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The Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation on which this global fellowship of Christians is based. Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God slain before the foundations of the World. Because of the fall of Adam and Eve in Eden man kind was separated from God because of sin and disobedience. Jesus the God Man died and shed his blood so an Atonement could be made to take our sins away. When we accept Christ as our Savior He takes our sins away and comes into our hearts. When Christ comes into your spirit He changes you from the inside out, our sin is washed away forever. We then walk in the principles of His Word and have fellowship with Christ and the Father. We now have reason to fellowship with one another and proclaim salvation through His life and resurrection. We place great emphasis on teaching the bible in public, studying in private and using it as a guide for our daily lives. The Word Of God is our all sufficient rule of our faith. We encourage Christian growth by abiding in Jesus Christ through His word, prayer and fellowship and by yielding our lives to the Holy Spirit. Our endeavor is to show a Christ-like love to all men, and we feel it should be exhibited in our lives through our words as well as our actions. Our goal is to develop the ministry of every member to the benefit of all. We feel we are held accountable to help people connect with Jesus Christ and experience the gift of eternal life.

History Of Higher Praise
HigherPraise.com and HigherPraiseTube.com began in 1999 and was a resource for church members of our church Higher Praise Christian Center we needed a directory for the worship team and for the sermons preached in HPCC it started as a small resource network with audio sermons, software, sermon outlines, illustrations, audio Bible, videos, graphics and Sunday school lessons chord charts and lyrics . Years ago when HP was started there was no resource of chord charts and lyrics of christian music for the nations none for the poor countries of the world. Christians in the 3rd World could now get resources for Church services, ministry projects and to promulgate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We found that Christians were now wanting to share their outlines, new songs audio sermons chord charts and home videos to the World through the Internet and chose higher praise to do. Since then, God has been gracious, the Lord has opened doors, the resources, social networking has reached up to 8 million page views a monthly through our ministry web sites and interactive file sharing community and has gone into almost all communist countries. It is some what like a bird that has gone on a long journey looking for life and has flown to every nation of the world, going so far that it is now impossible to track where it is going. It is nice to receive reports from places where the Internet was not known to even exist. HigherPraise reaches into China, Vietnam, the Middle East, Malaysia and to persicuted believers, reach as many as you can for Christ, it is harvest time. HigherPraiseTube.com has been a blessing for so many ministries let us reach the lost for Christ with this vehicle God has given. There has never been any items for sale or a cost or charges to use HP.. We do this to help those in poor 3rd. World countries, the Lord willing we will continue to do this. Kindly upload your videos and use the embedded URL to add videos to your web sites. If you have spiritual needs and are in need of prayer you can go to this link for prayer http://www.higherpraise.com/PrayerFor.htm
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Worship Cafe Welcome to Worship Cafe

Worship Goals With Eternal Value

Take a minute more now and let’s talk about some goals with eternal value. A goal that will stand the test of time and eternity. John 4:23 is a familiar scripture when discussing the topic of worship. Jesus is speaking to the woman at the well and telling her that the Father is seeking those that will worship in spirit and truth. True worshipers. Right here I believe that God shares with us as worship leaders and team members the only goal that is important to the Father in the area of worship.

Let’s look at what the scripture says: John 4:23 (amplified)
'A time will come, however, indeed is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers. 24: God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).'

Our goal is to become true worshipers and reproduce true worshipers. All of the other things we mentioned, the physical and technical aspects are also something that we should give attention to I believe because they will produce excellence. I believe that people are drawn to excellence and enjoy being a part of something that has quality.

However, we should not look at people as a tool to fulfill those areas we mentioned before. Instead use those areas of sound and skill and ability to give us opportunity to develop worshipers.

Focus on finishing the people through the work, not finishing the work through the people. A true worshipper is to be able to say 'Blessed be the name of the Lord, the Lord is God. He is my fortress, my shield; in Him will I trust. He will not fail me or leave me. Regardless of what I see around me, in Him I will trust'.
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Advent Christian Cathedral Church Channel Recorded Services at the Advent Christian Cathedral, Hollywood, FL.
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Praise Adonai I am featuring Paul Wilbur
Paul Wilbur is a recording artist and the founder of Wilbur Ministries. Paul is an Integrity Music recording artist. His team travels throughout the United States and the world sharing the love of God through Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.

