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The Harp has been the most popular handcrafted Instruments that the children make in our program. This craft has recieved awards. I hope that you and your church even if you don’t choose to do our program incorporate this craft along with the mini lesson with you children. It is great to use with a Sunday School class. If you would like the Mini lesson for this instrument project just contact Pastor Dan and he will direct you to the page you need to go.shalomtoyou321@aol.com in subject box place Sunday School Harp . Using the harp we teach the children about the Trinity.

 God ordained which musical notes will harmonize with each other. 

Praise Him with the Harp Click to Read Psalm150david playing his harp

.”Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with psaltery and an instrument of ten strings Psalm 33

David Playing the Harp” (1670) by Jan de Bray (Dutch painter, 1627-1697)
This is a picture taken from a print. You may purchase this print from ARC International. Used with permission

David’s harp had a significant impact upon the court of King Saul. His music, though undoubtedly entertaining and exhilarating to the senses, possessed a unique and penetrating quality – it touched the innermost being of the listener – it reached into the very spirit of his audience. David’s music possessed healing properties because the Healer (God) was with him. I Samuel 16:23 states that Saul was not only refreshed by David’s harp but was also “made well.”

Prophecy could be instrumental as well as vocal. Saul met a group of prophets who apparently sang and accompanied themselves on instruments (1 Sam. 10:5, 6). David appointed 228 musicians to “prophesy with lyres, harps, and cymbals” (1 Chron. 25:1-7), music which also seems to have had an improvisational character. While listening to the music he was given the prophecy (2 Kings 3:15). The term selah, which occurs 71 times in the Psalms.

Hand Crafting the “Harp” Nylon string or Brass wire string craft. Two ways for you to choose.Click on the harp picture below to see the Nylon string harp and the instructions to craft this harp. I recommend the nylon fishing line harp over the brass wire harp. They both have a unique tone and you may want to craft both of them.

Using the C E G on a keyboard you tune your harp strings to these notes     In the Keyboards for Christ Music Program the Children learn about harmony and chords using the harp that they hand craft. Depending upon time you can make a harp of 3 strings, 6, or 7. Each string can be tuned to the sound of the notes on a piano keyboard. Like the first string C and the next one E and then G and so on. If you are using a Three string project then C E G makes up a C major Chord. Also you can use three types of tunings. For example if you have a group of 9 children have three tune their harps to the C chord, CEG and then 3 tune their harps to the F chord FAC and then finally three tune their harps to the G chord GBD. Then in a lesson during the ensemble time you can acually play a song with the kids. I also like to have if you are using keyboards the children play each note one at a time and the other group of children answer back that note on their harp. Piano plays C kids on harps play the C note back. The harps will go out of tune and this also helps the children to train their ear in the sounds of each note.

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Materials Needed for this weeks lesson:

1. Wooden cloths hangers I purchase these at the dollar store usually. Recently at Krogers I purchased 12 for a dollar. Many places have them and even at flea markets and garage sales. People also just donate them to you to use. Remember to take the hook off them.

2. Small eye let’s (Picture below) These work as the tuners for the harps. After the holes are drilled and the wooden Balls are tied you run the line through the hanger and tie it at the Eye hook.

3. I have used both wire and nylon fishing line. I like them both, it is better to experiment for yourself. Wire usually 28 guage that you can get at any hardware store. This wire is used in crafts and can also be purchased in colors. It is around 3.00 for 40 yards or 10.00 for a 5 lb spool. You can also purchase wire via the Internet just type in 28 guage brass wire in your search engine and select the compnay you want to by from.

4. Paint or stickers. You might just want to simply “Stain” the harps in the natural wood. This also looks great.

5. Q-tips to use for painting. Instead of paint brushes I use these. But brushes also work fine.

6. Small washers if you are not using the wooden balls. Wooden balls can be purchased at most craft stores.

Harp Wooden hangers, eye hocks, wire, or nylon fish line, paints, Q-tips for painting. Pre drill the wooden hangers and place the I hocks at the top. You will drill 3 holes at the bottom. The wire strings are pulled through a small washer so the string will hold then the strings are tied around the I hocks at the top. The children should paint the harps first and then the teacher will strings them or the parent for the children to take with them at the following weeks lesson. The teacher should make a harp ( string it during class to show the students before they start painting them.) Get paint that is water/soap clean up, place down papers on a table and let them use the Q- tips for painting. The wire for the harps can be purchased at a craft store along with the paints.

Crafting Directions:

Harp directions

1. If you can pre drill small holes in each side of the wooden cloths hanger. The right side will be where you place the eye hooks ( Tuners) and the other side is where you will tie small washers to the brass wire that you will pull through the hole that you drill.

2. After the child pulls the wire or fish line through the hole and up to the tuner ( eye hook) then you can paint the harps. I remove the HOOK of the hanger and the child can use it to TUNE the harp since the Eye hooks are somewhat hard to turn with your fingers.

3. Q-tips work very well for brushes and the paints you can purchase at any local craft store. This craft the child cannot take it home until the following week if that is your choice. I recommend that all instruments stay ata the program until the final graduation or parents program. This way you can continue to use them in the lesson plans.

As in all the other HANDS ON lessons it is very important that you incorporate Biblical Scripture into the craft. You may use whatever you would like but I recommend about King David and his harp.

In ancient times the harp was played with the hand while walking. It had multiple strings and sometimes a sounding board, as with this harp excavated in the ruins of ancient where Abraham originally lived. Notice this harp has 11 strings with a nicely ornamented sounding board with a ram’s head at the end.

