The De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Gospel Choir makes it to BBC’s Songs of Praise final

The DMU troupe are one of just six gospel choirs taking part in the showpiece event, with the filming for the final competition taking place at London’s Hackney Empire theatre.

Sister Ellah Kandi, part of the 34-strong choir that went to London for the pre-recorded finals, said: “A few months ago we entered the competition and we had to send two recordings of ourselves singing.

“Many, many choirs entered, but they only chose six for the finals.

“Then they came to our rehearsals at DMU and requested we sing the songs we’d sent. Then they gave us tips on how we could develop our choir. They were impressed with what they saw.”

Ellah sees this as a remarkable accolade for the DMU Gospel Choir.

“It’s definitely an achievement,” Ellah said.

“The amount of choirs that go through the first stage, it’s just unbelievable.

“We were absolutely blown away; to know we’re in the top six choirs in the country, that is awesome.”

The good news of making it to the Songs of Praise finals follows hot on the heels of DMU’s graduation week, during which the DMU Gospel Choir produced breath-taking performances throughout the week.

Ellah added: “This year the graduations were extra special. I personally really enjoyed them, we all enjoyed every minute.

“We had students and parents thanking us for making it so special for them, and that just made us want to do it better and better each time. It was definitely a hallelujah moment.”

You can see how the DMU Gospel Choir got on in the Songs of Praise finals on BBC next month. The competition will be televised in two parts on Sunday 23 and Sunday 30 August.

Chris Brown Says Devil has No Answer When God Speaks

In  a Post via the Social Media on Instagram  Chris Brown the award-winning singer blamed the devil for trying to ruin his life and also claims he’s heard God speak to him for the very first time.

Here is the Message By CHRIS

“When u tired of the fucking devil ruining your life and u hear God speak for the first time.
No one knows what I deal with on a day to day. The average man wouldn’t hesitate to blow his fucking brains out but that’s the cowards way out… Most won’t understand the genius and beauty in change and learning and the people who have devilish intentions will win in the short term. My soul will always be pure of heart.

What’s on the surface always looks like one big party but inside there is a little boy looking for help and guidance. People say “be a man”. Yeah, that’s right but it doesn’t take away any pain you really go through. I just wanna stay out the way and do music. Most importantly and great father.

 

Here @Triumphant we say to Chris …Serving God Pays and we Believe that seeking God first should be the ultimate goal of any living individual on Earth..

R&B singer Chris Brown, left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos, on Monday, March 17, 2014. Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives. The singer was arrested on Friday, March 14, 2014, after he was dismissed from a Malibu facility where he was receiving treatment for anger management, substance abuse and issues related to bipolar disorder. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool)

R&B singer Chris Brown, left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos, on Monday, March 17, 2014. Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives. The singer was arrested on Friday, March 14, 2014, after he was dismissed from a Malibu facility where he was receiving treatment for anger management, substance abuse and issues related to bipolar disorder. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool)

Discovering Your Call to Music Ministry.

 

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The Ministry of Music is one of the most vital ministries in the local church and should be viewed as a sacred office. Discovering your call begins with a DESIRE to be used by God to impact the local church and the world around you.

There are two words that will help you understand the call and vision God has for your music ministry.

Call: A divine appointment to ministry or service.

Vision: A supernatural revelation that conveys the plan and purpose of God.

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines “vision” as “a mental image, the ability to perceive something not actually visible, as through mental acuteness or keen foresight.”

The following outline is designed to help you discern where you are and to navigate where you need to be.

Prerequisites:
1. You must belong to a local church (Heb. 10:25). No church, no ministry!
2. You must be in good-standing with your church (Mat. 18:15-17).

Twelve Steps To Discovering Your Call:

1. Know that you’re a vital part of the body of Christ. No one else can do what YOU do, you are unique and an essential part of the body of Christ (Rom. 12:4,5; 1 Cor. 12:12-21).

2. Seek the Lord for a vision (Prov. 3:6). Know the nature of music ministry the Lord has called you to (church choir, worship-team, prison, studio, etc.).

3. Entrust your vision to God (Prov. 16:3). The Amplified Bible states, “He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to his will.”

4. Share your vision with people you can trust (Prov. 11:14; 12:15; 15:22). Wise counsel provides safeguards in your life.

