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My name is Jay and I am a dynamic, articulate, and artistic Administrator & Instructor with 15+ years of professional experience as an art coordinator, music teacher, worship pastor and director of fine art. I have a proven and highly recognized track record of accomplishments in implementing music applications with both theory and practice, personalizing individual and group music lessons, building a sense of art and music among the students, and enhancing practical music theory and worship applications. I possess strong interpersonal communication skills with the great ability to grow and excel in a fast-paced working environment.

Is There a Connection Between Music and Spirituality?

Is there a connection between music and spirituality?

I believe there is a connection between music and spirituality. It may be hard to define, it may be hard to explain, it may be hard to prove, but I believe there is a definite connection. Why? Because I have experienced this connection….personally. I think one of the most fascinating things I have ever come to realize is the power of a personal experience.

music and spirituality. is there a connection. jay bryan sandifer
music and spirituality. is there a connection. jay bryan sandifer

Personal Experience

A personal experience is something that is personal. It is an experience that is personal, very personal.

  • Not everyone will believe your personal experience.
  • Not everyone will understand your personal experience.
  • Not everyone will agree with your personal experience.
  • Not everyone will support your personal experience.

Your personal experience is your personal experience.

Have you ever considered your personal experience is actually meant to bring a positive change the lives of those around you?

Be Responsible for Your Personal Experience

Your personal experience becomes your responsibility.

It is your responsibility to take your personal experience and present it in such a way that those who are called to such a similar personal experience can be led into that experience.

Your personal experience sets you up into a position of leadership.

Your personal experience sets you up to lead others into a  similar person experience. That is why you should take responsibility for your personal experience. You should share your personal experience. You should write down your personal experience.

Document Your Experience

You should document your personal experience.

You should promote your personal experience.

You should take care of your personal experience.

You should enhance your personal experience.

You should study your personal experience.

You should be in touch, very in touch with your personal experience.

Your personal experience is your reality. Nobody can change that reality, unless you allow them. Your personal experience is your reality. That’s what makes the personal experience so powerful.

Personally, I have had many first hand experiences with music and spirituality. Too many to count….far too many to count.

Others People Experience

I believe it is really important in order to draw a concise, believable and acceptable conclusion, a personal experience must be compared to similar personal experiences from others.

A few minutes ago I mentioned the necessity of studying your personal experience. I mentioned writing down your personal experience. When you write down your personal experience, you are enforcing it. You’re giving it shape. You are forming it. You are constructing it. You are laying a foundation.

I think it would be a great idea to take a look at what other people have experienced.  

Has anyone else experienced the connection between music and spirituality?

  • If so, who are they?
  • Where were their experiences?
  • When were their experiences?
  • What are the details of their experiences?

One of the best ways to find this information is by researching and reading. Think about it… one good reason it’s so important for you to write down (document…record) your personal experience is because is quite possibly *the* best way to leave a building block for someone else to build they’re case. We can begin to build a case …..and we can begin to draw conclusions between the connection in music and spirituality by not only using our own personal experience (which should be enough), but by researching the documented personal experiences of others.

Have You Had a Music and Spirituality Experience?

Have you had a personal experience with Music and Spirituality? Leave your experience int he comments below:

The Lost Art of Pure Worship. James w Goll

This is a 162 page compilation book of six authors who write from their experience as international worship leaders. This means variety in perspective.

In this book The Lost Art of Pure Worship, Chris Dupre, Jeff Deyo, Sean Feucht, Julie Meyer, Rachel Goll Tucker, and James W Goll all share their understandings and ideas of worship.

The book is segmented into three: For the Audience of One, Equal Access to the Throne, and Tips for the journey.

Quotes from Worship Leaders.

I like underlining the ideas I find in books that stick out to me. Do you? Here a few from this book. I have organized them according to worship leader.

Chris Dupre

  • With out David, our conversations about worship would end up using words like blood, sacrifice, knife, dead, wash, splattered, animal…you get the picture.
  • When I am secure in his affection, I do not need to draw my life from others because I already have it in him.
  • When our gifting or calling becomes our title, it is only a short distance  away from having it become our identity.
  • Oxen and carts are for work, not for worship.
  • We need to be lovers of God who happen to play music as opposed to musicians who  happen to be Christians.

