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December 20, 2013

Ancient Advent Carol Echoes Across the Centuries

FOR CENTURIES BELIEVERS HAVE SUNG SONGS OF PRAISE HONORING CHRIST’S INCARNATION.  One of the earliest I have discovered is “Let all mortal flesh keep silent” which was written originally as a hymn as a part of the Liturgy of Saint James (as in brother of Jesus). Yes, some scholars think that these words were penned even […]

September 26, 2013

The Word for the Day

September 12, 2013

Even Solomon was not clothed as one of them…..

          If you’d like to view the original, as well as other views of the Monterey coast by Rob Jagnow, you can view them here.  

August 20, 2013

Singing and Unwholesome Speech

  These California sea lions are pretty loud and obnoxious. What a lot of pushing and shoving, whining and complaining, unwholesome and corrupt communication! And, according to what we learned in Sunday school, the expression “unwholesome speech” comes from an expression in the Greek referring to “smelly fish!”  Well, these aren’t fish, but they don’t […]

July 15, 2013

Lullabies for Your Baby and You: Sleep Sound in Jesus

Lullabies have for millennia been the perfect music for babies. We parents may sing to our little ones, but sometimes we wear out and need someone else to sing for us! Michael Card’s lyrics and melodies in the Sleep Sound in Jesus collection are the perfect lullabies, not simply because of their restful qualities, but […]

April 30, 2013

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly….

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 ESV   We tend to think about the word of Christ as being the teaching and admonishing part. What about the “singing […]

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 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 […]

October 15, 2012

Training the Child’s Heart through Song

Make plans for the hymns your children will sing Our children are like little sponges–capable of absorbing grand volumes of information.  Consider that everything that they learn about the world, they learn through you.  They interpret the world based upon what they have learned and experienced.  How do they define who God is?  Who they are?  How the world […]

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