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Quoted in orchestra rehearsal tonight.

Bach gave us God’s word.

Mozart gave us God’s laughter.

Beethoven gave us God’s fire.

God gave us music that we might pray without words.

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Found outside an old opera house in Germany

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All I Have Is Christ – Jordan Kauflin

All I Have Is Christ

by Jordan Kauflin

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

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Thomas Clay – “The Role of Music in the Church” – 2011 True Church Conference

Breakout Session 2 – Thomas Clay – “The Role of Music in the Church”


1. What it is not.

a. It is not a showcase for talent. Character is what is important, then gifting.

b. It is not synonymous with worship. All aspects of worship are worship, not just the music.

c. It is not about singing about praise and worship. The song is not about the worshiper, it is about God, the object of our worship.

d. It is not primary. Preaching is primary.

e. It is not style-driven. The descriptive term is not to be the foundation. It is to be truth-driven.

f. It is not a meritorious work to usher us into God’s presence. Jesus Christ is the only one who can usher us into God’s presence.

g. It is not dependent on imagery. It is dependent on the word.

h. It is not individual driven (soloist, music minister, choir). It is congregation driven.


2. It is obedience. We are commanded to worship through singing. Both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament (Ephesians 5:18-20).


3. It is for corporate edification. It is not to be an individual ecstatic experience. And it is not to be an individual stoic experience. See Colossians 3:16-17 to back up this outline.

a. Music is to be gospel-centered. Based on the word of Christ. Faith comes from the gospel.

b. Music is to be experienced richly. Music should express the gospel richly, deeply. Instead of trying to please everybody we should be seeking to edify everybody.

c. Music is to teach and admonish. What a church is singing is what they believe. Theology can be developed through singing. Or, on the other hand, a gospel-centered pulpit can be torpedoed by shallow, worldly music.

d. Music is to be done with wisdom. Move toward reforming your church in this area.

e. Music is for one another. It is not just to God. It is also to one another. It should be edifying. It is just as wrong to be stone-faced in singing as it is to be jumping off the stage. The minister must be stylistically-sensitive. The body is to be edified (Philippians 2:3-4). And individuals in the congregation should also consider one another and not be offended.

f. Music is to God. Specifically in thankfulness to God. It must be with reverence and awe.


4. The pastor/music minister relationship.

a. The music minister must be a servant. See Genesis 39:4-6. The music minister should be a “Joseph” for his pastor. Serve the pastor.

b. The music minister must not have his own agenda.  There must be a protected relationship.

c. The music minister must have a high view of biblical and pastoral authority. We should not attack authority.

 


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Who Decides Beauty?

In relation to the quote yesterday about Truth what is beauty?

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder like many say?

Is there a source of beauty just as there is a source for truth?

Can beauty come from someone without the Lord?

Is all beauty God’s beauty?

Can a non-believer paint a beautiful painting that glorifies the Lord even while rejecting the Lord?

Can a composer compose a beautiful piece of music while hating the Lord?

Or on the other side, is everything the world says is beautiful, really beautiful?

Does all the world’s music glorify the Lord and exhibit beauty, even if the world says it is beautiful?



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Then Will The Very Rocks Cry Out

The title of this song is Then Will The Very Rocks Cry Out however in my mind the title is If We Keep Our Voices Silent. 🙂

I sang this song when I was in high school in the youth choir at Dawson Memorial.  That was years ago but I remember it well.  I think it must have been one of my favorite choral arraignments we sang.

Then Will The Very Rocks Cry Out

If we keep our voices silent, all creation will rise and shout.
If we fail to praise you, Father, then will the very rocks cry out!
If we keep our voices silent, all creation will rise and shout.
If we fail to praise you, Father, then will the very rocks cry out!

From the corners of creation come the people of the Living God.
Every tongue and every nation gather now to praise the Lord.

If we keep our voices silent, all creation will rise and shout.
If we fail to praise you, Father, then will the very rocks cry out!
If we keep our voices silent, all creation will rise and shout.
If we fail to praise you, Father, then will the very rocks cry out!

From a world of tribulation, come and let your voice be raised.
Join us now in congregation. Let the Living God be praised.

Alleluia! alleluia! unto Him we offer praise.
Alleluia! alleluia! this song of joy to him we raise.
Alleluia! alleluia! In the heavens angels sing.
Alleluia! alleluia! give glory to the most high King!

If we keep our voices silent, all creation will rise and shout.
If we fail to praise you, Father, then will the very rocks cry out!
If we keep our voices silent, all creation will rise and shout.
If we fail to praise you, Father, then will the very rocks cry out!

Alleluia! Alleluia, Amen!

by Mark Hayes

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This is based on this passage in the Bible.

Luke 19:37-40 (ESV)

37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives— the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen,
38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”


See if you don’t find yourself singing this after listening to it!