James W Goll

  • I take my questions and I worship him with my questions.
  • worship and prayer are not ends in themselves, they lead to the very presence of God.
  • Spiritual principles stand firm always, but we are not worshiping spiritual principles.
  • Gates and doors are closed to shut things out and open to let things in.
  • Today, our access to God is not limited by artifacts and ceremonies.

Julie Meyer

  • Oil is one of the most valuable commodities  in the earth and it is also the most needed substance for worship.
  • We must have oil for the journey of worship.
  • Don’t get offended, get oil.
  • Offense never lets you go, you have to let it go.

Sean Feucht

  • We are called to carry, embody, and release worship everywhere we go.
  • The reviving of the secret place will always lead to the reviving of the public places.
  • The Spirit’s presence is not so fragile that he requires our help through lengthy explanations.

Jeff Deyo

  • Worship is who I am , not just what I sing.
  • …we need to move from ‘practicing what we preach’ to ‘preaching what we practice.
  • God’s musical tastes, however, have very little to do with style.
  • To him, each thing you do on this earth is like a note on a musical staff.
  • God hears things differently. To Him, if the sound has not come from an obedient heart, that sound is not godly.
  • :if we simply turn our energy from the outside of the cup to the inside of the cup – from the part everyone sees to the part nobody sees – He will take care of the part everyone sees, on our behalf.

Rachel Goll Tucker

  • Life is entirely too short to waste it without making an impact on our society.

Orlando House of Prayer

This was the last required book for my services at the Orlando House of Prayer. Each Monday evening from 10 pm to midnight I hosted a live musical devotion which was streamed worldwide.  I lead this two devotion from January 2017 to the end of July 2017. The program required a training on prayer and worship called The Harp and Bowl Training as well as list of recommended and required reading.


The lost Art of Pure Worship


for more of my worship leading book reviews:

Following the River by Bob Sorge

There’s Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett

Growing as a Prophetic Singer by Anna Blanc

Envy: The Enemy Within by Bob Sorge

Prophetic Song -Gateway to Glory By Stan Smith. Book Review

What is Prophetic Song?

I can think of many people who would answer that question like this: Prophetic Song is a song that is prophetic, right? How would you define Prophetic Song?

In his subtitle, Prophetic Song author Stan Smith seems to define prophetic song to be a gateway to glory.

Gateway to glory?……think about those words for a moment. gateway. gate. in and out. open and shut.

Gateway to Glory. prophetic song. stan smith. Jay Bryan Sandifer.
Gateway to Glory. prophetic song. stan smith. Jay Bryan Sandifer.


in and out.
open and shut.


smoke and clouds?
what is glory?

My thoughts on Prophetic Song

This book is a complete educational meal when it comes to the prophetic song. It reminded me of a textbook. It took me longer to read than some of the other recent books. There were several things I really appreciated about this book, but first, let me share my favorite quotes:

Worship Leading quotes by Stan Smith, author of Prophetic Song

Here are a few thought-provoking quotes from this worship leading book:

  1. There is a friendship with God so intimate that he tells us what he is doing.
  2. If you want more of the Holy Spirit, center your attention on Jesus, His favorite subject matter.
  3. We don’t have to be afraid to make mistakes because our audience is God, not man.
  4. The song that matches the sound of nature is singing in the Spirit.
  5. Living water is given not for theologians to discuss but to revive the parched souls who have lived in the desert of sin and death.
  6. Open your Bible and sing a line of scripture.
  7. Don’t try to outplay the people around you, but try to make them sound good.
  8. The things of God can’t be reduced to a formula.
  9. Take the anointing off me and put it on the song.
  10. Sometimes there is a richer anointing on worship practice than on the service itself.
  11. Spirit led worship never grows old and stale, it is always fresh.
  12. The best investment we can make is to do everything we can to make room for the presence of God.
  13. Sometimes God does not entrust a higher anointing on us until we respect Hid anointing on others.
  14. We can’t buy the anointing with money.
  15. I can choose to sing and play something spontaneous, God still has the freedom to decide whether to make it prophetic.

