Scripture, the divinely inspired Word of the living God, provides God's plan of redemption for mankind, a blueprint for the Christian life, a history of God's chosen people, comfort in times of distress, and much more. From the time of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, to the present time, millions of Christians have given their lives rather than renounce their faith in the living Word, Jesus Christ. An inscription in the Roman catacombs, where more than a million early Christians are thought to be interred, poignantly summarizes their abiding faith, “The Word of God is not bound.” (English translation; from 2 Timothy 2:9)
Music has the power to lift our spirits, heal the troubled mind, and to soothe/tame the savage beast. King Saul sought out David, a young shepherd, to play the harp when the Spirit of the Lord departed from him (1 Samuel 16:14-23). Some philosophers have stated that music can impact not only the moral character of a people, but also the formation and collapse of civilizations. Music can clearly resonate with the human soul. In addition, lyrics, many times penned out of personal tragedy, can inspire us to a greater sense of passion and devotion to our God and Creator.
But, you may ask, does God really exist? Is there anything beyond the grave? These questions have fascinated philosophers and theologians for thousands of years. One position, adopted by the Greek Epicureans, is that matter, atoms and space, is all that really matters. Since this life is all that there is, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” This philosophy still permeates many intellectual circles today. Joseph Wood Krutch, professor of English at Columbia University from 1937 to 1952, stated, “There is no reason to suppose that a man’s life has any more meaning than the life of the humblest insect that crawls from one annihilation to another.” However, recent polls taken in the United States indicate that a majority of Americans reject this philosophical position. They believe that there is a God, that part of man, the soul, will survive the grave and live forever, and that the soul will reside in one of two places, either heaven or hell.
However, it is possible to believe in God intellectually without accepting His plan of salvation. God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to bear the sins of the world, your sins and my sins, on the cross at Calvary. By the grace of God, through His unmerited favor, we have an opportunity to obtain eternal life. All we have to do is repent, have faith in Jesus Christ, and receive Him as our Savior.
The Scripture and music included on this website celebrate God's priceless gift to mankind, his Son, Jesus Christ. If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, or if you are uncertain about what is involved in becoming a Christian, please review the following:Steps to Salvation
The Bible is very clear that your decision, whether or not to accept God's offer of salvation, is the most important decision that you will ever make.
If you have already been adopted into the family of God through the blood of Jesus Christ:
Purpose: The purpose of this website is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, as He instructed His apostles prior to His ascension to heaven. (Great Commission: Matthew 28:18-20)
Part of this website includes Scripture and commentary on a variety of topics that may be of interest to Christians from many different denominations. Most of the Scripture citations are from the King James Version of the Bible, because this has been one of the most popular translations of the English Bible since the “Authorized Version” was first published in 1611 and because this translation of the Bible is in the public domain. Each topic includes a comprehensive list of Scripture verses in canonical order. Some of the topics, e.g. divorce and remarriage, eternal security, works, etc., have been debated over the centuries and different Protestant denominations take different doctrinal positions on these issues. Where commentary has been included, an attempt has been made to include viewpoints of authors ranging from conservative Protestant to mainstream Protestant.
The lyrics, music, and background stories of many of the great traditional hymns of the Protestant church are also included on this website. Unless noted otherwise, all of these songs are believed to be in the public domain. Many of the hymn tunes, in MIDI and MP3 format, have a variety of arrangements, ranging from bluegrass to traditional.
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