“My Life, My Love, My All” / My Song of Testimony and Praise for the Week of April 15, 2013

Do You Have A Song That Sings Your Testimony and/or Gives Praise to God? You Are Welcomed To Share It Along With Mine. Just post it in “comments.” [If you don’t know how to embed it in a reply, just post the link from YouTube and I will embed the song for you.]

Come On Everybody. Praise The Lord!

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“God’s Curse” / This Week’s Word and Prayer for April 15, 2013 (Re-Post from August 2, 2011)

This Week’s Word

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse [eternally condemned]! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse [eternally condemned! (Galatians 1:6-9)

This Week’s Prayer

Father, it is in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus Christ) we pray. Father in Heaven, we pray to You to forgive us for temporarily turning to another gospel other that the gospel of the Kingdom of God.  We were deceived by Satan and tricked by his human agents to follow the man-made traditions of religions. Please forgive us for our error.  We repent today of the prosperity gospels. We repent today of the seed faith gospels. We repent today of the harvest time gospels. We repent today of the wisdom gospels. We repent today of every false, demonic, wealth driven, greed guided, self-serving, humanly contrived gospel that this world offers its children — which are really no gospel at all. We boldly proclaim the Gospel of Christ as the only True Gospel of Salvation.  All other gospels are eternally damned and those who follow them are lost. Thank You for calling us out of darkness into the marvelous Grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Empower us to continue in The Gospel of Christ Jesus. This is our prayer in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus the Christ), Amen.

For a Bible lesson on God’s ordained instructions regarding the salvation process, please visit the following link:

https://owprince.wordpress.com/you-must-be-born-again-introduction/

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Footnote: *The Hebrew spelling of the name of Christ is used in this prayer for educational purposes. Yehowshua is often shorten to Yeshua but out of respect for my Lord I chose to use the spelling of His proper name to demonstrate that His name is above every name and that even the spelling of His name is relative to the spelling of The Father’s name – remembering that there were not any vowels in the Hebrew alphabets. Thus, YHWH (Yahweh) and YeHoWsHua (Yahweh is salvation) are grammatically and uniquely related. Notice the Y-H-W-H in both the Father and the Son.

 

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BIBLE SCHOLAR AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013

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O.W. Prince Ministries Thanks Everyone Who Participated Today.

Congratulations Brother Selwyn Jacinto, of Bombay India. You are The Bible Scholar Champion for Monday, April 15, 2013.

Thank you Brother Selwyn Jacinto for helping to make the Bible Scholars Group a fun, loving and caring place of learning and sharing. You have allowed your Light to Shine Brightly Today. Your answer is correct. You have demonstrated superb biblical scholarship.

Thank You!

Bishop

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Today’s Question:

(English)

Where does the word “Choir” first appear in the Holy Scriptures?

(Español) 

¿De dónde viene la palabra “Coro” aparecen por primera vez en las Sagradas Escrituras?

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The answer for today’s Bible Challenge Question is:

(English)

The word “Choir” or “Chorus” doesn’t appear in the Authorized King James Version of the Bible but it does appear in the New King James Version of the Bible; first appearing in Nehemiah 12:31-41. 

(Español)

La palabra “coro” o “Chorus” no aparece en la versión autorizada King James de la Biblia, pero sí que aparece en la versión Reina-Valera de la Biblia, apareciendo por primera vez en Nehemías 12:31-41.

Pastoral Commentary

Although the word “choir” doesn’t appear in the Authorized King James Version of the Bible, It does appear in subsequent translations of the Bible, first appearing in Nehemiah 12.  However, the scriptures allude to the formation of choirs long before that.

The word ‘choir’ comes from the Greek word ‘choros’, which simply means a group of singers.

When God created the world, a chorus of angels sang for Him. God asked Job if he was around to observe the magnificence of creation, “while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy” (Job 38:7).

The Bible shows us that God loves all of humankind to sing to Him – choirs are a feature in the Bible’s own description of divine worship.

The first organized choirs in Scripture can be found during King David’s time, as recorded in the Books of Chronicles.
God set apart the tribe of Levi to serve Him.

1 Chronicles tells of how King David appointed no less than four thousand Levites as singers and musicians.
These singers and musicians ministered day and night in the tabernacle and later in the temple – these were some of the first earthly choirs assigned to serve God through song.

Choirs, with both men and women singers (Nehemiah 7:67; 2 Chronicles 35:25), were organized for worship in the temple and were placed under the direction of able musicians (1 Chronicles 25).

The Psalms, such as Psalm 6, show that choral singing was accompanied by instruments.

Fifty-five Psalms also indicate that there were directors of music, who led choirs in temple worship.

In fact Heman, Asaph, and Jeduthun were directors of separate temple choirs.

Taking the cue from choirs in Biblical times, it is clear that the role of the choir in the Church is one of ministry – not performance.

This is the crucial difference between secular choirs and choirs that serve in the Church.

Church choirs should only be singing for God’s glory and according to His Truth!

Choir members should first and foremost be born again before praising God with the gift of singing, which He gracefully bestowed on them.

This involves sacrifices of praise, which can only come from those who have been transformed and who have willing and committed hearts.

Choir members must have an attitude of service, striving to give their very best to God.

Emphasis was placed on temple singing being directed and accompanied by trained and skilled musicians. This indicates that part of the reason for having a choir was to offer beautiful singing to the Lord.

Choral singing can be a powerful means of evangelism – moving members of the congregation to accept the Gospel Message in song and begin praising God in spirit and in truth.

If you are born again – born of the water and of the Spirit – and God has blessed you with the gift of singing, give it as a living sacrifice to Him by joining the very special Ministry of Choral Music.

“Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God” (1 Peter 4:10).

Sing to the Glory of God!

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The Bible Scholars Challenge Notification for Monday, April 15, 2013

Bible Scholars OWP MIN

Good morning everybody! 

Today’s Bible Scholar question has been updated for Monday, April 15, 2013.

Please visit /bible-scholars-group/ to see today’s Bible Question.

Thank you!

Please Post Your Answer in the form below the question on the Bible Scholar Challenge Page. Remember to spell your name correctly on the form as this is the spelling that will appear on your Award Certificate should you be the first to answer correctly.

Thank you for your faithfulness.

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Bishop

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