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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Free Lesson: "FRESH" (*Based on Ps. 98)

Quick "One Hit" Wonder Lesson for the Spring! About Find a FRESH New Perspective, Life and Song, Using The Idea of God as the Master DJ Remixing Our Life and Giving Us a FRESH Song!

1.  FRESH Life
Sing to God a brand-new song.
He’s made a world of wonders

He rolled up his sleeves,
He set things right.
- Like a DJ rolling up his sleeve at the turntable. God takes the collection of the same old sad songs of our life and mixes them into a brand new, FRESH song!
- Additional verse: Ps. 40:3
2. FRESH Look
Ps. 98:2-3
God made history with salvation,
He showed the world what he could do.
He remembered to love us, a bonus
To his dear family, Israel—indefatigable love.
The whole earth comes to attention.
Look—God’s work of salvation
- Like the FRESH gear your mom buys you the first day of school, God gives us a new FRESH LOOK in our lives through his salvation and our new life in Him.
- Additional verse: Eph. 4:22-24
3. FRESH Loud Love
Ps. 98:4-9
Shout your praises to God, everybody!
Let loose and sing! Strike up the band!
 Round up an orchestra to play for God,
Add on a hundred-voice choir.
 Feature trumpets and big trombones,
Fill the air with praises to King God.
 Let the sea and its fish give a round of applause,
With everything living on earth joining in.
Let ocean breakers call out, “Encore!”
And mountains harmonize the finale—
A tribute to God when he comes,
When he comes to set the earth right.
He’ll straighten out the whole world,
He’ll put the world right, and everyone in it.
- Like any great FRESH song you LOVE you have to play it LOUD! It is not a party and celebration with quiet music.  If you want to get a party started you have to have some FRESH beats played LOUD!
- Additional verse: Luke 19:37-40
* Closing Song: "Our Love is Loud"
Hints & Help
- Beforehand I set up a "DJ" booth in the middle of the room and had a "DJ" play some fun upbeat dance music.  Consider using some DJ Promote stuff or someone similar.
- I found some fun DJ background loops online to add the lesson.
- There is also some fun "Fresh" graffiti backgrounds similar the one above to use as stills online as well.
* This was a quick last minute lesson that I taught right after the new year for a Praise and Worship celebration night to kick off the new year. Obviously there was a lot more to the lesson, but I just wanted to give a quick outline to use without writing up whole "script" of the night!?  I thought it might be a fun lesson for spring to kick off the season of spring. ENJOY, Use it however you want.

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