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It’s Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on December 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Today’s epic inspiration piece comes again from Two Steps from Hell. Taken from the album Archangel, Nero is a beautiful piece with piano filled melodies in a high key, and sweeping stringed instruments, that lifts the soul.  Enjoy it.  🙂

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It’s Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on May 21, 2013 at 5:04 am

This beautiful epic piece is a sweeping instrumental that rouses one to action. Stating with violins.  Its melody grabs one by the spirit in a cacophony of chorals, and horns.

Soon one is immersed in the heroic epic.  You walk in triumph.  There may be struggle  but there will be no defeat.  for nothing shall stand before you.  No power, no principality  no tribulation.  There is nothing that can stop you.  You are a pillar of the Earth, and shall not be moved.

The music featured is taken from Audiomachine – Pillars Of Earth (Kevin Rix – 2013) “Millennium”

It’s Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on May 15, 2013 at 4:07 am

I’ve been absent this past week. Real life beckoned and I needed a slight break. But I’m back and so is the epic music. Entitled Homecoming by Thomas Bergersen, its a powerful piece that is simply beautiful to the ear.

The piece opens with flutes and violins. Its a crescendo of bells and minor vocals, as horns raise to thunderous applause of praise. The Heroes have come home. Victorious in battle, and triumphant.

This piece also inspired me to write a novel. Look for it one day. Hutari is the name.

In the meantime, enjoy!

D

Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on May 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm

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Every Tuesday I try to post some of the most beautiful pieces of music to inspire and enthrall.  Because I know that “music makes you braver”.

This weeks piece is a short tune that had simply an epic feel to it.  When I listen to it I image great desert kingdoms, and royal palaces and landscapes that when one zooms out paints a picture of lands that stretch for miles as one views from mountains or far away heights.

This piece is entitled Heaven and Earth by Sonic Symphony.  Enjoy!

It’s Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday!, Uncategorized on April 30, 2013 at 6:12 am

It’s not often that I get the opportunity to showcase not just a great piece of epic music, but how I’ve personally interpreted the music use in my own work.  The music is from David Edwards The Age Of Man (Fringe Element Trailer Series Epic Choral Action).

It’s a powerful sweeping piece that starts off in a brooding somber tone then quickly ramps up the tempo until there’s nothing left but a pounding crescendo that marches over and over.  Only to end in shrill high pitched choral ‘screams’.

In launching my Kickstarter campaign I used this music to create the self made trailer for my novel, The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars.  When you view the trailer you feel the launch away from the planet as you journey to the realm where God and the angels live.  The Third Heaven.  I don’t think a more beautiful and powerful  piece of music could better create the feel that I was trying to convey here.

What do you think do you agree?

Are there any pieces of music that inspire you?  Particularly to write?

P.S.   The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars needs your support on KickStarter! With only 29 days left, can you help me succeed??? Would you help spread the word? Help back me if you have a little extra cash laying around!  

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1744195552/the-third-heaven-the-rise-of-fallen-stars

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It’s Inspiration Tuesday…one day later than normal. :-)

In It's Inspiration Tuesday!, Uncategorized on April 24, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Because I know that music makes your braver this inspirational piece comes from Audio Machines Helios Album.  Entitled Sol Invictus.  It’s a powerful piece of instrumental music.

Violens parade in symphony, bowing as the snare drum causally makes its presence known, each pounding and rumbling echoes deeper and deeper in a royal march that opens the curtain of ones mind to reach what is a choral finish that ascends and rises to reveal a triumphant ending deserving of any hero.

It is a great piece of epic music.

Controversy is Christian: Does finding intelligent life ‘out there’ threaten Christianity?

In Controversy is Christian on April 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Ok so I want to start a weekend topic dealing with subject matters that are controversial.  Yep stuff you’re not gonna like.  Or at least will have a strong opinion about.  Actually, I want this to be a lively debate about what you think, and more importantly, why you think what you do.

So here’s my question for this week’s blog post on Christianity and things controversial.

If we found intelligent alien life on other planets; how would that impact our view of God and the Bible?  Does it threaten Christianity at all?

If the Bible is God’s word to man, then would it stand to reason that God might have a different book for another species?

Would Christ’s death on the Cross have efficacy for the Romulans.  (I’m serious)  Christ is called the last Adam.  (1 Corinthians 15:45)  Not the last Regallian.

“When Christianity spread throughout the West, the Ptolemaic system became very widely accepted, and although the Church never issued any formal pronouncement on the question of alien life,[111] at least tacitly, the idea was aberrant. In 1277, the Bishop of Paris, Étienne Tempier, did overturn Aristotle on one point: God could have created more than one world (given His omnipotence). Taking a further step, and arguing that aliens actually existed, remained rare. Notably, Cardinal Nicholas of Kues speculated about aliens on the Moon and Sun.[112]”  Wikepedia

Here’s something to mull over.

Peter Stoner, in his book, Science Speaks, states that coincidence can be completely ruled out by the science of probability. Of this science of probability, Stoner says of eight prophecies that “we find that the chance that any man might have lived and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000.” Now maybe that seems possible. Not completely unlikely. But for one man to fulfill 48 prophecies, Stoner says the chances are 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.”

