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Music: Where Hearts Speak

What’s your favorite food? Your favorite class? Your favorite vacation spot? Your favorite [fill in the blank]? We all have them—our favorites. They vary from person to person, and sometimes even from day to day or moment to moment. The next question must be “why?” Why do we have favorites, and why do they change […]

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Praising God through Music

There are many ways that we can praise God in our lives; a magnificent way to do this is through music.   In the Old Testament God gave his people psalms dedicated to worshiping him through music. In Psalm 150, God calls his people to praise him with song. I would encourage you to read this […]

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Dangers of Secular Humanism

In the eyes of many, we live in a world absent of God, governed and directed by science and the moral relativity of individuals and their communities. This is the worldview of secular humanism, a prevalent “religion” we find in our society today. To fully understand what this term means, we must first define the […]

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Guidelines to Contemporary Christian Music

The Church Order of the Protestant Reformed denomination requires use of the Psalter and a few other special numbers for worship. This position may warrant the following questions: “Is there a use for contemporary Christian music?” and “Should we dial the radio to those hit Christian singles?” I think there is certainly room for such […]

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Ancient Church History Fathers: Introduction

Young people, how well do you know church history, especially the history of Christ’s church since the time of the apostles?  Maybe you know it better than other young people before you. In 1968, Protestant Reformed parents founded one high school (Covenant Christian High); now we have six affiliated with our denomination. Young people in […]

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Melodies of the Soul

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting […]

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Psalter: A Brief History

God gave us a special book of songs named “Psalms.” In the course of history, he preserved the Psalms and ensured they were singable for the day and age in which we live. Our denomination was blessed with an inheritance that was simply given to us: the Psalter. This songbook is fused into our very […]

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Worshiping the God of beauty

One of the first things that comes to my mind when I hear a soul-stirring performance of stringed music is, “Wow, that was beautiful!” To me, very few things are more pleasing than to hear a familiar song played by a highly skilled string quartet. It is this aesthetic quality of music that makes it […]

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Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

Why do we sing “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” at the start of each worship service? What is the history behind the reason why we sing this particular hymn to begin our worship?  The doxology “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” was written by an English bishop named Rev. Thomas Ken (1637–1711). The […]

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The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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