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    wholihan84
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    Hey guys… so I have this dilemma… I cannot worship God at my church! It’s not that I don’t want to. I absolutely love worshiping God! I just do not like the music the band at my church plays… I try not to be closed minded to things. I love my church! I love all the people that go there! I love what the pastor says and how presents his sermons! I love the fellowship! I just do not like the music. If you know me, you know that I am very critical about music. I like certain types of music, and don’t like others. I classify and judge music very harshly. I am very opinionated and critical when it comes to music. I like metal, hardcore, classic rock, reggae, classical, industrial, rap, hip hop, punk rock, and electronic music (and all of its sub genres i.e. techno, drum and bass, trance, progressive, house, break beats etc.). I do not like pop, rock, soft rock, emo, R&B, contemporary rock, and most of all country. My church plays some kind of mix between rock, soft rock and contemporary rock. I do not like the music they play (Thank God they don’t play country!!!). They are talented musicians. The singers are amazingly talented! I just don’t like it. I like the words they sing, but I do not like their approach to the way they sing them (even though they sound really good for the type of music they sing). I love the fact that people sing, dance and worship the Lord to their music! I have tried, but can not worship God to that kind of music. I do not like it, so I opt to not worship God at my church Sunday morning (Yet, I feel guilty for it). I do not like the way people dance to it either. I love dancing! I love the fact that people are there dancing in worship to the Lord! I love dancing in worship to the lord! Just not to that type of music. The way people at my church dance is kind of boring to me… one step left, one step right… Sway to the left… Sway to the right… Raising hands like in school asking the teacher for questions. This is not my preferred dancing style. I prefer a little more extravagant types of dancing (not meaning sexual or anything in that manner, just a lot more movement). If my church would play the music I enjoyed, I would dance and sing in worship to the lord there. Thank God for GodsDjs.com! Since I have joined, I have now had the opportunity to worship the Lord a few times with other Christians (It feels great to worship the Lord with other Christians for a change)! This web site has opened opportunities for me to worship at home by myself too. Thank you so much for everything! You guys truly are God’s DJ’s! Please feel free to reply and tell me what you think. I am very open to all types of responses and want to hear what you have to say about this subject. Love, Mark Wholihan (wholihan84)

    #34097
    Avatar of science drop
    science drop
    Member

    First of all bro, I LOVE YA MAN! You truly have a heart to worship God, that is very evident. I also want to state that I am very opinionated about worship styles and music choices in worship too. What God led me to years ago was Matt Redmans testimony about his church. He was led to completely take out all musicical instruments from worship in his church in England for a whole year. They just sang, with no music, for a whole year. At the end of that year, he wrote the song “Heart of Worship”. Here are the words to that song:

    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

    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
    It’s all about You Jesus

    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 just a song
    For a song in itself
    Is not what You have required
    You search much deeper within
    Through the way things appear
    You’re looking into my heart

    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
    It’s all about You Jesus

    Its all about you
    Jesus

    What I have learned and what God has been showing me with Deeplife is worship is not a song, a lyric, or a dance. Its an expression of our lives, and of our relationship with an absolutely amazing God. Often we say “I cant worship to this”, but its not about “worshipping to this”. Its about who we are worshipping.

    You said “I do not like it, so I opt to not worship God at my church Sunday morning (Yet, I feel guilty for it)” One, God instilled in you a heart to express yourself in a certain way and different people worship in different ways, so dont feel guilty for something that God has given you. Two, just look at what its really about in your heart, the look of the expression, or the expression. I know your hearts in the right place bro and the fact that you even address the issue shows that you have a true desire for the heart of God.

    #34098

    wholihan84
    Participant

    I feel that I cannot dance in worship the way I want to in church because I am afraid of attracting to much attention on myself. It is not my desire to divert attention away from God to myself. I know that if I were to worship the way I like to at my church, I would be diverting attention off Jesus to myself and I do not want that to happen. Any suggestions?

