🎵🎵Those Old Good Songs🎶🎶

One think it’s time the song, “Give me that old time religion,” is revised. The revised version should have a new stanza which should read, “Give me those Good old songs /They are good enough for my God”.
The ‘Old time religion’ will take us back to the faith, once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). The good old Christian songs should accompany this revival. These are needed to make the worship of our God completely glorifying and meaningfully edifying.
The Reigning Theology
The songs a people sing in their worship naturally reflects the theology of their time. That is their knowledge and understanding of who God is. It also show the level of their experiences with God.
A call for the Old time religion says, let’s know and relate with God the way we ought to. The call to bring back those good old songs says let’s praise and worship God with songs worthy of Him. The Old time religion and the good old songs should go hand in hand. This however is not to say new songs are irrelevant. Neither it is a call to discouraged creativity and innovations in worship. It is a call to stick to the old principles of worshipping God in truth and spirits even in songs. We need songs that says we know and understand God correctly.


WHEN THEY SANG

In the old time religion, people sang about God and for God alone. People who walked with God and worshipped Him in songs viewed songs that way. No wonder God delighted in their praises, because the songs were all for His pleasure. The Psalms are full of call to sing unto the Lord.

When God’s people expressed their appreciation of who God is; when they thanked him for what he has done; when they praised him for all he has shown of himself; when they adore him for the beauty of his holiness and majesty and when they marvelled at his awesomeness, they sang joyfully and reverently. The sang of his wonders in creation and in their lives. God was pleased, because his people recognized him for who he is and for what he did.

When people sang they were understandably excited for they acknowledged also that their own joy, salvation, satisfaction, meaning, safety, deliverance, provisions and providences were all rooted in who God is and what he had done by his sovereign might alone. So their songs were all about God and for God. That was acceptable to both God and man. When people sang they were motivated and moved by the fact that God was at the centre of life itself.

WHEN WE SING
As people in the old time religion sang from their understanding of God so do we singing from our understanding of God today. But our theology and theirs differs. They had a God who controls the universe and all the affairs of man. They revered him in befitting songs. Today we have a God man controls. Ours is a theology that understand God who is there to be used and run errands for man. Ever heard of the God man uses, instead of the man God uses? In this regard it is not a surprise that most of our songs today are about man and for man. They are focused on man and his needs. But just as songs for and about God cannot avoid mentioning man; so also songs about Man cannot avoid mentioning God. The difference is in the motives and the roles assigned each in the songs. The right choice is the one that represents the right theology which has God at the centre of life. If theology is about God, then the need for our time is to chose and sing songs that are about God and for him alone.

THOSE OLD SONGS
There are those good old songs that have been tested over time to be inspired of God. Those who composed them experienced God in ways that showed they indeed met and knew God was in those experiences. Reading through and or hearing those songs rendered today one cannot but marvel at the depth of their experiences with God. Those songs takes you right to the root of true worship of God in truth and in spirit. Reading the lyrics; you know those songs are biblical and reflects sound theology. Singing them bring you to an awareness of the presence of God. They make you sober, reflective, focused on God as the only reason and object of singing. Leaving the venue where such songs are sung one carries along the feelings of the presence of God.

STILL AROUND
Those good old songs are still around, preserved in hymnbooks: Sacred Songs and Solos; Redemption Hymns; Hymns Ancient and Modern; Golden Bells and those adapted by various Christian denominations as their hymnal or song books. There are also good hymns and songs composed by th early native African Christians which nonetheless reflect good theology and appreciates God for turning their dark world into the marvellous light of his dear Son, Jesus Christ. In some cases they adapted English songs and their tunes; in others they composed different lyrics with native tunes. In either case they are used to worship God for who is.

WE REJECTED THEM
With the change from God centred to man centered theology that largely came with modern Pentecostalism came the change in our songs of worship. We began to sing something else. We left the hymn books for short monotonous choruses. We began singing, dancing, clapping and amusing ourselves. These choruses, often repetitions of few words or lines work us up into frenzy. They appeal to our quest for entertainment and we are comfortable singing to ourselves and for ourselves.

Some of these short choruses merely make statements of intentions that are never carried out. It makes no sense for example, if we say to God, ‘I will praise you’ and stop at that. We should be seen to be praising him with words that praises him. But if a song starts and ends with statement of intention we leave God in suspense, so to speak; expecting to hear us praise him. On the contrary the hymnbooks spell clearly words expressing the appropriate feelings an intentions of those who composed them.

Singing some of those choruses in themselves may not be wrong afterall some of them contain scriptural verses or principles.The concern however, is that for some, their contents do not reflect a proper understanding of who God is in addition to vain repetitions such as is found in pagan worships.

