Children Of Light was written by Kristian Stanfill, Jason Ingram, Pat Barrett, and Jesse Reeves. Even though the song came out of the 2013 Passion Conference, Kristian and Jason began writing the song at the beginning of 2012. When it was time to begin writing and pulling songs for Passion 2013 they revisited the song, but it felt like it still wasn’t quite finished. That’s when Jesse and Pat were pulled in to help. Pat had written a hook that he had not been able to use in a song yet. They liked Pat’s hook so much that they reworked their version of Children Of Light to fit. The funny part of the story is that Pat had almost entirely given up on it!

The inspiration for Children Of Light comes from Ephesians 4-5 where we are encouraged to live as children of the light. It says, “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth).” It is a powerful thought to think about what God can do through His followers when we walk as children of light. In obedience to Him, we are all called to let the world know how wide, long, high and deep is the love of Christ…

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Sunday comes around with alarming regularity. As with any recurring task, it’s important to find a healthy workflow that prevents us from burnout and provides margin for creativity and spiritual preparation. I like to call it a rhythm.

My church work week begins on Tuesday and ends on Monday. Whether you are full-time, a volunteer, or anything in-between, it’s important to find productivity pockets to work within. Here’s how my week looks…

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I’ve heard the average tenure of a worship leader is 18-24 months. If this is true, then you probably just started leading at your church or you’re about to move to another ministry. As sad as this is, I’m not going to get into all the reasons for this. Instead, I want to talk a minute about setting priorities when starting a new role at a church.

Unless you are helping with a new church start, you are probably stepping in for someone else who was the former worship leader. Perhaps they left for another ministry or perhaps they were asked to step down or leave the church. Either way, by default, you are inheriting their successes and failures. You will reap the benefits of all the good things they did. And you will have to repair the damage that they left behind.

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Today’s New Song Cafe is a classic favorite hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy as reimagined by Matt Maher and featured on the album, Jesus, Firm Foundation. In this song Matt explores the interesting paradox of God being holy and set a part from humanity while also being Immanuel, God with us.

When Matt sat down to work on this song, he and his wife and just had their son, Connor. He found himself surrounded by the mystery of the beginning stages of human life and how Jesus entered the world in the same way. God went through the same process of being in the womb and being formed…

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Worship Band in Hand is a mobile app that can take your worship team to the next level. If your worship team is missing a drummer, electric guitar player, or any other instrument, Band in Hand’s band tracks give your team a chance to use just the instruments it needs and mute the rest. All band tracks are professionally recorded using top-notch musicians in first class studios. They’ll always sound incredible and make your band sound more powerful.

Worship Band in Hand is also great for practice. You can mute all tracks but one to focus on a new part to learn or mute just one instrument and play along with a full band…

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I’ve been thinking lately about the difference between things that are sacred and things that are secular. We Christians love to put things into neat little boxes. I think this somehow gives us a sense of security and assuredness that we are living our lives correctly.

With music, art or books we try especially hard to place each person’s creative work into the appropriate category. Of course, to do this we need rules – lots of rules. Here are some examples:

-If you sing about Jesus, then you are a “Christian artist”

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Holy Mystery, written by Brett Younker, Ben Fielding, and Mia Fieldes, is a song that expresses a longing to know God more. It comes from a place of searching for the holiness of God and a deep desire to see the world overcome by His glory.

The song was born out of Luke 7, where Jesus heals the widowers son. In The Message Bible, Eugene Peterson says, “They realized they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them and they were quietly worshipful and noisily grateful.” The work of Jesus is mysterious. We can’t understand it. Often, when He begins to work in our lives, our response is to stand in awe before Him. Then it is usually followed by moments where we can’t help but praise Him. Where our hearts feel like they are going to jump out of our chest…

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“Pure” and “love” are not two words that we often put together. Maybe it’s because most of the love we experience is anything but pure. As flawed people, we rarely love without somewhat impure motives. We have probably all loved someone because we wanted something from them, and I’m sure we’ve all been loved because someone only wanted something out of or from us.

We often feel we have to earn someone’s love by training ourselves to give them what they want. Unfortunately, this kind of love isn’t pure at all, and it doesn’t come close to reflecting God’s true heart…

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Only God is Able

Reuben Morgan —  May 28, 2013

It was never really about the numbers. Even though there were 24,000 hands lifted high throughout the 97 minutes of 136 decibel worship, nothing could compare to the planet-shaking power of the three little words that were burned in our hearts that night: God is able.

This was the recording session for God Is Able. The venue was full of people working to the best of their abilities, but like every one of the live Hillsong album recordings that had gone before, this one had its own unique balance that left its own unique impression upon us. As 12,000 hearts were carried back out into the night, we knew that the evening had taught us a valuable set of lessons…

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As worship leaders, many times the responsibility of purchasing sound and lighting equipment with the church budget falls upon us. Church music has become a major target audience for most gear manufacturers and is a growing market while other markets are shrinking.

Churches are becoming much more tech savvy and, in some cases, worship rooms rival the best music venues in the country.

As pastors and stewards of God’s resources, it is our responsibility to make “God inspired” decisions on spending church money. The following guidance might prove helpful when you get ready to make that next A/V purchase…

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