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Worship Music

Lately, I’ve found organized church music to be more stressful than joyful. It’s time for me to take a step back and remember what it is about music that makes me love it so much. Music is a gift from the Lord. He knew we would need a way to express our appreciation for all He’s given us. He encourages us to worship through it. Psalms 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. He’s also called us to be separate. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; […]

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A guest post by Gina Holder: Have You Lost Your Song?

Please welcome Gina Holder to Faith in Writing. She has written a post for our Musical Wednesdays feature. On any given Sunday morning in any given church, there’s one thing that stands out above anything else. Many in the congregation are not singing. They don’t even hold a hymnal and pretend to sing. They stand there like stoic beings with their arms crossed and not a word of praise passes over their lips. Music is one of the most basic instincts of man, along with food, shelter, and clothing. I’m sure you’ve seen the videos—little babies “shaking their booty.” I’ve seen dancing parrots and singing dogs… you name it, someone has filmed it. Music is […]

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A guest post by Ruby Mae O’Dell: Drinking From My Saucer

Please welcome Ruby Mae O’Dell to Faith in Writing. She has written a post for our Musical Wednesdays feature. Ruby Mae is offering a giveaway of her soon to be released novel, Hidden Treasures. Leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook copy of that book. This truly is a beautiful song (written by John Paul Moore, 1970). But the meaning has an even deeper beauty. While meditating on this song I had to do a little examination of my own life. You see, I have no doubt that my cup has indeed overflowed. God’s blessings on His children are many and they continue to pour. But, I’m afraid I’ve taken many of […]

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A guest post by Ada Brownell: Gifted Musicians

David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets (1 Chronicles 13:8). Some people are born with amazing musical talent. Our daughter, Carolyn who died of lymphoma at age 31, had perfect pitch. We didn’t know anything about perfect pitch when she was younger. When she was somewhere between age 6 and 8 I was shocked when she walked up to the church organist and said, “You aren’t flatting your E when you play ‘When the Roll is Called up Yonder.’” I knew the organist wasn’t flatting the highest E in the melody, but I […]

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A GUEST POST BY AMBER SCHAMEL: Life is Worth the Living Just Because He Lives

Please welcome Amber Schamel to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. Life is Worth the Living Just Because He Lives by Amber Schamel Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God. ~Ps. 42:11 Discouragement is strong and real. Depression even more. I know it exists. I’ve fought it myself. But I thought I was one of a minority. As our family has traveled the globe through our ministry, I have been shocked at the vast amount of people who struggle with it severely. Chronically. Every day. In every country. And even more appalling, is that it […]

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A GUEST POST BY JENNA VICTORIA: CHANGING HEARTS, NOT CIRCUMSTANCES

Please welcome Jenna Victoria to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. Jenna is doing a giveaway of a winning Reader’s choice of audiobook or ebook of Love Among the Lilacs. Leave a comment for a chance to win. I’m thrilled to be visiting Musical Wednesdays today to offer thoughts on my life hymn, Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart. As background, the text of this hymn was written by Anglican Minister George Croly, born in 1780 and who successfully ministered to churches in the slums of London for fifty-odd years. He wrote many similar compositions and published a collection in 1854 entitled Psalms and Hymns for […]

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A guest post by Catherine Castle: One Day at a Time

Please welcome Catherine Castle to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. One Day at a Time By Catherine Castle Have you ever been in a place in your life where all you could handle was what was dealt to you one day at a time? Overwhelmed, you cried out, like Scarlet O’Hara, “I’ll think about that tomorrow!” Maybe the trouble came in the form of the death of a family member, a broken relationship, a lost job, or a catastrophic illness. Perhaps pain or addiction caused you to live day-to-day. Whatever the issue, every one of us has probably faced something that shoved us back on our […]

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A Guest Post by Janell Wojtowicz: Hymns of wonder and grace through the ages

Please welcome Janell Wojtowicz to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. Janelle will be doing a giveaway of her ebook “Embracing Hope.” Leave a comment for a chance to win. Hymns of wonder and grace through the ages By Janell Butler Wojtowicz As I attempted to focus on the words on the screen hanging behind the pulpit in my church, my eyes drifted to the thick black hard-cover hymnal in the rack attached to the pew ahead of me. We’ll use it once—maybe twice—during the service. The words will also be on the screen and lighting will be dimmed so those of us with aging eyes won’t […]

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A guest post by Darlene Franklin – Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Please welcome Darlene Franklin to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. Darlene will be doing a giveaway of her ebook “Mermaid’s Song.” Leave a comment for a chance to win. ROCK OF AGES, CLEFT FOR ME O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. – Psalm 95:1 During a bad thunderstorm, Anglican preacher Augustus Toplady dashed into a fissure in the rocks in Burrington Combe, England. While he waited for the storm to pass, the makings of a sermon came to him. “The rock of faith was a shelter from the storms of life.” Soon the words took […]

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Welcome to Musical Wednesdays!

Welcome to Faith in Writing’s new feature, Musical Wednesdays. Each Wednesday we will host an author who will discuss something relating to traditional Christian hymns and other musical topics. I’m looking forward to hosting new authors each week. Some of our upcoming guest bloggers include: Janell Butler Wojtowicz, Catherine Castle, Jenna Victoria, and Amber Schamel. They will be discussing some of our favorite hymns. I can hardly wait to see their posts.  Today, I will start off the feature with a post of my own.           The subject of prayer comes up often. We sing songs about it, including the one I’ve posted below, an absolutely beautiful rendition of a meaningful song. Matthew 11:28-30 […]

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