Tag Archives: paul noble

Winter – Piano Sonata

winterPiano Sonata in C minor Winter

I’ve re-recorded this piano piece. Have a listen.

This was the first complete classical Piano piece I ever wrote; started writing this in 2009 – its taken a while!

New Piano music – Meditation in C minor

Here is a piano piece I’ve written recently. This will probably the last piece on my expanded version of my Inspired Piano Album – coming soon!

Please, if you like music and would like to receive updates on all my new music then why not join my Facebook page Paul Noble Composer. Even better write me a review!

Additionally, please visit my You Tube Channel and comment. Thank you.

Sonata in F Minor Spring

Minuet in F Major

427 total views, no views today

Just do it!

just do itFaith – “Just do it?”

“Just do it” is a popular slogan you will see emblazoned across many a teenagers T-shirt. Is it really sensible advice however?

Driving analogy

As a professional driving instructor, I don’t think I’ll be advising pupils approaching a roundabout to ‘just do it’! Indeed, that would be incredibly stupid! No, I teach them to use their brains and think through what they are doing. A good decision, a safe decision, is one in which the pupil uses the well worn driving acronym: LOOK, ASSESS, DECIDE, ACT. A good decision therefore, is based on having all the information available and giving yourself time. A rushed decision is often a dangerous one!

Hesitation

Of course, a pupil can go to the opposite extreme: taking too long to make the decision whether to go or not – which becomes hesitation and this can cause problems also – not the least irritating other drivers! If though, we mean by: “just do it” not to procrastinate, then I whole-heartedly agree with that. Get a move on!

For example: as a teenager I remember spending all afternoon working up the courage to dive off the top diving board at the swimming pool. No amount of peering over the edge and worrying what it would feel like if i hit the water with a stupendous belly flop helped! All it did was increase the fear! In the end, I did just do it: I closed my eyes and dived –  successfully I might add! After that it was easy.

Faith = Risk

In the spiritual realm, many equate faith with acting without thought or without thinking things through. Indeed, I believe the term: “blind faith” is an oxymoron. Yes, faith does involve risk but it is not reckless or blind! In fact, I believe that faith is the clearest form of seeing there is. Faith sees into the unseen realm; as these two scriptures articulate:

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:13 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off

Walking on water.

In Matthew 14, the disciples of Jesus are having a bad day, or more accurately – a sleepless night in a storm tossed boat in the middle of the lake! To further compound their distress, they see a strange distant man walking on the water and logically come to the conclusion – it’s a ghost!

Often, in life we find ourselves in these ‘out of control’ situations’ where like the disciples we are crying out in fear because we don’t understand what’s going on. Often It seems, that Jesus isn’t in our boat ( circumstances) but is out there on the water (very remote); his presence doesn’t seem that real (like a ghost).

The fact is, life, like driving (or diving), cannot be lived without danger or risk. Jesus though, this ghostlike man on the water, basically says: be happy and don’t be afraid. Today that’s what he would say to you and I in any difficult situation that we face.

Is it a ghost?

What is interesting though, is that Peter goes one step further. He basically issues Jesus a test. If it’s really you Lord then ask me to do something impossible and walk on the water like you are doing. I’m not sure I understand the logic of this: if Jesus is a ghost then he’s going to drown! Maybe, he’s pretty certain it’s Jesus and as they are already half-drowned, why not push the boat out a little further – excuse the pun!

Look/assess

Was he one hundred percent sure it was Jesus out there skipping on the waves? No. But, that’s often how faith feels. It’s an inner knowing; a strong hunch. The first step of faith therefore, is to look before you leap! Ask yourself, can you imagine Jesus in these future different circumstances that you think God is calling you to walk into? If you can, in other words you can only succeed through faith and the supernatural ability of Jesus- then it’s probably God!

All through the bible you have these crisis of faith. The Israelites trapped by the Red Sea. A country threatened by a giant. A man thrown in a den of lions. And a messiah who was put to death on a cross to the bewilderment of his disciples.

Decide

At some point however, you have to make a decision. Faith is a decision. You have to make a decision to trust. Maybe your driving on the way to the airport and an hour into the journey you can’t remember whether you shut the front door properly. What do you do? Maybe you decide to trust God and carry on? Of course this doesn’t mean you ignore the natural. You might ring your neighbour to make sure for example. Unbelief however, is a decision not to trust God.