Wilbur Ministries is an international music ministry that focuses in 5 areas:

Practicing the presence of God in times of personal and corporate praise and worship
Preaching the Gospel through music and the spoken word to all peoples
Training and instructing in the Word of God to bring believers into a better understanding of who they serve
Demonstrating the prophetic fulfilling of the 'One New Man' principle
Bringing the revelation of Israel, its people, and its roots in the believer's life as a primary foundation to his/her identity
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Higher Praise Guest Sermons higherpraise.com/InspirationalBibleGuest.htm History Of Higher Praise
HigherPraise.com and HigherPraiseTube.com began in 1999 and was a resource for church members of our church Higher Praise Christian Center we needed a directory for the worship team and for the sermons preached in HPCC it started as a small resource network with audio sermons, software, sermon outlines, illustrations, audio Bible, videos, graphics and Sunday school lessons chord charts and lyrics . Years ago when HP was started there was no resource of chord charts and lyrics of christian music for the nations none for the poor countries of the world. Christians in the 3rd World could now get resources for Church services, ministry projects and to promulgate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We found that Christians were now wanting to share their outlines, new songs audio sermons chord charts and home videos to the World through the Internet and chose higher praise to do. Since then, God has been gracious, the Lord has opened doors, the resources, social networking has reached up to 8 million page views a monthly through our ministry web sites and interactive file sharing community and has gone into almost all communist countries. It is some what like a bird that has gone on a long journey looking for life and has flown to every nation of the world, going so far that it is now impossible to track where it is going. It is nice to receive reports from places where the Internet was not known to even exist. HigherPraise reaches into China, Vietnam, the Middle East, Malaysia and to persicuted believers, reach as many as you can for Christ, it is harvest time. HigherPraiseTube.com has been a blessing for so many ministries let us reach the lost for Christ with this vehicle God has given. There has never been any items for sale or a cost or charges to use HP.. We do this to help those in poor 3rd. World countries, the Lord willing we will continue to do this. Kindly upload your videos and use the embedded URL to add videos to your web sites. If you have spiritual needs and are in need of prayer you can go to this link for prayer http://www.higherpraise.com/PrayerFor.htm. My wife and I are Pastors and the founders of HigherPraiseTube.com and HigherPraise.com. We were both in the same College Graduating from CBA Ministry College and North West Bible College Ordained into the ministry and started preaching and leading worship teams in 1973.
We ministered the Gospel in crusades over seas, doing evangelism for 12 years to other countries and North America. In 1999 we founded Higher Praise Christian Center. Now their are many Higher Praise Churches all over the world. We started out small and God made it grow, Praise be to God
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Drums In Church Top 10 Things Every Church Drummer Must PRACTICE UNTIL YOU CAN’T GET IT WRONG

There’s a famous, but anonymous, quote I remember my high school baseball coach liked to tell players: Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong. And this doesn’t start/end during rehearsal. It always begins with you alone, “in the woodshed, working on your chops,” until the instrument and the song are as natural as breathing. It’s the foundation for a player truly being free to worship, as opposed to staring at a lead sheet, overthinking the next drum fill, which often leads to missing Point #2…

TRANSITIONS ARE DOORS THAT LEAD TO LIFE OR DEATH
Transitions are both within songs (i.e. intros, outros, chorus/verse turns, entrance/exit of the bridge, etc.) and between songs (i.e. going from a fast song to a slow song or vice versa). These are doorways that can make or break – even train wreck a worship set. Unless you’re playing to tracks, there’s a good chance tempos (Point #3), song arrangements, and transitions may fluctuate a bit from leader to leader and from team to team. This is what band rehearsals are for. When everyone in the band knows it’s “all in” at the top of a song, or “down 1st time” at the top of the bridge, and collectively they do these with authority, it genuinely brings a confidence to the song/set that can be felt from the congregation. Blowing those intros/transitions can bring a pain so great, you’ll want to climb into the kick drum and hide.

THE METRONOME IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Play to it when you practice. Play to it when you rehearse. Turn it on when you’re listening to music (using the “Tap Tempo” feature), especially when it’s the songs you’re preparing to play on Sunday. If you have an iPhone/iPad, the best app I’ve found is called Tempo. One of it’s best features for church drummers is that it allows you to share saved tempo markings/set lists via email, which is great if your church has more than one drummer. You’ll be surprised how much rehearsal time it saves if each drummer arrives already having tempos mapped out for the set. I highly recommend you also notify whoever keeps tabs on songs from week to week so they can mark that on all charts, just like the key of a song.