“And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.”

1 Samuel 16:15-16

“And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.”

2 Samuel 6:5

“After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

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I dont care about a spiritual battle; I am just trying to survive and juggle all of the balls that I have in my life.
We are in a battle for our minds, a battle for our children and families, battle for souls who dont know the Lord, battle against a philosophy that is defined by the values of this world. The evil one is assaulting every part of Gods kingdom. We need to recognize that we are in a battle every day, like it or not. But this battle is a winnable one. Listen to these words from 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Spiritual Warfare: What is it?
Spiritual warfare is going on all around us. It exists in the unseen, supernatural dimension, where God is all-powerful and Satan is in revolt. Everyday just pick up the paper or listen to the television.  As any Christian soon discovers, although spiritual warfare is unseen, its absolutely real and a clear and present danger.  Just take a look around you today, it is ever so present in our society, in the world.  Though people including Christians just ack as if it does not exsist and remain in their own little world.  The Bible speaks of spiritual warfare in many places, but most directly  where Paul speaks of putting on the full armor of God. Ephesians 6:12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

The Keyboards for Christ Music Ministry has introduced a ‘Academy’. The Hero Academy Vacation bible school program was trains children to  see what a real  HERO is. The character, the  laws they follow, respect, and responsibility. Unlike other  Vacation Bible School programs this program is not just filled with all the bells and whistles to make it a week of fun.  The fun is here, but within the walls of your church you can take back what the evil  one is trying to  take…our children. Back to the Basics, not following the themes of the world, simply to hunt for the heart of God.  AND its all free and based around common items that you have around your home. No matter  if you don’t even have a VBS budget this program can be used in your church.
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As in all our research within this site we try to give views that are Biblical sound. Each of us is accountable to God for our choices. You must desern through prayer and the Holy Spirits guidence.It is not in the word..Christmas but in the “heart of it all”…love. This ministry has written a “Christmas” story call Wise men and women still seek him. I invite you to visit the page, it is this sites statement about ‘Christmas”. [ It is found on the programs page]

Over the last two millennia, traditional Christianity has systematically laid aside the “feast days of the Lord” and established its own holidays. Christmas was established to enable pagan converts to come into church fellowship without forsaking their heathen customs and practices. Easter is a replacement for the biblical Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread. Even the weekly Sabbath was abandoned in favor of Sunday, supposedly to commemorate Jesus’ resurrection (which, as we demonstrated earlier, did not take place on Sunday morning).

Although we should immediately recognize that overruling God’s instructions is dangerous behavior, let us consider, from the biblical record, whether such humanly designed inventions and alterations are acceptable worship to our Creator God.As creatures of habit, we can find ourselves following traditions that are contrary to God’s instructions. Almost 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ pointed out that a devoutly religious group, the Pharisees, was in just such a situation. Christ told them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men … All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition” (Mark 7:6-9).Just proclaiming that something is Christian does not make it so. No matter what our traditions have been or what rationalizations our reasoning may employ, the Bible is clear that we must follow our Creator’s directions on His days and forms of worship.In Colossians 2:8 the apostle Paul warns, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”Similarly, one of the last messages in the Bible reveals this warning for people caught up in a great worldwide system that established itself in opposition to God: “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:4-5).We have a choice. We can choose the feast days instituted by God or the holidays substituted by men. The choices we make affect our destiny and impact our relationship with our Creator.

Is Christmas a Sin?

Some Christians believe that Christians should not observe Christmas. Some object to the commercialism of the holiday; others object to its origins. In order to understand this subject, it is helpful to trace some of the history of Christmas avoidance, particularly its roots in Puritanism.The Puritans believed that the first-century church modeled a Christianity that modern Christians should copy. They attempted to base their faith and practice solely on the New Testament, and their position on Christmas reflected their commitment to practice a pure, scriptural form of Christianity. Puritans argued that God reserved to himself the determination of all proper forms of worship, and that he disapproved of any human innovations  even innovations that celebrated the great events of salvation. The name Christmas also alienated many Puritans. Christmas meant “the mass of Christ.” The mass was despised as a Roman Catholic institution that undermined the Protestant concept of Christ, who offered himself once for all. The Puritans’ passionate avoidance of any practice that was associated with papal Rome caused them to overlook the fact that in many countries the name for the day had nothing to do with the Catholic mass, but focused instead on Jesus’ birth. The mass did not evolve into the form abhorred by Protestants until long after Christmas was widely observed. The two customs had separate, though interconnected, histories.As ardent Protestants, Puritans identified the embracing of Christianity by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the early 300s as the starting point of the degeneration and corruption of the church. They believed the corruption of the church was brought on by the interweaving of the church with the pagan Roman state. To Puritans, Christmas was impure because it entered the Roman Church sometime in this period. No one knows the exact year or under what circumstances Roman Christians began to celebrate the birth of their Lord, but by the mid-300s, the practice was well established.No evidence exists that the Christian leaders who began this practice consciously wanted to compromise with paganism. They may simply have wanted to celebrate the birth of Jesus. However, modern scholars generally agree that the date they chose for Christmas was influenced by a pagan celebration on or about that same date honoring the “Invincible Sun.” Consequently, some customs unrelated to the birth of Jesus that commonly characterize modern Christmas celebrations were also present in pre-Christian pagan celebrations. This syncretistic character of most forms of Christmas celebration was enough for Puritans to avoid the holiday as a compromise with the pure exercise of Christian faith.