A. Pastor

B. Minister Of Music

C. Friend

5. Surround yourself with people that share your vision (I Cor 3:9). You should not be working for God ALONE, find someone to help you launch and develop your ministry.

6. Stay in an atmosphere of teaching and training (Eph. 4:11,12). Keep yourself exposed to sound biblical teaching. Sound: that which is suitable for practical Christian living.

7. Seek to glorify God (Col. 3:17). This is an ATTITUDE. Your motive must be pure. The phrase “in the name of” means, to express the thoughts, or
speak with the authority of the named individual. To glorify God literally means to DEMONSTRATE HIS ATTRIBUTES.

8. Be ministry minded (Mat. 20:28). Be sensitive to the NEEDS of the people. Your sensitivity to people is solely based on your sensitivity to God.

9. Depend on the Spirit of God to empower you (1 Sam. 16:11-23). The anointing of God is essential to you functioning in the Ministry of Music. When you’re anointed by God, other people can VERIFY it (vs. 18). You will be identified as one whom God is with (vs. 18).

10. Maintain a life of purity (2 Tim. 2:19-21; 2 Corinthians 7:1). Right-living insures your usefulness to God.

11. Don’t neglect your gift (1 Tim. 4:14). The gift that God has given you is to be GIVEN AWAY! The body of Christ is depending on your contribution to the kingdom of God.

12. Keep your family BEFORE your ministry. Maintain balance between family and ministry. Be careful not to do ministry at the expense of your family. There’s a difference between serving God and serving God so much that you are neglecting your family. The Lord never intended for us to serve Him and let our families suffer in the process. You will know when your priorities are out of order when your wife and children begin to complain about your excessive absence. Your family is your FIRST ministry!

The Four Voices:

As you begin to sense the direction you should be going in, understanding the Four Voices will help provide a level of guidance.

1) The Voice of the Spirit (inward impression)

You always know when God is speaking to you because His prompting will burn within you.

2) The Voice of Reason (common sense)

Often times we don’t use common sense when making decisions. For example, common sense would involve looking at your skills relative to the area of ministry you’re interested in.

3) The Voice of Friends (trusted friends)

If you surround yourself with people that have your best interests at heart, they will provide the necessary guidance you need (Prov. 11:14; 12:15; 15:22).

4) The Voice of Opportunity (circumstances) 

Be aware of the doors the Lord will open for you. He specializes in orchestrating circumstances around you so that you can see His provision (1 Cor.16:9; Col. 4:3). The word “doors” in scripture are symbolic of opportunities. Remember, vision precedes provision!

Secrets to Happy Family

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1) Having Dinner Together Matters

Kids who have dinner with their families do better across pretty much every conceivable metric.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

A recent wave of research shows that children who eat dinner with their families are less likely to drink, smoke, do drugs, get pregnant, commit suicide, and develop eating disorders. Additional research found that children who enjoy family meals have larger vocabularies, better manners, healthier diets, and higher self-esteem. The most comprehensive survey done on this topic, a University of Michigan report that examined how American children spent their time between 1981 and 1997, discovered that the amount of time children spent eating meals at home was the single biggest predictor of better academic achievement and fewer behavioral problems.Mealtime was more influential than time spent in school, studying, attending religious services, or playing sports.

Doesn’t work for your family’s schedule? It doesn’t have to be dinner. And it doesn’t have to be every night.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

Many of the benefits of family mealtime can be enjoyed without sitting down together every night. Even the folks at Columbia University’s center on addiction, the ones responsible for a lot of the research on family dinner, say having joint meals as infrequently as once a week makes a difference.

2) Share The Family History

Children who know the stories of those who came before them have higher self-esteem and a sense of control over their lives.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

Marshall and Robyn asked those questions of four dozen families in the summer of 2001, and also taped several of their dinner table conversations. They then compared the children’s results to a battery of psychological tests and reached some overwhelming conclusions.The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem, and the more successfully they believed their families functioned.

I’ve posted many times about the power of story. Having a family narrative is great for children.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

“The most healthful narrative,” Marshall continued, “…It’s called the oscillating family narrative. ‘Dear, let me tell you, we’ve had ups and downs in our family. We built a family business. Your grandfather was a pillar of the community. Your mother was on the board of the hospital. But we also had setbacks. You had an uncle who was once arrested. We had a house burn down. Your father lost a job. But no matter what happened, we always stuck together as a family.’ ”

Marshall says that children who have the most balance and self-confidence in their lives do so because of what he and Robyn call a strong “intergenerational self.” They know they belong to something bigger than themselves.