FOCUS ON THE LEADER
Keep a very sharp eye on the worship leader during rehearsal and also during the set – during rehearsal as he walks the band through each song, and during the set in case he wants to repeat a section or, in many cases, when he feels the need to vamp or “soak” in a particular moment. It’s easy for a drummer to zone out at rehearsal while the leader is working the background vocalists, but don’t let it happen to you. Stay dialed in. At a moment, he may be ready to pick it back up from the 2nd chorus leading into the bridge. You need to stay on the ready to arm the metronome – or “click” – and count everyone back in. I once heard a well-known touring/recording worship drummer say, “The drummer drives the bus, but the worship leader owns the bus.” Make sure you lead the way with confidence, but remember the leader is in charge.

ANTICIPATE, ANTICIPATE, ANTICIPATE
No doubt your leader has subtle and/or conspicuous cues – body language, subtle nods or even vocal pick ups – that give you a heads up where he’s headed. Learn them intimately… learn to anticipate those cues. Again, unless you’re playing to tracks, even following a chart/lead sheet hopefully leaves a little bit of room for the leader to truly lead the set as the Holy Spirit leads him. The better you are at focusing on what he’s doing before he does it, the better the time of worship will be. If you’re starting/stopping the click between songs so the leader can exhort the congregation, learn to anticipate when you can start it back up before the intro of the next song. Or if you’re coming to the end of a song, pay attention to how quickly he may want the click turned off so he can vamp softly, maybe with just acoustic guitar or pads at the end of a slow song. Our primary worship leader likes to stomp his right foot if he wants the band to stay in strong rather than drop out. This often depends on how engaged the audience is. But all that to say: stay focused and anticipate

DYNAMICS SEPARATE MEN FROM BOYS
Sure, you can play the song in your sleep now and can read the worship leader’s mind, but playing with dynamics is what separates the men from the boys. Think of it as using a box of 8 crayons versus a box of 64 crayons. Blue doesn’t necessarily mean just blue. For example, your velocity building up from a down bridge to an “all in” bridge the 2nd time through could display a dozen “shades of blue” within the phrase. Worship songs have a natural arc to them, like a good film. Make use of that arc with solid dynamics. The best drummers in the world live in what’s called the “pocket.” What is the “pocket” you ask? Here’s a great blog post on “Pocket Philosophy”: Make your home there. Mastering this with great tempo will get you invited to play again and again.

IT IS A SONG SO TREAT IT THAT WAY
Just because you may not need to know if the chorus starts on C Major versus A Minor, you do need to know the “story” of the song. Pay attention to the lyrics – both the actual words and their rhythm in phrase. Does your kick pattern complement it? What about your cymbal “coloring” while the leader is quietly strumming on guitar at the end of a song? You’re not just laying down a groove. You’re telling a story. Think of the journey of the song GREAT I AM (YouTube: https://youtu.be/J5CWGi82N7k). Is what you’re playing reflecting the imagery of “The mountains shake before you; the demons run and flee” in the bridge? And reflecting back on Point #6, are your dynamics also helping to reflect that imagery through the end of the bridge?

BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME
Study other drummers. Watch YouTube videos. Go back and listen to your board mixes if they’re recorded. Share what works or what doesn’t work with the other drummers at church. Read blogs like the one on “Pocket Philosophy.” Then play until you find your own natural pocket. Whatever it takes… be a student of the game – one who refuses to plateau but keeps pressing on to get better and better and better. Our church streams each Sunday service in full, including the worship set. I go back and watch the set, usually on Monday mornings, and critique myself from beginning to end. It’s kind of like an NFL quarterback watching game film. I know I will have played many of those songs multiple times before – at the same tempo and on the same road map – but there are always subtle things I’ll find, where I can improve on my game the next time I play those same songs.