Act

Faith without works is dead. In other words, faith that doesn’t result in action is not faith. Peter didn’t talk about it he actually stepped out of the boat onto the water. He was the only man other than Jesus who accomplished this feat! The other disciples, looking on, may have envied Peter, maybe even believed that they could do it too. However, the difference was: they didn’t act. Therefore they didn’t have faith to walk on water.

Just to finish, I wonder if maybe a large proportion of Christians today are sitting in the boat rather than walking out to Jesus on the waves?

FREE book: Christ in You!

Download my FREE PDF book: “Christ in You.”

New Piano music

My new Kindle Book!

bookBuy Amazon Kindle Book (UK) 
Buy Amazon Kindle Book (US)

Facebook page

387 total views, no views today

New Piano music

New Piano music – Meditation in C minor

Here is a piano piece I’ve written recently. This will probably the last piece on my expanded version of my Inspired Piano Album

Please, if you like music and would like to receive updates on all my new music then why not join my Facebook page Paul Noble Composer. Even better write me a review!

Additionally, please visit my You Tube Channel and comment. Thank you.

Sonata in F Minor Spring

Minuet in F Major

500 total views, no views today

The threat of Hell!

Some Arminian preachers claim that you need the threat of Hell to save people. In other words, you scare them to love and believe in God in order to make that ‘correct’ choice! Then, you continue to threaten them to keep them saved!

Is Calvinism fair?

Calvinists on the other hand, believe that God only purposes to save a select bunch – who miraculously seem to live in only certain parts of the world and at certain times in history. Odd that, you would have thought God could have been a bit more even handed – rather than be accused of racism! Indeed, most people have no choice, it doesn’t matter how wicked they are, they will respond because God wills so – according to the Calvinist? Unfortunately, the rest get to be eternally tortured in the flames of Hell. Sounds just like what Jesus would do to me!

In support of Calvinist theology though, the Apostle Paul seems to be a good example of unconditional election and grace as he lies in the dirt face down staring up into the face of the resurrected Jesus (who he didn’t believe in). At that point though, what choice did he have – really?

So, I get Calvinism as far as grace goes. When I was born of physical parents I didn’t  decide to get born. Likewise in the new birth; the decision wasn’t mine. Indeed, no one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws them. That’s called grace.

God has a quota of saved souls?

What doesn’t make any sense though, is that a god of love and infinite power would decide to cap the quota of saved people at a few million in a few nations of the world. In other words, God is like Donald Trump building walls to keep people out of the kingdom! Therefore, rather than us choosing God – as Arminians believe – God chooses to reject most!

Dare I hope?

What if then, the Gospel (Good News) isn’t about saving people from Hell but saving them from a hellish life NOW! Jesus came to deliver us from this present evil age or (eternity) aeon. He delivers us from sin; he forgives all our sins; he fills us with the Holy Spirit; he heals us; he showers his gifts upon us. He wants relationship with us now! That is what (eternal) or life pertaining the age is!

Therefore, people don’t need a threat of Hell to be reconciled to God; they need to taste his infinite love!

What if, dare I believe it or hope, that Jesus does win in the end; that he is in fact the saviour of all men especially those who believe; that he will draw all men to himself and that the coming age will be one full of righteousness when all shall know the Lord? Scripture specifically says he wants to save all so why is it such a stretch to believe that he might get his way in the end? Or, is the devil too powerful and man so wicked, that no matter what God does, all he can do eventually – is whisk a few fortunate souls away in a rapture!

FREE book: Christ in You!

Download my FREE PDF book: “Christ in You.”

Previous related post on the topic of Hell:

The first person to preach Hell?

Love never fails (Part 1)

Gods brilliant plan (Part 2)

How big are God’s plans? (Part 3)

God is a universalist (Part 4)

Jesus is God’s plan (Part 5)

My new Kindle Book!

bookBuy Amazon Kindle Book (UK) 
Buy Amazon Kindle Book (US)

Facebook page

546 total views, 1 views today

CD ‘Inspired Piano’ now available!

CD InspiredDo you like Piano music inspired by the Holy Spirit? If you do, then this CD is for you!

My prayer and belief, is that as you listen to this album the Holy Spirit will lift your spirit and give you a little taste of heaven.

