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Have We Missed the Mark on the Worship Leaders Calling?

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“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8


Anyone else think that Micah could have made this call so much easier by wording it a little differently?

I mean, why not “love justice, walk kindly, and do humility.” That I can do.

I mean I love justice, I want to see it everywhere, but do justice? My hands? My feet? Doing justice? Wow, that actually requires some movement. That kind of starts making things a little uncomfortable.

I can force myself to walk in kindness, bite my tongue, let the other person go first. But loving kindness? That means my heart actually has to change.

I can't just simply conform my actions, I need to transform my heart. The commission of Micah here is radical.

This last month our creative tribe here at Shoreline was smacked with the reality that God actually rejects worship when its not bent out in compassion. Passages like Amos 5 and Isaiah 58 aggressively convey to us that He actually despises our endless songs and skillful playing if the outpour is not justice rolling down like waters and ever-flowing rivers.

Here in Micah 6 we are commissioned to go even further. Justice is something that requires movement. It requires action.

Justice is not third person.
It's not something that freedom fighters and executive politicians exercise. It’s my job. It's your job.

Kindness isn’t simply something you do. It’s not something you bring out in a line at the grocery store. We need to train our hearts to love kindness. To actually default to kindness. To be kind people in the core of who we are.

Humility is intentional. As intentional as walking to get to your destination, we walk intentionally alongside our God, every step a gift we don’t deserve. 

Worship without compassion is self-medication.

When we worship on Sunday and walk out unchanged the rest of the week we degrade worship to moralistic therapeutic deism. Its a problem when Worship does more for our own therapy than bringing heaven to earth and when worship becomes about dulling the pain of our own hearts instead of realigning our hearts with the one we came to worship.

True worship, spirit and truth worship, actually calibrates our hearts to where God’s is and necessitates change. We start to do justice, love kindness, and walk in humility.

I believe the world is ready for justice to flow. And I think it’s going to start with the artists in the church. And if our demographics are correct, that's probably you.

I think with color, paint, melody, and song, justice is ready to flow. Freedom is ready to break forth.

So here's how we, at Shoreline Creative, are doing this:

All Worthy of Love is an organization that declares to the most seemingly worthless class of people in our society that they are of significant worth to their Father.

We literally take to the streets to feed, pray, and care for women caught in human trafficking and prostitution on the streets of Austin; just 7 minutes away from where we gather to worship.

With a lunch and hygiene kit we are creating opportunities for freedom and rescue. We are doing justice. We loving kindness. We are walking in humility serving the least of these. We are watching worship being forged into compassion, and watching freedom roll on to the streets of Austin.

And we need help.

We need people who are passionate about making the most beautiful sandwiches the world has seen; “Jesus loves you sandwiches.”

We need sponsors to help with gas and chips and drinks. We need people who are ready to answer Micah’s call and do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly.

Are you ready? Let's go! 


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Article Written by Tyson Morlet | Worship Pastor at Shoreline Church, Austin, TX. Father of two girls and husband of 9 years, Tyson's mission is to see the Church (global and local) worship God in spirit and truth.

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Don't Settle For The Substitute

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A few weekends ago, I took my girls to San Antonio. We enjoyed the river walk and the San Antonio zoo. I took them to the Rainforest Cafe and it was amazing to see their eyes light up when the artificial thunderstorms would happen and the electronic animals would move and roar. 

I asked my oldest, she's four, what her favorite part was. 

She said it was the elephants AT THE RAINFOREST CAFE. 

I tried to explain to her that those weren't real elephants and that we actually did see real elephants... and lions, and rhinos, and giraffes. But she didn't care. The restaurant's sad imitations were more than enough for her. 

She was willing to settle for a substitute. 

When we sing about Heaven coming to earth, about that God cares about flooding the earth, we are saying we refuse to settle for a substitute. 

We're saying "I've seen the real thing. I've experienced the real thing and this ain't it and I can't stand by and pretend like this is it, I need the real thing!"

That's why we worship. 

We look to someone greater than ourselves and say, "I need the real thing".

We look at fear and say, "you have to leave, you're a sad imitation". We look at pain and say, "you've got to go, you don't belong here". We look at the way things are and say, "Heaven come to earth". 

We refuse to settle for a substitute. 

