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What is the biblical approach to music in the church and in the life of the Christian? And why does it matter to the Holy Spirit?

What is the biblical approach to music in the church and in the life of the Christian?  And why does it matter to the Holy Spirit?  Unfortunately, many churches are in a state of ignorance when it comes to music.  Music is one of the primary areas of church ministry that has done more to grieve the Holy Spirit than any other.  Primarily because, much of church music is anchored in worldly methodology that is ambitiously predatory in nature for emotionalism.

Throughout the New Testament as well as the Old, biblical music and singing is vocal, joyful and respectful to God and finds its origin with God (Exodus 15:1,21; Acts 16:26Rev. 5:9). The use of a concordance to find verses that contain the words: “song,” “singers” and “singing,” will confirm that God has purpose in music.

Notice particularly the special assignments given to singers and the special provision for singers in 2 Chronicles and Nehemiah. God also uses trumpets, harps, and other musical instruments for His purpose.

Satan also instigates the use of music amongst God’s people to enhance his deceitful influence.  Obviously, he has accomplished his agenda amongst many well intended Christians. Particularly, we see a weak endeavor to know what kind of music comes from the heart of God and what derives from the mind of Satan and little desire to discern the difference.

The music pattern and methodology of your church is very revealing about the intent and motive that drives that ministry. The fact is: what motivates us, conforms us, thus, methodology is conceived.  For many Churches, the devil has a manipulating strong hold in the area of music that is emotionally driven.  Churches across all denominational lines have been seduced to a false and vain obligation to provide a non-convicting environment through the use of musical enhancement and entertainment.  This is most noticeable amongst churches that favor contemporary methodology where more often than not, a musicians sincerity is mistaken for spirituality worthy of praise.Discerning believers know and understand that the Bible  teaches and requires a very obvious contrast to worldly methodology of music.  Godly music is most noticeably holy, doctrinal, and reverent in mannerism… and totally unlike the appeal, apparel, and appearance of worldly music.  This is a matter of fact.

Charles Spurgeon, the great English Baptist preacher, declared with conviction:

“The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them… providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the Church…The need is biblical doctrine, so understood and felt that it sets men of fire.”

The character of Biblically based music is distinctly different in its origin and purpose.  Biblical music and its methodology is sacred, not seductive.  It is not intended to draw the world… it is separate from the world.  Unlike biblical music, worldly methodology in music with religion sprinkled on it, is at its core a predator for the emotion of the vulnerable and carnal believer… while biblical based methodology in music compels devotion to the one and only true God… The Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 3;16). Amen!

Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger    

College of the Open Bible

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James Hall presents WAP new era cd titled “KING”

What we knew as the sound of Professor James Hall and Worship and Praise is now revealed through their new CD, WAP NEW ERA, as the elevated version of gospel music mastery. NEW ERA is Prof. Hall’s intimate interpretation of the art.  With an adroitness of musicianship, he takes a short hiatus from the Live Stage to commune in the sanctuary of the Studio, creating a multi-flavorful connection of music.  It delivers on all genres of composition, from the traditional tunes such as James Hall Hymn Medley to cutting edge gospel.  ‘King’ unveils a James-Hall-Newness, while other tracks like Sovereign and Only Jesus are true-form to WAP, giving us range-leaping vibratos and praise-reaching staccatos.

NEW ERA truly evokes your hands to raise or your desire to be saved…either way, the anointing WILL move you. From lone listeners to psalmists to musicians, prayerfully listen and allow it to minister to you, that you might glean from it to inspire
your own.  We are thrilled to share, this our new success, with you.

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ROMA DOWNEY AND MARK BURNETT EXECUTIVE PRODUCING NEW FAITH-BASED FOOTBALL FILM WOODLAWN IN THEATERS OCT. 16, 2015

Serving as Executive Producers on new Erwin Brothers Film

 produced by Kevin Downes and distributed by Pure Flix.  

 LOS ANGELES, Calif., (Sept. 23, 2015) – Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, who took faith-themed entertainment to new global heights with their record-setting miniseries THE BIBLE and their feature film SON OF GOD, have set their sights on WOODLAWN, Football movie set in the segregated south in the 70’s that is as real and relevant today as it was 40 years ago.  WOODLAWN premieres in theaters nationwide on October 16th.

Downey and Burnett serve as executive producers under their LightWorkers Media banner. Their previous big-screen credits include SON OF GOD, LITTLE BOY and the much-anticipated epic BEN-HUR due in theaters from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures next spring.

WOODLAWN, an Erwin Brothers film produced by Kevin Downes, is an exhilarating high school football story about revival and reconciliation that offers hope for overcoming the racial crises facing America today. That is what drew the husband-and-wife team to the project.

