Wednesday, March 25, 2009

ah, Bach

Bach, a great hero of the Christian faith; often over looked because of his centuries old music used for haunted houses and Fantasia. Here's a fun take on his Toccata and Fugue in D Minor that gives you an appreciation for how Bach ran the pedals and keys in order to invoke a physical response from the hearer.

Bach firmly believed that EVERYTHING in music was to glorify God. There was no divide between church music and secular music other than who paid him. He wanted to glorify God. I find this attitude refreshing and different from some of today's artists, who seem to believe it is about being famous and making money.

We too are called to glorify God in our lives. How will you do that today?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

What are you willing to give to get

We all have expectations in life; things we would love to see happen or believe it should just be "this way." Many times, we expect others to meet our expectations. If we rely solely on others to met our expectations, we will almost always feel disappointed. Expect top notch athlete's to never make a foolish choice? Unless, you know one and are involved in their life, it probably won't happen.

The best method of achieving our expectations is to recognize we must give something of ourselves to see our expectations met.

If I expect people to pay attention to my sermons, then I need to do the hard work during the week to prepare and craft something that is engaging not simply entertaining or a lecture. If I expect to go on vacation without going into debt, I need to save money now.

What are your expectations in life? for your job? for your worship of God?

What are you willing to do to make the expectations come true? What are you will to give to get your expectations met?