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Worship Interludes: Sifting [Episode 28, May 9, 2017]

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”  (Luke 22:31-32, ESV)

There are days when I feel as if I’m being sifted.  No matter how much I personally pray, read the Bible, or put myself into the right place, I feel temptation and the darkness of my flesh all around me.

It’s on days like this that I have to rally, stand in faith, and do all I can to also strengthen others.

Life has been a bit hectic for me and I’ve felt the sifting these past few days.   Today’s interlude is my interpretation of that inner conflict.   (I might add that the droning, repeating pattern is also fantastic for lulling you into a trance-like sleep, so enjoy the rest!)

Worship Interludes: Scattered [March 20, 2017]

Today’s interlude is called “scattered”.  How many times do we find ourselves in a hurry … hectic, rushed, scattered, and pulled in many different directions.    As I prepare to leave town for a week, that’s how I felt this morning.  My normal devotional time in the morning was abandoned out of the hectic rush to pack and pull together everything needed for my trip.

As I played this interlude I found myself closing my eyes and taking long, deep breaths.   I could feel the stress and tension inside of me and began to release it as I played.   I hope you can do the same.

The beautiful photo on this post displays scattered rose petals.  A rose is beautiful yet fragile and with enough force, the petals fall to the ground and are scattered.  Yet, in the midst of the scatter, they are beautiful.  May our lives be the same.

Peace.

Burnout – Now What?

Craig over at LifeChurch started it all, with a post called “Signs of a Lukewarm Pastor”

Carlos took it the next step by focusing this on worship ministry, with his post called “Signs of a Lukewarm Worship Leader”

So, thanks guys for showing us the signs.

Here’s my question.  Are you there?  And if so – what can you do about it?

Craig answered this question here, but I’d like to get some transparent, real, authentic discussion going right here today.

Let’s face it – it’s real.  I’ve been battling the issue myself for a while, and I clearly know WHAT to do … it’s DOING IT that becomes the difficult task.

Go for it – don’t hold back – be authentic.