The New England culture was permeated with Puritan values. As late as 1847, no college in New England had a Christmas holiday. The fact that anti-Christmas sentiment exists among some groups originating in New England should not be surprising. However, there are today no churches that call themselves Puritans. Yet their theological descendants  Presbyterians, Congregationalists and many Baptists  remain. Gone, except among their most conservative offspring, is any concern about Christmas.

The central issue regarding Christmas observance is this: How much freedom do Christians have in the new covenant, either individually or as a church, to express their faith, worship and thanks toward Christ in forms not found in the Bible? Are Christians ever free to innovate in worship? May church leaders establish special days to celebrate the great acts of salvation?

Devout Christians sometimes confuse ancient forms with modern substance. “Once pagan, always pagan” is the way some people reason. They may admit the transforming power of Christ for people, they deny it for customs and traditions. Yet many of the practices God approved for ancient Israel had previously existed in paganism. Temples, priests, harvest festivals, music in worship, circumcision and tithing all had ancient pagan counterparts. God transformed these customs into a form of worship devoted to him. Even the sun, universally worshipped as a god by pagan cultures, God used to symbolize an aspect of the Christ (Malachi 4:2).

Jesus taught, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment” (John 7:24). Too often, Puritan criticism of Christmas was based on outward appearances and a strong anti-Catholic perspective. When Israel added Hanukkah and Purim to its religious calendar  events that celebrated God’s saving acts in Jewish history  these were acceptable to God. So, too, was the addition of the synagogue itself and its traditions. Examples such as these have led many Christians to conclude that the church also has the freedom to add to its calendar festivals that celebrate God’s intervention in human affairs, such as the birth of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus.Unless we are to conclude that celebrating Christ’s arrival as God in the flesh is a bad thing, its celebration on what was once a pagan holiday is irrelevant. Christians who keep Christmas are not pagans. They do not worship nor regard pagan gods. They honor Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.It is true that certain customs attached to December 25 are practiced in a pagan spirit by many people. But a truly Christian observance of Christmas does not include drunkenness, fornication, carousing or any other conduct unworthy of saints. No one knows the exact date of Jesus’ birth. But this lack of knowledge does not diminish the value of celebrating his birth, any more than not knowing when Christ will return diminishes the value of celebrating his return. It is not a sin to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. After all, his entrance into the world was a cause of great rejoicing and celebration, because it made possible human reconciliation to God. At his birth people who loved God rejoiced in praise, and even the angels sang for joy (Luke 1:46-2:38). Love motivates many Christians to celebrate Christmas. They love their Savior and they love their families. Christmas provides an opportunity for them to express both. To harshly judge those who choose to practice their faith in this spirit of devotion conflicts with many New Testament principles. The fact that non-Christians or even some Christians celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday or in a profane way is not a reason to avoid Christmas  any holiday can be misused. The problem is not the date, but the behavior, we should express love everyday. Some may choose not to celebrate, and we hope that Christians who celebrate Christmas and those who do not are both seeking to honor Jesus Christ (Romans 14:5-6).

 ROME…..the influence of pagan practices?

Pagan Holidays From Saturnalia to Christmas By: Minister Charles A. Johnson III  Deuteronomy 12:29-32

 29.  When he destroys the nations in the land where you will live,

 30.  don’t follow their example in worshiping their gods. Do not ask, `How do these nations worship their gods?’ and then go and worship as they do!

 31.  You must not insult the Lord your God like that! These nations have done horrible things that he hates, all in the name of their religion. They have even roasted their sons and daughters in front of their gods.

 32.  Obey all the commandments I give you. Do not add to or subtract from them.

 Jeremiah 10:1-5 (King James Version) 

1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel : 2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3For the customs of the people are vainfor one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. It should be very clear from reading the above Sacred texts that our Lord God hates the religious customs of the heathen.  The Lord God calls their religious practices abominations on many occasions throughout the Bible.  God hates the religious worship of the heathen so much, that He commanded the children of Israel to purge the promised land of all traces of their religious worship when Israel came to take that land.  The seven nations that the Lord droveout of the land of Canaan before Israel had to have their idolatrous religious systems completely destroyed.  This included the destruction of their altars, the breaking down of their images, the burning of their graven images with fire, and the cutting down of their groves. (Sacred trees)  This record is found in Deuteronomy 7:1-6.

 The point here is that the Lord hates the religious customs of the heathen, and commanded His People not to adopt these practices in worship of the One True God.  The Lord gave His commandments, and these were not to be added to.  These were not to be taken from.  As we all know this will of God is not always obeyed.  Throughout history, this will of God was ignored.

 That willful disobedience is very obvious when we examine Christmas celebration and its history.  From the date selection of December 25, to the decorated trees, Santa Claus, the hanging of wreaths, mistletoe, gift giving, merry making, commercialism, drinking and wild parties (revelry), several of the songs and carols, the Yule log, the decoration lights, the holly, etc., Christmas celebration is the modern day incarnation of ancient sun worship.  None of the above religious superstitions are found anywhere in your Bible.

 This Bible study will prove that Christmas has pagan origins.  This is a fact admitted by everyone who has ever studied the history of the holiday and studied the Bible.  This minister will quote historical sources, sources from the Roman Catholic Church, and most important of all, quote the Bible, to prove that Christmas is a pagan holiday and all Spiritual Christians should abstain from pagan religious celebrations.  They are the sin of idolatry.

 Most Bible students already know that Christmas has pagan roots.  They have read Jeremiah 10:1-5 and have seen a mirror of the Christmas tree condemned as a pagan custom in that text.  They have read in the Old Testament about the pagan worship of the groves, groups of sacred trees planted around an altar, which were decorated to honor the gods they represented.  Many of these know and still celebrate Christmas.

