Actually, You Don’t Have to Do It All Today!

Music is the careful arrangement of sound and silence. Silence precedes and follows every note giving it definition and clarity. When noted on the grand staff silence is appropriately called a “rest.” One may view (or hear) silence as a purposed sound Sabbath. This absence of tone gives birth to rhythm and melody. To this point, music theory can teach us much about a harmonious, melodious, and rhythmic life. The Levitical version of the Creation story is recorded in Genesis...

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7 Character Traits of Great Leaders

What makes a great leader great? Is it the size of her following? Is it the number of his subscribers, Facebook friends, campaign donors, or congregation? Can the masses be trusted in judging the greatness of a leader? A quick glance at Jesus’ life and ministry demonstrates at least three things: (a) the best leader in human history can be evaluated wrongly , (b) followers come and go at a moment’s notice, and (c) great leaders often get crucified in...

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3 Things Every Young Leader Needs to Hear

#1 YOU HAVE NOT ARRIVED AND YOU NEVER WILL   Know that God’s #1 plan for your life centers around YOU becoming more like HIM.  The apostle Paul said it best in Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on…” I think as young leaders we see platforms and popularity as THE definition of success, but Paul having stood in some of the most influential places in the world claimed that he still...

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How to Eliminate Stress, Right Now!

Every person I know could use a little less stress and anxiety in their daily life. Just saying the word STRESS makes some of you twitch. But what if I said there is something you could do right now to alleviate some of your stress? What if I could help lessen some of the anxiety in your life? I am pretty sure that I can! Here is a simple and effective way to alleviate some stress right now. Repeat after...

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The Necessity of Failure

“John loved Sophie, but Sophie grew tired of waiting. So she did what any reasonable woman would do…she eloped with another man. This is how lawsuits begin.” If I were to write a book about John Wesley, the father of Methodism, I would start with these three sentences. And this would not be just another grocery aisle romance novel. It would have a deeper moral hidden beneath the drama of unrequited love. It would be used to teach us about...

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5 Helpful Tips for Introducing New Songs

  Ever wanted to introduce a new song but wondered what's the best way to do that? I'm not sure if there's any hard rules or method to it, but I've put together a few helpful tips that will make the new addition feel right at home! 1 . Add the New Songs to the Pre Service Playlist Most churches this day and age play music pre-service; just start adding the new songs to the play list. The songs will sound familiar...

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