Can someone please explain to me about the music in the churches?

Anna - posted on 12/14/2011 ( 43 moms have responded )

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Can someone please explain to me about the music in the churches? Why do we not sing out of song books any more? What happened to the old songs? The music that we sing now is okay, but I love the old songs, they were so heart-felt. Now, I have heard that some churches have praise dancers on the platform. What is up with this? I ask this because I backslid for a long time and I am trying to get where I need and want to be with God, I just don't understand. Does anyone know?

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Cary Lynn - posted on 12/27/2011

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Music can be and is a big controversy. Just like it was when rock n roll was invented. I think you need to pray, and ask God for help in finding a church that worships Him. One that is biblical and teaches from the Bible. When you have that, the music will be joyful to the Lord no matter if it is from a hymnal or from a new contemporary band. When the leaders of the church are seeking to please God and not man, God will be worshipped and praised. Just seek His will, and ask His guidance. Many churches today are "feel good" churches. We don't go to church to feel good. We need to be going to worship and praise our creator. When we are doing that and being obedient, the blessing will follow. The church we attend has a VERY large group of members over the age of 60. Probably over half of our church. My huaband and I struggled being a young family and moving trying to find a new church. God led us to this one that is very traditional, and 95% of songs come from a hymnal. We tried other churches, but felt the Lord kept leading us back to our church. We have learned that just because we may want something more contemporary, does not mean that the Lord is not there, listening and being uplifted by the old traditional songs. We have been blessed through our church, seen our church and church family be blessed. It may not have been what we wanted, but the Lord is there. It is always Christ centered and biblical. And I pray you find a church that you can worship and uplift His name!

Anne - posted on 01/03/2013

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The lyrics to this Sonicflood says it all for me. The "Polish", or Performance" Or "LACK OF POLISH" is not what is important but the WHY WE Sing Praises TO God. That is important. Some churches are more concerned with the "Polish" but I would dare say Most Churches are more concerned with the WHY they sing Praise Songs. Our church is what I would call a mid sized Church. WE have been BLESSED with Lots OF Talent. However the talent is secondary to the Passion of Praise. My Mother-In-Law goes to a small yet growing church that has more Passion than Talent. BUT their Praise is Just as Real as if all were in Perfect Pitch.

What I am really trying to say is different churches have different Praise Styles. THe more traditional church may use the Hymnal more where the more Contemporary Church may use Power Point and not the Hymnal. Just find a Good Bible Believing Church the Preaches the Gospel and has a style of music that fits what you are comfortable singing.


When the music fades
And all is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that's of worth
That will bless Your heart
I'll bring you more than a song For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the ways things appear
You're looking into my heart

[Chorus]

I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You
All about You, Jesus
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it
When it's all about You
Its all about You King of endless worth
No one could express
How much You deserve
Though I'm weak and poor
All I have is Yours
Every single breath
I'll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the ways things appear
You're looking into my heart
[Chorus]

Proud - posted on 01/02/2013

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I seriously doubt if you were singing those good Christian hymns that you'd have so many young people at church.

A lot of those young people are there because that so called Christian junk that people sing in church now doesn't sound much different then your mainstream music except with different words.

My brother and his wife attend a Pentecostal church and they sing that Contemporary Christian junk and do the whole wave your hand sin the air look how much attention I can bring to myself thing.

I'm a young person and it makes me sick to see what people are trying to pass off as Christian.

I go to a very nice church thank you very much that sings hymns. We either sing with a piano or nothing at all.

Jen - posted on 01/26/2012

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I feel that churches are reaching millions of people each week just by bringing in the new music. While I grew up with the old hymns and still love them, I cannot imagine church today without the praise and worship team, guitars, keyboards, drums, etc.



I once was a back-slidder too. So what brought me back to the church and ultimately to God? It was attending a church with just that, non-traditional music. My husband had just installed the audio/video system for a church. He felt that was his offering to God, by helping get the Word of God out to the masses. After the installation was complete at the church, we attended the church on opening Sunday. This church held nothing back for the congregation. It is what most people will consider a "Mega Church", with lights, videos, band, large screens on the walls, etc.



But, it was not all the lights, sound and video that made me realize how far I had let myself slide away from God's hand. Yeah, all that got my attention (as well as the other 1,400 people attending that one service) because my little baptist church I grew up in was simple and strict. (BTW - This church has 4 campuses and has to hold 3 services at each location every Sunday morning just to meet the needs of their congregation.) This church is definitely doing something right!



