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What Does God Say About Music?

When you are studying music we must study the Bible. What God says is more important than any outside references. This is because any work written by a man will have that man’s preference and philosophical bent on that particular subject. He will write from his own perspective and opinion.   Many history books have been altered in order to promote an author’s agenda. You could find ten books that say old hymns were the secular tune of the day and then another ten books that say they were not. Each book was written to convince the reader according to the author’s personal belief.   The Bible, however, will tell you what God says. Man’s emotions, feelings, experiences, and opinions are invalid and futile in the quest for right music. What matters is what God says. So what has God said about music and what can we gather from that? The following are just some simple principles found within Scripture you can use to study and ask yourself about this topic of music. I.The Sound is Diffe…

A Ready Scribe

There is something to be said about being ready for the task you have been called to do. Rather than waiting for the last minute to prepare for something, you should plan and prepare well ahead of time.   This is something that Ezra did. Ezra 7:6 – “This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.”   Ezra was a scribe who was ready to explain and teach the Law of Moses to his people at a moment’s notice, in one of their more difficult times in history.   Moses was a man who was a firm believer in being prepared as well. He wrote the following in the Psalms: Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”   Is it any wonder that he is considered one of the greatest leaders to the nation of Israel in all of history?   The Bible admonishes us to always be prepared to give an answer…

Ministering to Kids

Ministering to kids can sometimes be a daunting task. Whether it is to your own kids, or at church with a group of kids, you just have to plain admit that kids can sometimes push your buttons.   Many times we tell these kids to act their age not thinking that they are indeed acting their age already. There is sometimes an energetic, squirmy force about kids that set us on edge. Maybe it is because we are jealous we don’t have the same energy ourselves. “Energy is wasted on the youth,” is how I have heard it put.   Yet ministering to children is close to the heart of God. Mark 10:13-14 – “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”   If Christ is our example, which He is, maybe we should understand that children should be invested in, and not …

Salvation – Simple but Hard

Salvation is quite simple in its understanding. In a nut shell you have to understand that we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”   We all need to repent of this sin that has offended the holiness of our Saviour. Acts 3:19 – “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”   Also, we need to call upon that Saviour for salvation. Romans 10:13 – “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”   For salvation there is no work or labor of any kind that needs to take place on our part. It is in reality realizing your desperate need, and then accepting the provided means in which to meet your need. I Timothy 4:10 – “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”   That which is simple becomes extremely difficult, howeve…

July 4th

July fourth is a day where we celebrate the independence of this great nation of ours. On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. It declared that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, The United States of America, separate from the British Empire.   What was to follow was seven years of hardship in war with England. The American Revolutionary War lasted from 1775 to 1783. Although many look to the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781 as the end of the war; the truth is that it still dragged out for two more years.   The struggle for our nation was not over at the moment we declared independence but merely started. Freedom was declared and then had to be fought for. It was won by God’s grace, and today we enjoy the many freedoms that men of the past have paid for with their lives.   You see freedom is never free. It has a cost and many times the cost is great. We would be dreadfully failing the sacrifice…