In this article I share three resources I’ve been using this year that have proven really helpful to my physical, emotional and spiritual well being. These come from a Chassidic Jewish Rabi, a skinny doctor, and a frozen Dutchman. Perhaps an odd combination for personal development and spiritual vitality, but if the descriptions below resonate with you, I recommend you check them out.
“Pappa Don” has been one of the most influential spiritual leaders in my life, as he has been for countless others in Nashville and around the world.
Recording “Prepare!” audio book with Pappa Don Finto.
I knew “Prepare!” was an important work when we were recording it. Don Finto, at age 87, is a modern day Caleb, vigorous and strong in the Lord. His keen insight on the times in which we live, delivered powerfully through his extensive lens of a lifetime of Biblical wisdom, make this a “must listen” audio book.
It was totally, prophetically, inspiringly awesome. If you can attend live, do it. If not, watch the video series here.
I’ve known Ray for a long time, his teachings have profoundly influenced my understanding of worship.
Here’s one takeaway from the night I was there. Regarding Martin Luther and the lives of the psalmists and hymn writers…
You know revolutionaries, and those who carry awakenings, typically walk through seasons of controversy and conflict, until conviction and conversion comes. But until that comes, your life ends up being redefined on many levels.
They were pioneering and birthing something in the spirit realm that was hanging on the balance of how they stood with integrity and character.
The power of the might of the Lord, the One who touched them, and the One they had their encounter with, would hold them up until their conflict and controversy would become songs. And then it would begin to carry a life of it’s own from generation to generation.
When you become a songwriter you are creating something that holds a promise for a future generation.
Ray Hughes, Journey of Worship, Session 7 February 22, 2017
Many of the great hymns of history, written by “revolutionaries who carry awakenings” were birthed through seasons of controversy and conflict. This was the legacy of pioneers like Martin Luther and Isaac Watts. They paid a heavy price. Today their message still inspires and carries the purposes of God through song.
Can you relate to this? I know I can. Don’t give up singing your new song. God is on the move. Let faith rise up.
“It’s time for a generation to begin to fully trust Him with the sound that they have been given. You see, faith and trust is part of this thing called worship. Faith is the ability to respond to God’s definition of your future.” – Ray Hughes, Journey of Worship, Session 1
Faith is the ability to respond to God’s definition of your future!
Shortly before Christmas we mysteriously received a book in the mail from Amazon. Never ordered it. Had no clue how we got it.* We were rather puzzled when we saw the rather large, gold-toned, boldly designed hardcover of 384 antiqued pages, commenting “what is this?”
The back cover copy was bold too.
“Enter a life-changing journey… to uncover the MYSTERIES OF GOD, the SECRETS OF THE AGES, and the HIDDEN KEYS to open the doors of a life of joy, blessing, and the fulfillment of YOUR DESTINY.”
Uh … OK.
The endorsements on the front flap effusively proclaimed “I was absolutely stunned” – Governor Mike Huckabee, “Possibly the most astonishing book I have ever read” – R.T.Kendall, and “Extraordinary” – Pat Robertson.
I decided I’d wait to check it out when I had more time.
My Guest Post for Seedbed Worship Design Collective
This article is published by Seedbed Worship Design Collective, http://www.seedbed.com/book-recommendations-for-worship-leaders-2016-edition/
Recently I was asked about book recommendations for worship leaders. There’s a lot out there that are either directly or indirectly helpful to the worship leaders growth and development. Here’s some I’ve read recently worth checking out:
Premise: I’ve followed Zac Hicks blog and heard him speak at the 2016 National Worship Leader Convention. This is a new generation worship thought leader who “gets it.” His comprehensive guidebook is both scholarly and practical, exploring the many roles and responsibilities of worship leaders including: theologian, disciple, worshiper, evangelist, mentor, artist, counselor, musician, servant leader, and producer. Highly recommended.