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August 25, 2010



Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them.
And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

Then Moses said to Aaron, "It is what the LORD spoke, saying,

'By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy,
And before all the people I will be honored.'"

So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.

Corey Weaver

I'm pretty sure that "A Mighty Fortress" was written by Martin Luther (orginally in Germen). Just something I noticed at the end there. I will agree with the pastor that the tune of a song is insignificant and that it is all about the lyrics; HOWEVER, the lyrics in this series are not glorifing to God. Our churches should be teaching sound doctrine and glorifing God to their fullest abilities! We have lost so much reverence for God! He is not simply holy, but three times holy! (Isaiah 6:3) Have you read about the Day of Atonement before? You can find it in Leveticus 16. When I read this chapter and see how greatly Jehovah was revered by the Isrealites and how little the name of the Lord is esteemed among His children today, I truly get scared. I am posting because I love the bride of Christ as I am sure many of you all do as well, and that being the case, we should see to it that it is furfilling its intented role. Some verses to consider:

2 Timothy 4:2-4
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Sis Debbie Bixler

I agree with you, Pastor Bobby, wholeheartedly. I even have some worshipful tunes and Praise rocking songs from the Desperation band and the Parachute band (ever heard of them?)I have on a CD that we received when we were giving to Praise radio95.7FM once a month for many years--now we give all our tithe to this church because that is what the Holy Spirit told my hubby, Dave, to do. He is obedient even tho I thought we should still give to 3 Christian radio stations and 2 or 3 Christian TV ministries.

Bob Holmes

Good and Simple!
Thanks Bob.
You know I could write a book on this subject.
I restrain myself in love!

Chris Dufrene

i was just about to type something along the lines of that last paragraph, but you got it spot on. a great deal of hymn music was secular and only later were gospel lyrics added in. PB, u can't make em all happy bro, but i love the fact that you engage those conversations...love you man

Colby McClain

All I have to say is, "Right on!" The worship team is one of the biggest assets to our church. As soon as the lights dim and the bass drum starts up, new-comers know that they are in for an experience that they probably have never had in any other church.
It's also helps me to endorse Harvest to people my age (24), by telling them that we have such a "passionate" and "modern" style of worship. Have'nt you all noticed how many new young men and woman have been attending Harvest? It's not a coincidence. It's God connecting to a new generation of followers through vibrant messages and scretching guitar solos. Rock on baby!

It's funny how Harvest can play a cover song by the modern band,"Muse", and then spend an hour correlating the lyrics with a message about our freedom in Christ;// Where as, many churches out there would spend an hour alone on preaching about how that genre of music is "unGodly"...i.e. waste of church time in my opionion.

I am a firm believer that God gave us the ability to hear and create sound for a reason. Rocking out on Sunday's with our voices carrying his praise and our fists in the air,(in opinion), brings joy to our Fathers' heart.



From a technical side, the arraingements of many of the hymns were obviously written by amateurs who knew little about writing music, and it shows. Others, however are powerfully written with lyrics that came from the soul

Those are the ones that need to be "modernized" and kept in our repertoire. Think, Nothing but the blood, It is well, How great thou art. I love it when some of these are incorporated into today's worship.

As far as the secular being used in church, Paul said, "I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some." He also said so long as Christ is preached, that is worth rejoicing.


My parents had neighbors her where teachers at a local college of the baptist persuasion. They only listened to Hymns and Classical music. They did not like modern worship because they said it was hard to tell whether it was about God or a girl. Out of respect for may parents (because they lived next to them, I didn't.) I refrained from debate. But I wonder if they knew the history of those hymsn relating to them being raucous drinking songs, or the fact that some not all well known classical composers abused alcohol, drugs or both.

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