    #34099

    @wholihan84 wrote:

    Hey guys… so I have this dilemma… I cannot worship God at my church! It’s not that I don’t want to. I absolutely love worshiping God! I just do not like the music the band at my church plays… I try not to be closed minded to things. I love my church! I love all the people that go there! I love what the pastor says and how presents his sermons! I love the fellowship! I just do not like the music. If you know me, you know that I am very critical about music. I like certain types of music, and don’t like others. I classify and judge music very harshly. I am very opinionated and critical when it comes to music. I like metal, hardcore, classic rock, reggae, classical, industrial, rap, hip hop, punk rock, and electronic music (and all of its sub genres i.e. techno, drum and bass, trance, progressive, house, break beats etc.). I do not like pop, rock, soft rock, emo, R&B, contemporary rock, and most of all country. My church plays some kind of mix between rock, soft rock and contemporary rock. I do not like the music they play (Thank God they don’t play country!!!). They are talented musicians. The singers are amazingly talented! I just don’t like it. I like the words they sing, but I do not like their approach to the way they sing them (even though they sound really good for the type of music they sing). I love the fact that people sing, dance and worship the Lord to their music! I have tried, but can not worship God to that kind of music. I do not like it, so I opt to not worship God at my church Sunday morning (Yet, I feel guilty for it). I do not like the way people dance to it either. I love dancing! I love the fact that people are there dancing in worship to the Lord! I love dancing in worship to the lord! Just not to that type of music. The way people at my church dance is kind of boring to me… one step left, one step right… Sway to the left… Sway to the right… Raising hands like in school asking the teacher for questions. This is not my preferred dancing style. I prefer a little more extravagant types of dancing (not meaning sexual or anything in that manner, just a lot more movement). If my church would play the music I enjoyed, I would dance and sing in worship to the lord there. Thank God for GodsDjs.com! Since I have joined, I have now had the opportunity to worship the Lord a few times with other Christians (It feels great to worship the Lord with other Christians for a change)! This web site has opened opportunities for me to worship at home by myself too. Thank you so much for everything! You guys truly are God’s DJ’s! Please feel free to reply and tell me what you think. I am very open to all types of responses and want to hear what you have to say about this subject. Love, Mark Wholihan (wholihan84)

    I see to many “I”s in this paragraph ;)

    #34100
    Avatar of Alejandro Cesar
    Anonymous

    wow, what a tipic here, i did not read all the comments but, this came to my mind,

    lets imagine that you are in the midle of the forest, just you, you dont have a church there, no building, no electricity, no preacher, no friends, just you there,

    in this scenario, do you still have a God? would you worship Jesus there? would you still believe in the Lord?

    so where is God?

    #34101
    Avatar of graphite412
    graphite412
    Participant

    Being alone with God in the forest is awesome!!! I think it should be a regular discipline for believers to go in the middle of now where and spend a couple days by ourselves. Getting alone with God in the wilderness really can show us our spiritual condition. It can also be a great blessing. After two or three hours of complete silence and our minds start to wonder, there is no internet, computers, or EGASP!!!! MUSIC WORKSTATIONS!!!!! to run to, only God. Then not only that, but you also had the rest of that day then the next, all of which is in complete isolation to the outside world. I personally believe that John the Baptist had a lot of this time, especially since he was in the wilderness until the time of his public ministry. Jesus would also go by himself up into a mountain to get alone time with the Father.

