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Music lifts your spirit!
by Jill Barlow
02/22/04
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I am a huge music lover! I can't play an instrument, and I don't sing very well either, however, nothing is going to make me stop listening to great Christian music!

There is so much out there to listen to now. The music varies from rap, to rock, to pop, to gospel, to worship songs, to heavy metal sounds. There is something for everyone's interests.

I listen to it all! KJ - 52 is a great rapper that tells it like it is, and yet he prays for secular rapper Eminem. Grits are rappers who talk about God's love. Todd Agnew, Audio Adrenaline, Third Day, Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, and Superchic [k], are all rock artists who base their music on Bible verses, and life experiences. Plus One is the "boy band" Christian verison of Back Street Boys. Kirk Franklin sends out the word with his gospel music. Sonic Flood sing some awesome Praise and Worship songs. Skillet and Jonah33 are more heavy metal sounding groups with great messages in their lyrics.

There really is no such thing as "Christian music", but there are Christian lyrics, and that's what these groups and other groups are singing about. They present the gospel, help us learn how to live, and teach us Bible verses. There have been so many times in church when I'd hear a Bible verse, and a song would come to mind.

If you can reach someone by giving them a song of music they might like, and they are touched by the lyrics, you've seen God working first hand. That's amazing to me!

I think it's important to read, listen to, and watch things that are Godly. These things greatly influence our lives whether we know it or not. And by listening to Christian music everyday, I'm setting an example for my kids too. They love all of the artists I listen to, and you can't beat a 4 year old asking to hear a song called, "Jesus is Life".

The old saying is "Music soothes the savage beast." I think it soothes the old human nature too.

If you haven't taken the time to stop listening to secular music without a message, just try to listen to one of these groups I've talked about here. I promise, you won't regret it.


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