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Bad Hymns / Gospel Songs – Have A Little Talk With Jesus

Can’t be anything wrong with this song, I mean Elvis Presley sang it.  {sarcasm}

 

Have A Little Talk With Jesus

I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in
Well then a little light from heaven healed my soul
Well, he bathed my heart in love, and wrote my name above
Well just a little talk with my Jesus gonna make it right

We’ll just have a little talk with Jesus
Were gonna tell him all about our troubles
He will hear our fainted cry
He will answer by and by
Oh well, when you feel a little prayer wheel turning
And you will know a little fire is burnin’
You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right

You may have doubts and fears
Your eye be filled with tears
Oh well my Jesus is a friend who watches day and night
Well he wrote my name above, and he bathed my heart in love
Oh well just a little talk with my Jesus gonna make it right

Let us have a little talk with my Jesus
Please let us tell him all about our troubles
He will hear our faintest cry
He will answer by and by
Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning
You’ll know just a little fire is burnin’
And have a little talk with my Jesus gonna make it right

Well you may have doubts and fears
Your eye be filled with tears
Oh well now my Jesus is a friend who watches day and night
Well you go to him in prayer
He answers my every prayer
Oh well just a little talk with my Jesus gonna make it right
Now let us have a little talk with my Jesus
Tell him all about our troubles
He will hear our faintest cry
And I know hes gonna answer by and by
Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning
You’ll know a little fire is burnin’
And have a little talk with my Jesus gonna make it right
Make it right

There is so much wrong with this song but here is something most people don’t notice.

“when you feel a little prayer wheel turning”

Do you know what that is talking about?

“You’ll know a little fire is burnin'”

I’m amazed that people don’t wonder about those phrases.

The concept of the prayer wheel is a physical manifestation of the phrase “turning the wheel of Dharma,” which describes the way in which the Buddha taught….

Fire Prayer Wheel –  This wheel is turned by the heat of a candle or electric light. The light emitted from the prayer wheel then purifies the negative karmas of the living beings it touches.

Prayer Wheel


Think there is a problem here !?!


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Theology in Hymns

Have you ever been singing a well known hymn and suddenly come to realize how much poor theology is in it?

I have had that happen quite frequently when I’ve been somewhere singing praise choruses or more contemporary songs.  There is one song in particular that a previous church sang that I refused to sing.  The following is a bad song theologically and it makes every singer out to be a liar.

Ain’t No Rock

Ain’t no rock, gonna cry in my place
as long as I’m alive I’ll glorify his holy name.

CHORUS
Everybody praise his holy name
As long as I’m alive I’ll glorify his holy name

Ain’t no bird, gonna flap its feathers
As long as I’m alive I’ll glorify his holy name.

Ain’t no tree, gonna wave its branches.
As long as I’m alive I’ll glorify his holy name.

Ain’t no rock, gonna cry in my place.
Long as I’m alive, I’ll glorify his holy name.

Sorry if you like this song, but it is stupid (that is a very harsh word around here).

No birds are going flap its feathers?  No tree wave its branches?  I don’t think so.

While we hopefully all desire to Glorify God while we are alive and everyday, we know that does not happen and we shouldn’t lie.  We could point out our desire to glorify God but we must admit our inability without the Lord.

What hymns do you know that are just as poor theology or makes the singer out to be a liar?  When you really think about them you just might be surprised.

 


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In Thy Wrath and Hot Displeasure

Here is a new hymn based on Psalm 38 that we are working upon for a future Sunday.  Thankfully, the tune is easy because it is sung to “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus.”

In Thy Wrath and Hot Displeasure

In thy wrath and hot displeasure,
Chasten not thy servant, Lord;
Let thy mercy, without measure,
Help and peace to me afford.
Heavy is my tribulation,
Sore my punishment has been;
Broken by thine indignation,
I am troubled by my sin.

With my burden of transgression
Heavy laden, overborne,
Humbled low I make confession,
For my folly now I mourn.
Weak and wounded, I implore thee;
Lord, to me thy mercy show;
All my pray’r is now before thee,
All my trouble thou dost know.

Darkness gathers, foes assail me,
But I answer not a word;
All my friends desert and fail me,
Only thou my cry hast heard.
Lord, in thee am I confiding;
Thou wilt answer when I call,
Lest my foes, the good deriding,
Triumph in thy servant’s fall.

I am prone to halt and stumble,
Grief and sorrow dwell within,
Shame and guilt my spirit humble;
I am sorry for my sin.
Lord, my God, do not forsake me,
Let me know that thou art near,
Under thy protection take me,
As my Saviour now appear.

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Bach and God

For several days I have the the opportunity to listen to music with three different levels of youth orchestras and hear conductors and composers.  Here is one of many tidbits I’ve learned (and I’m just observing and chauffeuring :)).

A Conductor today was explaining Pedal-Points in Bach’s Organ pieces.

A Pedal-Point is a long sustained typically bass type note in a music piece.  Several of Bach’s compositions have long sustained pedal-points.  The pedal-points do not change or fluctuate but may last 32 measures or longer.  Bach’s pedal-points were used to represent the unchanging nature of God.  God remained the same no matter what else was going on in the world.  Even if chaos was occurring (for example: in the rest of the music), God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Isn’t that neat?

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ESV

Approximately 80 high schoolers (Public, Private and Homeschool) got to hear that Saturday as part of their instruction in an orchestra.



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Does Your Church’s Worship Resemble This?

Ezekiel 33:31-32

31  And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain.

32 And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it.  ESV

The congregation coming and talking up a good talk yet walking out unaffected by anything said?

Beautiful voices, well played instruments, maybe even good words but not actually living and doing what is said?

Does your worship resemble this?

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