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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Psalm Saturday | Living a Life of Praise

What’s it like to live a life of praise? The key to living a life of praise is rooted in our faith because our faith informs our response in all circumstances and situations. Praise isn’t about us. Praise is all about God.

How different would your life be if you lived it singing God’s praises at every turn rather than getting down in the mouth about every little thing that doesn’t go quite your way?

Personally, I know mine would be different. There are times when I’m not sure I’d have anything to say. Thankfully, God continues to do His remarkable work in me and I am increasingly focused on exalting His name through shouting His praises. It’s mind-boggling the impact this shift in perspective can have on your day-to-day.

The unknown writer of Psalm 100 invites believers to approach the Lord with joy and thanksgiving. God is good and faithful. We can sing with joy in honor and praise of Him. We can worship the Lord gladly and with gratitude.

Imagine what a different world this might be if you and I lived life in joy and thankfulness, focused on God, ready to serve others. He created us. We have much to be grateful for and we should rejoice each day, shining the light of God’s love on all those we encounter. We’re either pointing people to Christ or pushing them away. Our mission is to point them to Jesus. 

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

Psalm 100 (ESV)

A Psalm for giving thanks.

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Living A Life Of Praise

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)