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Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Corinthians 11:20-30

For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.

1 Corinthians 11:29, NIV

In the New Testament, Paul explicitly stated that people were sick and dead because they did not discern the Lord’s Body. Paul gave the reason for disease and death in the church.

“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep [dead]” (1 Corinthians 11:29, 30).

To discern the Lord’s Body means to realize or discern that you are dealing with the Lord’s Body. All the sheep and little lambs are the Lord’s Body. They are the ones He died for on the cross.

If for instance, you knew that somebody’s finger was on the table, you would not strike it with a big hammer. You would not hit that finger because you know it is part of his body.

When you fail to realize that the church is Christ’s Body, you will get into trouble. Those sheep, those people, are the ones the Lord shed His blood for! They are His body! When you abandon them, it is like abandoning your mouth (a part of your body) by not brushing your teeth for months. You can imagine why.

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DIVINE ESCORT

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Luke 4:1-14

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Romans 8:14

You must be led by the Spirit of God so that you avoid error. “…ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29).

There are two types of ministers: those who love dreams, visions and prophetic things. The other type are those who love the solid Word of God.

People who base their lives only on the written Word easily go into error. On the other hand, those who live their lives mainly by following visions and prophecies are equally prone to error. Error comes when you are only guided by the written Word of God. Error comes when you are bereft of dreams and visions and prophecies!

Error comes when you only live by the rules and principles of the Word of God but deny the leading of the Holy Spirit. Do you want to be in error? Do you want to deviate from the will of God? Of course not! You must believe in the Bible but you must be led by the Spirit of God.

“If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct

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“Be yourself, not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” – Henry David Thoreau

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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Rich Kickpatrick, along with Branon Dempsey is one of our Worship Team Training Instructors

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HE CHANGETH NOT

Our God He reigns
And His kingdom forever rules
Our God He reigns
He changeth not

Our God He reigns
And His kingdom forever rules
Our God He reigns
He changeth not

Our God He reigns
He changeth not

He changeth not
(Repeat many times)

Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
He changeth not
(Repeat many times)

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April 24, 2016

KEEP IT UP

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Genesis 26:1-6

And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. Genesis 25:5

Isaac successfully inherited his father’s ministry. He did not destroy the wealth that he inherited from his father. Isaac was unlike Rehoboam, who inherited everything from Solomon but lost it within five years. A common mistake of those who inherit wealth is to inherit the wealth without learning the wisdom that created the wealth. Rehoboam inherited the wealth of his father Solomon but did not learn the wisdom of Solomon. His foolishness was seen at his very first cabinet meeting (1 Kings 12). He displayed a complete lack of tact and wisdom, the very thing that had created the wealth of Solomon!

Indeed, it is said that only two percent of those who inherit a fortune are able to make their inheritance grow.

Isaac, on the other hand, received a great inheritance from his father Abraham and continued the tradition by becoming great in his own right. The principles that had made Abraham rich were the same principles that made Isaac rich. If you do not learn the principles that made someone great, you will not be able to sustain the wealth he gives you. It is obvious that Isaac inherited the principle of blind obedience to Almighty God. Remember that God made Abraham rich as he blindly obeyed him. Isaac did the same thing.

When the Lord told him to stay in a land when there was a famine, he was obedient. Through this obedience Isaac also became rich in his own right.

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April 22, 2016

MYSTERY

by Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Genesis 12:1-10

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: Ephesians 1:9

The perfect will of God is mysterious, to say the least. Following the will of God can make you look odd and weird. But you will not shy away from the perfect will of God if you understand that the will of God is essentially mysterious in its nature.

A mysterious thing has strange and often inexplicable features. It is not easily understood and it is often misunderstood. People misunderstand God and often think that He is trying to pull them down or destroy them when He presents His will for their lives. They cannot fathom this wonderful and mysterious will of the Lord. When you understand that the will of God is mysterious, you will not be afraid of it or reject it.

There are certain things we do to secure our future. Certainly, forsaking your country and your family and launching out into the desert is not one of the ways to secure a great future. Mysteriously, that was the way Abraham was going to become internationally famous. The mystery of the will of God can be shown in how God gave Abraham a great name on earth with a lasting heritage in Heaven when he walked out into the insecurity and uncertainty of the will of God.

Abraham mysteriously acquired a great name for himself and got himself into Heaven. How did he do this? “… but the one who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17, NASB). By simply forsaking the security he had from his country and his family, Abraham embraced the security of walking with God.

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