10 Keys To Success That Require Zero Talent

By Wayne Duggan ~

It’s hard not to be envious of extremely intelligent and talented people.  After all, talent goes a long way.

However, Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of Walker & Company brands, recently Tweeted a list of 10 keys to success that require no talent whatsoever.

Here’s a rundown of his list.

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10 Keys To Success That Require Zero Talent

1. Being On Time

Many of these behaviors seem like no-brainers, but showing up late to meetings, rehearsals or even walking into work at 9:10 a.m. instead of 9:00 is disrespectful to superiors, coworkers or partners.

2. Work Ethic

Not everyone can naturally be the best at his or her job, but everyone has the ability to out-work others in their field.

3. Effort

The easiest thing in the world is to give up. Not only will effort often produce results, it always demonstrates to others that they can rely on you to do everything you can to make things happen.

4. Body Language

Confidence and success can be contagious. When you believe in yourself and present positive body language to the world, others will (often subconsciously) pick up on it and will begin to believe in you too.

5. Energy

When are you more productive at work? When you drag in hung-over after two hours of sleep or when you show up after a healthy breakfast and full night’s rest?

6. Attitude

Not everything in the business world is pleasant, but unpleasant things must be done. If you approach everything with a positive attitude, you will earn a lot of respect.

7. Passion

It’s often easy to tell when people are passionate about their kids, their favorite TV show or the local sports team. If you can make your career your passion, the path to success won’t feel like such an effort.

8. Being Coachable

Stubbornness and pride are two major roadblocks to success. If you are willing to be flexible and handle constructive criticism and guidance, you will be the type of partner or employee that everyone in the business world dreams of having.

9. Doing Extra

Going the extra mile” often requires much less effort than it seems. You’ve already devoted 10 hours to putting together the presentation; why not take 10 more minutes proofreading it one more time? Your boss wanted 10 ideas for the new client. Why not come up with 12? Just because you were told to do something a certain way, think about whether there is a better way to do it. The Jesus principle of going the extra mile is the easiest way to stand out above the majority of people who always do the bare minimum that is asked of them.

10. Being Prepared

Preparation is an excellent way to demonstrate work ethic, effort, passion and going the extra mile. Walking into a situation knowing you’re fully prepared for anything that might happen also works wonders for your body language and confidence.

By Wayne Duggan , Benzinga Staff Writer (the original post is here) – slightly edited by Mark Cole for a Christian perspective

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A Simple Way To Spend 45 Minutes A Day With The Lord


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There is nothing more important than spending regular time with the Lord.

In John 15, Jesus said:

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (4, 5)

Reading the Bible

I have to have my devotions first thing in the day or I get too distracted. Find a time that works best for you and try to establish a consistent habit. Give this little system (or some variation of it) a try and you will find you can easily spend 45 minutes with the Lord. If this seems like too much start with one small part but try to do it every day. For example, try to read the Bible five minutes a day. It may not seem like much, but if you do it consistently you will really benefit from it. Ok, here’s an easy way to spend 45 minutes a day with the Lord:

5 minutes – Scripture memorization
20 minutes – Read or listen to 3 chapters of the Bible
5 minutes – Write things you’re thankful for
15 minutes – Pray

Ok, let’s elaborate:

5 minutes – Scripture memorization. There are many ways to reach memorize scripture. You can listen to scripture set to music (e.g. Hide the Word). Or write down a Scripture on one side of a 3 x 5 card and the reference on the back. A good way to memorize is to focus first on key phrases rather than every word. For example, Ephesians 3:20-21 says:

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,  forever and ever. Amen.

Here are the six key phrases:

far more abundantly
ask or think,
power at work
glory in the church
Christ Jesus
throughout all generations

Focus on key phrases first. As you do, the other words will fall into place. Spend 5 minutes at the beginning of your devotions reviewing a scripture or two. If you do this every day, it won’t be long before you will have a lot of scriptures memorized.

20 minutes: Read (or listen to) 3 chapters of the Bible. At 3 chapters a day, you read almost the whole Bible in a year (there are 1189 chapters in the Bible. If you divide this by 365 it comes out to 3.26 chapters a day). There are a couple of chapters of names of ancestors and allotments of land to Israel’s tribes which you could skip if you want to listen to the whole Bible in a year.

5 minutes: Write things you’re thankful for. I use a moleskin journal and a nice fountain pen and write a single page of things I’m thankful for. I write it out in prayer form, e.g., Lord Jesus, thank you for another day. Thank you for the gift of sleep, and for your protection during the night, etc.

15 minutes: Pray. Often I use prayers I’ve written out in various categories, e.g. my family, God’s kingdom come, our nation, the persecuted church, etc. I may pray for one or two categories a day. Though I don’t restrict myself to using my written prayers, I’ve found that by referring to them it helps keep me on track. I hope to elaborate more on this in a future blog post.

There you go. Devise your own plan and try to make it a habit. Again, start small if 45 minutes seems too long. Spend 1 minute on a Scripture, read 5 minutes, etc. The key is to try to be consistent. Nothing satisfies or yields more joy than spending time with Jesus.

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.

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30 Great Rules For Preachers

I recently read a great list, by Brian Houston of Hillsong Church, on the rules he gives to his preaching teams. There is a lot of wisdom in these points. Enjoy and be challenged!

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Every message…

1. IS POSITIVE.
Don’t preach to an individual—using the platform to get a personal message across to an individual is cowardly and blesses no one.

2. IS IN LINE WITH OUR BELIEF.
Don’t contradict basic fundamentals and doctrine. Make sure you know what they are BEFORE you take the platform.

3. HAS A SET TIME LIMIT.
Hillsong Church typically has a 35-minute time limit on messages. Be a good steward of people’s time. Be reliable. You can do a lot of waffling in 60 minutes! You are entrusted as a steward of the platform you are on—the moment you go over time, you are outside of your authority!

4. MUST BE PROVEN IN THE BIBLE.
If you can’t prove it, don’t say it. The platform is not for your opinions, it is God’s Word that matters. Every Scripture reference must be in context and within the tenure of Scripture = credibility and respect.

5. MANY HOURS OF PRAYER, MEDITATION, PREPARATION & FAMILIARIZATION.
All four are important: 1) What is God saying? 2) Think things through. 3) Get the structure as polished as you can—it must impact. 4) Be familiar with your message so you get it across clearly and effectively.