3) Reduce Stress

Not easy, I know, but it’s what kids want from their parents more than anything else.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

In a survey of a thousand families, Ellen Galinsky, the head of the Families and Work Institute and the author of Mind in the Making,asked children, “If you were granted one wish about your parents, what would it be?”Most parents predicted their kids would say spending more time with them. They were wrong. The kids’ number one wish was that their parents were less tired and less stressed.

…Studies have shown that parental stress weakens children’s brains, depletes their immune systems, and increases their risk of obesity, mental illness, diabetes, allergies, even tooth decay.

Here’s how to reduce stress.

4) Be Part Of A Larger Community

Tons of research shows religious families are happier. Why is that?

Further study has shown it’s the friends that a religious community provides. A community of ten supportive friends makes families happier.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

The most comprehensive study ever done on this topic, in 2010, gives some clues about why this might be. After examining studies of more than three thousand adults, Chaeyoon Lin and Robert Putnam found that what religion you practice or however close you feel to God makes no difference in your overall life satisfaction. What matters is the number of friends you have in your religious community. Ten is the magic number; if you have that many, you’ll be happier. Religious people, in other words, are happier because they feel connected to a community of like-minded people.

 FAMILY & PARENTING

How To Have A Happy Family – 7 Tips Backed By Research

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1) Having Dinner Together Matters

Kids who have dinner with their families do better across pretty much every conceivable metric.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

A recent wave of research shows that children who eat dinner with their families are less likely to drink, smoke, do drugs, get pregnant, commit suicide, and develop eating disorders. Additional research found that children who enjoy family meals have larger vocabularies, better manners, healthier diets, and higher self-esteem. The most comprehensive survey done on this topic, a University of Michigan report that examined how American children spent their time between 1981 and 1997, discovered that the amount of time children spent eating meals at home was the single biggest predictor of better academic achievement and fewer behavioral problems.Mealtime was more influential than time spent in school, studying, attending religious services, or playing sports.

Doesn’t work for your family’s schedule? It doesn’t have to be dinner. And it doesn’t have to be every night.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

Many of the benefits of family mealtime can be enjoyed without sitting down together every night. Even the folks at Columbia University’s center on addiction, the ones responsible for a lot of the research on family dinner, say having joint meals as infrequently as once a week makes a difference.

2) Share The Family History

Children who know the stories of those who came before them have higher self-esteem and a sense of control over their lives.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

Marshall and Robyn asked those questions of four dozen families in the summer of 2001, and also taped several of their dinner table conversations. They then compared the children’s results to a battery of psychological tests and reached some overwhelming conclusions.The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem, and the more successfully they believed their families functioned.

I’ve posted many times about the power of story. Having a family narrative is great for children.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

“The most healthful narrative,” Marshall continued, “…It’s called the oscillating family narrative. ‘Dear, let me tell you, we’ve had ups and downs in our family. We built a family business. Your grandfather was a pillar of the community. Your mother was on the board of the hospital. But we also had setbacks. You had an uncle who was once arrested. We had a house burn down. Your father lost a job. But no matter what happened, we always stuck together as a family.’ ”

Marshall says that children who have the most balance and self-confidence in their lives do so because of what he and Robyn call a strong “intergenerational self.” They know they belong to something bigger than themselves.

3) Reduce Stress

Not easy, I know, but it’s what kids want from their parents more than anything else.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

In a survey of a thousand families, Ellen Galinsky, the head of the Families and Work Institute and the author of Mind in the Making,asked children, “If you were granted one wish about your parents, what would it be?”Most parents predicted their kids would say spending more time with them. They were wrong. The kids’ number one wish was that their parents were less tired and less stressed.

…Studies have shown that parental stress weakens children’s brains, depletes their immune systems, and increases their risk of obesity, mental illness, diabetes, allergies, even tooth decay.

Here’s how to reduce stress.

4) Be Part Of A Larger Community

Tons of research shows religious families are happier. Why is that?

