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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re·flect (r-flkt)

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

v.tr.

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.

v.intr.

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.

3.

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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Nature and Meaning of the Lord’s Supper

The Nature

It is a visualized act of worship which symbolically visualizes spiritual truth for our edification using two symbolic elements: the bread and the cup, and four symbolic actions: (1) breaking the bread and sharing it, (2) eating the bread, (3) pouring and passing the cup, and (4) drinking the fruit of the vine from the cup.

The Meaning of the Elements and Symbolic Acts

The Elements:

(1) The Bread: The bread symbolically speaks of the body or the person of Christ as the God-man Savior, the one who was and is the bread of life come down from heaven as God’s solution to man’s sinful state (Matt. 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19; 1 Cor. 11:24). The bread remains bread, but it symbolizes the concept of the incarnation. God the Son in the person of Jesus Christ took upon Himself true and sinless humanity that He might die for us, and now lives on in His glorified state to be our life and to be in our midst as the head of the body of Christ, His church (John 6:32-33, 38, 48-58).

(2) The Cup: The cup was filled with the fruit of the vine which was red like blood. This, as Christ taught, is symbolic of the blood of the covenant which was shed on behalf of many.

The cup with its blood red wine calls to mind the cross and the death Christ died as our sinless substitute. It proclaims the Lord’s death as accomplished, but it is not a reenactment of His death; it simply reminds us salvation has been accomplished and our sins put away as far as the east is from the west. It portrays His life given in death as God’s Lamb.

It also stands for the new covenant, the concept that the Old Testament or old covenant in types and shadows has been fulfilled and put away, and that we have God’s guarantee of the forgiveness of our sins based on the finished work and death of Christ (Heb. 10:14-18).

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Regardless of what one finds or does not find in historical records, the fact is musical instruments are revealed in the Bible, used in worship, and were not abolished by the New Testament writers. God created music to glorify Himself….including instruments so who are we who were created to praise God to say what God desires?  Do you really think that God who created this tool, would say it is a sin to use instruments to PRAISE HIM?  We get so caught up in things that we, man our denominations, our dogma, and doctrines that we forget such simple lessons God taught us.

Anti-Instrument … we are not under the old testament today since it was nailed to the cross ; Colossians 2: 14 – 17

Response … these verses are simply ripped from their context ; note what was nailed to the cross ; ” having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us, having nailed it to the cross, so let no one judge you in – food, drink, festival, new moon, or Sabbaths – Colossians 2: 14 – 17 – not a word about musical instruments.

Anti-Instrument … to justify musical instruments by the old testament is to be severed from Christ and fall from grace – Galatians 5: 4

Response … the letter of Galatians was written by Paul because some were teaching that in order to be ( saved – justified ) one must keep the law of – circumcision, days, months, seasons and years – again not a word about musical instruments – Galatians 2:14-16 … 3:11-13

…4:9-11 … 5:1-4 … 6:13-15 … this was also something Paul had to deal with in Acts 15:1-2 ff

The new testament is very clear that circumcision, religious festivals, sacrifices, and sabbaths are no longer binding. But praising God with musical instruments was never abolished by the new testament writers.

Praising God with musical instruments was …

commanded by God – 2 Chronicles 29:25

inspired by the Holy Spirit – Psalm 150

used on earth and in heaven – Revelation 5:8-9 … 14:2-3 … 15:2-3

And Jesus taught … ” thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven ” … Matthew 6:10

Heart Worship … the new testament teaches Christians to sing and make melody or music in your heart to the Lord – Colossians 3:16 – Ephesians 5:19

Note these translations of Ephesians 5:19 …

and with your hearts sing and play music to the Lord – BECK

sing and make music in your hearts – TCNT

singing and striking the strings with your heart unto the Lord – RHM

These scriptures were not written to teach Christians to sing without musical instruments; they were written to teach Christians to sing songs of praise and to sing them from their heart.

Some people 2000 years ago were teaching … ” unless you are circumcised you cannot be saved ” – Acts 15:1-5 ff

Today some people are teaching that … ” unless you sing songs of praise to God without musical instruments you are sinning and must repent in order to keep your salvation in Christ ”

Paul had this to say about those people 2000 years ago …

they were preaching another gospel

they were perverting the gospel

they should be accursed

they had fallen from grace

Read … Galatians 1:6-9 … 2:14-16 … 5:19-24

unless you are circumcised you cannot be saved

unless you sing without musical instruments you cannot be saved

Sounds familiar doesn’t it ?

