Thursday, July 31, 2008

Attention to Detail

When we are searching for praise elements to incorporate in our dances, we must pay careful attention to all of the details included on them and in them. Items designed for the tabernacle were to be made in a specific manner by a specific type of thing. The Lord's instructions are often saturated with revelation. Many of the symbolic instruments that we use today are not made expressly for Kingdom use, but can still serve a great purpose.

There are people who have the creative gifting to construct awesome worship tools by hand. Having someone readily accessible with this level of skill is not always an option. For example, if we need a sword or shield in a movement piece, we should examine them to see if there are any dragons, demonic images or sinister likenesses on them. The representation does not have to be literal. If there are images that are contrary to what the Word of the Lord says, then we must continue to pray until we find a suitable representation.

Understanding Biblical symbols will aid us in presenting worshipful pieces rich with substance. Even the fabric that we choose for garments (especially brocades) should be examined to ensure that they do not contain any imagery that represents idols or images that do not honor God Almighty. We should not be paranoid about evil when purchasing ministry essentials. Seeking understanding and operating with keen discernment will allow us to be able to make these choices quickly and confidently.

Exodus 20:4 (NKJV)
You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth"

Jeremiah 13:1 (NKJV)
[Symbol of the Linen Sash] Thus the LORD said to me: “Go and get yourself a linen sash, and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.”

Hosea 12:10 (NKJV)
I have also spoken by the prophets, and have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets.”

Hebrews 9:8-9 (NKJV)
The Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hand Shake

When we realize that each and every movement in a dance should find its origin in the Word of God, we will witness the Word made flesh before our eyes. Even when the observer does not realize that a motion in based on Scripture, the life-giving truth of the Word works. The more we incorporate Word-breathed movement, the less physical the work becomes. The Spirit and the Word applied in dance ministry will make it effortless to move through the Power of God on a regular basis.

This serves as a reminder that we cannot be haphazard in our selection of movement. Putting choreographic elements together merely as "filler" to lead into the next section will not be effective. There are times in ministry when the Lord will lead us to re-choreograph a particular section or an entire piece as He sees fit. Learning to rely on His direction will make us dedicate ourselves to Him more than to the dance.

The shaking of the hands or fists in the Bible are indicative of judgment. When we shake our hands in choreography, we are not doing so from our own point of view. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Knowing the Lord as a Righteous Judge will allow us to convey the judgment of the Lord in a way that provokes repentance for ourselves and the congregation of witnesses.

Although we cannot limit shaking hands in motion solely to justice, knowing the various ways movement was used in the Bible will help us to be more precise in the ministry of dance. We often hear that taking dance classes increases our "vocabulary" to dance more effectively. Immersing ourselves in the Word of God will also increase our "spiritual movement vocabulary," so that we can dance with skill, power, precision, and understanding.

Isaiah 11:15 (NKJV)
The LORD will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt; With His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River, and strike it in the seven streams, and make men cross over dryshod.

Ezekiel 21:17 (NKJV)
I also will beat My fists together, and I will cause My fury to rest; I, the LORD, have spoken.”

Zechariah 2:9 (NKJV)
For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me.

Zephaniah 2:15 (NKJV)
This is the rejoicing city that dwelt securely, that said in her heart, “I am it, and there is none besides me.” How has she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down! Everyone who passes by her shall hiss and shake his fist.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Agree to Disagree

We may not all have the same opinion on a matter, but we can come to an agreement when we put our egos to the side. Everyone will not agree to the same choreography all of the time. There may be some differing opinions in regards to the garments worn for a piece. We may not all share the same sentiment about a song at a particular time. It is during these times that the ratio of flesh to Spirit is revealed.

If the Lord is leading us to speak up when we are engaged in conversation, we must do so in a way that edifies and is not self-seeking. Too many dance ministry team members feel comfortable speaking to the dance leader in a way that is not honorable. It is not that we should regard leaders as "gods" in our lives, it is that we revere God and therefore honor those He has set in place.

In turn, leaders must also allow the Lord to guide the vision, direction, music selection and choreographic choices. Although the leader may not be responsible for all of these elements, ultimately someone has to make the final decision. When we agree to walk in unity, then our gatherings will be good and pleasant.

Amos 3:3 (NKJV)
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

Proverbs 12:18 (NKJV)
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.

Matthew 5:25 (NKJV)
Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

James 3:16 (NKJV)
For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Perfect Imperfections

If we think that we have mastered movement ministry, we must remember that the only true Master is Jesus. There may be times when we feel as though our dance is not good enough, or that we somehow disappointed the Lord with our offering of movement. We may feel that our own shortcomings hinder us from giving God our best. Let us silence the false accusations of the enemy, and listen to the Word of the Lord.

If we have a tendu that is not an example of proper form, remember that He is Perfect. When our pirouettes spin out of line, we know that God is in control. If there are moments that we forget the choreography when dancing, we remember that He has not forgotten us. Our confidence is in Him, and not in ourselves.

Whatever our physical limitations may be, we are qualified to perform the work that the Lord has given our hands (and feet) to do. If there are areas in which we can improve, we must commit ourselves to gaining the skills needed to operate at our most optimal levels. There is no condenmation for us. Let us allow His perfect will to be done in our lives and ministries.

