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Ronnie

It’s been said that the church is full of consumers. Ronnie proves it. This short film was created after listening to hundreds of pastors tell their stories. It seems that every church has a few “Ronnie’s” attending – at least for a short while.

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Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ name.

Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.

Hebrews 13:15-16 / The Message

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This is an invaluable resource. I use this site all the time:

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When I need a nice PowerPoint background, I head here. When I need some stock pics to include in a video, I head here. When I need a pic to replace some cheesy clip art, I head here.

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3. Worship should seek diversity and encourage it.

God is diverse in his tastes. He loves spicy Latin worship. He loves chicken fried Southern worship. He loves fancy-shmancy upper class worship. And the diversity represented in the world also represents the diversity of worship styles and forms. Biblical case for God’s love of a diversity of styles of worship:

Acts 2:1-12

The majority of participants in the Pentecost experience could have communicated in and understood Greek. But, God wanted them to hear the words in their own language. God wants to speak and communicate with us in our most native and heart-felt tongues. He wants us not only to hear and understand, but to feel and know. And I think just as God spoke through them in a variety of languages, God desires to be spoken to and worshiped through a variety of languages both verbally and musically/stylisticly.

Don’t forget though that worship is not dependent on style. We should be able to reach a place of authentic worship despite the style of music/form being used. If you say that you can’t worship without a certain style/form, then you’re really confessing to the weakest type of spirituality…one that is completely limited to our own desires.

A diversity of styles should be encouraged in worship in order to teach people to adapt in worship. What if we were all forced to worship in a culture other than our own? Would you be lost spiritually, not able to find a way to connect with God? Or would you be able to adapt?

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dvd-worshipIf you’re looking for a great video curriculum on worship to use for your choir, band, or Bible study class, I highly recommend Louie Giglio’s “Worship: That Thing We Do.”

Here is the link to where you can buy it.

I created a follow-along/fill in the blank worksheet to go with this series the last time I used it. Stay tuned for a free download of these.

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Doug Fields has lots of youth-related video freebies…check them out here.

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If you sang this in church, would you consider it to be “offensive”?

There is no other name [than Jesus]
by which men can be saved.

Who does it offend? Why?

Read the rest of the post from Desiring God here.

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