“The goal of all of our faith-based projects has been to spotlight the power and goodness of God,” Downey explained. “WOODLAWN fits that bill perfectly: It’s an exciting and emotional look at how faith changes the fortunes and hearts of a football team, a high school and an entire city. This story is an important reminder of what faith in action looks like.  WOODLAWN is filled with truly memorable performances and at the heart of the film young Caleb Castille is an amazing new discovery in the lead role”

“Jon and Andy Erwin have made a special film, one that will make you stand and cheer and bring you to your knees in tears.” added Burnett  “It’s amazing to see Sean Astin in his first football movie since RUDY.”

WOODLAWN tells the true-life story of Tony Nathan (newcomer Caleb Castille), who lands in a powder keg of anger and violence when he joins fellow African-American students at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Ala., after its government-mandated desegregation in 1973. The Woodlawn Colonels football team is a microcosm of the problems at the school and in the city, which erupts in cross burnings and riots, and Coach Tandy Geralds (Nic Bishop) is at a loss to solve these unprecedented challenges with his disciplinarian ways.

It’s only when Hank (Sean Astin), an outsider who has been radically affected by the message of hope and love he experienced at a Christian revival meeting, convinces Coach Geralds to let him speak to the team that something truly remarkable begins to happen. More than 40 players, nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to the “better way” Hank tells them is possible through following Jesus, and the change is so profound in them it affects their coach, their school and their community in ways no one could have imagined.

The Colonels make a run at the state playoffs led by Nathan, who achieves superstar status in Birmingham and attracts the attention of legendary University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (Jon Voight).  It’s the miracle, Hank says, of what happens when God shows up.

“We’re honored Roma and Mark are Exec. Producing with us to bring this important story to the big screen at such an important time in history,” director Jon Erwin said. “They are known internationally for sharing God’s unwavering love for us all through quality entertainment. That’s why Andy and I made WOODLAWN – to share that message. It’s why we got into filmmaking in the first place.”

WOODLAWN, distributed by Pure Flix in conjunction with Provident Films, stars Sean Astin (RUDY, THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, MOM’S NIGHT OUT), Nic Bishop (COVERT AFFAIRS, BODY OF PROOF), Caleb Castille (in his feature film debut), C. Thomas Howell (THE OUTSIDERS, RED DAWN), Sherri Shepherd (THE VIEW, PRECIOUS) and Academy-Award winner JON VOIGHT (COMING HOME, ALI, NATIONAL TREASURE). It is directed by The Erwin Brothers (OCTOBER BABY, MOM’S NIGHT OUT) from a script by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples and is produced by Kevin Downes (FAITH OF OUR FATHERS, COURAGEOUS).

To learn more about the movie, visit www.woodlawnmovie.com/pressroom

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BIOGRAPHY OF SUFFRAGAN BISHOP NANCY L. CLARK

. Keeping it real

Pastor Nancy L. Clark, founder and pastor of Joy of the Lord Ministries, Inc. in Greenville, SC. and founder of Nancy Clark Ministries, Inc.

 

Pastor Clark is the 2nd of 11 children born to the late William & Sula Holland Taylor. She is married to Deacon James H. Clark, who embraces her in the work of the Lord. They share in the lives of three children and four grandchildren. She was employed and retired from the US Postal Service with 33 years of service in human resources.

 

She is ordained with the credentials from the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Inc. of which the church is affiliated. Theological background includes the Ministerial Institute of the PAW and other bible related studies and she vows to be a lifelong student of the bible.

 

In June 2006 the Honorable Richard E. Young appointed her as the first female District Elder in the South Carolina State Council of the PAW. She was assigned to serve as the Advisor for the Ministers Wives of the SCSC.

 

In March 2010 a church to house Joy of the Lord Ministries, Inc. was purchased along with 2 houses and 4 adjacent lots. Also, in 2010 she was awarded the “The Church and Community Woman of Excellence Award” by the state of South Carolina.

 

In October 2014 the Honorable Charles H. Ellis III elevated her as the first female Suffragan Bishop in the South Carolina State Council. She currently serves over “Women’s Affairs” in the SCSC.

 

Pastor Clark is an uncompromising visionary who serves the flock of God with joy while nurturing them in the word, fostering relationships, and leading by example. She is committed to the souls of all mankind. She is currently actively involved and committed to the community efforts and is a part of a task force for community revitalization.

 

She is a woman with a vision that walks by faith while believing in the power of prayer. She is currently working on the publication of her first book.

 

  Her favorite scripture is, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me” Philippians 4:13, she is forever greatful to God for finding her worthy to lead his people.

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