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Modern Worship

Fierce Worship
Dustin Smith / Here Be Lions Magnify the Lord Many have tried to teach worship as if it is an intellectual assent or something you can grasp...
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Three Postures
Thoughts for Youth Leaders from a Worship Leader
    Hey youth leaders, this is Lincoln here – I want talk to you about something that we all have in common. It is something that...
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Insights From a Camp Worship Band
For All Seasons is one of our favorite types of “worship” bands; they provide worship music and leadership for a bunch of youth reteats...
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Long Hollow Wave’s Youth Worship Ministry
  Our editor, Ken McCoy, is no stranger to directing youth worship bands – he’s been doing so for years. So, when we had a chance...
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Worship Requires Action
Tara Banks / Pastor of Worship Ministries / Seacoast Church "Organized chaos." That's how I heard the end of our weekend service once...
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Pain And Promise

Category: Modern Worship


Over the last three years I’ve experienced much paradox in my life: boundless joy mixed with deep loss – never the one without the other. I’ve been thrilled to go on adventures with my wife, to raise my kids, and to serve the church.

But, mixed up in all of that has been some really hard stuff. Heartbreaking stuff. Friends move away; new friendships are built. People I care about fight sickness and win; others fight the same sickness and lose. Couples we know get married; other couples separate.
This has been a season of extremes: some of the greatest moments mixed with some of the worst. And it’s left me wondering, how do we reconcile the joy of this life with the tragedy?
As I’ve walked through this season, a significant theme has emerged, and I share it often with people everywhere I go: Life is a mixture of pain and promise.
The pain of now: struggle, disease, poverty, war, and death.
And the promise of what’s to come: God’s kingdom is advancing—and a day is coming when there will be no more war, no more suffering, no more hunger, and no more death.
Right now we live in the middle: holding pain in one hand and promise in the other. As Job says in the first chapter of his book: “The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
That’s what I’ve been trying to do in these days. I’m committing to praise God regardless of my circumstances. May we all have the courage to give God the honor He deserves whether we are in the dark days of pain or enjoying the blessing of His promises.
 
 
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