Be Wise, Increase Learning

Monday, March 30, 2009

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I am sure we would all like to be considered wise. I am also more sure that each of us would like to be wise. According to Scripture, wisdom come through:
  1. Prayer
  2. The fear of the Lord
  3. Learning the truth
  4. Applying the truth
  5. Living the truth
Wisdom does not come naturally, but supernaturally. Wisdom comes from God, as we meet the criteria for becoming a wise man.
    "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. " (James 1:5)
If we were to work hard at becoming more knowledgeable about the area of ministry that God has called us to, we would become more like the wise man of Proverbs.
    "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels." (Proverbs 1:5)
God puts no premium on our ignorance. He expects us to become as knowledgeable and skillful as we can. This is part of His command to subdue the earth (Genesis 1:28). We are also told to study, so that we can become an approved workman.
    "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
The book of Proverbs is filled with references to the fact that we should seek to increase our understanding.
    "So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. " (Proverbs 2:2-6)
I am thrilled to announce today that Asaph Music School courses can now be purchased in hard copy form for only $149.95. Each course comes with a DVD containing all nine video lessons and a print copy of all course materials, as well as access to the course online. If you have not yet taken a look at what we have to offer, I think you will be pleasantly amazed at the simple, direct and thorough teaching contained in each course, as well as the incredible value of the educational materials.
    "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. " (James 3:13)
We want to do our part in helping local church music ministries increase the base of music knowledge and skills amongst their musicians. We have decided to restructure the pricing for our Asaph Music School resources to make them more accessible. Online courses are now only $99.95.

We would love for every music director to be able to make these materials available to their musicians.
    "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning." (Proverbs 9:9)


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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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