Saturday, October 25, 2014

Prayer, Song, and Thought for the Day

Prayer for the Day

Lord I am bringing my troubled emotions to You this morning.  I know that You can lift me up but my trouble is being able to believe that You will lift m up in the most holy faith.  I am asking You to take care of me and lift me up out of the pit of noise that seems to surround me at this time in my life.  Help me to trust You in child-like faith.  I am now saying “”Abba Father”—my Father.  I am lifting my hands up to You like a toddler who believes that his father will take him up in His arms.  These things I am praying in Your Loving Name.  Amen.
Song for the DayArise My Soul Arise” by Charles Wesley
Thought for the Day
Musicians are most often sensitive and very emotional people, therefore the fact that they often have emotional highs and lows should not surprise anyone.




Emotions and the Christian Musician


Emotions and the Christian Musician
            1Kings 19:4 records a time in the prophet Elijah’s life when he was so weary that his emotions were controlling his thought life. “But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”  We can make fun of him but he was actually running to save his life.  We can say that he should have trusted God more since he had seen many mighty works of God in his lifetime.  There is no doubt about it we have never walked in his sandals.  If we had, we wouldn’t make fun of the prophet who was truly a man of God.
            It is easy for others to say that a Christian musician has to simply control his or her emotions.  That is much easier said than done!  I am well aware that our God has enough grace and power to sustain every Christian in the world who is under pressure and is struggling with all kinds of negative emotions.  Here is what God said to St Paul in 2Corinthians 12:9, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  Paul was referring to what he called his “thorn in the flesh” which he had repeatedly asked the Lord to remove.  Instead of removing it God simply whispered to Paul, “my grace is sufficient or thee”.  Do you believe that God’s grace is sufficient for your troubles that have caused your emotions to run wild?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Quote and Thought for the Day

Quote and Thought for the Day 

Luke 16:8 “And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely (phronimos, 5429): for the children of this world are in their generation wiser (phronimos) than the children of light.”  Even though a music philosopher is not a Christian, he or she may have more practical skill (phronimos) than some Christian music philosophers.

 

 

 

What is Philosophy? part 4

What is Philosophy? part 4
Can Christian musicians who are in the process of developing a Christocentric Bible based music philosophy learn from non-Christian music philosophers?  The answer is an emphatic yes!  Not every aspect of music philosophy purported by worldly non-Christian music philosophy will be in conflict with Christian philosophy in general or specifically with what the Bible teaches.  When a music philosopher’s thoughts are worthy of consideration and are congruent with Christian thought, a Christian musician may consider them for incorporation in his or her music philosophy. As a caution, please allow me to return to St. Paul’s discourse on philosophy.  In1Corinthians 1:25, he warns that the Christian philosopher should stand firm “Because the foolishness of God is wiser (sophos) than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”  Some Christian musicians seem to have forgotten just how strong the wisdom of God is. 
1Peter 4:1 addresses the issue of philosophical mindset before and after becoming a Christian.  He explains that the world will not be happy with much of Christ centered philosophy when he states, “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin…”  He later warns Christians in 1Peter 4:4-5, “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.”  So the Christian music philosopher should get prepared to be misunderstood and spoken evil of by worldly music philosophers.  At the same time Christian music philosophers should embrace worthy philosophical thought and reject that which is not congruent with a Christocentric Bible based music worldview.

 

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Quote for the Day


Quote for the Day

Ephesians 5:6 “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”

What is Philosophy? part 3

What is Philosophy? part 3
1Corinthians 1:20 Paul asks the question, “Where is the wise (sophos, 4680)? where is the scribe? where is the disputer (suzetetes, 4804) of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom (sophia, 4678) of this world?  Paul’s worldview helped to keep him on track philosophically.  He understood that in the light of the true truth of God’s Word, the wisdom of the philosophical disputers of this world does not matter.  He furthermore understood that in the light of God’s truth, the supposed wisdom taught by worldly philosophers is proved to be foolishness. 
At this time in the history of mankind, Christian Bible based music philosophy is considered by the world to be falsely based and therefore foolish.  Those of us who have rubbed shoulders with non-Christian music philosophers have often experienced a condescending smile or a look of mild disgust that we even believe the Bible let alone believe what it teaches about music.  Again St. Paul understood why worldly philosophers believe what they believe when he stated in 1Coorinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom (sophia) of God the world by wisdom (sophia) knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”  One of the mistakes that Christian musicians often make is coming to the conclusion that those who have by philosophical reasoning chosen not to submit their hearts to God will come to the same philosophical conclusions as Spirit filled Christian musicians who has studied music philosophy.

 

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scripture for the Day

Scripture for the Day

Romans 1:28 “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

 

 

What is Philosophy? part 2

What is Philosophy? part 2 

If one is going to search after wisdom the Bible should be the place to start.  In I Corinthians 1:17 Paul presents a discourse on wisdom, “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom (sophia, 4678) of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” Paul was more interested in what God thought than what man’s “wisdom” taught at that time.  His reasoning was that as he states in verse 19, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”  He was referring to Isaiah 29:14, “Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom (chokmah, 2451) of their wise (chakam, 2450) men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.”
 After only a brief study of sophia, chokmah, and chakam in the context of Paul’s discourse on philosophy in the first chapter of I Corinthians, it is evident that he was referring to conventional worldly wisdom as compared to God’s wisdom.  If we as Christian musicians are not careful we will place current philosophical thought on an equal basis or even above what God’s Word teaches. We claim that we are not squeezed into the world’s mold, but if one was to shake us all up together in a sack, when we came out would our music philosophy sound any different than that of worldly musicians who are not Christians?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thought for the Day


Thought for the Day

If you want to know what a Christian musician believes philosophically about music, just listen to him or her music unto God.

 

What is Philosophy? part 1

What is Philosophy? part 1
What is philosophy?  If one is going to read about philosophy it seems logical to start with some understanding of what it is.  Philosophy is generally believed to be the pursuit of wisdom which involves an understanding of the nature and value of some aspect of life or all of life for that matter.  It is a search for a general understanding of a field of knowledge that will reveal what the “main thing” is.  It will include an analysis of the basic principles for one’s underlying beliefs that serve as the grounds for why one does what he or she does.   It will reveal how to keep the main thing the main thing.  It is a search for wisdom that will guide one’s processes of thought and conduct.

Philosophy is more than a quest for wisdom that guides our thought patterns.  It also guides what we do.  Historically a strong philosophy was a love for wisdom.  Our word philosophy is derived from two Greek words philos, which meant a predilection or love for something and sophia, which meant wisdom.  Thus philosophy from at last the early writings of the Greeks may be described as preconceived love for a wisdom that would bring a systematized calm or composure.  Classical philosophers believed that philosophy could and would bring about a unified filed of wisdom based on knowledge that would give an “inner peace”.