Archive for February, 2004

So last Friday I get a call at about 4:00pm from Jaclyn Chavez asking to lead worship for her. This is somewhat unusual since she normally gives me a little more notice, but due to the circumstances she really needed someone to cover for her. Of course I didn’t really have a problem with that so I agreed to help her out. At around 6:30pm I went to the clamshell to sound check and get ready. However when I got there Joel was trying to get the sound running and mostly everyone was running late. The rhythm section wasn’t there yet and neither was they keyboard player or Tisha (they were both stuck in traffic). Then to cap it all off the rear monitors weren’t working.

By the time 7:00pm rolled around, we were still missing people and the rear monitors still weren’t working. Finally at 7:15pm I got everyone that wasn’t working on the rear monitors together to pray. We all prayed together while the others worked on the rear monitors. In case you’re wondering, the rear monitors are really important because without them the rhythm section cannot hear what I’m doing and we’re basically flying blind together. So to make a long story short, we finally got the rear monitors working about 3 minutes before we had to start.

By the time we started playing, the monitors were not all properly set and Joel had to try to keep adjusting everything on the fly. The only problem I had left was a lack of drums and bass in my monitor. I didn’t feel like asking for more drums and bass during a song so I decided to just keep playing through it. Due to the changes in our service lineup, after one song we play the videos and do the announcements. Because I was slightly frustrated I decided to pray.

Now at this point, I didn’t really know what to pray for but I did know that the Bible says, “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself” (1 Corinthians 14:4) and I really did need encouraging so I started praying in tongues. Sure enough as soon as I started praying I began to feel a little better. What really blew me away was when I heard Tisha come beside me and start praying in tongues with me. When that happened something really cool happened. I felt the Holy Spirit come upon me and charge me up. I really believe this happened because Tisha came and prayed in agreement with me. Now I know that she didn’t know exactly what she was praying for (just as I didn’t), but I know by faith, that the Holy Spirit was interceding on our behalf and our prayers were the perfect prayers and they were in perfect agreement. There is incredible power in agreement. The Bible asks, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) This means that if you want to go anywhere with anyone, there needs to be agreement. This is the agreement that says “one [can] chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight” (Deuteronomy 32:30). Two people in agreement can put ten times as many people to flight as one can by himself. Likewise, disagreement can completely counter anything that you’re trying to do, so it is imperative that you find someone to agree with you and the Word.

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So last Friday night I had to teach the Jr. High group. I know this doesn’t sound like a big deal to some of you (especially those of you that are Jr. High leaders) but to someone who is really used to interacting with mostly adults, it can be a little hairy. First of all I was given some pretty strict guidelines (“keep their attention and don’t teach over twenty minutes”). I was actually worried about this one because you see, I like to talk. The second thing I heard was slightly more encouraging. Upon asking who the good kids were, the reply was Brad. Upon asking who I should look out for, the response came was everyone that wasn’t Brad. So walking into the Jr. High trailer, I was feeling a bit apprehensive. This didn’t last long though because I really only had one thing to do: teach. The other leaders had the harder jobs. They had to lead games and be basic crowd control.

Here’s the question: how do you teach Jr. High kids? I was trying to think of funny stories to entertain them and make them like me but honestly nothing came to mind (plus, I figured, if they didn’t like me already regaling them with stories probably wouldn’t change their opinion too much). So I decided to give them the Word. I figured it is pretty hard to go wrong with the Word so it seems like a logical choice.

There are a few things about the Word that made me confident. First, I believe that God is who he says he is. Second, I believe that he can do what he says he can do. Last week we read that God will “confirm the word with signs following” (Mark 16:20). Let’s dig a little deeper into that. What does it say that God will confirm with signs following? It’s his word. It doesn’t say that he will confirm my good intentions about teaching Jr. High. Likewise it doesn’t say that he will confirm my funny jokes and stories. The Bible says that God will confirm his word. In Jeremiah, God told Jeremiah, “I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled” (1:12). Another translation says “I will hasten my word to perform it.” Basically I knew that my job was to preach the Word to the Jr. High kids. I can do this confidently because I know that God’s Word will not return void because “it always produces fruit” (Isaiah 55:11).

While all of us may not ever be called to preach to a group of Jr. High kids, we can all preach the Word to others. Many times we can even slip it in without people even knowing that we’re doing it. It is a simple decision of speaking life and not death, encouragement and not discouragement, God’s truth and not Satan’s lies. Jesus has given all of us the power (or authority) to preach his truth to everyone (see the Great Commission). It’s just a matter of us hearing and obeying. I challenge you to try it and see if he doesn’t confirm his word.

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