Further study has shown it’s the friends that a religious community provides. A community of ten supportive friends makes families happier.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

The most comprehensive study ever done on this topic, in 2010, gives some clues about why this might be. After examining studies of more than three thousand adults, Chaeyoon Lin and Robert Putnam found that what religion you practice or however close you feel to God makes no difference in your overall life satisfaction. What matters is the number of friends you have in your religious community. Ten is the magic number; if you have that many, you’ll be happier. Religious people, in other words, are happier because they feel connected to a community of like-minded people.

5) Use Checklists

I’ve posted before about the amazing power of a simple checklist, as described in Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.

Bruce Feiler applies the same research to helping families.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

I was interested in applying his technique to the problems families face when leaving home for a trip. He gave me a number of recommendations.

1. Create different lists for different times in the process. “Checklists have to be linked in time and space,” Pronovost said. “So I have a checklist for ICU admissions, and another for blood transfusions. You should have a checklist for one week before the trip. Then two days before you’ll likely need another. Then one more for when you’re walking out the door. But you always need time to recover, so if you have one for when you’re at the airport, it’s too late.”

2. Make it specific. “A checklist should take less than a minute to complete,” he said. “Each item should be a very specific behavior. Avoid vague language.”

3. Killer items only. “Target your checklist on things that commonly go wrong,” he told me. “If you put down things you don’t fail at, you’ll drive people crazy. This has been borne out in aviation, where accidents have been caused by checklist fatigue.”

4. The rule of seven. “I have a rule that checklists can be only seven items,” Pronovost said. “It’s the same reason our telephone numbers are seven digits. Otherwise, people will take shortcuts and items will get missed.”

5. Include the kids. “I would sit down with them and say, ‘Hey, girls, I’m trying to improve how we travel, so I made a checklist. Does this make sense to you? What else can you add?’ ”

6) Empower The Children!

Down with parental dictatorship!Kids do better when they make plans themselves or at least have a say.

You should even allow them to pick their own punishments. It creates greater motivation to obey the rules.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

Scientists at the University of California and elsewhere found that kids who plan their own time, set weekly goals, and evaluate their own work build up their prefrontal cortex and other parts of the brain that help them exert greater cognitive control over their lives. These so-called executive skills aid children with self-discipline, avoiding distractions, and weighing the pros and cons of their choices.

By picking their own punishments, children become more internally driven to avoid them. By choosing their own rewards, children become more intrinsically motivated to achieve them. Let your kids take a greater role in raising themselves.

7) Grandmoms Have Superpowers

Scores of studies show the incredible benefits that grandmom brings, like teaching kids to cooperate and to be compassionate.

Children who spend time with their grandparents are more social, do better in school and show more concern for others.

Via The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More:

Countless studies have shown the extraordinary benefits grandmothers have on contemporary families. A meta-analysis of sixty-six studies completed in 1992 found that mothers who have more support from grandmothers have less stress and more well-adjusted children

So what are these grandmothers actually doing? They’re teaching children core social skills like how to cooperate, how to be compassionate, how to be considerate. Researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah interviewed 408 adolescents about their relationship with their grandparents. When grandparents are involved, the study found, the children are more social, more involved in school, and more likely to show concern for others.

I hope this post helps your family be happier.

What’s it Like to Abort your own Child?

 

Bernard Nathanson’s first involvement with abortion was as a medical student at McGill University in Montreal. In 1945, having gotten his girlfriend pregnant, he scheduled and financed her illegal abortion.

In the 1960s, Nathanson, by then a medical doctor practicing obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN), became a leader in the movement to overturn laws against abortion. He and Lawrence Lader, who once proclaimed, “Abortion is central to everything in life and how we want to live it,” co-founded the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL). Their goal was to make abortion both culturally and legally acceptable.

To achieve that goal, Nathanson would later admit, they “pursued dubious and in some cases straightforwardly dishonest strategies,”noted Robert George. They promoted the idea that abortion was about medicine, not morality; lied about the number of illegal abortions performed annually and about the number of women who died from them; suggested that opposing abortion was a “religious dogma” imposed by a Catholic hierarchy; and argued that abortion was an effective means to fight poverty.

The Pride of Expertise

In 1970, when New York legalized abortion, Nathanson became the director of the largest freestanding abortion clinic in the world where he oversaw more than 75,000 abortions and performed almost 5,000, including one on his own child. In hisautobiography, he confessed:

What is it like to terminate the life of your own child? . . . I have aborted the unborn children of my friends, my colleagues, my casual acquaintances, even my teachers. There was not a shred of self-doubt, never a wavering of the supreme self-confidence that I was doing a major service for those who sought me out. . . . I had no feelings aside from the sense of accomplishment, the pride of expertise.

