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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Note (02/07/13)

TITLE: A Good Addiction
By Dawn Winston


A Good Addiction
Music is made of notes. A note consists of frequency, or pitch, and length of the sound. We enjoy music like we like certain favorite food or sex, or on the downside gambling or drugs, because it releases dopamine in the brain. The pleasure it gives is biologically reinforcing to us- potentially addictive. So we see God gave us beautiful music for our pleasure, and we sing to him in worship for His great pleasure.
We are blessed to have all kinds of music to worship our God with. For all the type of people we are we have various types of music to love God. We have everything from the great classical masters, to blue grass, to the blues; from country to gospel to rap. We have rock worship songs and of course hymns. Thanks be to God who gives us worship songs even for heavy metal heads! In sincerity of praise and love for Him, Iím sure He loves it all.

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Tricia Nechibvute02/18/13
The author appears to be someone who appreciates music and makes it possible for the reader to see how the different genres reflect our mulitifaceted God who has chosen to reveal part of his majesty and splendour through musical notes. No two people are there same. Indeed there is something for everything. However while God has given us all things to enjoy we should not lose sight of the fact that all things are and were created for his pleasure. While appreciating what the writer is trying to do by contrasting worship music to mundane (even base) things real worship of God performs a transports that lifts one from all that is worldy and allows one to see the King of glory. When appreciation of worship music is described as a good addiction it smacks of hedonism - designed to pander to the flesh. We are told that God is Spirit and those that worship him should do so in spirit and truth.I found this piece of writng intriguing. I grappled a bit with the title due to the use of the word addiction. Addiction to me means bondage even if it is good in that society approves of it.True worship breaks bondage. Saul was delivered each time David played the harp.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/19/13
This is an interesting essay. I think you make some great points. I can't carry a tune in a bucket, but I believe Jesus loves my off key singing just as much as the most beautiful singer and that is because he listens with his heart.

I wish you had taken this a step further. Perhaps have a character who is addicted to drugs but maybe finds her way home again because someone hears her singing this amazing high note and then once she realizes what she can do with her voice to help others come to Christ she realizes that being in his present is way better than any high.

That's just a suggestion to show how you can take an idea and step outside the box a bit. It may not be exactly what you would be looking for, but hopefully gives you an idea of what I mean. Your essay, though short has definitely made people stop and think and when that happens the Holy Spirit can work many things into the gap. Keep writing!