So here we have the chances of Jesus fulfilling all these prophecies as well…a really big number.  And we will claim that he is the fulfillment of these astronomical possibilities.  So if the odds of this being true is something we can believe is it so hard to fathom the possibility of ET?

There is an equation, called the Drake equation that gives us some idea of the odds of finding intelligent life.

When you  look into research by Professor Andrew Watson and keep Drake in mind the chances of intelligent life emerging is low – less than 0.01 per cent over four billion years.

So when it’s all said and done we might not be alone after all.

Now assuming we find it; and some say God forbid that we do: because were up poops creek without a paddle. As in all likehood they will probably be more advanced than us.  (Remember Columbus and the Indians?)  Think Independence Day people.

Will the gospel apply to them?  Forget intelligent life.  What if we find ANY life on other worlds.  Again how does this alter our view of God, and Christianity?  Should it?

I would say it doesn’t   The Bible was written for man to man.  Not from God to the Romulans.  But again hey maybe the scripture that deals with those who have not heard the gospel applies to aliens?

Romans 2:12-15 it states, “For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law; and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; for not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified. For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law unto themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts ultimately accusing or defending them. In the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.”)

The Bible teaches we all have inherited the sin of Adam. Romans 5:12 states that “Through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.”

But that means sin didn’t come from Regulus.  So this scripture wouldn’t apply to our alien friends.  Would our evangelism efforts be limited to humans?  Should we even evangelize Romulans?  On what grounds?  How should Christians then look at behavior where Aliens co-habitate?  What if they have more than one spouse?  What if they engage in same sex relationships?

Angels are extra-terrestrial life are they not?  So the Bible wouldn’t apply to them.  They have their own codes and laws don’t they?  After all they can leave their first estate.  There’s no indication from the scripture that angels have ceased from falling or don not have the ability of free will where they cannot fall.  Why not other species?

Yeah, yeah your thinking…not in my life time.  It will never happen.

Ya never know…the Rapture is not here yet.

 

D

It’s Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on April 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Because I know music makes your braver. Today’s inspirational song is a piece from the Audiomachine’s Warlords.

A powerful piece, that invokes images of battle and shouts with the cries of combat. It stirs you to march towards that which you fear, or to purposes that will not to be denied.

If you need to muster up the courage to move forward. Take this song as your clarion call to action and know no fear.

Battle on warrior. Battle on, and know that nothing shall stop them that believe.

D

Controversy is Christian: Art and the Christian

In Controversy is Christian on April 13, 2013 at 1:09 am

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Ok so I want to start a weekend topic dealing with subject matters that are controversial.  Yep  stuff you’re not gonna like.  Or at least will have a strong opinion about.  Actually, I want this to be a lively debate about what you think, and more importantly, why you think what you do.

So lets me lay a groundwork.  When doing a devotional reading I noticed that God in the book of Genesis made two types of tree.  Those that were good for food, and those that were pleasing to the eye.

Gen 2:9 KJV

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; (italics mine)

Now this is interesting to me.  Because why not just make trees that were functional.  In other words who cares about trees that look good?  Well based on this scripture apparently God does.  Beauty has a function all its own.  Apparently, food alone is not sufficient for man’s existence.  Beauty is also important.  It also serves a function in creation.

So this leads to my discussions.  Art serves no purpose right?  I don’t think its a stretch to say that art in all its forms is an extension of this ‘beauty’ that God deems important.

Art doesn’t feed you, it won’t keep you warm, it won’t satisfy mans need for sexual gratification.  What purpose then does art serve?  The same purpose as the trees of beauty apparently.  Somehow, beauty is important to God, and he thought it important to man.  Is art to the inner man what food is to the outer man?

So here are my questions.

Does all art have to be Christian themed?

Does all music have to Christian themed?

Does all writing have to Christian themed?

Literature, music, and visual arts can all be classified under the category of ‘art’.

Are Christians limited to listening to music, literature, and visual works of art that are not Christ centric?

Think about it?  In my community we talk about secular music, and Christian (gospel music) We really look down on people who listen to something other than gospel.  Why?

Is this standard applicable to literature?  Visual art?

Why?

So give me your comments.  I’m curious (especially from believers) what you thoughts are.  But hey non-Christians feel free to chime in as well!

Do we Christians have issues with art that is none Christ centric?  If so why?

Remember be respectful! I’m looking forward to hearing your views!

It’s Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on April 9, 2013 at 1:03 am

Because I know music makes your braver. Today’s inspirational song is a piece from the Fringe Element Series by David Edwards.

It starts in a majestic introduction that lifts you up in a spirit of royalty, and or sweeps you into a mood of tragedy where onlookers view vast destruction. Slowly it ramps as the female vocal echos as a ghost in the background. Its continued march to the same melody crescendos until it hits its peak when at the end. The reveal is finally complete.

It’s a sweeping, beautiful epic piece.