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Thursday, January 29, 2015

So You Got Me Teaching Dance : Part One

Praise dance is about expression. 

The best way to express yourself is to find a song that truly touches you ...

then dance from your heart.

That sounds simple doesn't it ?  

Only it's not that simple especially when you are trying to teach kids.

Kids these days are getting mixed messages all the time in the church.  They see mom and dad and know that they ain't perfect and they see the fakes at church.  Parent's tell kids one thing, live another and threaten the kids if they don't keep up the charade.

And people in the church actually wonder what is wrong with kids these days.  

But we're not asking this about kids outside the church are we???

I'll tell you what's wrong..... WE ARE !!!

We want our kids to be in a relationship with God, we demand they act right and we threaten them with HELL ... all the while our relationship with God ain't all that good, we don't act right and we seem to have no fear of going to HELL ourselves.  And we think they are going to listen???

You may ask, what does all this have to do with praise dance ???  


Kids praise dance is not about kids dancing and parents being proud. 

Praise dance comes from praise in a persons heart for the God their praise is glorifying. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BUT GOD ...I Can't Dance !!!

What do you do when God has called you to teach kids how to praise dance in the church...

 Well..... it's like this....ummmm...
Ok God....

Really, I just have to laugh about the whole thing.  About 5 years ago, we had just left a big church that the kids had basically spent their life in up to that point.  However, they were disconnecting from everything "church" and "God" so we had to do something.  We left and found a small church that seemed to fit.  It went through some changes while we were there like starting out as a small church in its own building to merging with another church.  Then, a year later the two churches split because they never really became one.  It finally ended up as a church meeting in a hotel meeting room looking for a more permanent building.  As it went through its changes and variations we ended up at one point with a teen led dance group.  They did a lot of really good dances but the work to get a dance ready for every Sunday was grueling.  By the time we got to that last transformation, the dance team was defunct as it's teen leader and their family were no longer there.

Both my daughters had fallen in love with praise dance and had come out of their shells. Praise dance is something that they had never had a chance to do before.  In the church they had just come from, praise dance was something basically only done by those who were taking ballet and they were not ballet girls.  Also, my youngest son was just beginning to get into dubstepping.  So suddenly they had no outlet.

I could see the desire in them to dance but no one felt let to step up.  My heart was being torn.  These kids were putting aside cartoons, tv time, video games and such to dance and work on choreography. I wanted God to do something!  

That's when I realized that it was strong on my heart because God was tugging on me to step up.  BUT GOD... I Can't Dance !!!   

Friday, January 23, 2015

Without Breaking the Silence

You'll never really know how golden silence is in the busy hustle and bustle of every day.  

It's those rare times when you truly find the noise gone, ...
the voices pushed away ...
and silence surrounds you, that you understand.  

Silence is a gift, 

an opportunity to just commune with God ... 

no detractors, no one demanding your time.... 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lay It Down

There is something so inherent within us, so hidden in many ways, that even when we give our lives to Christ and grow and mature in him, we still have to root it out at times.  What I'm talking about is self-centeredness.  Even as we grow and mature in Christ, the need to look to your own wants and desires first is there.

In my many years in the church and in ministry I have seen more than my share of examples of this. At first it starts off as simple concerns for yourself above others but as you grow and mature as a Christian it changes.  We think that we've dealt with and overcome this temptation and then God gives us a ministry.  This is when it begins to sneak back in.  Many a church has had issues with different ministries within it's walls because self-centeredness has crept in.

You may ask, how?  How do you see it creeping in?

I'm glad you ask!  
When God gives you a ministry/anointing, he gives it to you not for your edification but for the edification of the body.  If you bring that ministry/anointing into the local church then God expects you to submit it to the head of that body.  As Christ is the head of the church and we submit unto him, the pastor is the head of the local corporate body and Christ expects our submission to him concerning the corporate body.  

This is why it's important not to hop from church to church hoping to find somewhere where they will let you do what you want.  It's important to truly find the local body of Christ where God wants you.  Bring  yourself into submission with the head of the corporate body and submit your ministry/anointing to the vision/mission of the church.  Then you can move forward in one accord and God's work cannot be stopped.

Too many times though, this is not what we do.  We find ourselves a church that we think will let us do what we want.  We start our ministry there and then fight with the leadership because we want to do things our way.  We never come into unity because we are always calling it "my ministry." However, if you "have" a ministry, it is not yours... it has been given to you by God for a reason and that reason is not your glory.  God is a jealous God and will, if necessary, take it away.

It's time we change our view on ministry and anointing.  As soon as you find yourself wishing that others would just get out of your way so you can do "your ministry".... lay it down.  Find your altar and ...lay it down.  Love and ministry and anointing are all things that are meant to flow through us to others.  Self-centeredness even in how a ministry is run can divert and contaminate what comes out of us. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

When Relationships Fall Apart

One of the hardest things in life to deal with is when our relationships fall apart.  It's natural to question everything.  Who's right?  Who's wrong?  Why is this happening?  Did I make a mistake?  Were there warning signs? Should I have seen this coming?  What now? Can I trust anyone?  I've experienced this on numerous occasions in my life.  I've had friendships come apart at the seams after years of being close. 

Copyright by Voice From The End of Town/Pure Maiden Photography

I've seen many people go through long drawn out seasons of doubt, depression, anger, low self-esteem and loneliness due to the "breakup" of a relationship.  Personally I've gone through those same issues and I was given little to no good advice.  Many times the advice given is to "just forget" that person.  The impression is that you get someone in your life to replace them.  After my experiences, I definitely don't think like that.  I believe when relationships fall apart you should do a little soul-searching.  I don't think you should try to take your mind off of the broken place you are in emotionally and try to find another relationship to get into. That mindset only perpetuates pain.  Nothing is gained and so much is lost.

*What I write here can be related to more than just friendships however I 'm specifically dealing with friendships below.  
For me, there are three things that help bring healing and peace when a relationship falls apart.  The first is

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Who is GOD?

So many times as we walk through life with all it's many ups and downs -- all the problems we face -- we tend to not elevate ourselves towards God but instead bring HIM down to our level.  

We start believing that God feels the same way about people that we do and vice versa... In our minds, God becomes judgmental, erratic, unloving, only interested in a list of DO's and DON'Ts.  We think God is vindictive, mean, withholding good from us.  Or worse, we see HIM as totally ignoring us as if we don't exist.  We see HIM confined and restricted by the same faults that humanity is confined and restricted by.



There is NO ONE who is EQUAL to GOD.

There is NONE OTHER like HIM.

That means that HE can become NO BETTER than he already is.

That means that HE ALREADY knows everything.
If at anytime HE needed to know something more it would mean HE COULD NOT BE GOD.
HE would CEASE TO EXIST because HE would not be PERFECTION.

HE is present EVERYWHERE.
If there is anywhere where GOD is not present then HE CANNOT BE GOD.

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