Teens today face many problems unique to their generation. They live in a society that constantly attempts to pressure them into ungodly living. Meanwhile, church attendance by younger generations seems to be declining. Often, when teenagers reach adulthood, they drop out of church completely. The modern youth pastor wants to build a lasting relationship … Continue reading Youth Pastors, Don’t Be Cool; Be Biblical!
Do you ever wonder why God chooses to bless some people in certain ways and not others? There are often people who get things that we may feel we deserve more than they do! We may strive and pray for certain things, then see others who seem to receive much more than we. Those things … Continue reading God’s Not Fair; He’s Good!
It’s that time of year again: Christmas time, with all its activity and celebration, to be followed by New Years, when we all make resolutions. Let’s be honest, we all know that most of the time, these resolutions only last a short while. Much has been said about how to actually keep your New Year’s … Continue reading Don’t Make A Resolution — Make A Plan!
It is no shock to us that God is the greatest leader of all time. And, if that is the case, it should be our earnest desire to lead like He leads! I know as a young man, it is easy to get caught up in the work of the leadership “gurus” of our day … Continue reading Guest Post: Addison Smith – Leading Like God Leads
Finding sheet music is hard! It can be difficult to find good arrangements, especially if you’re looking for something that isn’t a choral arrangement, like a quartet or trio. As a music director, I’ve found some good resources for finding sheet music. Here are my favorites: RevivalSong.org RevivalSong is a website created and run by … Continue reading 6 Great Places to Find Sheet Music
Special music can add so much to a service, when done with the right heart and in the right manner. It is a blessing when a church has a great number of folks willing to volunteer their time and effort to be a blessing to others and praise the Lord through song. However, it can … Continue reading 10 Tips for a Successful Special Music Ministry
I love the holidays. November and December are absolutely my favorite months of the year. I do maintain a strict Christmas embargo until after Thanksgiving, though. We all love the Christmas songs and decorations, movies, and drinks; but what about Thanksgiving? Let's make way for the Starbucks Thanksgiving blend coffee! The pumpkin pie! The turkey! … Continue reading Counting Blessings
There is not much I envy about ancient days or even just a century or two ago. I love running water, electricity is nice, and I don’t think they had waffles back then. Modern advances in medicine, transportation, and entertainment are wonderful for quality of life. But there is one thing about the past that … Continue reading Guest Post: Will Berry – Be The Real Deal
Confession: I’m very bad at time management. I’m not an expert by any means. Everything I’ve learned about it, I’ve learned the hard way. Not too long ago I learned the importance of carving out blocks of time to accomplish weekly tasks. During what has been the busiest season of my ministry life yet, it … Continue reading Scheduling Blocks of Time: A Helpful Time-Management Tool
As a music director, I talk, think, and teach on music a lot! There’s so much ground to cover! Recently, my pastor asked me to teach a lesson on music for a series called “Walk with God”. That got me thinking about how we can make biblical decisions about the music we listen to during … Continue reading Two Principles for Biblical Music Decisions