And so we raise our arms and declare in our world that God's heaven reality will flood ours because when we no longer settle for what we see, we reach up and pull Heaven to earth. 


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Article Written by Tyson Morlet | Worship Pastor at Shoreline Church, Austin, TX. Father of two girls and husband of 8 years, Tyson's mission is to see the Church (global and local) worship God in spirit and truth.

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Pillars Not Pedestals

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Pillars Not Pedestals

The process IS the platform.

The original recording is from Creative Team Night on February 13, 2018.


CLIFF NOTES

  • Am I waiting for God to change me, while He is waiting for me to step first?

  • If you want to see change, hard work comes first.

  • After hard work comes temporary weakness.

  • If you do not push yourself to failure, do not expect to grow.

  • Jesus allowed himself to experience temporary weakness, He pushed to failure at the cross, so that He would accomplish real strength for humanity in the resurrection. 

  • People may see your gifting, but when they know how you got there, that's where real ministry happens. You become a funnel for God's transforming power. 

  • A pedestal is something that holds something worthy of glory. A pillar bears the weight of something bigger than itself.

  • Are you will to push past where others were willing to stop? Do not stop one stop short.

  • Worship leading is encouraging and empowering OTHERS to get to the next stop too.

  • Are you bearing weight so that the burden is less on others? 

  • You're not going to know what you've been prepared for until you "step into the water".

  • Don't be the audience to what God is doing. 

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The Time is Now | Shine Women's Conference 2017

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Would the Women of the House, please rise up? 

There are two things that make me cry, every time, without fail. 1) Watching Tyson play princess with Symphony and Bravery and 2) standing in the midst of a room full of women singing to Jesus. 

Every. Single. Time. The tears just won't stop. 

And you know, now that I've typed that out loud, there's probably a profound connection between those two. 
 

It's the idea that every little girl knows she a princess until the world tells her she's not. Either by defining princess a certain way or by knocking off your crown. 


Well, it's not true. It's just not true.
Who said princesses have to wear pink?
Who said they have to be doe eyed and pointy toed?
Who said they don't catch bugs or put out fires?
Who said they don't play sports or wear all black?
WHO SAID THAT?!

It wasn't God. The creator of all things. The initiator of the universe or the designer of life. 

He created woman and called the earth, very good. 
 

She was the CROWN of His creation. Before she did or said or wanted to BE anything, she already was royal. 


And so were you. 

Ya'll, I could talk about this all day every day. But I don't have space or time here so I need you to come to Shine. Not even just for you. For your girls. For your boys.

For the generations who will come up behind us. We HAVE to get this identity, authority, royalty stuff into our souls and spirits now because the time is coming when we'll have to stand up and fight, knowing who we are and WHOSE we are.
 

Let me rephrase. The time is NOW. We need to get this now because the time to teach and love and nourish our hurting world is NOW.


I believe in you. Now I need YOU to believe in you. 

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How Movements are Made

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There are no preassigned parking spaces in the Kingdom.


A lot of times in church culture, we can get use to our spaceOur lane. Our roles to fill. But if there's one thing I've learned in my short 28 years of life, it's that the Kingdom of God is fluid. Not linear. 



The Kingdom of God doesn't work in boxes and parking spaces. It's more like an ocean, working the ebb and flow of the Spirit in whatever season or direction He decides to go.

 

Movements are made by people moving. (Too simple?)


We are not the designers of movement. We are the movers. God has given us His vision in His Word, and confirmed direction through His people, and we grab the hand of the person next to us, give a little smile, and start moving. 



We find a hurt and heal it. Find a need and fill it. 

 

What you bring to your church home is invaluable. I know God's turning up the heat on the Church steamboat (as in global), so grab the hand next to you, give 'em a smile, and let's prepare to move ya'll!

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Why Community Isn't Optional for Your Worship Team

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Community isn't optional for the believer. 

It's highly critical. Without it, we're just lone wolves unable to experience nearly everything the Bible tells us to.

It's true that our salvation can be complete and secure in Jesus without interacting with another living person. But the fully, unleashed, fearless and abundant life of a Christian can never happen without our brothers and sisters. 

  • Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

  • I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. (1 Corinthians 1:10)

  • And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

We need each other to rub shoulders with.
We need each other to speak life and love and grace over our circumstances.
We need each other to experience apologies and forgiveness.
We need each other to experience grace and mercy. 
We need each other to accomplish anything worth something in the Kingdom of God. 

