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God’s Love

Last time we went for a short walk admiring the glory of God in the Psalms. I would like to continue our different walks as we consider the different aspects of God in the Psalms. Are you ready for another walk? I am! This time we are going to look at and consider the love […]

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A Small Walk

Come with me, if you will, for a small tour. Yes, just a small walk. We are going to take a glimpse into something very wonderful. This will just be a small glimpse into something that is so grand that we see different wonderful things every time we look into it. It is wonderful to […]

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Our Wonderful Treasure

You know, we really have something worth treasuring right at our fingertips. Truly, we do! It’s something truly to be thankful about! It’s unbelievable to even comprehend. Each time that we turn to it, I’m sure that we don’t always note the value of it. It is complete and it is whole. This thing that […]

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Christmas Carols

Aaahhh…the pretty snow that falls. The trees illuminated in the windows. Friends and families visit. Food is abundant and presents are numerous. The carols seem glorious. It’s not hard to guess what time of the year it is. For most of us, it’s our favorite time of year. It is a wonderful time of the […]

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By Fire

The fire is inescapable. It laps at my skin. My head is screaming for help but no voice escapes. My throat is dry and parched. My mouth is pasty. I try to scream again. Again there is nothing, no voice, no sound, nothing. My stomach is reeling because of the pain that surrounds my body. […]

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Ten Commandments and Music (Part 2)

There have always been subjects in the church that have been a bit harder to put a finger on what is right and what is wrong. There are some issues that Christians are at liberty to decide on by themselves (within the bounds that Christ has set). There are issues that we can see are […]

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No Other Gods

It would be interesting to analyze music (whether worldly or church) in the light of the Ten Commandments. The Commandments are the rule of life that God has set before us and are applicable to every part of our life. In my next few articles I intend to do just that, and I would like […]

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Proclaiming Joy

How do you feel when someone gives you something? Not just anything, but something you desperately need? Most of us don’t even know what it means to desperately need something. Most of us are quite well off. A good portion of us have never truly felt a need for something—or have we? Let’s think back […]

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High Importance: Instructing Our Youth in Psalms

While Sunday school was in session this summer, I was reminded of the importance of teaching our children the psalms. It is the most glorious and encouraging thing as a teacher to see those children, even that of the youngest ones being able to sing the psalms. It brings tears to your eyes when the […]

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The Reformed Heritage of Congregational Singing

Have you ever been in an argument where you were debating choir versus congregational singing? Did you know what to say? Do you know where that whole idea of choir singing stems from and that our fathers fought against this practice? Congregational singing is one of the many issues that the men of the reformation […]

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Psalms Bringing Comfort

A mother overcome with grief over the loss of her baby. A young girl just married. A child in Sunday school. An older lonely gentleman who lost his wife years ago. A minister of the word. Missionaries in Ghana. New babes to the word. Confused and depresses teenagers. Established churches in America. People of God […]

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Wallowing in the Mud!

Ever notice how the more you hang out with depressed and distressed people, the more you start to think that way! If someone is constantly dwelling on things, especially that which is sinful, it often becomes a natural habit for them to think that way. This is certainly not a healthy Christian way to live: […]

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The Psychological Effects of Music

If you have been following the Music articles, you have noticed that we have brought the brief historical sketch of music up until the present. This means that we are to start to consider a different sphere of music. What I would like to consider next is the psychological effects of music. Music plays a […]

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The Bride Who Didn’t Care

Come be my bride,” a young man asks, his face glowing with anticipation. “Ummm, sure I guess,” the young lady replies, never looking up, her mind still intent on the sewing project at hand. Under normal circumstances, a young man and woman who have developed a relationship of love and respect for one another would […]

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Worldly Music

The topic of worldly music can be a rather touchy subject especially among the youth of today! I almost hesitate to write on this, but if I am to follow the series of articles that have been written and the theme that I have been following, this can’t be left out. More importantly, I should […]

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Through the Bond of Christ We Are United

Just recently a few of us traveled to Tasmania for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church camp. It was such an edifying experience I wanted to share it. I also hope that in sharing it, it will help our young people as we “Look to the Future.” This was a very special trip for me and I […]

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Music: A Wonderful Source of Strength During Trials

“God is our refuge and our strength, A helper ever near us.” ( Ps. 128 ) Imagine the saints of old and especially Martin Luther as they lustily sang out this song. What comfort this song must have given them in their time of reforming the Church. What spiritual strength and encouragement they must have […]

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More Struggles Against Worldly Music

As we see the church in the New Testament grow, we also see temptations increasing. The apostles had much to battle against in their ministries and missionary journeys. They had to hold fast to the truth and go proclaim the gospel in all the world. What a task! It was a great undertaking having to […]

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The Apostolic Age of Music

Can you imagine – they had Christ right with them to guide and direct their worship each step of the way! They had Christ showing them directly how to worship His Father—their Father and our Father! How blessed they were in the apostolic age! We too are blessed in the same way. God has given […]

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Israel Also Tempted

Considering Israel and her battles with the temptations of music can help to reassure us in our battles against the devil in resisting worldly music. The past examples of temptations were put there not so we can say that it’s o.k. for us to fall into sin, but to encourage us in our battles, so […]

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Israel’s Glorious History of Music

Since the historians pick up where the tribe of Israel began, that too is what I would like to consider in this article. I thought that it was quite amazing that Israel had the earliest traces of music according to the worldly historians. It makes you wonder how people can then doubt the beginnings of […]

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The Origins of Music

In my last article, we considered the dominate effect of music on our culture. Did you notice where music is? It’s everywhere! How has this come to be and who is to be credited for a good portion of this? Where does music originate? These are some of the things I would like to consider […]

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Historians View Concerning the Beginning of Music

Now that we’ve covered what we know and believe to be true concerning the history of music. I would like to take the time to note what the world is busy philosophizing concerning their beliefs on the origin of music. What they are saying tends to be quite comical and even maybe that they’re unbelief […]

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An Introduction to the History of Music

I have been asked to write the music articles that Beth DeVries had been writing since she will be moving to Northern Ireland to get married. I would like to try something new. What I am planning on doing is starting with the history of music and leading into other things pertaining to music. For […]

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A Teacher at Heart

A straight column of children 2 by 2 march like army soldiers to one destination, Reed’s Lake, for a field day. After their 2 to 2 1/2 mile march from school, a lunch is greatly anticipated. This first grade class of 47 is all under the watchful eye of only one chaperon, Mrs. H. Veldman. […]

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