6. CHECKED FOR OVERUSE OF “I.” 
It is not about you. People will see through a self-focused message and it doesn’t build others.

7. FOCUSED ON HELPING, NOT IMPRESSING.
Joyce Meyer once made a comment that really helped me with this, after I had asked her if she ever gets nervous? She said: “I never think about myself, I just think about helping people.” This attitude will keep your focus on course.

8. REINFORCING—NEVER CONTRADICTING—OUR CULTURAL VALUES.
Wherever you are speaking, you must respect the cultural values of that platform. Encourage the congregation to engage with what is local and relevant.

9. FROM A NEW TESTAMENT PERSPECTIVE.
By all means, use the Old Testament, but always through the lens of the New Covenant of grace—through the cross of Christ. Otherwise we are in danger of preaching law and condemnation rather than building people up.

10. A REFLECTION OF THE LIFE YOU ARE LIVING, NOT JUST THE SERMON YOU ARE PREACHING.
Be authentic. The best messages come out of our own struggles and journeys. People sense authenticity as well as a lack of it. No matter how professional or eloquent you are as a speaker, you won’t build anything into people’s lives if you lack authenticity.

11. A REFLECTION OF YOUR PERSONALITY, NOT AN IMITATION OF SOMEONE ELSE.
This was one of the hardest lessons for me to learn but one of the most important. You’ll always be your best if you are being yourself—it’s not about being perfect or about a certain ‘style.’ Be your best self and don’t use this freedom as an excuse to support rebellion or negativity.

12. AFFECTS PEOPLE’S MONDAYS, NOT JUST SUNDAY.
In other words, your message needs to be applicable to people’s daily lives. The greatest compliment someone who is doing well in life can give me is to say, “All I’ve ever done is to take the principles that have been taught in church and put them into practice.” I love hearing that sort of testimony!

13. NOT STRAYING INTO THINGS YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.
Stay within your boundaries. Keep learning, but don’t preach outside your understanding. Stick to what you know but also continue to grow in what you know and in your knowledge of the Word. 1 Timothy 3 in The Message says of the leader, “He must know what he is talking about.” Preparation is a discipline.

14. REFLECTING WHAT WE ARE FOR, NOT AGAINST.
Remember, our lives should reflect what we are for and not just what we are against. Always preaching against things leaves people feeling downcast.

15. LEAVES PEOPLE FEELING BETTER ABOUT THEMSELVES THAN WHEN THEY CAME IN.
I intentionally approach every service by trying to create an encouraging environment. The world doesn’t input positive messages into people very much—between the newspaper and the television, people are starving for messages of hope and encouragement!

16. EASILY TRANSITIONED INTO AN ALTAR-CALL.
If people are being impacted and reached during your message, then the altar call moment will be a smoother and easier transition. (HOWEVER, you cannot let your confidence be measured by how many people get saved when you speak.)

17. NOTEWORTHY.
Are people taking notes? Make sure people understand what you are saying, that there is substance to it, and that you are not boring. Be compelling and helpful to people.

18. SEES HUMOR AS A BONUS, NOT THE GOAL.
Humor is a tool, but it is not the goal. If you are not good at being funny, don’t try. Any use of humor should serve the message—but never build your message around a funny story or joke.

19. PREACHED FROM NOTES YOU’D BE PROUD TO SHOW ME.
You should have some content in your notes: Key statements, scriptures, examples. Content—not neatness—is the goal. Your notes should reflect the hard work you’ve put in.

20. EXALTS JESUS AND BRINGS GLORY TO GOD.
Be deliberate about this. “God” means many things to many people, so ensure you are presenting Jesus. People don’t need motivational speeches, they need the Word of God and AN EMPHASIS ON Jesus Christ.

21. REFLECTS YOUR LEVEL OF AUTHORITY.
Speak within your sphere of authority, not outside of your credibility. Unless you have the right credibility or platform to confront and challenge people, then don’t. It is always better to encourage people.

22. PROJECTS CONFIDENT HUMILITY.
Minimize “I,” “me” and “my.” Be confident, not weak or false. I know who I am and that God has entrusted me with the platform. I know I belong here, but at the same time, I recognize I didn’t earn the right and I am accountable to Him for how I handle it. It’s about bringing glory to God—keep the main thing the main thing.

23. COMBINES FAITH WITH TRANSPARENCY.
It’s not about exposing and highlighting our strengths and weaknesses, but balancing these examples to enhance the message—our weakness or strength is not the message. It’s not about being ashamed of the blessing, but people benefit more from understanding the journey and challenges that you had to overcome to get there. People relate to and learn more from your struggles—don’t present yourself as perfect. Conversely, don’t be negative and down all the time—people need to be encouraged in their faith; they want to listen to an overcomer.

24. TELLING NOT JUST WHAT, BUT HOW.
It’s more challenging to tell people how to outwork the principles we teach. I remember early in my ministry a man came up to me after I preached on loving God with all your heart, soul and strength and he said, “I want to do that, but how do I do it?” It’s easy to tell people what they should do but more challenging to tell them how.

25. LEFT BEHIND ON MONDAY.
Don’t do post-mortems or beat yourself afterwards…AND be careful not to get too full of how great you think you were. Time moves on. Be good at walking away.

26. FOCUSED AS MUCH ON DELIVERY AS CONTENT.
If you aren’t good at communicating your message, then no matter how good the content is, it will get lost on people. Say it in a way that best connects with the hearts of people.

27. AWARE OF A GREATER AUDIENCE THAN THE ROOM.
The days are long gone when the possibility of being recorded in one form or another is absent—whether by individuals on phones or corporately on cameras or sound-systems. Even though you may be speaking to church family, you have to remember your message will more than likely go beyond the family—so nothing is entirely safe in that sense. Filter everything you say through this reality.

28. LISTENED TO OR WATCHED BY YOU.
Ask for a copy of your message for review and don’t worry about appearing proud by asking—it’s a necessary part of growing as a speaker. Get used to how you sound and get past the ‘cringe-factor.’ By observing and listening to yourself, you will notice habits and other distractions that you can fix. Learn to love the way you sound—if you don’t, no one else will.

29. HELPING PEOPLE OVERCOME AND BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT THEM.
Without exception. Remind people about what God says about them—there’s a lot of opposition in the world and you have an opportunity to lift people up and speak life to them—maximize it.

