Saturday, August 05, 2006

Songs in the Night (Music Part 2)

Elihu said, "Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night?"
- Job 35:10 (NIV)

Music continues to play a large part of my devotional life right now. It is amazing how Music can sooth the soul. Sometimes a simple melody rings clear and true just bringing the right peace or place for your mind and soul.

When is the last time you woke with a song in the night?



My Savior My God
Aaron Shust

I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned
I only know at his right hand
Stands one who is my savior

I take him at his word and deed
Christ died to save me this I read
And in my heart I find a need
For him to be my savior

That he would leave his place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my savior

My savior loves, my savior lives
My savior's always there for me
My God he was, my God he is
My God he's always gonna be

Yes, living, dying; let me bring
My strength, my solace from this spring
That he who lives to be my king
Once died to be my savior

That he would leave his place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my savior

My savior loves, my savior lives
My savior's always there for me
My God he was, My God he is
My God he's always gonna be

Monday, July 31, 2006

Pump up the Volume (Music Part 1)

Perhaps it is because we were made to worship; perhaps it is because we are made in God's image, perhaps it is because our creator likes to hear music so much, we are compelled to sing. Regardless, we love music!

Watching the talent shows on TV with American Idol, Rock Star, and all those other shows … American’s are fascinated with music and the effect it has on the soul. Take a ride on a mass transit system and count the Ipods or other MP3 players, the new cell phones with the capability ot stream music to you anywhere at any time....

As a Christian you shouldn’t be surprised at all. You remember the childhood story of David singing to his sheep, then taking these songs to his King and the changes the simple vibrations (light is vibrational as well as sound is vibrational, humm back to that New Age rabbit trail…) of the harp and voice…

Traveling to Chicago the next few days I will get plenty of time to listen to my MP3 player full of great and not so great songs I have loaded up. Some of my favorite songs are modern Christian hymns and worship songs. I have taken a lot of criticism for my choice in music over the years, to say the least I am well rounded in musical style.

Once of my current songs that is on my Favorite list on my MP3 player is a song sung by a Christian group called Casting Crowns. I guess I like their style and I really like the lyrics of their songs.

What If His People Prayed

What if the armies of the Lord
Picked up and dusted off their swords
Vowed to set the captive free
And not let Satan have one more

What if the Church, for heaven's sake
Finally stepped up to the plate
Took a stand upon God's promise
And stormed hell's rusty gates

Chorus I:
What if His people prayed
And those who bear His name
Would humbly seek His face, yeah
And turn from their old ways

And what would happen if we prayed
For those raised up to lead the way
Then maybe kids in school could pray
And unborn children see light of day

What if the life that we pursue
Came from a hunger for the truth
What if the family turned to Jesus
Stopped asking Oprah what to do

Chorus I:
What if His people prayed
And those who bear His name
Would humbly seek His face
And turn from their own way

Chorus II:

He said that He would hear
His promise has been made
He'll answer loud and clear,
If only we would pray

Bridge:
If My people call by My name
If they'll humble themselves and pray
If My people call by My name
If they'll humble themselves and pray

Choruses:
What if His people prayed
And those who bear His name
Would humbly seek His face,
And turn from their old ways
He said that He would hear
His promise has been made
He'll answer loud and clear
If only we would pray

Casting Crowns WebSite and Sample songs

NOTE: I used to worry about the way CCM and Christian Praise/Rock repeated lyrics all the time, then one day I opened my hymnbook again and started looking for “good” songs that had the same traits, there are tons. Food for thought.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

VBS (continued)

IMHO: I can’t find any reference to VBS in my copies of the New Testament so it is going to have to be based on principle alone. The principle of Godly leadership and doctrine apply. As a leader should I allow my child the chance to be taught something that is error with scripture?

But wait I take that risk every Sunday with people I know and trust. Listening to the mixed messages flowing from the pulpit about security of the believer, salvation, and other doctrinal faux pas … I can’t imagine that being a valid excuse. Right now I think that my view will be to find out what they will be teaching on at the VBS, go over that with the kids so they will know if there are any discrepancies with their doctrine.…

"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers"
- Acts 2:42


"Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple"
- Romans 16:17,18



Humm… but those words “AVOID THEM” just seem to jump off the page … it is still weeks away, guess I have more tie for prayer and study on this issue.

Vacation Bible School

So looking over the remains of this summer my wife and I were discussing allowing our children to go to a church in town’s VBS program. While we would never visit this church or even attempt more than a casual relationship because of their doctrinal error and teaching. However, is it a good idea to send our children their summer program.

I can see two sides to the issue (so far).
1. My children know enough about doctrine and what they believe, this
would allow them to meet new friends and local neighborhood kids that
attend.

2. My children could be lead down the path to end up with some form
of spiritual issues because of the potential unbiblical teaching.

I don’t know what we will decide, But if you know me, I have an opinion
about most everything, and I do about this. But what are your thoughts on
the allowing or disallowing of my children to attend.