My Take-Aways from Prophetic Song

There are two things that really stuck out to me as I read Prophetic Song. These two ideas intrigued me because I had never heard or thought things this way before. Find out what they are…

I really think it is an exciting moment when what I  have knowledge of is expanded to new borders and insights. I guess some people call this revelation. I heard a great definition of Revelation once: revealed knowledge.

Idea #1

In the book of revelation, it was brought to my attention that Jesus  has two prophetic voices. Both sounds are the voice of the same God. Perhaps He has more, but these are the two prophetic voices I learned about:

  1. One of Jesus’ voices is the sound of many waters.  This is said to almost always be our prophetically anointed voice speaking to God thru worship in spirit and truth in a corporate setting.
  2. The other prophetic voice is the sound of the trumpet. It’s the prophetic voice of God addressing to an assembled people.

I am trying to defend or promote any doctrine about the two prophetic voices of Jesus. I simply wanted to share something that intrigued me.

Idea #2

There are two rivers flowing out from the throne of God. One is a river of living water clear as crystal. The other is a river of fire. Without going into any explanations, this idea also peaked my curiosity. This river of fire can be found in Daniel 7:9-10

“….His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.  A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him…..”

I think Stan Smith takes this idea of two rivers and develops quite an interesting idea of Gods Glory. Get the book and find out more.

Action Step

Finally, This prophetic song textbook closes each chapter with two assignments.  One for non-musicians and singers. one for musicians.

Prophetic Song by Stan Smith
Prophetic Song by Stan Smith



for more worship leading book reviews from Jay Sandifer:

Following the River by Bob Sorge

There’s Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett

Growing as a Prophetic Singer by Anna Blanc

Envy: The Enemy Within by Bob Sorge




Petra or Petros. Do you know the difference?

Petros or Petra?

This is an excerpt from the  book I am writing:

jay bryan sandifer is writing a book. #12Sessions
“And I tell you that you are Peter (Petros -masculine- a small wobbly and easily movable stone), and on this rock (Petra -feminine- mountain of a rock) I will build my church, and the gates of Hades. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be (will have been bound in heaven), and whatever you loose on earth will be (will have been loosed in heaven).” Then he [Jesus] ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. -Matthew 16:17-18
……As we begin week one with a study on the foundation, I want to bring your attention to an important story. Since the foundation is made from and adorned with stones, I want to talk for a moment about Peter.

What does Peter’s name mean? ______ It means ‘rock-man” -literally meaning a small wobbly and easily movable stone.

Jesus Christ is recorded in the book of Matthew as saying,

“And I tell you that you are Peter (Petros -masculine- a small wobbly and easily movable stone), and on this rock (Petra -feminine- mountain of a rock) I will build my church and the gates of Hades. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be (will have been bound in heaven), and whatever you loose on earth will be (will have been loosed in heaven).” Then he [Jesus] ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. –Matthew 16:17-18

Did you notice the two different words for used for rock? One is strong and unmovable, unshakeable – Petra. The other is easily broken, small wobbly -Petros.

The Lord is making a point that Peter (petros) is small and volatile compared to the massive unshakeable wholeness of the Mountain of a rock (petra), yet as frail of a small rock as Peter may be The Lord declares Peters blessed in that Peter somehow was able to identify supernaturally that Jesus of Nazareth is THE Christ, THE son of the living God.

What is this ‘rock’, this Petra, the Lord refers to? The one on which the church would be built? The Rock that will prevail and win against the gates of hell itself. Could it be the revelation and insight that Jesus of Nazareth is THE Christ, THE son of the living God?

Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven

Jesus the Christ blessed Peter with a gift. Do you know what it was? 

Keys! These were not just any keys. These were keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Wow. double wow. Can we just let that sink in for a moment? Really, can you imagine having keys to THE Kingdom of Heaven?

  • What would you do with them?
  • Where would you keep them?
  • What if you lost or misplaced them?
  • Would you lend them out to someone so they could do what you are supposed to do?

Jesus Called Peter. Has he called you? Have you heard the voice of God calling you? Peter answered the call by following Christ. Have you? Peter spent time with Jesus. Peter observed Jesus and did what he could to serve Jesus. Could that be said about your life now? Peter received supernatural insight from heaven. With his own mouth, Peter declared his insight out loud to Jesus…Peter says, ‘You are…’. This insight and confession brought Peter into a blessing.

