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March 2013
March 29, 2013

A View of Bach Family Music Culture

BACH’S FIRST BIOGRAPHER JOHANN NICHOLAR FORKEL described the family gatherings: “[T]he first thing they did… was to sing a chorale. From this pious commencement they proceeded to drolleries which often made a very great contrast with it. For now they sang popular songs, the contents of which were partly comic and partly naughty, all together and […]

March 28, 2013

The Truth of God-Centeredness

Centering ourselves in God   means collecting all that is scattered around us– our misplaced trust, our disordered desires, our emotions, thoughts, problems– and yielding them to God.   It means allowing God  to take his rightful place  in our life by giving ourselves entirely to Him.   Leslie Vernick,   How to Act Right When […]

March 25, 2013

What Music did Bach Hear While Growing Up?

What music do you remember from your early growing up years?  Did you have an older brother or sister and you listened to their music?  Can you name their songs, sing the lyrics, and remember when you heard them?  Young Johann Sebastian Bach was no different from you, as he listened to his older brother […]

March 21, 2013

Johann Sebastian Bach’s World When He Was Born

  JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH was a man who deeply loved the Lord, greatly loved music, and was devoted to his family. He was a humble man, a hard worker, with a sense of humor and fun. He never made much money or achieved earthly fame during his lifetime, but he was content. Although virtually unknown […]

March 18, 2013

Why Would God Ever Answer Me?

Paul Tripp has been of tremendous encouragement to me through his books, seminars, sermons.   I appreciate his continual pointing to who God is and challenging me as to the state of my heart.  Below is a recent blog entry of his. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I never get used to the moment-by-moment miracle of prayer. It’s an amazing […]

March 11, 2013

A Sunday Music Tradition

LOOKING BACK AT YOUR GROWING UP, what music do you associate with Sundays in your home? Consider creating the richness of listening to beautiful music in your home, music specifically associated with the Lord’s Day.    You may recall in previous blog entries how I’ve commented on the blessing of having made Handel’s “Messiah” a part of our […]