How Strong is Your Cord?

Monday, November 02, 2009

The number three is considered by Bible scholars to be the number of perfection. For example, the Trinity consists of three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Man is made up of three parts: the body, the soul, and the spirit. There are three qualities to our universe: time, space, and matter.
    "A threefold cord is not quickly broken." (Ecclesiates 4:12b)
In order for our music to be effective in reaching the hearts of our listeners, we must concentrate on three aspects: passion, discipline, and skills.

A Venn diagram is often used to illustrate the relationship between differents sets, or groups of ideas. Picture three circles placed in such a manner that there is an overlap of a portion of all three circles. One circle represents the passion and vision that we bring to our music. From that circle flows the next circle which represents the discipline required to bring our vision to fruition. The third circle represents the skills and abilities that we bring to bear when we perform the music.

The section in the middle where the three circles overlap represents the area of our greatest strength and effectiveness.

1. Passion

    "Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem." (Zephaniah 3:14)
Have a clear vision of what the music should communicate, and how that message could be clearly communicated. Allow the music to well up from a point deep within your soul. Work on connecting with the message of the music at the level of your imagination and experience.

2. Discipline

Practice and hone your musical skills. Educate yourself on what constitutes good music. Become knowledgeable about your voice or your instrument. Dedicate your time to preparing for the ministry of music on a consistent basis.
    "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)
Plan ahead. Work hard to give God your very best. Determine where your strengths are, and plan to maximize your use of those strengths. Understand your weaknesses and strive to increase your abilities in those areas. Be disciplined in your approach to musical preparation.

3. Skills

    "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." (Ecclesiastes 9:10a)
Use your abilities with great energy. Take the things that you have learned and put them into practice. Be available and flexible.


Our goal should be to perform music that deeply touches our soul, to be well prepared, and then to allow those aspects to control and influence our performance. By following this process, we can become more effective in communicating a worthwhile message through the medium of music

Curtis Hollembeak

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.