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 New Music: Calvin Taylor Posted on 2-23-2005
WOTR News Article We've added some new solo piano music from
Calvin Taylor that we know you will enjoy. The CD is entitled "Treasury of Hymns" and it features 18 of the best hymns including "My Jesus, I Love Thee", "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing", "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God", and many more, with 75 minutes of soothing music in all!

Born November 7th 1948 in Los Angeles, California, composer, pianist, and organist Calvin Taylor was drawn to music as a young child. The active cultural and musical life of the church provided earliest impressions and inspiration. He began playing piano in all keys at five years, and by age 14 was serving as organist in several southern California churches. Taylor was exposed to a variety of the symphonic repertoire as a member of the trumpet section of both the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic and Southwest Youth Symphony.

Calvin Taylor, music publisher, concert performer, and recording artist, received the Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Master of Music degree from The University of Michigan, Diploma from the Grove School of Music., and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Kentucky. He has toured throughout the world, playing in North and South America, Europe, the Far East, and most recently Ukraine. As arranger and composer, his music has been heard and enjoyed by millions.

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Here is a complete song list:

This Is My Father's World
Just As I Am
Saviour, Like a Shepherd, Lead Us
'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
He Leadeth Me
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Softly and Tenderly
Blessed Assurance
My Jesus, I Love Thee
Holy, Holy, Holy
My Faith Looks Up to Thee
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
There Is a Fountain
Beautiful Isle of Somewhere
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Master, the Tempest Is Raging

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 Article: Atmosphere of Love Posted on 2-6-2005
WOTR News Article It's been said that "Everyone lives in an atmosphere of their own creating". While this may not be 100% true for everyone, it is true that people do enjoy and are comfortable with the activities and surroundings to which they are accustomed to. We are the most receptive and at ease with what we're familiar with, despite the fact that these things may be unappealing to others. What is "home sweet home" to you may not be to someone else.

A fisherman was traveling home one evening just as the sun was going down. Unfortunately for him, the weather was getting really bad, really fast. The storm was entirely unexpected, which meant that he wasn't dressed very well for the heavy downpour that suddenly came upon him. As the rain began to beat down, the fisherman quickly decided that he would have to seek some shelter for the night. It wasn't long before he found a nearby family that was kind enough to take him in, offering to let the man sleep in their garden guesthouse. The family ran a floral business from home, and so they used the guest house to store a lot of their fresh flowers. At first, the fisherman enjoyed the sweet fragrance, but as he settled in, he soon found that he couldn't sleep. As he tossed and turned, he discovered that the aroma was keeping him awake because it was so different from what he was used to. Finally, after counting sheep for what seemed like forever, the man rolled out of bed, grabbed his fish basket, took off the lid, and placed the basket right next to his pillow. Within a few moments, the fisherman was snoring away! His native atmosphere gave him the satisfaction he needed.

What kind of an atmosphere do you live in? Some of us live in one of love, and so this is where we are comfortable. Others live in an atmosphere of hatred, violence, or corruption, where true love is rarely seen, if not unknown.

Several years ago, Louis Pasteur said "Two contrasting laws seem to be wrestling with one another nowadays: the one a law of blood and death, ever imagining new means of destruction; the other a law of peace and health, ever evolving new means of delivering man from the scourges which beset him."

We all know that hatred is destructive, while real love is always constructive. Hatred leads to death and love to life, if it is the true love that flows from the throne of our Heavenly Father. Love is stronger then its rival if given the opportunity to grow in the heart. The fruits of the Spirit outlined for us in Galatians chapter 5 are characterized by love, yet the works of the flesh are encompassed with hatred.

Early in a child's life, the forces of selfishness begin to shine through in their behavior. This is why child training should center around teaching the young one how to love, replacing that selfish disposition with the compassion of Christ so that His tender nature will fill the child's heart and guide the motives with Divine love as a driving force. Otherwise, where will the child learn of true love? How much different our youth would be if they were introduced to the love of Jesus while they are still impressionable and willing to learn, before the coldness of the world hardens and closes their heart.

Many of the world's troubles (if not all?) are the result of separation from God's love. It's not that the Lord is not willing to give His love, for He loves us immensely. The problem is that much of the world has and is rejecting and trampling upon the love of God. Children are no longer trained to love, so they grow up to be unloving adults who still search for harmony and peace, but many fail to realize that this can't be found apart from God's love. Nothing can ever substitute the love which Christ has for sinners. Without it, there is only tragic emptiness of the heart, a hollow longing. Unless this love is present, politics become vile and corrupt, business becomes dishonest and cruel, individuals are consumed by lust and pride.


Even an animal that lacks the opportunity to express love seems pitiful as the creature loses purpose in its behavior. I heard a true story about a mother cat that had its baby kittens given away. She had been in the habit of gathering together delicacies from the neighbor's garbage cans to bring back to her little ones at home. Once in awhile, she'd even catch a mouse for an extra special treat. Even after the mother had lost her kittens, she would still start toward the nest with a delicacy, but then stop short and drop the treat while she gave out a mournful cry. Then she would just sit there and meow for awhile. Finally, with a final moan of bereavement, she would shrink off into the shrubs. The delicacy would remain untouched. As the days went by, the mother seemed to come to grips with the fact that her act of love had now become meaningless.

