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Obedience > Sacrifice

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Perhaps we’ve seen this, read it, heard it before. Subconsciously, some of us may have written it off as just another one of those quotes that has little importance these days. I’d like to give you dissenting opinion on that with a practical example.

Years ago I was employed by a major telecom company doing work in Information Technology. From what I could tell, my career was stable having recovered from a job transition a few years prior, and I had expectations for a rewarding future. As time went on however, I began to experience some turbulence (as I’ll call it). Each time I would pray about it, asking God for direction and or permission to leave, His answer was always clear. “Wait for me to tell you when to leave” is what I understood Him to say.

I will never forget that summer day when the buzz coming from Rumor Central was much louder than normal. As I began to think about what might be happening, I distinctly remember God telling me, “You’re going to be laid off today, but don’t worry. I’ve got everything under control.” I could not believe what I had heard. Within a few minutes, I was summoned to a room upstairs, with others. The events that unfolded shortly thereafter verified that indeed I was being laid off.

Strangely enough I remember being completely confident that I was headed for a better job. Yes there were times when I thought about my having 3 children under 10 to feed and clothe, not to mention some debt had accumulated. The assurance that God had everything under control helped me stay the course. His provision during this time afforded us three months of severance pay.

During the fourth week of my job search, I received a call. The caller asked a few questions to make sure I was the person that someone else had recommended. I was then invited to interview as a consultant for their firm at a major financial services corporation. I interviewed on Thursday of that week and a hiring offer was extended for the next Monday. I delayed the starting date a week to notify the other firms that had begun responding to my job search correspondence, that I had accepted employment.

Now for the best part…For two months I received my severance pay, plus my pay on the new job. As it turns out, the project for which I was consulting was a little behind, so that overtime was authorized. Because I was being paid on an hourly basis, this meant larger checks every two weeks!

Additionally, prior to my being “downsized”, I was compelled to participate in an Employee Stock Purchase (ESP) program at the telecom company. Once the initial layoff dust settled, I went back and researched the terms on that program. Ultimately I was given the option of having my funds returned, or having those invested funds immediately invested in company stock to be purchased at one-half the market price. I’d only wished (looking back) that I had invested more now; but I was reluctant to do so. The ESP program was only offered once every two years, and the results from the prior period weren’t too favorable. I requested the stock and consequently, doubled the value of my investment.

What am I saying? I am saying that what would appear to be a very dark and scary moment for you, your family, and your career may not be that at all. For me, it positioned me very well to pursue my Information Technology career goals and in addition, transition into new endeavors: Pastoral Ministry and writing. When I lost the job at the telecom company, I would never have believed I would be doing what I am now.

For those of you who have a personal relationship with God, I dare you to trust Him to bring you through whatever you’re going through and bless you while doing it. For those of you who don’t have that relationship, I dare you to develop one with Him. You will never be the same and you’ll wonder why you waited so long.

Pastor Andy Logan

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April 1, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Worship is an Investment

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Sometimes I hear people use the terms praise and worship as though they were interchangeable. That has always bothered me and I wasn’t sure why. Yesterday while cleaning my office, I received some further revelation to clarify.

Parents often praise their children on tasks done well. A parent is sincere when they express that praise to their child. However, in that specific expression, that parent has very little personally invested in that comment.

Worship on the other hand is quite different. An expression of worship involves an emptying of heartfelt affection, care, and concern for the person/object being worshiped. The degree of emptying directly affects the intensity of the expressed worship. Consequently, a worshiper has much much more invested in each expression of worship.

To summarize, praise is not worship and worship is not praise. They are distinctly different and both have their place. I enjoy times of praise among believers. I crave times of worship whether I am with other believers or alone. Once a person experiences God personally, there is nothing else that comes close.

Andrew Logan
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March 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos

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With plummeting housing values, rising unemployment, and an abundance of woe resonating from a myriad of sources, one could easily embrace the notion that the world is in cataclysmic chaos. Lately it seems that hardly a day passes without a strikingly negative headline or outlook being published. Not only are these headlines published, but also they are given more attention than they deserve.

