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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Oh How I Covet

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” Romans 7:7 ESV

It is amazing that we don't even realize how much we covet.  Paul here in Romans explains that he would not have even known he was a sinner if it wasn't for coveting.  We have been so programed by our culture that coveting has become a good thing.  We get shown things that we don't need and get all excited to get that something and do anything to get it.  We complain to our parents that we need it, manipulate people to get it, and exchange our hard work for it.  All in the spirit of coveting.

I was convicted of this sin recently,  I wanted a bigger church, better building, and a bigger offering.  I would even ask God why can't we have these things.  God got my attention real quick when I heard some other pastors and what they have and how happy they were that just a small few were coming to hear the gospel.  Instead of coveting I should have been praising for what God had given me for ministry. 

Maybe we all need a check to see if we are coveting instead of praising.  That goes for God as well.  How many times do we covet the blessings of God and not want God himself in our lives.  Lord fix my marriage, my life, my problems- but I don't really want you.  I just want what you can do for me. 

Ask God this week if you are coveting something,  ask for forgiveness and start seeking His face.  Once you seek God you may find the things you were coveting you never really needed.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Confessions Of A Worship Leader

Psalms 2:4 In heaven the Lord laughs as he sits on his throne,… (cev)

                So this one time while leading worship my worst fear became a reality.  The service started as normal.  I was on the right of Brenden( he is the main singer that stands in the middle of the stage) behind my keyboard.  I stand when I play so I can sing better when it is my turn. Well my turn was coming up next, Brenden led two upbeat songs and got the church in the right place for the slower songs to take hold.  The song I was leading that day was “The Stand.”  Right before it was my time to sing a friend of mine in the third row caught my attention.  He was waving his phone as if to tell me to check my phone.  I normally leave my phone on my keyboard so the production team can shoot me a text to inform me if something is going on. (pastor late, sound issues , etc) Well the text I got was XYZ.  A cold bead of sweat ran down my back and my heart began to pound.  If you don’t know what XYZ is then let me explain. XYZ is code for eXamine Your Zipper.  Oh no!  Was my barn door open? Soon all eyes would be on me and what if?  I had to do something but I wasn't going to zip up right there with the spot light on me. So I did the one thing I could do.  When Brenden stopped singing I said , Let’s Pray!  Lord as we close our eyes we wait on you. 
 The power of prayer!  So, to all my fellow worship leaders out there, got a good story to share?