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The 10 Most Influential Songs in Contemporary Christian Music

CCM SongsCCM Magazine is celebrating 35 years of publication and true to form, they have kicked off the 35th Anniversary Issue with a song. The Special Issue carries 164 pages of richness that truly tells a story of faith, hope and trust in God through incredible music.
 
We are delighted that ‘Shout To The Lord’ has been selected as one of the 10 Most Influential Songs in Contemporary Christian Music. Along with incredible songs like Awesome God (Rich Mullins), Jesus Freak (dc talk), Friends (Michael W Smith), I Can Only Imagine (MercyMe), El Shaddai (Amy Grant), Flood (Jars of Clay), Cinderella (Steven Curtis Chapman), Revelation Song (Jennie Lee Riddle), 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman), these songs have clearly resonated and touched the hearts and souls of Christians across the globe. 
 
Shout To The Lord has been heralded as ‘The song that practically launched the entire praise & worship movement. It is sung by an estimated 25-30 million churchgoers every week and has been covered by at least 20 other artists and has been performed for the President of the United States and the Pope at the Vatican.” According to CCM Magazine, ‘Shout To The Lord has become the standard by which all other worship songs are judged.’
 
 
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Drug Testing & Worship Leaders

muscle 2Well, I knew that would grab your attention!!!

With all the media talk over the last 12 months about some of our fave athletes cheating, in regards to medical enhanced performances, this got me thinking…..

 

Let me share my story…

Many years ago, we were gearing up for one of the most valuable conferences of the year. We had all been working hard, preparing and simply doing what needed to be done. I went to bed feeling, what I would call ‘interesting.. just not well’.. (you probably know the feeling!!). The next morning I kept pushing myself, but my body ached to the point of being unable to hold myself up, and then, what couldn’t happen at this point in time happened…. my voice went.

I can’t remember many times in my life, when I’ve truly been unable to sing due to illness…. Needless to say, this is something I found extremely FRUSTRATING.

I needed to sing, I needed my voice, so what did we do, where did we go? We got a doctor in to see me and I was prescribed antibiotics which were very needful. Also, for the first time in my life, a steroid was used to quickly kick my voice into gear. Kick it into gear, it did! I was SO thankful. The doctor  gave me a five day dose and I was set. I knew and realized this was quite a common treatment, so I felt relieved.. and was back on the mend seemingly without missing a beat.

Life carried on and I sang at that conference and then countless times after that. I felt good and then it happened again…. About 12 months later, I found myself in a similair position. Off I went back to the doctor for the steroid, not the antibiotic.. just the steroid and again….. it kicked into gear quickly and I continued on, not thinking much about it.

Here’s the thing.. I was still attending speech therapy (my fave vocal training), but I really became slack with the discipline of REST, warm ups, cool downs, etc. All the things we need to apply for longevity but in the back of my mind I knew if I really needed to, I could grab the steroid and be OK.

After a while…. I began to feel challenged to my core about my own behaviour. How I was  depending on medicine and not giving my body the Sabbath space it continually needed to regenerate – Gods perfect formula. In saying this, I am NOT anti-medication… BUT since I started speaking about this, I have heard of worship leaders who are often having their actual vocal folds INJECTED with all sorts of things. They are doing this in an effort to  try to erase the pain they feel as they are required to sing morning noon and night without the necessary discipline of warming up, cooling down, and taking REST.

All these years later, and by going back to the basics and keeping vocal health one of my top physical priorities, I can sing and sing and sing.. with NO medical intervention!! Just plain old fashioned discipline and consistency.

So.. NO, we are not about to start drug testing our worship leaders.. BUT, I’m sure you all hear my heart when I say.. PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!! Rest, great food, the Word of God, sunshine, friends, and the disciplines of taking care of the gifts God has entrusted to us. It is RIDICULOUS to try to attain for a standard that God Himself is NOT asking you to attain. Its not about impressing or pleasing others, but serving and loving our great God, who only wants the best for you.

Much Love,

Darlene xo

40 yr old

Generation to Generation

40 yr oldTodays blog comes after many trips to many churches over many years and meeting with MANY musicians/singers ~ true worshippers who’ve been part of worship teams for a whole lot of years, but who’ve hit the age of OVER 40…  and are finding themselves on shelves, wondering what they did wrong??

There are a whole lot of differing reasons that this type of problem has reached epidemic proportions, especially  amongst many of the contemporary churches in the west. Without healthy language around the topic, more and more volunteers AND pastors get hurt and confused in the process.

