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We have all been there. Everything may sound fantastic, look attractive, and planned with purposeful intent. But, something just doesn’t seem right. You feel fake vibes when hoping for authentic ones. Regardless, what makes a worship service fake might be boiled down to a few things. Though, there may be more to put on a list.
The truth is God wants your real worship, not the things of your worship. Here are Five Things that are fake.

Here are five ideas that promote the “fake factor” in church worship services.

1. The worship team is performing like they are in a stadium and only 200 people are in the worship center. Just means over-scaling your team, sound and presentation might not be helping you. The energy put into production shouldn’t outweigh the value of building relationships with the people in the congregation you serve. Your haze machine cannot fill that gap.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. – Psalm 29.2

2. There is no context of God’s character , just our experience. We can sing “we worship You” all we want, but who is “You”–a fuzzy God who just makes us feel fuzzy or an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God who is jealous of us loving anything or one more than Him. Do we go for a God-or-girlfriend emotion or promote confession and celebration?
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2Chron 7.14

3. You do the latest song or idea because it’s the latest song or idea. Content is king in worship, not the buzz of the newest thing.
What is the voice of the prayers and songs of your own people? Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. – Psalm 86.6

4. Worship team members are there more for their talent or to play music and not for their spiritual growth. Sure, hire the best people to music pop, but is that your goal? The story of the messengers or artists on stage is important. They are not just tools, they are real people you put up there. Hire people, by the way. But, treat them like…people.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. – Eph 4.25

5. The goal for the congregation is a feeling , not a transformation. I am all for emotive expression of worship, it’s just that the goal is that we are formed into the image of Jesus a bit more by all that we do in worship and life. So, to just reduce the outcome to sentiment is just a bad idea. Period. Do we expect a “religious” or spiritual encounter to actually change us?
You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me. – Psalm 81.9
“God wants your worship, not your things of worship” – Branon Dempsey
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You are who and everything God has made you to be to lead. Worship is a response from the heart; as the Body, it is a time in which we also commune with the Lord as His people. What better way is there than to celebrate the Lord together. Leading worship is just as simple in heart and in spirit as you are in God’s living room among the family.

Don’t get caught up in the technical. Keep your head up and out of the negatives.

Make your music excellent to God, but keeping the heart of God first. This is what makes our worship, music and songs beautiful. He loves us as we are, and desires nothing more than for honest hearts to approach His throne.

Leading is more than the people in front of you, its about the relationships among you. Minister and be ministered to as He made you right to lead your church in worship. Believe in the worship of God and believe in your abilities He’s given you to lead your family.

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March 07, 2015

DISLOYALTY

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Acts 9:1-22

…be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Revelation 2:10

Very early in the ministry, I came to the conclusion that disloyalty and its associated evils are the most destructive weapons in the devil’s armoury. Though occultism, witchcraft or voodoo are weapons in the devil’s arsenal, the strongest campaign of Satan is in the area of deception. If Satan can deceive you, he will destroy you!

Satan makes many people believe that they are fighting a man of God in the name of justice and truth. However, they soon discover with great pain, that they are doing nothing but kicking their feet against nails and thorns.

This is what Paul discovered when he fought against the church and supervised the elimination of one of its leaders, Stephen. Saul was a man with a good conscience. He earnestly thought that he was eliminating troublemakers from the peaceful city of Jerusalem. In his fight for righteousness, he sought to wipe out elements that he thought were harmful to society.

There are many people who think they are on a holy war to expose false preachers and ministries. Like Saul, they think they have a divine mandate to let everyone know the truth about the hypocrites in the pulpits. The Apostle Paul was so surprised to find out that he was actually fighting against Christ. When people do not know what they are doing, they often do the wrong thing. Paul claimed later on that he had received mercy from God because he did not know what he was doing (1 Timothy 1:13).

February 23, 2015

MOTIVES

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Thessalonians 2:3-10

Feed the flock of God…not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind…

1 Peter 5:2

Jesus had a reason for praying. He had reasons for doing the things He did. He wanted to help people. He was moved with compassion. “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).

This means that Jesus felt pity, mercy, kindness and tenderness towards the people. Obviously, Jesus was not thinking about getting any money from them. He was thinking about helping them.

If you are a leader, what thoughts go through your mind? Are they thoughts of how much money you can get from the people you lead? Are they thoughts of how much you will be paid for each move you make? Is your mind filled with thoughts of personal gain and personal profit? If that is the case, then you are not the Jesus type of leader!

Your motives are very important. The Apostle Paul described in Romans 9:1-3, how he was burdened for his people, the Israelites. If you are leading people for any other reason other than a desire to help them, I’m afraid you are in the wrong job. You must be concerned about other people and their problems even if you do not have those problems.

Since God looks on the heart, your motives are very important. God has made it clear that ministers should not be in the ministry for money-filthy lucre.

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February 19, 2015

HONOUR

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Ephesians 6:1-9

And he said unto his men, the LORD forbid that i should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed…

1 Samuel 24:6

One of the evil spirits at work in the world of ministry tries to cut off fathers from children. Surprisingly, many fathers do not get along with their children. One of the secrets of success is to honour both your natural and spiritual fathers, until the very end.

God knows that many fathers do not live up to standard. However, He expects a certain honour to be shown to the fathers by the children. Just accept it! The promise is clear. If you honour your father it will be well with you and you will live long on this earth.

There are many fathers who can and do provoke their children greatly. Children should be careful not to retaliate, even under extreme provocation.

I have been provoked many times by fathers, both in the natural and spiritual. It has been one of my greatest commitments to honour these fathers in the midst of betrayal and direct attacks. It is not easy to honour some fathers, but I believe that it leads to God’s blessing and favour. David’s father was throwing spears at him. David’s father was trying to kill his son-in-law. I have had people who were supposed to be my fathers, try to destroy me in ministry. Unbelievable things occur in the ministry!

I see these as great temptations of the devil. I believe that David stood at the crossroads of his life when he had the opportunity to kill Saul. He did the right thing by refusing to retaliate.