The old testament scriptures are still useful for – learning , teaching , and making one wise … Romans 15:4 … 2 Timothy 3:15-16

The new testament seems to make it clear that it is possible for Christians to be one without being uniform in customs. That the Jewish believers can still practice circumcision , observe the festivals , and keep the law. That the Gentile believers do not have to do so , since these things have nothing to do with the gift of salvation found in Jesus. Please read … ACTS 21:18-26

Now read … Acts 15:1-31 ; 16:3 ; 18:18 … Romans 14:1-6

These things are fine for you Jewish believers but don’t make the law and its customs binding on the Gentile believers; don’t make them necessary for salvation.

Question … was it the custom of the Jews to praise God with musical instruments?

Question … since the new testament makes it clear that the Jewish believers still practiced their customs, do you think they continued to obey Psalm 150?

The new testament writers did not demand that the Gentile belivers act like Jews; and it seems clear that they did not demand the Jewish believers to act like Gentiles.

Anti-Instrument … the new testament is silent on using musical instruments and to use them is adding to God’s word which is sinful.

Response … the new testament is not silent and those who use this argument often pick-and-choosewhere they apply it.

Example … the context of  – 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 – teaches that married women are to ask their husbands at home if they wish to learn about something.

Those who teach that using musical instruments are sinful because the new testament is silent , do not use the same silent argument here. According to their silence argument, married women could not ask the preacher, elders, or deacons. They must ask their husbands at home, and not at church.

Example … Lords Supper … the Supper was observed in the Evening at Night ; see – Matt. 26:20-28 ; I Cor. 11:23-27 ; since the NT is silent on observing the Lords Supper in the morning , is it a sin to do so ?

Example … how does the silent argument apply to – Hebrews 3:13 – daily exhortation – and – Acts 2:46 – daily meetings ?

More examples could be given that would expose this pick-and-choose interpretation, that promotes tradition over the word of God…Mark 7:6-13

It has been my experience that when one challenges a person who teaches this ( law of silence or pattern interpretation ) to simply – think or be consistent – one quickly experiences a person who will either ( blow up or clam up ). That’s because their rules of interpretaion collapses under careful examination. Exposed is their very inconsistent – legalism and patternism – for all to see.

Their legalism and patternism is so unrealistic they must seek loopholes to escape its maze; and if there is something which they themselves choose to do, which contradicts their pattern interpretation, then that something is declared to be expedient.

 

Holy Scriptures … using the old testament scriptures a person can learn about salvation in Christ, moral instruction, doctrine, and defense of the truth ; according to Paul … 2 Timothy 3:14-17

I do not believe that the new testament writers considered the old testament nailed to the cross. Using circumcision and other external rules to be justified (saved) was nailed to the cross, but the new testament writers practiced what they preached; the old testament is (useful) when used correctly.

Please read … 1 Timothy 1:8 … Romans 15:3-4

The New Testament writers quote the Old Testament over 200 times to teach and defend the faith. They refer to the Old Testament over 600 times.

Praising God with musical instruments was not nailed to the cross or abolished according to the new testament writers.

The N.T. writers are clear ( not silent ) on what is ( no longer ) binding ; such as …

Circumcision , Sacrifices, Food Laws, Days-Times-Seasons, etc.

Romans 14:1-6 , Galatians 4:9-11, 6:15 , Colossians 2:16-17

I do not believe that God is ( silent ) on what pleases Him , and I do not believe God is ( silent ) on what does not please Him.

Everyone who ( hears my words ) and obeys them ; When Jesus finished ( saying ) these things, the people were amazed at His ( teaching ) … Matthew 7:24-28

The Goal of Redemption and the use of Musical Instruments …

The Goal of Redemption is to restore God’s Image of love and holiness in mankind…. One thing I have learned: God made people good. But people have found all kind of ways to be bad…Ecclesiastes 7:29 – New Century Version.

We were created to be like God … And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness ; So God created man in His own image… Genesis 1:26-27.

