Even music in religion can be a contentious subject! The Bible shows that music is a blessing from God and an appropriate vehicle for praise and worship.
Martin Collins, suggesting that, while society has rejected religious principles and faith, it has glommed onto superficial feelingséwhatever feels good to us. Today's Christianity is more theatrics than theological; feelings have become the replacement fo. . .
By describing the powerful, psychological effects of music, Martin Collins enlarges upon the Turkish proverb, "As the music is, so are the people of the country." Music preference is a self-conscious declaration of the community with which people. . .
Mark Schindler, reflecting on the crescendo of disastrous news reports, including the horrendous murders near the Mexico-USA border instituted by drug gangs, the St. Louis Airport tornado, and the massacre in Syria, suggests that a steady diet of this kind. . .
Feelings and emotions may throw our faith off course. Our moods are mercurial and we must control them with daily prayer and Bible study.
God displays emotions, but they are always under control, unlike mankind. Using God's Spirit, we can grow into emotional (not emotionless) spiritual maturity.
John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the intense power of music to stimulate the emotions, trigger the imagination, set the mood of the services, and serves as a teaching vehicle for godly instruction. God Almighty, as the inventor of the human voice and the capac. . .
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a recent swim meet he attended, suggests that the different strokes exhibited (freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, or backstroke) metaphorically could depict different attitudes or approaches to life (aggressive, timid, wi. . .
Martin Collins, focusing on biblical symbols of light and dark, stresses the physical value of light, including the production of Vitamin D, a natural antidote to cancer, depression, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Sunlight elevates our mood, benefits our immu. . .
Even loyal servants of God have had to contend with depression and discouragement. Antidotes include rest, refocus, right expectations, and obedient actions.
The two principal robbers of peace are pride and the drive to have complete control of our lives. Discontent and imagined victimization led Adam and Eve into sin.
How do we 'sharpen' another's countenance? Most importantly, the imagery implies proximity, closeness. Nothing can be sharpened unless there is contact.
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