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Jean-Marc September 29, 2012 at 6:53 am

A very helpful article Derek Thank you 🙂

Derek Hill September 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

Thank you Jean. I learned a lot myself while writing this article. Blessings on you sir!

joeca September 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

Good work there.I’m bless reading these and I would put it to practice

Derek September 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

Thank you much Joeca. Im excited about Christ’s return!! God bless you.

Jack Wellman September 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Excellent work Derek. I agree that I too am excited about His return which appears to be soon, although no one knows when except God Himself. Truly it is getting closer every day.

Derek Hill September 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I feel the same way Jack. Can you imagine the day when we meet Jesus face to face? Our Savior and brother!!

Kerry September 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Thank you for your awesome words, you have blessed me with more wisdom today! I am so happy to have God in my life, and to know that He will return. God Bless you and your family. 🙂

Derek Hill September 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Thank you for such kind words Kerry. I am glad you have been blessed today. I am glad to be used by God to be His vessel to spread His Holy Word. All the praise goes to Him! Blessings upon you and your family as well!

Tony Reese September 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Very good study Derek. May God bless you and peace on your household.

Derek Hill September 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Thank you Tony. This topic really energized me when writing! Jesus is coming back and He will finish this once and for all! Blessings upon you and your family as well.

Robert Miller September 30, 2012 at 12:59 am

Excellent article! Revelation was the first book of the Bible that I became interested in (admittedly thanks to the Left Behind series).

What I find sad, though, is that despite having an almost 2000 year old prophecy there will still be people who deny Jesus when these events actually occur. Revelation tells us that. You would think the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy would be enough to convince the skeptics/non-believers, but the Bible clearly tells us that there will be people who deny and follow the beast. It’s really enough to make you bang your head against the desk in frustration while screaming, “Why, why, why?!” (Note: please do not actually commence in banging your head against the desk.)

Well, I guess all we can do at this point is keep our eyes open, keep up with our devotion to God, and keep spreading the Good News. May the Lord bless you and keep you, my friend!

Derek Hill September 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Thank you Robert. One thing to think of is that there will doubters all the way until the end. That is why the anti-christ will be so popular. His deception will affect the ones without a solid foundation in Christ. I must admit that you are hilarious! Your note on banging you head was quite funny! I believe that that is how God feels all the time when His children disobey. When God says, “no” and we say “go”(that came from my sermon today), He must get so frustrated with us. Blessings upon you and your family brother.

Derek Hill September 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm

*note* that wasn’t “my” sermon. It was the sermon I heard! LOL!!

Robert Miller September 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Derek,

I suppose the knowledge that others will be lead astray is one of the burdens that comes with the path we walk. Even Paul mentioned shedding tears at the knowledge that people would remain enemies of Jesus and ultimately end up being destroyed (Philippians 3: 18-19).

I’m glad I could make you laugh! Of course, all of the glory goes to God, for where else would I get my humor from? I think God has definitely given me a gift for situational humor, though sadly I have inappropriately used that gift for most of my life. I’ve recently begun listening to Christian comedians, and I think it’s helping me to reshape my approach to humor. I think that is one of the most important things we have to evaluate when we accept Christ: What things in our life have negatively impacted us, and therefore require change? For example, the type of comedy I used to listen to obviously tainted my approach to humor, so I need to pull myself away from that type of comedy, at least until I can listen to it without it affecting my behavior. Of course, comedians like Bob Smiley are so funny that I may never want to return to secular comedy! On the other side of this discussion, the types of books/movies I like to read/watch have never affected me, my behavior, or my faith, so I feel comfortable allowing those to remain as they are. I don’t know if this would be considered an issue of Christian liberty, or if it’s just a matter of determining what things have a negative impact on your life (and therefore require change for the Christian life), but I think it is a very important lesson that I have learned. Hopefully I can successfully change my approach to humor to an entirely Christ-appropriate approach.

On a completely different note, have you heard the new As I Lay Dying album yet?

Derek Hill September 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Wise words my friend. I think the more we try to become like Christ, the better. Giving up anything that is a hindrance is good. Giving up secular metal was the best thing I ever did, even though it was tough. Christian metal is so much better lyrically and even musically. I have heard some of AILD’s new album. Cauterize is an intense song!!

Robert Miller September 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I hear you there! I remember having so many secular metal bands that I really got into, only to find that they had songs that were anti-religion/anti-Christian/anti-God. Granted, I’ll still listen to secular bands with concept albums (such as Anubis Gate’s ‘The Detached’), but that’s mainly due to the fact that I enjoy a good story, and what is a concept album but a story put to music? Admittedly, I’ve only been listening to Christian metal as of late, but when I eventually go through a do a secular purge of my MP3 player I think only the conceptual albums/bands will be spared.