Prophetic Worship 02 -What is Worship?

This post focuses on the ‘worship’ part of Prophetic Worship only. You may want to read about the ‘prophetic’ part of prophetic worship also.

What is worship?

Each of us has those few things we really enjoy and value. Simply take a moment and think about what you really like to think about. What thoughts and ideas seem to occupy your time, energy, and attention the most? That, my friends, is about as simple an indication of what or who we worship.

I like to think of worship as a verb. Worship requires action.

At the date of this post, Websters Dictionary defines worship as reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also:  an act of expressing such reverence…

The Hebrew word used for worship is shachah. Shachah means:

  • to depress
  • prostrate (especially reflexive, in homage to royalty or God)
  • bow (self) down
  • crouch
  • fall down (flat)
  • humbly beseech
  • do (make) obeisance
  • do reverence
  • make to stoop
  • worship

I think this ancient Hebrew definition is a more descriptive and powerful a definition of worship that what we see in Webster’s. What do you think?

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that true worship, based on this ancient Hebrew word shachah,  requires some type of surrender and submission. Anytime you bow to anything you might as well say,  “You are better than I am.” -or-  “You are more important than I am.”

Is that what worship is?

Prophetic Worship 01 -What does prophetic mean?

What is Prophetic Worship?

first….I am no expert. I only have my own personal experiences, other people’s experiences found in stories, videos and books….and of course….the Bible.

Here are my thoughts on Prophetic Worship.

Prophetic Worship is a combination of two concepts (1) the prophetic and (2) worship.

I like to break it down this way:

I believe the word prophetic is simply an adjective. It is a describing word.

For the purpose of this Prophetic Worship post, worship is being described as prophetic.

The Hebrew word for prophesy is naba. It’s phonetic spelling is nä·vä (nah-VAH). It means to speak or sing under divine inspiration.


The word prophetic even describes one of its associated roots: prophecy.

This word prophecy should not be confused with the word prophesy.

‘Prophecy’ is the noun (person, place or THING) result of the verb (action) ‘prophesy’.

I remember a very simple definition I heard once. I want to share it with you now. ….to ‘prophesy’ means to speak or sing under divine inspiration.

The Hebrew Language is generally accepted to be one of the seven oldest languages known to man. The Hebrew word for prophesy is naba. It’s phonetic spelling is nä·vä (nah-VAH). Once again, it means to speak or sing under divine inspiration.

Read the next post on Worship.

Growing as a Prophetic Singer -by Anna Blanc: Book Review

At the time of this post, I am 44 years old. Ever since I was about 21, I have been fascinated by the idea of the prophetic. I have wondered so many times about ‘this thing’ called prophetic music.

I have even questioned myself… am I a prophetic person? Am I a prophetic artist? Am I a prophetic singer? How does this idea of prophetic music fit into the local church? If I am prophetic, what are the boundaries for this gift and calling of being prophetic musically?

The book by Anna Blanc provides a true and practical piece of the ‘prophetic-singer’ puzzle that is sitting on the coffee table of my purpose.

Let’s get into our Worship Leader Review of Anna Blanc’s book called  Growing as a Prophetic Singer

  • Total pages: 113
  • Shortest chapter length 14 pages
  • Longest chapter length 6 pages
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples
  • first published 2013

Chapter Titles

  1. Using This Book
  2. Possessing a Biblical Vision for Prophetic Singing
  3. Countering Comparison, Envy, and Pride
  4. Remaining Faithful in Hiddenness
  5. Developing through Demotion
  6. Passing the Test of Promotion
  7. Facing Fear
  8. Knowing Three Truths
  9. Singing the Word
  10. Pursuing Excellence
  11. Not Quitting

Quotes about Prophetic Singing

Here are a few quotes from this book:

  • You are not the first to taste the thrill of standing in worship as a vessel of the Lord
  • Comparison is the poisonous weed that takes out brand new singers
  • It is a delusion to think that, if you are called by God to minister as a singer, your ministry will be very public and valued by many
  • Talents does not ‘wow’ God, and crowds do not move Him
  • The Lord is not looking to increase our comfort, but our righteousness
  • As the Lord increases your gifting or gives you a greater ministry platform, it is for the profit of His body
  • The one opinion that matters and the only correct evaluation of you is what the Lord thinks
  • Justice is making wrong things right
  • If we do not know the word we have nothing to sing
  • If you do not practice, you will not move forward

Singing the Word

My favorite chapter in this book is titled Singing the Word. This chapter does a great job at outlining the practice of opening the bible and singing the scriptures.