Psalm 138:8 (King James Version)
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of Thine own hands.

2 Corinthians 4:7 (NKJV)
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

Hebrews 13:20-21 (King James Version)
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 4:12 (King James Version)
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ

Please enjoy this ministry in motion:

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Mortal Combat

Because we use our bodies as tools for ministry, the temptations that we face may often be carnal. What is alluring to someone else may not be a trap for us. We may allow ourselves to overindulge in various areas if we are not watchful. Any areas that we find ourselves struggling with must be confessed and submitted to the Lord.

These problem areas may come in the form of food addiction, inappropriate physical relationships, unhealthy habits (smoking, drinking, lack of exercise, etc), and so on. Think that dancers in the church are not practicing immoral activites? Think again. We must daily surrender our personal struggles to the Lord and ask Him to purify our hearts. What is allowed to rule the mind will eventually show up in our bodies (and destroy the validity of our ministries).

Ministers of dance must carefully guard against any inclination to practice unrighteousness. Each day that we overcome temptation is a victory. If we want to operate in the power of the Spirit, then we must daily place the flesh under subjection. The call to discipleship involves discipline. Physical toning and training our bodies is not enough. Spiritual wholeness is a vital component for effective movement ministry to transform the lives of others. The process begins with us.

Romans 6:12 (NKJV)
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

Romans 8:13 (NKJV)
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

2 Corinthians 4:11 (NKJV)
For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV)
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, ornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Glorious Kingdom

Our God is glorious! As His children and joint heirs with Christ, we are to reflect the Majesty of His Kingdom. Let us offer the Lord our very best in the ministry of movement. Praise and Worship props can greatly assist with the understanding of the message. The more authentic our items, the more powerful the representation will become.

There are times that the ministry may experience budgetary constraints. The great thing is knowing that we may have to begin with something less ornate, but we can gradually upgrade to ministry visual tools that are more durable. We should consider these purchases to be investments in the ministry, as well-made itmes tend to last longer.

We are without limit in the use of glorious worship implements. If the Lord shows it to us, then it is possible. Let us pray for skilled craftsman that can provide us with the tools we need to enhance our visual presentations. There is a new level of Divine creativity awaiting us. Let's get moving!

Psalm 145:12 (NKJV)
To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.

Isaiah 11:10 (NKJV)
“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious.”

Isaiah 60:13 (NKJV)
The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I will make the place of My feet glorious.

2 Corinthians 3:7-9 (NKJV)
But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

Please enjoy this glorious demonstration!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Believing is Seeing!

Trying to debate critics about the validity of movement as a ministry may not be a wise use of our time. Even some of those who witnessed the miraculous works of Jesus doubted His legitimacy. We must keep obeying the directives of the Lord and watch as lives are transformed, miracles manifest, and the Body is edified.

Many instances in the Scriptures describe people who have eyes, but do not see. We rejoice when we dance before an audience that "gets it," but there will be times that we go before people who seem to be blind. This balance is necessary so that we are not puffed up in our own charmismatic ability to "wow" the crowd with our moving presentations.

There are those who are spiritually blinded by traditions and hold thoughts of dance as a fleshly activity, having no place among believers. It is believing that opens the eyes of people to comprehend the move of God. We are blessed if we believe and do not see, even though some will adhere to the adage that "seeing is believing."

Once we taste, we will see that the Lord is good! Our prayer is that the ministry of movement will be an opportunity for unbelievers to come to repentance. After ministering in dance on several occasions, I have personally encountered several people who confessed that dance ministry was problematic for them, but was no longer as a result of the dance that was offered! Praise the Lord for His revelation to His people to see His Kingdom at work in the earth. If we believe, then we will be able to see beyond the natural.

Psalm 27:13 (NKJV)
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

John 3:36 (NKJV)
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

John 6:40 (NKJV)
And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 11:40 (NKJV)
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

John 20:29 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Art of the Perfumer

We should carefully consider how the perfumes or colognes that we wear can affect the movement ministry. A light, sweet scent may not be a noticeable distraction. Heavily doused skin or garments can cause an allergic reaction that we may not desire or expect. Each movement minister must know which direction to go in the area of fragrance selection.

It is better to smell sweet than to offend. The Scriptures refer to fragrances in the positive context as pleasant and sweet-smelling. One of the most remarkable acts of worship recorded in the Bible involve a woman and a costly offering of fragrant oil. The contents of her alabaster container were deemed extremely valuable.

The maidens in the Book of Esther were expected to come before the king scented fragrantly. King Solomon describes the love of his life as one who understood the importance of aroma. Perfuming ourselves is an indication of love, preparation, and worship. How much more thought should we put into the fragrance of our garments, skin, and worship instruments? Let's not go overboard. It's the thought that counts!

Exodus 30:25 (NKJV)
And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil.

Esther 2:12 (NKJV)
Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.

Proverbs 27:9 (NKJV)
Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.

Song of Solomon 3:6 (NKJV)
[THE Shulamite] Who is this coming out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the merchant’s fragrant powders?

Matthew 26:7 (NKJV)
A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.

