GOOD FRIDAY 2016

It's all happening.

Be there.

Posted by Josh Maze at Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | 4 comments

LIFE CHOICES

I was an unplanned pregnancy. Though my scared, 19-year old mom never considered an abortion; she still needed support, help, and most of all - unconditional love. This drives everything I do at my job. 


I constantly think about Life Choices being a place that I wish my mother could have visited. The young girl or the woman who is in the midst of a crisis pregnancy, no matter the circumstance, is always on my mind. God has given me such a deep love for her. It does not matter to me how she got there or her life circumstance. All I can see is Christ’s love for her as his daughter, and also his love for her child. I do not think that any child is a mistake... Praise God my mom didn’t see me as a mistake. Praise God my dad didn’t see me as a mistake and push my mother towards as abortion. Praise God my mother’s parents didn’t see me as a mistake and threaten her to have an abortion. 

Sadly this story is not common for many women in our community. The baby is viewed as a problem or an inconvenience and either the mom has decided on termination or those around her have forced her to consider it. I love fighting for justice and for equality, and every day I am so very honored that God has clearly called me to fight for LIFE… what is more important?! 

Fast forward 30 years… my mom is my best friend. Our relationship is very special. She was even my Matron of Honor in my wedding. I have had the privilege of hearing her counsel young girls who were in an unplanned pregnancy. I love when she tells them to look at me and look at our relationship. She encourages them to think beyond their present reality, which is scary and uncertain. She encourages them to think long term and have Kingdom perspective.  They begin to think about the future and think about that baby being in their life, and the relationship they will have. It is beautiful. Life is beautiful. 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10

- Stacie Maze

My wife, Stacie is the Director of Ministry Relations at Life Choices Memphis.
I couldn't be more proud of her, or the work she is doing in our city.
For more information, check out lcfriends.org & lifechoicesmemphis.org

Posted by Josh Maze at Friday, February 12, 2016 | 11 comments

NO LONGER SLAVES

There's so much I could say about this moment.
There's no way to capture it all on here.

The 187 salvations, the team, Clayton King, Will Tucker, our culture, the worship, the baptisms, the Brown Missionary Baptist Church choir, the vibes, the electricity, this 'touching Heaven' moment...

But I'll let the video speak for itself:


Posted by Josh Maze at Monday, September 28, 2015 | 24 comments

JIMMY FALLON

5 REASONS JIMMY FALLON IS ONE OF THE BEST WORSHIP LEADERS IN THE WORLD

No matter the guest, they're the "absolute best" on the "absolute best" TV show or film. Isn't it amazing that every. single. night... Jimmy's "favorite" person is on the show... and we believe him? I believe him. I follow him. All the way to the desk where he is absolutely enthralled by the special guest. Completely engaged. As a matter of fact, he's so engaged - I'm engaged. I'm engaged through him. All the sudden I find myself interested in the guest / the subject / the conversation. Through Jimmy's excitement & passion, I find myself involved. I never knew that I could become such a fan of some random C-list celebrity... but seeing Jimmy as such a fanatic about this person, here I am. Participating.

Here are 5 things every worship leader in the world should learn from Jimmy Fallon.

1. He's always smiling.
This may be the most important and underrated aspect of Jimmy's career. He smiles. A lot. Like... constantly. And that's really good because, he's in our living rooms and our bedrooms. And we want happy / positive people in our home. Smiles break down barriers. Smiles invite you in. Every worship leader who doesn't smile while singing about Love... Grace... Hope... Jesus... is completely missing the mark. If you're not smiling, you're not winning. If you're not smiling, you probably don't look friendly. You might even be coming across too serious, overly spiritual, or arrogant. Let's avoid that at all cost.

2. He's got great energy.
It's rarely hype. It's always excitement. He loves what he does, and it's obvious. But check this out... Jimmy Fallon has bad days too. He's a human being. But you may never know it. We don't see it. He presses through and does his job... making us feel at home. People need a confident leader to bring the energy to the room. Energy is contagious. Bad / low energy is contagious. Great / high energy is contagious. Be yourself, yes. Be vulnerable, of course. But get excited about what you're doing!