 

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." - Chuck Smith

 

So how can we foster a culture of community right where we are? 

Could it be taking someone out to coffee? Babysitting for a leader? Writing a note to that person in the band you've had on your heart for a week? Do it this week. Whatever you know the "it" is, do it and watch your culture begin to shift. 

 

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Creatives Fight War with Art

We’ve all heard that we are made in the image of God and he was creative, so we are creative. But have you heard this? God is so concerned with his people being a creative people and His worship being a creative worship, that in the Old Testament, only the artist and craftsmen were filled with the Spirit to build the house for God. Out of every other office in the Old Testament, it was the artists who were first filled with the Spirit. (Exodus 35:30-35) 

 Artists are God-ordained warriors. 

Now, there are no rules in creativity, however, as a Christian, there are things that Creativity IS and IS NOT. Let's talk about three of those.  

1. Creativity isn't just doing what God does.

It isn’t something we walk in like a child walking in his father’s big open size eleven shoes. It is something that our Father has placed in us, is shaping us for and ultimately has filled us with His Spirit to do. With His Spirit, I can take my time, treasure in my heart and turn it to Him in worship. We grow up to be mature in whatever area of creativity we are aspiring to, but it's God that sparks that process.  

2. Creativity isn’t for us.

It is by us but for the greater good of mankind and the reflection of the ultimate Creator. Creativity is for the encouragement of the Church and for worship.  "Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. And be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 10:24 & Ephesians 5:19-21) 

3. Creativity is about doing something new and doing that something well.

I think that the goal of every artist should be to, like God, look upon our creation and call it “good.” Chris Martin (Singer of Coldplay) said it this way, “the goal of our band is to write the perfect song.” We sing to Him, we draw for Him and paint for him until its as perfect as I can get it and then I wake up the next day and do it again, because He’s my God and He is worthy. I love Psalms 33:3, “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.”  

All of these are lessons we can begin to implement in our creating, but will take a lifetime to master. And once we, as a collective, become okay with that reality, we can really start stepping into who God calls us to be as artists.  

Here’s where this is all going. Isaiah 65 says: 

“For behold, I (God) create a new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people a gladness.”   

God created us and everything we see through Jesus.  

For in him (Jesus) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16 

I love what Jesus ascribed to Himself in Luke 4:18:  

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”  

These new heavens and earth, He also creates through Jesus, but this time that creating process has included His Church!   

The new earth. 

I’m not saying that God will not literally create a new earth someday, however, I am saying that this mission Christ has taken upon Himself, is the transformation of everything we know in this one. And the work is not yet finished 

We are part of the solution. You are part of the solution. Your creativity is of great value because God gave it to you for a powerful purpose.  

God has made us a creative people to fight war with paint, heal pain with dancing, end tyranny with poetic speech, and free slaves with song.

He has poured out His Spirit upon you artists to join with His Son in again making something new.  


 

Article Written by Tyson Morlet | Worship Pastor at Shoreline Church, Austin, TX. Father of two girls and husband of 8 years, Tyson's mission is to see the Church (global and local) worship God in spirit and truth. 

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Something to Remember When Worship Gets "Boring"

Fall into worship, without hesitation.

God is all knowing, all powerful, sovereign, and good. He is to be feared, but is also our source of Love and life and passion, which is what we encounter when we fix our eyes to Him and meet his presence with praise and adoration.

"Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.  Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.  Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,  praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,  praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."
Psalm 150:1-6

These are not quiet sounds. We have the Word of God at our finger tips and it is tellin us, in no uncertain terms, to raise a racket in our worship. This shouldn't be a hard thing to comprehend, either. When the Spirit is active with us and we seek Him, there is an almost tangible emotion driving desires in us to shout and laugh and to cry; to fall into the embrace of the presence of God. We are utterly free to be joyous in Him. What an amazing concept: there's no "calm down, bro," with God, there's no "it's not that big of a deal." The joy we seek and find in Him by becoming one voice in song is endless and shameless.

Pull up a Bible app on your phone or find a "Bible hub" of sorts on the internet and do a quick search of the word "shout"... I'd be willing to bet the majority of results are not words of anger, but of triumph and joy. Let's try it out, shall we?

