The Hymns Birthed from Seasons of Controversy and Conflict

Ray Hughes Teaching "The Journey of Worship"

So as I write this, Ray Hughes is teaching a series called “Journey of Worship” at Grace Center in Franklin, TN. I happened to catch session #7 (there will be 12 total).

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!  

Here’s a link to the video. 

To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice

05 Five Epic Worship Fails: King Saul Disobeys

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Final installment! In this series we’ve been looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first!

Epic Fail Number Five: King Saul Disobeys (1 Samuel 13:7-15
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In the session were going to be looking at two episodes from the life of Saul in the Old Testament.

Background of the story.  Saul is the first King of Israel. He was anointed, and he has some early victories in his life and reign. But he has a bit of an inferiority complex and it caught up with him. Ultimately, His character could not sustain this calling.

Let’s look at the first story. 

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National Worship Leaders Conference, VA

May 17 -19 I’ll be attending the National Worship Leaders Conference in Centreville, VA (http://nwlconf.com/) with the theme “Teach Us To Pray”.

You can watch the free live stream here: http://nwlconf.com/watch-now/

I’m looking forward to seminars with Leonard Sweet, Rich Kirkpatrick, Ray Jones and many others!

 

 

Lip Service Won’t Cut It

04 Five Epic Worship Fails: Jesus Confronts The Pharisees

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In this series we’re looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first!

Epic Fail Number Four: Lip Service: Jesus Confronts The Pharisees (Mark 7:1-13, Matthew 15:8-9)

Background of the story.
For some time now Jesus has been going around doing his earthly ministry of proclaiming the kingdom of God, teaching and healing. He is starting to get into some debate and controversy with the religious establishment, the Sadducees and Pharisees. This exchange cuts right to the heart of the “religious spirit”.  

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Integrity Matters

03 Five Epic Worship Fails: Ananias and Sapphira

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In this series we’re looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first!

Epic Fail Number Three: Ananias & Sapphira (Acts 5:1- 11)

Background.

Here’s the scene. The book of Acts is all about the birth of the church. Jesus has been resurrected from the dead. Then the Holy Spirit falls upon the disciples at Pentecost. (Acts 2) The church is set on fire. Jesus followers are going out and healing people, signs wonders and miracles are happening. All heaven is breaking loose, and the church is growing exponentially. It is an exciting time.

A spirit of unity and generosity had become part of their spiritual DNA. The end of Acts 4 describes the culture of early Christian community and it’s a beautiful thing.

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You Gotta Do God’s Work, God’s Way!

02: Five Epic Worship Fails: David & The Ark

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In this series we’re looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first! http://www.robstill.com/five-epic-worship-fails-and-what-we-can-learn-from-them/

Epic Fail Number Two: David and The Ark (2 Samuel 6, 1Chronicles 13 & 15)

Background of the story. This is the account of when David returns the Ark of the covenant from its captivity with the Philistines and brings it to what would become Jerusalem.

This is something that had been in David’s heart for a long time. He had been anointed as a young man to become king, then spent many many years in the wilderness awaiting for his destiny to be fulfilled, and finally mean King Saul dies. Now it is his moment and the first thing he wants to do is go get that ark and bring it back where it belongs. 

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Worship Ministry Insights from Cain & Able

01 : Five Epic Worship Fails: The Story of Cain & Able

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In this series we’re looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first! http://www.robstill.com/five-epic-worship-fails-and-what-we-can-learn-from-them/

Epic Fail Number One: The Story of Cain & Able (Genesis 4)

Background of the story. We are at the beginning of the story of God. He’s created the world in Genesis 1 and 2. He’s created Adam and Eve,  they’ve already sinned and been kicked out of the garden of Eden. Now they have their first children, Cain and Abel.

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Abel was a herdsman and Cain a farmer. Cain brought an offering to God from the produce of his farm.

Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, “choice cuts of meat”.

Cain brought fruits and vegetables whereas Able offered steak and hamburgers.

The scripture then says that “God liked Abel and his offering, but Cain and his offering didn’t get his approval.” Genesis 4:5

Why?

Why would God except one offering and reject the other? What’s up with that?

Does God like barbecue more than salads?

Now let’s look at the rest of the story. 

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Inspire Worship Conference Wrap Up

Well the Inspire Worship Conference was inspiring. There were great teaching and workshops. I was honored to lead two seminars and my wife Ivalene taught a Children’s Worship Workshop. We had a blast meeting great folks from all over.

Here’s a little video we made for the resource page …

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We have a resource page  from our workshops with my slide decks, notes and outlines and other other resources. You can take a sneak peak at it here – Inspire Worship Conference Resource page.

Children’s Worship Workshop

Ivalene teaches Children's Worship Workshop Inspire Conference 2013

Ivalene teaches Children’s Worship Workshop Inspire Conference 2013

 

Conference Founder Carl Cartee

Inspire Worship Conference 2013: Carl Cartee, Rob Still

Inspire Worship Conference 2013: Carl Cartee, Rob Still

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The Worship Show: Carl Cartee Interview [Episode 01]

The Worship Show [Episode 1]

VIDEO: Carl Cartee Interview (http://InspireWorshipConference.com)

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I’m launching a new podcast called “The Worship Show” later this month. one of these days. But this interview with Carl Cartee is so awesome, I had to release it immediately. So here’s a preview for ya!

Carl’s shares the three pillars that serve as the centerpiece of what God has called him to do.

1. Leading People in Worship

  • Be the kind of leader people can and will trust.
  • Speak a language of, and have a transaction of blessing. Picture a special future for them.
  • The Blessing by John Trent

2. Writing Songs

  • Check out this wonderful record by Carl on I-tunes Just to Know You – Carl Cartee
  • Write from your heart, not just for “commercial” purposes
  • Check ou tthe songwriters challenge “7 in 7” Austin Stone Church

3. Mentoring People

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By the way, your humble lovable Worship Dude will be teaching two workshops at Inspire Worship Conference:

  • Worship Ministry Blueprint: Developing A Vibrant Worship Culture Whether You’re Starting Out or Starting Over
  • Worshiping Our Huge God In A Small Church:  Being small does not mean “less than.” Practical tips to worship big and encouragement for the smaller context.

See you there May 2-3!

Stay Updated

Watch for the launch of “The Worship Show” podcast. Going on right now, my Easter to Pentecost Devotional Series! 

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Worship Team Workshop: Head, Heart, & Hands

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Do you desire a culture of worship for your church?

Then may I suggest, provide training and coaching resources for  your worship ministry. It could be one of the healthiest investments a church can make in their people.

Equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Ephesians 4:12

I have conducted seminars and workshops of various sizes and formats in the US and on the mission field for several years. I’d be delighted to serve any context where my training and methodology would be a good fit.

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Worship Recap: Charles Wesley Society Praise and Prayer

Today, I had the great honor of leading morning worship at the 23rd annual Charles Wesley Society meeting.

Morning prayer & worship service for the Charles Wesley Society annual meeting

Leading morning prayer & praise for the Charles Wesley Society annual meeting with Mary Cheng

The Charles Wesley Society was founded “for the purposes of study, preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of Charles Wesley’s poetry and prose.”

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