Works

Recently, God has been wrecking my perceptions regarding church and ministry. It seems that I was really full of myself and I didn’t realize it at all. Isn’t it odd how we can be chugging along, “working for God”, but not notice some of the sin in our own hearts? I just knew I was dialed into what God wanted from me and that I had it mostly all figured out.

I didn’t.

So He’s opening my eyes to some things. Take a look at this scripture:

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 – “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”

God is saying, what are you building on? Are you building on Christ, or on something else? And will your work escape the flames and become a reward for you, or will it burn up and be lost? “…the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.”

Then, He pointed me to Matthew 25.

Continue reading “Works”

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Permission To Speak Freely

I found this over at Anne Jackson’s blog, Flowerdust.net. I believe in this message. I feel it’s a truth that needs to be infused in the local church congregation. I was moved by the testimonies and by Anne’s video, so I thought I would share it with you.

Permission To Speak Freely. Check it out!

6 Years

In 2003, I made the very best decision I have ever made in my life. I asked LeAnn to marry me. And on this day, six years ago, almost down to the hour, we were married in a beautiful, outdoor wedding. The years between then and now have not gone without trials, without heartache, or without a healthy amount of relational storms. But with Jesus Christ at the center of our marriage, and believe me when I tell you, He is… LeAnn and I are more in love right now than we have ever been before. The grace of God has covered MANY sins and mistakes made by a sometimes selfish, and thoughtless husband. But that man has learned, and is learning more each, and every day how to put himself aside, how to see his wife for who God made her to be, and how precious a gift the Lord has given him in her. 

LeAnn, I can’t begin to tell you how deep my love is for you. These six years have been a huge awakening for me! I can now say that I have known the truest love, the truest of devotion, and the purest Godly influence that I have ever experienced. I pray that God will allow us to continue to minister together for as long as we have the strength to do so!

Thank you for loving me the way you do, and for putting up with all of my imperfections. You have my heart forever.

I love you, honey. Happy Anniversary!

Wayne

Worship Leader Blogs

Recently, I was asked this question by a fellow worship leader, “Do people from your church have access to your blog?” As it turned out, my friend’s Pastor stumbled across her blog and put a link to it on the church website. And it was really troubling her because she wasn’t wanting church members to have access to the sometimes sensitive  information she was passing along to other WL’s for feedback about, well… THEM. To me, this was very understandable. And, for the record I think the Pastor should have gotten her permission to do that.

As for me, my church does have access to my blog. In fact, there is a link to it right on my bio page on the church’s website. Personally, I have other avenues, with which I can share more sensitive issues and get valuable feedback in the process. But for some WL’s, their blog is a sacred place. In some respects, and especially within the confines of the worship leader network that has developed from the blog carnival at FredMcKinnon.com, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes, sensitive sort of information being shared among all of us. So I fully understand my friend’s feelings here.

There is no right or wrong answer, as we all have uniquely different situations and circumstances. But in an effort to gain a wider perspective, I would like to know your take on this issue.

Worship Leaders, do YOU share your blog with your church?

Sunday Set List – 6/28/09

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I’m trying to get back into the habit of doing this after taking some time off. So, here we go:

Sunday was more worshipful than I remember our set being in quite a while. And this week was a real challenge in the rehearsal department. We had several key people who were unable to make it to rehearsal, with good reasons, so we moved it to early Sunday morning before our services. It was a little nerve-racking, but it worked out fine, and I found that in the end the Lord had His way with it all!

Here is our setlist:

Everlasting God Lincoln Brewster

Blessed Hillsong

How Great Is Our God Chris Tomlin

There Is A Savior Sandi Patti (Special Music Solo)

Made Me Glad Hillsong

I’ll be honest, I was worried about the Sandi Patti song right in the middle of the set, but it worked! Our soloist sang it beautifully, and the whole thing flowed very nicely!

As always, this has been blogged in conjunction with the Sunday Setlist Blog Carnival over at FredMcKinnon.com. I can’t tell you how invaluable this network of worship leaders has been to my wife, LeAnn and I! If you’re a worship leader, I highly recommend that you jump in to this online movement!

And please leave your comments!

Blessings!

Wayne

I’m Back!

Well, it’s been more than two months since I took an unann0unced break from blogging. I just felt the Lord call me away from it for a while. My Mom passed away. LeAnn and I got extraordinarily busy in our ministry. I just had too much on my plate to ALSO manage my blog on a regular basis. Not that I have ever been the “Super Blogger” that I had aspirations of becoming. But things have slowed back down for me/us, and I feel free to re-enter the blogosphere! So, here I am!

I look forward to discovering new things, and meeting new people!

Peace~

Wayne

Sunday Set List – 3/22/09

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F – “Holy Is The Lord” by Phillips Craig and Dean

F/G – “Let The Worshippers Arise” by Phillips Craig and Dean

G – “Holy Spirit Rain Down” by Hillsong

G – “How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin

A – “I Surrender All” Invitation

G – “Holy Is The Lord” Closing Song/Walk Out

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I had to work at my “other” job today. I really can’t stand working my other job on Sundays. Grr! But my wife and I tag team the worship leading, so if I’m unable to be there, she and the rest of the team roll with it! I’m so blessed by all of them! They all do a terrific job!

For more details on the worship service today, please check out LeAnn’s Blog!

Blessings!

Wayne~

This Sunday Set List has been blogged in conjunction with the Worldwide Worship Recaps over at FredMcKinnon.com.

Sunday Set List – 3/15/09

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Daybreak Baptist Church

Program Notes & Instructions

3/15/2009 Sunday Morning

B—“Everlasting God” (Lincoln Brewster)

Greetings

B—“Everlasting God”

Scripture Reading & Prayer – Pastor Larry

Special Music – Paula Almaguer

CHOIR

D—“Jesus Messiah” (Chris Tomlin)

G—“No Sweeter Name” (Christ For The Nations)

Message – Pastor Larry

(Invitation) – F—“Grace Greater Than Our Sin” (Old School)

Offertory – Jason

Closing Song – G—“No Sweeter Name”-chorus only

Then verse and chorus for walk-out

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We had a really smooth set today… no big mistakes, smooth, fluid sound. You have to love it when that happens! The worship took a noticeably deeper turn after the Pastor made an altar call right in the middle of the set.  And by the time we got to No Sweeter Name there was a sweet spirit of worship in our auditorium. Our church is in love with that song now. It gives us a good feeling too. It seems like yesterday when we introduced them to it. I love it when a plan comes together!

It was another great morning of worship at DBC! And I’m so blessed by that and so thankful for it! To God be all glory and honor and power, forever! Amen!

What did your church do this morning?? Comment below!

For His Glory,

Wayne

This Sunday Set List has been blogged in conjunction with the Worldwide Worship Recaps over at FredMcKinnon.com.