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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Daily Devotions by Grant Nuss
More than Conquerors. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:20

Philippians 1:6; “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

I was reminded of a message I preached on the fact that we are ‘more than conquerors’, by someone who continues to read through my sermon notes from years ago. I recall saying that one thing you can be sure of, is that every detail of your life in love with God is being worked into something good, because He promises that all things work together for the good of those who love Him. Now a man owned a horse, and one day it ran away. The man’s friend said; “Boet (mate), I am so sorry to hear about your horse”. The owner of the horse said; “Bad news. Good news. Who knows?” A few days later the horse came back with a herd of wild horses, and the owner’s friend said; “Wonderful!” The owner said, “Good news. Bad news. Who knows?” The next day one of the wild horses threw the owners son and broke both his legs. The owner’s friend said; “How awful”. To which the owner replied, “Bad news. Good news. Who knows?” Later the village men were all called into war, but the son with the broken legs was exempted from military service. “Good news. Bad news. Who knows?” And perhaps like me you look back over your life and, what seemed like bad news at the time, you realise is now good news. Right? A door closes; another door opens. Bad news. Good news. Who knows? The fact is that we don’t know, but we trust that everything that happens to us will be woven into God’s purpose for our lives, and, often, when we’re in the moment the purpose is not clear to us. But here’s the deal: we persevere, we get stuck in, and we trust that “the God who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it” (Philippians 1:6). And that “bad news-good news-who knows” parable, reminds me of the challenge of figuring out what in our lives is in fact bad news, and what is good news. Tomorrow, in this context, we will have a look at Romans 8:28. Bless you guys.

Courage. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:53

Deuteronomy 31:6; “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” (Winston Churchill). Famed World War II tank commander General George Patton once said that; “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. If you give in to your fears, you are on the path to defeat. If instead you stand strong in spite of your fears, you are on the path to victory. And we must never forget that we are not in the battle alone. With the power of God on our side, we cannot be defeated”. So when we consider our text today being words of encouragement from Moses to the Israelite's before Joshua leads them across the Jordan, we consider what they were to do: they are about to step into their destiny with every reason to be fearful and impossibly able to take the glory for themselves. Here’s the deal that many leaders may never venture to tell you, but allow me too, when you follow God and the plans He has for you (Jeremiah 29: 11-13), you will most often step into uncharted territory and certainly be out of your depth and your comfort zone. Think of this verse in context with me: what is Moses implying? Well, that the Israelite's must choose to be courageous, even when courage seems absent. What about you? Have you ever stepped into things, fully trusting and confident that God has got your back, but, if you be honest, actually unsure of how it is all going to work? Yes? And you still stepped in? Awesome! Look, when you are faced with a situation and there, quite simply, is no way except God, then all the glory is His and you know that you are completely and utterly in His will. That is when it becomes really exciting, uncomfortable at points, but exciting nonetheless. And as you let go the controls, fear, anxiety, and doubt, trust kicks in and you rest in the assurance that God goes before you. Whatever it is that you are facing right now, have courage, for God is with you, and He will not forsake you. Finally, as I was writing this, I recalled a devotional I once read written by Greg Laurie in this context, and I would like to use his ending to end this, he writes that; “It takes courage for a young Christian to resist peer pressure and remain sexually pure until marriage and then to be faithful in that marriage. It takes courage for a family to stay together and to resist the temptation to cave in at the first sight of a problem or a challenge to the vows they have made to one another. It takes courage today to be honest and not cheat. It takes courage to follow Jesus. It takes a real man and a real woman to be a follower of Christ. Is this a description of your life right now? Are you someone who fears nothing but sin and desires nothing but God? Have courage. He is with you, and He will not forsake you.”

Timing. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:07

Ecclesiastes 3:11; “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

“Seeing is not believing. Seeing is seeing. Believing is being confident without seeing” (G.Campbell Morgan). Are you a patient person? A woman's car stalled in traffic, so she looked in vain under the bonnet to identify the cause while the driver behind her leaned relentlessly on his hooter. Finally she had had enough. So she walked back to his car and said sweetly; "I don't know what the matter with my car is, but if you want to go and look under the bonnet, I'll be glad to stay here and hoot for you!" One of the many ultra-cool things about ministry for me is being called on as a sounding-board. This past weekend it was awesome chatting with someone who has, over the past four years or so, become a really close friend. The discussion we had was about God’s timing and why we often need to wait a while for the fulfilment of opportunities that He is clearly in. God is in the details. As we chatted, what became clear is that waiting means we give God the benefit of the doubt that He knows what He is doing. Most importantly, waiting is God's way of seeing if we will trust Him. Trusting in God’s timing is tough for some of us. But here’s the deal: Sometimes His timing may just be the amount of time we need to see that the waiting made the receiving that much better. His timing will always be perfect, even when our trust in it is not, and, when we look back, we will see that whatever it is came exactly when it was supposed to. As this verse implies, God will make everything work out just right, just as He sees fit, and He will do it right on time. Think back on your life: times when you have been praying for God to come through for you, or perhaps have taken a step of faith, and then seen the opportunities He has opened up and witness first-hand the wisdom of His perfect timing. So I don’t know where this finds you right now, but perhaps you, like my great friend who inspired this devotional, have a number of options that have come up and are waiting for God to close the doors that need to be closed and open those that need to be opened. Well, may you know today that, just because something has not yet happened in your life, doesn't necessarily mean it won't happen tomorrow, in a week, month, or even a year from now? What is it for you? Perhaps one phase of your life is ending and another is beginning. Cool! And, just maybe, everything that has happened to you up to this point in your life has been preparation for what is still ahead. Man, that’s exciting! May you today know that God's delays are not necessarily His denials? Finally, God doesn't ask for us to understand, He just asks us to trust. May you choose to believe God boldly, pray audaciously, and walk in the confidence that God will answer your prayers?

Are you the 'image of God'? PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 17:35

Ephesians 5:1; “Be imitators of God.”

“Lord, I want to be just like You”. “True Christianity is to manifest genuinely Christ-like behaviour by dependence on the working of the Spirit of God within” (Ray Stedman). I led worship at a sunrise service over Easter once when a man who was on holiday there saw my name on the programme, had worked with my Dad, and came over and said; “Grant, you look the ‘spitting image (the exact double)’ of your father!” Think about that with me. Where the phrase originated it actually meant “spirit and image’. Makes you think, right? What it means is that it goes beyond appearance to include character and that you remind people of that person. So here’s the deal: as Christians we are to be the ‘spitting image of Christ’ in the world. “We are to be the things He was, preach the things He preached, and live the way He lived” (Claiborne). For God, our goal as followers of Christ is to be like Him. Makes sense right? God wants us to be loving and gracious and generous (why) because He, our heavenly Father, is all of those things. Just like our earthly fathers, God wants to instil His values and character into us, and, the reality is, He actually wants us to be like Him. That’s the truth. God's desire is to find His image and aspects of His character in you. Let's get honest with ourselves here: everything we do should be done with only one question in mind; "Does this look like my heavenly Father?" One of my favourite Christian bands Phillips, Craig & Dean wrote this amazing song in this context which I have used on retreats with a number of Men’s Ministry’s; “I Want To Be Just Like You” – please watch it - you owe it to yourself.

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