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Photo 27 Feb at Furniss Fortess

at Furniss Fortess

Photo 17 Nov 1 note Palms Up. #whimsy #lovedoesadventures #santorini #splash (at santorini, greece)

Palms Up. #whimsy #lovedoesadventures #santorini #splash (at santorini, greece)

Photo 12 Nov 1 note And it was all yellow.

And it was all yellow.

Photo 11 Nov 2 notes Roll over. (Taken with Cinemagram)

Roll over. (Taken with Cinemagram)

Quote 16 Dec
God is not a scout looking for the first draft choices to help His team win. He is an unstoppable fullback ready to take the ball and run touchdowns for anyone who trusts Him to win the game.
— John Piper, from Brothers, We are not Professionals
Text 13 Dec Have it all?

If your band faded, your ministry collapsed, and everything you’ve been working towards vocationally crashed would you still have it all because you have Him?

Text 13 Nov XLR’s, Guitars, and That One Old Lady


The role of the worship leader is very similar to the role of the pastor, according to Piper’s terminology in Brother’s, We Are Not Professionals.
A worship leader is most likely a worship pastor, and therefore deals heavily with shepherding the people, and interacting with the congregation quite a bit.
Long gone are the days when worship leaders were simply singers. Ministry has definitely shifted.

Today, worship leaders, like you and I, deal with plugging in XLR’s, checking on buying new guitars, and dealing with that one old lady that keeps coming up week after week just begging you to play the new “Casting Crowns” song she heard on the radio. Furthermore, we deal with leading our teams, caring for their hearts, and showing them how to lead.
Worship leaders should always be devoted to the Word. Are we foolish enough to believe that the Word is only the “senior” pastor’s job?

Our “life of ministry” often times gets in the way of our ministering to God and him ministering to our hearts as well.
Prayer is such a neglected, yet important function of every believer, especially pastors and elders.
But we already know this.
Often times, I trick myself into thinking it’s an issue of “time.”
Yet, God has given me 24 hours in every day. It’s typically a heart thing. Often, I do not see God as first, and honor him accordingly.

Worship leaders, I plead with you, as Piper did: Do not substitute your work for the Lord as your worship unto the Lord.
Let people say of you, “His ministry was the way he lived.” Not, “His life was all about his ministry.”

Grace & Peace,
Jasper

Video 10 Nov

It’s Christmas Time, with a banjo.

Quote 26 Oct 2 notes
There is a tendency among Christians to get excited about ‘listening to God’ as if they are discovering a hidden way of communicating with God that will revolutionize their prayer lives… This subtly elevates an experience with God instead of God himself. Without realizing it, we can look at the windshield instead of through it.
— Paul E. Miller from A Praying Life
Quote 16 Oct
I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
— Jesus                                   (Check out a sermon on this here)
Quote 12 Oct
The essence of praising Christ is prizing Christ.
— John Piper
Photo 10 Oct Ministry reality #1: A busy church does not equal a healthy church.
Ministry reality #2: Just because you do Bible study  does not mean you  are spiritually alright. It takes application of the  truths found in the  Bible.
Ministry reality #3:  Fads in ministry and theology  are just that: fads. Stick with  incarnational ministry—live in the  lives of the people God has  entrusted to you.
Ministry reality #4: I don’t know everything.  The  more education you get, the more likely you are to forget the   essentials. Knowledge puffs up so delight when God sends you humbling   moments—he is transforming you to be a better pastor.
Ministry  reality #5: Never forget that the enemy  hates you and will stop at  nothing to destroy you and your ministry.  The moment you let your guard  down, you can trust that you will find  yourself fighting an uphill  battle.
Ministry reality #6: A.W. Tozer once stated that the   most important thing about you is how you think about God. So  challenge  yourself and those God has entrusted to you to think rightly  about God.  Bask in God’s glory. Soak up His joy. Study deeply His word.  Training  others to study God’s Word deeply.
Ministry reality #7: Youth  are intelligent. The  Holy Spirit is infinitely more so…and is He is  the best applicator of  God’s Word. So don’t water down God’s Word  thinking that they need  small doses. Give em the good stuff.
But that said…
Ministry reality #8:  Practice presenting the deep truths of God’s Word  clearly. Doctrine  isn’t boring so your teaching of it shouldn’t be either  (sorry to my  first youth group I ever worked with! I learned that a bit   later…lol).
These realities have been experienced firsthand by my dear friend Daniel Pandolph, the author of this article, who has served in ministry for four and half years and is currently pastoring @ Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bethlehem, NC.

Ministry reality #1: A busy church does not equal a healthy church.

Ministry reality #2: Just because you do Bible study does not mean you are spiritually alright. It takes application of the truths found in the Bible.

Ministry reality #3: Fads in ministry and theology are just that: fads. Stick with incarnational ministry—live in the lives of the people God has entrusted to you.

Ministry reality #4: I don’t know everything. The more education you get, the more likely you are to forget the essentials. Knowledge puffs up so delight when God sends you humbling moments—he is transforming you to be a better pastor.

Ministry reality #5: Never forget that the enemy hates you and will stop at nothing to destroy you and your ministry. The moment you let your guard down, you can trust that you will find yourself fighting an uphill battle.

Ministry reality #6: A.W. Tozer once stated that the most important thing about you is how you think about God. So challenge yourself and those God has entrusted to you to think rightly about God. Bask in God’s glory. Soak up His joy. Study deeply His word. Training others to study God’s Word deeply.

Ministry reality #7: Youth are intelligent. The Holy Spirit is infinitely more so…and is He is the best applicator of God’s Word. So don’t water down God’s Word thinking that they need small doses. Give em the good stuff.

But that said…

Ministry reality #8: Practice presenting the deep truths of God’s Word clearly. Doctrine isn’t boring so your teaching of it shouldn’t be either (sorry to my first youth group I ever worked with! I learned that a bit later…lol).


These realities have been experienced firsthand by my dear friend Daniel Pandolph, the author of this article, who has served in ministry for four and half years and is currently pastoring @ Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bethlehem, NC.

Photo 3 Oct 1 note take my life, i lay it down
at the cross where i am found.

take my life, i lay it down

at the cross where i am found.

Quote 2 Oct
Therefore, he that will boast himself to be Christ’s disciple, a true Christian, and saved, must not expect good days; but all his faith, hope, and love must be directed to God, and to his neighbor, that so his whole life be nothing else than the cross, persecution, adversity, and tribulation. - Martin Luther
Text 1 Oct More than books. Life-changers.

These books have had a dramatic impact on my personal life, ministry, and overall attitude.  I hope that you pastors, specifically worship leaders, can find a chance to read them.

Click on each subtitle to order or read reviews from Amazon.com.

worship wonders   worship wonders

worship in prayer  worship in prayer

worship in the church  worship & the church

worship inside & out  worship inside & out

Click here for even more life-changer’s:  Show Me More


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