eyes. 

May our heart be to seek God’s attention for our lives, and may we all be found innocent and above reproach…blameless before the Lord!

May the God of peace sanctify you through and through, and may your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. I Th 5:23