 They do so because it is their opinion that there is nothing wrong with adopting pagan religious celebrations and christianizing them to worship God with.  These believe that if they dont think that an idol is an idol in their own mind, then it is fine to bring that idol into the house, decorate it, sing songs about it, all the while praising God for the birth of Jesus!

 What do we make of such warped logic, people of God?  Well it is the effort of this Bible study to prove that the Church of Jesus Christ is to abstain from all pagan religious celebrations.  The Bible will show you that we are not to christianize customs invented by the heathen to worship devils, and then use these same customs to worship the One True God.  This is what God was trying to communicate to His People in Deut. 12:29-32.


 The first error in Christmas celebration has to do with the word Christmas itself.  According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the word Christmas is composed of two words, Christ and mass, and it is in fact a word for the holy day which is the celebration of the mass of Christ.  Did you get that?

 The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038, and Cristes-messe, in 1131.

 (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Christmas, The origin of the word)

 The word Christma itself is an attempt to join the Holy Name of Christ with mass, a false doctrine of the Catholic Church!  Now maybe you can understand why I prefer to write X-mas instead of Christmas.  The holy and the profane must be separated, as the Lord also says.  The Name of Christ should never be attached to a false doctrine.  His Name is holy!

 An honest student of church history will admit that the Catholic Church made many compromises with the pagan religions of Rome.  Christmas was only one of her unholy fusions, combining Bible Truth with Pagan lies and mysteries.  The Scripture teaches that light has no fellowship with darkness.

 The Catholic Church absorbed many of the Roman pagan religious holy days and festivals, such as the Saturnalia, into Christianity in the form of several new holy days for Christians to celebrate.  It is admitted that these holy days (holidays) were not in the Bible.  Nevertheless they were added.

 There was the Roman Saturnalia, celebrated from December 17th to December 23rd, in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture and sowing.  Then there was December 25th, the birthday of the sun god Mithras (Persian), or Sol Invictus (Roman).  This holy day corresponded to the winter solstice on the Julian calendar.  This feast was known as Natalis Invicti.  Here is a quote from the Catholic Encyclopedia about this December 25th pagan feast.

 Natalis InvictiThe well-known solar feast, however, of Natalis Invicti, celebrated on 25 December, has a strong claim on the responsibility for our December date.

 (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Christmas, The origin of the date)

The pagan religious customs of the Roman Saturnalia are the origin of almost all of the traditional Christmas celebration.  The date itself is taken from the sun gods birthday celebration on December 25.  The Roman Catholic Church made this merger of religions, and out came this Christmas, a mixture of good and evil.  Here are some sources on the historical development of Christmas and its relationship to the Roman Saturnalia.

 In fact, the winter solstice or Brumalia, by now the feast of Mithras and the Unconquered Sun (Sol Invictus), had been associated with the birth of Jesus in 354 AD by Bishop Liberius of Rome.  This move had been made to accommodate the new doctrine the new feast of Christs mass at the winter solstice was exported to Constantinople in 379 AD, and in 506 AD the Law Book of Alarich designated it as a public holiday.  As we have seen, in the time of Constantine, the new faith of Christianity was taken to be similar to that of the Unconquered Sun, whose feast day, together with that of Mithras, was also at the winter solstice.

 The name of Saturnalia died out, but its celebrations, such as decking houses with evergreens, giving presents and feasting, were attached to Christmas.

 (A History of Pagan Europe, The Roman Empire, The Legacy, p. 76)

 The Roman Saturnalia was one of the most popular holiday seasons in the history of the great empire.  The businesses were closed and the schools let out in honor of this occasion.  The legal courts let out and criminal punishments were postponed.  Wars ceased for this season.

 It was a time of merry making, and doing good deeds toward people.  It was a time of gift giving.  It was a time to visit friends.  Reads a lot like the Christmas spirit of today, does it not?  You can now see the true origin of the Christmas spirit.  The Christmas spirit has its origin in paganism!

 Though the Romans celebrated the Saturnalia festival annually for many years, eventually it was absorbed into Christianity as the Catholic holiday of Christmas.  Many of the festivities and customs of the Roman Saturnalia, such as the celebrations, cheerfulness, lighting of the candles and giving of gifts, prove that Christmas is a pagan invention of the Catholic Church.

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The Keyboards for Christ Programs Music, Circle of Life youth Program and Bible School, feature lesson materials that are clear to understand and are illustrated for easy instruction for both the teacher and the children. Depending upon your budget the program is designed around common simple items to do the crafts so that churches and teachers around the world may teach the program. Below is just a visual example[small not the actual sizes] of some of the lesson materials. All the programs center around the Bible and teaches scripture.  Teaching family values, the laws of God [ 10 Commandments] are centered in all the programs.

This is a short ‘snippet’ we suggest that you go through our orientation [13 pages] if you are interested in the program. The orientation will show you just how the entire program was written and how the materials are used and taught. This  web site contains hundreds of pages for the teacher’s reference. The program can be adapted to fit the needs of the church or the community where it will be taught.

Orientation [ Page 1][Page 2][Page 3][Page 4][Page 5]  [Page 6] [Page 7] [Page 8][ Page 9] [Page 10] [Page 11]  [ Page 12]  [Page13] You may go to the orientation from the home page, this page, or many other pages within our site. I highly recommend that you go through this orientation for it is just like a student attending a new school for the first time. You will better understand our programs.