But more than anything, I was DEEPLY touched by the words of the music, the feeling of it reaching right down into my soul and grabbing me. My tears were streaming throughout the entire praise and worship time. The Pastor had not even begun to speak his message! But once he started...... Boy, talk about soul gripping! I felt as if he was speaking directly to me with the words that God wanted/needed me to hear so that I would make an about face and come running back to His arms. The entire time my husband and I were there we both felt God's presence. when we attended the middle school and high school sanctuary, it was absolutely amazing to see all the children there happy to be there, enthralled with the lesson, their compassion for their peers to have the same relationship with God that they themselves were having. I remembered telling my husband then that I wished that my church life as a child was like theirs.



My point to this is, like others have said, it does not matter how the service is structured, "old school or new school", but rather if the presence of God is there to reach into your soul and touch your heart. If you are not being "reached" at your church I would say continue to visit around to other churches. BUT PLEASE don't reject the new ways churches are seeking to reach people through music, praise teams, dancers, video screens, bands, etc... While it may seem to be a production (and in some aspects it is) but in today's world in order to get people's attention you have to sometimes take the extreme road to grab their attention, keep them involved and make them desire more. After all, it is about having a close relationship with God, hearing what God needs you to hear, and having the opportunity to praise God for everything (good and bad) in your life.



This type of church may just be the way you need it to be to have the relationship you are seeking with God. I know that it was for me and everyday I seek God and His will for me.

Angela - posted on 01/14/2012

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We use hymnals in our Church. They have modern as well as traditional hymns in them. Sometimes I don't know the hymn chosen for a particular part of the service - this may equally be a modern one or an established one.



Our old Church organist didn't like modern hymns, he used to play them very fast to get them over with, it was quite funny really! He died just over a year ago and this was mentioned as part of his eulogy at his burial service!



Our new organist is very versatile. It's true that there are some old favourites and also some modern favourites that never seem to get used in some Churches, our new organist is a positive influence and tries his best to introduce popular hymns, both old and new that haven't been sung for a while in our Church.



We're Church of England so generally we don't have praise dancing. I personally have NOTHING against any Church that does though. If it glorifies the Lord, it can only be a good thing!

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Carla - posted on 01/03/2013

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Terri, it sounds like God has performed miracle after miracle for you! We are grateful--so we can get a chance to get to know you.

Hang in there, stay close with us, and we'll get through Life together.

God bless, hon

Terri - posted on 01/02/2013

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so after 42 chemotherapy and 40 blood transfusion i am still trusting god everyday there is a day appointed where i will go home 2 heaven and not a minute be4 but i believe we r living in the last daysxx

Terri - posted on 01/02/2013

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look i was up as a roman catholic saved by gods grace on 5th june 1982 put out of my home because of my faith life hasnt been easy but 30 years later god has broken down walls i now see my mum and sit with gods word reading the scripture 2 her we can talk the talk but if not walking the walk i took sick in 2007 and was in intensivive care they were turning life support machine off but r god performed a modern day miracle my children and sayed goodbye but god had still work 4 me 2 do ur my sister in god and 1 day we will be in glory 2gether worshipping the saviour who died at calvery 4 u and me could i ask where u worship i live in belfast hav a husband and son with aspergers but god gives me grace each dat 2 cope with whatever lays be4 mexx

Carla - posted on 01/02/2013

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That is certainly your prerogative, Proud. If you feel us raising our hands up in total surrender to God is calling attention to ourselves, certainly you don't belong in this kind of church.

There are a lot of us here who love the new songs and the new artists, and just as we've been very careful about your feelings, I would ask you for the same courtesy.

God bless, all

Carla - posted on 01/02/2013

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I don't understand where 'entertainment' is coming into play here. When we sing and worship, we aren't entertaining/being entertained, we are worshiping!

Praise and worship brings the Spirit down, and that is our objective--having everyone in one accord, no matter WHAT kind of music it is, so we can hear God. So, if you don't like the modern worship music, find a nice place that you like. As long as our goal is to find God and grow in Him, He is pleased.

