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Spiritual Retreats and Worship Workshops.

Since returning to Cape Town it has been awesome being invited to teach and facilitate at various church retreats and Worship Workshops and Conferences. Whilst the retreats have only been predominantly for Men's Groups or Ministries within the ambit of Christian Spiritual Formation and male spirituality, I do also enjoy taking couples. Regarding the Worship Workshops, this can either be for the ministry itself, or a worship-leader specific in-depth practical and spiritual workshop. I look forward to hearing from you to discuss the possibilities of us getting this together for your church!

Spiritual Retreats: These range from single-day retreats to, what tends to happen mostly, those that are given over a weekend. I am able to travel should you wish me to do so.

Worship Workshops: Those that tend to work the best are given over the course of a day. Most churches tend toward that being a Saturday. What we deal with is basically discovering our highest calling and how we best serve God within that given our talents, gifting, and leadership abilities for those who have been called to lead. "The power to bless the world around you is a direct result of your ministry to the Lord" (Gerrit Gustafson). In these workshops we speak into what worship is, our calling within it, the anointing, worshipping in "Spirit and in Truth", and, among other areas, worship and the Presence of God. This normally takes until lunch-time. After lunch we get stuck into the practical side of church worship. This moves from instrumentation, vocal, harmonies, utilization of 'light and shade' in what we do, planning worship sets, best key options, and a host of other areas. I always summarise what we have learnt and mail that through in PDF format to each participant. Should you wish me to attend practices after that, I will gladly do so. I look forward to hearing from you in this regard!

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Home DAILY DEVOTIONS Daily Devotions Your life matters to God.
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Written by Grant Nuss   
Monday, 05 December 2016 15:22

2 Corinthians 2:14; “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”

“God wants your life to be a story worth telling” (Anonymous). Your life and what you do with it matters to God. It is a biblical fact that, where your life is at any given moment matters to God irrespective of what state it is in, good, bad, ugly, or indifferent. Perhaps like you, I have done some crazy things in my life and often at these times I have thought that “this time I have really blown it with God.” Why would we think that way? Because those around us, friend or foe, are likely to cut us off and cast us out, but God doesn't do that … ever. Think about it: even when Jesus was dying on the cross He looked at those who crucified Him and cried out; "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing!” God always offers you a chance to repent, change your mind, and grow deeper in relationship with Jesus. His hand is always extended to you and He says; "I know you've messed up and wandered from the path, but take my hand and I will get you back on the right track.” Your life matters to God. Paul’s use of the image of incense is an illustration of Christian ministry. He saw believers as incense, giving out the fragrance of Jesus Christ in their lives, work, ministry and labours. In God’s eyes, believers are the very fragrance of Jesus Christ. What does that mean? Well, the way we live, work, and basically everything we do can mean life or death to a lost world around us. Paul reminds the Corinthians that his heart was pure, his motives sincere, and, that there was no need for him (and us) to be clever and “peddle” the Word of God, when he was following in the triumphant train of the victorious Saviour! That although they might misunderstand him, God always knew his heart. Finally, you and I do not have to fail. Although circumstances may discourage us, and people may oppose us and misunderstand us, we have, in Christ, the spiritual resources to win the battle: a clear conscience, a compassionate heart, and a conquering faith (Romans 8:31; 37). Your life matters to God.

 

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