Ephesians 5:2 (NKJV)
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More Than I Can Bare

It seems like we should be past the point where there is any question about what is appropriate for dance attire in a worship setting. Every dance ministry does not have to fit into the cookie-cutter mode of garments, but there are some basic commonalities that will prevent major fallout. What works in the church setting may differ from what works outside on the sidewalk. The key is to honor God and respect the viewing audience so as not to hinder our efforts.

It does not matter which culture we are trying to portray in our dances. We must be mindful of the culture that we are ministering to. Our choice of garment should not be such a stumblingblock to the viewer. If we think globally, we would respect the values of a country when travelling for ministry as long as they do not violate the principles of the Word. This will allow us to minister to them in a way that can be understood. Showing bare midriffs and bulging breasts will surely cause a ripple in the worship setting. Visible bra straps for females and boxer short on males (yes, I have seen this more than once) will distract. We should take precautions to avoid this.

There remains the segment of dancers who "feel" like we should have liberty to wear whatever suits us best. I would invite these dancers to refer to the Bible for instructions and pray for revelation in this area. Overly large, non-flattering garments can be dangerous and impair movement. We do not have to go to extremes. Wisdom and understanding will eliminate much of the discussion in this area. We must think beyond ourselves, and consider that others are watching our every move.

Jeremiah 13:22 (NKJV)
And if you say in your heart, “Why have these things come upon me?” For the greatness of your iniquity Your skirts have been uncovered, Your heels made bare.

Ezekiel 16:8 (NKJV)
“When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord GOD.

2 Corinthians 5:2-4 (NKJV)
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.

Revelation 3:18 (NKJV)
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dearly Departed

We pray that we never experience a time when the presence of the Lord departs from our lives and ministries. A way to combat this is to remain humble and obedient to the Word of God. We must continue to move with Him in whatever way He chooses to reveal Himself. When we are trained to recognize Him, then we are less likely to miss the move of God.

Dance ministries of yesteryear may find themselves stuck in the form and fashion of trying to work an equation in an attempt to invoke the Presence of the Lord. Our contrived formulas cannot force the Lord to permeate an atmosphere. It is our hearts that He searches. Nothing can cause an "Ichabod" experience like sin, pride, and self-reliance. Just because we seemingly carry the Presence with us often when we dance, does not guarantee a God-encounter in every ministry piece we render.

Our Lord is not limited to objects or particular ministries. He can work through the ministry down the street, just as well as He can choose to use us for His Glory. A powerless dance ministry is a troubling sight to witness. Without the Spirit of the Lord operating through us, our efforts are fruitless. We need the Glory, not for ourselves, but to introduce the Savior to a dying world. Who else can snatch them from the grips of death and usher them into eternal life? Not unto us, Lord. Not unto us...

1 Samuel 4:22 (NKJV)
And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”

1 Samuel 16:14 (NKJV)
[A Distressing Spirit Troubles Saul] But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him.

1 Samuel 18:12 (NKJV)
Now Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, but had departed from Saul.

Psalm 51:11 (NKJV)
Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Proverbs 3:7 (NKJV)
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.

Jeremiah 17:5 (NKJV)
Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD.

Monday, July 21, 2008

"Alter" Call

The lure of flashing lights, throbbing music, and a dance floor versus the opportunity to dance in the Light to life-giving lyrics in the presence of the Lord seems a difficult choice to make for many dancers. The remedy is that dancers must realize that our gifts and talents are given to us to bring glory to God. Many will say that "Dance is my life," and "I was born to dance!" The truth of the matter is that the Bible does not define a "call to dance."

There is a warning that must be issued to those of us in movement ministry. We must be careful that we do not begin to devise alternative doctrines and teachings in order to justify why we do what we do. The Word provides enough Scripture for us to dance before Him with freedom and conviction. When we try to alter Biblical writings to fit our own beliefs, then we are in danger of leading people away from Christ.

There is hope in our calling. The challenge is to correctly defined what it is that we are called to do. When we interject our own theories into movement ministry and begin to follow those ideas more that the Word of God, then we will find ourselves building on sinking sand. Ministry can be accomplished in many ways. Dance and movement definitely minister to people for various reasons. Let's make sure not to add things to the Word which are not written.

Deuteronomy 4:2 (NKJV)
You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Ezra 6:12 (NKJV)
And may the God who causes His name to dwell there destroy any king or people who put their hand to alter it, or to destroy this house of God which is in Jerusalem. I Darius issue a decree; let it be done diligently.

Psalm 89:34 (NKJV)
My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.

Jeremiah 2:11 (NKJV)
Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory for what does not profit.

Ephesians 4:13-15 (NKJV)
Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

Sunday, July 20, 2008


What often derails us is the unexpected. We should not embrace lives of fear and mistrust; However, we should not be surprised when those who proclaim to be with us convert from friends to foes. This reality is often necessary so that we learn to trust only the Lord and do not dependent on others to reach the place to which the Lord has called us.

We should not be surprised if the strongest dancer in our ministry seeks to replace us. Revenge must be resisted when we discover that our fellow dance ministers have been gossiping about us. Dancers who seemingly betray us by stealing our ideas will teach us widsom down the road. Heartache must not take up long-term residency when we are falsely accused and berated. We must bear our own cross.

