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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 God sees what we cannot.
God sees what we cannot. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Grant Nuss   
Saturday, 10 December 2016 16:05

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT); “So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

“God sees more out of His window than you see out of yours” (Canon J. John). For me we far too often tend to forget that reality. Think about it. If we could see things from God’s perspective, if we could see the big picture as He does, it would change everything, wouldn’t it? As we have discussed before, nothing we do amazes God. It’s not like He says; “Wow, thank you for reminding me but that really just slipped my mind, in fact, I did not see that one coming!” In reality, we can only see things on ground level and live mostly by sight not as often as we would like to by faith. That is why we pray. When we pray what we are doing is seeking to understand God’s ways, His will, and things from His perspective, to see the big picture. Perspective is so important. God sees what we cannot, and perspective is a quintessential key to the Christian life. Why? Because people who are able to fix their eyes on the unseen are able to weather the storms at ground level. So when we fix our eyes on what is seen and neglect what is unseen to us we tend to lose our focus and are, quite simply, “stuck in a moment that we cannot get out of” (Bono). The writer of Hebrews 11:6 states; “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” It is when when we view life from this perspective that we are able to find joy in anything, even pain or grief, and even when people let us down we are able to ‘really’ forgive them and ask God to help us find joy in them again. So my hope for you today is that you can acknowledge that, by having faith in God alone, you can experience great joy as a gift from Him, no matter your circumstance. Because from our limited human viewpoint we think of the earthly, but God lives in the eternal. That, whilst we are thinking of today, God is planning for tomorrow. That, where we are thinking of comfort, God is thinking of character. That, where we are thinking of an easy, risk-averse, and armchair-ride where we have enough money to pay our bills and experience no hardships, God is thinking of how to make us better people who are becoming more like His son Jesus Christ. So my prayer is that you and I trust Him, that, whatever our circumstance and hardship, we will believe His promise to us His children because He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

 

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