    #34102
    Avatar of djdunamis
    djdunamis
    Participant

    @graphite412 wrote:

    Being alone with God in the forest is awesome!!! I think it should be a regular discipline for believers to go in the middle of now where and spend a couple days by ourselves. Getting alone with God in the wilderness really can show us our spiritual condition. It can also be a great blessing. After two or three hours of complete silence and our minds start to wonder, there is no internet, computers, or EGASP!!!! MUSIC WORKSTATIONS!!!!! to run to, only God. Then not only that, but you also had the rest of that day then the next, all of which is in complete isolation to the outside world.

    at this point in time I could really use that for my walk. Be nice to able to get away to rejuvenate. no work, xbox, music, computer, etc…

    #34103
    Avatar of Josiah Fingaz
    Josiah Fingaz
    Participant

    Solitude is a spiritual discipline not practiced much anymore. I need to get to practicing it myself. He will speak to us in the silence. “Be still and know that I am God”. Everytime I have sought Him in silence I have had a greater revelation of the Trinity.

    #34104
    Avatar of graphite412
    graphite412
    Participant

    Awesome guys! I have been trying to go “camping” by myself at least once a week to get some alone time with the Lord, and it has been a real blessing.

    Here are some good scriptures about being alone with the Lord in the wilderness, woods, mountains, or whatever.

    Mark 3:13 And He [Jesus] went up into the mountain, and He called near whom He desired. And they went to Him

    Mark 9:2 And after six days Jesus takes along Peter and James and John, and leads them into a high mount apart, alone. And He was transfigured before them. 3 And His garments became shining, very white like snow, such as a fuller on earth is not able to whiten.

    #34105
    Avatar of Dvirtuous1
    Dvirtuous1
    Member

    I thought It was just me! I can feel the spirit at church but only for seconds at a time because its the same old thing over and over again! I go to a church that does gospel style praise and worship. I like it but it gets boring really quick! I want to get transparent and honest with my worship! So I agree 100%
    The word says: where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty…
    If we can’t freely worship, then is it really worship at all?
    The music has almost everything to do with it!!

    @wholihan84 wrote:

    Hey guys… so I have this dilemma… I cannot worship God at my church! It’s not that I don’t want to. I absolutely love worshiping God! I just do not like the music the band at my church plays… I try not to be closed minded to things. I love my church! I love all the people that go there! I love what the pastor says and how presents his sermons! I love the fellowship! I just do not like the music. If you know me, you know that I am very critical about music. I like certain types of music, and don’t like others. I classify and judge music very harshly. I am very opinionated and critical when it comes to music. I like metal, hardcore, classic rock, reggae, classical, industrial, rap, hip hop, punk rock, and electronic music (and all of its sub genres i.e. techno, drum and bass, trance, progressive, house, break beats etc.). I do not like pop, rock, soft rock, emo, R&B, contemporary rock, and most of all country. My church plays some kind of mix between rock, soft rock and contemporary rock. I do not like the music they play (Thank God they don’t play country!!!). They are talented musicians. The singers are amazingly talented! I just don’t like it. I like the words they sing, but I do not like their approach to the way they sing them (even though they sound really good for the type of music they sing). I love the fact that people sing, dance and worship the Lord to their music! I have tried, but can not worship God to that kind of music. I do not like it, so I opt to not worship God at my church Sunday morning (Yet, I feel guilty for it). I do not like the way people dance to it either. I love dancing! I love the fact that people are there dancing in worship to the Lord! I love dancing in worship to the lord! Just not to that type of music. The way people at my church dance is kind of boring to me… one step left, one step right… Sway to the left… Sway to the right… Raising hands like in school asking the teacher for questions. This is not my preferred dancing style. I prefer a little more extravagant types of dancing (not meaning sexual or anything in that manner, just a lot more movement). If my church would play the music I enjoyed, I would dance and sing in worship to the lord there. Thank God for GodsDjs.com! Since I have joined, I have now had the opportunity to worship the Lord a few times with other Christians (It feels great to worship the Lord with other Christians for a change)! This web site has opened opportunities for me to worship at home by myself too. Thank you so much for everything! You guys truly are God’s DJ’s! Please feel free to reply and tell me what you think. I am very open to all types of responses and want to hear what you have to say about this subject. Love, Mark Wholihan (wholihan84)

    #34106
    Avatar of glm
    glm
    Member

    I’m going to speak only of my own experience with corporate, Sunday morning worship.