Knowing that the Word warns us that these things will happen should make us better prepared when they occur. The pain of abandonment and broken relationships is very real. The enemy of our souls would desire to see that these hardships would cause us to give up and walk away from the ministry. Our Lord wants to see us prevail as more than conquerors through Him.

Jesus Himself knows the sting of betrayal on account of Judas. This was necessary in order for Him to complete His mission for this world. Our experiences are also pivotal, and we must embrace the life that results from trials. Let us not make the mistake of assuming that everyone who started out with us meant to harm us from the beginning. Judas served with Jesus in ministry, and then later allowed the enemy to enter in. Both friends and enemies are vital to our lives. Without enemies, the Lord would not be able to prepare a table before us in their presence.

Job 19:19 (NKJV)
All my close friends abhor me, and those whom I love have turned against me.

Psalm 41:9 (NKJV)
Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.

Zechariah 13:6 (NKJV)
And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’

Luke 21:16 (NKJV)
You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death.

Luke 22:1-4 (NKJV)
Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people. Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


The dance ministry is experiencing the same challenges that are hindering the church. Servanthood seems to be regarded as a less honorable goal, and the privilege of being served has emerged in too many movement ministries. The designation of a specific ministerial title or office is relished by many who have forgotten the true purpose of ministry. Jesus Himself became a servant to His disciples and humbled Himself to wash their feet.

It is not that we should not honor those whom the Lord has ordained. Esteeming others maintains humility in our own lives. Those that we applaud should not solely come from our circle of friends. If we have to demand to be called by a specific "title" by others, then are we really operating in the realm that we claim? If we walk in the Light, then who we are cannot be hidden.

Jesus Himself asked Peter to tell Him who He was. He did not have to convince people of His identity. His life and ministry testified for itself. Our lives should also speak for us. When we remember that "minister" means servant, we should remain in a posture of submission so that we do not attempt to rob God of His Glory.

Instead of desiring to be the "Principal Dancer," we should aim to be a servant to the Gospel. Rather than demanding to be esteemed, we should commend others who are laboring for the Kingdom. True honor comes from the Lord. If we have given ourselves labels that the Lord has not designated for us, then we will be found to be liars and deceivers in the end.

Matthew 23:6-8 (NKJV)
They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.

Luke 6:26 (NKJV)
Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

1 Corinthians 15:9-10 (NKJV)
For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

2 Corinthians 12:5-6 (NKJV)
Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.

John 5:44 (NKJV)
How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?

John 5:44 (NKJV)
Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.

1 Thessalonians 2:5-6 (NKJV)
For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.

Hebrews 5:5 (NKJV)
So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.”

Friday, July 18, 2008

Crying to Keep from Laughing

It is a false assumption that all dances should be done with smiles on our faces. Sometimes a sign of joy is a face wet with tears. Truth realizes that we have a range of emotions, and if we are worshipping in sincerity, then we will not always express the same emotion all of the time. The Lord is aware of our joys and sorrows, and there is a time to express both.

We should not be so unbalanced in that we are always crying during ministry either. Allowing the Lord to reveal to us when it is approprate to express our emotions during ministry is gained through prayer and relationship with Him. It is significant to note that those who minister in mime may paint a smile or tears on the face to signal the tone of the piece to the viewer. Dancers use faces and bodily movement to convey emotion.

When we are freed from the mindset of the "rules" of movement ministry, we are then able to express ourselves with freedom in knowing that the Lord fully expects us to be expressive before Him. If we are overwhelmed with tears, those same teardrops will minister to many. Laughter may cause others to rejoice. The times that we express sorrow are vital to enjoy the deep laughter that only the Lord can give.

Psalm 126:5 (NKJV)
Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Proverbs 14:13 (NKJV)
Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, and the end of mirth may be grief.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 (NKJV)
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Ecclesiastes 7:3 (NKJV)
Sorrow is better than laughter, for by a sad countenance the heart is made better.

Luke 6:21 (NKJV)
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

Luke 6:25 (NKJV)
Woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep.

James 4:8-10 (NKJV)
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Sin impairs vision. Because the Lord cannot look upon sin, He has to turn away from it. Wickedness will cause us to have impaired spiritual sight, as we are not able to clearly see the Lord's leading in our lives. If we are operating in movement ministry and habitually practicing sin, it will become apparent that we are disconnected from the Lord. What is done in the dark comes to light.

If we love Him, we are to keep His commandments. Hypocrisy has become a stain on the reputation of the church beyond the pulpit. The worship arts realm is especially vulnerable because of the many "fans" that are attracted to artistic giftings and the prospect of financial gain resulting from these talents. We must guard ourselves from being blindsided by sin. This will allow us to have the maximum impact as ministers of dance.

Dancers should not feel comfortable with ungodly lifestyles in a ministry that keeps God at the forefront through prayer, Bible study, and worship. The first ministry that must take place begins with us. A lifestyle of holiness should cause others to want to follow Jesus as well. When we seek Him in our personal prayer time and devotion, He will make his glory visible in us to those around us.

2 Chronicles 7:20 (NKJV)
Then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house which I have sanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

Jeremiah 4:1 (NKJV)
“If you will return, O Israel,” says the LORD,“Return to Me; And if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, then you shall not be moved.

Jeremiah 15:1 (NKJV)
Then the LORD said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favorable toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth.

