How do I worship God without singing? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

How do I worship God without singing? That is the question I am asking right now. The biggest way I connect with God is though singing songs of praise, need, adoration, or confession to Him. Many times in prayer I even speak out loud to Him. It seems to be more personal and honest. As you probably know, I can't sing or talk at all right now. So how do I worship?

Too many times we (me) rely on singing as our only form of worship that we neglect things that honor God equally as much, if not more! I have read that.. "Worship is bringing pleasure to God, and there are many way to do this: by trusting, loving, obeying, praising, surrendering, using our talents for His glory, and developing a close friendship with Him." I have to believe those things bring more pleasure to the heart of God than any song could ever do!

When we trust God we take Him at His word that He is truth! When we love God we respond to what He has already given us. When we obey, we will see and know His power displayed. When we praise we put ourselves in proper relationship under HIs authority and give glory to Him. When we surrender we yield to His power and control and give Him access to the heart that He created for us. When we use our talents for His glory we see other people experience His presence. And when we develop a close relationship with Him we fulfill the purpose for which He created us to begin with.

How do I worship God without singing? Live for Him!

In Christ,

posted by Kyle Cantrell on 09/22/2008

What? Don't sing??? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Right now at our church ( we are doing a series called "If
- There's on If in Joy" It's all about letting our relationship with Christ dictate our joy, and not the circumstances that surround our lives. As of last week that idea has hit very close to home.

Some of you have heard that I have Nodules on my vocal chords. They are bumps on your chords that don't allow your voice to operate correctly. Many
singers get them, and they only heal with rest. For the last 3 or 4 months
I have been losing my voice just about every time I sing. Last week I went to Dr. Kirkem in Dallas. He is a vocal specialist who has worked with Bono, Sting, Celine Dion, and tons of other singers. He recommended that I not sing or talk for two months (until the middle of Nov.)! If you know me, you know it's hard for me to keep my mouth shut! I have canceled all of my gigs through the end of the year and am doing my best to allow it to heal.

The main thing God is already showing me through this is to look at my ministry from a different angle. One of my favorite things to do is pour into other people and see them grow. Especially worship leaders and musicians! I love seeing where God takes them, and how he uses them to impact His kingdom. Right now at Journey, we have no other option but for that to happen. God is faithful, and our other worship leaders are doing an amazing job!

The most effective way to further God's kingdom is not to go out and do evangelism on your own. It is to equip other people to do ministry with and for you! It is the principle of multiplication. The more people you train to make an impact for Christ, the more people you have an opportunity to reach. During these 2 months I pray I will have a bigger impact than ever!

I welcome your prayers for healing! I'm excited to see what God does though
this time. I trust He is in control, and His will be done!

In Christ,

posted by Kyle Cantrell on 09/16/2008

Mission Week Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

This Summer has been an amazing time of ministry for the KCB. They have done 6 weeks and seen God move in great ways! Here is what Kyle wrote about a week in Lawton, OK...

This week has been amazing! We are in Lawton, OK at a mission camp where students and adults go into the ghettos and literally bring life. The homes they are working in and on are no more than trash shacks. Many are overrun with roaches and other rodents. Most don't have air conditioning, and all of them are ready to fall in. These students come into the neighborhoods and put in new floors, new roofs, sheet rock, siding, and anything they can do to help improve the quality of life. But that is not the goal! The goal is to show the homeowners a God who cares for them and wants a relationship with them. The students and adults develop relationships in the community and get to share who Christ is by their words and their actions. There has been some incredible ministry taking place this week.

We tend to look at servant hood as an inconvenience. Something we'd like to do if we just had more time. In Philippians 2, Paul tells us, "our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant."

The God of the universe came to serve, not to be served! That must have been extremely inconvenient for Him!

posted by KCB on 07/18/2008

Simple Stuff Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Simple Stuff...
James 4:8
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 

I get so caught up in little things that I forget the simplicity of what God is asking me to do. Just love Him with every area of my life. It is our love of God that drives us to follow and obey. It is our love for God that drives us away from sin.

I have a 2 year old boy who I love more than anything in this world. Nothing brings me more joy than hug him and hear him say, " 'lub' you Daddy". When he returns the love that I have for him I am the happiest man on earth.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. It's really simple. In fact, it comes pretty natural if our hearts are in the right place. Especially when they have done something so amazing for you, so life giving, and filling. That is who God is!

Keep it simple stupid is what I need to hear!

posted by KCB on 07/17/2008

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Hebrews 13:15 "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise- the fruit of lips that confess his name."

I believe that worship is a mental and physical expression of love and submission to our Father. It is a conversation that God has started with us, and we get to join in. A conversation that never stops if we truly present ourselves as living sacrifices, but continues to fill us with His wisdom.