3. He's humble.
I've heard a ton of different people make comments about Jimmy. "He's awesome... He's the best... I love him... I have a crush on him... He's literally perfect..." (And those are just from my wife... ;) But I have never heard anyone say anything about his ego, his pride, or his arrogance. Yet - he's one of the biggest stars in the world. He's self-deprecating. He knows his strengths - He knows his weaknesses. He doesn't take himself too seriously. He's quick to laugh at himself. That's endearing. I like being around people like that, don't you? With his ratings up 27% in the households & up 40% in the 18-49 demographic. Yes. You do. We do.

4. He's prepared.
Monologues, singing, dancing, bits, sketches, dialogues, interviews... he does it all. And he's ready. We think we have something to get ready for on Sundays? Once a week? Imagine having to be fresh, funny, smart, & interesting 5 nights a week. He nails it. And yes, he's got a great team around him that help him prep. What can we learn from this as worship leaders? What can we take away? Very little excellence happens in life without proper preparation and planning. Let's do our part to prepare, and let God do what only He can do.

5. He's relevant.
'Relevant' isn't my favorite word ever. But let's remind ourselves... It's a real word:

Relevant
 adjective rel·e·vant \ˈre-lə-vənt\ relating to a subject in an appropriate way

If I tried doing what we do at Highpoint at the big Episcopal church down the street, it wouldn't work. I'd be dead in the water. You have to speak the language of the people you are speaking to. You have to relate. You have to know who is in the room and have an idea of where they are coming from. Jimmy's show is so relevant, it's ridiculous. The monologues are literally centered around the day's news, the day's gossip, and even the day's tragedy. The interviews are centered around the film or TV show that just premiered or is about to premier. Why do so many churches miss this? We at Highpoint have decided to teach timeless truths in a timely way.
That's a Non-negotiable. 

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So, all in all, while Jimmy is leading us in the worship of the people he adores - like Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Tom Cruise, Justin Timberlake, or Brad Pitt, we still have a lot to learn. And if we are leading people in the worship of JESUS, how much more then should we be smiling, energetic, humbled, prepared, & relevant? Jimmy, if you're out there, I for one, am inspired to be a better worship leader. Thank you.

Posted by Josh Maze at Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 134 comments

GOOD FRIDAY 2015


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Posted by Josh Maze at Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 25 comments

TOP 5 THINGS TO DO TONIGHT

So sad that the bad weather has forced us to postpone the team night until next Friday, March 13.

Here are the Top 5 Things you can do now that your night just got freed up!

#5   :::   Clean out your closet.

It doesn't feel like Spring, but it's here. Time to do a little Spring Cleaning! 
Once you get that trash bag full of stuff you're not wearing anymore, give it to someone who would love it.
You can give em to a friend who is the same size, or you can drop em off at Goodwill on Monday!

If you're looking for a little extra cash, drop em off at Beacon's Closet! 
Simplify. Downsize. Feel good about your closet.

#4   :::   Invite that neighbor that you never see over for dinner.


You know, that family - or that couple - or that single guy/girl...
That you always MEAN to invite over for dinner.

Well, you're night just opened up. Be bold. It won't be awkward.
Just turn on some music. Cook something easy.
Watch how God opens up opportunity for real life conversation and community.

#3   :::  Eat BBQ

The amazing thing about being iced in in Memphis is... No matter where you live, there is an amazing BBQ joint in your neighborhood! May I suggest the dry spice wings at Central. UNBELIEVABLE.

#2   :::   Watch a great film



One of my favorite films of last year was The Hundred-Foot Journey. At PG, it's clean for the whole family.
It promotes following your dreams, the importance of family, and the art of food.
You can rent it on iTunes for $5.99.
If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor! Great film!

#1   :::   Watch the Grizz beat the Lakers

Tickets on Stubhub right now are starting at $22.00.

Grit. Grind. Grizz.


Posted by Josh Maze at Friday, March 6, 2015 | 24 comments