Here is the next Etude in my series of studies. I have a love-hate relationship with this piece. It's a nice piece, but I've play Bach pieces that are easier than this thing. Anyway, it can be found on page 81 of Christopher Parkening's Guitar Method Vol. 1.
Music is a gift from God and should always be used to glorify Him. He blesses us with many things like food, water, & shelter. He has also given us ears to hear good music & sight to watch youtube videos, etc. However, we don't glorify Him. Most people see themselves as "good", but the Bible says that "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory God." (Romans 3:23) Why? What is sin? Sin is the breaking of God's laws (1 John 3:4): the Ten Commandments. Let's look at just a few of the Commandments to see how you are doing? How many lies have you told? Have you ever stolen anything (regardless of the value)? Have you ever looked at some with lust? Have you ever used God's name in vain (as a cuss word, or an exclamation) this is blasphemy.
God, the righteous Judge of the entire universe, will judge those who break His law, and the penalty is eternity in hell, His prison. However, the Good News is that God wants to show mercy to us lawbreakers. God came to earth, in the person of Jesus Christ, was tempted in all ways yet was without sin, and died on the cross to pay our penalty. You and I broke God's law, Jesus paid our fine, and He rose on the third day to show that He was God.
Now God commands everyone, everywhere to repent, turn from our sins and turn to Him and trust Jesus as Lord and Savior. He will give you a new heart and place His Spirit within you and when you died, He will bring you into Heaven to be with Him for eternity.
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