Skill vs. Heart

The delima: Which is more important in a worship leader: skill or heart?  And, how do you prioritize the two without forgetting either the skill, or the heart?

“With an upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”  (Psalm 78:72)

David shepherded his people with an “upright heart” and guided them with a “skillful hand”.  Here we see the balance and necessity of both heart and skill.

// inspired by GotWorship/ //

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…you make beautiful things…

Whatever role you may find yourself in – pastor, worship leader, songwriter, software developer, barista – I pray that you will see it as an act of creative work.  The compulsion I feel, and you feel, to make somehting new is crying out form the core of our humanity.  It is calling you to give yourself for the benefit of others.

And that is why it is hard, and why sometimes you feel blockd.  The part of you that is broken, the part of you that only wats to be concerned about the protection of self, is trying to hold back who God created you to be.  You bear the image of the Creator.

// May you be a re-creator, a co-creator, a dreamer, a maker, an imaginer, an artist, an entrepreneur, an agent of hope towrad a renewed hevean and earth, and a giver of love to this broken creation. //

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This is an excerpt from an article I read by John Chandler.

I love being on the platform…

and here is why.

Most weeks I come into our worship gathering in the same way you do.  I bring my frustrations, fears, and failures from the week before.  And sometimes all that I am carrying in can make it difficult to focus on God, and not me, and my needs, and the details of the gathering. 

But then…

The band starts leading, and I get to look out from the platform and see you freely worshiping our God.  I get to hear your voices lifted up as one to the same God that I rely on.   You displaying your faith in our God encourages me so much. 

Thanks VINTAGE for letting me worship with you.

.: Bad Art :.

Theology shapes the way we think about, view, and respond to God.  Take this example…

God loves you.

How you respond to that truth shapes how you view God, and your relationship with Him.

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I recently had a conversation with a co-worker in which she told me multiple terrible stories about pain and death in her family and in her life.  She is hurting…badly.  And her question is: “Why would God do this?” 

My response is that He’s not doing this…and / because He loves you. 

So you can see how bad (wrong / poor) theology can shape how you view God.  My hurting co-worker is now blaming God for all of her pain, simply because she believes that God would do bad things, and she doesn’t understand His love for her.  

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All throughout the Scriptures we see that God loves us, and that we should not fear, because of His  loves for us.  We read about how God’s desire is to get us back into a  relationship with Him, and that God will make all things good for those that love Him.

So, the question is: “If God loves me so much, then why does He do bad things to me?”  

He’s not.

Except for cases of punishment, we don’t see God doing bad in the Bible.  In the Old Testament we see that God punishes people and people groups for their sin.  He held out for as long as he could, but He did punish them.   For their sin.  Sin that originated from Satan, and from us.  So, God sent Jesus to ultimately pay for our sin.  I only know of only 1 instance in the New Testament where God punishes someone for their sin.  (Ananias and Sapphira) 

We do see that God allows bad things to happen though.  Look at Job.  Satan did the evil.  Look at Joseph.  God didn’t sell him into slavery, or put him in prison.  People did.  Their selfishness and sin created Joseph’s situation.  But, God redeemed it.  God takes Joseph’s situation, and turns it around for His good.  So, Satan, with our help, does evil.  But God, redeems and creates beauty. 

So you can see how your understanding of Gods love for you directly affects how you view the situations that you are in.  My co-workers’ family members are paying for their sin.  Their alcoholism, their drug abuse.  Their death is a result of their choices. 

Not God’s. 

You might even believe that because God “loves” us, he does bad things to us to teach us a lesson.  I would argue that you should examine love.  I love my wife SO much.  I would never purposefully do ANYTHING negative to her to “teach her a lesson”.  With love comes guidance, and gentle correction.  Not intentional pain.

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“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

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I heard someone say that they think that God created bad things so that we could recognize and appreciate His good things. 

If you were an artist, would you intentionally make bad art so that people would recognize your good art? No, you only strive for the best, and you throw out all of sub-par art.

Lucky for us, our Artist does not and cannot make bad art.