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Hallowed Be Thy Name (Part 2)

by Brent Karding

We saw last week that to “hallow” God’s name means to set God Himsef apart as sacred; it is to treat Him as worthy of worship and honour, for He is worthy. Now, why is this request in the Lord’s prayer? Notice that “the Lord’s Prayer has six petitions,” three of them “Thy” petitions, and […]

Hallowed Be Thy Name (Part 1)

by Brent Karding

The “Lord’s Prayer” is a sample of the kind of prayer that pleases the Lord – the kind of prayer that we, as His disciples, ought to pray. This prayer is what our prayers should look like. Not that we should simply regurgitate this prayer daily, but it should be a guide for us in […]

Singing with Understanding: Giving Him My All

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

The Two Purposes of Church Music

by Brent Karding

Last month, we saw that is impossible to be filled with the Spirit and not have a song in your heart – and in your mouth! Ephesians 5:19 was the main source of our observations there. Today, I want to talk about the two purposes of church music, found in the same verse. But before […]

Music and Being Filled with the Spirit

by Brent Karding

I have been singing my whole life. When I was a child, my parents brought me faithfully to church. When the congregation sang, as soon as I was old enough to sing along, I sang! I can remember (before I took piano lessons, I think) noticing that the notes higher on the staff were higher […]

Singing with Understanding: Willing to Forsake All

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

Singing with Understanding: A Greater Gain

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

Thy Merits Soar above My Sins

by Brent Karding

Over our vacation the last couple of weeks, I was able to take some time and read a prayer every day from a book called The Valley of Vision, published by Banner of Truth. I had been away from this book for some time, having started it many months before. It is a collection of […]

The Purpose of Church Music (Part 2)

by Brent Karding

Last Thursday we saw the importance of both truth and spirit in our worship, according to John 4:24.  We saw that God commands us to use music in our services (Col. 3:16). The question then arises: What music should we use in our church services?  For we must use some style or styles of music.  Does God care […]

The Purpose of Church Music (Part 1)

by Brent Karding

Earlier this year, I preached a message on the purpose of church music.  Right now, that is by far the most downloaded audio message on our Sermon Audio page.  I thought I would turn it into two blog posts so that people can read these important truths, and not just hear them in a sermon.  It […]