God bless

Terri - posted on 01/01/2013

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we r at church 2 not always think of rselfs but 2 encourge a weaker brother and give thanks 2 god 4 the week passed and look 4ward 2 blessings in week 2 come god willing just i know a lot of the youth its such a blessing 2 see how god is changing lives i hav a son not walking with god and a daughter whois my heart disere is he wud be like 1 of these young people he has autismxx

Terri - posted on 01/01/2013

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it tells us un gods word 2 praise him on the trumpet and the harp with string instruments 2 let everything hav breath praise the lord wud u rather these young people be in the world gods word is the same yesterday 2day and 4ever i am 50 years of age these young people r mature in years were gods word is concerned they r being used in this generation 2 win souls 4 christ they r a gr8 encourgement 2 mexx

Proud - posted on 01/01/2013

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To me drums and electric guitars are of the devil and have no place in church. We are supposed to be at church because we love God not to be entertained.

Terri - posted on 01/01/2013

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i wud like 2 know why u dont find this appr there is nothing wrong with drums r electric guiters why shud the devil hav all the good music giv thanks we hav a youth on fire 4 godxx

Theresa - posted on 01/28/2012

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oh im right there with you on that i grew up in a church of GOD the music was always wonderful upbeat spiritual now some churches dont even have musicians they use cds .

Jill - posted on 01/27/2012

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i believe there should still be churches that sing out of song books... Check if there are any Christian Missionary and Alliance churches in your area... they sing out of song books... my family just left that type of church to attend a larger church where they have a band and the words are on screen.Music no matter what is a form of worshipping our Lord ...as is dancing ...raising your hands etc... Try different churches till you find the one you feel fits you best...pray about it...God will lead you where he wants you to be.... it took my family 3 churches until we fit and they fit us...

Carla - posted on 01/27/2012

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Excellent, excellent, Jen! 'Those to whom much has been forgiven, love much'. The contemporary and progressive contemporary Christian music sings the song my heart longs for God to hear. Being able to throw yourself into the worship, mind, body and spirit, brings the Spirit down. I have a couple DVDs of Jesus Culture, and Kim (lead singer) has this sweet, innocent way of just loving Jesus through her words, and she gets lost in the Spirit while performing. It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it.



God is a Spirit, and those who will worship MUST worship in Spirit and in Truth. Worshiping the Lord totally tells Him we don't care what the person next to us thinks, we are there to give honor to Him, not to us. When you throw away that spirit of self ('I don't make a fool of myself by raising my hands or crying'), we show God we love Him more than ourselves. And when He sees our sincerity, He brings us Truth, and the more Truth we get, the more we WANT to worship, and the circle continues.



I feel in your words your heart feels like mine. I am so very grateful to the Lord for not giving up on me while I was acting oh, so very stupidly, that it is my duty and responsibility to let Him know my gratitude and love. I can't think that this is wrong!



God bless, my friends, my prayer for this group is that all of us experience and understand the intimacy that comes with total worship.

Sandy - posted on 01/14/2012

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Unfortunately, you really need to research the churches you attend as you are looking. Our church worship leader does a very good job at mixing both hymns and new praise music. Whatever we sing must glorify God, not entertain. I personally don't enjoy some of the songs we sing, but that doesn't mean I can't dwell on the message of the song.



As some have said, many emergent/seeker sensitive churches are entertaining the people now because they don't want to "offend" them or they want to make themselves "relevant" to today's society. Sometimes I think some churches are being "of the world" and not "in it".



We shouldn't base our church choices just on music, but it could be a good indicator of how biblical the church is if the worship pastor/team takes the time to vary the music and make sure the music is directed towards God and not the "audience".

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2012

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Some people dance as a form of praise and worship, the Bible has many references saying to do so while making joyful noise. Honestly, if that is how they show their love and joy for the love of God, good for them. But it's not how everyone has to worship, and honestly I love of hymns because it's what I grew up with; but that does not mean that the songs we hear today have less "soul" or "feeling," just appeal to a more modern or perhaps young crowd. When I sing a song in worship, whether it's old school or new school, it's about God! I love hearing old hymnals revived with a slightly modern twist. It's like bringing new life to a classic, and somewhat refreshing to some. Everyone has favorite ways and words of worship, and I believe the best part is that we can all worship in our own ways and know that God rejoices in all of our praises!

Kelsey - posted on 01/09/2012

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My church does both. Our invitational song at the end of the service is always a hymn.

Carla - posted on 12/28/2011

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@Cary Lynn--I was part of the rock 'n roll revolution with the advent of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Cream, etc. I am now over 60 and still love the songs that move my feet and make me wanna dance! God is praised, and we are blessed. I don't jump as high or as long as I used to, but God knows my heart ;)

God bless, all!

