Starting Today–Spiritual Music by Secular Artists

Spirituality is in the ear of the beholder.

Songwriters have always filled their music with spiritual meaning. In many cases they were on their own spiritual journey. They used their popularity to reach a broader audience. Meaning they did not than limit their music to a single genre. This fall i will share with you some of my favorite spiritual music from the 50s through today.

Because she is on everyone’s mind this week I will begin with a single from Aretha Franklin’s 1956 debut album. Her legacy as one of the greatest singers of our generation began with gospel music.

Songs of Faith is the debut studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was recorded live when Franklin was age 14 at New Bethel Baptist Church.

The Good Book – Final Survey

07_Creation_JPEG_1024This will be my final post for the Good Book. I will finish with my favorite piece of classical music and scripture. Eight weeks ago we began this program with a piece of music called sunrise. It seems fitting to close with moonlight.  The Suite Bergamasque is one of the most famous piano suites by Claude Debussy. The third and most famous movement of Suite bergamasque is “Clair de lune,” the French term for “moonlight”.

Esta será mi publicación final para el Buen Libro. Terminaré con mi pieza favorita de música clásica y escritura. Hace ocho semanas comenzamos este programa con una pieza musical llamada Sunrise. Parece apropiado cerrar con luz de luna. La Suite Bergamasque es una de las suites para piano más famosas de Claude Debussy. El tercer y más famoso movimiento de Suite bergamasque es “Clair de lune”, el término francés para “luz de luna”.

Source: John 13:34-35   Juan 13:34-35 (Español) 

John 13:34-35

34-35 “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

Become Your True Self (1 John 3)

03_Peter_John_Arrested_JPEG_1024The Symphony No. 88 in G major (Hoboken 1/88) was written by Joseph Haydn. It is occasionally referred to as The Letter V referring to an older method of cataloguing Haydn’s symphonic output. The symphony was completed in 1787. It is one of Haydn’s best-known works.

La Sinfonía n.º 88 en sol mayor ( Hoboken 1/88 ) fue escrito por Joseph Haydn . Se refiere a veces como la letra V se refiere a un método más antiguo de catalogación de la producción sinfónica de Haydn . La sinfonía fue terminado en 1787. Es una de las obras más conocidas de Haydn .

Source: 1 john 3  1 Juan 3 (Español)  

1 John 3

We Are God’s Children

The Father has loved us so much! This shows how much he loved us: We are called children of God. And we really are his children. But the people in the world don’t understand that we are God’s children, because they have not known him.Dear friends, now we are children of God. We have not yet been shown what we will be in the future. But we know that when Christ comes again, we will be like him. We will see him just as he is. He is pure, and everyone who has this hope in him keeps themselves pure like Christ.

Anyone who sins breaks God’s law. Yes, sinning is the same as living against God’s law. You know that Christ came to take away people’s sins. There is no sin in Christ. So whoever lives in Christ does not continue to sin. If they continue to sin, they have never really understood Christ and have never known him.

Dear children, don’t let anyone lead you into the wrong way. Christ always did what was right. So to be good like Christ, you must do what is right. The devil has been sinning since the beginning. Anyone who continues to sin belongs to the devil. The Son of God came for this: to destroy the devil’s work.

Those who are God’s children do not continue to sin, because the new life God gave them[a] stays in them. They cannot keep sinning, because they have become children of God. 10 So we can see who God’s children are and who the devil’s children are. These are the ones who are not God’s children: those who don’t do what is right and those who do not love their brothers and sisters in God’s family.

We Must Love One Another

11 This is the teaching you have heard from the beginning: We must love each other. 12 Don’t be like Cain. He belonged to the Evil One. Cain killed his brother. But why did he kill him? Because what Cain did was evil, and what his brother did was good.

13 Brothers and sisters, don’t be surprised when the people of this world hate you.14 We know that we have left death and have come into life. We know this because we love each other as brothers and sisters. Anyone who does not love is still in death. 15 Anyone who hates a fellow believer is a murderer.[b] And you know that no murderer has eternal life.

16 This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for each other as brothers and sisters. 17 Suppose a believer who is rich enough to have all the necessities of life sees a fellow believer who is poor and does not have even basic needs. What if the rich believer does not help the poor one? Then it is clear that God’s love is not in that person’s heart. 18 My children, our love should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do. 

19-20 That’s how we know we belong to the way of truth. And when our hearts make us feel guilty, we can still have peace before God, because God is greater than our hearts. He knows everything.

21 My dear friends, if we don’t feel that we are doing wrong, we can be without fear when we come to God. 22 And God gives us what we ask for. We receive it because we obey God’s commands and do what pleases him. 23 This is what God commands: that we believe in his Son Jesus Christ, and that we love each other as he commanded. 24 All who obey God’s commands live in God. And God lives in them. How do we know that God lives in us? We know because of the Spirit he gave us.

Music with a dash of trivia