November 2008 Blog Posts (47)

Thanks for the Dance!

This past week has been very difficult for me. My daughter has been in and out of the emergency room, and I reached out to my friends and family for prayer and support. I cannot even begin to tell you how much your love means to me. THANK YOU!

This afternoon, I received an encouraging email from my friend, Sandy Knoll, which read…” I'm sure you've had a day when it just seems too much to handle. Watch this video, and I bet you'll change your mind!” Curious, I clicked on… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Nieves on November 17, 2008 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

3 Levels of Conflict!

There are basically 3 levels of conflict.

1. Methods

2. Goals

3. Values

Methods: are the most common arena of conflict.

(songs we sing, Use click track or no click track, carpet colors, News letter layout, Part Cd's,..should they be sung or plunked out with a piano, the way we handle a situation, etc.)

Goals: are less common, but the battles can be more intense.

(what type of out reach we do. ministry structures, Leadership structure,… Continue

Added by Jermaine Rodriguez on November 17, 2008 at 8:14pm — No Comments

Christian Musician Summit Day 2 recap

I'ts now Sunday evening and I will try and package up day 2 (Saturday) of CMS...

Ted and I got to Overlake a bit early and ended up spending quite a while talking to the vendor reps concerning some issues we've been having with our sound board...good info (turns out most of the problems are of the PEBCAK variety) which made us late for opening worship with Brenton Brown. Bob Kauflin again brought… Continue

Added by Dan Camp on November 17, 2008 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Creative Leadership

A trait of a futuring leader is creative leadership. The word creativity may scare some. It means thinking outside the box and coloring out side the lines. It means daring to look around and envision what lies ahead. And it means questioning the old ways and asking, "Is there a newer, more efficient method?" Most futuring leaders do this instinctively, but all of us can also learn to think creatively.

Thinking creatively is one of the futuring leaders primary responsibilities. For… Continue

Added by Jermaine Rodriguez on November 17, 2008 at 5:04am — No Comments

The Power of Focus!


John Maxwell

I have read this book sometime ago and have rediscovered it. I think it is great it has helped me dial in my focus and attention.

The Power of Focus!

Focus can bring tremendous power. Without it, you will often feel drained and unable to accomplish much. With it, you will find that your talents and abilities gain direction and intentionality. And those qualities pay off by producing… Continue

Added by Jermaine Rodriguez on November 16, 2008 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Futuring Leader

Leading Your Ministry Into Tomorrow

Futuring Leaders

"Conductors cannot conduct their orchestra without turning their back on the crowd. It's not always easy for futuring leaders to turn their back on the crowd. It is, however the right thing to do."

I would like for Music Pastor's, Worship Leaders or aspiring Worship Leaders. Or people who have just been in music ministry for a long time to ask your self these questions.

1. When was the last… Continue

Added by Jermaine Rodriguez on November 16, 2008 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Rethinking Worship Part 1

Part 1 of Rethinking Worship

Rethinking Worship

The King James Version of the bible is a beautiful translation of the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts into the English language as it was spoken in the seventeenth century. During that time it was common for people to say "thee" and "thou", and therefore, the King James Version uses "thee" and "thou." Neither Jesus nor the apostles Paul spoke in King James English, but the people on the seventeenth century did, and that's one of… Continue

Added by Jermaine Rodriguez on November 16, 2008 at 3:40am — 2 Comments

Christian Musician Summit Day 1 recap's Saturday AM, and my carpool buddy Ted will be here in a few minutes so we can head off to CMS, Day 2. What follows is a bit of a brain dump about Day 1...I may come back in and tidy up later.

Morning worship was led by Paul Baloche, followed by Bob Kauflin talking on "How to be a successful Christian musician." [1) success looks different on different people, 2) grow the gifts you've be given & 3) play for the Audience of One...He's the only one who… Continue

Added by Dan Camp on November 15, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Throneroom Worship - not just a concept

Disclaimer: These are my thoughts, unedited and unfinished. I say unfinished because there is always more to add. A friend asked me why it was I thought that when we really press into the Lord during the music portion of a service I call it "throneroom worship". She'd never heard that term before. She came to our church one time and immediately fell into God's presence and was ignited. Currently she is attending a church that does not believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and therefore does… Continue

Added by Alicia C. on November 15, 2008 at 6:00am — 3 Comments


I am worried...of late...or rather deeply concerned about the degree of idolatry that is everywhere I look. In reading about Gideon today in Judges I was so moved and again inspired by how intimately God led him to victory. How God sweetly sent Gideon 'in the strength he had', how God patiently confirmed though not one but two fleeces, how he knew he'd face fear and sent dreams to encourage.. and of course how miraculously and spectacularly God delivered Israel amidst trumpet blares and… Continue

Added by Brannon Mooney on November 15, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

Lyrics or Poetry, what do you think?

