“Great Are You Lord” – All Sons and Daughters [Music Monday]

My wife got this stuck in my head… and I’m so grateful! The other day at home she started singing it.  “It’s your breath, in our lungs, so we pour out our praise, pour out our praise…”  It hasn’t left me since, and I can’t think of a better use of my breath!  May you be […]

“This I Believe (The Creed)” – Hillsong Worship [Music Monday]

This song is a treasure-trove of truth. Throughout the ages, the people of God have collected the foundational truths of Scripture into creeds.  These are consolidated statements of belief that are meant to focus our hearts on the core of our faith. A couple of Sundays ago I attended a church on the East Coast and they […]

Why Some Christmas Songs Make You Cry

Do you ever get extra emotional when you hear certain songs? A friend of mine commented the other day, “I don’t know why, but Christmas songs always bring tears to my eyes, but they’re happy songs!  Why is that?” Have you noticed this yourself?  Maybe there’s a particular carol or Christmas pop song that just […]

Things For Which I Am Thankful

When was the last time you made a list of all the things you’re thankful for? “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  -1 Thessalonians 5:18 I am thankful for a mother who taught me proper grammar…and lovingly insisted on it. I am thankful for […]

Set list for Adore (10/19/12)

There is NOTHING like praising Jesus as ONE Church. What a great time we had last Friday at Adore!  Coming together as ONE Church in our city is always a blessing, and more importantly, blesses the heart of God. Several people asked me about the set list, so I thought it would be fun to […]

Praise Brings Power to Your Daily Life

Do wish you had more power in your walk with God? Several years ago I served for a time on the praise team of a local college ministry.  One day the leader came in to rehearsal and handed us each a stack of six CDs he’d created with all of the praise and worship songs […]

Effective Worship

Some “e-mail updates” I just delete. Then others, I take time to read because I know there’s something special inside. “Notes from Terry” is one of the ones I read, because in his role as “Team Strategist” for Music and Worship Ministries office of the Florida Baptist Convention, Terry Williams always has some great stuff […]

SONG – Making (All Things New)

I love to write songs. Ever since I was about eight years old, songwriting has been one of my favorite things to do.  However, I’ve never really played them much for other people. Now that I’m older, I’m slowly dying to the “don’t let it out until it’s perfect” mindset, and starting to share some […]

SONG: Be Thou My Vision (piano)

I love to play the piano. Ever since I can remember, it’s been a source of joy and peace for me to just sit down and play.  I find some of my sweetest times with God are when I’m on the bench, feet working the pedals, fingers dancing on the keys. I’ve not recorded much […]

Love/Worship Songs

Think with me for a moment… Love songs tell of the glory of the loved and the response of the lover. They highlight the value of the person being loved and the commitment and actions of the one who’s offering their love in return. In a way, then, “worship songs” are like love songs to […]