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Live Talk Ep. 9: Dr. Clay Hallmark and Dwayne Moore

Join Dwayne Moore for this episode of Live Talk. Dwayne shares an interview with Dr. Clay Hallmark about a new church-wide Bible study on prayer called “HE. WE. THEY.” Dwayne also shares a Biblical teaching on worship from Romans 12 that he recently taught to church leaders in Pakistan.

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A Reason to Make Up Your Bed

A Reason to Make Up Your Bed

By Dwayne Moore

This morning I was tempted to not make up my bed. It would’ve been easy to skip. After all, who’s going to know anyway, right? No one else is going to come in and inspect my bedroom and see that I didn’t make up the bed. Besides, I have better things to do with my time. My thought was I’ll just skip it and go ahead with my day. Problem is, I did that yesterday as well, and to be honest, I skipped it the day before that too. So that’s three days in a row of not making up my bed.

Harmless, you say? Perhaps. But this morning as I looked around, I realized what was beginning to happen. I had left some clothes on the floor beside the bed, and I hadn’t put some items back into my closet from three days ago. They were still in the exact place where I left them near the bed. As I walked out of the bedroom and into the living room I saw I’d left a few items on the floor there as well. I didn’t put the pillows back on the couch, for example, like they’re supposed to be. Now, my bedroom and my living room are both becoming untidy.

You see, the bed is the largest piece of furniture in my bedroom. Its presence tends to dwarf everything else in the room. And while not making up the bed can lead to a lower standard in the room, having a bed that’s made and in order can actually bring things up to a higher standard. Simply put, when the bed looks nice and neat, it encourages me and motivates me to make the rest of the house a bit neater too.

I use this illustration, not because I want you to make up your bed. If you do, great. If you don’t, that’s up to you. Instead, I want to parallel making the bed with having a quiet time with God.

In my younger days of following Jesus, a big chunk of my morning was often invested in time alone with God. And the subsequent growth I experienced in my faith was phenomenal. I have tried to maintain that habit over the years. However lately, I’ve been slipping. Sometimes, I may only take a few minutes to pray and read the Word. It’s because “I’m so busy,” I’ll say. Or, “No one sees it anyway, so what difference does it make? I’ll just do it later.” The problem is, later rarely happens. Just like when I skip making my bed, I never seem to get back around to it.

We may have good intentions to make time alone with God, but if we don’t prioritize it then it’s unlikely we will do it. In allowing it to slip and become less and less of a priority to us, it begins to affect other parts of our lives–the way we think, the way we perceive things, our attitudes, the way we respond to people. I have friends who prefer to have their quiet times with God in the evenings. But for me, mornings are the best. If I wait until the afternoon or evening then my day and my strength is often spent.

First Things First

A great reason to make up our bed each day is to raise the bar for other things in our home. In much the same way, prioritizing time alone with God can motivate us to put things in order in our hearts. It can cause everything else that matters before the Lord to have a higher priority in our lives–like treating others kindly, whispering occasional prayers of thankfulness, and meditating on God’s Word throughout the day.

David said in Psalm 63, “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name” (v. 1-4). Take note that David started with “I will seek you early.” Everything else he wrote about in that psalm—everything he was able to experience—started and flowed from seeking the Lord first of all.

There are several examples in the Bible of people rising early to meet with God…

  • David wrote, “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3).
  • Isaiah said, ” The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed” (Isaiah 50:4).
  • “Jesus, very early in the morning while it was still dark, got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35).

Just as Jesus and countless others have made time to be alone with God in His Word and in prayer to Him, also make it your first and foremost priority each day. It will help put things in order in your heart and mind and bring much joy, peace, and divine order to your “spiritual home”!

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Live Talk Ep. 8: Scot Longyear

Join Dwayne Moore for this episode of Live Talk with special guest Scot Longyear.  Scot is the lead pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in America. Scot talks about leadership issues facing church staff members today. You can more information and resources as Scot’s website:

Dwayne also shares some Next Level Worship community news.

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Live Talk Ep. 7: Pastor Randy Norris; Caris Snider with Anxiety Elephants

Join host Dwayne Moore for another episode of Live Talk. This week Dr. Randy Norris joins Dwayne for a discussion of how his church blessed their pastors during Pastor Appreciation month. Then, Dawn Kelley from Next Level Worship interviews author and speaker Caris Snider about her new book, Anxiety Elephants for Tweens.