30. ABLE TO STAND ALONE IN A NEWSPAPER.
Every message should include points that would stand alone in the newspaper. For example, years ago I wrote a book with a controversial title. I was young at the time and thought it was a great idea to use a controversial title. But as Hillsong’s profile (and my own profile grew), I may as well have drawn a bullseye on my forehead. It became fodder for journalists wanting to criticize its content. Let’s assume everything you say is quotable and can be published in a newspaper—how does it stand then? Think about how would you sound without your spirit and physical presence on it—quoted in black and white?

Always take responsibility for what you say and never assume anything. It is an enormous responsibility that we have when it comes to carrying the message of Jesus Christ to this world. Ignorance is never an excuse, so decide today that you are done with excuses. Apply wisdom and understanding to the message on your life and the platform you have been given—and the potential and influence on your life will continue to grow and extend well ‘above and beyond.’

The original post is here.

Brian Houston

In 1983, Brian saw a need in Sydney’s north-western suburbs for a contemporary, life-filled, Bible-based church, and started Hills Christian Life Centre in the Baulkham Hills Public School hall on Sunday 14 August 1983 with just 45 people. It is now Hillsong Church, which comprises four major worship centers (Baulkham Hills, Waterloo, Southwest and Brisbane) plus a citywide network of connect groups, extension services across the city, and growing congregations in New York, London, Kiev, Cape Town, Paris, Stockholm and Moscow.

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Worship Rehearsal Checklist

Solid prep work is essential for excellent rehearsals. Here is an extensive check-list to help you with many of the details.

Worship Rehearsal Checklist

A) Pre-Rehearsal Checklist (1-3 weeks ahead)

  1. Pray about the worship list. Ask God what He wants.
  2. Are there any special events happening this week? (communion, water baptism, etc.)
  3. If you have multiple leaders: Contact them and work on the set list.
  4. Are these the best songs? (12 Keys To Picking Great Songs For Worship)
  5. Are these the best keys for the songs, leader(s) and congregation?
  6. Do these songs flow well? Is this the best order for the songs?
  7. Is there a good balance of fast, medium & slow songs.
  8. Double-check all the charts: Are all the chords and words correct?
  9. Write or buy any charts for new songs. (Worship Charts: 7 Keys To A Great Rehearsal)
  10. Are there transposed capo parts for the acoustic guitar player?
  11. Are all the tempos correct? Have you marked them on the music?
  12. When do the players come in and when do they sit out?
  13. What are the vocal parts for the songs?
  14. Sing through all the vocal parts to make sure they work.
  15. Are all the team members confirmed for that rehearsal?
  16. Have all the players and singers been sent the list and charts?
  17. Have you asked the individual players to work on the solo parts and harder sections?
  18. Do all the players have access to a recording of the version you want to do?
  19. Are all the church owned instruments working and in good order?
  20. Do the tech people have all the details and words?
  21. Have you rehearsed and memorized the songs?

B) Mid-Week Rehearsal Checklist

  1. Clean-up the stage from last Sunday
  2. Set-up for this Sunday
  3. Have all the charts ready (either put on stands or have the players bring their own)
  4. Determine the flow of the rehearsal (10 Keys To Improving Your Rehearsal)
  5. What song are you rehearsing first?
  6. Arrive early for rehearsal
  7. Greet the team members as they arrive
  8. Start on time
  9. Pray
  10. Sound-check
  11. Keep the flow of the rehearsal going
  12. Be ready for extra rehearsal for trouble spots
  13. Encourage excellence
  14. Encourage memorization (9 Keys To Memorizing Music For Worship)
  15. Rebuke bad work ethic, unprepared players and/or bad attitudes.
  16. Listen to the whole band (Is everyone playing/singing in tune and in time?)
  17. Are the players and singers coming in and sitting out where necessary?
  18. Are there proper dynamics in the music?
  19. Is the soundman comfortable with the stage volume?
  20. Worship (Get past the music and worship God)
  21. Singers: drink lots of water
  22. Work on transitions between songs
  23. Remind the team of good stage presence
  24. Support team members practically and spiritually
  25. Have fun
  26. If time permits, run through the entire set again in order
  27. Make announcements: pertinent details for that week and upcoming events
  28. End on time
  29. Pray and spend time with the team
  30. Prep the stage for Sunday (clean-up any mess from the rehearsal)

C) Pre-Service Rehearsal Checklist

  1. Arrive early
  2. Set-up your gear, space and in-ear monitors
  3. Have water ready
  4. Greet team as they arrive
  5. Start on time
  6. Sound-check
  7. Pray
  8. Run-through songs and work on transitions
  9. Are the onscreen words correct?
  10. If time permits: re-run any new song or problem section
  11. Worship God – (Where Is Your Focus On Sunday Mornings?)
  12. Review intros, endings and transitions
  13. Encourage the team
  14. Review service order
  15. Pray

Is this list complete? Did I miss anything? What works for you? Do you have any questions about these points?

Check out my new book.. “Leading Worship ~ Notes from a Grand Adventure’ available in Kindle or Soft Cover Editions.  This is a great gift for the musician or worshipper in your life.

 

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7 Great Strategies For A New Leadership Position

Ron Edmonson is one of my favorite bloggers. Here is his great advice for starting in a new leadership position:

Whenever I enter a new position, I want to be strategic. The first couple years in my new position were challenging and fun at the same time. I met so many wonderful people, but there were more opportunities than time it seemed.

It has proven to be a great ministry assignment. I thank God for the opportunity.

Since beginning, I have been asked repeatedly what my strategy was for the opening days. If you know me at all, you know I’m pretty strategic.

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Here were 7 elements of my strategy for the beginning days:

1. Got to know key leaders

I tried to get to know the staff and key influencers in the church. I believe God uses the influence of others to build His church, so I wanted to know who I would be working with in the days to come. Think of it this way – if Moses was implementing the “Jethro method”, his primary energy would need to be communicating and investing in those leaders he enlisted to lead others. I used this approach. If I hoped to make any substantial changes, I knew I would need these influencers support.

2. Let people get to know me

For an introvert it was exhausting, but I was very visible in the early days. In fact, in my ministry I’m usually always very accessible, just as I am online.  I may not always be available but I can always be accessible. I wanted people to feel comfortable with me and trust my leadership, so I think they needed to see me frequently – even more so in the beginning days of my pastorate.