By 1974, a year after Roe v. Wade, Nathanson began to question whether the fetus was just an “undifferentiated mass of cells” or a developing human being. He was becoming increasingly sure that an abortion was, in fact, a death, not merely a medical procedure. Yet he continued to perform them because he remained convinced that abortion was “a legitimate solution to a woman’s personal problem.”

The Humility of Truth

In the 1970s, however, a new technology was introduced in the United States that would change Nathanson forever—the ultrasound. For him the ultrasound made it impossible to deny that abortion was anything other than the deliberate killing of a human being. Using ultrasound technology, he would later produce a pro-life documentary, The Silent Scream, with film footage of an actual abortion. He explained:

These [ultrasound] technologies and apparatuses and machines, which we now use everyday, have convinced us that—beyond question—an unborn child is simply another human being, another member of the human community, indistinguishable in every way from any of us. Now, for the first time, we have the technology to see abortion from the victim’s vantage point. Ultrasound imaging has allowed us to see this.

That new technology revealed not only that the unborn child was alive biologically, but alive mentally, too. In 2002, when I heard Nathanson speak to a group of Capitol Hill staffers, he shared a story I won’t soon forget:

We shocked a pregnant woman’s abdomen and watched the sonogram. The fetus jumped. We shocked it again; the fetus jumped halfway. We shocked it a third time; the fetus didn’t jump at all. This is when we discovered that the fetus is a baby with the capacity to learn and adapt. (Paraphrased from memory.)

The Crusade of a New Affection

Nathanson spent the rest of his life fighting the pro-abortion laws he helped put in place. His reasoning, though, wasn’t based on faith. He was a secular Jewish atheist who was convinced by science and human rights, not religion, that abortion was murder.

Gradually, though, the witness of the pro-life believers around him drew Nathanson to faith in God. “Having become persuaded of the truth of the pro-life position,” recalled George, “he was drawn to Catholicism because of the church’s witness—in the face of prejudice Nathanson himself helped to whip up—to the inherent and equal value and dignity of human life in all stages and conditions.”

In 2011, when Nathanson died, George penned an obituary for his friend. Looking back over Nathanson’s life, George noted two lessons. First, truth will prevail and overcome darkness. Second:

We in the pro-life movement have no enemies to destroy. Our weapons are chaste weapons of the spirit: truth and love. Our task is less to defeat our opponents than to win them to the cause of life. To be sure, we must oppose the culture and politics of death resolutely and with a determination to win. But there is no one—no one—whose heart is so hard that he or she cannot be won over. Let us not lose faith in the power of our weapons to transform even the most resolute abortion advocates.

Wielding truth and love won’t win over everyone to the cause of life, but it will change those with eyes to see and ears to hear. As truth beckons, “Come and witness the culture of death that undergirds abortion,” minds will be persuaded. As love invites, “Taste and see the culture of life that is Christ crucified for you,” hearts will be softened.

For abortion says, “Your life for mine,” but Jesus says, “My life for yours—even if you’ve killed your own child.”

