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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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Beethoven’s 9th Has Nothing On You!

August 20th, 2017


The statement in the title has nothing to do with talent. A community choir and orchestra exist primarily as places of music.

In our area, the Temecula Valley Symphony and Chorus are as good as it gets. They’re incredible.

So talent is no question. But a church choir singing on a Sunday has something special that a full house on Saturday can’t match.

The audience.

Worship is about the audience. Guess who? Right. God.

A concert might entertain, wow or even stun a human audience, but a Divine audience says, “I am the LORD, I am God. It is I who hath made you, and not you yourselves. You are my people, and the sheep of my pasture.”

He is pleased with our heartfelt obedience. The mere act of trying in sincerity trumps the professionalism of doing by rote. Just ask the Pharisees. Or the Jews who sacrificed animals, but had no heart for God.

So, sure, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony performance has nothing on you. But that’s comparing apples to oranges, isn’t it?

This morning was just wonderful–musically excellent with a sweet spirit. I like both, but if you make me choose, I’ll take a sincere spirit, every time.

-Bro. Ryan




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