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     The Jesus People:                      Vol. II No. 3
  Where Are They Now?
       September 4, 2007 

Can you identify some or all of the people in the collage to the right? If you can, you most likely saw and heard them in their 60s or 70s highlight.

The roots of Christian contemporary music go back to the 1960s, and many of the well-known recording artists of the time are still active in one way or another in Christian music and ministry.

With permission from Charisma magazine, we've reproduced for you a snapshot look at many of the popular Christian singers and groups of that earlier era, each with an update of their present activities and latest offerings.


   Quick Picks for Your Planning

Each week WorshipToonz posts a new QuickPicks Worship List, one of the ways we try to help you in your worship music planning. Below is our current list, from Zion Christian Church in Troy, MI. See other lists for download on this page at WorshipToonz.

List of the Week, September 2, 2007

E Open the Eyes of My Heart Paul Baloche 2298355
C,D You, You Are God Walker Beach 4389918
Gm Glorious Dan & Martha Munizzi/
Israel Houghton
A Meet With Me Lamont Hiebert 2753553
D Revelation Song Jennie Lee Riddle 4447960
C My Savior My God Aaron Shust/
Dorothy Greenwell
A The Stand Joel Houston 4705248

For your convenience,
you can download this list.

Site Spotlight

This issue, we're linking not to a site, but to a couple of maps with revealing demographic information.

Compare these maps that detail religion in the United States, by county. One focuses on the predominant denomination or (strictly speaking) cult in each county, and the other the degree of church attendance in each. Cross-reference, and you can come up with some interesting conclusions.

Map of religion by county

Religious Adherents
as a Percentage of all Residents

For easy comparison, both maps are posted on our site.

     True Worshipers of God Series

This is another installment of Pastor Dan Gardner's series, True Worshipers of God. For this complete series on audio, go to WorshipToonz on this page. You can also find much of Dan's music, recorded and published, on this page. Each song has its own audio and leadsheet demos.

Session 6: Music in Worship              Dan Gardner



As we have already studied in Session V, the expressions of our praise deeply involve music. We established that music is an important, desired expression of our praise and worship to the Lord; both instrumentally and vocally. You have been given a list of recorded “songs” in scripture. Here is a brief list of some musical highlights from the Scriptures that give us a perspective of music according to God’s word. Some of these are instances where worship was expressed in music:

  1. Jubal - the first musician mentioned in scripture. In Genesis 4:21 it says “And his (Jabal’s) brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.” Even though we don’t gain a wide understanding of JUBAL’S music ministry, we can draw some interesting insight about this man through his name (Hebrew names were often linked to attributes, characteristics, or prophetic potential of a person). His name means “a stream; to flow, to bring forth with pomp, to carry, to lead forth”. Music is a stream, a flow, that leads us into God’s holy presence.
  2. Moses - In response to God’s deliverance of Israel from the bondage of Egypt, a song of thanksgiving, praise, and worship was offered unto the Lord - Exodus 15:1-21.
    Ex 15:20,21 - “And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them, 'Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.'"
  3. Joshua - Jericho was conquered by obedience to God and utilizing music - “So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city” Joshua 6:20,21.
  4. Saul - Music and the prophetic: Samuel speaking to Saul in I Samuel 10:5,6 - “After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and thou shalt be turned into another man.” (NIV commentary - here appears to designate an enthusiastic praising of God inspired by the Holy Spirit).
  5. Saul - was delivered from oppression of the evil spirit as David played upon his harp and ministered the power of God’s presence - “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from (permitted by) God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him” I Samuel 16:23. Anointed, God-centered music is REAL therapy for the downcast, discouraged, and oppressed.
  6. David - the “sweet psalmist of Israel” II Samuel 23:1. As we have already looked at, David learned the power of coming into God’s presence through music: I Chronicles 15:28 - “Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps”. I Chronicles 23:5 - “...and four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments which I made," said David, "to praise therewith.”
  7. Solomon - at the temple dedication, music once again was the prelude to a great revelation of God’s glory - II Chronicles 5:11-14.
  8. Jehoshaphat - “And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.” II Chronicles 20:22
  9. Elisha - “But bring me now a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him” II Kings 3:15.
  10. Hezekiah / Josiah - great revival came to the land. Read II Chronicles 29:25-28 and 35:1-19.
  11. Ezra - time of restoration, the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid; they sang together by course praising and giving thanks unto the Lord - Ezra 3:10,11.
  12. Nehemiah - Jerusalem’s wall is rebuilt; a great celebration of thanksgiving, praise, and worship accompanied the dedication of the wall - Nehemiah 12:27,45-46.
  13. Mary - Luke 1:46-55; known as the “Magnificat” from the Latin Vulgate translation; it means “glorifies”. This song is like a psalm, and was sung in response to finding out she was going to give birth to Jesus. What anticipation and overwhelming sense of worship must have accompanied this song as she realized that Jesus would soon be manifest, and she would have a part in it. Let this be an inspiration to us that, in anticipation of the manifest presence of Jesus in our worship, our song is filled with joy and desire to exalt the Lord in music! This song could be compared with the song of Hannah (Mother of Samuel) in I Samuel 2:1-10.
  14. Zacharias - Luke 1:67-79; the “Benedictus”, a prophetic song sung after the birth of John the Baptist; “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people”.
  15. Simeon - Luke 2:29-32; a hymn known as the “Nunc Dimittis” meaning “(You) now dismiss;" “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation.”
  16. Prodigal Son - Luke 15:25; Jesus spoke of music and dancing, rejoicing at the return of the prodigal son to the Father’s house; our hearts should rejoice as lives are born into the kingdom—this is an appropriate time for music and rejoicing in God’s presence.
  17. Jesus - Matthew 26:30; the final act of worship in the Upper Room was the singing of a hymn; it was customary to sing Psalms 115-118 at the close of the Passover meal. We know that this final hymn had special significance and speaks to us of the kind of worship that we are to be involved in, even as we are to continue to partake of the bread and the cup in communion with Him.

Download of the Month

The Worship Package for download this month can be used with congregation, worship team, soloists, or any combination.

The Worship Package of No One Is Like You includes: a Windows Media audio file, Lead Sheets in Eb, E and F for 3-part Worship Team, Lyrics & Chords for Guitar in D and E, and a Lyrics Sheet for your convenience—seven pages of music and lyrics!


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