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Yea, that's exactly what happened.

Why am I ranting about this? Because we, the body, tend to go to church every week, drink the coffee, sing the songs, hear the sermon, and then go home and take the nap.... Lather, rinse, repeat. 

There is somewhat of a stigma that only "new" believers or people who are "a little weird" really dance and shout their worship as if no one's watching (but let's be real, if we'r all worshipping fully, no one should be watching), but what challenges me about that notion is the implication that over time, the presence of Christ, the presence of the King Of Kings and Creator of the universe, can get.... boring.

Garbage. I call the bluff. 

The problem is the long time believer who has forgotten the childlike joy we once felt in realizing our freedom in Jesus.

What gets boring is the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15), the act of *seeking* intimate moments with the Lord.

We are flesh, it is unnatural for us to seek Him even though we may know it's in our best interest. We fall short and fail to keep ourselve somehow remembering that the greatest fulfillment we can feel on this earth, in this life, is not Netflix or a pile of cookies, but a surrender to our Father who loves us. To raise your voice and sound off is to release emotion that has built up... I'm not even going to get into what this does for us as far as laying down our burdens, that's a different blog for a different day. What I will hammer home right now is that worship, in the form of congregational gathering and singing, is MUCH more powerful than the regular believer allows it to be, and I encourage anyone, anywhere, to embrace the surrender, and fall into it.


 

Article Written by Aaron Spina | Worship Resident

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Dear Worship Leader, Remind Your Face You're Saved

As a worship leader, we GET to lead people in corporate singing and expression.

We are graciously called by Him to be instruments in bringing Him glory. However, we are flawed and our hearts are prone to wander and desire the things of the world.

If you have been leading worship for a while, you know sometimes you find yourself in a dry season.

Sunday mornings can easily become another weekly ritual and we can find ourselves going through the motions.

Sound familiar? 

It is crucial that we stay encouraged and are constantly reminded that what God has graced us to do, is a gift and has an eternal impact.

May Shoreline Music never become bored of leading worship.

May ______________ (fill in your worship department) never become bored of leading worship.

My hope and prayer is when we find ourselves in this position, that we might remember we are literally doing the Lord’s work.

We are playing a part in changing people’s lives.
We are tools used to save souls.
That is something that should never get boring.

Jesus' interaction with the woman at the well, give us insight into what we should all see as our calibrator of worship:

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
John 4


In our moments of complacency may we be reminded of the redeeming work that Christ has done in our lives; and that debt He has paid on our behalf.

Every word we sing, every chord we play, every beat we hit, every slide we cue, is an opportunity to speak this truth into someone else’s life. Let us cherish that and lead with joy.


 

Article Written by Andrew Markakis | Youth Worship Leader 

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Dear Worship Leader, It's Not About Us

Dear Worship leader, I too am a worship leader. Actually, scratch that. I’m a redeemed child of God who He has called to lead worship.

I’m also queen of the hot mess express. I’m also a broken person. I’m also a warrior who doesn’t give up. I’m like a human cocktail of feelings and traits and characteristics, a walking contradiction some days.

But today, I’m convicted.

A lot of my life, the Lord has stepped out of the way to let me break and become empty. Every time it has unfolded into a beautiful testimony of drawing nearer to Him. Of Him winning, yet again, my love for Him.

I’ve been thinking and meditating on how God uses sometimes the most broken people to lead worship. But one night, I came to see it’s not just that He calls the broken to lead worship, but He requires those He has calls to lead worship to be broken before Him.

For a while thought, “I’m a messy broken person, here I am broken before you”. I almost cringe now at how wrong I was.

Being a broken person and being broken before Him are two totally different things.

He uses the broken because of grace. But as a worship leader especially, we cannot successfully, I believe, do our assignment without being broken before Him.

As worship leaders, we are called to create atmospheres. To call forth His presence. To lead the congregation into His presence so that the Holy Spirit can do the work that only He can do. And as mere flesh, we cannot bring that forth in pride.

We cannot lead His people where we are not and have not been. Thus, we cannot lead the congregation into His presence if we have prevented our own selves from being there.