A true psalmist

A TRUE PSALMIST from Minster Nathaniel Bassey’s page After a telephone conversation with a pastor friend, and testimony about this man of God, I was convinced I had to write this. We live in a time when people, especially the younger generation are in dire need of mentors and role models. The music ministry is one sphere where this is quite critical. There’s been heated debates and articles about the music ministry lately, but this one is not for that. It’s very easy to celebrate glory, but shy away from the accompanying story. Today, this man’s songs are sung practically around the world. With testimonies following his music ministry. In fact many know his songs than they know him, and that’s because of his conservative and quiet approach to life. But you see, it’s not just his music that makes him who he is. It is his heart. I have known, Bro. Wale Adenuga, who also pastors a parish of the RCCG on the mainland side of Lagos for a few years now. He is not just an anointed psalmist, pastor, prolific writer with a creative mind. He is much more than that. He is one with an impeccable character. Consistent and committed through the years. When you meet him, you immediately meet his simplicity and genuineness. He is just real. Now these are values that are not so celebrated in our time, unfortunately. And particularly in our ministry. As many are carried away by charisma, talent, razzmatazz and swag. But I pray this would change soon. I spoke with a man this morning who was his pastor, and he shared a testimony that moved me so much to write this. As far back as 1995, pastor Wale had been serving as a praise worship leader in a church, and one he pastors presently. He served very faithfully. Now, this is important for those who just want to become stars overnight. Record a single, get a few radio air plays, get a manager and begin to charge huge sums. This man served. That’s why I’m afraid of people who have not served, or not been accountable at some point in their lives. Those who will not follow, have no right leading. They become dangerous folks. Anyway, there was this invitation he got in 1995 or so, and he didn’t want to go, because he wanted to be in church. The pastor then asked him to go, and he obeyed. Getting there, the guest speaker came up, called him out and said, obviously by the Spirit, “When you got this invitation, you did not want to come, but because you came, God said He will honour you.” I can imagine how freaked out he must have been hearing this. Years later we know and sing songs like TODAY O, LORD BECAUSE OF ME, YOU ALONE ARE WORTHY LORD, and many more, but may never know the stories and sacrifices behind these songs and life, because you don’t separate the songs from the life. We have both shared some experiences which we just laugh over. Sometimes, because of his values and principles, he has been poorly treated in some places. Based on his pedigree and calibre He could also ask huge sums and put up heavy ministry requirements before he shows up. But his heart of worship and love for The Lord constrains him. Instead, he sets up various platforms to inspire the younger generation of worshippers and musicians. Most times, at little or no cost. Some lessons to learn from this testimony: 1. Accountability – as gifted as he was ( and is), he was accountable to a pastor. We have many musicians today in church who want to go it solo. They are Lord over themselves. They call their shots, without recourse to any form of guardians or authority in their lives. Don’t get me wrong, there is negative control. There are some people out there who just want to control one’s life. But by and large, I encourage musicians and psalmists to have some form of mentors and leaders in their lives. And also a local church where they can serve and be of use. Imagine if he didn’t obey his pastor when he was asked to go? We may never have known of Wale Adenuga today. 2. Faithfulness and service – No need speaking so much on this. It is as simple as WHAT YOU SOW, YOU REAP. you want to be served, you serve. I was privileged to feature on his last live recording which should be out anytime soon. Deep and spiritual stuff. So why am I doing this? Simple. To celebrate God’s grace in this humble psalmist who has touched our lives over he years. And also celebrate what he stands for. Character, Integrity, Excellence, The Spirit and true worship. Many times people talk to me about role models and mentors in the music ministry. THIS IS ONE RIGHT HERE. I don’t know how he would do it, knowing his busy schedule, but this is one man the younger generation needs to follow. And he’s got to find a way of passing these values across to us. Normally as humans, we tend to celebrate people when they are gone. But hey! He is still here and going to be here for quite some time. Today is not his birthday or wedding anniversary, non that I know of. It’s one I have put aside to celebrate a True Psalmist, one that my generation can emulate and follow.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206435724431966&set=a.1254345998816.2039709.1234552946&type=1 Please celebrate a TRUE PSALMIST – PASTOR WALE ADENUGA. Please help share this as much as possible to encourage and inspire someone out there. Let’s spread good things, rather than spread scandals. This is good. God bless you

HEART TO WORSHIP

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There is an authority that comes when we give God quality worship. John 4:24.  God is spirit they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. ..  He comes In contact with our problems, he gives instant solution to our long awaited request.  In a worship time some days ago, this woman had cancer on her body and as we worship this cancer disappear. Thank you Jesus….

Take a deep breath now to say thank you Jesus. Halleluyah

MONEY MAGNET TIPS

[one_fourth]Can’t pay the bills? Worried about your lack of income, maxed out credit cards or extreme debt? The average American household is $15,191 in credit card debt, and that doesn’t include student loans or home mortgages. You can make some major money super quick, if you want to donate body parts or bank your sperm. But easier and less invasive ways exist too.

It all starts with this moment and how you feel and relate to money. Respecting money and appreciating it can help bring more to you.

Owing money can be frustrating, especially when you are worried about a steady income stream, but taking your attention off what’s not working and focusing on an action plan can bring in major moola. Here are 40 ways to become rich from the inside out — and become an irresistible money magnet.