3. Set my initial vision

People wanted to know where I was going with my leadership. I set an initial 7 part vision for the people. I really wanted 3 or 4 initial initiatives, but I landed on 7 – because all these seemed important. They were all things I was passionate about implementing. Some got started faster than others – we are really just seeing a couple of them come to fruition – but the church seemed anxious to get behind all of them. And, just to be clear, I didn’t lead all of these initiatives, but I was the chief vision-caster for them.

4. Identified quick wins

I looked for some things I could immediately impact and change for good. These were things I believed everyone could agree with, didn’t require a lot of resources or long debates. There were a few minor paperwork nuisances which impacted staff morale that I changed immediately. For example: I invested energy in some areas of ministry which never received a lot of attention, but motivated people. I re-energized some areas the church had previously been excited about, but weren’t seeing much excitement about currently.

5. Did the unexpected

It seemed like such a small deal, but I roamed the balcony on Sunday mornings. It took a little more time, but it proved to be a big deal. I talked to the person who would be changing my slides on the screen prior to the service. This was a surprise to them. They said it had never happened before, but it proved to be a big deal. I roamed the halls of the offices during the day, walking into people’s offices, and allowing drop-ins to my office when I was available. All unexpected, but it brought very positive feedback.

6. Paced myself

I realized I’m only one person and although everyone wanted some of my time and there were more ideas than we could ever accomplish, I knew I would burnout if I didn’t pace myself. This meant I said no to some things – really many things. It wasn’t easy to say no to such eager people, for me or them, but I knew it would prove best in the end if I was able to last for the long run.

7. Moved slowly on the biggies

Being honest, there were some big items I knew I’d like to change immediately. I had enough prior experience, however, to know some changes are too big to launch quickly. I could have. I was in a honeymoon period. I could probably have “gotten away with them”, but the people didn’t really know me yet. I might have won a battle, but I would have lost the war. (To be clear, there wasn’t a battle – just using a cliché.)

Have you ever been the new leader or the new pastor? What advice do you have?

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Mission To India Update

I want to give an update and say thanks for your prayers and support with my India Mission. The response has been exciting to see and with the help of so many, 90% of the funds have come in and the airline tickets and visas have been purchased.

On May 30th (less than 3 weeks away), my son, Josh and I will be heading off to work with Christo and Sarah Emmanuel in their church in Chennai (the 4th largest city in India). We will be teaching seminars on leading worship, developing a worship band, giving private lessons on numerous instruments, doing concerts, judging a ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest (designed to introduce non-Christians to the church) and preaching.

I am sending out this last post to ask if you could help us in raising the remaining funds. We will be also be bringing a keyboard for the church that was purchased with the help of Brent Cantelon and I also hope to bring a bass guitar if sufficient funds come in.

Thanks in advance for your giving and prayer.

For a tax-deductible receipt please send a check to:

C3 Church 

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10 Ways To Eliminate Spiritual Uncertainty

By Perry Noble ~

#1 – Let what God says about you trump what other people say about you.  (Isaiah 43:1-3)  

#2 – Make the decision to build your life on God’s Word- even when it’s hard (Matthew 7:24-27)

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#3 – Take every single thing that has you stressed or freaked out, and imagine literally placing it in the hands of Jesus.  (I Peter 5:7)  

#4 – Ask for help when going through a difficult situation.  (Hebrews 10:24-25)  

#5 – Fight to believe that no matter how out of control the world seems, God is still in control and is using all things for His glory and our good.  (Romans 8:28)  

#6 – Memorize and apply II Corinthians 10:5!!!  

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

#7 – Ask yourself, “Have I REALLY trusted Jesus with my life…or are am I merely saying I have?” (Isaiah 29:13)  

#8 – Understand that nothing- NOTHING- can separate you from God’s love. (Romans 8:38-39)  

#9 – If there is a sin you are struggling with, tell someone you trust and then ask them to walk with you through it.  (James 5:16)

#10 – Understand that God made you on purpose, with a purpose and for a purpose…and that an abundant life comes from living IN that purpose. (Ephesians 2:8-10

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Keys To Living A Blessed Life

Our Bible Study group recently watched ‘The Blessed Life’ video series by Robert Morris from Gateway Church. Pastor Morris talks about the blessing of being a generous and giving person. Here are some of my take-a-ways from his teaching.

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  1. Being blessed means having supernatural power working for you.

You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: Your towns and your fields will be blessed. Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed. ~ Deuteronomy 28:1-6

2.  True giving comes from the heart—not from a legalistic mind.

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:7

3.  Giving is not a get-rich-quick scheme; it is a lay-down-your-life challenge.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. ~ Matthew 6:24

4.   A properly focused heart is more excited about giving generously than receiving.

Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do. ~ Deuteronomy 15:10

5.  Debt can hinder our giving. So be very careful about going into debt.

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. ~ Proverbs 22:7

7.  Give to the Lord first.

Honour the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. ~ Proverbs 3:9-10

8.  God wants us to be good stewards. We need to be faithful with what He gives us.

‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities.” ~ Matthew 25:21

9. God loves it when we give cheerfully not grudgingly 

 “God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8

10. True riches are souls. When all is said and done, our possessions don’t make it to heaven: only our souls and those we’ve won to the Lord.

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. ~ Matthew 6:19-21

 

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Where Each Instrument Fits In The Mix

By Kade Young

Most assume achieving a great mix is simply a matter of moving faders up and down. But, if you have been mixing for long, you know better.  You not only have to possess a wide array of technical knowledge, but you also need an understanding of where each instrument fits in the mix.

On top of this, every song is different.  If you feel overwhelmed with it all, you are not alone.  Good news is, once you understand where each instrument fits in the mix, it all becomes a whole lot easier.

Mixing Console worship

The Foundation: Bass Guitar & Kick Drum

A great mix is built upon a solid foundation.  The first thing you should listen for is the kick drum and bass guitar.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself to get these right:

  1. Are the kick and bass married together – or is one louder than the other?
  2. Is the energy in the room where you want it to be?  If not, you need more kick and bass (or maybe better subs).
  3. Are the kick and bass getting lost in the mix?  If so, bring them up as they should always be heard (they are the foundation after all).

It’s quite the phenomenon…it may seem like the electric guitar is too loud when the real problem is that the bass guitar is too quiet.  Bottom line, set your foundation first, then move on to the rest.

The Background: Instruments, Vocals, Toms & Cymbals

Most songs have one lead instrument and one lead vocal.  Lets consider everything else (other than the bass and kick) ‘background’.  After you have your foundation set, it is time to blend together your background instruments and vocals.