“The Bible is the most valued resource to the prophetic singer.” 

Anna clearly gives the job description of the prophetic singer, which simply sing the word.

“Our job as prophetic singers is to gain an understanding of the Word, know it in our hearts, live it in our lives, open our mouths to sing it.” 

I like the idea that Anna Blanc shares about us being little libraries of His Word with its many books hidden in our hearts.

I really enjoyed the practicality of this chapter. (1) put reading and meditation upon the word into your schedule (2) map out how you will spend the time studying Gods word

some helpful suggestions:

  • try reading large portions of scripture in one sitting (10 Chapters)
  • try bringing your focus and meditation slowly on the Holy Spirit who lives inside you as he leads you to one  or two verses
  • choose a passage, book or topic and study with resources such as commentaries

Envy -The Enemy Within by Bob Sorge

Envy Insults God. Songwriter and Worship leader David Baroni.
Envy Insults God. Songwriter and Worship leader David Baroni.

Envy almost influenced me to walk away from what I do best. Envy is a subtle and powerful weapon of darkness. If I am not careful, I will casually let envy erode the confidence and clear conscience needed to bring fulfillment in the plans and will of God for my life.

The book by Bob Sorge is a great exploration of the destructive poison of the spirit of envy.

Let’s get into our Worship Leader Review of Bob Sorge’s book called  Envy -The Enemy Within

  • Total pages: 150
  • Shortest chapter length 26 pages
  • Longest chapter length 8 pages
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples
  • first published 2003

Chapter Titles

  1. The Most Common Problem that Nobody Has
  2. What is Envy?
  3. The Brothers
  4. The Great Talent Showdown
  5. Why Revival Tarries
  6. The Cross: Death of Envy
  7. Perceiving the “Measure of Grace”
  8. The Envy Detour: Death or Destiny
  9. Rooted in Love

Quotes about Praise

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Bob Sorge’s book Envy; The Enemy Within:

  • Envy is the internal pain we feel over someone else’s success
  • Envy is the Natural by-product of being favored by God – Michael Cavanaugh
  • It’s the tallest tree that gets hit by lightning
  • Envy is always an issue with the brothers
  • No amount of practice can give you a gift you haven’t received from God
  • There is always somebody more talented than you
  • When revival hits two things typically begin to gather in abundance; people and money
  • God protects power with problems
  • My goal is to be known in Heaven
  • The best antidote for envy is the pursuit of the knowledge of the love of Christ

The Great Talent Showdown

My favorite chapter in this book is titled The Great Talent Showdown. This chapter contributes to a deeper understanding of the parable Jesus Christ shared regarding the talents found in the book of  Matthew 25:14-30

…each according to his own ability. Matthew 25: 15 

Bob concludes that when it comes to the ministry of music, one’s level of giftedness becomes so measurable, you can almost put a numerical value on it.

I also like this idea that Bob brings to light; It might be tempting to look at someone else with more gifts than you and envy what they have; but the truth is that if you had their level of gifting, you could potentially suffer quick burnout and utter frustration. Your ‘ability’ may not be meant to handle it.

Having said that, I like that Bob points out that you can only work with what giftings and talents god gives you, but you can also multiply them!

Bob Sorge has also included Mike Bickle’s perspective on talents. The more talent and giftedness a person is,  more publicly and visually expressed towards a more prominent public platform.

And finally, when it comes to leadership, I like this thoughtful illustration Bob makes explain the various talents given by The Lord:

“If the level of excellence in the worship ministry (and other ministries) doesn’t grow with the church, the growth of the churchwill level off and will plateau according to the level of giftedness among its leaders.”  -Bob Sorge