What we bring before the Lord matters. We read about it early on with Cain and Abel. It’s the pleasing sacrifice that brings atonement. Genesis 8:20 tells us the first thing Noah does after the flood; He “built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.” The story doesn’t stop there. Verse 21 says, “The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of humans.'”
Monday mornings used to be a nail-biting affair for me as a worship leader. We had these comment cards which became a popular way for church members to express their opinions about Sunday worship service. For one, we called them “comment cards” and invited the onslaught of detailed prose. What was also known was that the entire staff and the board had a copy of these by early Monday morning in their mailboxes at church. By the 10:00 am staff meeting, this first page was already circulated through the grapevine. Around our boardroom table, we each received our copies of the staff meeting agenda with this list of comments attached to the front page. After the under the breath grunts from the pastor, we went around the table addressing each of these comments as directed to us. Some were pertinent advice. Others were an expression of their “friends” opinion as well as the “many people they know” that said the same thing. One problem was that many of these were anonymous. We surely could read between the lines with a bit of detective work. But, unlike other churches I had served over the years, the anonymous ones did not end up in the trash. They were, in fact, the most important on our list. I called this death by comment card. There was no way to address one comment saying the sound levels were two soft and one saying they were too loud. One unnamed dear person would question whether or not we had the Holy Spirit present and another would be thankful for the Spiritual refreshment.
In the land of audio recording and production, you usually go with the best gear, regardless of price tag. For home studio recording artists, “price tag” plays a significant role in deciding what studio gear to purchase. When comparing quality with price, you can build a pretty decent studio with studio monitors like Yamaha, Adam, Mackie or Neumann, but you’ve probably never considered the name Edifier as a viable choice. Well, we’re happy to tell you how Edifier Speakers are some of the best all around monitors that we’ve ever tested, with great sound and build quality at a fraction of the cost you would expect to pay.
Vacation Bible School is the most important event on your summer calendar, but as school draws to a close, it can be overwhelming to take on a 5-day program that carries with it a high price tag. Not to worry! Sharefaith Kids is excited to introduce Kingdom Heroes, your FREE Vacation Bible School solution. Loved by kids and teachers alike, Kingdom Heroes is going to take your VBS from blah to epic in three easy steps! Our kids Bible videos, Curriculum, Sunday School activities and lesson slideshows provide innovative tools to share the Gospel with your kids this summer in new and creative ways!
Whether home sick, traveling on business, in the hospital due to illness, or out of town on vacation, even the most devoted saints within your congregation miss a Sunday or two throughout the year. What can you do to reach them while they’re away and serve them just as faithfully as if they were sitting in your seats?
How do we get young people to be involved? I think we simply invite them. There was a young youth ministry intern who was tasked by our youth pastor to raise up an all middle-school-aged worship band. My church in that season had plenty of young college-aged kids who wanted to serve in our church. That alone was a bonus, but this idea of letting the kids take over was something I had not seen first hand before. When they began leading worship, they all were pretty remedial at their instruments, learning them in their first-ever group setting. The sound was not always on the beat or in tune. It is one thing to pluck a guitar in a small room in the back of a music store. It is another to prepare to be in front of your peers playing music! I think they had but four songs they learned. And, yes, it did not sound very good––at first.
Constant exhaustion is how we often feel. Whether we’re in the hustle and bustle of a big city or the Wendell Berry landscapes of a country farm, the to-do lists that accumulate often bombard us with waves of anxiety. We get unsettled by all the appointments and deadlines we can’t quite make. Our wants get scrambled up with our needs and it’s not always clear how to not only relax, but live in the chaos with a simple and real peace. How do we authentically preach patience in such an impatient, wound-up world? Here are 10 suggestions you might consider. It may be fodder for a single 10-point sermon or perhaps beginning threads for a sermon series on patience.
John Wesley famously said, “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.” Born in England on June 28, 1703, John would go on to reform the Anglican church from within, fathering a movement called Methodism.
In the last post (Audio Recording Essentials – Part 1), we asked some important questions, such as: “What are you recording?” and “Why are you recording?” We discussed that the tools required for one application may be completely different for another. We also looked at some various audio recording devices and formats that would work well for basic recording applications. We determined that SD/SDHC/SDXC cards are a very popular format to record to and used in many other devices, as well: cameras, computers, displays, etc. Now let’s talk about digital mixers for audio recording as well as some audio editing tips and tricks!
From the cross, Jesus doesn’t say much, only about 60 words in seven statements. With the parables said, the healings performed, the warnings pronounced, the endless walking done, Jesus is now perched on a cross for all people to interpret. Similar to Moses’ raised pole in Numbers 21:4-9, where anyone who stopped and really looked avoided death, Jesus is raised up. Do we see him? Are we inviting our congregations into a fuller understanding of what happened and why?