1. Talk about what you have versus what you don’t have.
2. Volunteer with an organization you feel passionate about.
3. Donate $5 to a charitable cause.
4. Take a friend to coffee or tea.
5. Stop complaining.
6. Use credit cards with the best rewards and switch to low interest cards.

7. Create clear financial goals.
8. Leave a larger tip than normal.
9. Save 10 percent of everything you earn.
10. Clean out your closet and donate used clothing.
11. Give money to a homeless person without expectation.
12. Write a thank you note to an organization, or person you appreciate and respect.
13. Start planning for the vacation you keep dreaming about.
14. Hang around financially abundant folks.
15. Feel good to spend money. Don’t spend money to feel good.
16. Put all your energy into faith that more money is on its way to you.
17. Be grateful.
18. Collect change from around the house.
19. Sell stuff on Craigslist or eBay.
20. Create products to sell on Etsy or Café Press.
21. Switch phone providers.
22. Get rid of cable and use Netflix’s Hulu or other similar services.
23. Take advantage of rebates and coupons.
24. Ask for a raise.
25. Sell your old mobile phone and tech products.
26. Rent out a spare bedroom (airbnb.com or Craigslist).
27. Rent out your unused car (relayrides.com).
28. Freelance your talent and skills.
29. House, baby or pet sit.
30. Host a foreign exchange student.
31. Become a mystery shopper.
32. Get paid every time you spend by switching to a cash back credit card.
33. Join a focus group and get paid for your opinion.
34. Be an extra on a local TV or movie gig.
35. Stop worrying about debt. Consolidate loans and work on plan to pay them off.
36. Let go of attachment to the outcome of your actions.
37. Focus on feeling secure in this moment.
38. Learn and forgive your past money mistakes.
39. Visualize yourself with financial abundance.
40. Have faith more abundance is on its way.

