So My Friend Gary and I Started Doing This Podcast…

Earlier this year, I began writing articles for WorshipMinistry.com. At the time, I had no idea how God would use this new collaboration. Sure, I had hopes of how I thought it would turn out. But you know, God always seems to outdo anything I can ever imagine. 

Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV)

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

I’ve had the opportunity to explore worship firsthand—something that has proven invaluable to me, personally, as a longtime member of a worship team. This has yielded lots of fruit. It’s helped me grow in my understanding of what it is to be called to help lead God’s people in worship. It has caused me to become more intentional in my study of what worship was, is, and will be in the future. Like all things, worship is an evolving expression of our love of God. Our generation doesn’t worship in the exact same mode as the generation preceding us. Neither of our generations worships the Lord emoting Gregorian chants either. And that’s not a bad thing. It just is. Through this ongoing exploration of worship, what it is to be part of a worship team, and examining modes of worship past, present, and future, I have come to know God more deeply. 

In researching, contemplating, and composing the articles for WorshipMinistry.com, I’ve also gained a new friend in CEO Gary Miller, who founded the site seeking to provide “a place where we all can compare notes, pray for each other, share song ideas, as well as our struggles and triumphs in worship ministry” (WorshipMinsitry.com, 2018).

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I have come to know Gary to be a deeply devoted family man and a faithful follower of Jesus. He is passionate about God and the worship of Him.  Regardless of what’s going on in his world, Gary remains prayerful and committed to the Lord’s call on his life. He beams with the joy of a man who knows Jesus deeply. 

A few months ago, Gary approached me with the idea of discussing the articles I write on his WorshipMinistry.com podcast. At that point, I had a vague familiarity with podcasts. I knew they existed. I honestly wasn’t sure of what they were. However, I did see that, as a medium, podcasts were catching on. And what the hey-hey—it could be fun!!!

I asked Gary what I had to do and he told me all I really needed to do is be prepared to talk. Prepared to talk? HA! Now Gary was speaking my love language!

After pitching ideas around for a few weeks and praying about the project, Gary and I did a couple of test runs. Let’s face it—as a couple of middle-aged, pre-internet guys we learned long ago that technology can have its challenges. (Can I get an AMEN!)

Yesterday, we recorded our FOURTH episode. While Gary is finalizing things with the podcast we recorded, I wanted to share the first THREE episodes with y’all. It’s just the two of us talking about a subject that is close to our heart: Worshipping God. 

WorshipMinistry.com Podcasts:

If you get time, please check out our podcasts! Hopefully, you’ll find them entertaining and inspiring. My prayer is that you’ll continue to watch as we hone our podcast skills, striving to make each new episode a little better than the last. 

Be Blessed!

The Devotional Guy™

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Praise Remains Our Greatest Spiritual Exercise!

Did you know that Scripture says more about our praise life than our prayer life? Praise is the highest spiritual exercise we practice. In our praise, we worship God for Him and for who He is. Our praise also encourages others, strengthening weak hearts and giving courage to shaken saints who are persevering a difficult time in their faith journey. Praise is the key to living a life of happiness because we know that in God, through Christ, we have an unspeakable joy and enduring hope. Praise lifts our eyes off our circumstances and raises them up to focus on the Lord, who is our constant help in every situation we face. We praise God because He is good and He delights in our praise. Each day, we have a new opportunity to live a life that praises God. What we do with that opportunity is up to us. Each of us can choose. We can dwell on the negatives or we can show the world where our hope comes from and how to endure in a race that is not always easy to run.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

Psalm 34:1-3 (ESV)

Worship Wednesday: Prayer & Worship

Prayer and worship are gifts God has given us that allow us to grow in our relationship with Him. They go hand in hand. Prayer is a direct line of communication with God. God communicates with us in our prayer time with Him. When we pray, we share what’s on our heart and on our mind. We ask Him to work in our lives, to help us in our walk, and to provide us with what we need to do His will.

Prayer is a time of making requests and supplication. Prayer is a two-sided conversation. It involves talking and listening. As I’ve said before, God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. We should always strive to do more listening than talking. This is especially true in our relationship with God.

Psalm 99:5 

Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His footstool; Holy is He.

Prayer and Worship

When we worship God, we are showing Him the reverence He alone deserves for what He has done and is doing in our lives. We come to God with a contrite and humble spirit, recognizing that He deserves our praise. The Lord delights in our praise. Worship demonstrates our love for the One who first loved us while we were yet unlovable.

Psalm 29:1-2

Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array.

Actively participating in prayer and worship are signs of a healthy, growing relationship with our Creator, the Lord Most High. Prayer and worship help us take full advantage of all that the Lord has to offer us and receive all that He desires to give us. He is for us, not against us. He delights in us. He, in the person of Jesus Christ, went to the cross for us. God gave us His beloved Son so that we could experience abundant life in His presence forever. This is what fuels our prayer and worship of Him.

May His peace go with you.

The Devotional Guy™

Psalm 77:13 

Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God?