If you have a well-trained band, your background instruments will be playing in different areas of the frequency spectrum.  For example, your rhythm electric guitar will be filling up the lower mid-range with bar chords while the piano player is playing an arpeggiated pattern in the upper mid-range.  This makes it easy to fill up the full frequency spectrum with background instruments and vocals.

Bottom line, mix your background instruments, background vocals, toms and cymbals on about the same playing field.  Bring them up until they are audible and then dial back a bit until they blend with the rest of the mix.

The Foreground: Lead Instrument & Snare

Songs generally have one lead instrument (occasionally you will have two). For example, on the song Wake by Hillsong Young and Free, the synth is the lead instrument whereas the lead instrument on Grace on Top of Grace by Fellowship Creative is the electric guitar.

To achieve a great mix, you must first pay attention to what the lead instrument is in a specific song.  Then, mix it right on top of the background instruments/vocals.

The snare drum should also sit right on top of the background instruments and vocals.  A lot of energy in music comes from the kick and snare combined, so it is important to have these mixed right.

On the Top: Lead Vocal

Last but not least, it is time to bring up your lead vocal until it sits on top of everything else.  One of the most irritating things for the congregation is when they can’t understand the lead vocal – so, work hard to make sure this doesn’t happen.

If you have a hard time keeping your lead vocal above the mix, check out this post: How to Make Lead Vocals Sound Amazing.

The original post is here.

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My Top Adventures

I love the adventure of following God and seeing where that leads. The Bible promises that: “If you trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding, He will direct your path.” I have trusted in that promise since I was 18 years old.

Years ago, I surrendered my life to the Lord and told Him I would go where He wanted me to go, do what He wanted me to do and say what He wanted me to say. I was recently reminded of all the great places that I have been blessed to have travelled to and the great doors that God has opened for me. Jesus said it this way:

“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” – Matthew 10:39 NLT

Here are various lists, goals and dreams from my journey so far. They are my way of giving tribute and thanks to God for all He has done. Every good thing in my life is from the Lord. He is so faithful!

How many of these places have you visited? What common interests and activities do we share? What adventures is God challenging you to do?

God Adventures 2

  • * already done
  • The unnumbered ones, with no dates, are adventures that I still want to do

Family List

  1. Marry an amazing godly Christian wife* 1983
  2. See my kids have a personal relationship with Jesus* 1990’s
  3. Take my wife & children on ministry trips to Africa, Asia & Europe* 1987-present
  4. Take my kids to Disneyland & Disney World* 1992 & 1998
  5. Take my kids on sailing trips* (San Juan Islands & Gulf Islands) 1997
  6. Take my son to Legoland in Denmark* 2005
  7. Take my daughter on U.S. ministry trips* (Louisiana & St. Thomas) 2004, 2006
  8. Help my kids get their university degrees* 2000-2010
  9. See my kids marry awesome Christian, godly spouses* 2006 & 2011
  10. Vacation with my kids & grandkids in Italy* 2015
  11. Take my son on a ministry trip to India* 2016
  • Pray for my kids and grandkids to be mightily used by God
  • Take my grandkids on a hiking & camping trip.
  • Take my grandkids on a sailing trip
  • Vacation with my whole family on a Caribbean Cruise
  • Live to 100 years old. (Live a healthy lifestyle & be blessed of the Lord)
  • Have all my kids & grandkids live close by
  • Celebrate my 70th wedding anniversary with Anna (33rd anniversary so far)
  • Personally hold all my grandchildren & great-grandchildren in my arms (2 so far)

Education List

  1. Grade 5 Royal Conservatory Harmony Certificate* 1970
  2. Grade 8 Royal Conservatory Piano Certificate* (with honours) 1973
  3. Moody Music Student Of The Year Award* 1973
  4. Bachelor of Music Degree (minor in English)* (UBC-Vancouver) 1979
  5. Read the Bible cover-to-cover yearly* 1981-present
  6. Write and publish a book* (Leading Worship: Notes From A Grand Adventure) 2014

