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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 The Parable of the Pencil
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Wednesday, 04 March 2009 21:27

A 'call back the past' written after I preached at a Chapel Hour at Cornerstone Christian College using this Parable.  I have changed it slightly as per my interpretation, and I thought I simply had to share it with you, it’s priceless!

I can remember the days before clutch pencils when all we would use as kids were the good old ‘HB’ pencils that would need to be sharpened (often) and, of course the eraser on the ‘head’ of it which, with me, did not last too long!. Of course there weren’t only HB’s around but a host of different brands, sizes, and, of course ,colours.

What was common to this variety of pencils was that they all had a piece of lead running down the middle of them. Think of the lead as your soul. The story goes that one day the Maker of all the pencils lovingly picked up one as it came off the production line all sparkling and new, and said to it ;

”My dear pencil ,who I have so lovingly and intricately made, there are four things you need to remember as I set you off on your course into the waiting world.”

“Firstly”, He said, “you were made to write and the only way you will be able to do this is if you have a firm hand to guide you, and, if you are obedient to that hand, it will create a masterpiece through you.”

“Secondly, you will have a built-in eraser in case you slip – up and make a mistake. I who have made you, will allow you to erase your mistakes, only confess them to me.”

“Thirdly, you will be of little use if your ‘point’ is blunt. The guiding hand will keep you sharpened, and this process, I must warn you, is inclined to be pretty painful. Although it sounds strange now, these instances will strengthen you and help you grow. But, the more you allow the Guiding Hand to write with you in the proper manner, the instances of having to endure the sharpening process will diminish.”

“Finally, by being obedient to your Guiding Hand, you will find that you will not have to use your eraser as often, your pencil tip will remain sharp, and you will create masterpiece after masterpiece”! Now go out my dear pencil and make the world a better place!"

 

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