Create Magic at Christmas Through Music

During the Christmas season, few musical compositions rivals the magic of Messiah’s “Hallelujah” chorus by George Frederick Handel.

Words from an anonymous poem expresses it best:

But Handel’s harmony affects the soul,
to sooth by sweetness, or by force controul;

The Gentleman’s Magazine (May 1740),

Handel, a German, was musically trained in opera by Italians and seasoned in southern German sounds. These experiences came together in presentations of  oratorios to England. Even today the baroque tradition of this composer continue to contribute experiences as instrumentation of all types and sounds take stage with new technological advances.

Georg Frederick Handel (1685-1759) was born in Halle, Germany the same year as Bach. He studied with the great organist Wilhem Zachou from the age of seven to nine. In 1706 he went to Italy and began mastering contemporary trends of opera. He returned to Germany as Court composer for the Elector of Hannover who would become the English King George I.

With the blessing of his former patron, Handel went to England. He shifted his  focus from presenting operas to the wealthy to delivering understandable musical experiences to the middle class via oratorios sang in English. It flourished.  He died a wealthy and respected composer.

Click the oog file link  or mp3 file link to hear the beloved Hallelujah chorus. Sing along.

Feel the power it generates through its prose and the promise it proclaims.

OOG File

MP3 FILE

REFERENCES

Oratorio – A musical composition for voices and orchestra, telling a sacred story without costumes, scenery, or dramatic action.

Baroque– a style of composition that flourished in Europe from about 1600 to 1750, marked by elaborate musical ornamentation and development of new instrumental playing techniques.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/george-frederick-handel-mn0000805740

http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/handel.html

http://gfhandel.org/

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Georg Frederick Handel 1685-1780

Bible Verses for Assurance

A Caring Shepherd assures one of his flock.

A Caring Shepherd assures one of his flock.

There are moments in life when even the strong needs assurances. A comforting word or a simple smile sometime will do. But some Bible verses assure a wanting heart beyond spoken words or smiles. Below are three of my favorites. They provide me comfort beyond human understanding.

Peter, the aging shepherd to the scattered believers throughout the diaspora, is the writer of the first verse. His flocks are experiencing persecutions in their adopted lands. The caring pastor chooses his words to assure each that continued faith in the Lord Jesus will result in a guaranteed inheritance – the salvation of the soul. Meditate his words:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1: 3 – 5)

Often when listening to another who exudes confidence, it sparks our confidence. Few have spoken with greater confidence than the Great Apostle, Paul. He reveals this jewel to us from his Romans treasure:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38 – 39)

Meditate that verse in the quiet of your being; For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks the door will be opened (Matthew 7:8) and  pray  it brings you the confidence the Apostle exudes.

These verses demand commitment to a dedicated life lifestyle of seriousness. They demands you to entertain the question: “Am I able to leave what I have and make that level of a commitment? ”  All lifestyle change causes some pangs of concerns or a quickening heartbeat. The LORD assures success as HE  spoke through Luke 12:32:

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.