Reading through Isaiah 57 and 66, the Lord gives us the direction to enter for this as worship leaders. That He dwells in the high and holy place and also with the one of a contrite and lowly spirit. That the one who He looks to is humble and contrite and trembles at His word. In order to be in His presence, we must be humble taking a step back to hide ourselves behind the cross. We must be contrite, being remorseful and deeply effected by our transgression.

This whole time here I had been caught up basking in the comfort of His grace so flippantly that I’d forgotten the weight of what He called me to do for His kingdom. I confused repentance with a brush off and walked back onto those platforms assuming I was good to go and it was all enough. I didn’t even see the pride or that by ignoring the gravity of my errors when I walked back onto those platforms, I was creating a possible stumbling block between the congregation and His presence.

"The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts."
Isaiah 57:15

Contrite is the key word here for me.
Did God love me and forgiven me in those moments? Absolutely. That never ever changes. Ever.

But by refusing myself to feel the remorse and coming in humility genuinely understanding I’ve done nothing to deserve what He has asked me to do, I prevented myself from being fully in His presence. And while I was there in lala land instead, I was leading these people God trusted me with nowhere.

I was broken, but not broken before Him. I didn’t understand that a contrite spirit isn’t an encouragement, but a beautiful requirement. And I thought, “What have I done…”.

Today I think of the draw towards repentance as a cross to bear for the worship leader.

I don't nail this 100%. I think we're all still growing and learning. This is why grace grows more beautiful the longer you walk with Jesus. Because it never runs out, no matter how much you use. 

If I could encourage you to do anything as a worship leader, just for a second, it would be to discover the gravity of the assignment He's given us and the gravity of its requirements.

As worship leaders, we lead worship. Therefore, personally understanding worship as an offering, and deeply experiencing that an offering, is a sacrifice.

Sacrificing ourselves, our ambitions, our aspirations, because it’s not about us, in even the smallest ways. It’s becoming so broken before Him, encountering His presence, so that our brothers and sisters, whom He loves so deeply, can follow us there.


 

Article Written by Whitley Degollado | Worship Resident

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15 Totally Local Austin Things to Do With Your Small Group

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Who said finding stuff to do is difficult?! We have a whole list for you, full of creative, unconventional ways to hang with your group. 

  1. Plan a day trip. Fredicksberg anyone

  2. Rent kayaks on Town Lake. $20 for a day of fun? I'm in!

  3. Bike, run, rollerblade, skateboard together at Zilker or just in your neighborhood. 

  4. Movie Series night?! Lord of the Rings, Father of the Bride, or if you're really up for it, Harry Potter.

  5. Thrift store shopping

  6. Do a weekly food tour. Michi Ramen, Food trucks, Forthright, Homeslice, just some of our faves.

  7. Grocery shopping. It's gotta happen, why not make it a group thing :)

  8. Head to the Children's hospital dressed up with some silly music! (Call ahead first)

  9. Volunteer at Shoreline East with Thomas Wright.

  10. Grab dessert at Copper. Or Amy's. Or a Bj's pizookie

  11. Find an elderly woman in the church who needs yard work or little house projects done. 

  12. Pinterest Party. Find a DIY everyone might enjoy and make an afternoon of it.

  13. Pitch in and sent a box of Tiff Treats to someone!

  14. Local Summer Concerts

  15. When all else fails, everyone loves bowling.

Bonus: Find a local record shop and find your favorite albums from high school ;)

Whatever you do, however you do it, do it together, have fun, and give God glory.

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Dear Worship Leader, No Matter What Wake Up Singing

It's easy to get sucked into the whirlwind of logistics that go into making a Sunday gathering happen. You could be a church or 25 or a church of 25,000. There's always stuff to do and always stuff that doesn't get done.

We have a moment every single Sunday with our team before service begins, where we gather, pray and ask the Lord to do His thing. We've set up the structure, we've come prepared, we've done our parts to the best that we have that day, now it's His turn.

But that starts with the leaders, YOU, US, waking up worshipping Him. Some of our team even has their alarm tones set to their favorite worship song. 

Sundays should be our overflow onto the people God has gathered before Himself. 

We're praying for you and your churches and teams tomorrow. 

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3 Tips When Singing on a Tired Voice

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1. Hydrate!

A dehydrated and tired voice is an environment conducive to vocal damage. Eliminate every potentially harmful factor that is in your control. 

