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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

In his book The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer wrote, “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are aut0matically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned not to each other but to another standard to which each one must individually bow.

So, one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become unity-conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”

If all Christians of every denomination were focused upon being like Jesus, I think we would soon lose the denominational differences. Let’s use Jesus as our standard and our petty differences will seem like nothing.

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When he was in college, Adam had a Music Major. So, Anita and I traveled to the school’s musical programs to support him. The program usually began with students playing with professionals (or at least alumni) in a great orchestra. As the individual musicians arrived and took their seats on the stage, they would begin their tune-ups.

What a racket! No two instruments were together. The music they all performed together was a harsh kind of chaos, each making their own unique sounds (or noises). It was not pleasant, but abrasive.

Then the conductor stepped up on a small platform and tapped his music stand with his baton. Everything fell silent. Then the conductor began to signal with that baton and such a pleasant, calming harmony came from those individual instruments. What made the difference? It was the harmonious leadership and timing of the conductor.

The Holy Spirit is the Great Conductor of the spiritual music produced by the individual members of the Body of Christ. Working together, under the spiritual Conductor’s guidance, we became an example of harmony. Different instruments all harmonizing together to make a beautiful sound. Let’s let the Spirit lead us.

Comment here about the last time you saw some really neat harmony among your brothers and sisters.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Why is it Christians love to fight over music?

An older farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was. “Well,” said the farmer, “It was good. They did something different, though. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns.”

“Praise choruses,” said the wife, “What are those?” “Oh, they’re okay. They’re sort of like hymns, only different,” said the farmer.”

“Well, what’s the difference?” asked the wife.

The farmer said, “Well, it’s like this. If I were to say to you, ‘Martha, the cows are in the corn’, well that would be a hymn. If, on the other hand, I was to say to you, “Martha, Martha, Martha, Oh Martha, MARTHA, MARTHA, the cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the black cows, the white cows, the black and white cows, the COWS, COWS, COWS, are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn – that would be a praise chorus.”

That farmer may be a little off in his definition. What do you see is the difference between hymns and choruses?


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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

When our children were small, there was a new Christian music record released for children called The Music Machine. Jenny and Nathan both listened to it for hours. Churches with a progressive view toward reaching children were using the songs in their children’s ministries. The premise was that this music machine had some magic about it. Whenever you put something into the machine, out would come a song about what you put in. The songs were all from a child’s perspective but excellently done. The songs were a teaching tool for children, as each song pertained to the  fruit of the spirit.

Well, The Music Machine was released as an LP (Long-Playing record, for you high-tech guys) and was released in the 1970s. Today those kids who loved the songs are now parents and The Music Machine is making a resurgence. It is again available on CD but no one knows the words. For Christmas we dusted off our antique LP with the words printed in story form, and wrapped it up for our 5-year old granddaughter. Now she can teach her friends the words to the songs everyone is learning.

As Solomon said, “There is nothing new under the sun”. Do you remember The Music Machine?




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Last Sunday I was chatting with one of our senior members before church.  He was telling me how much he appreciated me.  “You’re the only reason I come to this church,” he said.  I replied that he had a lot of friends here, as well, and then he agreed.  “But, I can’t stand the new worship!  I’m from the old school,” he said, “and I don’t like this  music today.”

I’d heard that before, so I carefully smiled and replied, “But these young folks wouldn’t come if we didn’t have it.”  He quickly responded, “I know it, and I’m with you!  I’m with you all the way.”

You have to have respect for an old timer who can speak his mind, and yet recognize that we’re not living in the past.  To reach the next generation takes new methods.  Let’s learn lessons from this senior citizen.

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