This is my first blog, and I'm kinda shy, but I really wanted to share something I've written. The words came in a torrent, almost fully formed (am I the only one whose random thoughts tend to rhyme??) during a communion service about 2 months ago. I think it's a song, but I don't have a tune, so maybe it's a poem. I'd like to share it and get your feedback. This seems like a safe place...

Did Your hands tremble as You broke the bread?

Did Your voice waver with the words You… Continue

Added by Olive Dempsey on November 14, 2008 at 11:12pm — 4 Comments

just a question

I am new to the computer thing. so my question is this

What is a blog?? dont laugh.. I'm an old lady here. ~slightly turning red~ but anyway... are forums and blogs the same...any help would be greatly appreciated..

take care... and know.. I care

Gentle Rain
aka Mare

Added by ~Gentle Rain~ on November 14, 2008 at 6:44pm — 4 Comments

What is worship?

I had started a devotion several months ago with our worship team. These were some things I copied and thought of myself to share with the group. Hope it speaks to you in some way.


Since we will be talking about worship as a lifestyle, worship leading and worship music in general, I figured this will be the best place to start. What is worship? What is “not” worship? How can we become better worshippers?

We have become obsessed with external… Continue

Added by Elman Authement on November 14, 2008 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

New Project from Michael Blue

Hey guys! This is my first Blog, so be gentle. :)

I've been writing and recording since the '80s, but recently re-invested into the Studio and have begun Producing for other artists. This is a project I'm working on with a local Songwriter, it will be her 3rd CD, and I will be handling everything from all backing tracks to Production to duplication and distribution...I'm basically acting as everything from production studio to "Indie record label" on this one...

The… Continue

Added by Michael Blue on November 14, 2008 at 1:48pm — 3 Comments

The new song Jesus' Blood

I posted this song temporarily because I was trying something out with the song uploader and it was the only song I had. The song is not finished. I have guitars to redo on the intro, background vocals to add, etc. This song was written by me and John Green of Recent Rainfall. It's my first try at a modern hymn. I'll only leave it up for 24 hours or so and then I'll delete it and repost it when it's complete. I am interested in your thoughts.



JESUS’… Continue

Added by Elman Authement on November 13, 2008 at 7:56pm — 2 Comments


I'm excited to announce my new CD - I Will Stand.

It's actually my first studio project. Produced by Phil Sillas and Jonathan MacIntosh.

Sarah MacIntosh (Chasing Furies, Michael W. Smith) sings a duet with me and contributes on background vocals.

There was an amazing line up of musicians

Songs featured are...

I Will Stand

Thank You Jesus

In The Cross of Christ I Glory

Wonderful Cross


We've A… Continue

Added by Holland Davis on November 13, 2008 at 4:58pm — 1 Comment


WORSHIP is an act and attitude of whole-heartedly offering ourselves to God (Romans 12:1). The Greek word for worship is PROSKUNEO, meaning to kiss like a dog licking his master's hand, to prostrate oneself in reverence and adoration.

INTERCESSION is prayer as a means of asking God day and night (Luke 11:13; 18:8) to release His blessing to touch others for salvation, healing, anointing or other personal needs.

When we incorporate the elements of WORSHIP and INTERCESSSION, we… Continue

Added by Ricky Sim on November 13, 2008 at 7:57am — No Comments

Can We Lose Our Salvation?

This is a discussion topic over on He Must Increase at the moment. I thought it might be helpful to someone if I posted my response in a blog here on WTR.

The question was:

We had an interesting debate last night on Hebrews 6:

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the…

Added by Worship The Rock on November 12, 2008 at 11:19am — 4 Comments

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

I have been stirred by a verse in Micah chapter 6 for the last year. It simply states our calling as Christians and how we should live. In verse eight it tells us what the Lord requires of us. Simply to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly before our God. I have been thinking a lot about the first requirement. What am I practically doing to bring justice to those that are being treated unfairly around the world? Did you know that slavery still exists in a lot of our world? I ran into an… Continue

Added by Troy Smith on November 12, 2008 at 3:12am — No Comments

Heading to CMS, looking for Selah...

OK...fair warning: my sister is the writer in the family (see ISBN 978-1576836545) but since WTR has this option, I'll give it a go...

My good friend and praise-team member Ted and I will be heading to the Christian Musician Summit (CMS) at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA in the bright and way-too-early hours of Friday morning. This… Continue

Added by Dan Camp on November 10, 2008 at 8:02pm — 1 Comment

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