God has lavished His love and forgiveness upon us in such a way that demands and deserves our response to Him. When we worship, individually or corporately, we are expressing our devotion, adoration, and dependence on His free gift of grace and salvation. We are confessing with our lips and believing in our hearts that Jesus is Lord. The power of God's presence can and will draw people into a relationship with our Father and give them the opportunity to follow Him!

Have you remembered to offer God your praise today? Allow that praise to shape your life today.

posted by KCB on 07/14/2008

Spring Explosion! Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

We leave out this morning to lead worship for Spiring Explosion. We are looking forward to seeing God move in students lives and know the long term effect it will have here on earth and eternally! We pray that God will change lives this weekend, and develop His Christian men and women leaders of the future!


posted by KCB on 04/11/2008

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Some of you know I am the Worship Pastor at Journey Church in Norman, OK. Last week we had a staff retreat to talk about servant leadership and how it applies to us and our ministries. We had to come with a small report and discuss. Here is some of what I wrote...

How does Servant leadership apply to us as individuals?
The key characteristic and focus of servant leadership is "humility".

1 Peter 5 says...1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 5Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ? "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."[a] 6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

What is pride? In the context of our individual ministries, pride is the attempt to accomplish a goal relying only on our own gifts and talents -- without His total involvement. On the other hand, humility is the belief that "apart from Him, I can do nothing" (John 15:5).

Servant leadership begins when we abandon self, take up our cross and live in obedience to God. Serving others then comes naturally.

Jesus had the whole serving thing down it seems. You'd think we ought to be like Him?

posted by KCB on 04/09/2008

Whatever you do... Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

One of the statements I often hear from Christians is, "As long as you do it for the Lord, it doesn't matter how well you do it." Nothing could be further from the truth. It does matter. The Bible is very clear that, "whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus". If you were to ask me to fulfill a task and I did an ok job you would simply be glad I finished the task. If when I finished you saw excellence and the work I put in to please you, you would most likely feel honored by the time I put in and the job I had accomplished.

As a Worship Pastor this is something I take very seriously. The music we offer to the Lord should be nothing short of excellent. Many times musicians mistake laziness for being "spiritual", and "relying on the Lord when the time comes". If a musicians shows up with an adequate skill to lead music and does an ok job does that still honor and please God? Sure, if the heart is set on honoring Him. What if that musician spent time improving his or her God given skill and put forth the best effort possible? I have to believe that pleases the heart of God in a big way.

Worship isn't simply a time we set aside to honor God! It is literally the way we live our lives. It is more than singing songs, or offering prayers, or joining with other believers. It is doing everything we do to honor the name of Jesus. Everything should show our desire to please our creator from our work, to our family, to our recreation.

God created us as relational beings! He created us to have a relationship with Him in worship, a relationship in which we serve him with "gratitude in our hearts". Can you say you are doing your best to honor the name of Jesus? Is the way you live your life an example of the excellence God deserves from you. In order to truly worship, we must begin to desire to please our Savior, to honor the name of Jesus with everything we do!

posted by Kyle Cantrell on 04/06/2008

The presence of God Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Sometimes we get caught up more in our "worship services" than we do the presence of God. We are so concerned with singing the new songs, or playing them well, or if the sound is the greatest you have ever heard, that we sometimes miss big things. About a year ago at a camp called Dayspring, we had the opportunity to worship in a in a different way.

God moved more in our worship times through silence that week than in our songs. It was so refreshing to sit in His presence and listen, praise, rest, think, honor, and bless His name in a crowded room in complete silence. So contrary to our world to have any silence at all. The last night I felt God saying we didn't need to sing anymore, just be in His presence. For the invitation they had planned a time of prayer and silence. It wasn't a big emotional thing, or a planned out "super spiritual" time. It was just a time to be in conversation with our Father and to pray for those around us. What happed was amazing. For about 45 minutes students and leaders just prayed for each other. What a concept, just spend time in conversation with God and interceding for one another. You'd think our lives would look more like that. As I sat in the back waiting for our time to stand and play I wanted to go out in the room and get some direction from God and the leaders on what should happen. The plan was to go back into a time of singing. When I stepped out in the room the Holy Spirit was so thick I knew God was doing His thing and didn't need me to sing at all. I began to move around the room and pray for people. The people started praying for me. It was humbling and refreshing to serve others in prayer, and to be prayed for.

God's presence doesn't have to involve singing or music to be known. Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Sometimes our good intentions and offerings are not what God is looking for. We might just need to not sing, not speak, not "worship" as we know it. We might need to change our "worship habits" We might need to think on His thoughts in silence. Pray for our friends, leaders, and loved ones other than at bedtime. Serve others as Christ served us!

posted by Kyle Cantrell on 04/06/2008