KEEP YOUR KIT TUNED, WELL-MAINTAINED, AND UPGRADED
You’d think this is a no-brainer. But sadly it isn’t. Change your heads every 4-6 months, be careful not to “gorilla tighten” stands/tom arms (which make it difficult for the next drummer to make adjustments without destroying the gear), leave the area cleaner than you found it, and, if you lay off the 4 cup of pre-gig coffee long enough, you may find you’ve saved up more than you need for that cymbal or snare you’ve been drooling over. By the way, put down that roll of duct tape. It never, ever belongs on a drum kit. But that’s another conversation for another day… In the meantime, try Moongel if you must.

YOUR MIX IS JUST THAT – YOUR MIX
Assuming you’ve been assigned your own monitor mix (using headphones, in-ears or an old school monitor), make sure your mix is just right for you. Building from Point #4 and being able to focus on the leader, make sure you have what you need in your mix and remove or at least drop the rest. Just because there are background vocalists on stage doesn’t mean you need them all in your mix (unless one of them steps out to lead a song of course). Just because there’s a second acoustic guitar on stage while the leader is also playing one doesn’t mean you need both of them in your mix. And, you may also need a little more click than the rest of the band. Take time to get that stuff right during rehearsal. Fixing your mix during the set is distracting, even if you have the ability to make your own tweaks on the fly. My personal preference is plenty of click, plenty of lead vocal, plenty of kick, and then fill in the rest accordingly.

Have fun, engage in worship, burn some calories and, for goodness sake, live in the pocket!

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Top 10 Things Every Church Drummer Must Know – by Mike Murray
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Top 10 Things Every Church Drummer MustPRACTICE UNTIL YOU CAN’T GET IT WRONG
There’s a famous, but anonymous, quote I remember my high school baseball coach liked to tell players: Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong. And this doesn’t start/end during rehearsal. It always begins with you alone, “in the woodshed, working on your chops,” until the instrument and the song are as natural as breathing. It’s the foundation for a player truly being free to worship, as opposed to staring at a lead sheet, overthinking the next drum fill, which often leads to missing Point #2…

TRANSITIONS ARE DOORS THAT LEAD TO LIFE OR DEATH
Transitions are both within songs (i.e. intros, outros, chorus/verse turns, entrance/exit of the bridge, etc.) and between songs (i.e. going from a fast song to a slow song or vice versa). These are doorways that can make or break – even train wreck a worship set. Unless you’re playing to tracks, there’s a good chance tempos (Point #3), song arrangements, and transitions may fluctuate a bit from leader to leader and from team to team. This is what band rehearsals are for. When everyone in the band knows it’s “all in” at the top of a song, or “down 1st time” at the top of the bridge, and collectively they do these with authority, it genuinely brings a confidence to the song/set that can be felt from the congregation. Blowing those intros/transitions can bring a pain so great, you’ll want to climb into the kick drum and hide.

THE METRONOME IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Play to it when you practice. Play to it when you rehearse. Turn it on when you’re listening to music (using the “Tap Tempo” feature), especially when it’s the songs you’re preparing to play on Sunday. If you have an iPhone/iPad, the best app I’ve found is called Tempo. One of it’s best features for church drummers is that it allows you to share saved tempo markings/set lists via email, which is great if your church has more than one drummer. You’ll be surprised how much rehearsal time it saves if each drummer arrives already having tempos mapped out for the set. I highly recommend you also notify whoever keeps tabs on songs from week to week so they can mark that on all charts, just like the key of a song.

FOCUS ON THE LEADER
Keep a very sharp eye on the worship leader during rehearsal and also during the set – during rehearsal as he walks the band through each song, and during the set in case he wants to repeat a section or, in many cases, when he feels the need to vamp or “soak” in a particular moment. It’s easy for a drummer to zone out at rehearsal while the leader is working the background vocalists, but don’t let it happen to you. Stay dialed in. At a moment, he may be ready to pick it back up from the 2nd chorus leading into the bridge. You need to stay on the ready to arm the metronome – or “click” – and count everyone back in. I once heard a well-known touring/recording worship drummer say, “The drummer drives the bus, but the worship leader owns the bus.” Make sure you lead the way with confidence, but remember the leader is in charge.

