effects of fear

The Lingering Effects of a Spirit of Fear

Embedded in my heart and hidden under the mask of busyness in the form of ministry has been a deep-seated fear of failure. You might think that leading worship teams and speaking truth and love into peoples’ lives week after week would suffocate a spirit of fear, but my fear continued to grow. There was a fear that I would misrepresent God in some way and lead people in the wrong direction. I was afraid of messing up and not meeting the expectations of my job. As I built teams to lead the church, that spirit of fear fed on self-inflicted pressure. I felt that if the teams I poured into failed in any way, it would be as if I failed in an exponentially worse way. … Continue readingThe Lingering Effects of a Spirit of Fear

joy comes in the morning

Joy Comes In The Morning

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you wake up in the morning? Even though I hit the snooze a few times and try to stay in bed longer, sleep is generally not what’s on my mind. I often wake up with a song playing in my head. Sometimes it’s an old hymn. Other times it’s a new worship song that has helped me connect my heart to God’s. God’s mercy is new every morning, no matter how I may have missed the mark and strayed from His ways the day before. Having a song of

How To Hear From God

How To Hear From God

It’s easy to say “I’m willing to follow where ever God leads.” This is especially true when we don’t think we hear Him saying to go anywhere. We often get comfortable where we are in life, whether it be a job, house, standard of living, or even our relationship with God. In those times of comfort, it is easy to settle in and not want anything to change. Like a memory foam mattress, the world seems to conform to our own image and gives us a sense of comfort and security. The desire to remain in that place of comfort

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Have you ever listened to a recording of yourself singing? Did you like what you heard? When I’ve listened to recordings of myself, I cringe and wonder if that’s really what I sound like. Even people who like the sound of their own voice tend to dislike the way their recorded voice sounds. Believe it or not, your voice does not sound different when recorded. We only perceive it that way. Timothy E. Hullar explains it this way: Air-conducted sound is transmitted from the surrounding environment through the external auditory canal, eardrum and middle ear to the cochlea, the fluid-filled

Deeper Issues

Deeper Issues

Social media, sports talk radio, and news outlets have been mostly filled with polarized perspectives of the NFL, the national anthem, the flag of the United States of America, respect, honor, equality, and our military. Articles and posts about hurricane relief needs, the volatility of North Korea, and satirical pieces about the happenings of the weekend are intermittently dispersed among the rest of the noise. That’s really what a majority of it is right now. Noise. Arguments and debates over surface emotions. You might occasionally find someone who wants to have an actual discussion about the deeper issues, but those

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