So, here are my humble thoughts on this….. being a 47 year old, female worship leader and pastor of a contemporary church in the west…

Firstly, to those who find themselves in this category. I will put a challenge out to you…. Do you get your worth from your position or from the platform? Because if you do, this getting older ride is gonna be a very difficult one for you! When your security comes from who you are in Christ, and when you adopt a life attitude of SERVICE, then what you do (even if worship leader is what you feel most equipped for) will be less of a challenge for you. ‘To worship’ has the words ‘to serve’ tied up in its origin. Serving Christ is SO much more than the singing of songs, even though this is an important part of our expression.

Personally, I have found that the more SECURE I am in Christ, the less all the other things impact me. In fact, if you’ll allow your heart to go there, you will find GREAT joy, perhaps the greatest, in raising, encouraging and releasing the next generation.

Psalm 145 says it loud and clear….. GENERATION to GENERATION..

Darlene xx

{PS: I love Gladys… Would love to credit this picture to someone but haven’t found it’s origin yet… will keep trying}

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Revealing Jesus

Well, after many many months of dreaming, writing, praying, talking, laughing and planning… ‘Revealing Jesus’ is finally here.

This whole concept has come out of a simple longing for more of Jesus to be revealed in my life. More of Him in every area of my life, starting with my heart…

I’ve been asking God about the authority we have In Jesus Name, and how the finished work of Christ really does affect every single moment of our lives.

And I’ve been learning how important my speech is… To declare this finished work, to speak out His word and not just accept some of the situations we find ourselves in, but push the enemy right back with the Word of God as we face any trial in life.

SO… from my heart of hearts to yours today, I truly pray these songs become fuel for YOUR journey… songs of praise, songs of war, songs of deep worship and adoration. And that the devotional is like a river of life to your soul.. bite size pieces strength as you read daily.

I Love this text from Corinthians 2…

‘God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of His purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out His best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love him. But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.’
(The Message Translation)

So my friends.. I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to reveal Jesus Christ to you… for He is the Greatest of the Greats, the King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords. And He has a great plan for your life. Ask Him to come be YOUR Lord today… The center of your life… He is a prayer, a breath, a heartbeat away…

Much much love to you all today…

Darls. xx

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Jakarta Tour Update – Festival of Life 2013

Darlene Zschech, Sidney Mohede and band members Luke Munns, Craig Gower, Barry Southgate, David Holmes, Ben Whincop, Nathan Eshman and Thom Macken

It’s so funny to wake up in a different country.. And this one is alive and kicking!! Jakarta is like no other place on earth.. So many industrious , gracious people going fast about their day.. You can SEE the gathering of hope as potential has started becoming reality.

Myself and Mark and our worship team from Oz are here with the one and only Joyce Meyer and her beautiful team..

And they have worked hard ploughing the ground for a long long time to see people find Hope in Christ in this urgent hour.

So. It is pouring with rain, the traffic is madness, but the people are ready.. And the beauty is that God has gone before us all..

We would so appreciate your prayers.. I’ll tweet updates and photos if I can..( Thankyou Global roaming)…

Ok.. Love always.. First meeting starts in 30 mins .. X D

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With much love to you all at Christmas x

Live Album Recording – Revealing Jesus Project

Hey lovely ones.. I am so glad that in our part of the world, Spring is finally here!!! The air feels like it is announcing the arrival of new experiences, and the blooms are doing their best to open up right on time!! My natural tendency is to fling wide the windows of our home, let the fresh air in, clean all my windows, pull out the paddle board…… and write new songs!!

And writing is what I am doing morning, noon and night at the moment, as I prepare for a new LIVE recording which we are capturing during the Church of the Highlands , Birmingham Alabam USA, annual womans convention, on SEPTEMBER 29th.. 7pm. If you are in the area , YOU ARE SO WELCOME TO JOIN US!! I am SO excited about it!! (guys are welcome on the Saturday night!!)

The project is called Revealing Jesus… and I cannot wait to share these songs with you all. The songs are about the finished work of Christ, songs declaring our love for Jesus… and I am simply praying that they are songs that will serve your heart well as you draw closer to Him.

Israel Houghton will be there, as will Kari Jobe.. and some other special guests which you will see during the conference.

OK.. so, back to my piano, bible and laptop… love you so..

Darls..