• David Winkler

I love the Bible. As a work of ancient history and literature, the Bible is a fascinating book.  To read the thoughts of people who lived centuries ago and to learn how they lived is to me quite interesting.

But of course, the Bible is more than just literature. As the apostle Paul declared, “All scripture is inspired by God" — literally, “God-breathed”.  And as Peter said to Jesus when many of His followers were falling away, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)  That’s why I’m excited to announce a new little booklet titled, Jesus Said …

Jesus Said … is a collection of some of the most well-known sayings of our Lord. It has been a dream of mine for a long time to create this project. The 36-page booklet is about the size of a credit card. The quotations from Jesus are arranged in a progressive fashion that has an evangelistic focus, ending with the Sinner’s Prayer. Each verse is preceded by a short descriptive heading such as “Jesus promises eternal life” or “The Lord’s Prayer.” The text is taken from the New Heart English Bible, a public domain translation which reads very much like the New King James Version.

Jesus Said … is published by EnGedi Publishing LLC, a small firm here in Austin owned by my brother-in-law, Andy Spencer. The booklets are useful for sharing the gospel and also for scripture memorization and meditation.

If you would like a free copy, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to David Winkler, 290 Manchester Lane, Austin, Texas 78737, and I will be glad to send you one. To purchase additional copies, please email me and I will give you details.  Also, if you’d like an eBook version to download to your cell phone or other digital device, contact me and I will send that to you.

It’s my prayer that Jesus Said … will be greatly used by the Lord to spread the good news of Jesus Christ!

  • David Winkler

With the COVID slowdown, I’ve had time for several creative efforts.  Here are some brand new pieces for your consideration:

His Mercy Is More Popular worship song by Boswell and Papa, arranged for church orchestra.

King of My Heart Also arranged for orchestra, would make a great service opener.

Good Christian Men, Rejoice (Pastorale on "In Dulci Jubilo") Christmas carol, arranged for solo instrument with keyboard.

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Duet for two lower-pitched instruments, with piano.

Yet Not I, But Through Christ in Me – taken directly from the recording by CityAlight, this beautiful song has been arranged for choir, worship team and/or congregation, with optional orchestration.

Last, but not least ...

I’m very excited about this new project!  Craig Duncan is a multi-instrumentalist from Nashville who has produced a number of very listenable recordings for Green Hill Music.

I’ve taken 12 of Craig’s “Celtic” arrangements and adapted them for church players. These may be performed by only four players: one violin, one flute, piano and guitar.  However, parts are included for full woodwind and string sections, plus a lead sheet for any folk instruments you may want to have join in. The music is fun to play and enjoyable for audiences of all ages. I encourage you to give these a listen!

Find more recently-created pieces in the What’s New? section of our website.

  • David Winkler

What a challenging year this has been thus far! For some, it has been mainly an inconvenience: having to wear masks, keeping physical distancing, not being able to go out to eat, etc. For others, it has been difficult, even tragic, as people have died or suffered greatly from the virus itself.

Students (and parents) have had to adjust to new school situations, and lots of folks are working at home. Some are doing fine financially, some even prospering, but others have lost work and are in dire straits.

At my church in Austin, we've been meeting since June for social-distanced services, with only a worship band and a few singers onstage, and much of our congregation is still watching services online.There are no other activities besides Sunday morning worship, and the church offices are closed during the week. Our pastor said last Sunday, "Even after this virus is over, things are never going to be the same." Very likely, many things will be quite different for our churches, businesses, schools, and other parts of our society.

Most of you reading this are involved in church music ministry of some kind. In my case, the orchestra I direct has not met for rehearsal since March 11. That's almost a half a year gone, and I'm still not quite sure when we will begin meeting again. No rehearsals and no playing in services means no new music purchased, and here we come to the main thing I want to bring to your attention.

No new music purchased means that church music publishers are really struggling these days. Like any business, publishers have to make a profit so that they can continue operations. Because of the current crisis, many have drastically slowed or even stopped the production of new music. Staff are being let go, and office leases are being cancelled. I personally know of two very capable veteran music editors who have lost their jobs in the last couple of months. Those of us who are freelancers are also caught in this dilemma.

All this to say ... pray for our publishers. Most that I know are in the business to help provide resources for church music ministries, with the ultimate goal being to make disciples and build up the kingdom of God. Their heart is to fulfill the oft-repeated scriptural admonition to "sing to the Lord a new song." So pray for them ... and if you're able to buy some new music at this time, please consider doing so.

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