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You can listen to Noah Filipiak’s “Behind the Curtain” Podcast interview with Rory Noland on the Podbean Player below or you can subscribe to all “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast episodes on iTunes(Podcast listening tip: use the podcasts app on your smartphone and listen while driving, doing chores, or working out)


Noah Filipiak interviews longtime worship leader Rory Noland about key ways worship music leaders need to care for their souls in order to keep their motives and priorities straight.  They talk about the importance of lyrics, the problem of celebrityism, and the impact the Transforming Center has had on them.

Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries.  He leads retreats for artists, speaks at workshops and conferences, mentors worship leaders, and consults with churches in the areas of worship and the arts.  Rory currently leads worship for the Transforming Center and is Head of the Worship Department at Nebraska Christian College where he teaches courses in worship and spiritual formation for artists.

Rory previously served as the music director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, for twenty years and most recently as Pastor of Worship for Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

www.HeartOfTheArtist.org

Connect with Rory on Twitter @rorynoland 

Rory’s books (Zondervan) :

Video Trailer for Worship on Earth as it is in Heaven: Exploring Worship as a Spiritual Discipline:


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I hate my depression.

But I’m thankful for it.

While not always related, anxiety and depression usually go hand in hand like onion breath and flatulence.  I get anxious over the things I want to control but can’t, then get depressed whenever things feel out of control.

There are a million hits on Google if you search for “ways to get rid of anxiety and depression.”  If you’re a Christian, there are even more.  Many of these are good and need to be explored; I have and will continue to.  But for many, anxiety and depression never really go away.  They go to sleep, sometimes for a good while.  But then they wake up jumping on your face, pulling out your hair and blowing sirens in your ears.

Depression feels like an anvil on my chest and five or six wet blankets draped over my brain.  It typically can’t be prayed away, willed away or Bible-versed away.  But what I can do is be thankful for it. Continue Reading…

So to start out, this is a hilarious video.  If this describes you, or a loved one, it’s likely you should continue reading…

This post has a tongue-in-cheek element to it, but as a recovering sports nut myself, it’s also meant to be taken seriously.  Too often we can rationalize sinful or idolatrous behavior “because it’s sports,” as if sports were a trump card to do or think whatever we want.

5 Ways to Tell if Your Sports Fandom Needs to be Checked:

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(You can read my thoughts here on why what the Olsteen’s said is a false teaching)

The Bible on false teachers:

Romans 16:17-18 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

The Bible on God wanting us to be happy:

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