Sound Touch Sight the STS method uses sensory communication to teach music and the Bible developed by author Dan WheelerAll my teaching program’s  uses a Teaching method created by Dan Wheeler called STS. You can read more about it by clicking here or in many parts of our site.  The heart of the program is to teach children about God using music. The exercises deal with music as the children learn about Bible principles, the 10 Commandments, Faith, Love, Hope, Prayer, Communion, Baptism, Sin, Salvation and may other scriptures. The 12 week program is very intense in both music and scriptures.
A outline of the program.

Music Program: This is a 12 week program where the children ages 6-12 handcraft their own working biblical musical instruments. During the 12 week the children work with the 10-12 instruments they craft as they learn the word of God. Learning the elements of music including melody,harmony, rhythm the children also learn unity by playing in a ensemble setting. Ear training is also part of the program.

Vacation Bible School: This is a 5 day program centered around the Quality, values, tools of a Hero. The kids handcraft a Hero Tool Box, a shield, and learn about what makes a real hero. Using their hands in making a ‘mud’ brick to visits from real community hero’s.

Circle of Life Youth Program/Christian Drum Circle: This is a ongoing weekly program. The youth handcraft their own drum and gather around a campfire each week. Learning to conquer fear by replacing it with faith the youth express their ‘fears’ on paper and throw them into the fire.  The youth learn to praise God on their level. Activities learning God’s Word including the M&M bible hunt, The Word is RIght Bible theme program, The Tri Races all are part of this exciting new youth program. The youth have their own web site which you can go to from our program porthole.

http://pub31.bravenet.com/hosting/wysiwyg.php?cwd=/web/keyboardsforchrist.com&name=March11.html&action=content# Sample of the instruments the children craft

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About the Author Mr. Daniel Wheeler Keyboard Artist

“No matter how much one loves, it must be with all the heart.  Danny Wheeler loves with all his heart…it is music and playing the organ he loves.  And it has been my pleasure to share Danny’s musical abilities.  In my opinion, Danny Wheeler well become a “performer’s performer” in the years ahead…one who will receive the acclaim and following of all of his devoted friends, and he has many”  From Dan Wheeler’s First Record album “Danny Boy” recorded at WWVA  Jamboree Studios written by  The late Bill Thalman program manager of WOMP Radio in Bellaire, Ohio . This was the First Record Album to bear the JAM label of WWVA Home of the Famous Jamboree USA. This started Dan’s recording career which brought him 22 recordings over 35 years.

Through the years

Dan Wheeler was born in Wheeling, Wv and grew up in a small town called Greggsville. The son of Charles and Arlene Wheeler, Dan was the third of four boys. Dan without any formal training started as a church organist for two local churches, and performing at several local supper clubs every weekend.  Dan started working at a local music store be he was to young to receive wages for working but obtained permission to work a limited amount of hours each week if the store owner would agree to be responsible for him while he worked.

In the gym during his lunch hour at Fulton School Dan went and played on the Old upright piano. Dan’s love for music was very evident at the age of 12  and a longtime friend of His Father Mr. Robert Drummond who was part owner of Wheeling’s oldest Music store named after a Wheeling Man named C.A. House  asked if Dan would like to come in for a few hours each week and work in the large sheet music department of the store. So the journey begins. Dan was to young to be payed but the school board of Ohio County gave special permission to be at the store 8 yours each week. The credits for his time was placed in credit for what is called a rhythm unit, First electric drum type machine, called a rhythm ace. Dan never would have known that he would come face to face with a man and woman who worked for the founder of the company and how this man would touch Dan’s career.

This is a picture of a rhythm ace. The rhythm ace was the first electronic drum machine played rhythm paterns like ballad,waltz,shuffle so forth.Introduced in the early 70's

As Dan continued to be taken by the music business he was asked to come to the county fairs throughout Ohio,WV, and PA to play the organ for the dealership. It was at this time that it became known what Dan’s real gift was as the people at the fairs crowded around the dealerships display for hours watching and listening to Dan’s gift of music. Dan often just dreamed of becoming a National concert artist someday, a dream to which he held on to.  At the age of 13 Dan started recieving 75 cents an hour for working at the dealership. With the help and support of his parents Dan was able to continue his music. His dad and mom would drive him to concert ‘s and performances and his job for he was to young to drive. Learning all he could from tuning pianos to refinishing them. Dan then started playing at the local country club, and other locations in the Valley. He took his first position as organist for a local church at this early age also. In the late 60’s Dan took part in the local 4-H talent program and won first place. He traveled to Morgantown Wv for the State contest which he won First place. Due to his age he was in the junior catagory which only went to a state level. Dan’s love for music grew, and he started a band with brass, and strings at the age of 14. It was at this time that Dan became known for “Painting Musical Pictures” for his arrangments that the band used carried over into His concert days with the Wurlitzer Company.  Dan joined the local musicians union to which he was one of the youngest ever members and his band started performing several times each week taking engagements sometimes a year in advance. Then came the Jr. High school days. Life changed again for Dan as he entered 7th grade. This is where he met Mrs. Morris the music teacher. Mrs Morris saw Dan’s talent and coninued to inspire and work with him. During these years, there was no Band program or string programs at the school, just a vocal and choir program. Each year the school would put on a variety show in the gym one for the school during the day, and two night performances for the public.  Dan soon started working with her in the schools annual variety show. The variety shows was a highlight of Dan’s life, and Mrs Morris was the one teacher that encouraged Dan’s talent. The three years at this Jr. High shcool was the changing difference in Dan’s Life. It was here that also a teacher told Dan in front of the whole class ” You will never mount to anything in Music”. Wow, this hit Dan in the heart.  These words were the very words that sparked Dan to strive and work more toward his love….music.  Though Dan loved all types of music his heart still remained in the church and the gospel and religious music.  By age 16 Dan’s career moved up to the next level of what was to be the ‘desire of his heart’.