Proud - posted on 12/28/2011

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I agree with you 100% that they are trying to entertain the young people. My brothers church has a drum set and electric guitars.

I'm sorry but I do not find that appropriate for church.

Victoria - posted on 12/28/2011

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I believe as long as it is praising the name of Jesus & glorifying God there is nothing wrong with it.

Where as we don't have "praise dancers" in our church, we do believe that we should come before the LORD with dancing as it says in the psalms.

Ps 30:11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

Ps 149:3 Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.

Ps 150:4 praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,

David did this when he brought the ark of the covenant back. We did a study of this once and when you exegete the Hebrew word for dance it means to leap, to twist, to twirl, to skip, to jump, to sway, also a circular dance.

So dancing in the church is completely scriptural. Singing & music also, men & women bring praise to God. Such a beaurtiful thing to behold.

Shelly - posted on 12/27/2011

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I was in your place a couple of years ago, and I had the same hang-up. I went back to my 'old' church, and it felt like they had completely thrown away the old ways. I walked in to a contemporary version of Amazing Grace, and just couldn't stand it. I asked the Lord's guidance, and found a church home that was right for us. I also called around and found out which churches have only traditional services. Hope this helps.

Theresa - posted on 12/27/2011

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Hi there, I love Jesus and have a wonderful alive, active and intimate relationship with Jesus :-) I found the new songs in church very much touching and can relate more to Jesus - I must admit there is a few old-time songs/hyms that will alwyas be great! Think we need to change with the time, not to get stuck in the rut and to get religious... There are churches that still sings hyms (Baptist & Methodist etc)... I want to encourage you not to make the church or songs be the foundation of your relationship with Jesus, but find God for yourselves and make friends with people that you can see they know God and live the real Christian life, following God...get involved in a small group and have fun knowing God as your best friend and a loving Father! In Him Theresa Engelbrecht

Carla - posted on 12/26/2011

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I don't think singing the newer songs and having praise dancers is particularly entertainment, Carol. Your avatar shows me you and I are about the same age, and yes, some of the old hymns are great, but if you listen to the words of the groups Mercy Me, Chris Tomlin, Jesus Culture, Casting Crowns, you will immediately hear the heart of Jesus in them. And in the Bible there are numerous accounts of the dancers in the temple.



I have had a hard time getting to the spiritual place I am at today. The songs being sung today are telling me others have been where I was, and have overcome. I sing these songs at the top of my lungs, with a full heart to Jesus. But every person has their own preference. If this is your cup of tea, great, but if you like the more contemporary music, enjoy! Jesus LOVES to hear us praise Him!



God bless, everyone

Carol - posted on 12/26/2011

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I believe part of the reason is because "many" churches believe that they have to have entertainment to attract the young people. Some also have movies, coffee during church services, fast food places in the building. Young people don't need this...they need to hear the honest word from the Bible!! If you want old fashion preaching and singing go to www.jsm.org. You will find 24-7 Bible studies right from the Bible and good old Christian music.

Trudi - posted on 12/25/2011

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I do miss the old hyms, as my church only plays newer stuff, however I don't remember many of the old ones bringing me to tears as I praise my Lord for rescuing me and helping me through so much. Every church is different, if you prefer Hymns to praise with maybe look for an older church or an ealry morning service?

There is a song called "Do you feel the mountains tremble" which I had sung for many years and enjoyed. I went to a new church who had praise dancers, and it bought so much more meaning into the song as we as an entire congregation "danced upon injustice". My heart felt that this was how the song was created by God to be sung!

All songs whether hymns or newer ones are inspired by God for the purpose of Praise. Its up to personal preference on which of these songs helps you to proaise God the most. I hope you find a church where you can connect with God on every level. Good luck.

Fredericka - posted on 12/19/2011

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Anna it depends on the congregation and Pastor in many churches what sort of music is played/sung. Our church has a mix of the old traditional hymns and the newer more contemporary ones. I lead the music at our church and the choice is left up to me and the the message for that service. I pray about the message the pastor tells me and then choose music to go with it. Many churches use this same method but try to reach a certain age group. The more contemporary the group the newer the music. I also enjoy a mix of music so we try to have some of each.

Barb - posted on 12/18/2011

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I would advise seeking God and asking Him to guide you to where you ought to be. I agree with another poster that it does take time to get used to something different than what you are used to, but be careful of that. You want to be sensitive to the Spirit that is within you, and you don't want to overrule the Spirit's leading by letting your human side guide you. Does that make sense? Old music or new, both can be anointed, but you need to be where you feel God is leading you.

Proud - posted on 12/18/2011

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My church still uses songbooks and sings the old hymns.

We also only have a piano for backup and sometimes a harmonica or mandolin.

Linda - posted on 12/17/2011

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Part of the reason there are so many churches is that many people feel closer to God through different kinds of music. Some prefer the old hymns while others prefer the contemporary music. I personally like a mixture of both---I do not believe any one century has the last say on how to praise the Lord. I've never seen "praise dancers"--it sounds like it might be a little disctracting for me. However, if it helps some to praise the Lord, that's fine. When I am praising, I just want to close my eyes and sing to Jesus. I don't need a big production on stage. Find a church that preaches the Word and where you are comfortable with their music.

Jennifer - posted on 12/16/2011

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Rebekah, I love the point your making, but I do feel the music has to 'reach' me. Praise and worship is more important than the sermon to me! I can read my bible, listen to preaching, and read books at home, but NOTHING can replace that feeling of being with a group of people who are praising God. When you feel His spirit. When you know He is there. Have been in services where we actually felt 'wind'! It is awesome!

Filberta, I hope you give the new songs a chance, though. It normally takes hearing a song 4 to 5 times to be comfortable with it. Some of the new stuff is so annointed it leaves me in tears everytime! (I can only imagine-Mercy Me!!)The power points make it so much easier to get into the songs without searching through hymnals, and you are free to clap and raise your hands! And maybe, while you are trying to 'get back where you use to be' God's trying to pull you into a brand new place! If you can, try listening to Christian radio, that will get you use to some of the new songs, plus it always brightens my day.

Anita - posted on 12/15/2011

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Welcome back to the Family!! As far as music, I think it varies from church to church. We sing a combo of "old hymns" and some contemporary, newer songs. We use powerpoint for the words, but the hymn books are still in the racks for those who want to use them to read the "music" or whatever. My husband and I both love many many hymns, but have come to love some newer (but not all!) praise music as well. Blessings on you as you renew your walk with the Lord!

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Love Chris Tomlin! My favorite is Jeremy Hartshorn though and that wouldn't have anything to do w/ the fact that he is the worship leader in my church.... ;)

Carla - posted on 12/15/2011

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Rebekah, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jesus Culture! We have several DVDs of their stuff and my granddaughter and I sing at the top of our lungs and dance. Mercy Me, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns (saw them in concert this last summer, LOVED it!), Newsboys (old stuff), all these singers have a powerful anointing, and just speak to me. Sorry, I got side-tracked from the topic, I just love praise music!

Rebekah - posted on 12/15/2011

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Praise Dancers set the "atmosphere" for worship - it brings the presence of God. God specifically asked for the praise dancers to go FIRST into battle, to set the atmosphere for God! It's Biblical!

There are MANY heart felt songs even in today's contemporary Christian music. Check out Jesus Culture! This music comes from the heart of the worship leader who has definitely grown in the love of Jesus and "knows" it! There is nothing wrong with old songs, many churches still do them. Our church does both, we don't pull out the song books though. We have power point now. Plus, many people know ALL the old songs. I still love "there is power, power, power in the blood..." :)

It's NOT about if you are "into" the music or whether it's entertaining to you or whether it's "reached" you - it's about praising the living God and worshipping Him because He loves you MORE than anything and sent His only Son for your sins. Worship Him who has set you free! It's about HIM, not us!

Michele - posted on 12/14/2011

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It depends on the church. I have been listening to contemporary Christian music on the radio (KLOVE - you can find it online). It has helped me a lot to have it going more than just on Sundays.

Carla - posted on 12/14/2011

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We do a mixture of both. I LOVE the old hymns, but there is something so anointed in the new songs! Take some time to listen to the words, they will speak to you, especially since you have been backslid. A lot of the new songs sing my heart, at how happy I am Jesus let me back in the fold. I also love the praise dancers! I wish I could do that without breaking a hip and then they'd have to shoot me ;) Anything that glorifies God, is good. Give it a chance, Filberta, I think you'll end up liking the new as well as the old.

God bless, sweetie

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