Book Review: What If

I got this book because I thought it was interesting to combine silly and quirky questions with a daily devotional.  Generally, when you think of a devotional it’s always “serious”.  This book takes a different approach and I kind of like it.

Each day starts out with an interesting question.  These are questions such as “if whenever you saw someone do something good or bad, you were held responsible for it.  How would that change the way you live?”  or “If you had a robot who looked and acted like anyone you chose.  Who would you choose?”  Then it generally asks a secondary question to take it one level deeper like “What if the robot wasn’t completely loyal to you?”

Some of the questions are obviously deeper and more sincere than others, but they are all good at making you take a moment and think about things.  My 5-year-old daughter absolutely loved the questions.  There was one evening we just read through a lot of the questions together because she enjoyed thinking and answering them.  It’s also always enjoyable to hear your 5 year old explain what a planet would look like if they were the ones that created it.

After you spend a little time thinking about the quirky question it moves into what the author calls the “Read It”.  In this section you actually get into the devotional part of the book. Here you get to read the scripture and then there a story related to the scripture.  I have found this section to be at an okay level of depth.  You can obviously go deeper in your study of the passages; however, the level at which the devotional is written works well for a family environment.

The next section is “There is Hope” where there is generally a one line inspirational related quote to go with the days reading.   Then to finish it all off there is another “what if” type question at the bottom so you can leave your devotional time pondering what you just read as you go throughout your day.

Book Review: The Storm Tossed Family

It took me a while to really get into this book and I thought about stopping within the first 2 chapters.  It wasn’t bad but just seemed really basic.  I’m glad I stuck with it though.  It kind of reminded me of reading a theology book.  Not something that you quickly rush through, but something that you need to take the time to meditate on to truly understand.

I really enjoyed how Moore was writing out of a place of walking through this at the same time.  It’s often very easy for writers to come across as a “model husband” and not share the level of transparency that Moore did in this book.

This book is not the normal self-help book.  It’s not the normal marriage or family book either.  Throughout the entire book and in every story he constantly points back to the cross showing how these truths apply to our families.

I recommend this book even if you are not having “family issues” right now.  When this book arrived my wife look at me and asked if everything was okay, or if I was seeing something in our family she wasn’t. LOL.  It’s not just a book about marriage.  It’s a book about learning how your entire family shapes you into who you are now, and how that is reshaped by the cross.

Merry Christmas 2019

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Merry Christmas

ReLaunching WorshipLeading.Net

     If you are anything like me, then you are swamped with last minute planning and preparations before Christmas services. So I won’t make this long. We wanted to take a moment and reach out to everyone to share some exciting news.

     For those that have been following worshipleading.net for a while now, you have noticed a lack of content. Life gets busy and we have to say no to several “good” things so that we can make room for the truly “great” things in our lives. WorshipLeading.Net was a “good” thing this year; but, going into 2019 we are relaunching worshipleading.net! So be on the lookout for new announcements coming soon as we prepare for a great upcoming year!

     Now go finish your last minute prep for your Christmas Services. In all this craziness, don’t forget to remember that it won’t always be this crazy and things will calm down soon.

Once again… Merry Christmas!

Robert Sullivan

The Big Picture Interactive Bible Story Coloring & Activity Book Review

This month’s review is a book that I was checking out for my daughter.  She is 4 years old, and as many other parents, it’s important for me to find ways to help her engage in the Bible from a young age.  Enter: “The Big Picture Interactive Bible Story Coloring & Activity Book.”

A lot of the games and puzzles in the book would probably be better suited for someone a little bit older since there are word art pictures that can be colored; however, she enjoyed coloring them anyways.  This was a great way for me to engage in conversation with her about many of the bible stories that are illustrated throughout this book.

Obviously, you are not going to go into deep theology with a coloring book, or with a 4-year-old, but if you are looking for a great activity book that allows you opportunities to talk to children about bible stories, then this is a great book for you and your child.

WorshipLeading.Net Podcast Episode 3 – Questioning Your Faith

 

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By Robert Sullivan

 