 

Restoring the divine image through Christ … to be conformed to the image of His Son; that you may be partakers of the divine nature…Romans 8:29 … 2 Peter 1:4.

Christ is the exact image of God … 2 Corinthians 4:4 … Colossians 1:15

Which is an image of  Holiness and Love … 1 Peter 1:15-16 … 1 John 4:7-8

The old man ( Adam ) must be put off ; The new man ( Christ ) must be put on … Ephesians 4:17-24 … Colossians 3:5-17.

This is the goal of redemption … Faith + Love + Holiness = Eternal Life.

Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this; caring for orphans and widows who need help ( Love ) ; and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence ( Holiness ) … James 1:27

The writers of the New Testament make it ( clear ) , the Works of the Flesh , ( violate ) – Faith, Love and Holiness – and are sinful – note this in Galatians 5:19-21 and Revelation 22:14-15.

Note how the – fruit of the Spirit – promotes Love and Holiness – read Galatians 5:22-24

To praise God with musical instruments does not ( violate ) – faith, love, or holiness.

This is the goal of redemption, to make us like Christ, who is the exact image of God, to restore the divine image of Love and Holiness.

Unfortunately, some in the Church of Christ seem to think that not using musical instruments is part of the goal of redemption.

Why do you follow external rules, man-made commands; they may seem to be wise, but are only part of a man-made religion; but they do nothing to control the desires of the sinful self; they do not promote love and holiness … read Colossians 3:20-23

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Paul  writes: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood or human enemies, but against principalities and powers, the rulers of darkness of this wicked world and all their followers.” Ephesians 6:12.  In spiritual warfare, the enemy already struck us and the enemy is continuously warring to strike us. You do not need permission to strike back the enemy. Your birth into this world engages you in this battle. Your Christian life re-commits you in that engagement. God sent His son into a “Family” unit. Not a church or school to be raised but in a home. With the coming apart today of the home and marraige the family unit is in danger.

Some important facts about children and their behavioral patterns.

   According to teachers’ reports, children whose mothers and/or fathers frequently attended church exhibited higher levels of cognitive skills than those whose parents attended church less often.Children were less likely to exhibit behavioral problems at school if either of their parents (particularly their mothers) attended religious services and if both parents attended church with the same frequency, whether sporadically or frequently, than children whose parents did not attend religious services at all.Children were less likely to have internalizing behavior problems (in terms of anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, and sadness) if either of their parents attended church services and/or if both parents attended with the same frequency (i.e. either sporadically or frequently.)

Teens from intact families with frequent religious attendance were the least likely to have ever shoplifted (6.1 percent) when compared to (a) their peers from non-intact families with frequent religious attendance (7.9 percent), (b) peers from intact families with low to no religious attendance (9.9 percent), and (c) peers from non-intact families with low to no religious attendance (12.3 percent).

An increase in the proportion of single-parent families in a neighborhood was associated with a significant increase in youth violence.

Youths who more frequently prayed and read, watched, or heard religious content were less likely to exhibit anti-social behavior. Private religious practices also moderated the impact of factors associated with an increase in violent behavior, such as witnessing violence or being the victim of violence.

The following developmental effects can occur for youth involved in online chat: (1) Dis-inhibition in sexuality, aggression and race relations (For example, making inappropriate comments about sexual activity or race that would be considered anti-social in other contexts, or acting out sexually in risky, maladaptive, or illegal ways (i.e. with children). (2) Early sexual priming (3) Modeling of racism, negative attitudes toward women, and homophobia. (4) Breeding of personal and social irresponsibility due to anonymity online.


The letters I L and U form I love You, love is the key to life, the key to all scripture We guide and teach children a little sign language. Becasue the world along with all media including music today uses even this tool of communication for the deaf and turned it into a use for evil right before us.  It is the sign of the Satanic church. They have taken the simple I love you  and twisted into a salute to the devil. There is a clear and present danger we face today. Somewhere we forgot the there is only ONE way, ONE truth, and that is JESUS.  We lost the key along the way that governs morals and values and took the lock off and let the door swing open to the lies of the devil which usher in the sin’s of the flesh and the world.   IT is LOVE and has been replaced with Pride, and Power.  The I L U sign language has been replaced with the hoof sign of the devil.

