Category Archives: Music

Preparing for the Music of Heaven

By John Thiel

Psalm 92:1 A Psalm [or] Song for the sabbath day. [It is a] good [thing] to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: 2 To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, 3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

“On the banks of old Jordan here gazing I stand and earnestly longing I stretch forth my hand. Send a convoy of angels dear Jesus I pray, let me join in that sweet music.”  With all who hear this message, to see whether we really are in tune with that music to understand that if I’m going to be in that place I will be truly fitted for that music. Those who plan to be recipients of Jesus in John 14 need to understand the import of our preparation.

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.  Read the rest of this entry

The Sound of Music Indicative of God’s Love

By John Thiel, mp3

What does the sound of music have to do with the subject of God’s love? We hear different sounds all the time. Sounds that relate to different circumstances, moods, events and emotions. We hear the shrieks of terror, we hear blood curdling cries, and we hear soft sensational golden throated love songs. We hear the sounds of delight and hear the sounds of challenge and conflict. To discern the sound for relevant situations is very imperative. For instance I have much experience in hearing the sounds of my children with their voices such as delightful shrieks and cries and amongst them all to be able to discern the shriek of delight, terror or a fright or something serious. Once I heard my children give a shriek where they were in an area of danger and i ran out but they were happy. The discernment of being able to tell the difference was very difficult. To discern the contrast of sounds to incite to appropriate action is a subject that we need to understand. Read the rest of this entry

The Seventh-day Adventist New Hymnal

Warning: Sabbath Sermons is not affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church organisation. This article is presented for the benefit of our readers, to be perused with discretion.

Before the 1985 General Conference Session in New Orleans , much had been said about the development of the new Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal.  At that Session, it was introduced with much interest and huge sales. But this new, strange, hymnal introduces into the Seventh-day Adventist divine worship service hymns and Scripture readings containing Roman Catholic teachings not found in any earlier Adventist hymnal.


The old Church Hymnal quoted exclusively from the tried and tested Protestant King James Version of the Bible.  But the new hymnal uses a plethora of versions, the majority of which are greatly faulted versions, the translators of which have ignored the Divine anathemas:

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18,19

There are 225 passages of Scripture in the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, consisting of 135 response readings, 14 Canticles and Prayers, 36 calls to worship, 13 words of assurance, 14 offertory sentences, and 13 benedictions.  The use of the various Scripture versions is as follows:

New International Version (NIV) 69 (31%) Read the rest of this entry

The Worship of God with Music

By John Thiel

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

When the heart is totally yielded to God it is possible to understand his ways. We need to discover another element of being in tune with God so that we can be submissive by understanding and knowledge.

The Worship of Today

Every time I worship God and when I’m asked to lead out in worship, one question that keeps me on the alert is – is my worship acceptable to God? There are many people that worship but while they imagine that they are worshiping God they are in all reality worshipping self. They create an atmosphere in their worship time that is pleasing and entertaining to themselves. This is the reason why the churches today say – look, times have changed and the way we worship God today is different to the way people worshipped in the past. People that worship God from their own ideas will believe worship has changed but all who worship God in spirit and in truth do not ask whether we worship God in the way we enjoy it but the way in which it is pleasing to God. We need to adjust our hearts as to what is a pleasure to God. Read the rest of this entry

22. God’s Way of Music as Reflected in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel, The Sanctuary Series, study 22

Music is another one of those points of personal sensitivity which is very hard to address, to try and help people in. But I thank God for the sanctuary, because there it reveals something that helps us to be able to handle it. Music is simply a sequence of vibrations that come to our sense of hearing and to which we respond according to our hereditary and cultivated background. Read the rest of this entry

Music’s Hidden Danger


2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 

Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words], having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

What is wrong with most modern Christian’s songs? Contemporary Christian songs that have crept into our churches? It seems everyone wants to imitate the Hillsong style singing so popular here in Australia.  Why do some prefer only to sing only the old hymns written from the 1700’s to the early 1900’s? Read the rest of this entry

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