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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 An Unfinished Masterpiece.
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Written by Grant Nuss   
Friday, 09 December 2016 15:38

Philippians 1:6; "Have patience, God isn't finished yet."

"God sees in you a masterpiece about to happen" (Anonymous). Imagine a pearl in this context. A pearl begins either as a grain of sand or even a parasite which enters an oyster’s shell and irritates its soft tissue. The irritant then gets covered and strengthened with layers of mother-of-pearl or nacre and, over the course of time, a beautiful pearl develops. Similarly Scripture teaches that every human starts out as an irritant. Think about it: We are enemies of God and dead in our sins, yet, by God’s grace, those of us who believe in Christ are declared righteous.  Then slowly but surely God then envelopes us in Himself and practically transforms us into disciples or pearls who reflect His character and beauty. God, who called us to live in impossibilities, will accomplish what He has designed us to do and be. Now, of course, we always want to know ‘how’, or whether there is a formula we can apply. But know this today, God is working within you right now and, layer upon layer is making you into that beautiful pearl, that masterpiece. The key is for us never to doubt His purposes.  God is faithful to keep His promises, and He has destined that, someday, you will be like Christ. So even though you cannot always see His hand at work, Paul tells us that God is always at work moving us toward a time when we will be perfect in every respect. In fact, even in this life we can make huge progress as followers of Christ, and, sometimes that comes slowly and in small steps but its all good. As human beings we tend to want to fly before we can walk, but that rarely happens to us from a spiritual perspective. In reality, more often our spiritual progress comes in one tiny baby step after another and “layer by layer” as we grow into the image of Jesus. The only way to develop and maintain spiritual strength is to depend entirely on the power of God’s Spirit at work in our lives. So may you rest in the promises of God and trust Him only knowing that our Christian growth ultimately depends upon God’s work in and through us.

 

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