The Church ChoirWritten by Joyce C. Lock
Church Choir: A church within a church, made up of many of church's finest leaders ... most likely place where a majority will bond together in friendship and unity, as they bond with Lord.
In strengthening it's members, entire church is strengthened. And, as they become one in heart, soul, and purpose ... God has promised His Spirit indwelling.
The entire direction of a church can be changed through its' choir.
Dear Choir Members,
I want to write to you about special abilities that Holy Spirit gives to each of you, for I don't want any misunderstanding about them.
You will remember that before you became choir members, you stayed at home during choir practice (watching TV). Not one of you were singing a single note. But now you are a meeting people who claim to sing messages from Spirit of God. How can you know whether they are singing for God or whether they are fakes? Here is test: no one singing by power of Spirit of God can curse Jesus, and no one can sing, "Jesus is Lord," and really mean it, unless Holy Spirit is helping him.
Now God gives us many kinds of special abilities, but it is same Holy Spirit who is source of them all. There are different kinds of service to God, but it is same Lord we are serving. There are many ways in which God works in our lives, but it is same God who does work in and through all of us who are His. The Holy Spirit displays God's power through each of us as a means of helping entire choir.
To some Spirit gives ability to sing soprano; others may be especially good at second or alto, and this is His gift from same Spirit. To some He gives a special solo talent, and to others power to harmonize. He gives powers for singing tenor, and to others power to sing bass. He gives someone else power to select and direct our music - that it is really Spirit of God who is singing. Still another person is able to operate our sound system, while others are given gift of playing musical instruments. It is same and only Holy Spirit who gives us all these gifts and powers, deciding which each one of us should have.
The choir has many parts, but many parts make up only one choir when they are all put together. So it is with "choir" of Christ. Each of us is part of one choir of Christ. Some of us are sopranos or seconds, some are altos, some are tenors and some are bass. But Holy Spirit has fitted us all together into one choir. We have been chosen into Christ's choir by one Spirit, and have all been given same Holy Spirit.
A Time for Every SeasonWritten by Joyce C. Lock
Thereís a time for every season, Sorrowing when death gives itsí call, A reality of living that Eventually come to all.
But, unless one dies to themselves, Itís a life never lived; A life with selfishness, A heart that never learned to give.
The things we held on to, We thought we couldnít live without; Were very lies Satan fed us, To keep us trapped in deathís cloud.
For when we die to flesh And live by MASTERíS rule, We find we never lost anything, But Satan; vicious and cruel.
The path to peace and victory is Godís will; Godís way, every time. Because, God is for you, knowing your need better than you know yourself and only He knows which path will meet it and defeat Satan.
The reasons we serve God graduate more we come to know Him; for our safety and benefit, itís exciting to see what God wants to do next, His plan is better than ours, because we love Him, for who He is. With each step of obedience, we discover life more abundantly and a God who loves beyond measure.
As God ministers to soul; He replaces Satanís lies with truth, heals, sets us free, teaches about who He is (a process of restoring our innermost self to itsí original creation, separate from evil.) In so doing, God gives light to darkness within, gradually indwelling us Ö as, once we know truth, we choose Him.