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The Final Resolution

Hope Music Resolutions

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2014-08-12

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:12

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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ILLUSTRATION

Music adds so much to life, and it's all built upon just seven notes (A, B, C, D, E, F, G).

We often think a music scale has eight notes (the number of notes in an octave), but the eighth is only a repeat of the first. For example, in the common scale of C-major, the scale begins with C (or Doh) and ascends to D, E, F, G, A, B, and then, once again, to C. Having heard the scale so often beginning with C and ending with C, it makes us very uncomfortable to hear it with just seven notes. Listen ...

(Now demonstrate by singing the scale without the final Doh: "Doh, Ray, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti …" If you're not comfortable singing, have your pianist play the seven notes in the scale, leaving the last C, or Doh, unplayed.)

Can you feel the tension hanging in the air?

(If you want to create more tension, do it again. But it is important to leave it unresolved as you continue. Make them wait for the resolution, but not for too long.)

Life is full of tension, uncomfortable moments, unanswered questions, and unresolved conflicts. We are living our lives very much in need of that eighth note.

(Now sing the scale including that eighth note, Doh, or have the pianist play it: "Doh, Ray, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Doh." )

Doesn't that feel better? Ahhhh!

APPLICATION

God has given us a means of resolution to all the stresses of life through our Lord Jesus Christ. He doesn't promise to solve all problems, answer all questions, or resolve all conflicts in this life. Yet, if we will listen in the Spirit, we can always turn to Him and hear that eighth note, knowing that a day is coming when we shall know fully as we are fully known. Every incomplete thing will be fulfilled; all things will be resolved.

"For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known" (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Singing Mice

Music Unity Worship

Source: "Study says mice can sing" by Claudine Zap, Yahoo News, 10/11/12

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Contributed By: Jim Beck | Date Posted: 2013-03-09

Scripture: Colossians 3:16 ; Ephesians 4:3

Author: Claudine Zap
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ILLUSTRATION

News Flash: Mice can sing!

Not just the ultrasonic serenade that the rodents use to attract a mate. They can actually sing together in a group:

Scientists at Tulane University in New Orleans have discovered that when two male mice were housed together, they tune their pitch. Yes, like a choir. A teeny choir of mice.

The study is surprising, notes the Telegraph, because singing in pitch is a trait thought to be found only in the Beach Boys, rather, "humans, bats and a handful of bird and large-mammal species." Yes, we're picturing a Disney movie, too.

Dr. Erich Jarvis, a neurobiologist who oversaw the study, told the Telegraph, "We are claiming that mice have limited versions of the brain and behavior traits for vocal learning that are found in humans for learning speech and in birds for learning song." He added that ability in mice to sing was not as advanced as in humans. (Alas, no mouse version of Justin Bieber just yet.)

 

APPLICATION

God's creation is musical. Job 38:7 speaks of the morning stars singing together at creation. The birds have a song, as do the whales.  And just as the mice tune up with one another, so members of the church are to live and to sing in unity.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God" (Colossians 3:16).

We could learn a lot from the singing mice.

Thou Shalt Not Have American Idols?

Witness Music Fame

Source: "Thou Shall Not Have Any American Idols? Christian 'Idols' Take Center Stage" by Brian Mansfield, USA Today, 1/15/11 and "Thou Shall Not Have Any American Idols? Christian 'Idols' Take Center Stage" by Eryn Sun, Christian Post, 2/4/11

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-07-06

Scripture: Psalms 149:3 ; Joshua 24:25

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Season after season American Idol churns out incredible performances by Christian artists.  For those of us of faith, we can all identify with sitting on our couches, musing over the disproportionate number of Christian contenders.  Some are very low key about their faith, like Danny Gokey and Kris Allen.  Others are more open and up front.  Who can forget Mandisa’s run-in with Simon Cowell when he implied her overt spiritual references were “indulgent.”  She responded with Scripture and a godly example of forgiveness.  Simon had no choice but to receive the “grace” she was imparting and join her on stage for a hug, in front of an audience of tens of millions.

This season has already featured several contestants who have both covertly and overtly emanated a sense of spirituality.  Tonight’s closing act, brothers Aaron and Mark Gutierrez are members of a Christian vocal group, GB5, and openly profess faith in Christ, posting on their website the verse, “Choose you this day whom you will serve…  but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15) as a public statement of commitment.

Of even greater interest, though, is the revelation that a “huge” percentage of the Idol viewing audience are conservative Christians.  Richard Rushfield, in his new book, AMERICAN IDOL: THE UNTOLD STORY, says, “Whenever I brought the church up with producers, you get the sense that it's the last thing they want to talk about.”  But given the shows Christian audience, it’s impossible for the producers to stifle or minimize the impact of the Christian artists, their audience, and their message.

APPLICATION

Who would have ever thought that a Hollywood harbinger touting “idolatrous” fame and fortune would rise to become a leading platform for Christian witness. It’s not surprising, though, if you think about the influence the church has had on music over the millennia.  After all, WE are the ones who really have something to sing about.  We raise up our young people to “sing a new song” unto the Lord and to “Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and harp” (Psalms 149:3). So if using their God-given talents in the secular realm opens doors of witness and positive press for the Kingdom, all the better.

It just goes to show you that God can (and will!) use any medium to capture the attention of a spiritually needy world.  Talk about a voice “crying out in the wilderness.”  Is there any greater wilderness than the heart of the American entertainment industry?

Soli Deo Gloria

Devotion Goal Setting Music

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-04-09

Scripture: Colossians 3:17 ; Colossians 3:23

Author: unknown
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Squeeze More Joy Out of Every Day

Joy Circumstances Happiness

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-01-24

Scripture: John 15:11

Author: Charles Krieg
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God's Care Praise Apologetics

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-14

Scripture: Luke 19:40

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Half-Life Of Facts

Truth Cultural Trends Gospel

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-27

Scripture: Isaiah 40:8 ; Matthew 5:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Cultural Trends Faith Hardness of Heart

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Men's Concerns Cultural Trends Valentine's Day

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-17

Scripture: John 15:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Worship Devotion Intimacy with God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-14

Scripture: James 4:8 ; Revelation 2:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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