John Ward

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The Deepest Worship

Posted on Jul 27, 2014

I think as Christians, we’re always looking for the deepest worship. That closeness to God, that doesn’t exist until it does. That moment when you know something is real, when you experience something beyond what this world can offer.

And as worship leaders we are taught that comes with loud voices…

Right? I mean, sure the hand raises are a gauge, but we are constantly asking ourselves of new songs, “Is this singable?” “Can they sing it in this key?”

So when we hear voices we think “Yeah, that’s it..”

But is that always the case? I would argue it’s not. I think “speechless’ is a good term. There are times when you are just so in awe of what’s going on that you just shut up and worship.

You don’t sing. You don’t really even think. You just bask in his presence; in this awesome moment of glory. It’s awesome.

Sometimes as worship leaders we over-simplify worship. We think it needs an easy key to sing, an easy chorus to remember, but I’m not sure that’s always the best moment. But sometimes worship isn’t in the words, in the sing-ability. It’s in the moment, in the spirit. In the atmosphere of what’s going on. The easiest way to get caught on fire is for another fire to come up and set you on fire. Sure, you can rub sticks together until they start their own fire, but man, is it so much easier just to experience fire as it’s already lit, and just let in burn on/in you and set you afire.

It’s an awesome moment, and we don’t need singable choruses and low Keys to start that. Oh sure, they help, sometimes, but what else is there? The experience, how do we get there?

-John Ward

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Lies, All Lies..

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

Satan, the deceiver, is good at deceiving. It’s funny how easy it is to forget that.

We love to under-spiritualize things and over litergize (create human customs, words, rules, etc.) things. We love to pretend that we have it all under control and that these head games everybody talks about doesn’t bother us.

Ever play golf? Ever heard of the rookie who was leading insurmountably until he cracked and gave up the lead to the crafty veteran? Ever head of the guy who “couldn’t win the big one”?

These people exist, and they are you and me. We are the fallen.

We continually think that we solve our own problems. We also think that we create them all, as good Christians should think.

But we are continually being deceived. We are lied to. We are constantly lied to.

I remember the first time I led at the church I work for now. I thought I was horrible. I tried my hardest, but I thought nobody liked me. Thought i was too old, not cool enough, not a good fit. Too nervous to look cool, whatever. Three years later I still have my job and was not fired thank God, but I never would’ve known considering how I felt on stage that first night.

We are constantly told things that are not true. Even love is such as this. A drama queen. Date one and you will realize that no love will ever calm her insecurities. Love rejected is love that does exist to that person. You cannot overcome someone who will not believe you love them.

Bring that to the Christian. We are constantly lied to.

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

“And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world.”

“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

It’s amazing how easy it is to see how the Bible describes Satan. He is constantly deceiving us. You’re not good enough. No on likes you. You’ll never be good enough. No one will ever like you.

Sometimes we start to believe these things and that’s when the trouble becomes; when we try to be anything more than what we are: children of the King.

We are alright. We are blessed. We are whole. We are strong, courageous, and well-liked/blessed.

Don’t let any lie tell you otherwise.

-John Ward

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