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Articles by Matthew Westerholm

The Most Important Ear in Worship

Matthew Westerholm
The Most Important Ear in Worship
Whatever the ambient volume of the sanctuary, there is a more critical matter of volume and understanding at play. And it is one of the most glorious truths in the universe. It is implicit in our worship, but too seldom is it mentioned.
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Why Sing Sad Songs When I Don’t Feel Sad?

Matthew Westerholm
Why Sing Sad Songs When I Don’t Feel Sad?
Because of the sin and brokenness of our hearts, and in our churches and world, we have reason to lament. And because of the love of our rescuing God, we have an invitation to bring our mournful sadness as protest and appeal to our God.
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Your Prayer Life Is Better Than You Think

Matthew Westerholm
Your Prayer Life Is Better Than You Think
None of us pray as frequently and fervently as we’d want. We often consider our prayer lives disappointing and discouraging, but perhaps we’re overlooking something.
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Worship on a Bad Day

Matthew Westerholm
Worship on a Bad Day
In the middle of a brutal situation, it can be difficult to feel the difference faith provides. How can God’s promises help us through difficult circumstances?
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Three Reasons to Attend Corporate Worship

Matthew Westerholm
Three Reasons to Attend Corporate Worship
“Why do we have to go to church again?” Children ask this question on a semi-regular basis. And then sometimes, so do we.
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The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Means

Matthew Westerholm
The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Means

As a brand new worship leader, I loved choosing songs. I loved finding a new song that pounded my heart and changed my world. I loved arranging that new song so that the big key change would bring the shekinah

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Make the Switch in Life and Worship

Matthew Westerholm
Make the Switch in Life and Worship

During a ferocious winter storm, I awoke in the middle of the night to find my house without electricity. A quick glance out the window revealed that our entire block was entirely dark.

I called our power company. “Yep,” they…

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Serving Appetizers: Worship Services That Keep Their Promises

Matthew Westerholm
Serving Appetizers: Worship Services That Keep Their Promises

As a worship pastor, I am saddened to read polls reporting young people leaving our churches. True, this happens in each generation (remember the Boomer-angs who returned to church in the 1990s?), but how can service planners encourage the continued…

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Those Dragons Underneath Our Beds

Matthew Westerholm
Those Dragons Underneath Our Beds

How we approach a situation reveals what we expect to find.

Imagine it is 2 A.M. and I’m asleep. My wife taps my shoulder and says, “I heard something. I think there’s an intruder downstairs.” My mind immediately kicks into…

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