Unfortunately where those songs are sang are where the crowds troop to today. Now the practice is to sing what attracts the crowd to church. Aided by the use of modern and sophisticated musical instruments these meaningless songs are made to sound heavenly originated.
As it is, even churches who use to know the value of those soul uplifting and edifying hymns are abandoning them for noisy jamborees. They are copying what those churches that have abandoned the Old time faith are singing; in order to maintain their youthful membership from being depleted.

THE EFFECTS
The rejection of the hymns in today’s Christendom has telling effects on the faith. A distorted theology as observed brought about the rejection of the hymns. This in turn takes us farther away from knowing God. We rejected the hymns and called the congregations where those songs were sung as cold and lifeless churches. But what we thought made a worship service hot and a church living was actually and in most cases Christianised versions of pagan worship. Here getting high up (as in taking intoxicant and losing the senses) seem to be the goal. See where it has led us – congregations of worshippers that are ‘hot and living’ but irreverent and shallow on the knowledge of God.

BRING THEM BACK
If we must go back to the old time religion, we can’t afford to leave behind those old good songs. We must return to both. Graciously the means to returning are within reach. His word, the Bible is preserved for us as compass to find our ways back to God. The hymns are still there on the shelves of many Christians bookshops for pick. Church and Christians group leaderships should encourage and promote the use of hymnbooks in worship in the church, Christian fellowships, family devotions and individual times alone with God. Those hymns are still sound, meaningful, edifying and good for sober and God glorifying worship. Let’s go back to those good old hymns and the new ones that are composed from sound knowledge of God and His word.

Next to the Bible every Christian should have a hymnbook. The Bible will lead us back to God. Singing from good hymns will help revive our souls. The two build our faith and strengthen our Christian life.

Namani J. Nharrel (2017)
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We have a daughter! – Letters to bae

But would you want to be remembered for just doing your work, just like everybody else would be?
Real Deep.
If we keep doing things just like everyone else, then they is nothing different about us.

The Real Rhema Blog

Dear future ❤ bae

WE HAVE A DAUGHTER

So before I tell you about our child… (isn’t she pretty by the way? She takes the strong personality of her mummy to a fault!  )… may I share with you my experience on my first week at work? A brief one. Midway through my day, I was informed of a send-off party for a “colleague” – a respected professor who now had an appointment as a vice-chancellor of a reputable university in Africa. During all those speeches, all I could hear myself saying was: “I personally know the vice-chancellor of the University of ….” Heheheehe!

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From Ghana to Tamale

What do you have in your hand?
Make much of that little in your hand

The Real Rhema Blog

​Dear auntie, we no longer live in Ghana. We have moved to Tamale!

😂😂😂😂😂..

These were my words to my aunt when our family relocated to Tamale from Southern Ghana. At age 6, can you really blame me? Everything was different. Dad had a new job there and we didn’t know what to expect.

I still remember the bus that “moved” us. I even remember the bus driver “did trotro” on the way and picked some women dressed up in the “Christian Mothers Association” uniform😏. Mum had one of those uniforms so I recognized it. I remember them offloading our stuff in front of this blue rusty gate. I still remember where the fufu pestle stood as we waited for the caretaker of our new residence to bring in the keys. As to why I still remember those details, I may never know. 😂

We moved next to a village…

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I want a degree!

Hat doffed for an honour well deserved.

The Real Rhema Blog

I have noticed, that when I write about my life and my experiences, it usually appeals to a certain kind of audience. Often, it’s young people in the university or just about to enter or perhaps my age mates. The adults who read my posts are often like: “oh yeah, go girl, you have more years ahead of you! Young people must read this!”

And then there is those who are now married with kids (especially ladies), those who now have added responsibilities and have sort of closed channels to any improvements in their lives beyond what they have now. So I decided to talk to you about this woman. Let’s call her, Everlove!

So, Everlove loved the idea of being a teacher someday. You know in these times, most young people are in teacher training colleges and even nursing ones because of assured allowances or perhaps assured jobs in…

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YAP Proposal #417: Groundnut oil and cakes (Mercy Haruna, Nigeria)

Passion and Opportunity meet educational preparedness

THE GFAR BLOG

MercyHaruna

My Name is Mercy Haruna Wakawa. I’m from Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria. I was born on the 25th of April, 1986. I studied Food Science and Technology B. Sc. (Hons) from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.

I’m a simple businesswoman who has taken up agriculture not just as the area of doing business but also as a way of life. I’m the CEO of Confianza Global Resources (Food Production and Processing Services) located at Number B8 State low cost Biu Borno State, Nigeria.

I have a cottage nut oil industry currently employing 2 young women and 2 young men. We have processing machines of 2 tons per day capacity that process groundnuts into groundnut oil, groundnut cake and sludge.

The Industry processes on average 0.5 tons of groundnuts per day due to inconsistency in power supply which has affected the output and the availability of…

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