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Dave Register is unhappy that he is not being allowed to hide his deeds in darkness. Remember that all that is needed for evil to flourish, is for good men to do nothing. Remember, that only evil hides itself in darkness, and that the light of truth reveals all both good and evil.
Dear Dave: I have no intention of keeping silent and hiding evil, or essential facts from the brethren. If you are ashamed of people seeing your deeds; then do not do them! Do you not know that God and his Holy Angels see everything that you do?
I utterly reject your [or anyone else's] attempt to prohibit publication of the truth.
You are NOT a private person when you are acting in your capacity as an example for the brethren; and your deeds in regards to your responsibilities [like any other person who sets himself up as an example for the flock] will be noted.
Hiding evil only perpetuates the evil; and proclaiming the good should not offend anyone.
Brethren in all COG Groups and congregations should feel free to pass on what is going on in their congregations; the good should be proclaimed and the evil should be made known for the good of all the brethren.
The loyalty of the brethren should always be to Almighty God and not to help conceal and perpetuate evil.
And if I do make an error you are invited to send in a comment correcting the point.
The Music of the Psalms
In consideration of the series on the Psalms, I wanted to put up a post of psalms music before this Sabbath.
HWA and bis brother established a hymnal based on the Quaker idea of what was acceptable for Sabbath. Dwight then rewrote many biblical psalms to the traditional Quaker style of Sabbath singing and a kind of piano music.
I will agree that some of these psalms are good and acceptable for the Sabbath, however the piano is a modern invention as is the Quaker style with its musical inhibitions. Yet, there is so much more that can be done in singing the psalms to worship before God. The psalms of David were NEVER intended to be a Quaker style inhibited thing. They were intended to be a real and genuine worship of God and a teaching resource for the Temple services and especially a teaching and worship event during the Festivals.
My purpose for this post is to show how wonderful the psalms can truly be if they are presented in the way that God and David intended; as a truly inspiring and quality teaching tool of worship for our Incredible Mighty One who is our Magnificent Deliverer and High Tower of Strength..
I wanted to present some examples of the psalms and how they can be a source of powerful imagery about the ways of God and a means of great rejoicing before God. I ask you to listen to each of these very different presentations to see the powerful witness that the psalms can be.
In the COG the biblical Festivals are no longer God’s Festivals, they have become our Festivals with a focus on our pleasure,s instead of on making God our Chief Delight and Pleasure. In the Kingdom we shall hear grand choirs singing Psalm 119 and the other psalms at the Festivals of God; Oh what a JOY to behold! Oh what wondrous and grand festivals they shall be!
The first presentation is Psalm 118 Adonai Li (The Lord Is For Me) in English and Hebrew.
The second presentation is a joyful rendition of Paul Wilbur- Come Let Us Go Up which is a wonderful song for a Feast dance. Why not have a Festival psalms dance instead of the carnal dancing that goes on?
Finally here is a concert type presentation of four songs by the talented Marty Goetz.
If only Gerald would give presentations like this in his auditorium! If only the church groups would at least cooperate together to search out or write out some really great presentations of the psalms and record them for the brethren!
This begins in Hebrew and quickly changes to English. The program lasts approximately half an hour and includes four psalms and prophecies of Christ. The third song is really excellent for a Feast presentation.
The fourth song has some poetic features that need some explanation.
As our hearts beat and pump the blood of physical life, Jesus Christ and the Father fill us with the Holy Spirit of spiritual life eternal; so that in a certain way, as we internalize the very nature of God through obedience to him, and through the presence of his spirit, as we become like Chirst; God become our very heart that gives us life!
God through his spirit, becomes the spiritual heart within us that gives us eternal life! And through the sacrifice of Christ, reconciliation with the Father, enables the gift of the spirit to the repentant; drawing the called out to Christ as his bride.
The last song covers these two points in poetic allegory with the phrase the we are the bride taken from the side of Emmanuel, anticipating that we become the bride, through the broken heart of [spiritual] Israel [Christ as the heart of his spiritual Israel, his bride; Christ sacrificed for us his bride!]