WELS – Indie Authors!

These are all books that were written and self-published by members of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod):

A children’s book, illustrated by a Pastor and written by his son:

 

From writer, blogger and poet; Adam Nitz:

 

Poems, Prayers, Ministry Resources and more:

 

First Person Sermons, now in Audio and Book formats:

 

How to Start Webcasting for Churches:

http://www.wels.net
Christ’s Love is Our Calling!

The Golden Chain of Blessing

The Golden Chain of Blessings


Most churches in my denomination who follow the Lectionary will be listening to the reading of Romans 5:1-11 this Sunday as it is our Epistle reading for the day. I am giving permission for anyone who wants to reprint my poem based on Romans 5:3-4 in their bulletin or as an insert for your people to contemplate during the pre-service time. Pastors, also feel free to use this in your sermon if applicable.

“We glory in our sufferings, Because suffering produces perseverance; Perseverance, character; And character, hope.”  – Romans 5:3, 4

— 
We struggle through our sufferings, 
we drown in currents of woe, 
We all have stories of distress, 
whose origin we may not know. 

But determination will build slowly over time,
A glowing perseverance among our earthly grime. 
It builds to a point we really do not deserve, 
A city on a hill, a light, for all to observe. 

Then finally, a promise catches us by surprise, 
Blessings flow and gush right before our very eyes. 
It’s a golden chain of blessings after all, 
Suffering – perseverance – character – hope 
Designed by the Master to help us cope. 

It’s for our own good and in the end, 
it will be understood. 
Suffering was shared by Jesus, 
the One who also once withstood. 
So fear not, for the Holy Spirit is with you all the time, 
Hang onto the hope and use it to get through the daily grind. 


©2015, Steven Brown, Used with Permission

God Is…

I set out to define who God is, by looking for all the “God is” statements in The Bible and low and behold; I found a total of 50 short phrases that nicely define Him.  
Here’s what the doctor prescribes:
  • For a quick pick-me-up read 40-50 because it’s bound to help
  • If you are just curious, read #1 and it will invite you to read more
  • If you want to be surprised, read numbers 13, 18, 21 and 28
  • If you are feeling scared, insecure, confused, alone or in need, read 12, 13, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, 37, 40, 41 and 47
  • If you’re having a bad day read 25-50, then say thanks to God.
  • If your world is crumbling before your teary eyes, read 1-50, then say a prayer.

Listed in Biblical order:
  1. God is a consuming fire – De 4:24
  2. God is a merciful God – De 4:31
  3. God is God of gods and Lord of lords – De 10:17
  4. God is with you – 1 Sam 10:7
  5. God is exalted in his power. – Job 36:22
  6. God is a righteous judge – Ps 7:11
  7. God is my rock – Ps 18:2
  8. God is our refuge and strength – Ps 46:1
  9. God is the King of all the earth – Ps 47:7
  10. God is seated on His holy throne. – Ps 47:8
  11. God is our God for ever and ever – Ps 48:14
  12. God is my help – Ps 54:4
  13. God is for me – Ps 56:9
  14. God is steadfast – Ps 57:7
  15. God is our refuge – Ps 62:8
  16. God is a God who saves – Ps 68:20
  17. God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever – Psalm 73:26
  18. God is a sun and shield – Ps 84:11
  19. God is holy – Ps 99:9
  20. God is in heaven – Ps 115:3
  21. God is full of passion – Ps 116:5
  22. God is flawless – Pr 30:5
  23. God is with us – Is 8:10
  24. God is my salvation – Is 12:2
  25. God is the God of gods – Dan 2:47
  26. God is merciful and forgiving- Dan 9:9
  27. God is righteous in everything He does – Dan 9:14
  28. God is the watchman – Hos 9:8
  29. God is one and there is no other but him – Mk 12:32
  30. God is in your midst – Lk 17:21
  31. God is near – Lk 21:31
  32. God is truthful – Jn 3:33
  33. God is spirit – Jn 4:24
  34. God is the bread that comes down from heaven – Jn 6:33
  35. God is revealed – Ro 1:17
  36. God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord – Ro 6:23
  37. God is for us, who can be against us? – Ro 8:31
  38. God is faithful – 1 Cor 1:9
  39. God is stronger than human strength – 1 Cor 1:25
  40. God is really among you – 1 Cor 14:25
  41. God is able to bless you abundantly – 2 Cor 9:8
  42. God is one – Gal 3:20
  43. God is coming – Col 3:6
  44. God is our witness – Thes 2:5
  45. God is just – 2 Thes 1:6
  46. God is the builder of everything – Heb 3:4
  47. God is treating you as His children – Heb 12:7
  48. God is pleased – Heb 13:16
  49. God is light – 1 Jn 1:5
  50. God is love – 1 Jn 4:8

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A Better Savior

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More Poetry from Steve Brown

A Better Savior
Inspired by the the book of Hebrews, by the Holy Spirit, and Pastor Michael Zarling

The best Savior, Jesus is He
The best Leader, The root of Jesse

The best covenant, His pact is key
The best tabernacle
Worshiping in spirit and truth; can we all agree?

