Previously we looked at the power of music and how  it appears in Scripture. Now let us look at how that  power manifests itself in our lives today. The over-  whelming musical influences in the US are country and  rock music, stylistically different but twins in spirit.  Rock ‘n’ roll has gone from the devil’s music of the 50’s  to the hippie and drug culture of the 60’s & 70’s to  obscenity laced monologues veiled as poetry today. It’s  played as TV themes and commercials and as music to shop  by. The people who write and perform this music are  revered as modern day prophets,Read More →

There is strength and power in many things but few can equal the power of music. It can draw two hearts together in love or excite men to fight in war. One of the first to recognize and use that power was Israel’s King David, who, while a shepherd, developed his skill as a harpist and poet. Can you picture him in some fertile glade, sheep resting in the cool grass, and as the day draws to a close, singing and playing his harp? His sheep knew his voice and rested contentedly. King Saul, however, was neither resting nor content. The spirit of God hadRead More →

Despite what some may say or believe about our current society, we are still a God—aware people. Our money says we trust in God and every little village seems to have at least one church. Though we refuse to keep the Ten Commandments in our public buildings, we still enforce their precepts against murder and robbery and have a high regard for honesty and loyalty. Christians and non- Christians alike have no problem with exclamations like, “Oh my God!” and “God bless America”, and can even carry on conversations about God with very little discomfort. But at the mention of the name Jesus, the SonRead More →

John Chapter 15 contains some very intriguing words  spoken by Jesus, “I am the vine, ye are the branches. He  that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth  much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing”. (v.5) To  Christians he makes a very clear analogy; Jesus is the  vine, that which has root and supplies nourishment and  we, the branches, rely on him for that provision. Being  part of the vine, we bear the fruit, and if we were cut  off, we would bring forth nothing. We would whither and  die. “Abiding in the vine” is a common Christian expression Read More →

“I know that thou canst do every thing” (Job 42:2) and Luke 1:37, “for with God nothing shall be impossible”. It seems absurd on my part to suggest, but there are things that God cannot do. The first thing that I would list is that God cannot lie. Num. 23:19 says, “God is not a man that He should lie” and the apostle Paul confirmed this in Titus saying, “the acknowledging of the truth, which is after godliness; in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began”. I don’t know about you but I’m glad God keeps His promises.Read More →

Most people would probably agree with the statement  that we live in a fast-paced society, where waiting has  become old—fashioned. Credit cards make it easy to buy now  instead of saving up for your purchase, fast food eateries  are flourishing, and by computer you can communicate with  someone almost anywhere in the world in a matter of moments.  What do you do when you have to wait in line at the bank  or the post office? Do you sigh and fidget, or tap your  foot and mutter under your breath?  How foreign to our 21st century ears is Psalm 40:1,  “I waited patiently for theRead More →

The very first words spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of John are, “What seek ye?” (1:38) In context they are spoken to the soon to be apostles, Andrew and John, as they are following after him. Since that time till now, people have continued to seek Jesus and with reasons as varied as the seekers themselves. In Luke 17 we read the account of the 10 lepers who stood off from the crowds and cried out for mercy. They, like many others, sought out Jesus for the healing of their affliction. It is probably the most common reason people sought out Jesus as recordedRead More →

Have you ever heard, “The Bible’s not trustworthy, there’s too many contradictions in it”. My response to a statement like that is, “Name one”, and the usual reply is that they’ve always heard it said so it must be true. Here’s an example of one such contradiction, both verses written by Solomon. Prov. 14:23, “in all labor there is profit” and Eccl. 2:11, “the labor I had labored.., there was no profit”. No doubt about it, he clearly said opposite things, but let’s look at the context in which each line appears. The “no profit” verse refers to the  long term working to store upRead More →

About forty years ago there was a popular movie titled  “Born Free” in which a lion cub raised as a pet needed to be taught how to live in the wild and set free. In some ways, this is also the story of mankind, for we have been born under the bondage of a sin nature and need to be set free. One only has to observe the natural development of a child to realize that at a very early age they need to be taught to be good and obey; they don’t need to be taught to lie, but to tell the truth. HaveRead More →