    My frustration with worship in most churches in America is that “worship” is incredibly narrowly defined. You’re only “worshiping” if you’re singing a top-40 praise chorus (with full praise band, of course), raising your hands, and have your eyes closed or are looking at the ceiling. I struggle with worshiping in that environment.

    The best worship experience that I’ve had at my church was in a youth service when the teen leader encouraged people to worship however they wanted: sing, remain silent, stand up, sit down, whatever. I resisted the urge to conform to accepted worship, and I sat in my seat, folded my hands, and stared at the floor (occasionally closing me eyes). I’m sure I didn’t look like I was worshiping, but I spent the entire time caught up in telling God how amazing He is.

    But I see two problems with me, in all this….

    1. I should worship with my mind and heart on God, not man. I should be focused on God so that I have no hesitation to (in my case) remain seated in the sanctuary and worship God with my eyes looking at the floor, pouring my praise out to Him, without having to be given permission by the worship leader or worrying that I won’t look like I’m worshiping.

    2. If I truly grasped even the tiniest portion of how incredibly awesome God really is, the worship wouldn’t be able to be contained within me. I’d be able to freely worship God at all times. Even if the praise band was playing COUNTRY MUSIC. The fact that I can’t shows a lack in me. One that I’m working to overcome.

    BTW, another box that we Christians put around ourselves is that we think that it only counts if we worship between 9am and 12pm on Sundays. That’s ridiculous. Some of the best worship times I personally have had occurred during my commute to/from work, while watching Discovery Channel, and while watching certain secular movies. (Watch the movie “Ink” [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1071804/] from a Christian view. If you’ve lived a life with pain, guilt, and/or shame, it’s incredibly powerful. Be warned: There’s a good bit of profanity in it, but don’t let that stop you.)

    In the Aorta track “Glori-Fi”, they proclaim, “We want a 24/7 lifestyle of worship.” That’s how every Christian should live. That is what we were made for.

    #34107
    Avatar of frogb0tter
    frogb0tter
    Member

    @graphite412 wrote:

    Being alone with God in the forest is awesome!!!

    I personally believe that John the Baptist had a lot of this time, especially since he was in the wilderness until the time of his public ministry. Jesus would also go by himself up into a mountain to get alone time with the Father.

    Amen brother! I never used to enjoy the outdoors, or nature in general. Actually, TBH, I HATED it.

    Then I became a Christian. Now I see everything as God’s creation, and I really DO appreciate the beauty.

    Plus, God seems to share the most awesome, intimate moments with us when we are alone with him. :D

    #34108
    Avatar of dj diadem
    dj diadem
    Member

    This is what God has taught me in the last couple of years about worship.
    Worship is not a form a music even though it has it’s own section at the book stores.
    Worship is a way of life it doesn’t have to be with music you can paint a picture or write poetry whatever you do to express your love for God through.
    I tell my kids if we are in a relationship with God then we should do the things that by nature we do to get closs to someone.
    If we like someone we get all romantic and do the things to build a relationship.
    We go out of are way to impress someone. We should be doing the same things with God.
    Worship is like putting the spark into the Devine Romance.
    it’s letting God know how much you Love him. And that can be in many forms.

    #34109
    Avatar of frogb0tter
    frogb0tter
    Member

    @dj diadem wrote:

    This is what God has taught me in the last couple of years about worship.
    Worship is not a form a music even though it has it’s own section at the book stores.
    Worship is a way of life it doesn’t have to be with music you can paint a picture or write poetry whatever you do to express your love for God through.
    I tell my kids if we are in a relationship with God then we should do the things that by nature we do to get closs to someone.
    If we like someone we get all romantic and do the things to build a relationship.
    We go out of are way to impress someone. We should be doing the same things with God.
    Worship is like putting the spark into the Devine Romance.
    it’s letting God know how much you Love him. And that can be in many forms.

    Awesome.

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