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MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE

Cutting It Straight

I recently attimg_48241ended 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.

 

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Good Choice


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Oops I did it again. I walked by the various booths  in the  expo hall where I saw lots of good things. I stopped at a table that had two shirts on them. One said good, the other said bad. I chose bad almost immediately, not just because they were out of my size in the good shirts but because that’s the message I chose to display to the world. While the purpose of the t-shirt giveaway was to promote a TV show, I had no real specific purpose for choosing the shirt that said bad.  I thought deeper about my choice. Was that really a good choice? I decided after receiving my free shirt that I needed to use this advertisement in a way that will honor God. I thought to myself “go on with yo bad self” and decided that promoting God’s goodness was a good choice and most definitely a better choice. God is always good and He loves and accepts me even when I choose bad over good.  From t-shirts to the everyday testing of my faith I am sending a message about the goodness of God. So today, I am wearing a shirt that says bad but feeling good all because of God’s amazing love and grace.

Psalm 86:5 (ESV) For you O Lord are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

Psalm 145:9 (ESV) The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

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MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE

Cutting It Straight

CIS-Slider_BlueAfter 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.