ANTICIPATE, ANTICIPATE, ANTICIPATE
No doubt your leader has subtle and/or conspicuous cues – body language, subtle nods or even vocal pick ups – that give you a heads up where he’s headed. Learn them intimately… learn to anticipate those cues. Again, unless you’re playing to tracks, even following a chart/lead sheet hopefully leaves a little bit of room for the leader to truly lead the set as the Holy Spirit leads him. The better you are at focusing on what he’s doing before he does it, the better the time of worship will be. If you’re starting/stopping the click between songs so the leader can exhort the congregation, learn to anticipate when you can start it back up before the intro of the next song. Or if you’re coming to the end of a song, pay attention to how quickly he may want the click turned off so he can vamp softly, maybe with just acoustic guitar or pads at the end of a slow song. Our primary worship leader likes to stomp his right foot if he wants the band to stay in strong rather than drop out. This often depends on how engaged the audience is. But all that to say: stay focused and anticipate

DYNAMICS SEPARATE MEN FROM BOYS
Sure, you can play the song in your sleep now and can read the worship leader’s mind, but playing with dynamics is what separates the men from the boys. Think of it as using a box of 8 crayons versus a box of 64 crayons. Blue doesn’t necessarily mean just blue. For example, your velocity building up from a down bridge to an “all in” bridge the 2nd time through could display a dozen “shades of blue” within the phrase. Worship songs have a natural arc to them, like a good film. Make use of that arc with solid dynamics. The best drummers in the world live in what’s called the “pocket.” What is the “pocket” you ask? Here’s a great blog post on “Pocket Philosophy”: Make your home there. Mastering this with great tempo will get you invited to play again and again.

IT IS A SONG SO TREAT IT THAT WAY
Just because you may not need to know if the chorus starts on C Major versus A Minor, you do need to know the “story” of the song. Pay attention to the lyrics – both the actual words and their rhythm in phrase. Does your kick pattern complement it? What about your cymbal “coloring” while the leader is quietly strumming on guitar at the end of a song? You’re not just laying down a groove. You’re telling a story. Think of the journey of the song GREAT I AM (YouTube: https://youtu.be/J5CWGi82N7k). Is what you’re playing reflecting the imagery of “The mountains shake before you; the demons run and flee” in the bridge? And reflecting back on Point #6, are your dynamics also helping to reflect that imagery through the end of the bridge?

BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME
Study other drummers. Watch YouTube videos. Go back and listen to your board mixes if they’re recorded. Share what works or what doesn’t work with the other drummers at church. Read blogs like the one on “Pocket Philosophy.” Then play until you find your own natural pocket. Whatever it takes… be a student of the game – one who refuses to plateau but keeps pressing on to get better and better and better. Our church streams each Sunday service in full, including the worship set. I go back and watch the set, usually on Monday mornings, and critique myself from beginning to end. It’s kind of like an NFL quarterback watching game film. I know I will have played many of those songs multiple times before – at the same tempo and on the same road map – but there are always subtle things I’ll find, where I can improve on my game the next time I play those same songs.

KEEP YOUR KIT TUNED, WELL-MAINTAINED, AND UPGRADED
You’d think this is a no-brainer. But sadly it isn’t. Change your heads every 4-6 months, be careful not to “gorilla tighten” stands/tom arms (which make it difficult for the next drummer to make adjustments without destroying the gear), leave the area cleaner than you found it, and, if you lay off the 4 cup of pre-gig coffee long enough, you may find you’ve saved up more than you need for that cymbal or snare you’ve been drooling over. By the way, put down that roll of duct tape. It never, ever belongs on a drum kit. But that’s another conversation for another day… In the meantime, try Moongel if you must.

YOUR MIX IS JUST THAT – YOUR MIX
Assuming you’ve been assigned your own monitor mix (using headphones, in-ears or an old school monitor), make sure your mix is just right for you. Building from Point #4 and being able to focus on the leader, make sure you have what you need in your mix and remove or at least drop the rest. Just because there are background vocalists on stage doesn’t mean you need them all in your mix (unless one of them steps out to lead a song of course). Just because there’s a second acoustic guitar on stage while the leader is also playing one doesn’t mean you need both of them in your mix. And, you may also need a little more click than the rest of the band. Take time to get that stuff right during rehearsal. Fixing your mix during the set is distracting, even if you have the ability to make your own tweaks on the fly. My personal preference is plenty of click, plenty of lead vocal, plenty of kick, and then fill in the rest accordingly.

Have fun, engage in worship, burn some calories and, for goodness sake, live in the pocket!
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