To purchase the CD Inspired

If you wish to purchase the CD then contact me either by the contact page or message me via my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/paulnoblecompose . The CD is priced at £10 + PP.

Track 2 from the Album : ‘By the Sea’

Alternatively, the album is available to purchase for download from www.cdbaby.com

 

608 total views, no views today

The first person to preach on Hell?

Who was the first person to preach on Hell?

Answer: John the Baptist. Now that might surprise you but I do need to qualify my answer before you bash me over the head with a King James Bible!

The KJV and the OT

fireUnfortunately, the King James Version (along with many others I might add) has muddied the waters because it incorrectly and confusingly translates several different words as Hell including: Hades, Sheol, and Gehenna. In fact, literally the word Hell doesn’t actually occur in the Bible!

If, by Hell though, we mean a place of eternal punishment in the the after-life, then this concept is not found in the Old Testament! In fact, the Old Testament tells us very little about the after-life – except that there is going to be a resurrection of the dead – alluded to in Daniel:

Daniel 12:2 “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

It was probably this scripture that informed Martha of her belief in resurrection:

John 11:24: “Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Even today, Judaism believes in the resurrection of the dead but not eternal punishment in Hell.

Therefore, when the King James Version of the Bible uses the word Hell in the Old Testament – this is NOT describing a place of eternal punishment. It is a mistranslation of the Hebrew word Sheol – the place where the dead are imagined to reside. The Greeks had similar but more complex idea that they called Hades.

Hell by John the baptist

Back to our question and answer though, was John a hell-fire preacher and if so – what did he mean by it?

Matthew 3:7: “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

3:10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I indeed baptise you with water but He who is coming after me is mightier than I whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand and he will thoroughly clean his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire”

What is clear, is that John is not speaking of a place of eternal punishment and torment. No, John knows that he is the messenger and last Old Testament’ prophet prophesied in the last book of the Old Testament:

Malachi

Malachi 3:1 “Behold I send my messenger and he will prepare the way before me”

Malachi 4:6 “Behold I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord”

The End of the Age

Therefore, John would certainly be aware that when Messiah came, the age (aeon) would be expected to end and new one would begin called the millennial kingdom.

Malachi 3:2 “But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.”

Consequently, what John is announcing is CHANGE! The Old System is going to be purified by fire – its time to clean house; get ready for the owner of the house to visit! There is going to be a big bonfire!

Malachi 4:1 “For behold the day is coming burning like and oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble and the day that is coming shall burn them up”

Jesus and Hell (Gehenna)

Now we understand this, it is much easier to understand what Jesus the Messiah meant by Hell. Jesus uses a word: Gehenna. By the way, no one else uses this word (only the Apostle James). Gehenna is a real place: the valley of Hinnom – the rubbish tip outside the walls of Jerusalem.

2 Chron. 28:3. “Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.”

Therefore when Jesus talks about people being cast in to outer darkness, the wailing and gnashing of teeth and sheep and goats etc, those listening would understand the context is the Messiah establishing the kingdom on earth!

We will look at this in more depth in my next article.

FREE book: Christ in You!

Download my FREE PDF book: “Christ in You.”

Previous related post on the topic of Hell:

Love never fails (Part 1)

Gods brilliant plan (Part 2)

How big are God’s plans? (Part 3)

God is a universalist (Part 4)

Jesus is God’s plan (Part 5)

My new Kindle Book!

bookBuy Amazon Kindle Book (UK) 
Buy Amazon Kindle Book (US)

Facebook page

756 total views, no views today

Grace releases creativity!

I believe that understanding and receiving God’s grace releases creativity!

Just recently I was reading in Ephesians where it says this:

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Then, I heard the Holy Spirit say: “Paul I want you to compose and record some Piano music. That would be a good work!” I had never thought of my desire and talent to compose music in that light before.

The result was my first solo piano album or original compositions called ‘Inspired’. I hope you like it! Below is track 2 from my album ‘Mountain Top’. All images from www.freerangestock.com

My prayer and belief is that as you listen to this album the Holy Spirit will release creativity within you lifting your spirits and maybe giving you a little taste of heaven?

The album is available to purchase for download from wwww.cdbaby.com (see below) and a CD version is available on request within the next couple of weeks. (Use the contact page)

If you like the music, I would really appreciate a review and please like me on my Facebook page Paul Noble Composer

694 total views, no views today