National Keyboard Artist Dan Wheeler

By the time Dan reached his teenage years he had recorded several record albums one in 1971 which was one of the very first to be on the Jam label of WWVA, and was asked to travel to Nashville  to play keyboards to back up several gospel albums. In 1973 after finishing his booking’s from earlier years Dan disbanded his Band.   Later on in his career Dan Performed on stage of WWVA “Jamboree USA”.  During this period in his career he was also playing concerts for The Hammond Organ Company within the local region of his home. Also during his teenage years he started to work with ‘class’ organ teaching and developing his STS method of teaching. Dan was teaching 4 classes each week with over 100 students.

Dan at WOMP radio in Bellaire

The first of Dan's 21 recordings Danny Boy  WOMP radio staff organistDan at the organ at WOMP as the program director of the station watches

During the  70’s  Dan  met Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys, through a gospel group called The Young Apostles, and was on stage with them several times when they played gospel music in the 70s’. Duane had a recording studio outside of Nashville in Hendersonville. Mr Ken Harding(Currently Founder and President of New Haven Records) and Bud Billings were involved in several of Dan’s Recordings. During the 70’s Dan travelled to Hendersonville to play keyborads for several other recording projects other than his own.   During  Dan’s High School years he  became the staff organist at WOMP radio in Bellaire, Ohio receiving special permission to adjust his classes to play live on the radio several hours each day. Dan also aired his own 30 min live radio program every Saturday morning.

 Triadelphia Little Reads Mascot In 1970 Dan was invited to audition for the NBC orchestra with “Doc” but at that time Dan decided not to go that way as he was considering going into the Marine Corp band.  ” The Triadelphia Little Reds”  Dan marched in his High School band playing the tuba.  During Dan’s senior year he performed two solos in the middle of a football stadium on the organ  at a half-time along with the entire marching band.  Dan had learned to play the tuba during his lunch breaks starting in 10th grade and his passion for it grew.  Dan soon became part of the marching,concert and pep bands playing the bass lines of his big silver tuba.  Dan was known for his mastery of the Bass pedals on the organ and played them as fast as the keyboards, so the deep sounds of the bass lead him to his love for this instrument. They seemed to complement each other as Dan’s Bass pedal mastery on the organ went to new heights.

Dans love for the tubaAs a senior in high school Dan was kept very busy as he was also involved as the chairman for the Cystic Fibrosis of the Tri-State area, holding down two church organist positions, staff organist of a radio station, along with his band.

Upon graduation Dan was considering going into the Marine Corp Band playing the tuba as it was as great as love for Dan as the organ but took a position as a store manager for a local music company.  During this time Dan played several concerts for the Hammond Organ Company and became involved in Keyboard Class Lessons program for Hammond.  During his years in the music industry Dan has worked with all the leading manufacturers and top dealerships in the nation,  in both management and performance capabilities.  Then the dream came true……………………

Dan has performed on the same program as the Headliners:  The Oak Ridge Boys,  Bobby Vinton, Fabian, Ronnie Dove,(From American Bandstand) Frankie Yankovic, Harmonicats, Henry and Hazel Slaughter, Young Apostles, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Hector Olivera considered to be one of the Worlds greatest organists, and others.

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The women of Matthew’s genealogical

God doesn’t choose according to righteousness under the Mosaic Law. Matthew takes great care to point this out in his genealogical record by purposely including the names of four women through whom the Messiah came – all of whom would have been ‘disqualified’ if God’s calling depended upon the righteousness of the Law.

a. Tamar
Mtw 1:3

Gen 38:11-30 informs us that Judah’s daughter-in-law, deprived of a promised husband (the last of Judah’s sons), impersonated a harlot. She enticed Judah to lie with her and from that illicit union came two sons – Perez and Zerah. And from Perez sprung Boaz, David and ultimately the Christ.

Moses’ Law speaks out against such a union and pronounces the death sentence upon both individuals. Lev 20:12 records the command as

‘If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall be put to death; they have committed incest, their blood is upon them’

We’ve already looked at this incident under the person of ‘Perez’ in part one where we noted that Tamar had acted righteously by doing what she did. However, in this instance the Law makes no allowance for the intention of the heart and can only judge the situation by what has actually taken place.

b. Rahab
Mtw 1:5

Because Rahab had given friendly welcome to the spies, she’d exercised faith in the spies’ God (Heb 11:31). She believed that Jehovah was about to destroy Jericho and give Israel Canaan, so she petitioned the spies to spare her (Joshua 2:9-13).

Having entered into a covenant agreement with her (Joshua 2:14,17-20), she tied a red cord in the window, demonstrating her faith (belief in action) and was saved by Jehovah who didn’t let her habitation in the wall be destroyed (Joshua 6:25). Though the NT writer James had something positive to say about the entire incident (James 2:25) as did the writer to the Hebrews quoted earlier, the Law – which had already been given and was in effect at this time – has something very different to say.

In Deut 7:1-5 we read that YHWH told Israel to utterly destroy everything in the land of Canaan in their campaign of war when God gave them victory (Deut 7:2). Neither were they to enter into covenant relationship with any of them as Joshua 9:3-27 shows – the scheme of the Gibeonites (see also Exodus 23:32, Deut 20:16-17).

