Striving for Excellence

Monday, January 12, 2009

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The Bible teaches us that we are to desire to be knowledgeable, educated, instructed, skillful, and wise. Consider the book of Proverbs, which is filled with admonitions concerning gaining wisdom and knowledge. Here are a couple of sample verses:
    "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." (Pro 4:7)
    "Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life." (Pro 4:13)
David himself is a great example of a musician who had learned his music well. He was obviously well instructed, well practiced and excellent in his musical skills.
    "And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him." (1Sa 16:17-18)
Levitical musicians had a tremendous music program that educated and trained music students and obviously maintained a high level of musical excellence.
    "And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful." (1Ch 15:22)
    "All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king's order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman. So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight." (1Ch 25:6-7)
Our churches should also be characterized by musicians that are well-trained, striving for musical and spiritual excellence. We cannot become complacent about our musical skills, delivering mediocre performance, or have a music program characterized by a lack of forethought and preparation.
    "Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise." (Psa 33:3)
    "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2Ti 2:15)
We must be continually working on increasing our skills, our preparation, our heart for ministry. The level of excellence we bring to our music indicates the level of respect we have for the excellence of our God.

This is why we have begun developing Asaph Music School. We desire to offer good people in good churches the opportunity to increase their personal music skill levels. Our students are able to take advanced music training on their own time, at their own pace, at their own location. Be sure to check out what we have to offer

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Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.

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