Music List

  1. Do a 5 month/9 country tour of Asia with Living Sound II* 1973-1974
  2. Play with Living Sound on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii* 1974
  3. Play with Living Sound in Poland with Cardinal Wojtyła/Pope John Paul II* 1974
  4. Perform in the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Poland* 1974
  5. Play on a cruise ship to South Africa* 1974
  6. Play with Living Sound & Nicky Cruz, Cape Town, South Africa* 1975
  7. Play a major concert tour of South Africa with Living Sound* 1975
  8. See the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall, New York* 1975
  9. Play with Living Sound in Jerusalem, Israel (with Kathryn Kuhlman)* 1975
  10. Play with Grammy Award winning artist: Andre Crouch* 1976
  11. See Tom Scott & the LA Express at the Hollywood Bowl* 1976
  12. Produce an album* (18 so far) 1977
  13. Play on a radio show* (Taipei, Taiwan) 1978
  14. Lead a worship band on a tour of Taiwan* 1978
  15. Music Director for Living Sound III* (US & Europe Tour) 1981-1982
  16. Choir & Orchestra Conductor, Glad Tidings Church, Vancouver, B.C. 1982-1984
  17. Write music for an orchestra* (200+ arrangements) 1982 – present
  18. Produce a musical* (20+ so far) 1983
  19. Produce & write the script and music for a Passion Play* (11 so far) 1983
  20. Chairman of Music for the Billy Graham Crusade in Vancouver* 1984
  21. Play with Grammy Award winning artist: Phil Driscoll* (California) 1984
  22. Go to the Montreal Jazz Festival* 1984 & 2015
  23. Watch a Broadway Musical* (10 so far) 1984-2003
  24. Conduct the African Children’s Choir 1st public performance*1984
  25. Worship Pastor, First Assembly, Calgary, Alberta* 1984-1988
  26. Take a youth choir to Vancouver Expo 86* 1986
  27. Take a worship band to Kenya (twice)* 1987 & 1992
  28. Go to Crystal Cathedral’s Easter Show* 1988
  29. Worship Pastor, Christian Life Assembly, Langley, BC* 1988-1994
  30. Watch an outdoor opera in Verona, Italy* (twice) 1990, 2004
  31. Watch the Puyallup Passion Play* (Washington State) 1991
  32. Conduct for Dove Nominated, Alvin Slaughter* 1992, 1998, 2008
  33. Take a worship team to Buenos Aries, Argentina* 1993
  34. Worship Pastor, Glad Tidings Church, Vancouver, B.C.*1994-1999
  35. Record my own CD* (6 so far) 1995
  36. Music Director for Canada Arise, Vancouver, BC* 1996-1999
  37. Founding Arranger for Praisecharts.com* 1998
  38. Play with Dove Award winner, Ron Kenoly* 1998
  39. Music Director for Promisekeepers* (Vancouver) 1998
  40. Play with Darlene Zschech & the Hillsong Worship Team* 1999
  41. Music Director for the International Worship Institute* 1997-2002
  42. Play with Dove Award winning worship leader, Paul Baloche* 2001-2002
  43. Lead a worship seminar in Kampala, Uganda at Watoto Church* 1998
  44. Travelling Worship Leader for Christlove Ministries* 2000-2006
  45. Record a live worship CD in Copenhagen, Denmark* 2003
  46. Visit Hillsong Church* (Sydney, Australia) 2004
  47. See an opera in the Sydney Opera House* 2004
  48. Lead a worship seminar in Adelaide, Australia* 2004
  49. Lead a worship seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark* 2005
  50. Watch jazz at the Blue Note Jazz Club, New York City* 2005
  51. Arranger & performer: Calgary Stampede* 2008, 2009
  52. Musical Arranger for ‘Heaven’s Rehearsal‘, Toronto* 2008
  53. Worship Pastor at Eastside City Church, Calgary, AB* 2008-2014
  54. Lead worship playing electric guitar* 2010
  55. Sell over one million dollars of music* (arrangements, songs & CD’s) 2000-2010
  56. Worship Consulting & Seminar in Singapore* 2011
  57. Attend the Willowcreek Arts & Worship Conference, Chicago* 2012
  58. Go to the Blues Festival in Chicago* 2012
  59. Conduct at the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede* (280,000 people) 2012
  60. Attend the Gateway Worship Conference, Dallas, Texas* 2012
  61. Lead a worship seminar in Haiti* 2013
  62. Attend the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Drumheller, Alberta* 2013
  63. Worship & Staff Consultant, C3 Church* (Calgary, AB) 2015-2016
  64. Watch an outdoor opera in Sicily* (Carmen – Teatro Antico di Taormina) 2015
  • Teach and train 1000’s of worship leaders and musicians all over the world
  • Write at top #100 CCLI worship song (top 2000 so far)
  • Write a sound track for a movie (I’ve done a couple of TV shows)
  • Take a band and play Christian music in Red China

Musical Instrument List

  1. Piano* (Grade 8 honors) 1965-1973
  2. Drums* (drummer for the first band I ever played in) 1970
  3. Alto Sax* (B. Music) 1979
  4. Tenor Sax* (B. Music) 1979
  5. Flute* (Minor – B. Music) 1979
  6. Soprano Sax* (B. Music) 1979
  7. Baritone Sax* (B. Music) 1979
  8. Clarinet* (Minor – B. Music) 1979
  9. Harmonica* (learnt from Don Moen) 1975
  10. Tambourine* (Living Sound) 1975
  11. Recorder* 1985
  12. Tin Whistle* 1986
  13. B-3 Organ* 1990
  14. Synthesizer* 1992
  15. Acoustic Guitar* 1994
  16. Piccolo* 2001
  17. Electric Rhythm Guitar* 2011
  18. Ukulele* 2015
  • Learn to play lead guitar

Air Travel List

  1. Fly in a helicopter* (New York-LGA to JFK) 1974
  2. Skydive* (5x’s in South Africa & Oklahoma) 1975
  3. Parasailing behind a boat* (Tampa, Florida) 1981
  4. Bungee jump off a bridge* (Nanaimo, BC) 1985
  5. Pilot an airplane* (Vancouver) 1985
  6. Fly around the world* (London, Nairobi, Calcutta, Bangkok, Taipei, Hong Kong, Vancouver) 1992

Animal Travel List

  1. Ride a horse* (Penticton) 1970
  2. Ride an ostrich* (South Africa) 1974
  3. Ride a donkey* (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) 1988
  4. Ride in a stage-coach* (Barkerville, BC) 1990
  5. Ride a camel* (Mombasa, Kenya) 1991
  6. Ride an Icelandic Horse* (Reykjavik, Iceland) 2006
  7. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage* (Old-City Rome) 2007
  8. Drive a dogsled team* (Canmore, AB) 2008
  9. Ride an elephant* (Phuket, Thailand) 2010
  10. Ride a water buffalo* (Thailand) 2010

Hiking/Climbing List

  1. Hike from Woodfibre to Salmon Inlet, BC* (3 days) 1970
  2. Hike down from Table Mountain* (1085m – Cape Town, SA) 1975
  3. Hike the Juan De Fuca Marine Trail* (5 days – 47km – Vancouver Island, BC) 1999
  4. Scramble – Cascade Mountain, Banff* (2998 metres-9835 ft) 2007
  5. Hike Black Tusk* (18km – Squamish, B.C.) 2006
  6. Hike & Jog Cinque Terra, Italy* (13 km) 2008
  7. Hike the Iceline Trail* (23km- Yoho National Park, BC) 2009
  8. Scramble – Fortress Mountain Hike* (22km – Kananaskis, AB) 2009
  9. Scramble – Yamnuska, AB* (2240 metres-7349 ft) 2010
  10. Hike the West Coast Trail* (7 days – 70km – Vancouver Island, BC) 2010
  11. Do the ‘Grouse Grind‘ in under 60 min* (West Vancouver, BC -853 metres/2,800 feet) 2010
  12. Scramble – Temple Mountain, Lake Louise* 3543 m (11,624 ft) 2011
  13. Hike the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska & Yukon* (5 days – 53km) 2012
  14. Ha Ling Peak, Canmore, Canada* (2407 metres-7896 ft) 2014