Entering into a covenant relationship with Rahab, sparing her life and allowing her to enter the assembly of the Lord (the nation of Israel) was in opposition to what was plainly set out in the Law of the Lord. Yet she became the mother of Christ.

Notice that Rahab was known as ‘the harlot’ (Joshua 2:1) although Matthew doesn’t use the title. It also has obvious implications with regard to Deut 5:18 (‘neither shall you commit adultery’). The Law of Moses made no provision for mercy to be shown to the inhabitants of Canaan. Indeed, the Law makes no provision for faith and the righteousness that comes by it when this is opposed to its legal demands.

c. Ruth
Mtw 1:5

Ruth 1:16 notes Ruth’s decision that

‘Your God [shall be] my God’

and Boaz notes in Ruth 2:12 that YHWH was the God

‘…under whose wings you have come to take refuge’

Ruth forsook the god of her fathers and of her nation and married herself to the living God of Israel. She exercised faith by recognising that Jehovah is the true God and by turning to Him from idolatrous (and maybe even immoral) types of worship (see Numbers 25:1-3, 6-8). It seems, therefore, that apart from the entire race of the Gibeonites (Joshua chapter 9), the first two freewill conversions to the Jewish ‘religion’ were both women.

Even though this ‘conversion’ caused the Israelites to welcome her as part of the Israelite line, the Law had less flattering things to say about her.

Ruth was a Moabitess (Ruth 1:4) and, under the Law (Deut 23:3-6), it was an eternal statute that they were to never enter the assembly of YHWH (that is, Israel the nation. The phrase ‘even to the tenth generation’ implies a figurative amount of time which is shown in Deut 23:6 to be ‘forever’).

Yet it’s plain from Scripture that Ruth not only came under the wings of Jehovah but that she settled amongst the nation in the land of Israel. From her marriage union with Boaz, David came and the greater Son of David, Jesus (David, strictly speaking, was the third generation from Ruth, well within a literal ‘ten’ generations but see the discussion and quote from Ruthmor in part one under Ram and Admin about the lineage being compressed at this point).

d. Bathsheba
Mtw 1:6

Through the incident of II Sam 11:1-12:25, David broke at least four of the ten commandments.

i. He coveted his neighbour’s wife – II Sam 11:2
ii. He committed adultery (or, perhaps, rape) – II Sam 11:4
iii. He committed murder – II Sam 11:14-21
iv. He stole Bathsheba to be his wife – II Sam 12:4

There are various other passages in the Law that comment on the incidents recorded in II Samuel, especially the ones dealing with sexual sin (such as rape) and loving God.

The child who was conceived through that adulterous act was smitten by God and died, but the union of husband and wife was, after repentance, blessed by God and from the marriage came Solomon, David’s heir.

But the Law’s remedy for such an occurrence was the death of both the man and the woman (Lev 20:10). It wasn’t possible to ‘sanctify’ an adulterous relationship (see also Deut 22:23-27 where the Law regarding rape is given which also demands that both parties be put to death – there are, however, uncertainties by comparison to declare the incident as one of rape).

Notice that, by writing ‘the wife of Uriah’ instead of ‘Bathsheba’, Matthew is deliberately bringing out the sinfulness of the union and hints at his intention of naming these four women. What’s been true of the first three women is equally true here – that while the Law condemns such actions, YHWH still accepted the individuals into the line of the Messiah.

We’ve discussed above in part one that the heir according to the flesh came probably through Nathan’s line and not via Solomon. But the point here made is equally relevant as both Solomon and Nathan had Bathsheba as their mother – and that after the adulterous relationship. 

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Genealogy is an important subject in the Old Testament – entire chapters are devoted to the record of ancestors and their offspring. Its quite surprising, then, that the Church hasn’t given it the place it deserves over the years – the RSV relegates the genealogical records to small type in one of its more popular editions (the Bible that I first started with when I became a christian) so as to help the reader not to be bogged down if he’s wanting only to read the plot.

Though this procedure can be well appreciated (and it certainly helped me as a new christian to access the Bible more easily), it must also be understood that the genealogy of the Messiah is an integral part of the plot – it bears witness to the promise and its fulfilment that through Abraham’s natural offspring, the One who was to restore all things was to be brought to earth. He is the last word on the genealogical records, the summation of all that Israel was looking for.

In a very real sense, genealogical records are now of no consequence, for salvation is shown to be not of natural lineage (just as it was in the OT though not as definitively as it is in the New) but of rebirth by the Holy Spirit according to the acceptance of, reliance upon and active participation in the work of Christ on the cross – and the burial, resurrection and subsequent ascension.

Jesus is the Messiah

I’ve divided up the following genealogy into three columns to try and show simply which fathers and relatives are mentioned in each of the two Gospels. I’ve included the four women along with the descendants wherever they occur but it must be noted that it’s only Matthew who makes mention of them for reasons that I’ve gone in to in part two.

It shouldn’t be expected that either or both genealogies contain a complete list of all the descendants as it was often the practice to miss out sons so that grandparents became the fathers of their grandsons, even as Jesus was called Son of David by the multitudes (Mtw 21:9).

Luke 3:23-38 begins with Jesus and ends with Adam, from modern times to ancient, and, as the author travelled extensively with Paul on his missionary journeys, the Gospel is normally taken to be more a message for the Gentiles if Matthew, conversely, is taken as being for the Jews. As such, it traces the genealogy back to the very foundation of the world and the first man, Adam.
Mtw 1:1-17 begins with Abraham and ends with Jesus and, therefore, presents the reader with a more logical order, from ancient times to modern. The Gospel is reputed to be the Gospel that was specifically written for the Jews, the gospel of the Kingdom, and therefore it wouldn’t be surprising that Matthew begins his record with Abraham.