I L U is the sign language for I Love you the thumb is held extended out but when the thumb is tucked in it is the hoofed sign of the Satanic Church replacing Love with the darkness of the angel of light a love but not that of God


When the thumb is tucked in, it is the hoof sign of the Satanic Church. Thumb is out it is I love You.


Children are like sponges they absorb everything and what we show them by example and what they come into contact with is what goes in, and it is said, so come outFamily the heart of it all wea believe in family and family values God sent His son Jesus Christ into a family unit to be taught not into a church or temple, school or some other unit but FAMILYOur children are being attacked, they only learn by what they take into their minds and hearts. The FAMILY unit is being destroyed. Children still look to the church and see us gossip and backbite, the Sexual Abuse, how the people in the congregation show little or no love, are not in unity always fighting, and seeking power and wanting money.  Our homes are falling apart because we are told that we must “do whats best for oneself”, best for me.  Be all that you can be. And the church again compromises and say’s that’s ok, we are called into PEACE. They look to Harry Potter because our church leaders say it is ok, nothing wrong with the books and movies, they place tattoos on their bodies of Harry Potter because the church celebrates a Mass in his honor, and we wonder why our children rebell and show not respect or accountability.   The GOOD SAMARITIAN gave the 2 most presious items that we as humans find it hard to part with… OUR TIME  and OUR MONEY.  In this ministry we ask you for no money just your TIME.

No wonder our children are looking to Heroe’s as they do, and become part of cults because the family has lost LOVE, the church has fallen into sin, and try to hide in secret. The cult shows a love that is fleshly.   The father that was for many years seen as a child’s hero has been replaced by Spiderman being claimed Christlike in Character and with the Trinity, and games like Guitar Hero role playing characters of PURE DARKNESS, and our Churches offering services in honor of HARRY POTTER. and the church saying its ok.  We are faced with a great challenge to make a difference in childrens lives, to guide them in the Way of Truth through The Word of God. To teach them accountability and respect. In many way’s our children have deep inside lost their trust in the church.  We must take this task on with LOVE not judgment, with PRAYER, not words of hurt, with FAITH not fear. Together lets make a difference….one child at a time. The apple just a small fruit lead us to death and separation from paradise,we must be very careful in the world with our eyes open to the angel of light and his same old lies that he used in the garden of EdenThe Apple is such a good fruit. Who would have thought that it would have caused us death and separation from paradise for us? Such things that we think are not important or won’t matter are sweeping our childrens minds.


Faith leads to adoration to confession to thanksgiving to supplication the facts of lifeThe 5 finger prayer starting with the thumb which represents home and those closest to us and continues read more about prayer in our program

We Believe that PRAYER is vitual to  Teaching Children “on their level”. Author Dan Wheeler brings the teaching materials down to a child’s level. Some of the highlights of our programs deal with Teaching the Ten Commandments, Unity and Prayer, Faith, Forgiveness, and Salvation, Communion, Baptism, colors of the Tabernacle, The Tabernacle, The Disciples of Christ, Birds in the Bible, Musical Instruments of the Bible,  just to name a few. The Word of God, the Bible is the handbook for life.We must train children how to just simply ‘talk’  to God just as they talk with each other. The 5 finger prayer is a very easy way to teach children about prayer. Along with our visual examples in the lessons such as the ‘Prayer Jar’  ‘The Prayer Can’, ‘The Prayer Balloons’. The STS method developed by Dan uses  Sight, Touch, Sound to teach children about music and the Bible, about Real Heroes, and real worship.  Sign up today for these exciting free programs.


Thanks Debbie for giving me the permission to use your awsome song for we must hide the word of God in our heartsSee We can make a difference online.  This link was added just this week due to the requests of teachers. We wanted a way to allow them to hear our theme song without downloading special add on’s or media players. So you will have to close the page after you view it. Click on red X at the top right of your browser to close the window You will remain on this page you will just be closing the window. Hiding God’s Word in the hearts of Children.This is a link. You can hear our programs Theme song. This song is used with permission from the composer and supports this ministry. Thanks to Debbie for allowing me to use this awesome song for the theme song of this program.  The Bible Alphabet Song is on Kids Praise! 5 “Psalty’s Camping Adventure”  ©1985 Rettino Kerner Publishing  –  psalty.com
Written by Ernie Rettino & Debby Kerner Rettino