How does a person find peace in the midst of such chaos? By connecting with God to understand and rely upon Him in complete confidence that He alone holds our future. He tells those who know Him, not to be afraid repeatedly. Peace comes from reliance upon what God told us through the prophet Isaiah and is still telling those who will listen today. Here is a brief summary:

Do not be afraid
He will save you
He knows your name
You belong to Him
No matter what you go through, it will not harm you.
He is the Lord Your God
He will spare no sacrifice to save you because He loves you, you are precious to Him and He will honor you.

Do not be afraid, God is with you
Listen now, and pay attention.
You are His chosen people
He is the Lord who created you
He has helped you since you were born
You are His servant, His chosen people
He will give water to thirsty land
He will make streams flow on dry ground
He will pour out His spirit on your children
He will demonstrate His faithfulness to your descendants
Your descendants will prosper, with sources of provision at hand

We must make a decision to believe and obey what He told us; giving Him the attention He deserves while at the same time, displacing what is being broadcast that does not agree. Further, we are commanded to:

Be His witnesses, giving expert testimony and to prove He is right; testifying that:

We know Him, believe in Him, and understand He’s our only God.
He alone is God, the only one who can save them
He predicted what would happen (and didn’t just sit back and do nothing)
He comes to our defense. No other god does this
He is God and will always be
No one can escape from His power
No one can change what He does

News agencies and networks broadcast topic after topic, bringing in their experts or staff commentators who provide their views. What are we to do with all of the news headlines and malaise being spread around? We are to obey his commands (see above) and summon the peoples of the world to give testimony indicating:

Which of their gods can predict the future?
Let these experts bring in their witnesses to prove they are right.

It has been said that one of the biggest errors made in human history is that mankind does not learn from the mistakes of his predecessors. Prophets of Baal were disgraced and humiliated when put to the test. Was that a simple one-off, isolated incident?

God foretells the future of those who choose their own gods or idols. They will be considered worthless, blind and ignorant. They will be terrified, humiliated, disgraced and without profit or gain. They will become close-minded to the truth. They will work long and hard but remain tired, hungry, and thirsty.

Make a conscious decision today to reject the gloom and doom, the despair, and hopelessness created by circumstances you can experience with your senses. Instead, rely upon God, His Word, and His Understanding as it is written on the tablet of your heart. Allow Him to bring you His peace in the midst of today’s chaos.

Andrew P. Logan, Sr.
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March 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Christian Non-Worshipers

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What are praise and worship leaders today doing to reach & engage non-worshipers?  Article after article, book after book surface telling us about the latest technology and software. Those of us who understand worship need little impetus to avail ourselves of current product offerings.

As a detail-oriented person who is interested in technology, I enjoy reading about and using modern gadgetry. I have no problem with some of the modern “features” being added in worship services. Where I become concerned is when the focus is on the people, making them comfortable, making everything easy for them; with little focus on God.

I have heard it said that worship is an expression of “worth” or value on who Jesus Christ is to us. If our actions cost us little or nothing, where is the value? What value then can be attributed to our worship? Making public declarations of faith in Jesus Christ often cost early believers their life. I hope that civilization today does not require a similar price to be paid today as it did back then.

So what is Christian worship? Is it a particular style of music, a genre? Is it a set of activities during a church service? What personal investment does it require? Is it acceptable to watch and observe? Could it be considered a lifestyle?

What would it take for you to consider reading a book that:

  • provides Scriptural evidence showing worship examples and results in personal and group settings

  • is an easy read with limited use of jargon

  • was self-published by an unknown (as far as the Christian Worship Music Industry is concerned) with a passion for worship with choir/ensemble/and worship leading experience

  • lacks endorsements from major Christian ministers/ministries (not because they weren’t provided a complimentary copy (to protect their privacy I won’t mention names but I guarantee you’d know them).


Find out the truth about worship, what God calls worship, what it contains and what it doesn’t. For more information, get your copy of

Plugging Into Real Worship today.  Visit http://www.aplogansr.com

Educate a non-worshiper about missed benefits that are available!