Derek Hill September 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Just be careful. It took me a long time to give up concept albums like “operation mindcrime” from queensryche. Musically it was amazing but lyrically it was horrible. Concept albums are awesome, but consider the lyrics. I used to love Dream Theater too, but their all their albums are pretty much anti-God, including their concept album Metropolis II: Scenes from a memory(I think that is what its called). God has brought me a long way and I know He has done the same for you. Keep your trust and faith in Him and He will guide you.

Robert Miller September 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Derek,

I never realized that Dream Theater was anti-God. I was never a huge DT fan, but it’s still eye-opening. Honestly, it’s one thing for me to say that my concept albums will stay right now, but whether I’ll follow through with it or end up deleting them. I’ll let God guide my hand on the delete button. I find it more fun (and more challenging) to sing along to Theocracy than to pretty much any of the secular metal I used to love. I mean, what’s not to love? It has all of the musical technicality that drew me to metal in the first place, along with lyrics that allow me to praise and worship God as I sing along. I know there are some people who don’t believe that you can actually have Christian metal, but I once heard a comparison that I think settles the argument fairly well:

Music is a tool, just like a knife. In the hands of a killer, it becomes a tool for murder. In the hands of a doctor, it becomes a tool for saving a life. By itself, though, it is neither good or bad, it’s just a tool. How the tool is used determines whether it becomes good or bad

Derek Hill September 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Yeah DT is definitely against God. I love your saying on the “knife”. It makes a great point. I have never heard it before. I must say that Theocracy is amazing and Im glad you pointed me to them. They are such a talented Christ-centered band.

Robert Miller September 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I typically prefer my knives to have good points.

I actually read that argument on Wikipedia. It was made by a Christian black metal (sometimes called un-black metal) singer who was defending the idea of the genre, since there were people arguing that you couldn’t make black metal Christian. I’m truly glad that I stumbled across it.

I’m hoping that Theocracy will tour near me one of these days. I’d love to catch them in concert. I think they put to rest the two arguments I’ve heard specifically against Christian rock music, though you could probably apply them by extension: 1) That it focuses too much on the lyrics and the music suffers (from secular music fans) or 2) It focuses too much on the music and the lyrics suffer (from Christians). I think Theocracy clearly proves that you can have Christian metal with deep, meaningful lyrics backed by technical, breath-taking music.

Derek Hill October 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I couldn’t agree with you more. Theocracy is a great example of this. As I Lay Dying and Becoming the Archetype(especially the new album) definitely fit the mold too. These two bands defend the faith well and make awesome metal music.

Ben Cunningham October 2, 2012 at 1:39 am

Since we’re on the music topic I have a question. I’m sure you’ve heard of Breaking Benjamin and while their music may not be christian the members are. I just don’t know if it’s okay to listen to them? Being a drummer I listen to multiple genres simply to broaden my skills. I don’t feel the music hinders my faith at all but others say it will.

Robert October 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Thanks for a great article that reminds us that Jesus is coming back one day. Also love the music discussion. Derek, have you ever thought about writing an article evaluating the current Christian music scene. I love music, and have a few favorite Christian bands. I sometimes hear of other Christian bands, but don’t know anything about them. God bless you, brother.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Derek Hill October 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thank you Robert. I actually finished an article covering some of the genres of Christian music. Hopefully that can spark some interest.

Robert Miller October 2, 2012 at 8:06 am

Ben,

I think this article by Jack Wellman (a writer on WCWTK) will be of use to you:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-say-about-music-what-should-we-listen-to/

Derek Hill October 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Hello Ben,

You have a very good question. You have to look at the band as a whole and what message they are putting out there. Some of their lyrics are dark, like in the song “Crawling” he says, “show me where it hurts and I’ll make it worse.” Or, in the song “Evil Angel” he says, “put me to sleep evil angel, open your wings evil angel.” One must consider the negative message sung in these songs. Our body is the “temple” of the Holy Spirit and we need to keep it as clean and pure as possible. I would say that even though this band isn’t affecting your faith, they are still promoting negative messages and they are contrary to what God would want. Trust me, it took a lot of effort and prayer for me to give up bands that I used to love. Some of my favorites from before were: Queensryche, Dream Theater, Pantera, and others. I came to a place where in my heart, God was telling me to purge the bad stuff and I did. Christian music has many good bands. You might like to check out Pillar, Decyfer Down, Disciple, August Burns Red, Demon Hunter, Living Sacrifice, Project 86 and the list goes on. Pray to God, Ben, and ask Him if you should purge some music too. He will guide you through the Holy Spirit to get rid of music that He wouldn’t want you to listen too. Blessings upon you and thank you for visiting WCWTK.

Robert Miller October 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Derek,

Do you happen to know of any Christian bands with an Iron Maiden-esque sound? Or with a NWOBHM style in general?

Also, for Ben, might I also suggest Wolves at the Gate and Blessthefall?

Derek Hill October 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Im glad you asked me this question! I went looking to find stuff and one band that I found is called “Sacred Warrior”. They definitely have the sound you are looking for and they have been around since the 80’s and have a new video up on youtube from this August called “Waiting in Darkness”. This features a new singer but he is awesome. I am already a fan of them 🙂 Also, there is a band called “Golden Resurrection” that is just as good as Theocracy. If you don’t know them, check them out.

