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Music and Morality

Is there an inherent morality to the rhythm or beat of music, or is its morality simply tied to the culture it is associated with? In other words, are there some sorts of music that are simply “out of bounds” for Christians because of the musical style, or is it only a matter of the […]

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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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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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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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Gift of the Tongue

This article is based on the song of Zacharias, which is found in Luke 1:67–79.  It is estimated that the average person speaks about seven thousand words in a single day.1 Now imagine not being able to speak at all for a whole nine months. This would equal out to well over a million words […]

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Reflections on G. F. Handel’s Messiah

Messiah: this age-old masterpiece was composed in 1741 in London, England. A brilliant musician and composer, George Frederic Handel completed his three-part oratorio in a mere twenty-four days. With words carefully selected from the entirety of the King James Version by English lyricist Charles Jennens, the story of our Savior was set to music. While […]

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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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