Psalm 10:4-5 (NKJV)
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


The Word is teeming with visual imagery and symbolism. Our creative God is neither boring nor mundane. Movement ministry should be as vivid and limitless as the Word. The more that we understand the power of visual symbolism recorded in the Bible, we become more effective when incorporating visual imagery in dance.

A crown is often used to denote Kingship or royalty in many dance and pageantry presentations. Another powerful visual tool that can be used in movement ministry is the scepter. A King's scepter denotes authority and sovereign rule. It is a personal item in that it is held in the King's hand and can be moved by pointing and upright placement (like a staff), even in matters of decision-making. In contrast, a crown is often placed on the head and is rarely moved or used once in place. In the book of Esther, the extension of the King's scepter meant the difference between life and death.

Scepters can be made by hand, purchased online, or obtained at costume and prop stores for use in worship. Gold and silver are popular colors, often richly decorated with or without jewels of various colors. These can be ornate, and long or short. Choreographic movements can highlight the Majesty of royal symbols.

We must take care to remember that the Kingship is to be at the forefront. Scepters that appear overly-feminine may give the impression that a queen is in power. There is no perfect scepter on earth that can capture what the Sovereign King would hold in the Heavenlies. When we seek and ask the Lord for Divine creativity, He will show us that it has already been revealed in His Word.

Genesis 49:10 (NKJV)
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.

Numbers 24:17 (NKJV)
“I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.

Esther 4:11 (NKJV)
“All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days.”

Hebrews 1:8 (NKJV)
But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Spare Change

As we observe the world around us, it seems that there is more tolerance for what the Word calls sin. Although believers are supposed to be separate from the Godless practices of the world, many are embracing the customs of it in the name of liberty. The dance ministry is not immune to this trend.

Many dance leaders are living in intimacy with others to whom they are not married. Countless dancers are living sinful lifestyles that do not glorify God. Self-absorbed, conceited divas terrorize churches, communities, and dance programs with spiritual terrorism and sorority-style superiority. It is time to confront these destructive tactics of the enemy and spare not!

Those who labor in the ministry of movement should not be overaken by sin. We are overcomers. Perfection is a standard to which we aim, but the practice of willful disobedience sends shockwaves that cannot be measured if we do not yield to the Word of the Lord. Toleration of gross sin and misconduct only serves to disqualify movement as a ministry if practiced by dance ministers. Let us lay the lure of sin on the altar, and leave nothing left to spring up. No more excuses. Leave nothing behind for the enemy to claim. It's time to walk in righteousness.

Isaiah 58:1 (NKJV)
“Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Ezekiel 5:11 (NKJV)
‘Therefore, as I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish you; My eye will not spare, nor will I have any pity.

Romans 8:32 (NKJV)
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Romans 11:21 (NKJV)
For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.

2 Peter 2:4-7,9 (NKJV)
For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked...

...then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment

Monday, July 14, 2008

Knit Picking

It is often said that we must be careful concerning who we are connected to. If we are not in relationship with the Lord, then we will definitely make poor choices in selecting our companions. The decisions that we make in life and ministry will have an impact on us for better or for worse.

We should not develop relationships with ulterior motives. It is also not conducive to our growth to spend most of our time with people who agree with everything that we say and do. Dance leaders should forge close relationships with other leaders and Pastors who can help them improve in skill and wise understanding. Dance Ministers should walk closely with others who are striving to lead a life of purity before the Lord. We are more likely to stay on the path of righteousness if we select friends and associates who honor God.

David and Jonathan's friendship was so deep that they were described as being "knit" together by the soul. We must examine what holds our relationships together. For some of us, it may be a tangled web of obligation and controlling personalities. For others, it may be a past of unwise decisions and comfort in familiarity. Those who we once called friends can quickly become our enemies. We should pray that the love of God holds us together in relationships that do not seek to glorify the flesh.

Webs can be broken. Faith can overcome fear and move beyond the familiar. Love overcomes it all. Let us pray to the Lord concerning who we are "knitted" to. If we are always chosen by our friends and seldom find ourselves selecting them with care, then we must decide Who we will serve, and re-organize our relationships to support God's will in our lives.

1 Samuel 18:1 (NKJV)
Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

Proverbs 12:26 (NKJV)
The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Lamentations 1:2 (NKJV)
She weeps bitterly in the night, Her tears are on her cheeks; Among all her lovers She has none to comfort her. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; They have become her enemies.

Ephesians 4:16 (NKJV)
From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

James 4:4 (NKJV)
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bring Them In

Dances that remain disconnected to the Word and irrelevant to what the Spirit is saying are done in vain. In the ministry of Jesus, he dealt with real issues that were facing the religious and natural lives of the people. Many dances are meaningful only to the persons performing it, and are meaningless to the viewer. This is not the purpose of movement ministry.

There is no special quality in the dance itself that makes it anointed. It is the heart of the dance minister, and the Word of God that moves on our behalf. If we are not careful, we will neglect to acknowledge that the Word is at work, and mistakenly magnify the dance. We are doers of the Word, not doers of the dance.

For movement to be ministry, it must lift up Jesus so that He can draw people to Himself by the Spirit. We are not to merely wait for people to come into our churches to receive the Word. As when Jesus walked the earth, the sick, lame, tormented, and dead were brought to Him to inherit a life-altering testimony. Let us draw the viewer in by remembering that those who need ministry may need to be carried into His presence through the use of our hands, arms, and shoulders.

