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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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January 29th, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Last week’s note was about passion. This week’s is about truth. Every time I return from Stillwater I am more deeply impacted to emphasize the meaning of our music ministry: Truth.

Yes, we must be passionate about our music, but passion itself isn’t enough. We must be passionate about the right things—about truth. Two Wednesday night specials were sung in Stillwater while we were there—the first was a family group who did a great job with a fun, gospel song. The two young boys harmonized well with Mom and Dad, and the song was a blessing. The second special was a men’s trio of Jonathan and Josh Higdon and Jason Jett. If you know any of those three men you know that each one is easily talented enough to be on a professional singing group. Their blend was phenomenal, their power was incredible, their range was amazing, and they were perfectly smooth in their execution of the song. If you have been exposed at all to Southern Gospel music you might know the level of raw talent it takes to make a career of singing, and this trio was as talented as any I’ve heard.

At the end of their song titled “God’s Grace Reaches Farther” Pastor said, “That is almost unbelievable.” At first I wondered if he was talking about the blend or the talent, but he went on. “The words of that song say that God’s grace reaches farther than sin could ever go. It almost seems impossible, knowing how far sin can go!” He brought the people’s attention (okay… MY attention!) back where it should have always been… on the truth of the song, and he minimized the talent.

Talent is a gift. Everything we have, for that matter, is a gift from God! In the music ministry, if I am thinking properly about myself, I’m not thinking of myself at all! It is all about properly and rightly conveying a truth about God through the song. When the focus is on the talent, the music, the beat, the rhythm, the harmonies, the blend, etc., the focus is wrong. It needs to be on the truth.

We primarily sing hymns because they are saturated in truth. Part of the Preaching Rally this year will focus on this point, and one of the sermons from the music series (posted online under cbctemecula.org/sermons) was on being saturated with truth. That’s what church music is all about. Thank God that He reminds me of it from time to time.

Now I feel bad for talking about that talented trio!

-Bro. Ryan

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