Land Transportation List

  1. Take a train across Canada* (Vancouver-Ottawa, 4441 km/2759 miles) 1967
  2. Ice-Buggy Glacier ride – Columbia Icefield, Canada* 1970
  3. Drive to Tijuana, Mexico from Vancouver, Canada* (2276 km/1414 miles) 1971
  4. Ride the cable cars in San Fransisco* 1972
  5. Ride in a bicycle rickshaw in Bangkok, Thailand* 1974
  6. Take a bus from Cape Town, SA to Salisbury, Rhodesia* (2518 km/1565 miles) 1974
  7. Take the Blue Train* (Johannesburg to Cape Town, 1398 km/869 miles) 1975
  8. Take a bus across the US* (New York-Los Angeles, 4518 km/2808 miles) 1975
  9. Take a train from Vancouver to Los Angeles* (2058 km/1279 miles) 1977
  10. Do a 3 day motorcycle trip* (mountains of Taiwan) 1978
  11. Take a train from Nairobi to Mombassa* (Kenya) 1991
  12. Motorhome vacation* (Vancouver Island, BC) 1999
  13. Quading in Mexico* (Cabo) 2003
  14. Go snowmobiling in the mountains* (Whistler, BC) 2004
  15. Ride the subway in New York City, London, Paris and Singapore* 2001-2012
  16. Drive from Rome, Italy to Avignon, France and to Barcelona, Spain* 2010

Water Travel List

  1. Water ski* (Deep Cove, BC) 1969
  2. Surf in Hawaii* 1970
  3. Cliff dive* (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico & Hot Springs, AR) 1974
  4. Canoe trip* (Arkansas River) 1975
  5. Body surf* (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) 1975
  6. Swim in the Dead Sea, Israel* 1975
  7. Snorkel in Cape Town, South Africa* 1976
  8. Do a ‘180’ on trick skis* (Lake Samish, WA) 1977
  9. Barefoot water ski* (Lake Samish, WA) 1978
  10. River-raft the rapids of the Thompson River, BC* 1979
  11. Ride a hovercraft across the English Channel* 1981
  12. Sail a Hobie Cat Sailboat with trapeze* (Florida) 1982
  13. Windsurfing* (Penticton, BC) 1984
  14. Scuba dive* (Hawaii & Mexico) 1985
  15. Get my sailboat captain certification* (Vancouver) 1988
  16. Captain a sailboat* (B.C., Washington & British Virgin Islands) 1989-2001
  17. Houseboat* (5x’s-Shuswap Lakes, BC) 1990-1995
  18. Go deep-sea tuna & swordfish fishing in Mazatland, Mexico* 1993
  19. Ride a gondola in Venice, Italy* 1994
  20. Hydrofoil boat ride from Naples to Capri, Italy* 1994
  21. Jet Ski* (Shuswap Lake) 1995
  22. Salmon fishing* (Bamfield, BC – 25 lb. Salmon) 1997
  23. Sea-kayak in the Gulf Islands, B.C. Canada* 1998
  24. Zodiac whale watching trip* (Tofino, BC) 1999
  25. Overnight ferry ride from Finland to Sweden* 2005
  26. Yacht vacation – Princess Louisa Inlet* 2007
  27. Ride in a submarine* (Barbados) 2008
  28. Cave Tubing* (Belize) 2014
  • Get my scuba diving certification (Scuba diving twice but not certified yet)
  • Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef (Australia)

Favourite Beach List

  1. Daytona Beach, Florida* 1965
  2. Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, Canada* 1968
  3. Okanagan Lake Beach, Penticton, BC, Canada* 1969, 1971,
  4. Waikiki Beach, Hawaii* 1970, 1972, 1974, 1983, 1985
  5. Seaside Beach, Oregon* 1971, 2006
  6. Tanjung Bungah Beach, Penang, Malaysia* 1974
  7. Subic Beach, Philippines* 1974
  8. Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa* 1975
  9. Gonubie Beach, East London, South Africa* 1975
  10. Addington Beach, Durban, South Africa* 1975
  11. Jerusalem Beach, Tel Aviv, Israel* 1975
  12. Jericho Beach, Vancouver, Canada* 1977
  13. Sand Key Park, Clear Water, Florida* 1981
  14. Blackpool Sands Beach, Devon, England* 1981
  15. Playa El Salado, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico* 1988
  16. Newport Beach, California, USA*1990
  17. Playa del Amor, Cabo, Mexico* 1993, 2001, 2003
  18. Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil* 1994
  19. The Baths, British Virgin Islands* 1995
  20. Long Beach, Vancouver Island, BC* 1997
  21. Mindanao Beach, Philippines* 1998
  22. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia* 2003
  23. Magens Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands* 2004
  24. Destin Beach, Florida* 2005
  25. Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida* 2013
  26. Wards Island Beach (Toronto Islands), Ontario, Canada* 2013
  27. Miami Beach, Florida* 2014
  28. Roatan Beach, Honduras* 2014
  29. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas* 2014
  30. Condofuri Beach, Calabria, Italy* 2015

Cruising List

  1. Southampton, England to Cape Town, SA: 10 days: Castle Lines* 1974
  2. Cape Town, SA to Canary Islands: 8 days: Castle Lines* 1975
  3. LA-Puerto Vallarta: 7 days: Carnival (10th Anniversary)* 1993
  4. Puerto Rico to Aruba: 10 days: Celebrity (25th Anniversary)* 2008
  5. Fort Lauderdale to Jamaica: 5 days: Carnival (30th Anniversary)*2013
  6. Miami to Belize: 7 days: Carnival (31st Anniversary)* 2014
  7. Miami to Bahamas: 7 days: Carnival (31st Anniversary)* 2014
  • Cruise the Panama Canal
  • Mediterranean Cruise (Istanbul-Egypt)
  • Take an Alaskan cruise

Sports List

  1. Snow ski in the Canadian Rockies* (Banff, Lake Louise & Whistler) 1970-to present
  2. Go Caving* (Cango Caves, South Africa) 1975
  3. Snow-ski in Sweden* 1975
  4. Run the 10 km Vancouver Sun Run* 2001-2003
  5. Snowboard* (Switzerland & British Columbia) 2005-2007
  6. Attend the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament (London, England)* 2005
  7. Road Bike from Calgary to Bragg Creek return* (70 km) 2007
  8. Do an overnight cross-country ski trip* (3x’s:Banff, Bow Hut, Asulkan Hut) 2007-2010
  9. Finish a Sprint Triathlon* (Calgary – Swim-750m, Bike-20km, Run-5km) 2010
  10. Snow Shoe to Arnica Lake* (11-km, Banff, AB) 2009
  11. Mountain Bike the Elbow Loop (2x’s)* (44 km – Kananaskis, AB) 2009-2011
  12. Bike the Lachine Canal in Montreal* 2011
  13. Win the 3.0 Oakridge Tennis Club Championship* 2012
  14. Watch a Blue Jays game in Toronto* 2014
  15. Attend Rogers Cup Tennis in Toronto* 2014
  16. Bicycle from Jasper to Canmore: 320 km* 2014
  17. Become a 4.0 Tennis player* 2015
  18. Mountain Bike from Banff-Canmore return* (43 km – Rundle Riverside/Goat Creek Trail) 2015
  • Become a ‘C’ level Squash player (currently D+)
  • Do the STP Bicycle Ride (Seattle-Portland)

