Posts by Donald Shockley

Posts by Donald Shockley

SING….The radical witness when congregations…. Sing!

The radical witness when congregations…. sing! Psalm 66:2 Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Glorious worship is exuberant, never half-hearted. It is attractive, not off-putting. It is awesome, never sentimental. It is brilliant not careless. It point to God, not to the speaker….. There is nothing more evangelistic, nothing that will win the world more than glorious worship. [The Song Jesus, Tim Keller, May 22 Psalm devotion] SINGING TOGETHER IS ALEAYS A WITNESS The church is…

SING:… with the local church

Sing with the local church 1 Peter 2:4–5 [4] As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, [5] you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (ESV) We are are the church being built together by God to stand forever. Jonathan Edwards once said: The best most perfect…

SING: With Your Family

Sing With Your Family! [5] You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. [6] And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. [7] You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:5-7(ESV) Teach in…

Sing: With Heart and Mind

Songs are food for the soul, what you sing changes you. Through out the centuries people have learned their faith through what they sang together. Eat good soul food on Sunday and it will cause you to grow through out the week. Here’s how that happens: Singing Takes Sundays Truths into Monday! Sing helps us remember weather it is scripture or biblical truth singing it will help move it form our head to our hearts. We have two voices that…

Worship & Service and Discipleship

God has called us to worship Him and to serve Him. Though these may appear to be separate actions, the bibles shows us that they are closer then we think. Download Handout: PD 09 – Worship and Service WORSHIP: God has called us to worship Him. He has given us directions on what is acceptable worship and what is not. To worship God is to ascribe the proper worth to God, to magnify His worthiness of praise, or better, to…

SING: We are Compelled to Sing!

Alistair Begg once said “Saved people are singing people” “Worship isn’t primarily about music, techniques, songs or methodologies. It’s about our hearts. It’s about what and who we love more than anything.” Bob Kauflin We are compelled to sing because of Christ’s Love. [14] For the love of Christ compels us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; [15] and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live…

SING: We are Commanded to Sing!

The Bible does not say “Thou Shalt Sing” but… it does admonish us to sing! Psalm 96:1-2 [1] Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! [2] Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:1-2(ESV) Psalm 149:1-2 [1] Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! [2] Let Israel be glad in his Maker;…

SING: Created to Sing!

SING: Created to Sing! Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV) [13] For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. [14] I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Singing starts in the heart: Ephesians 5:19 (ESV) [19] addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, “Christian singing starts in the heart not the…

SING

SING! by Keith and Kristyn Getty I recently read this gem by Keith and Kristyn Getty. After reading it, I felt this was something that I needed to share with our music ministry. I bought each member of our choir a copy of the book. Over an eight week period, we walked through this book together and talked about the principles and challenges that book presented. Over the next weeks, I will be posting what I shared in our time…

Upward Basketball and Cheer News

The latest Upward Basketball and Cheer season has already begun, and we have 279 children in grades K5 through 6th participating. This gives us an excellent opportunity to teach the gospel, not only to the children, but also their family and friends that come to see them play and cheer. The Apostle Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 3: “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” The Upward ministry gives us the opportunity to both plant and…

Investing in the Next Generation of Worship Leaders

Over the next several months Rocky Creek has the privilege to host the Campus Bands from North Greenville University, Anderson University, and Charleston Southern University. The bands will be leading our morning worship services. This is an excellent opportunity for us to invest in the next generation of Worship Leaders. Take time now to pray for these students and their ministry. On the Sundays that these students are leading take a moment to encourage them as well. January 14th the…

May The Peoples Praise You

My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.Psalm 145:21 The redeemed have experienced the gift of salvation that God has provided through Jesus Christ and from that he has called us to worship Him and to share the good news with others. John Piper once said, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and…

His Mercy is More

We all walk in God’s mercy everyday. There are days that we forget how merciful God is toward us. Here is a new hymn we started singing in our services yesterday that helps us remember how merciful God is toward His people. Song Video   Lyric Video  

Speak, O Lord

This Past Sunday We sang a new hymn called “Speak O Lord” This hymn is called a “Hymn of Illumination.” it is a hymn that calls us to prepare to hear the Word of God as it is taught. We want God word to speak to us and we need to be obedient to what the word says. Verse 1 Speak O Lord as we come to You To receive the food of Your holy word Take Your truth plant…

Preparing For Sunday Worship.

How do you prepare for worship on Sundays?  Like any event or task, proper preparation leads to a good experience. A good cook makes sure that they have all the necessary ingredients before they begin preparing a meal. An athlete prepares for an event way before the event takes place so when it is time to compete they are warming up. When you head out on vacation, you plan for what you need for that week. We must also prepare…

This is How you Dad!

The First time I saw this commercial I was a little taken back. Don’t get me wrong; I love Cheerios! But to see a national company putting a positive light on Fathers, well it made me want to buy their product even more. That is why I wanted to share this with you. This is not an endorsement of a product or company (though you see them both) it is a promotion of Dads!!
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