The Hebrews had to wait decades (or centuries) for prophets to show up and tell them what God had to say. And on top of that, there was time that passed between a prophet’s ministry and their writings being included in the Scriptures.
The early Church had it a bit easier: most of the documents that became our New Testament were written in the first 50 years after Jesus’ resurrection. And the Christian leaders didn’t waste much time spreading those documents around.
If you’ve been following along the last few months, you’ve seen four songs crop up—one for each of the first four Psalms.
Confession: we’re a good deal farther along on this project than we’ve let on. ;)
We’ve created a new site dedicated to music based on the Bible, called AnthemBible.com. Right now, Jeffrey and I are focusing our energies on writing a song for each of the Psalms, but we hope to create some other projects in the future (like an instrumental piece for each book of the Bible, for example).
But not only are we writing a song for each psalm—we’re packaging up a suite of resources for the worship leaders and musically-inclined among you to be able to download and use for free.
Each song package includes an audio recording, a lyric sheet, a chord chart, and sheet music that lays out the parts in the recording.
Oh, and we’re actually eight songs in, not just four!
Should Christians ever turn away from the faith, or should they hold fast to it? Why?
The book of Hebrews is a long list of reasons to cling to Jesus. Hebrews was written for Christians who had been in the church for a while. These folks knew about angels, the Old Testament heroes, the devil, and Moses’ tabernacle, but someone thought they needed to know a little more.
So someone wrote Hebrews—we don’t know who (more on that later).
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
That’s the first verse of Psalm 4— an evening prayer, written by David. Jeffrey’s written a melody, and I created an arrangement of the song. It’s free for the church to use in worship services, retreats, and more.
Sheet music, lyric sheets, and chord charts are coming soon. You can take a listen to the recording here:
Some false teacher has pressured the churches in Galatia (a region in the Roman Empire) to follow the Jewish Law. They’re teaching that salvation comes through the Law of Moses, and not through Christ—the exact opposite of what Paul had taught them. So Paul writes a letter to bring them back to the truth.
Finally: Israel is just across the Jordan River from the promised land of Canaan. Moses has led the young nation out of Egypt and on a 40-year journey through the wilderness, and they have just defeated several enemies before setting up camp here. Three of the 12 tribes are already settling the land east of the Jordan, and the whole nation is almost ready to enter the land God promised to their ancestor Abraham (back in the book of Genesis). Continue reading “Deuteronomy: love God, obey God”
Here you can find quick, 3-minute guides to every book of the Old Testament. They’re listed in the order they show up in Protestant Bibles. Just click any book’s name, and get a high-level idea of what it’s about.
But don’t ever stop at these guides. You’ll miss the best part: reading through the books yourself!