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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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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 10, 2016

DO YOU SEE?

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Zechariah 4:1-14

And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold…
Zechariah 4:2
 

The ability to point at important things and understand what is being pointed at is one of the processes of learning. Pointing shows what my attention is on and what I want your attention to be on. A mother is constantly trying to show things to the child. Pointing silently is giving direction, guidance and teaching.

The human child begins to point at things and to notice things that are pointed to. If your attention cannot be drawn to an important thing, how can you develop properly? Differences between human beings become more obvious when their attention cannot be drawn to the important things. A boss points out to his employees the important things that need to be done. He points out why it must be done by a certain time. And yet many employees do not get it. No matter how many hours he points to the key and critical issues, they do not seem to do what he says. Surely, these are employees who will not be promoted. This causes employees to remain in darkness.

Because of this inability to see what is being pointed at, huge differences emerge between different groups of people. Extremely poor groups of people live in a world which has extremely rich people. Yet we wonder what is making the big differences between groups of people on the same planet. Things are being pointed out and yet groups of people are unable to understand what is being pointed at. The huge differences between human beings are caused by failing to work on things that are pointed at!

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April 4, 2016

GOD LEADS

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Philippians 4:10-14

I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity…

Philippians 4:12,NASB
 

Paul the apostle is one of the great examples of a minister who managed to follow the Lord. He was fresh till the end and the anointing never diminished. Right up till the end of his ministry he lived under the guidance of the Lord. When you are following the Lord, it may seem as though you are erratic in not following a particular pattern. I can understand this because following God is not the same as following a rigid formula. God is not a formula, God is not a computer program!

Paul received different instructions from the Lord. At one time, he said he had been instructed by God to be full and to abound. In other words, he was to enjoy prosperity and blessings. In the same breath, he said, he had been instructed by the Lord to abase and to endure hunger. Both instructions came from God. It is not a good thing to be in need. The tree of good and evil will always guide you away from things that will bring you into need. But this was God’s will and direction to Paul. At other times, he had the exact opposite direction from the Lord.

Twenty-one days of fasting is a tradition of our church. I once ended up breaking my good tradition and going to South America instead of fasting for twenty-one days with the church. On that trip, all the doors to South American countries flung open. I suddenly had a ministry in the Spanish speaking world of Latin America which God had prepared for me.

Like Paul, I was receiving an instruction to do something quite contrary to what I had done previously.

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Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. – 1 Peter 1:16 KJV

March 24, 2016

WICKED WOMEN

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Mark 6:17-29

And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked…
Jeremiah 15:21
 
The leadership of a woman is characterized by wickedness. You must study leadership, understand leadership, and practise appropriate principles of leadership otherwise you may lead people with the style and mind of a woman.

A woman whose mind is uncontrolled and unrefined by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God has her thoughts characterized by wickedness. Therefore a leader who is like a woman tends to be wicked. Hitler and Stalin are examples of leaders who went this route.

The leadership of a woman is also characterized by fears and insecurity. Read the story of Sarah and Hagar in the Bible: “… And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba” (Genesis 21:914). A woman whose mind is uncontrolled and unrefined by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God has her thoughts characterized by insecurity. Her thoughts were dominated by the desire to remove threatening people rather than to make use of their strengths for the common good. Therefore a leader who is like a woman tends to demonstrate his insecurity by removing people he perceives as threats to him.

Fear is such a terrible thing. It is put on the same platform as witchcraft, sorcery, idolatry and murder because it has similar fruits. Fear is often called insecurity. Be careful your insecurities do not colour everything you do.