Show Notes

  • Today’s podcast is an interview that we recorded with some friends at the Reckless Pursuit Podcast with Cody & Elaine Johnston as well as my good friend Ben Valentine.  I encourage you all to check out their podcast as they tackle some of the big questions in Christianity that nobody is talking about.
  • 6:50 – It’s okay to have questions even when you are in leadership in the church.
  • 8:30 – simply having someone to dive into the questions with has been a huge help in my life.
  • 8:58 – Sometimes if you have questions, it is the prompting of God to go and find those things that are going to strengthen your faith.
  •  10:30 – if you didn’t have those moments of questions and doubting then you would be living by fact and not by faith.
  • 12:30 – how can I believe some things when “science” points to the opposite?
  • 13:12 – Sometimes the answer to our dichotomies is simply yes.  Both could be correct but we are only looking at the things from one particular viewpoint.
  • 15:45 – eyeball creature…
  • 18:30 – by someone asking questions, sometimes others feel like it is challenging their faith, and it scares them to think about.
  • 19:00 – one differing viewpoint that may be wrong does not negate the truth in everything else.
  • 21:00 – the questions pull you deeper as you keep searching things out.
  • 24:00 – If you are looking for other people’s answers then you will never have your own true identity.
  • 29:15 – what is some advice to give new Christians who are asking and questioning.
  • 30:00 – Doubting Thomas didn’t have any questions that the other didn’t have… God already encountered them and showed the others what they needed.  Thomas just hadn’t encountered Jesus again yet.
  • 31:15 – Thomas was still with the group 8 days later even though he “didn’t believe” and was questioning everything.
  • 33:00 – There is no better place for a person questioning their faith than to be in community with a group of believers.
  • 34:00 – At some point, we were all that new believer with questions.
  • 36:00 – “I’ll think of the questions that I can’t answer, and then remember the questions that I can.  Then when I get to heaven I know what I’ll be asking for at least the first 30 minutes.” – Ben Valentine
  • 38:45 – How do you live by faith in a fact-based world?
  • 40:35 – You can debate somebody into Christianity.
  • 50:29 – It’s easy to question God when bad things are happening in our lives; however, we can reflect on the times in our lives that God has provided to get us through these seasons.  It’s in moments like this that our faith grows.
  • 51:56 – In those seasons of questioning, how do you respond and handle those moments?
  • 56:00 – focus on what I know is true, and then wait until the time comes when God answers the question.

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WorshipLeading.Net Podcast Episode 2 – Self Doubt

WorshipLeading.Net Podcast Episode 2

Self Doubt

 

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By Robert Sullivan

 

Show Notes

  • 1:38 – Today we are going to be talking about self-doubt and doubting our calling
  • 1:59- the thing that can hinder us from walking in our true potential is self-doubt.
  • 2:15- We need to stop sabotaging our worship ministries by telling ourselves that we are not good enough.  Because God has provided us with everything we need.
  • 3:30- it’s not about leading worship for the approval of the congregation, but instead leading worship so that we can connect with God.  Then through that, we can draw others into the presence of God
  • 6:15- We see so many life coaches now because people realize the importance of having someone to push us when we are doubting ourselves.  Sadly we do have to hire these coaches because there are so few people that want to step into the role of mentor in other people’s lives.
  • 7:47- You are good enough even if you stumble.  You don’t have to be perfect and have all the answers to lead worship.  If that were the case nobody would be leading people in worship.
  • 8:28- God can, and chooses, to use broken people who are not perfect.
  • 9:52- Our calling is not discounted just because we stumble or fall sometimes.
  • 10:19- You can operate in excellence in your gifting without being prideful.  God has given us these talents and called us to be good stewards of these talents.
  • 11:15- Carpenters who are skilled in their craft create things that are very valuable to others.  We should have this same desire as worship leaders.  That by being excellent in our craft we can lead others to worship without being a distraction.
  • 12:32- There is a false dichotomy that says you can’t be excellent in your craft and humble at the same time.
  • 13:30- You have overcome self-doubt by preparing in advance.
  • 14:30- when we prepare and practice then we have that training to fall back on in the heat of the moment.
  • 15:49- God can inspire and direct you while you are creating the set list when you are preparing your set.  He doesn’t only inspire you and guide you when you are in the middle of your worship set.
  • 18:12- just going off the setlist is not spontaneous worship.
  • 18:30- We need to stop comparing ourselves to other worship leaders.
  • 19:15- We see the anointing on someone else and think that ours is wrong; however, it is just different.
  • 19:35- The way I worship should not look exactly the same as the next person worships.  We all have our own expressions of worship.  We have our own talents and giftings.
  • 20:50- It does not devalue our calling because God’s strategy for our ministry is different than someone else’s ministry.
  • 21:36- The only thing we should really compare is: how have I grown in my anointing and gifting.  How am I different now than I was 5 or 10 years ago.
  • 22:11- The vocal few do not represent the community.  The few people who complain do not speak for every person in the congregation.
  • 23:00- Just do it.  Do it if you’re scared.  Do it if you’re embarrassed.  Just do it.
  • 24:00- The worst thing that you think will happen probably won’t ever happen.
  • 26:46- Just because you failed at something in the past, doesn’t mean that you are going to fail again.

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