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Popular Stage Designs to Inspire Your Creativity

Hats off to those of you out there who get to spend your time dreaming, planning, mobilizing, and executing a well thought out stage design to use for services. No matter how big your church is, all eyes are directed to the stage, the place where worship teams gather to honor and glorify Jesus through music, and where pastors proclaim God’s glory by expositing the Word. No matter what happens on the stage, you had a hand in helping people be drawn into the presence of God and not be distracted by superfluous items.

I wanted to highlight an article from our friends over at ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com. They recently posted an article of the best stage designs for June 2017. Some of these designs are just amazing. I personally like Burning Boards. Check out their post and let me know what you think.

Most Popular Stages – June 2017

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Celebrating July with Free Church Media

It goes without saying that the summer is amazing! Fishing, pools, beach, vacation, grilling, amusement parks… the list goes on and on. At the risk of sounding like I’m complaining, can I be real for just one second? July is hot! When I look at the forecast and see the next several days here all being in the high 90’s, I get a little wide-eyed to be sure. Put the humidity on top of those temperatures, and it just feels downright miserable at times. So I’d like to do what I can to offer a bit of relief to these hot days that are ahead of us. I want to offer you FREE MEDIA! If that doesn’t cure the hot summer days blues, then I don’t know what will. Take a look at the free media and tell me that doesn’t put a smile on your face. Once you’re done wiping the sweat from your brow, be sure to pass this along to your media loving friends.

Faithfulnes by Hillsong Worship

Faithfulness by Hillsong Worship from the album Open Heaven/ River Wild. Included in each download is a full master version of the song.

Here With You by Hillsong Worship

Here with You by Hillsong Worship from the album Open Heaven / River Wild. Included in each download is a full master version of the song.

Rad Vibes Countdown by Animated Praise

Neon colors and orbiting shapes create a lively, exciting atmosphere in this rad countdown. While trendy, art-inspired shapes scroll through the backdrop, a bold, black triangle frames the countdown clock, which is written in a modern, stylish font. An energizing style and vibrant colors make this countdown a great fit for kids services and youth events. Add a cool, contemporary vibe to your media library with the Rad Vibes Countdown. This video is a part of the Rad Vibes Collection.

As the World Shakes by Hillsong Kids

As the World Shakes by Hillsong Kids. Included in each download is a full master version of the song.

Mountain Range Countdown by Playback Media

This countdown features rays of light emitting from behind a purple mountain range, creating a vibrant glowing effect. It makes for a great start to any services themed on faith, nature or overcoming obstacles.

Free Video by Lightstock

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Dig into the Psalms with the Devotional Psalter

The Psalms make up a powerful book of the Bible that impacts us all in many ways and on many levels. Why is it that this book tends to draw us deep into places of the heart that can transform how we view situations and our lives?

First and foremost, it is God’s Word. We all know, “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). We also know that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). But what is it about the Psalms that make them unique?

The unique character of the Psalms is that it is an entire book devoted to God as the audience. All of the Psalms are written to God, or about God. Yes, the entire Bible is focused on revealing the glory of God and His Son Jesus. The fact that we are reading a poetical book that drips with God’s glory, His goodness, His faithfulness, and the author’s emotions, however, is unique in how it helps us relate to God.

Finally, the raw and vulnerable emotions the authors display when they speak with God are unparalleled. They hold nothing back; they pull no punches. They empty their hearts before a holy God, trusting that they are safe and welcome to do so. It’s in these moments that I know I can open my heart and pour out my life to God knowing I am welcome.

These points, and many others, make the Psalms stand out to us, drawing us in for times of devotion and study. To help us in this area of utilizing the Psalms for devotions, I wanted to point out the ESV Devotional Psalter, a new product from Crossway.

The ESV Devotional Psalter is a tremendous book that is perfect to use during our times with the Lord. As I share more about this, let me dive a bit into the details of what makes this particular book special.

I love the look of the book. The pages are an off-white, antique color that gives you a sense of the book’s depth and history. The text is written in black in a highly readable font. most The beautiful part of this book, however, is that the title (Psalm 1, Psalm 2, etc.) and the verses are in a burgundy that really makes the text pop.

The content is just right for devotions, as it contains all 150 Psalms with a devotional after each one. It highlights an aspect of the Psalm it corresponds with and helps us to dive a bit deeper into the text.

Truth be told, when I showed my wife, she raved about it and brought it to her women’s ministry to show all of the women. They loved it!

I highly recommend this book and think it is perfect for your devotional times. Honestly, it’s also a great gift for a friend, child, spouse, ministry leader, or a complete stranger. The ESV Devotional Psalter will allow you to dig deep into God’s Word and help you truly encounter God by engaging with the Psalms.

 

You can find out more information on the ESV Devotional Psalter by going to Crossway.org.

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9 Tools You Need for Your 4th of July Sermon

Fourth of July weekend is a great time to bring your church together to celebrate freedom. What’s even better, however, is that you have the opportunity to guide your congregation to seeing this holiday through the eyes of faith. There are certainly a great number of directions you can take as you approach this topic of freedom including:

  1. Freedom from the power of sin

– Old habits
– Gossip
– Idolatry
– Sexual immorality
– Lying

  1. Freedom from the penalty of sin

– Jesus’ victory
– Jesus’ sacrifice

  1. Freedom from the presence of sin

– Glorification
– Eternity
– Heaven / Hell

  1. What Christ set us free for

– For freedom
– Freedom from trying to earn salvation
– Freedom from pleasing people

I wanted to curate a few items for you to help you plan for this service. I’m including a few sermons from our sister site SermonSearch.com that may help give you a direction to take as you prepare your own message. I’m also including some media from WorshipHouse Media to add to your service. You will find a few video illustrations that might help bring a little punch to the point of your message. I’m also including a few background slides you can use to display your sermon notes, announcements, and worship lyrics.


SERMONS

Our Freedom in Christ by Jesse Hendley

This is a great sermon that focuses in on Galatians 4:31-5.1 which says, “So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman. For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” I love the way Jesse focuses in on how vital freedom is to the very core of who God created us to be. This sermon is a great option for you to study.

A Miracle for America by Adrian Rogers

In this sermon, Adrian pulls no punches. He lays out his thoughts, and his insights to being a patriot, and some of the core problems we face in America today. This sermon has a good message to study during your prep work.

A Celebration of Freedom by Roger Thomas

Roger gets straight to the point in this sermon. He asks the poignant question, “What will you do with your freedom?” This is a question all of us must answer, because Christ truly has set us free. This sermon will help you focus your message as you prepare to preach a message on freedom.


VIDEO ILLUSTRATIONS

1776 by Skit Guys Studios

We Are Free by Journey Box Media

We Are Americans by twelve:thirty media


SERMON SLIDES

July Stripes by Playback Media

Independence Clouds and Stars by Centerline New Media

Celebrate Freedom by Hyper Pixels Media

 

 

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In Case You Missed It – Tech Job You Don’t Want to Miss

If you are in a stage of life where you sense God is calling you to a new venture, a new location, or a new gig, then don’t let this opportunity go by unnoticed. In Carmel, Indiana, you will find a small, quaint church of around 7,500 – 10,000 people that is looking to bring on a Technical Director! This job could be a game changer. Week in and week out, you would be responsible for directing and overseeing the technical and production elements for weekend services and other ministry events. This job is not for the faint of heart. This is a great opportunity for those with experience in live event and personnel management, lighting and video for broadcast, building and maintaining volunteer teams, audio systems, and set design. If this opportunity sounds like a good fit for you, then click on the link below and go check it out.

Technical Director at Northview Church in Carmel, Indiana

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