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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Character. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 14 October 2016 15:14

Proverbs 10:9; “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.”

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved” (Helen Keller). God will build character qualities into your life that you will need in order to fulfil your purpose going forward. I don’t need to tell you but, at every stage in your life irrespective of what you are going through, good, bad, ugly, and indifferent, God is not only working in and through you in that situation, but He is ultimately preparing you for something more. What He is doing in you is developing a person who, regardless of what you look like (because that is really not important), has the character of His own heart. The excellence of a man and woman is their character. For me, people of character are those who are known for their honesty, integrity, morals, ethics, and charity.  A lack of character is moral deficiency, and persons lacking character tend to behave dishonestly, unethically, and uncharitably. Paul writing to the Church in Philippi states that we can develop character by controlling our thoughts (Philippians 4:8), likewise by practicing Christian virtues (2 Peter 1:5-6), guarding our hearts (Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 15:18-20), and keeping good company (1 Corinthians 15:33). Men and women of character will set a good example for others to follow, and their godly reputation will be evident to all (Titus 2:7-8). My prayer is that, whatever life throws at you, you will choose to not compromise your character and values. As we close, think of a time in your life when it seemed as though the bottom had literally fallen out of your world. What character traits do you think God was developing in you during those times? Journal your response and spend time with God on that.

Relentless Grace. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 13 October 2016 14:59

2 Peter 3:18; “Grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“Oh Lord I come unworthy, to Your throne of grace, I stand in reverent awe; I can barely breathe Your name” (Grant Nuss). I have often been asked what inspired me to write ‘Relentless Grace’. This line was laid on my heart whilst leading worship in an amazingly unique old church building in the suburb of Protea Valley in Durbanville, Cape Town. I remember the time well: my great friend and keyboard player Gareth Eagar played during a time of free-worship as we allowed the Holy Spirit to minister, and I was powerfully reminded about God's relentless grace and the enormity of the truth of it. That, whilst sin is disastrous, God’s grace is precious: grace was given to free us from sin, not free us up for more of it. Our spiritual maturity is all about what God does in us by His grace, not about what we do. Now I don’t know about you, but the more I get to know Jesus, the more I recognise the never-ending grace of God. As Paul writes to the church in Ephesus; “To grow in grace is to mature as a Christian. We are saved by grace through faith” (Ephesians 2:8 - 9) likewise, we mature and are sanctified by grace alone. Perhaps the call for us today is to rediscover the unending and unmerited favour of God and, for me, a great place to start is in the Book of Jonah (4: 1 – 11). “Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off” (Max Lucado).

God's delays. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 13:25

Psalm 69:3; “I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God”.

"God's delays are not necessarily denials. He always has reasons for his 'not yets' (Hybels). In the Old Testament Habakkuk was also confused by God's delays (Habakkuk 2:3). What about you? I suspect we have all been at some point. As those of you who have heard me preach will know, I have often said that when God calls, gives us a Word or a vision, one thing He doesn’t do is mail us a spreadsheet with the specific dates and timeline. Listen, like you I wish He would, but He does not. And fundamental to the journey with God, is being able to wait whilst trusting His character and goodness. It’s about holding on tight, hoping with expectation and trust, knowing that He is not making us wait just to see how long we can take it. It is a biblical fact that there are times when God will delay His answer and, when we look in the rear-view mirror of our lives somewhere down the line, we understand fully why He did. Perhaps if He didn’t, in our impetuousness we would have chosen a particular direction which was not necessarily the right fit for us just because of necessity. But here’s the deal, knowing the Lord and His character, we trust that He will come through for us at the perfect moment, not a second too soon or too late. Waiting on the Lord involves the confident expectation of a positive result in which we place a great hope, one that can only be realised by the actions of God. This expectation must be based on knowledge and trust, or we simply won’t wait. Are you waiting on the Lord and have been praying unceasingly for something to come to fruition and the two words that are consistently laid on your heart are ‘not yet’? Great! One thing is certain is that your character is being built-up, and your trust and faith in Christ is increasing by the minute. Let me leave you with a fact that you can bank your life on: God's predictions always come about, but they aren't always immediate. Likewise His Word will always be fulfilled, but most often we have to wait. Finally, whilst we don't always understand why we have these lengthy periods of waiting, one thing we can be thankful for is that God is thorough.

But we have always done it this way! PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 09 October 2016 12:27

Mark 7:9; “He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside and nullifying the commandment of God in order to keep your [man-made] tradition and regulations.”

“Heaven forbid that we should go on playing religious games in one corner when the clouds and fire of God's presence have moved to another" (Watson). Perhaps the most dangerous phrase in business, and, might I say, the church and its traditions are, “but we have always done it this way.” I have, over the past few months, been approached by a number of pastors in a number of different denominations, and also members of congregations about the way the church treasures many of its traditions. George Barna in his book “The Power of Vision” writes that; “One of the most popular and devastating barriers to true vision is the notion that God would never cause you to change what you have always done before.” He goes on to state that God, whilst He blesses those traditions that build the church and His people because they serve His purposes, He has no use for traditions that block progress. Like you, I have been part of churches in both camps. But it is those and their leadership that recognise why the church exists and who it exists for, see that God reshapes traditions by moving them in new directions. As someone once said; “The church is the only organisation on the world that exists for its non-members.” So when churches, who once had most of their members faithfully attending every Sunday and visitors streaming in and now seat a handful or two of people, do the leaders ask both the non-attendees and themselves why? Like the Pharisees Jesus addresses here, do we also tend to "major on the minors and minor on the majors"? The ‘majors’ that have been shared with me in this regard for comment over this while have been worship and the way the Word has been unpacked. From a worship perspective the call for contemporary praise and worship (this also from people in their 70’s) as opposed to what the tradition prescribes is clear from these folk, and also the move from services feeling like funerals to “the joy of the Lord is our strength” and Psalm 98:4. The preaching of the Word for the most part is apparently uninspiring, lacking of passion, and, importantly, not resulting in much being learnt. Finally, what about the organisations and businesses we lead are we also guilty of saying “but we have always done it this way”? If that’s you, is it working for you? I will leave you with a quote that has been attributed to Henry Ford, Albert Einstein and Anthony Robbins to consider; “If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got.” It might well be very true!

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