We all have times when we have been desperately hurt by someone, and we find it difficult to move on. The enemy (Satan) wants us to stay offended, and wants to cripple us with anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness. We may find ourselves repetitively playing a recording in our minds of what someone has done to us. We convince ourselves that forgiving is just too hard, (“but you just don’t understand what they did to me!”) and we end up hurting ourselves by disobeying God. How do we get past offenses?
I have been a regular church attender since before I was born. I grew up in the church and I love the church. However for most of my life I was trained in a thought process that urged me to live in performance mode. I was never taught that my works would save me. However, for most of my life I felt that I needed live my life trying to win God’s approval. There was this overriding theme in the teaching I heard that we needed to act right so God would bless us.
In teaching through the Book of Ephesians 6, it has become apparent that Paul wanted the church to be ready for the ensuing spiritual battles that Satan would bring against Christians. All believers in Christ need to be aware that we have a real enemy that is going to put us in the middle of spiritual warfare. You cannot avoid this but you do not have to live in fear.
Several years ago, Andrea came to me with an idea about putting all the Scriptures regarding healing on a tape. We did one unprofessionally at first and it became such a powerful tool that we finally went into the studio and recorded those Scriptures along with some confessions of faith. We then sent that tape to Brian Duncan and he laid a bed of music under the spoken Word. Over the years, we have given out thousands of these tapes and told people to use this tape as a prescription for their health and recovery from sickness, crisis and devastation. God’s Word is very powerful and gives healing to every situation.
Let’s start off by admitting that this generation of worship leaders are split on this issue. But with the resurgence of vocal music in reality TV and the with the Glee generation of students, we are seeing more and more of our congregants that want to participate in the worship ministry. So, many thinking it’s time to reconsider the issue: Is it time to incorporate a choir into the worship leading team?