Essays for King Jesus
- Daniel Allgyer
Music is an expression of the heart. Listen to the heart in the following scenes:
A little girl, sitting on the hearth, happily singing, “With Daddy in the family, happy, happy home.”
A youth group, circled in front of the church, joyfully singing, “Come, come ye saints, no toil nor labor fear, but with joy wend your way.”
A 60-voice men’s chorus, admonishing each other in song, ringing out in powerful tones, “Rise up O men of God, the church for you doth wait.”
A small congregation, gathered for communion, earnestly singing, “See from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down.”
A tearful mother, standing by a tiny grave, softly singing, “Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast.”
We make music to express something we feel deeply about. In writing the lyrics, composing the music, or singing the song, we are communicating the depths of our heart.
We use music to express ourselves in various ways.
God intended music for worship. In Job 38:7, God proclaimed that “the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy” when He laid the foundations of the earth. In Exodus 15, Moses and the children of Israel sang a song of praise to God after their deliverance at the Red Sea. A 288-voice temple choir performed morning and evening during King Solomon’s peaceful reign. Jesus and His disciples sang a hymn at His last Passover supper. In Revelation 5, a holy symphony surrounds the throne of God.
- Jerry Wadel
As we all know, there are various opinions on how we should relate to the government and the various restrictions that have been put in place. As none of us have any experience with dealing with a pandemic before, we find ourselves in a lot of uncharted territory and with a myriad of thoughts and opinions.
How do we find our way through these trying times and learn what God wants us to learn? What are the dangers we need to understand and avoid for our spiritual good and survival?
Here are a few thoughts for us to prayerfully consider:
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
- Jerry Wadel
It began for many of us like a rather normal year. There was the usual anticipation of spring and summer. Suddenly it seemed our world had become a quandary of unknowns, and a frantic search for facts and reason. We had witnessed flu seasons before and many of us had already had our turn with what seemed like ordinary winter flu, with some even experiencing it in overdrive. But we had recovered and we assumed time would now carry us into the spring and summer normality's of life.
It came like a tsunami, almost out of nowhere. We hardly knew how to adjust our minds and grasp the rapid change as it started jumping oceans and continents, and arrived with almost hysterical pretensions. It can’t really be that bad we thought. Many more die from the known infectious flu’s that circle around, and all the other deadly ailments that seem almost ordinary. But still the potential of this infectious tsunami keeps rolling on.
And then, the difficult reality of being told it is lurking nearby, silent, and insidious; the real dangers seemingly feared most by people with the more imaginative minds, but harder to reconcile for those people that tend to doubt the need to fear what cannot be objectified. For those it could seem very frustrating and needlessly restrictive, as the threat for many seemed to live mostly in the realm of potentiality.
But regardless of one’s viewpoint, there is without doubt, the almost total upend of the social order of our lives. The normal routines that we always liked to keep so tidy, and which seemed mostly in our control, suddenly required some re-direction and thinking. We have seen the hyper-imaginative, irrationally stocking up with doomsday fervor, things that portend mostly to the comforts of life. We have seen and maybe joined those who are appalled at the very idea that they would have to identify with the buying lunacy, standing in the vast lineups, clutching the normal wares, and with darting eyes, hoping no one recognizes us as contributing to the surrounding madness.