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Doni from New Mexico writes in to ask Pastor John what does it mean to be made in the image of God and are there differences between it before the fall of man after the fall and after being born again we are created in the image of God and the fall of human beings into sin in Genesis 3 did not destroy it but defaced it that's that's my premise and the texts for being in the image of God and staying in the image of God would be Genesis 1 God created man in his own image in the image of God he created him male and female he created them so man and woman equally in the image of God as we were made and then Genesis 9 after the fall whoever sheds the blood of man by man shall his blood be shed for God made man in his own image in other words here you have the image of God functioning ethically morally in Genesis 9 as a warrant for a capital punishment even though all human beings have now become sinners so being a sinner does not mean we have ceased to be in the image of God or same thing in James chapter 3 with with the tongue we bless our Lord and Father and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God so in other words James is using being in the likeness or the image of God in our present condition as an argument while we shouldn't curse each other so yes we're created in God's image and yes we stay in God's image and the reason I say it's defaced and needs some kind of repair or restoration is because that's the way our salvation is described by Paul in Colossians 3 he says we have put on the new the new self which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator so Paul's mindset is we are in the image of God but oh how corrupt and and fallen and sinful and deface this images and now with our redemption in Christ we have put on the new man we've put on Christ and this now becomes a process of shaping us making us again into the image of our Creator so the last thing is well what is it that was what the question was well what are you talking about you in what sense are we in the image of God and historically people have said it's things like our morality our sense of right and wrong or our rationality our ability to reason or our spirituality are our ability to rate the relate to God or our aesthetic sense you don't find too many monkeys creating Mona Lisa's or our judicial sense the whole legal system that we're created a sense of right and wrong and and justice and injustice and I think frankly all of those are are true and aspects of what it means to be in God's image but this the simplest thing the plainest thing in fact for me the most practical thing the way it has an actual effect on my life is to say images are created to image if you if you create an image if you make a sculpture of someone you do it to display something about that someone you put it in the square in the middle of town and you want people to look at it notice it think about that person think something about them that they were Noble or strong or wise or courageous or something now what would it mean if you created seven billion statues of yourself and put them all over the world it would mean you would want people to notice you God created us in His image so that we would display or reflect or communicate who he is how great he is and what he's like and so here's the picture in my mind I'm like I was created like a mirror and you a mirror that was supposed to be 45 degrees with the with the clear reflective side pointing upward so that as God shone on it at the 45 degree angle it would bounce off and it would make a 90-degree turn and be reflected out into the world and at the fall Satan persuaded me that my image is more beautiful than God's image and so I flipped the mirror over now the back black backside is towards God doesn't reflect anything instead the mirror casts a shadow in the shape of itself on the ground and I fell in love with the shadow that's what happened and we've been loving ourselves ever since and in salvation two things happen the mirror gets turned around and we see the glory of God again and the the defilement that had that have grown over the face of it gets wiped off gradually and we begin to reflect God so I think being created in the image of God means that we image God we reflect God we we we live in a way we think in a way we feel in a way we speak in a way that calls attention to the brightness of the glory of God I think you bastard John and for more on this topic of the image of God Pastor John has two old articles in the DG library one is titled reflections on the concept of self-worth which was published in 1976 and the other is an academic article simply titled the image of God which was published in 1971 both can be found online for free in the resource library at desiring God dot org I'm your host Tony ranky thanks for listening you
Thanks for your comment Harlan Imberg, have a nice day.
