Glenda’s Gabbings: vol 4

Hello All!  Glenda is not really gabbing this time. I would REALLY like to share these thoughts sent to Peter and I from a humble man of God and Preacher we once heard on a regular basis.  Thoughts to ponder and grow thereby!!

[used with permission]

One man’s opinion of problems within the body of Christ


In the dedicatory of the King James 1611 Bible the translators wrote, concerning those they knew would oppose their work, “We shall be maligned by self-conceited brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking to nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil.”

My oldest daughter, Leah, who lives in Ohio, along with my eleven-year-old granddaughter Skyler, surprised me last week by visiting me for Fathers Day. In passing conversation, Leah mentioned a large Fundamentalist school in the mid-west that is attacking Southern Gospel music as being satanic, and not to be listened to.

In all honesty of full disclosure, I must confess, my grandson, Joseph, is lead singer for the Southern Gospel group, The Perrys. But those who know me best will not be prone to think that would bias my judgment. They consider me to be like Vince Lombardi. When a black player was asked if he was fair to all the team, he answered, “O yeah, Vince treats us all like dogs!”

Those who do not care for contemporary music need to realize it was all contemporary at one time. Isaac Watts’ father thought it blasphemous when his son wrote such songs as When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” He believed in singing only the Psalms, saying, “You can’t improve upon King David.”

As I’ve said in previous articles, I find that dogmatists on minor issues end up in the dog house. A good example of not thinking things through is the Fundamental, Separatists, who believe their ladies are modestly dressed. But the Amish believe their attire to be worldly; and 1st Century, Christian women would believe the Amish to be so.

In Revelation, we’re told we “Sing the song of Moses.” But we also sing “A new song.”My test of Gospel music is like my test of any other music; Paul, the singer, says, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with understanding also.” And this, of course, was done to the Glory of God. Just make sure your heart pants, before your foot pats.

A good rule to go by if you do not like a certain kind of music is, don’t listen to it. I have no right to impose my preference upon others. When people argue that they like the old-time way, they invariably are referring to the immediately previous age. The one that always seemed better than the one in which they now live.

There is no doubt some Southern Gospel is commercialized today. But aren’t profiteering Mega churches and large Christian Schools, also? What of selling “doves” for more than they’re value, in the vestibule of the Temple (books, CD’S, DVD’S, and trinkets)? Be careful when you throw stones; they may boomerang upon your on pate! 

As Dr. Bob Jones Sr. used to say, “If an old hound dog comes to town and barks for Jesus, I’m not going to try and stop him.” That’s my sentiment exactly. You might feel differently; and that’s your prerogative. This is just one man’s opinion.

Written by R.D. Sandlin

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Glenda’s Gabbings: vol 3

“Turn It Up…”

Sometimes I am in a very quiet music listening mood.  Other times I prefer artist pieces of perfect skill.  Most of the time I have thundering loud classical crashing playing way too loud when I clean.  Then there are special moments reserved ONLY for the Perrys.

Its for sure we all have our own styles and preferences.  With humility I admit that MY music might NOT actually be EXACTLY Heaven’s same tune *gasps*.  Ponder what the Lord is gonna do with all of the different types of music out there… how ‘on earth’ is He gonna satisfy us all!?  (like we think He has to)  I mean, just imagine the possibilities…ballet, boogiewoogie, nocturnes, raps, rhapsodies, ragtime, chorals, overtures, folk, impressionistic, symphonies, swing, suites, soul…southern gospel…!!?  Peter and my belief is that we will be mighty surprised, do you concur?

A dear friend of ours relayed a VERY sentimental and inspiring true story.  A woman in her 40’s was diagnosed with cancer and as she was going through the treatment process she gave her life and heart to the Lord and Saviour.  Hallelujah.  As she lay ready to die her daughter-n-law was by her side.  The woman was in and out of consciousness.  The final conversation went something like the following:

At one point she opened her eyes and asked her daughter-n-law:  “Where’s that music coming from?”.
Very puzzled her daughter-n-law said: “Mom, there’s no music playing, what is it you hear?  Sleepily she said: “…the music, it’s beautiful, can you hear it?  It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard…”
The daughter-n-law said:  “No, Mom, I don’t hear anything.”
The dying woman replied:  “turn it up…!”
Her saved daughter n-law advised:  “Mom, you need to close your eyes, rest, and go to this music… go see where it is.”
The woman did so.  She closed her eyes, and slowly her soul departed, all she left were tears running down both her cheeks.

WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!  True story brothers and sisters!  PSALM 116:15  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Wouldn’t you just LOVE to hear that music?  What a thrilling testimony of that glorious day when we shall see Christ.  However He greets us, I Can’t Wait!  In the meantime, glorify The Lord with your Music, win a lost soul with it or encourage a fellow believer, and by all means… Turn It Up!

Glenda’s Gabbings: vol 2

PEACE BE UNTO YOU

“…Our closest Friend and Lord is gone, how it hurts. This is what mourning feels like, tears and trouble… they killed Him. They didn’t just crucify Him, they formed a riot that mobbed Him and tortured Him… are they gonna come after us? … we need to hide…”

I meditated on the events of the crucifixion until what would have been the night before our Lord’s resurrection. What were the thoughts and sorrows of the closest friends and loved ones of Jesus? The Lord was lost, killed in a brutal way… gone. Surely this is the definition of despair, darkness and doubt. They left everything so they could follow this Teacher- Who was, dead? Oh how they miss Him!! He helped everybody and solved so many problems, in vain it seems…

Can you imagine the l-o-n-g hours of fear. They startled at every noise thinking there were guards coming for them, His followers. It seemed only safe for the women to be following afar off, ministering to Jesus in His final hours. The women were even able to watch Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus JOHN 19:39 (who seem to be the only men with boldness at this point) lay Him in a new tomb and roll the stone shut tight. The centurions and Pilate were suspicious of His disciples coming to steal the body, so they could say He was risen.

At dark thirty VERY early (the time when virtuous women get up to take care of their household! PROV 31:15) at least two female servants turn their sorrow into a selfless act of Worship. Praise the Lord for Doers, not mopers! I’ll bet their intentions were only humble and good, and alas! they are tremendously rewarded! As I read in Matthew it seems the angel or angels were just waiting for the lucky human that was gonna get the first news!! WoooHooo! He’s alive, and He’s gonna meet you later. Mary and Mary RUN… they are amazed, full of great joy and afraid. (there’s that word again) Still afraid? A political and religious Leader has been removed from the scene thanks to the existing corrupt government. I’m sure it hit the “Mary’s” that they better be careful with this information. Have you ever been excited and afraid at the same time?

Non belief; what a discouraging thing. MARK 16:11 “And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.” LUKE 24:11 “And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.” States of great depression can leave us so low that even good news is hard to believe. Oh but the women knew, the men will see for themselves! And they did! What a reunion! One record says Jesus’s first words to his disciples were “Peace be unto you”. Oh how they needed to hear that!

Oh how we need to hear that! Surely this is a time when political powers and false religions are removing Jesus Christ from the scene. The immoral governments are suspicious of His followers and ready to pounce on and imprison them. Where are we? Are we hiding? Depressed? Troubled and full of despair? Our closest Friend and Lord is not gone. Trust me friends, they can not kill Him again. As He is alive in our hearts and we have His same resurrection power. I should not live in fear and non belief! Though I can not see Him now, I will very soon. We are lucky humans, eh? He folded His linen napkin to tell me He’d be right back. WoooHooo!!