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The Departure of Rockstar Worship Leaders

Two months ago my friend Alex shared this blogpost with me. There is a difficult divide for the modern musician when it comes to the role of a "lead musician" in the body of Christ, and a tempting 'Rockstar' attitude for those who lead The Church in singing praises to God.  Mostly, cues are taken from the worldly model of band leaders showing off and accepting attention from those attending concerts.
Take a look at bro-Don Chapman's perspective of the 'changing of the guard' in present day worship in America.
http://www.churchleaders.com/mobile/worship/worship-articles/170929-don-chapman-rock-star-worship-leaders-are-getting-fired.html
The danger? That we would do the same as the fallen angel, and turn to receive praises of the body, attempting to steal from God what will be eternally due to Him.  He will be praised, and we are foolish to think that we will be successful in this stealing.
[God, empty me of all sin in this area, that Your Church would praise Y…

Advent and The Jesse Tree

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When Sarah and I got married, I wanted to continue a Chapdelaine tradition of observing Advent (or "the Arrival") with daily devotional reading, candles and songs.  We began with a few accent candles in a circle that we received for the celebration of our marriage and I began looking for a reading list of stories we could track God's story with.  I landed on 'The Jesse Tree,' something I really hadn't heard of before my google search.

So, since then we've used some form of The Jesse Tree to observe Advent.  Here's the webpage I began with:
The Voice, The Story of the Jesse Tree: http://www.cresourcei.org/jesse.html#Jesse%20Story
Now that we've added children, I found out that symbols aren't enough for kids to pay attention.  So, I looked around this year for a coloring sheet that we could use so the kids could be involved in every day's reading.  Lots of pages revealed "pay-for" coloring sheets.  I'm not against paying artis…