Voice Training Exercise

A Dozen Voice Training
Exercises
And some other bits of advice
Your vocal cords are muscles, and like any muscles they
can become tired and damaged. The following exercises
have been devised and compiled by my friend and
singing teacher, Andrea, and typed up by me with
various enhancements and addition of theory.
The first two exercises are to loosen off the muscles in
the next, around the vocal cords.
1. Starting with your tongue on the RHS of your mouth,
make a figure of 8, so that your tongue goes across
your top teeth, to the middle, then crosses to the
bottom teeth, along to the LHS of your mouth, then, up,
and across the top. Keep your mouth closed for this.
2. Put the tip of your tongue behind your bottom set of
front teeth. Let your jaw drop and gently push out your
tongue. Repeat a few times.
The following exercises are mainly for exploring your
natural range , and should be tried at different pitches,
preferable gently undulating pitches:
3. Ga-ga! – Make baby noises up and down randomly
within your natural voice range . Try with all the vowel
sounds, e.g. ga-ga, ge-ge, gi-gi, go-go, goo-goo
4. Bzzzzzz! – Make buzzing noises like a bee. The idea
here is to find resonances in your mouth and sinuses.
Try changing the shape of your mouth.
5. Innnnnnnng-uh!. This is mainly to find natural
resonances in your sinuses. Try words like: Ding, Ping,
Zing, Ting. Hold the ‘i’ sound so that it makes your
sinuses tickle.
6. Mmmmmm! – Close your lips, but pull your lips back
into your mouth over your teeth. Make a humming
noise, and allow your lips to relax, so they are just
closed. Change the pitch of your voice until your lips
start to tickle. Hold this note for a while and then find
other notes / frequencies where this happens.
7. Hah! – Imagine you are digging a hole (you have to
do the actions too!): as you dig into the ground, exhale
with a “HUH!” sound. Lift the soil, and as you chuck it
over your shoulder, make a “HAH!” noise. Repeat until it
gets too silly. You can also practise this by pretending
to do Kung-Fu moves – punches and kicks and the
likes.
8. Oooooh! – Slidey continuous journey up and down
your natural range – Okay, you have to move your arms
for this one: high notes – arms up in the air, low notes,
bend your knees and hang your arms like a monkey.
9. Me – me – me… etc., up and down your natural
range , for ages, for fun…, then all of the following: mah,
mi, may, my, moo, mu. You can mix them up too.
10. Yah! or Yar! – for this one, just let your jaw drop
loosely to a loose hanging – don’t force it open, do it for
a while – 20 times or so.
11. Wow! – Start as low as you like, and go up to as
high as you like within your natural range , then back
down again. Wwwww-aaaaaaaa-oooooo-wwwww. You
gotta open your mouth as wide as it needs.
12. La-la-la – this is the classic, and most heard of the
exercises. Try using different scales, ascending through
natural major / minor scales, and also chromatic and
triadic (chord) scales, or just mess around with arbitrary
notes or pitches. Try this with ah-ah-ah-ah…, and then
all the other vowel sounds, instead. It’s more difficult,
apparently (thanks Claire).
Natural range – this is from the bottom note of your
vocal range to the highest note you can reach before
your voice breaks and goes into “falsetto”. You can
practise most of these in a falsetto too, but be warned
it can sound silly. It’s best to learn just not to care
about how silly it sounds.
Other things to do…
General Advice
If you want to keep your throat clear of phlegm –
avoid milk and dairy products.
Making a drink of half a lemon squeezed into a pint
of water can be used to clear phlegm.
Don’t eat late at night – this can cause acid reflux,
which is when the stomach acid comes back up the
throat and damages the vocal cords.
Avoid smoking.
Media Students
Read sections of books, newspapers and magazines out
loud. Try recording it with a tape recorder (remember
those?), a mini-disk, mp3 stick recorder, on your
computer. Don’t worry if it only has a cheap
microphone.
Analyse what you have recorded – be careful not to go
“this is rubbish, I have a rubbish voice, I hate it… etc..”
The important thing to think is “How can I improve my
voice?” (or reading, or singing, or whatever…)
Listen to other voice artists. Ask the question: What
makes them good?
Also ask this of yourself: Could you improve the
definition of the words? Could you improve your
breathing technique? Would it help if you moved your
mouth or lips more? Would it sound better if you were
more relaxed?
Try getting involved in a local, college or hospital radio
station. It’ll be voluntary, but the experience will be
invaluable.
Vocalists / Singers
Relax. Try exercises 1 and 2 if you feel your voices is
tense. You can also try other relaxation or yogic
exercises to relax you before singing. What about having
a bath?
Sing along with anything. It’s probably best to start
with stuff you like. As with, spoken word, try recording it
with a tape recorder, a mini-disk, mp3 stick recorder,
onto your computer, etc. You can get karaoke backing
disks, or download midi or mp3 karaoke files off the
internet. Sing everywhere, as quiet, or as loud as you
like. To hell with whoever my be listening.
Analyse what you have recorded – be careful not to go
“this is rubbish, I have a rubbish voice, I hate it… etc..”
The important thing to think is “How can I improve my
voice?”. Watch for lead-ins to notes, try to keep the
notes you want to deliver as precise as you can – don’t
forget the gaps are as important as the notes.
Try singing through a PA / amplified system, and get
used to your own voice. Remember: the microphone is
your best friend, learn to use and love it. You can use it
to amplify even the quietest, most subtle sounds that
you would just not hear in most performance situations
without a mic.
Listen to other voice artists. Ask the questions: What
makes them good? What do I like about their voice /
style? Do they talk like that in normal day to day life?
Also ask this of yourself: Could you improve the
definition of the words? Could you improve your
breathing technique? Would it help if you moved your
mouth or lips more? Would it sound better if you were
more relaxed?
When recording, try using as many voices, characters,
pitches, octaves, harmonies, or whatever. If you are
using computer based recording, go nuts, record
everything. What is there to lose other than time? Use
as many voice resonances as you like and try mixing /
blending them together.
You can make your voice sound sweet, rough, distorted,
angry, childish, silly or whatever. Try getting as many
emotions or imitations into your practise, but be careful
not to push your voice too hard – you may damage your
vocal chords. Try exercises 1&2 above if your voice gets
tired, and stop if it begins to hurt. Drink plenty of water.
Try editing out parts of your recording – remember what
I said about gaps (or rests). Edit out waste noises, use
fades to clean up the recording, and apply this to your
singing style. It saves time in a studio in the long run if
your vocals are right from the off, so learn what sounds
good in the recording.
Learning to sing well can be a long process. Take your
time to learn your own voice and what you can do with
it. Over time your voice will develop to be more
adaptable. Choose songs that are easy for you to sing
at first, then gradually bring in more challenging songs
as you get better.

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