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Faith Ministry

Rest In Peace?

Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.

I have seen this quote many times today. The day when Billy Graham indeed passed away. And I have seen well-wishers say, “Rest In Peace.”

I have often wondered why believers make such a statement!

Billy Graham is in the presence of the King. He is NOT resting. He is basking in the glory of the God he served so well in this life. And while he now knows a peace that is impossible to achieve in our sinful world, he needs no rest.

Not anymore.

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Faith iBlog Ministry

I Felt Fake

It seems like a little thing, I guess.

Like many folks in the workforce, I have a LinkedIn profile. I don’t post much on there, but I enjoy the networking opportunities and professional insights it provides.

Still, I felt fake.

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Leadership Ministry Productivity

The Dangers of Going Through Records – Grace in Remembering

filesYou ever go through paperwork or files and get reminded of something awful? Happened to me the other day.

As I get older, I am feeling the need to simplify. Get rid of clutter. Part of that is manifesting in a renewed desire to go paperless. I’ve been an Evernote user for a while, and, while the service has its quirks, I like how simple it is to save things and forget them.

Until my organizing turns to Evernote itself, and I see files that I’ve kept, and get reminded of painful things.

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Ministry Music Worship

You Have An Interesting Voice – Part 2

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn a recent post, I delved into an aspect of modern culture that works against the training and maturation of this generation as singers and musicians in our churches – the importance of having a distinctive, unique, and/or interesting voice

What do we have going against us in this fight for quality? Television, as I’ve mentioned. But today’s youth also possess a certain sense of entitlement.

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Ministry Writing

Blogging Is a Ministry… to Yourself

I have often referred to #NoCamo as a ministry. I feel that the life of a Christian living life and documenting various aspects of faith can be uplifting and informational.

But I have also found that, while I trust that others enjoy reading what is here, I’m positive that I enjoy writing it all the more.

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Leadership Ministry Music

You Have An Interesting Voice

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you watch American Idol, or America’s Got Talent, or The Voice? It never fails. I don’t really watch these shows, but whenever I do, there is always one or two singers that, according to the judges, have “distinguished” voices.”Interesting” voices.”Unique” voices.

What that means is that their tone, style, and phrasing are not typical of a singing competition. There have been times that I have watched these shows and seen singers that I have liked that have not had what I would call a typical singing voice. An indefinable quality that just seems to work.

Now, the problem.

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Ministry Technology

Using GroupMe for Ministry

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GroupMe (Photo credit: jagrs)

 

Communication is vital to any ministerial endeavor. But in most cases, it is the most difficult to maintain. How do you keep everyone in the loop?

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Faith Family iBlog Ministry Music

Today Was a Great Palm Sunday!

What a great day at church! Our children’s ministry did a wonderful job on their Easter musical. Lyd had a solo on You Are My King, and Tony held the cross as two other boys knelt (I had seen it multiple times before and it still gripped me).

Also, today was Lyd’s first communion as a believer in Christ, and it was my first day back behind the keyboard at LBT. And full altars are always a good thing.

How was your Palm Sunday?

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Family iBlog Ministry

My Weekend

This past weekend, I got to experience two firsts…

1. I got to officiate my first wedding.
2. I got to attend a Korean worship service.

These events happened concurrently.

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Ministry Technology Video

Google’s Project Glass and Its Ministry Potential

As loyal NoCamo readers know, I am hopelessly enamored with new technology. I am intrigued with the direction and scope of today’s technological possibilities, especially from the point of view of a Christian and a church creative. The opportunities that technology allows for the Gospel have barely been explored, in my opinion.

Tablets are being used in missionary work and accountability group situations. Multi-site churches utilize web streaming to reach people for Christ. Smart phones have positively (for the most part) changed the way pastors serve their Lord and their respective flocks. Computing in general has improved the way churches manage their records and communication. I could go on, but the point needs no further proof.

So when Google announced their Project Glass, my attention was grabbed.