Robert Miller October 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for the recommendations! I’m always on the hunt for new music, so I will definitely check them out.

Jack Wellman October 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Say, Robert. Let mi chime in on this if you please (with apologies to Derek). I love Kutless (Strong Tower album) and Skillet (is kind of hard but the lyrics are worthy of worship. I love Kutless as my old rock and roll roots still are hard to get away from but many of their songs in the Strong Tower album make me fall down to worship Jesus…and isn’t that the goal of Christian music?

Robert Miller October 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Very true, kind sir! Christian music evokes a variety of emotions in me that secular music never could. Theocracy’s ‘Bethlehem’ is one that always moves me. ‘As the World Bleeds’ (also by Theocracy) really makes me stop and reflect on my relationship with God. It really targets how we want all of the ‘good’ with none of the ‘bad’ (‘Why do we call for free will, but reject all consequence?’). Another really good one is Third Day’s ‘Cry Out To Jesus’. I don’t think there’s a bad mood that this song can’t cure (or rather, the Biblical truth behind it).

Christian music is so powerful, and it makes me wonder how anyone can deny that God exists. There’s a reason that Christian lyrics have so much power and energy behind them that other bands don’t. I find that I’m less and less inclined to listen to secular music the more I get into the Christian music scene (it helps that there are Christian bands for all of my favorite genres). All in all, it’s truly amazing, and I do believe it helps draw us closer to Jesus.

Ben Cunningham October 4, 2012 at 12:47 am

Well I deleted about 98% of my playlist. It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I’m going to miss listening to Shinedown, Rise Against, and Breaking Benjamin. I’m glad I found Skillet and Red a few years ago and hopefully they help make the transition easy.

Derek Hill October 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

It will get easier Ben. I understand how tough that was. Here is a bunch of bands worth checking out that love Jesus. War of Ages, Demon Hunter, As I Lay Dying, Pillar, Kutless, Disciple, Project 86, Living Sacrifice, Impending Doom, The Devil Wears Prada, Theocracy, Golden Resurrection, The Showdown, and For Today. These are just a handful of different rock/metal bands out there. Im sure you will find that some of them will play the style you like and more importantly speak truth. God bless you!

Robert Miller October 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

To Ben and Derek:

You guys should check out this site:

http://www.divinerock.net/band-a-z/

They have a ton of Christian bands from a variety of rock and metal genres listed. Apparently the site was hacked and is still in the process of being fully restored, but the band lists are still available.

Derek Hill October 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Your welcome Robert. I thank you too because I would not have found them if you hadn’t asked. Let me know what you think of them.

Derek Hill October 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Hey Robert. I checked out that website but it includes questionable bands like Daughtry and Alter Bridge. I wouldn’t consider either of these Christian. I know that Alter Bridge is cool with swearing at their live shows. This website may not be the most accurate one out there.

Robert Miller October 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Fair enough. I had seen Daughtry listed on there and wondered why. Let me ask you this: what do you think of Killswitch Engage? Though not specified Christian band, they seem to have a lot of Christian themes in their songs, especially in their first album (Jesse Leach is a Christian and he sang on that album). Leach also has a side project called Times of Grace that draws on a lot of Christian themes. What do you think? Safe or no?

Derek Hill October 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm

For the most part, I am a big fan of KSE. I agree with you. They seem to have faith, but they still aren’t people I would consider role models because they also swear at live shows. However, their studio albums have no swearing and they promote strong evidence of faith, especially in songs like “Rose of Sharon” and “The Element of One”. I think they are safe to listen to. Honestly, the only song I can think of off the top of my head that I don’t care for is their cover of “Holy Diver” by Dio, just because Dio was heavily influenced by Satanic themes. Jesse Leach’s father was actually a pastor which is where his foundation started I am sure. “Times of Grace” is one of my all time favorite albums/bands. It is chalk full of Christian themes. Songs like “Willing” and “Live in Love” really showcase this. My son always sings “Fight for Life” in the song “Fight for Life”. It makes me smile because he is learning how precious life is and to never take it for granted. I will always listen to KSE and Times of Grace as long as they stay on positive themes.

Robert Miller October 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I’m particularly fond of The Forgotten One by Times of Grace. One day I’d like to learn it on the guitar. I also like This Fire by KSE, as it seems to speak clearly about faith in Christ. “Even through the darkest days this fire burns, always.”

Derek Hill October 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

There is at least one good youtube video that shows how to play “The Forgotten One”. That is where I learned how to play it. It is a fun one to play and it is in drop d tuning. I wish I could sing while I play it but it is difficult for me.

kamdem sandy October 8, 2012 at 4:58 am

i want you to send me daily message please

kamdem sandy October 8, 2012 at 5:00 am

je veus recevoir vos messages en francais dans ma boite email

This is Jack. I translated it and it says to send them messages via email in French.





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