2. Keep Talking to a Minimum.

Don't overwork your voice. Don't talk loud. Don't yell. If your vocal cords aren't swollen already, they are more susceptible to swelling when you're tired.  

3. Pray.

If you believe that singing is your calling, then have faith that God wants to help you succeed and carry you through your bad days. 

 

*Tips from our #1 choir for a singing instruction program, SingingSuccess360

 

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The Story Behind "You Make Me Brave"

Watch this beautiful story of how one of America's favorite worship songs evolved. 

Songwriter Amanda Cook shares the full story behind "You Make Me Brave." Bethel Music's collective of worship leaders aim to write and record songs that carry the culture of heaven and the heart of God. 

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Are You At a Loss In Finding Time to Spend with Jesus?

We have an INCREDIBLE sphere of worship friends doing AMAZING things for Jesus in our city. Check out this video from Austin Stone Worship and let it encourage you today. - Shoreline Music Staff

Charlie Hall's Tips and Insight into spending quiet time with Jesus:

  • Get your heart burning to be with Him

  • Work backwards with your schedule (go to bed & wake up early)

  • Make a plan

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Thanksgiving Therapy

Thanksgiving is that weirdly beautiful time of year when everyone takes a second to remember what they’re thankful for. That’s the beautiful part. The weird part is when we all chuckle to each other, “Why don’t we do this every day?!” 

And then it becomes our New Year’s Resolution to be more thankful. And then life happens. 

Anybody? (Insert hand raising emoji) 

Being thankful is one of God’s natural therapies to the stress of life. 

King David is famous for starting out his musings with the lowest groans of pain or suffering, lament or disgust and then wildly turning them into a song of praise and thanksgiving. 

It’s like the human part of him acknowledges the (crap emoji) of life, but then allows the Spirit part of him to take over. 

Have mercy on me and be gracious to me, O Lord;
See how I am afflicted by those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death, 
That I may tell aloud all Your praises,
That in the gates of the daughter of Zion (Jerusalem)
I may rejoice in Your salvation and Your help.

(Psalm 9:13-14)

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me? 
How long must I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart day after day?
How long will my enemy exalt himself and triumph over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
Give light (life) to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.
But I have trusted and relied on and been confident in Your lovingkindness and faithfulness;
My heart shall rejoice and delight in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

(Psalm 13)

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again--my Savior and my God!

(Psalm 43:5)

King David must have been such an interesting person to be around. So conflicted, yet so free. So toiled, yet so surrendered. So intensely focused on his reality, yet even more aware of what was to come. 

There’s so much we can learn about ourselves through this man. But even more so, there’s so much we can know about God through him. 

God is patient in our weakness. 

God is long-suffering in our confliction.

God is present in our storms.

God is active in our battles.

God is rest in the midst of our strife.

God is ever loving at our worst. 

God is ever loving at our best. 

God doesn’t move, when our world does. 

I see why David wrote so often about thanksgiving. It wasn’t a once a year thing for him; it was every single day. 

It’s therapy. It’s necessary. It’s life giving and sustaining. 

I’m ready for a little more therapy in my life, how about you? 


Challenge:

Grab a piece of paper, set a 10 minute timer, and write as many things as you can that remind you what you're thankful.

You might be surprised at your ending list. 

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Spirit Break Out

Original Song by Kim Walker Smith
Led by Jules Morlet

Lyrics

Spirit break out
Break our walls down
Spirit break out
Heaven come down

Our Father, all of heaven roars Your Name
Sing louder, let this place erupt with praise
Can you hear it, the sound of heaven touching earth

Spirit break out
Break our walls down
Spirit break out
Heaven come down


King Jesus, You're the Name we're lifting high
Your glory, shaking up the earth and sky
Revival, we wanna see Your kingdom here

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Dear Worship Leader, God Sees Your Need

“Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life? And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing], yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; 

[But do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Matthew 6:25-34

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Here as in Heaven

Original Song by Elevation Worship
Shoreline Music Worship Leader, Andrew Markakis

Lyrics

The atmosphere is changing now
For the spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the spirit of the Lord is here

Overflow in this place
Fill our hearts with your love
Your love surrounds us
You're the reason we came
To encounter your love
Your love surrounds us


Spirit of God fall fresh on us
We need your presence
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
Here as in heaven


A miracle can happen now
For the spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the spirit of the Lord is here

 

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