We Are Qualified

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Exodus 3 presents a wonderfully inspiring discussion between Moses and God. When God calls Moses to deliver the Jewish people from Egypt, Moses doubts what he is hearing saying, “Who am I? I’m not qualified.” God is the one who is qualified, and He works through us if we allow Him to. God spoke into Moses’ doubt and inadequacies. In the passage from Exodus, He makes that clear saying, tell them (the Jewish people) that God sent you. God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

Reflection Question: What doubts do you have today and how are you letting God speak into your situation?

Today’s Prayer: God, you speak into our hearts when we are facing challenges. Help us to hear your voice over the doubts that so often seem to drown it out. Amen.

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Renewing Our Perspective

Spring Mountain Musings Banners2This week’s newly designed mountain scene (Garden of the Gods) got me to thinking about the ways in which our relationship with God changes based on our perspective. If you’ve ever been around mountains, you know that from a distance, they appear majestic, even intimidating. However, as you approach them, they often appear smaller. That’s how our relationship with God is like. At first, the idea of a relationship with God is hard to grasp. However, the closer we draw to Him, the more intimate or “smaller” our relationship becomes. Of course, neither God nor the mountains actually shrink; their potential is still there and a certain respect needs to be retained. Nevertheless, it is our engagement which allows us to transform our awe into relationship.

Reflection Question: How can you “shrink” the distance between yourself and God today?

Today’s Prayer from Anselm of Canterbury:

I pray that I may so know you and love you
that I may rejoice in you.
And if I may not do so fully in this life
let me go steadily on
to the day when I come to that fullness
Let me receive
That which you promised through your truth,
that my joy may be full.

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Making a Musical Difference

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Can you think of a marginalized group of people in your community who may not have the opportunity to listen to classical music? I’ve recently been thinking about the homeless population in Denver and how a musician, like myself, might be able to make a holistic difference in these individual’s lives through relationship and music. Music can truly be a powerful instrument of healing. Read about non-profit Shelter Music Boston and its works to bring classical to the city’s homeless population. The nonprofit has given over 100 performances for one of Boston’s most vulnerable populations. I would like to hear your thoughts about how musicians can reach out to the homeless individuals and communities through our music-making today.
Reflection Question: How can you be an agent of change in the world today as a musician?
Today’s Prayer: Dear heavenly father, stir within us the spirit of creativity and compassion so that we can perceive how our musical gifts can bring hope and healing to others whom are less fortunate than we. Amen.

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Memory and God’s Voice

When a sermon really hits home, I sometimes wonder how much of it is simply God’s voice resonating in my memory. Recently, I’ve felt nudged towards professional areas I feel excited about and uncomfortable with concurrently, but I’ve been avoiding engaging that voice for longer than I care to admit. Then I recall instances in which God has redeemed situations through an individual’s willingness to submit to His guidance. The Bible is a compendium of stories and lessons wherein God reminds us of his provision. Let’s remember that.

Reflection Question: Where do you feel God’s hand of guidance in your life today?

Today’s Prayer: Dear God, please help us to submit to your support. Guide us as we compare what we think we can do to what you’ve told us we can accomplish. Amen.

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Music and the Christian Spirit released!

 by Philip Ficosr with Don Johnson

Music & the Christian Spirit: A Fifty-Two Week Devotional for Classical Musicians

I’m excited to share that Music & the Christian Spirit: A Fifty-Two Week Devotional for Classical Musicians is available today from Amazon in Kindle edition and the iBook store for iPad and iPhone! Both Kindle and iBooks provide apps that allow you to read the book on your computer. 

Each devotional takes about ten minutes to read and can be used by music teachers in classroom settings as a springboard for integrating the disciplines of music with the foundations of Christian faith: by a music director sharing with his choir and by the growing musician and believer as a devotional aid. Questions are posed at the end of each devotional and close with a prayer.

Once you’ve purchased and read Music & the Christian Spirit, I would be so appreciative if you would review it online. 

It is my hope that these devotionals will help you discover the fullness of faith expressed through your musicianship.

Thank you for your prayers and support!