Museum, Historical & Zoo List

  1. Vancouver Aquarium* 1970
  2. San Diego Zoo* 1971
  3. Auschwitz, Poland* 1974
  4. Metropolitan Museum of Art* (New York) 1975
  5. British Museum* (London) 1975
  6. Smithsonian* (Washington, D.C.) 1975
  7. Holocaust Museum – Jerusalem* 1979
  8. Louvre (the ‘Mona Lisa’), Paris, France* 1982
  9. Pompidou Center – Paris* 1982
  10. Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Washington* 1984
  11. Butchart Gardens* (near Victoria, BC) 1987
  12. Royal London Wax Museum* (Victoria, BC) 1987
  13. Vatican Museum – Italy* 1988
  14. Colosseum, Rome, Italy* 1988
  15. Calgary Zoo* 1989
  16. SeaWorld, San Diego, California* 1992
  17. Accademia (Statue of David)* (Florence, Italy) 1999
  18. Disney Animal Kingdom* (Florida) 2004
  19. Tower of London* 2005
  20. Night Safari, Singapore* 2010
  21. Pompeii, Italy* 2011

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World Travel List (maps)

  • Visit all 50 US States* finished 1984
  • Visit all 10 Canadian provinces and 3 territories (6 Provinces. & 1 Territory. so far)
  • Visit 100 countries (67 so far)
  • Visit all 7 continents (only Antarctic left)
  • Visit the top 25 major capitals of Europe (20 so far-Prague, Budapest, Dublin, Moscow, Lisbon are still left to do)
  1. Drive thru Redwood National Park, USA* 1970
  2. Celebrate Christmas in Hong Kong* 1973
  3. Visit Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia* 1974
  4. Walk thru Stonehenge* (England) 1974
  5. Celebrate my 20th birthday in Salisbury, Rhodesia* 1974
  6. Dance the ‘Hora’ in an Israeli Kibbutz* 1975
  7. Go on safari in Africa* (3x’s-Kenya & South Africa) 1975, 1987, 1991
  8. Jog around the Old City of Jerusalem* 1977
  9. Dine on a floating restaurant in Hong Kong* 1978
  10. Have dinner at the top of the Seattle Space Needle* 1983
  11. Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park* 1983
  12. Visit the West Edmonton Mall, Alberta, Canada* (largest mall) 1986
  13. Visit the “Christ The Redeemer’ statue* (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) 1991
  14. Visit the ‘Mercy Mission’ (Mark & Hulda Buntain) in Calcutta, India* 1992
  15. Visit Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, Italy* 1993
  16. Walk across Ponte Vecchio, in Florence, Italy* 1995
  17. Visit the source of the Nile* (Lake Victoria, Uganda) 2001
  18. Climb the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica* (Rome, Italy) 2001
  19. Visit Kronborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark* 2001
  20. Walk up the Eiffel Tower* (Paris, France) 2002
  21. See the ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa* (Italy) 2003
  22. Climb the dome of St. Paul’s* (London, England) 2003
  23. Take Anna to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark* 2003
  24. Go to the top of the Empire State Building* (New York City) 2004
  25. Swim in the volcanic hot pools of Iceland* (Blue Lagoon) 2004
  26. Visit the Tower of London* (England) 2005
  27. Visit Edinburgh Castle* (Scotland) 2005
  28. Walk thru Piazza Del Campo, Sienna, Italy* 2005
  29. Walk across the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland* 2006
  30. Visit the Schoenbrunn Castle in Vienna, Austria* 2006
  31. Walk thru Central Park in New York* 2006
  32. Visit the windmills in Amsterdam* (Holland) 2007
  33. Tour the Atomium, Brussels* 2007
  34. Visit Windsor Castle, England* 2007
  35. Tour Berlin, Germany by bicycle* 2008
  36. Visit the Papel Palace, Avignon, France* 2010
  37. See La Sagrada Familia church, Barcelona, Spain* 2010
  38. Go to the top of the CN Tower (Toronto, Canada)* 2011
  39. Go to the top of Mount Etna, Sicily* (active volcano) 2012
  • See the ‘Aurora Borealis’ (Northern Lights) in northern Canada
  • Visit ‘Petra’ (Jordan)
  • Go to Churchill, Manitoba to see the polar bear migration.
  • Visit Red Square (Moscow)
  • Visit St Petersburg (Russia)
  • Visit the Pyramids (Egypt)
  • Visit the ‘Taj Mahal’ (India)
  • Walk the ‘Great Wall Of China’
  • Take a trip to Antarctica

Following God List

  1. Follow God: be water baptized & filled with the Holy Spirit* 1968
  2. Go into full-time ministry* 1973-present
  3. Play at the largest church in the world: Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, Korea* 1973
  4. See 18,000 people accept Jesus in 3-1/2 weeks in Communist Poland* 1974
  5. Preach* (Vancouver) 1976-present
  6. Read the whole Bible* (35 x’s so far) 1981-present
  7. Lead worship playing keys* (Calgary) 1985-present
  8. See 368 people water baptized in one year (over one per day)  at Christian Life Assembly* (Langley, BC) 1992
  9. Do a 40 day fast* (Vancouver & Philippines) 1998
  10. See 15,000 people accept Jesus in 1 week in Copenhagen, Denmark* 2000
  11. Personally see a real miracle* (Copenhagen, Denmark) 2000 ~ MarkCole.ca – ‘The Coolest Miracle I Have Personally Seen
  12. Personally healed of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome* (Denmark) 2004
  13. Lead my neighbour to the Lord* 2005
  14. Play at the largest church in England: Kingsway International Christian Centre* 2006
  15. Lead worship playing acoustic guitar* (Calgary) 2009
  16. Visit the largest church in North America: Lakewood Church, Houston, Texas* 2012
  17. Lead the ‘Alpha Course’ and see people saved and water-baptized* (Calgary) 2010-2012
  • Personally see over million people come to Jesus (over 350,00 so far)

…. and any other adventures that God brings my way!

The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Jesus ~ Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.. and all these things will be added you..

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