- Murray Kastl, Staff Member
as a worship ministry we just released our first live worship CD Projekt it's eight songs recorded live over various services on Sunday morning throughout the year and if you're interested in creating a similar project for your own church I thought I'd take a few minutes and walk you through our process and some of the things that we learned along the way hey it's dave dolphin at practicalworshipblog.com sharing ideas tips and practical advice for the everyday worship leader and we created this live worship CD project for two reasons one is that we were trying to create a fundraiser something that could raise additional dollars into the worship ministry but at the same time provide value for the one that was giving towards the ministry because the other reason is that we wanted our church to have the ability to take the worship experience and bring it with them throughout the week whether that is on their way to work or on the treadmill or studying for school we wanted a way for our church to take the songs that they love with them outside of the weekend because it was a fundraiser we wanted to make sure that every dollar that we spent on the project that we made it count so we had cost tied up in the manufacturing the actual physical CDs themselves we also had costs tied up in mechanical licenses paying the songwriters for the songs that we use outside of that everything else was done in-house to borrow a business term we were looking for a minimal Viable Product how can we give people what they were expecting with the least amount of effort or specifically the least amount of money invested into the project but the charm of the CD is that it's our church for our church we didn't necessarily make this for people outside of our church these are just cover songs there's nothing original on here and the arrangements of these songs are not too different from the original versions but for our church it is our people sharing the songs that we've grown to love together I actually had someone tell me the other day that when they hear the song great are you lord on the radio and that other guy is singing it and it's not Jonathan who's one of our worship leaders that it seems weird we made this CD for people like her we recorded multi-tracks from the normal Sunday morning services we have a - m32 digital audio desk and it allows us to plug a USB cable in from the desk into a computer and record each channel simultaneously by it sell this is a pretty common feature of all digital audio mixers besides some additional gain vocals there's no overdubs on this project everything is original to that particular Sunday morning now we did do some creative editing we did tune the vocals we fix the big mistakes but when it comes to maybe those smaller imperfections maybe a lead vocal that's just not quite perfect we left that kind of stuff in it truly is a live CD we used logic from Apple to mix the CD and I want to show you inside one of the sessions so you can see how we pulled this off so the first thing we did is that we recorded multi tracks for both the Sunday morning service and also the final run-through of the Thursday rehearsal what this did is it gave us two versions to choose from since we weren't doing any overdubs we started with the Sunday morning version that's right here but if we needed to grab a section or an instrument from the Thursday evening version which is over here we had it besides covering for a little mistakes here and there it also proved to be the most useful for it lead vocals because sometimes our worship leaders would get a bit excited during the actual service and they would start screaming their vocals a little bit which is fine live but it doesn't sound great recorded so the vocals on the rehearsal version were a little bit more control so we play a little bit of this here for you on the drums we did replace the kick and the snare these are MIDI notes the original tracks are right here and with these original tracks we turn them turn that into MIDI information right here and we're just using the Southern Cal kit we actually work really hard at making our drum sounds sound really good in the room and also for our broadcast mix but it just makes it a whole lot easier to use samples just to keep the sound consistent and again this is the the Southern Cal kit and it's a solid solid kit now the secret sauce to a live CD lives right here so we have two mics in the back of the room that we use as a part of our normal live stream broadcast mix so we included them in the live CD mixes and then these gang vocals right here these were actually the only tracks that recorded the weekend of the service we actually set up a makeshift the vocal studio in our nursery where the carpet is super thick and these tracks really help to make this the mix sound live here in the characteristics of the room and lots of people singing now notice that we used a lot of the stock plugins that come with logic besides using one or two waves plugins here and there and also we used the isotope ozone plug-in for a little bit of mastering everything else here is stock plugins - logic now again the money that we would spend on additional plugins or renting studio time would take away from the money that we are trying to raise for the worship ministry let me show you a little bit of how we do all the reverb it actually mimics what we do in our room we normally have a really big verb that is just for the lead person maybe a little bit of all the other singers just to kind of blend it together but this verb is huge and designed for the the lead person we have a smaller verb more of a room verb that has mostly of the background singers and the gang vocals stuff like that and a little bit of that lead vocal and then of course you got your drum where reverb here and then a little bit of a delay that delay for the lead vocal now something else that we learned a whole lot about is mechanical licensing which is essentially paying the Songwriters for the use of their songs which turned out to be a lot more intense than I originally anticipated so that's gonna be a topic for its own video well here a practical worship we love sharing ideas and tips and practical advice for the everyday worship leader with videos just like this one so if you haven't already consider subscribing to the channel we also just put together a small little ebook called 20 things I wish I knew 20 years ago it's the advice that I've learned over the last 20 years of doing music ministry and you can download it right now for free if you go to practicalworshipblog.com
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- Murray Kastl
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I've studied bootstrap (statistics) at College of William & Mary in Williamsburg and I am an expert in ethnomuseology. I usually feel anxious. My previous job was ultrasound technologist I held this position for 9 years, I love talking about dodgeball and quiz. Huge fan of Tim Robbins I practice lawn bowling and collect buttons.
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