Mark 2:3 (NKJV)
Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.

John 12:32 (NKJV)
And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”

Acts 5:16 (NKJV)
Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

James 4:8 (NKJV)
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Here is a clip from Expressions Dance Ministry... bringing them in!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ain't No Mountain High Enough!

We can run, but we can't hide! Many who have been called to the ministry of movement have had challenging times in which it felt like the sacrifice was too great. The rejection, pressure, expenses, time, energy, lost relationships, and unexpected life situations have many believing that it is time to give up. The moment of the race that is the most painful is near the end. It is here that the legs seem to want to stop moving, the heartbeat pounds at maximum capacity, and the lungs burn like intense fire. It is here that the reward is obtained.

When the people in the Bible wanted to honor other gods, they would set up a monument on a high mountain. God gave instructions many times that these false idols should be thrown down. When Jesus was tempted, satan took Him upon a high mountain to show what he could offer. In our lives, there should be no "mountain" high enough to get us to walk away from the Lord, or serve anything else but His purpose. We must speak to every high place in our lives to come under the subjection of Christ!

Whatever our "issues" may be, the Lord will sustain us if we desire to be set free. Our testimonies will birth many dances that will see the prisoner unshackled if we allow the Lord to have His way in us. Let us continue to move by His Spirit, knowing that there is nothing higher than the Lord our God. Glory to God in the Highest!

Deuteronomy 12:2 (NKJV)
You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree.

Amos 4:13 (NKJV)
For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth— The LORD God of hosts is His name.

Habakkuk 3:10 (NKJV)
The mountains saw You and trembled; The overflowing of the water passed by. The deep uttered its voice, and lifted its hands on high.

Matthew 4:8-9 (NKJV)
Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Friday, July 11, 2008

Lip Service

Dancing is not enough. We must have enough Word in us that we can verbalize His goodness. Some prefer to sing along with songs as they dance. This is not a requirement or a suggestion. Too many dancers hide behind the songs and movements, and cannot tell one personal testimony of the transforming power of God in their own lives.

While we spend time practicing our routines, we should also spend time each day giving Him the fruit of our lips. This does not mean to grab a bullhorn and stand on the street corner and yell Scriptures to passersby. Wherever and whenever we find an opportunity to praise His name, we should jump at the chance. Whether we are in our homes, in the car, taking a shower, riding the elevator, or walking down the street, we can take many moments throughout the day to tell the Lord how wondrous He is to us. The joy that will result cannot be hidden.

The more we magnify the Lord, the more of Him people will be able to see in our lives and ministries. It is not difficult to show conviction, passion, and emotion through dance when we do it on a daily basis. Praise and worship does not start at dance rehearsal, it starts with us.

Job 8:21 (NKJV)
He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.

Psalm 40:9 (NKJV)
I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know.

Psalm 51:15 (NKJV)
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

Psalm 63:3 (NKJV)
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.

Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Starting something new is always exciting. Many announce fervent interest in the movement ministry after seeing a dance in person or in the media. Others desire to join because of the perceived glamour and celebrity associated with dance ministry (or so they think). As soon as the subject of money for garments, conferences, books, or offerings comes up, we will discover that there are less with us than started the journey.

Ministry costs. Though there are some who travel by all-expenses-paid arrangements, most movement ministries have not arrived at that place. Hosting several dancers and paying all expenses will incur a financial impact that most churches and organizers may not be able to reasonably provide.

Dancers often self-fund trips, purchases, and ministry education. This is a benefit in that the dancer is able to retain the experience, knowledge, and priceless opportunity to win souls for the Kingdom. It can also open doors that can lead to ministry donations, sponsorships, and funding.

Ministries should serve out of a desire to obey, please, and magnify the Lord. The cost of discipleship will mean surrendering some of our desired comforts and pleasures. If there are specific things that we must have in order to accept an invitation to minister, we should not wait until the last minute to make our requests known. We should avoid placing ourselves in situations where we find out that we do not have enough resources or time to accomplish the task. By then we are knee-deep, and it is already too late.

1 Chronicles 21:24 (NKJV)
Then King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing.”

Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 (NKJV)
When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed- Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.

Matthew 25:8-10 (NKJV)
And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

Luke 14:28 (NKJV)
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Progress Report

It is said that bad news travels fast. Along our ministry journey, we will experience both triumphs and tragedies. Encounters with victory and adversity will breed strength and endurance in us. Although people may speak evil of us for various reasons, we are not to try to address every rumor and supposition. We must be diligent to make sure that any bad reports about us are untrue.

We will have missteps in movement ministry. Humilty reminds us to confess our faults and repent and reconcile for any wrongdoing. The enemy is the accuser of the brethren. If the Lord has delivered us out of a past that did not glorify Him, then we should not be ashamed. If our lives are anything like that of Abraham, David, and Paul, the Lord can definitely use us for His Kingdom.

Let us also not be guilty of spreading bad reports about our fellow ministers of dance. The Lord is the Judge. Let us continue to check our own motives and stay pure before the Lord. A healthy Body does not fight against itself. How we conduct ourselves can help or hinder the progress of another ministry. Rumors will continue to circulate, but we need only believe the report of the Lord.

