I recently watched a live performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and it was a great experience. The crowd was buzzing with excitement to see these dancers perform. I was buzzing also as I watched them effortlessly and gracefully take leaps, twists and turns, crawl, stretch and lift. As I listened to the music of each piece it was so moving to see how the dances were choreographed to the specific songs. Music and dance go together. That’s how it is with our relationship with God, I thought. We all can dance around on stage, but the choreography is what makes the performances special. God is the perfect choreographer to the songs of my life. He knows all the music. There’s no tempo too fast or slow. There’s no movement that is too complicated for God. When we take a leap He knows how to catch us. When life twists and turns He knows how to sustain and hold us. Even when we have to get on our knees and crawl, He knows how to show us He is there. We can stretch our arms out to Him and lift up our heads with confidence no matter how small or large the stage is. Knowing God is the perfect choreographer sets us apart from others. What stage are you on? Why not allow God to be the choreographer of your life songs?
I recently attended the Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference in Jacksonville, FL. It was a great conference experience and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I thank God for Pastor H.B. Charles Jr and the entire Shiloh Church family. I have grown, been equipped for better ministry leadership and met some really great brothers and sisters in Christ. While I am no preacher and I don’t plan on preaching any sermons, I have a greater appreciation and love for pastors. To hear sound doctrine, learn from those who take God’s word seriously and carefully explain the text it makes me want to dig deeper everyday. I attended the conference’s worship track and learned so much about Worship and the Word. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from some of the best worship leaders around. They cut me just straight enough to keep living on pitch with intention to magnify the Lord. I thank God for this conference and highly recommend it to others to attend. There really is something for everyone (senior pastors, associates, ministry leaders, worship leaders, youth leaders, and women’s ministry leaders) at Cutting It Straight. To find out more just click here.
Sometimes I need a break, not a coffee break but a music break. Music is one way I relieve stress. I get lost in songs and at times I get really caught up in lyrics. I’m in the studio between my ears. I start to fade into a verse or chorus and slowly fade out of everyday tasks, troubles and time constraints. It’s just me and the music as I listen intently for my cue to journey on to beautiful chords, progressions and sounds. I may even drift away like sand but I am always paying close attention like a drummer who doesn’t miss a beat. Each song takes me on a journey through a museum of instruments, vocal arrangements, style and overall artistry. I love taking music breaks. Listening to music has always been soothing for my soul. I thought I’d share a song I play sometimes for stressful days and when I am in need of a break. God is faithful and gospel artist Yolanda Adams reminds me every time she sings the song called Alwaysness. It’s done so flawlessly. I love her voice and this song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Click on the YouTube link below and enjoy a little music break.
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After attending the Cutting It Straight 2015 Expository Preaching Conference in Jacksonville, FL I have many emotions. I am excited, ignited and ready to serve in a more excellent way. I am fearful on one hand though because there is no turning back. I am better equipped so I must do better. I have no excuse. I must continue in the Word and continue to live on pitch. I am thankful for the 15 books I received on leadership, ministry and worship. I am grateful for the people I met along the way. I am convinced that you can’t go to a Cutting It Straight Conference and leave the same. I sure didn’t leave the same this year and I praise God for it! You can never go wrong when you rightly divide, and rightly handle God’s word. I am grateful for Pastor H.B. Charles and his vision. I am grateful for the Shiloh Church family and all the volunteers who prayed for us and took care of us. I am grateful for all the Pastors and Leaders who took their time to show us a more excellent way to serve and minister the Word. If you are able to attend next year I strongly encourage you to do so, you won’t leave the same.
The Winans sing about laboring in the vineyard in their song If I Labor. It has always been one of my favorites. We still have work to do as Christians. Let’s keep telling others about Christ. Happy Labor Day from Living on Pitch.
My friend and brother sang this song at church recently and it really ministers to me! Such a beautiful prayer and beautiful song, I wanted to share it as a reminder to stay purposefully on pitch!