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THE MUSIC IS IN YOUR SOUL

 

Hi Family and Friends,

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2 Corinthians 4:7

 But we have this treasure

in earthen vessels,

that the excellency of the power

may be of God,

and not of us.

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Paganini, the great violinist, came out before his audience one day and made the discovery just as they

ended their applause that there was something wrong with his violin. He looked at it a second and then

saw that it was not his famous and valuable one.

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He felt paralyzed for a moment, then turned to his audience and told them there had been some mistake

and he did not have his own violin. He stepped back behind the curtain thinking that it was still where he

had left it, but discovered that some one had stolen his and left that old second-hand one in its place. He

remained back of the curtain a moment, then came out before his audience

and said:

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“Ladies and Gentlemen: I will show you that the music is not in the instrument, but in the soul.” And he

played as he had never played before; and out of that second-hand instrument, the music poured forth

until the audience was enraptured with enthusiasm and the applause almost lifted the ceiling of the

building, because the man had revealed to them that music was not in the machine but in his own soul.

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It is your mission, tested and tried one, to walk out on the stage of this world and reveal to all earth and

Heaven that the music is not in conditions, not in the things, not in externals, but the music of life is in

your own soul.

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The music of the soul is in the heart of every child of God.

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 James 3:11

 Doth a fountain

send forth at the same place sweet

water and bitter?

“For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one

drop of bitter water,

however suddenly jolted.”

~Amy Carmichael

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If peace be in the heart,

The wildest winter storm is full of solemn beauty,

The midnight flash but shows the path of duty,

Each living creature tells some new and joyous story,

The very trees and stones all catch a ray of glory,

If peace be in the heart.

–Charles Francis Richardson

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George Inness - The Church Spire, 1875

Ephesians 5:19

 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

singing

and making melody

in your heart to the Lord;

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In the still air the music lies unheard;

In the rough marble beauty hides unseen;

To make the music and the beauty needs

The master’s touch, the sculptor’s chisel keen.

Great Master, touch us with Thy skillful hands;

Let not the music that is in us die!

Great Sculptor, hew and polish us; nor let,

Hidden and lost, Thy form within us

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This is an upbeat,song, written by Luther Bridgers.

 This is the amazing and touching history behind the song:

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 He attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and was ordained a Methodist minister. Wherever the

Lord led him, since the age of seventeen, he had been a zealous preacher of the gospel, calling others to

put their faith in Christ. He fell in love with a very beautiful Kentucky girl and after a romantic courtship,

they married. As the years flowed by, God gave the happy couple three little boys. One morning in 1910,

Luther Bridgers left his in-laws home to conduct some gospel meetings in another town. Looking back over his

shoulder, he saw his wife standing at the gate with the baby in her arms and a boy on each side. All were

blowing kisses to Daddy as he headed for the train. Two weeks later he was awakened by a phone call and

was informed that his house caught fire and his wife and three children died in the fire. He stood in

shattered silence, holding the receiver.

He said it seemed to him the devil was laughing at him and saying, “God doesn’t love you. Are you going to

worship a God like that?” But Pastor Bridgers dropped to his knees by the telephone and prayed, “Lord, I

have preached the gospel to other people, and told them it would comfort them in every hour of sorrow.

Grant that this same gospel may comfort me.” And the Lord answered his prayer. God gave a new song

called “He Keeps Me Singing”, born out of a deeper love for the Lord. Pastor Bridgers served as an

evangelist in the American South and in mission work in Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Russia. He pastored

in Georgia and North Carolina.

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Thank you for stopping by and please pray for America the Beautiful.

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