Category Archives: Faith

The Radio In My Head

Most of my blog posts I write in the morning.  I’ve made a habit of getting up at 5:15 and spending some time in quiet plugging my thoughts into the computer.  Usually when I go to bed I have no idea what I plan on writing about the next morning.   That was the case last night.  But like usual I woke up inspired!

I think it’s because the radio in my head woke me up to an awesome song: David Crowder Band’s “Here Is Our King” (The video is posted below).  The radio in my head is great but I needed to actually hear the song… outloud.  So here I sit.  At the computer.  My favorite mug filled with one of my favorite coffees.  Speakers cranked.  Writing!

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The coffee, this song, and the sunshine peeking through the curtains has me ready to tackle the day!  Have a great weekend.

What was the radio in your head playing this morning?

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Week 4 Verse – Hebrews 13:8

There was a change at my office this week.  We switched to a new paperless way of doing things.  It’s a big change.  One some are dealing with well… others, not so much.

This change led to this week’s verse to mediate on and pray about:

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

This verse is good to remember.   While we can’t stop change in our lives there is one thing we can count on that never changes.  That’s God’s love for us and his teachings for us.

The next time you feel overwhelmed by change (and I have a few times this week) take comfort in this verse.  I know I have.

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Not Your Grandpa’s Christian Music

My first brush with contemporary Christian music was about 10 years ago.  My wife had picked up a Casting Crowns album and popped it into the CD player.  From that moment on I was hooked.

I liked the fresh sound.  It wasn’t stuffy.  There were loud drums and electric guitars.  It was current with meaningful lyrics that spoke to me.

That first Casting Crowns album opened my eyes to a whole genre of music that I never knew existed.  Since then it’s become my favorite kind of music.

If you are new to current Christian music I’m here to get you started. Pick any artist on the pop, rock, hip hop, or CHR charts and I could point you to a Christian artist with a similar sound and much more positive lyrics.  The kind you wouldn’t mind your kids to hear.

For starters, there are stations online you can stream.  My favorite is Air1.  It’s fun and upbeat.  They also have a sister-station, K-LOVE, that’s the same type of music just taken down a notch.

Like Katy Perry?  Try Britt Nicole, Jamie Grace, or Francesca Battistelli.

Think Eminem is cool?  Try KJ52, Lacrae, or TobyMac.

Into hard rock?  You’ll love Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Skillet.

Here are a few more of my favorites:  Newsboys, Switchfoot, Third Day, Needtobreathe, Group 1 Crew, Superchick, Brandon Heath… I could go on and on.

The other thing I’d recommend is attending Winter Jam Tour 2014. There’s a good chance they’re coming to a city close to you.  No need to get an advance ticket.  It’s just $10 at the door.  You might want to show up early because they reach capacity crowds pretty much everywhere they go.

Perhaps the coolest thing about listening to contemporary Christian music is the way a song can reach out and grab a hold of your heart. God is the ultimate DJ and will always play the right song at the right time. Whether it’s one to make you smile or with a message you need to hear you’ll be amazed at the number of times you’ll say to yourself, “that’s just what I needed right now”.

Try listening to this type of music for a week and I guarantee there will be a few songs that speak to you and stick with you.  At the very least you’ll realize that today’s Christian music… is definitely not your Grandpa’s Christian music… but I bet you could find something he’d like.

Have a favorite Christian artist or song that really speaks to you?  I’d love to hear about it.

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