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Travis W. Tate, Author

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Travis W. Tate, Author

Travis W. Tate was born in a Christian home in Dallas Texas in 1966. He began his ministry at age 15: singing, songwriting and preaching all over the United States. Travis was ordained through Family Cathedral of Praise Church in Mesquite, Texas. In addition, he has served in a number of churches and ministries: Broadway Assembly of God, Grace Assembly of God, New Covenant, Shiloh Road Church of God, United Body of Christ Church and Word of Life Church.

 

Currently, Travis pastors Shepherd House Family Church (an outreach ministry of The Harbor Church in Rockwall). In keeping with his love for singing and songwriting, he is the lead vocalist for Wings of Worship Ministries. In all, Travis brings over 30 years of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world around him.

Travis’ first book Caverns of the Seven Keys is available at all major ebook retailers. Paperbacks can be ordered on Facebook at the Logan Christian Publishing Company e-store.

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Henry C. Austin, Author

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Henry C. Austin, Author

Please login to facebook and “LIKE” this talented storyteller’s author page. You’ll want to know more about his book Code Blue Seconds from Death.

Henry (Hank) Austin grew up in eastern Kentucky with no idea his brain was bleeding. At age 6, his first seizure was undiagnosed. Later, the leaking blood vessels burst, sending the young father into several code blues.

During a painful surgery, Henry was pain-free. Jesus took his place in the operation. Despite all, Hillbilly Hank recounts his trials with anecdotes that will warm your heart.

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April 29, 2014 at 9:57 pm

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Just before his seventh birthday, young Henry (Hank) Austin’s brain began to bleed and, while alone, had his first seizure. No one knew what was happening to him, not even Hank, despite seizures that temporarily incapacitated him and caused an ever encroaching blindness. Wrapped in the silence of a young boy growing up in the hills of eastern Kentucky, Hank thought his relentless headaches, blind spells, and migraines were common occurrences and just something he needed to endure, which he did through his close contact with God.

As Hank grew into adulthood, so did the bleeding in his brain until one day the leaking blood vessels in the vision center of his brain burst, sending the young father into numerous code blues. He underwent an extremely painful surgery but felt no pain because Jesus took his place on the operating table. Hank counted his trials and tragedies as blessings, and miracles began happening in his life. Through it all, he maintained his sense of humor and recorded funny episodes in his chapters regarding Hillbilly Hank.

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Caverns of the Seven Keys

Whether you realize it or not, you live in a parallel world of darkness, where imps and demons battle against you. Satan’s weapons of destruction are hurled at you and battles rage on every hand. The cries of a child; the lure of an attractive person, are just a few of the cruel ploys to destroy your mortal soul. Light comes as wisdom presents herself to you enabling you to assemble your armor and win these battles and obtain the keys of your freedom. As you awaken you understand: this was not a dream, but reality.

This book takes a look inside a world that very few people acknowledge; a world that exists parallel to our own physical world. It was written to allow others to see into the spiritual realm to understand the attack of the enemy and to learn how to defeat him with prayer, fasting, and the Word of God. To know the enemy’s plan is to win the war before it begins.

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April 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Consequences of Disobedience

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship by Andrew P. Logan Sr.

Up to this point in our study of worship, we have examined reasons why we must worship God and what benefits are promised to us when we obey.  Unfortunately, it has become commonplace for us to look for loopholes, escape hatches, and perhaps even rationalizations that help us disobey while feeling good about it.  But, should we be feeling good about disobeying God?  Perhaps after reviewing this next section, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about your worship response.

Hezekiah and David both prospered as a result of their way of life of worship toward God.  Hezekiah was well familiar with the consequences of the disobedience of his predecessors.  Those consequences borne out in his people gave him compassion and a desire to obey God; avoiding the mistakes of his predecessors.

“For our fathers have sinned and did the evil in the eyes of Jehovah our God, and have forsaken Him, and have turned away their faces from the house of Jehovah, and have turned their backs. Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the sanctuary to the God of Israel. Therefore the wrath of Jehovah was on Judah and Jerusalem, and He has delivered them to trouble, to ruin, and to hissing as you see with your eyes. For lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.” (2 Chronicles 29:6-9)

The story of Ahaziah identifies consequences for disobedience.  Sometimes as believers we become indignant at the Israelites for their lack of steadfastness in obedience from generation to generation.  Yet, are we that different today?  What things are we worshiping today, having elevated them to a place equal to, or above God in our lives?