Exodus 23:1 (NKJV)
[Justice for All] “You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

Numbers 14:36-37 (NKJV)
Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land, those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the LORD.

Proverbs 15:30 (NKJV)
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good report makes the bones healthy.

Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"Bored of Directors"

Leadership is not something to be used as a bargaining chip. There are many ministry leaders today who are holding onto positions for dear life, but are not leading the people in the way that they should go. Many dance leaders have been appointed to serve in a Ministry Director capacity for which they are not prepared. It is my prayer that churches are not implementing movement ministries out of a necessity to "keep up with the Joneses."

It is better for a leader to have the passion for dance before accepting the appointment to lead. Experience is a bonus, but the impact that wrong motives or misdirected guidance can have on people can scar them for a lifetime. Politics and family/friend relationships too often play a large part in leadership selection.

Now is not the time to lead blindly. If we are called to stand in front of the crowd, then we must walk in the path that the Lord had set before us. Too many dance concerts showcase dance groups with little or no understanding of movement as a ministry. Many dance leaders are frustrated, burned-out, or outright bored in their current positions. Many organizations are forcing movement ministries into a carbon-copy type of group activity, and are not asking the Lord for His will to be done.

If He instructs us to move from a position, then we should follow Him to experience the fullness of His calling. If we lack passion, then we must seek God for restoration and instruction. There are lives hanging in the balance, and more leaders to be developed. Let us make sure to move ourselves out of the way so that we are not a stumblingblock to others.

2 Chronicles 12:6 (NKJV)
So the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, “The LORD is righteous.”

Isaiah 9:16 (NKJV)
For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed.

Jeremiah 23:32 (NKJV)
Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the LORD, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the LORD.

Matthew 15:13-14 (NKJV)
But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

Monday, July 7, 2008

Making a Name for Yourself

Many desire a famous name in ministry, but do not want to accomplish the work that it takes to get there. Marketing, television shows, and public appearances do not make a name that will endure. The name of Jesus is known throughout the world because of what He did when He was on this earth. If He would not have been obedient in ministry and endured the cross, His name would not have the impact that is does throughout the generations. A name can also become infamous through scandal. This is not the type of situation in which we want to find ourselves.

Movement ministries are facing the same types of pressures to accomplish what savvy business people have studied for years. There is the idea that if you are not a published author regarding dance ministry, then you are not knowledgeable. If your website is not flashy and professionally designed, then it may be thought that you are a "little fish" in the pond. If the opportunity for you to earn a monthly salary at the benefit of multiple engagements your itinerary has not rescued you from your full-time job, then you may be shunned from sitting on the front row of major ministry events. It is who the Lord says we are that matters.

We are all at different stages and places in our lives. If we build our houses on sand, they will wash away. The Lord gives witty inventions. We must wait on His timing to succeed at them with maximum effect. Let us stay prayerful not to envy what seems to be the success of our fellow laborers in dance. Sometimes a meteoric rise will be followed by a very public failure. It is endurance that wins the race.

Genesis 12:2 (NKJV)
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

2 Samuel 7:9 (NKJV)
And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.

1 Chronicles 4:38 (NKJV)
These mentioned by name were leaders in their families, and their father’s house increased greatly.

Ezekiel 20:9 (NKJV)
But I acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned before the Gentiles among whom they were, in whose sight I had made Myself known to them, to bring them out of the land of Egypt.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Let's Face It...

The art of mime has increasingly gained popularity in the movement ministries. It is done by males and females, and is often accompanied by gloves and face paint. The garments worn are usually unisex robes or black and white clothing. The presence of mime ministries crosses racial barriers and denominational lines. The face of the mime may be covered in face paint for highlighted expression. There are other times when this is not the case.

Whether or not the mime minister chooses to stay within the traditional confines of mime protocol, there is a unique call on each person to move under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We are beyond the place where we have to model ourselves after other ministries. They key is not to become a "character" but a reflection of Christ as we minister before Him.

As we continue to learn more about the Lord, He will give renewed vision and birth Divinely creative ways to break through the walls of "church as usual." The genres that we are aware of now may change and grow over the next few years. If we remain open, the Lord can use us to usher in a new and creative dance artform. We do not have to be relegated to borrowing our technique from the dance world. We can change the face of movement ministry as we know it if we seek His face first.

Exodus 33:11 (NKJV)
So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.

Deuteronomy 5:4 (NKJV)
The LORD talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire.

1 Chronicles 16:11 (NKJV)
Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!

Psalm 17:15 (NKJV)
As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.

Here is a video by K & K Mime, dubbed the "Fathers of Gospel Mime."

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Sweet Land of Liberty

Freedom in the Lord is unlike any other. The more that we immerse ourselves in His Word and revel in His love, the more we realize that being a bondservant to Christ is the most liberating existence that we could ever have! Freedom in Christ will allow us to dance and minister in ways that we have never seen in the natural. He will give us the ability to bring the Heavenly vision into the earth realm through visual ministry.