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For Immediate Release: Announcing the ReFOCUS Global Worship Retreat ’22 Line-up!

We are fired up about our line-up for ReFOCUS Global Worship Retreat ’22!

Don’t miss out. Register today!

Tasha Layton
Tasha LaytonRecording Artist
Tasha was a contestant on American Idol. She toured for four years with Katy Perry in more than 40 countries. She has taught classes at the National Praise and Worship Institute at Trevecca University and co-written with some of Nashville’s finest. Tasha recently appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, where she sang and shared her amazing testimony of near-suicide and how Jesus restored her.
Charles Billingsley
Charles BillingsleyArtist/speaker
Charles Billingsley has sung and led worship in some of America’s largest churches. He is on staff at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA where he works closely with Liberty University as their artist in residence. At ReFOCUS Charles will lead us in an intimate time of worship and share some of his rich ministry experience with us.
Dwayne Moore
Dwayne MooreAuthor/speaker
Dwayne Moore is the founder of Next Level Worship International and the visionary behind ReFOCUS Global Retreat. He has authored several books, including the best-selling Pure Praise: A Heart-focused Bible Study on Worship. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and worship instructor.
Dr. Constance Cherry
Dr. Constance CherryAuthor/instructor
The Rev. Dr. Constance Cherry served as Professor of Worship and Pastoral Ministry in the School of Theology and Ministry where she developed the Christian Worship department at Indiana Wesleyan University. Constance has decades of experience in full-time local church ministry as both director of music and worship, and pastor. She is also a founding faculty member of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Her first book, The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services (Baker Academic, 2010), has been used as a required text at more than 150 institutions of higher education worldwide and is available in five languages.
Scot Longyear
Scot LongyearPastor/speaker
Sr Pastor of Maryland Community Church, one of the top 100 fastest growing churches in the US (Outreach Magazine). In addition Scot is an author, has a teaching ministry (conferences and events), and produces a daily radio show called Scot’s Daily Word. Scot also serves as the Pastor for the Experience Conference. Since 1991 Scot has been involved in full-time ministry and have served in different roles including youth, media, worship, teaching, and Sr Leadership. He teaches in several parts of the world including Europe with the Billy Graham Association and in East Africa with the Pastor’s Discipleship Network.
Dave Edwards
Dave EdwardsAuthor/speaker
Dave Edwards travels the world full time, speaking in churches, Christian conferences, and corporations, igniting positive change. Dave is the author of 26 books and a multi-talented communicator with more than 25 years of experience. Dave is an ordained minister, received an Honorary Doctorate of Theology from Louisiana College. Serves as Pastor of Discipleship at Church Project in The Woodlands, TX. Dave is also a friend of and a featured teaching pastor at First Baptist Church Wiley, TX. His unique style of “comedy and content” have made Dave Edwards one of the most sought-after speakers. He speaks to more than 200,000 people a year in venues as diverse as churches, colleges and the Laguna Seca Raceray, Reunion Arena, Chick-Fil-A headquarters and the White House.

Jon Tyner
Jon TynerMinister of Music Olive Baptist Church
Jon Tyner is the Minister of Music at the mega-sized Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL. Before that Jon served as worship pastor at Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Sevierville, TN. He served on Dr. Adrian Roger’s staff as the Assistant Minister of Music at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis in the mid-2000s. At ReFOCUS, Jon will be leading a choir workshop as a pre-retreat experience on Wednesday evening, March 2.
Shaun Pillay
Shaun PillayMinister of Evangelism and Discipleship at Olive Baptist Church
Shaun serves as the Minister of Evangelism and Discipleship at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. He and his wife Deshni were born and raised in South Africa. Shaun grew up in the small town of Sezela, and Deshni in the city of Durban. After his theological education at Durban Bible College and The University of Zululand, Shaun served as a youth and missions pastor in Durban. It was at a conference in Birmingham, England in 2005 that Shaun heard of the need for missionaries in America. The Pillays answered the call to the USA in 2007. Shaun and Deshni planted Cornerstone City Church in Norwich, Connecticut and it continues to grow under the leadership of Pastor David Holland. Shaun and Deshni are also very passionate about reaching the unreached people groups around the world.

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