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About Musician4God1611

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    I Am What I Am By The Grace Of God
  • Birthday 02/26/1989

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    When I look back and see where God has brought me from, and I look around and see where He has brought me to, and I look forward and see where He is bringing me, all I can say is Honour and Glory and Power, Praise, Adoration, and Thanks be unto my God, FOREVER!!!

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  1. Agreed! There is no way you can say the Bible is against it. However, I don't know that you can say its wrong not to have it either.
  2. I understand. I lean very heavily toward not liking special music in church. Although I do specials for church, and have ever since I was young; I see so many people that really shouldn't be doing them. But that ultimately is a decision the pastor has to make.
  3. Brother Stafford: Although I understand where you're coming from, I cannot reconcile myself to agree with you. If it is wrong for the whole congregation to sit quietly while one person sings, wouldn't it be wrong for them to sit quietly while one person prays, or even preaches. Also, testimonies would be out of the question. We see individual worship in the church in 1 Corinthians 14:26-33, "How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." Now when we read these verses we generally go straight to prophesy and tongues, because that's what it expounds on; but it starts with psalms and doctrine. Now he didn't say that any of these things were wrong, just the way that they were doing them. Therefore if it is wrong for ONE to have a psalm, it is wrong for ONE to have a doctrine. I too am a musician, and although I have never played professionally, I do possess the necessary skills to do so. I say that to say, I do understand where you're coming from. I just also understand that there is a ditch on both sides of the road. There truly are people out there that want to use their talents for God's glory, not their own glory. I can't help but wonder if squelching that is truly right in the eyes of God. (it wouldn't let me quote you)
  4. That's my point. You don't want people to do it for a show, therefore you should probably do away with specials. If you're going to quote me, quote the whole sentence.
  5. I think the key to this post is in the topic name. A lot of the musical set up of the services is according to the discernment of the pastor. It varies according to the members of the church and the people providing the music. If you have quite a few people that are doing specials for show, it might be in the pastor's interest to not have special music. If you have a piano player or organ player that has a "you couldn't do this without me" mentality, maybe the pastor should make it an acapella church. True there are definite rights and wrongs in music, but there is much that is just left to discernment of the pastor. As with any area of the Church, learn the principles and then use discernment in your situation, staying within the principles. Remember that music is one of the most powerful influences in a person's life (I stress that I said ONE of the most). It is just as wrong to have a song service out of balance or not holding to truth, as it is the preaching. The pastor needs to make it clear that there are certain songs that are unscriptural and will not be sung in church. The pastor needs to study up on what music is right or wrong and needs to make sure that the music in his church complies. In short, the pastor needs to have discernment, and he doesn't need to take the attitude, "well I don't know that much about music so I just leave it up to so-in-so to keep an eye on things". No Pastor, that is your job. Study, pray, take an interest in the well being of your church. The songs that your people hear in church, they will go home, look it up on YouTube, and listen to it throughout the week. So your song service, like it or not, is reflecting what you believe is right and wrong.
  6. I'm not familiar with it, but I do like the, "my soul wait thou only upon God" system. I guarantee you that it works much better.
  7. Why couldn't Susie ride a bike? - - - - - Because Susie didn't have any arms. ........................... Knock Knock. (Who's There?) - - - - Not Susie! Ok so this one's a little messed up but it always gets a good reaction out of people.
  8. I believe that part of the reason for the shorter and shorter messages is that many preachers have nothing to say. I've heard the confession of many pastors that they either always re-use sermons, they get them from commentaries, or better yet from off the internet. Gone are the days when a preacher would spend hours on their face before God, seeking his face. The reason that Christians can't put up with a long sermon is because the average preacher doesn't take preaching seriously. When God meets, the time goes by so quickly. This past Wednesday I preached for an hour and five minutes (I was calibrating our new sound system which is why I know the time), but none of the people really noticed the time. God met with us and the altar was full. The invitation time was about as long as the average church's sermon is. Then, after all that, we had our normal prayer meeting time. In all, Wednesday evening services were about 2 hours, but no one complained. We came to meet with God. That being said, I spent hours upon hours in prayer and study getting myself prepared. The people won't prepare their hearts to meet God because they are following the example of the preachers.
  9. I put something up.
  10. A lot of getting used to using a pick is holding it properly. Most people don't, which will work if you start with a pick; but if you're switching to using a pick, you want to hold it properly.
  11. I went with the vanilla for the fact that it was liquid.
  12. I made a chicken stir-fry for me and my girls (my wife was at a birthday get together for one of the ladies in our church). Halfway through making the sauce, I realized I didn't have any honey. I needed some sweet to balance out the vinegar and soy sauce, so I grabbed some vanilla. It was good, but it just didn't seem right in stir-fry. Next time I'll just stick to extra sugar.
  13. First let me say that I haven't been around much of late. We just started an addictions program for our church, and it has been taking a great portion of my time. I've been very busy in the work, and all my spare time is spent with my family. That being said, I believe that there is always a parallel between love and truth throughout the entire Bible. Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." The results of love is obedience to the truth. The result of walking in truth is love for God and his children. 1. "The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth;" - When we look at this, it seems that John is saying not only that it was true that he loved them, but that the truth bore out that he loved them; that is, his actions (1 John 3:18). Also, that, he loved them in THE truth which has to do with the circumstances and reasoning behind his love being centered around the Word of God. 2. "and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;" - Here we see an affirmation to the afore mentioned: The result of walking in truth is love for God and his children. I deal with this a lot, where people seem to think that if I love everybody then I'm spiritual, and that if you will just love God's children then God will love you and you'll be a good Christian. The fact is, God wants you to walk in truth; if you will do that, you will love his children (1 Peter 1:22). It seems like a bold statement but I believe it with all my heart. This could also be looked at as those who knew the truth about them, loved them. 3."Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love." - Because it will be dealt with later, I'm going to refrain from approaching the question of which phrase this modifies, however, looking strictly at the phrase in truth and love, I again refer to the fact that there is always a direct parallel between truth and love. God is love, and God is truth. Without him there is neither. Looking back on my life before I was a Christian, I see that I lacked both of these things in my life. Today, when I draw away from God and live life my way, it is a direct result of these two things. I'm drawn away of my own lust and enticed (James 4) because I love myself. I chose to commit sin because I ignore the truth.
  14. Truth is such a rarity anymore. It's hard to believe anything people say. "Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight." (Proverbs 12:22) How can we expect the world to believe the Gospel if they can't believe anything else we say? Christians ought to be ashamed.
  15. You guys should try explaining to 15 teenagers why its not good to aimlessly browse around YouTube, that gets interesting. I guess I don't get the prize for the cool Youth Pastor, (sigh.....).