The dictates of men may try to make us think that we are in some way hindered by our technical skills or inexperience. The Lord says that we are free. Our years of dance class and experience may give us confidence to dance. Without Christ, we can do nothing. The rules of the church may place dance ministry in a box. The Spirit sets us at liberty. People may scoff at the passion we have for movement ministry. Our God encourages us to work our faith.

Liberty must be exercised. We only have true freedom when the Spirit of the Lord is present. If we try to demand liberty in the flesh, then we will cause chaos and dissention in the Body. Freedom is not forced. We desire to be in His will, and worship in His presence. Let freedom ring!

Psalm 119:45 (NKJV)
And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts.

1 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV)
But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

2 Corinthians 3:17 (NKJV)
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Galatians 5:13 (NKJV)
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

James 1:25 (NKJV)
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Friday, July 4, 2008

It Depends on You...

There are many opportunities for war. We will become battle-worn and weary if we move away from pursuing peace. Fierce competition seems to be an enduring thorn in the side of worship arts ministries. If we find ourselves in a perpetual war, we must aim to be peacemakers rather than full-time warriors.

The beauty of balance is that we must know how and when to do both. We will never know this through the flesh. The Spirit will guide us concerning wartime and peace. The enemy is not comprised of flesh and blood. Our fellow movement ministers should not be counted among those on whom we declare war. Brethren are to always reconcile and maintain the bond of unity.

The Lord's timing is impeccable. If it is possible, we are to be at peace with one another. If it is not possible, we must remain humble before the Lord to always allow the occassion for healing and reunion. We do this through practicing forgiveness daily. We must bless those who persecute us. When we remember the stain of our own sins and how the Lord has cleansed and forgiven us, we will become guardians of peace, and not supporters of war.


Exodus 14:14 (NKJV)
The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

Psalm 34:14 (NKJV)
Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

Proverbs 16:7 (NKJV)
When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 12:20 (NKJV)
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy.

Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

Romans 12:18 (NKJV)
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Global Positioning

Dance ministry influence has reached beyond what we can imagine or think. When we venture beyond our lines of familiarity, we discover through "going into all the world" that believers come in many shapes, forms, and faces, but it is the name of the Lord that must be common among us all. There is one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one God.

The Lord is preparing His Body of faithful servants for His return. As we discover the inter-connectedness of our many members the world over, we get a true vision of heavenly citizenship. The beauty of holy worship should be witnessed in every country, city, village, tribe, neighborhood, church, and family. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

We rejoice as we see and hear the name of the Lord being up lifted all over the planet. As we continue to raise Him up, He will draw people from afar to worship at His footstool. His footstool is the earth! Let us expand our borders and celebrate the diversities and similarities in the body as all creation surrenders in worship. It is often said that dance is a univeral language. Let us all learn to speak it fluently.

Psalm 86:9 (NKJV)
All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.

Isaiah 2:2 (NKJV)
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.

Matthew 24:14 (NKJV)
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Revelation 15:4 (NKJV)
Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested.”

Please witness the wonder of Body Worship Dance by "Father's Love"

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Covet Us

Our eyes must stay fixed on the Lord. It may be tempting to long for the power, prestige, and giftings of another dance ministry. We may be wowed by gorgeous garments, or greatly desire to minister the song that we just witnessed another ministry deliver. If we do not set a guard over our hearts, we can begin to be covetous.

Whenever we feel the pangs of desiring what God has given to someone else, we must immediately cast those thoughts down. If we are not vigilant, these thoughts can creep into our minds and take root before we know it. Keeping ourselves in a posture of prayer and humility will allow the Lord to reveal to us exactly who He created us to be.

When we walk outside of our calling, we may find ourselves investing in valueless activities (and wasting precious time). It is not to God's glory to sweat and cry over a work that He has not ordained. One way to keep covetousness in order is to proactively support the efforts of other ministries without ulterior motives. The only things that we should covet according to the Word are spiritual gifts that would build the Kingdom, not for our sakes, but for the Lord's. Maintaining an attitude of servanthood will quell the natural inclination for competition and diminish covetous actions in our own lives.

Exodus 18:21 (NKJV)
Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

Psalm 119:36 (NKJV)
Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness.

Acts 20:33 (NKJV)
I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel.

1 Corinthians 12:30-31 (KJV)
Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: And yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Limits and Boundaries

If we do not set limits and boundaries, we may find ourselves outside of the will of God. Too many in ministry over-extend themselves and end up bitter, dissatisfied, and disgruntled. If we are running full speed concerning all things ministry and neglecting our homes, we may need to take inventory and get rid of the excess.

Moses is an example of a leader in the Bible who was becoming overwhelmed with addressing the needs of so many people. He heeded wise advice and appointed qualified men who could deal with the less pertinent itmes so that he could better function. Maintaining strength in ministry means that there are some things that we will not be able to do.

Prayer will allow us to determine what limits and boundaries that we must set to please the Lord and be good stewards over our personal affairs. It is fine to say no to the things that we are not supposed to carry as a burden. Operating in wisdom through the Spirit will keep us in line.

Job 13:27 (NKJV)
You put my feet in the stocks, and watch closely all my paths. You set a limit for the soles of my feet.

Job 14:5 (NKJV)
Since his days are determined, the number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.

Acts 17:26-27 (NKJV)
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us

2 Corinthians 10:13-14 (NKJV)
We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ;