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I am able to listen to music on my computer sometimes at work. This week K-Love has a challenge on its web page: “Listen to Christian music for 30 days and see how it changes your life.”

I’m not one to think that the devil lurks in rock music or books or movies.

But I do know that even if it’s in the background and is not the focus of my attention, uplifting art, stories, and music all improve my mood.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)

Contemporary stations I listen to most often are www.klove.com and www.desmoines.fm  If you like harder rock and/or rap, you might like www.air1.com

30 days is a big challenge … maybe a week is more manageable. I encourage you to give it a try; feed your spirit!

 

 

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Because I had no internet, I got a little behind on my reading and am catching up today.  This was in yesterday’s reading, and it always makes me think of Karen. She is the one who first quoted to me, “I will set no evil before my eyes … ”  when we were talking about R-rated movies, music, halloween costumes, etc.

I think of that often, now. Shows like Breaking Bad or Dexter are critically acclaimed … but if you stop to really think about them, aren’t they a case of “calling evil good?”  We ALL do that in a degree; our hearts are deceitful and we convince ourselves that the wrong things we do are for a good cause, or are harmless, or can be seen in a positive light.  The character in Breaking Bad is dying of cancer; he needs to provide for his family, right? So what if he is cooking poison … drug users are making their own choice. He’s the hero of the show … and in Dexter, he’s only serial killing the bad guys, right?

Sigh. If only I could blame these shows for rationalizing evil and calling it good … but I do the same.

I can honestly say that my spirit is better, higher, healthier, and more joy-filled since Karen has told me that and I’ve tried to guard what I see and hear more.  Especially as far as music … Christian music may not be as exciting, really, as the jazz and blues and pop music I used to listen to – those can still get me fired up – but it surely does lift and calm my spirit. And in this world, that is no small gift.

Psalm 101
Of David. A psalm.
1 I will sing of your love and justice;
to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.

2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
when will you come to me?
I will walk in my house
with blameless heart.

3 I will set before my eyes
no vile thing.
The deeds of faithless men I hate;
they will not cling to me.

4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will have nothing to do with evil.

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