The best mediator, The one appointee
The best focus, The man hung on the tree

The best access, Through the trinity three
The best sympathizer, For all sinners to see

The best resurrection, Now He is free
The best Savior, For you, for me.

The Transfiguration

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More Poems by Bobby Brown

The Transfiguration

Jesus took Peter, James and John
High up into the mountains, to pray
Then Jesus was transformed before them
In a mystical, wonderful, way

For His countenance had a glow and a shine
As the three apostles listened
His raiment actually turned to white
And it remarkably glistened

Moses and Elijah would then appear
As the deep called unto the deep
But unfortunately, the three apostles
Had fallen fast asleep

A cloud then overshadowed them
As the transfiguration had begun
A voice came from the clouds
Saying “This is my beloved son.”

Lifestyle Worship – Book Giveaway

My new book titled “Lifestyle Worship – Poems, Prayers and Ministry Resources” is now available in both Kindle E-Book and printed (paperback) formats. Both are currently on sale at introductory rates. The E-Book is priced at $0.99 (Amazon’s recommended price is $3.99) and the paperback is on sale for a limited time at $8.99 (regular price is $9.99). I do not know how long this sale price will be in effect as it is offered by Amazon, not me.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who reads this BLOG as you, along with the Holy Spirit who resides within, have inspired me to write this book. As such, I am offering free copies of both formats in exchange for reviews on Amazon if you are interested, but I will give you a book even if you don’t write a review because this is my way of sharing God’s word with you. Please note that you need to be an Amazon customer in order to write a review but you do not have to purchase the book as it can be given to you as a gift.

I am offering up to 10 free copies of the E-Book to anyone in the world, and 2 free copies of the paperback (continental US residents only). I will also personalize the paperback if you so desire. If interested, either email me at sjbrown58 “at” yahoo “dot” com or leave a comment on this post. The free copies will be given on a first come basis.

It is a sizable book – about 250 pages.

To God alone be the glory!

Psalm 150 Musical Responsive Reading

Psalm 150 Musical Responsive Reading

M: Praise the Lord.
C: We are here today to offer our praises to our savior.

M: Praise God in his sanctuary;
C: We are the body of Christ. We have gathered in this sanctuary to lift our voice in praise.

M: praise him in his mighty heavens.
C: We look forward to being with our savior one day in heaven where we will be surrounded with beauty and perfect heart-felt praise.

M: Praise him for his acts of power;
C: For walking on water, for calming the storm, for raising the dead and for conquering sin we praise you.

M: Praise him for his surpassing greatness.
C: We praise the King of Kings, The Lord of Lords and the Prince of Peace.

M: Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
C: We will praise you with brass instruments. (if you have a trumpet player available; let them blast now*)

M: Praise him with the harp and lyre,
C: We will praise you with stringed instruments. (if you have any string instrument players available; let them strum, pick, thumb and stroke now*)

M: praise him with timbrel and dancing,
C: We will praise you with tambourines and dancing. (Tap the tambourine now*)

M: praise him with the strings and pipe,
C: We will praise you with the organ and the guitar. (Organ and guitar play here*)

M: praise him with the clash of cymbals,
C: we crash the cymbals together to celebrate because the today is the day you have made (cymbal crash now*)

M: praise him with resounding cymbals.
C: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Crash the cymbals again*)

* Instrumental breaks are 3 to 5 second riffs that have been prepared in advance

The Helper

The Helper
By Steve & Bob Brown

Jesus calls him the “helper”
For into truth, He’ll guide
He actually indwells your being
Yes, he’s there on your inside

And unto the body of Christ
He baptizes and He’ll seal
Until the second coming
His presence will be very real

He will fill your heart
With the God that you yearn
He will bring to memory
All the things you need to learn

He will also empower you
To witness, to solve, to pray
As He quickens your spirit
Each and every day!

“The Helper” was co-written with Bobby Brown, the author of “Seated Above Looking Below.”

Find out more here:

Seated Above, Looking Below: Poems to Lift Your Spirit

Steve’s New Book!

A Toolbox for Worship Leaders, Pastors and Musicians

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