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January 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Blog for Plugging Into Real Worship

Have you read it yet? Many have had very provocative comments, some they want to share. Blog your comments at the blog address:
http://pluggingintorealworship.wordpress.com

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January 4, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I Wish I Were…

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You fill in the blanks…We’ve all said it with varying degrees of sincerity.  Examples of your completion to the sentence:

  • X pounds lighter
  • more financially secure
  • better looking
  • Y years younger
  • More/less this or that

Where do these thoughts come from?  They come from a damaged view of self  borne out of days, months, years of lies being whispered to us by the enemy of our soul.  It has been stated that the greater frequency with which lies are heard, the more likely they are to be perceived as truth.

As we entire a time of reflection in our transition into the new year, I want to challenge you with 5 questions that may provoke some thought (and action) to make 2009 a better year for each of us.

Here are the questions:

  1. What lies have you decided to embrace about yourself?
  2. What are you doing to sabotage yourself to make the lies appear more true to/about you?
  3. When are you going to get angry enough to begin disputing those lies?
  4. What are some things you can begin doing that align with/demonstrate the truth of who/what God says you are (becoming)?
  5. What things are you willing to do in 2009 to become (and remain) more like Him than you were in 2008?

As we arrive at our destination in 2009, let us release the baggage we carried there, and pick up the truths and supporting actions of who God called us to be so that our lives are congruent with how He sees us.

“Also the weapons of the fool are evil; he thinks of wicked ways to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaks right. But the noble thinks noble things; and by noble things he shall stand.” (Isaiah 32:7-8)

Modern King James Version, copyright © 1962-1998 by Jay P. Green, Sr. All rights reserved.

Pastor Andy Logan

All Nations Word and Worship Center

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December 31, 2008 at 7:24 am

New Year’s Resolutions

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Uh-oh, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions again. Whether or not one actually makes resolutions or not, January brings a time of reflection and examination to a large number of people. “Next year I’ll save more and spend less”. “I’m determined to lose that extra 20 or more pounds I’ve been lugging around”. We’ve all heard these (maybe even said them).

Perhaps during our time of introspection, we should consider a different approach. Should we identify and pursue personal or career goals on our own without so much as even a passing thought about what God may want us to accomplish in the coming year? Broaching this topic almost throws down the gauntlet for theological debate about whether or not God speaks to people nowadays.

Moving past the assumption that God speaks to people today, perhaps it’s time we asked Him what He had for us in the year ahead, and then listened as He shared His thoughts about it. For some, this would be unsettling because it is so uncommonly done.

Allow me to give an example.

Having been dissatisfied at times, frustrated at other times with the actions and reactions of some church attendees during worship, I began asking the Lord why they didn’t understand worship. Lamenting with Him, I remarked to Him, “They just don’t know what they’re missing out on”. To my surprise He replied, “Why don’t you tell them? Write a book about worship explaining the benefits”. I quickly reminded Him that there were already quite a number of books about worship (as though He didn’t already know that). Then His pearl of an idea came to illustrate the various forms and methods used, and the after-effects which precipitated.

I won’t detail the mechanics of how the book came together, other than to say there was a time of research, and then a time of composition. In order to take advantage of discounts available with my publisher, I developed a schedule which allowed for the completion of a chapter a week with time at the end for proofreading. As I began the process of actually writing these chapters, I suddenly found myself at a place where I was taking dictation from the Lord and it was being received almost too fact for me to collect in written form. Within a few short weeks, the book was sent to the publisher and a few months later it was published and made available for sale with major online book retailers.

My point is that if I had not talked with God about what plans He had for me or about worship, the book “Plugging Into Real Worship” wouldn’t have happened. I still find it a little humorous that God would ask a person who read less than six books cover to cover in high school to write a book

Whether you’re interested in worship or music or not, “Plugging Into Real Worship” allows a look into hearts, minds and actions of people who love God and long for Him as well as His interaction with them as they go about their day-to-day existence.

If you want different results in 2009, do something you haven’t done in years prior. Invite God into your life and connect with Him regularly. If you will be quiet, He will show you and you’ll know He’s God.

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December 30, 2008 at 6:52 pm