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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 Give me the Good News!
Give me the Good News! PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Grant Nuss   
Friday, 24 February 2017 14:55

Psalm 112:7; “He is not afraid of bad news. His heart is steady and he trusts in the LORD.

"Is today a good day with bad things or a bad day with good things? It doesn't matter! God's goodness is in it" (Terry Modica). Sally and I have been blessed with amazing customers who have become great and close friends over the years. One thing we do, whenever we deliver to Malmesbury as we did today, we do so together because of that fact and, also, we treat ourselves to lunch in this wonderful little town founded in the early 1700’s! As always, we chat to the folk in the outlets about a host of things, and, this morning, the protest in Pretoria was raised by one of our friends. Bad news. Now, as followers of Christ we have no reason to be afraid of the arrival of bad news as the psalmist illustrates in our text today. The never-ending stream of negative and depressing news is everywhere, arguably, in some places, imore prevalent than others. Of course, this is not a new phenomenon. Even a casual glance at history will show in part that, what we call bad news today, is really rather tame when compared to what went down at points then. None different to many of the biblical heroes in Scripture. But here’s the reality of it all: fear, negativity, man’s inhumanity to man, despair, and anxiety do not have the final word when God is involved. Let’s unpack our verse for today in context starting with the word ‘heart’. Now, in Hebrew poems, heart means ‘mind’ which, as we know, is the part of us that thinks. So, a heart that is ‘steady’ is one that does not change, it is, in other words, unchangeable. As with what might be considered bad news for you today, a heart/mind that does not change, doesn't, all of a sudden, start believing or thinking something different when bad news comes around. Why? Well, because those of us who trust in the Lord, know that He can see more out of His window than we can see out of ours, that He is in control and into the details, and, finally, He will give us help when we need it. R.C. Sproul quite rightly states that; “The Gospel is only Good News when we understand the Bad News.” South African singer Crocodile Harris’s ‘Good news’ ballad was a number one hit in South Africa in the early 80’s with its anti-war and violence lyrics, and, is as poignant today as it ever was. This song was also played at a church service in London to mark the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 terrorist suicide bomb attack on the city’s transport system. Give me the Good News! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK3XavAK7Oo

 

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