“Ahaziah, the son of Ahab, began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah. And he reigned two years over Israel.    And he did evil in the sight of Jehovah, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.  For he served Baal and worshiped him, and provoked Jehovah, the God of Israel to anger, according to all that his father had done.” (1 Kings 22:51-53)

 I don’t know about you dear one, but the last thing I want to do in this life is provoke the Lord to anger.  It was clear that Ahaziah did not fear the Lord, nor did he concern himself with the Lord.  Instead, he worshiped Baal and provoked God to anger.   But what consequences did Ahaziah suffer as a result of his disobedience?

“And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper room in Samaria, and was sick. And he sent messengers and said to them, Go, ask of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.  But the angel of Jehovah said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise! Go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them, Is it not because no God is in Israel that you go to ask of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron?  And therefore so says Jehovah, You shall not come from that bed on which you have gone up, but shall surely die. And Elijah left.  And the messengers turned back to him. And he said, Why have you now turned back?  And they said to him, A man came up to meet us and said to us, Go, turn again to the king who sent you, and say to him, So says Jehovah, Is it not because no God is in Israel that you go to ask of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron? Therefore, you shall not come down from that bed on which you have gone up, but shall surely die.  And he said to them, What kind of man was he who came up to meet you and told you these words?  And they answered him, He was a hairy man and was bound with a girdle of leather around his loins. And he said, He is Elijah the Tishbite.” (2 Kings 1:2-8)

 Isn’t it interesting that some people don’t know when to surrender?  Here we read that Ahaziah was injured in a fall, but did he consult God?  No, instead he sought counsel from Baal-zebub the god of Ekron.  Not only did he provoke the anger of the Lord, the Lord sent word to him through messengers that he would not recover.  In pride and arrogance, Ahaziah decided to go after the man who dared give him such news.  He devised a plan to send fifty men and a commander to go and bring Elijah back to him.  But Ahaziah’s plans soon proved fruitless.  Elijah, a man of God, discerned this plan and the origin of the plan, and called down fire from heaven which consumed the company of the fifty men and their commander.  Upon hearing the news of the destruction of the first company, Ahaziah commissioned a second company of men and a commander to carry out his plan.  Again, with the discernment of the Lord, Elijah called down fire, and the fifty-one men were exterminated.  Now most rational people would consider staying away from someone like Elijah, given what had happened to the first two companies of men.  Astoundingly enough, Ahaziah, was able to commission yet a third company of men.  However, this time, the results were different.

The commander of the third company of men threw himself at Elijah’s feet and begged for mercy after acknowledging Elijah’s God and His authority.  At that moment, Elijah heard from the Lord and was told to listen to the commander and accommodate his request.  Elijah returned to Ahaziah and spoke the prophetic words of the Lord directly to Ahaziah himself.  Ahaziah died just as Elijah spoke, after a brief two year reign over Israel.  From this we can clearly see that disobedience to God does indeed have negative consequences.

God has feelings and will choose to share them even if it means bringing death to those who do not follow his commands.  Putting this in perspective, do we dare take a position in our lives where we fail to obey God’s command to worship Him and Him alone?  Are we prepared to accept the consequences not obeying Him?

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

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Reason 1: God Commands It

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship by Andrew P. Logan Sr.

Jesus told us “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15, NKJV™)  One thing is certain.  God commands us to worship Him.  “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve.”(Luke 4:8, NKJV™) As Jesus approached the base of the Mount of Olives, His disciples began to rejoice and praise God.  When the Pharisees told Jesus to make them hold their peace, Jesus responded, saying that if they remain silent, the stones would cry out.  The holiness, justice, and sacrifice of God demand a response from all of His creation, and that response is worship.