It was to Abraham that every Jew traced his or her ancestry back, seeing in him the beginning of God’s purpose with regard to the people and nation of Israel.

Abraham (the first Jew in Matthew’s list) is also the first of the six patriarchs Abraham-Isaac-Jacob- Judah-David-Zerubbabel) through whom God specifically promised to bring the Messiah to earth for the benefit of all mankind.

Internal evidence is also present in the form of transliterated Hebrew words which occur on numerous occasions and which remain uninterpreted in the text (for example, Mtw 5:22 [fool] and 27:6 [treasury]) and Jewish religious traditions that go unexplained (whereas the Gentile Gospels offer explanations for their readers – for example Mtw 15:2 Cp Mark 7:1-4) suggest that Matthew’s readers would have been familiar with such Judaistic practice.

However, the evidence supporting the theory that the Gospel of Matthew first appeared in Hebrew form before being translated into Greek for wider circulation is, realistically, flawed. Besides, the mention by Eusebius of a Gospel to the Hebrews� that’s often identified with this early manuscript is better seen as a heretical document (regarded as such by the early Church) and therefore unlikely to be this Gospel.

And the similarity of Greek text between Matthew and Mark/Luke in passages relating to the same event, make the Aramaic/Hebrew original theory extremely unlikely and not at all compelling.

Though Matthew was almost certainly originally written in Greek, the Jewish connection that’s come down to us through many varying sources and commentators may be that, initially, its intended readership was Greek-speaking Jews either within Israel or in the Diaspora.

Matthew’s genealogy is divided up into three groups of fourteen fathers. I know of at least one other genealogical record in ancient history that has this sort of division (an Egyptian genealogical record carved on the side of a quarry in present day Egypt) and it’s therefore quite possible that 14 was a number that lent itself well to the memorisation of genealogical records. Whether this is true or not, we have no way of knowing, but one indication that this is an aid to memory is seen in the fact that 14 new names are listed in both the first group and second but only thirteen in the third (fourteen is made when the repeated father Jeconiah is included in the list – if we include the repeated David in the second list as in the third, then we would arrive at fifteen), Matthew choosing to conform his lists to fourteens for remembrance sake rather than for literal accuracy.

Additionally, there have been many attempts to see in Matthew’ s use of three groups of fourteen, a symbolical meaning, some related to Daniel’s seventy weeks of years. It’s even pointed out that the summation of the numerical values of David’s name (D=4, W=6, D=4) totals fourteen, thereby giving a reason for Matthew’s use of that number, Jesus being David’s greater Son. It seems very unlikely that Matthew would have purposefully sat down to conform his genealogy thus, but it’s an interesting aside. Whether we can determine anything truly (rather than hypothetically) theological or spiritual out of this is extremely doubtful.

There’s also a point made by Matmor (page 25) that, according to Finkelstein, the number fourteen was significant to the Jews in so far as this corresponded

…to the number of high priests from Aaron to the establishment of Solomon�s Temple; the number of high priests from the establishment of the Temple until Jaddua, the last high priest mentioned in Scripture…

In this way, Matthew’s intention would be to show Jesus as a type of the great high priest (Hebrews chapter 7)

after the order of Melchizedek

Whatever the reason for this division, it’s clear that Matthew had some purpose which we can only speculate over.


This study in part was put together from the notes of Mr. Lee Smith what a blessin

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 One of my favorite places to go here in the Hills of West Virginia is Ogelbay Park. Here you can sit and enjoy nature. The cool water falling at the Falls while the leaves blow in the wind, allows you to stop and reflect. Just as the water from the beginning of your journey made its way to the shore, you now are about to take your final step of this journey to see if “Your site made a difference. From your first steps on your journey if you came via the Flash or Dial up you were asked to rest awhile and reflect.Make sure you complete your journey by reading everything on this page while you reflect.

To complete your journey please take a minute and just reflect upon this visit with us here. Have you answered all the questions in your mind about the application.  Thank you for stopping by and visiting with us. take your time and relax. Enjoy the falls at Ogelgay Park here in the beautiful hills of West Virginia. You may want to take the self test, a few questions about your journey to “making a difference”  and click on the book to read a very important phrase. Also you can receive a bonus of 5 points for a spelling problem in the application.  The new Legacy award graphic is offered to sites that reach the point value of 125. This graphic was created with much time and thought. It is on display at the worksheet page. Remember if you have any questions contact us, we suggust that you take your time. If you are not sure of something or need to correct a problem, make the correction before you submit your application. You must wait 90 days before you can reapply for our award.  REFLECT upon your journey, sometimes we need to stop and reflect upon the ‘truth’ of the Word. We sometimes get lost .

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re·flect (r-flkt)

v. re·flect·ed, re·flect·ing, re·flects


1. To throw or bend back (light, for example) from a surface. See Synonyms at echo.
2. To give back or show an image of (an object); mirror.
3. To make apparent; express or manifest: Her work reflects intelligence.
4. To bring as a consequence: The victory reflects credit on the coach.
5. Archaic To bend back.


1. To be bent or thrown back: Her voice reflected off the canyon walls.
2. To give something back, as light or sound: a shiny surface that reflects well.


a. To give evidence of the characteristics or qualities of someone or something: That student’s performance reflects well on the whole school.
b. To bring blame or discredit: Hasty preparation of the report will reflect on you.

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