Humans can act in a similar way when the opportunity to receive and express love is no longer present. Life loses meaning, work becomes dreadful, and living becomes a real burden. There's nothing to look forward to and no lasting fulfillment is received. But how different things are when God's love enters the picture! "God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him" (1 John 4:16). The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:13 that love is the greatest of all and, in the end, love is one of the few things in life that is eternal. We can gain strength when we cling to the truth that God's supreme love is without limit. "The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you." (Jeremiah 31:3)

The atmosphere of the home we live in now or the place we work can be transformed by this heavenly love if we allow it to happen. The key is found in the words of Christ given to us in John 15:9-10 "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love." If we choose to let Jesus lead and transform us, we can have power to make the right decisions, the power to live by His Word and keep His commandments, which are based upon His loving character. We abide in Christ's love by keeping it in our heart and letting it flow into our actions and words. When we live this kind of life, genuine love will motivate all we do because the author of this love will be with us. Jesus promised "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." John 14:23


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 Article: A Sixth Sense Posted on 1-22-2005
WOTR News Article By now, I'm sure you've heard all sorts of reports about the dreadful Tsunami which ravaged the Indian Ocean region. The facts are horrific: over 150,000 were killed and the area is devastated. But amidst the headlines of tragedy, there was one very interesting element: The animals made it out safely.

According to eyewitnesses, the animals seemed to know that trouble was brewing. They reacted as though they had been warned of the coming disaster. Elephants began shrieking and charged their way to higher ground. Flamingos abandoned their low-lying breeding areas as they fled to safety. Zoo animals realized they couldn't flee so they rushed to their shelters and could not be coaxed to come out. One man said his two dogs would not go for their daily run on the beach, which they were usually very excited about. All of the animals in the area appeared to be aware of the risk and they were so determined to survive that relatively few died.

The question has been raised: How could these wild and domestic animals know that the tsunami was coming and that their lives were in danger? Do animals possess some sort of a sixth sense that humans don't have? Evidently, they sensed this tragedy was on its way, and this is not the first time such a phenomenon has been witnessed. One early example took place in 373 B.C. Historians tell us that flocks of animals, including rats, snakes and weasels, deserted the Greek city of Helice days before an earthquake demolished the town. How is this possible?

Of course scientists are quick to suggest that animals can feel vibrations and hear sounds that we can't. While this may be true to some degree, to me it almost seems that these creatures received a warning from their Creator to flee before the disaster struck. Some people may find this to be a bit far-fetched, but I say this is more reasonable to believe than to think that a rat (and every other animal) felt a vibration days before that no human felt until the earthquake came much later.

Could it be that what these animals heard and felt was the voice of God? I'm not claiming to know, but I am saying this is quite possible. The Bible shows us that the Lord has been known to speak to and direct animals. The book of Jonah describes how God sent a great fish to swallow the stubborn prophet, and after 3 full days "the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land." (Jonah 2:10) A donkey delivered God's message to Balaam after the Lord opened its mouth (Numbers 22:22-40). Then we have the swarms of locusts, frogs, and snakes that God sent as punishment (Exodus 8; Exodus 9; Numbers 21:6).

It seems that animals recognize that God is their Creator. Psalm 104:21 says "The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their food from God." The whole Psalm centers on how God provides for the various creatures of the world and how they depend on Him for life. The Psalmist goes on to say "These all wait for You, That You may give them their food in due season. What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good. You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth." (Psalm 104:27-30)

Does the animal kingdom posses a knowledge and understanding of God that we as a human race have generally lost? I think it's safe to say so. Yes, the Lord can and still does speak to us (and we have been given the Bible as God's written word), but we are much more stubborn than even the donkeys! If the Lord spoke to a human and told them that a disaster was coming, would the rest of the people in his town believe him? The story of Noah shows us the sad reality: only 8 people fled to safety before the waters began to beat against that ark. Yet every animal that God spoke to made its way to the boat long before the flood actually came. And still the people refused to listen, even after they had witnessed the animals reaction to the impending danger!

The worst "disaster" of all time is headed for this planet (1 Peter 3:10), but today we can praise the Lord because He has an ark of safety prepared in Jesus Christ so that we may flee from the wrath to come and help others to do so as well. May we have the same simple and clear understanding of God that the animals seem to have and take heed to His voice of reason. As Christians, we need to have a "sixth sense" that the rest of the world doesn't have, in terms of a knowledge of God and an understanding of His will, which is developed through a connection to Christ through prayer and a dedication to His Word.

It's true that God loves and cares for the animals, but we are the ones who He gave His life for: "Aren't five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God's sight.... Consider the ravens: they don't sow or reap; they don't have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren't you worth much more than the birds?" (Luke 12:6, 24) We can thank the Lord that even though we are the ones who brought sin into this world (the animals aren't the ones who disobeyed) God still loved this world enough to pay the price for our sins and now He has promised to create this world anew (Revelation 21) in which we will be able to dwell with the animals in safety and harmony (Isaiah 11:6-10). In the meantime, there is a lot we can learn from the animals!

"Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise" (Proverbs 6:6)


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