“…Blessed is the King coming in the name of the Lord! Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest!  And some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Him, Teacher, rebuke your disciples.  And He answered and said to them, I tell you that if these should be silent, the stones would cry out. (Luke 19:38-40)

Notice too, that the size, shape, coloration, or description of the stones that would worship is not mentioned.  The implication is that all of them would respond accordingly.  One can be assured that there in Jerusalem, there were rocks of all shapes, sizes, colors, and complexions.  The same could be said for people here on the earth.  Therefore, no one is exempt from worship.  Regardless as to race, color, creed, socio-economic status, marital status, size, shape, or any other demographic stratification, all are required to respond.

God’s Holy Spirit has revealed the following prophetic message to the Body of Christ today.  “I come this day to bring a warning to those who will not obey My Word. The time is here and now to get into a place of worship, of connecting with Me”, says the Lord of Hosts. “For soon I will manifest My glory and things of darkness and shadow will be burned away. As the Son shines, so do My children. Repent, get your hearts right and keep them in Me”, says the Lord, “for the time of home going draws near. Go out, draw the people in to me—all who will listen. Take note of the days you are in”, says the Lord of Hosts. “I pursue all humanity.  I desire that all should come. Burst forth from your shell, be silent no longer—go forth and call in all who will hear and respond.”

 As we read this passage from the Gospel of Luke, we see Jesus riding into Jerusalem the week before His crucifixion.  His disciples had a sense of the season of Jesus’ ministry and began crying out loudly to Him in worship.  Friend, do you have a sense of the season of God we’re in right now, and that the culmination of God’s plan and purpose is close at hand?  Hopefully you do, such that you waste no opportunity to worship Him as often as you can.

Don’t let history repeat itself by allowing persons you respect to keep you from worshiping God.  Take a look at what Jesus said.  Stones would worship Him if His followers kept themselves silent.  Each person must make a personal decision and respond.  No, you are not authorized to delegate this to anyone else.

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

http://aplogansr.com

http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

Publisher of Code Blue Seconds from Death by Henry C. Austin
Logan Christian Publishing Bookstore on Facebook

Ode to Worship Teams

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship by Andrew P. Logan Sr.

Worship Leaders and team members don’t think that you‘ll be excluded here. Since we’ve already established that worship is an expression of the heart, it is vitally important that the congregation (those that will) enter God’s presence. If only the worship team enters, then your ministry has been limited and thereby impeded the operation of the Holy Spirit.

In striving for excellence in our ministry, often times we fall into a destructive trap laid for us by the enemy of our souls.  That trap is the one whereby we attempt to determine our effectiveness by measuring our ministry with other ministries.  A word of caution is in order here.  Jesus Christ is the ONLY measuring rod, and there are no others. It is our shortcoming when measured against Him that promotes humility within us; therefore we must guard our hearts accordingly and remember that we are fully complete in Him.

No discussion about attitudes of the heart would be complete without addressing the other extreme, pride.  Scripture tells us that pride goes before destruction, consequently, we must not think more highly of ourselves than we should.  We must continue to remember that our ONLY access to the Father comes through Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross, and His shed blood that covers and forgives our sin.  It is that cloak of righteousness He confers upon us, that allows us to lose the addresses of our past sins.  We must forgive ourselves just as He forgave us, and remembers our sin no more.

Undoubtedly, we all want to avoid mundane repetition in our lives. This is especially true when selections of songs are made for praise and worship. Do you have a desire to do new music? Great, but proceed with caution, making sure of two things:

  1.  The musicians and vocalists know the song extremely well so that they have no anxiety in ministering the new song(s)
  2. Allow the congregation to hear the new song(s) several times outside of the critical-path Praise and Worship period to help them familiarize themselves with it.

Another word on lyrics—Choose or write songs with no more than 6 or 7 words per line, especially in the chorus. These shorter lines are easier to remember, provide less opportunity upon which to stumble and allow the worshiper to focus on their heart connection rather than on what words they are singing.

Let’s have a look at a word picture as an example.  In expressing your feelings to someone you dearly love, you wouldn’t express that love by saying, “My synapse and neurotransmitters fire in order when you enter the room.” Instead, you might respond, “When I see you, I am amazed at your beauty.”

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

http://aplogansr.com

http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

Publisher of Code Blue Seconds from Death by Henry C. Austin
Logan Christian Publishing Bookstore on Facebook