Friday, March 14, 2014

Gospel Friday Countdown

I heard my first ever Christian rock song when I was in elementary school.

My parents are both believers and we had a lot of different kind of music at home.

But mostly I had thought Christian music was hymns.

I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
Deuteronomy 32:3

In my childhood in Finland, there was practically now modern worship music.

People sang hymns at church, with organ, or sometimes piano music behind.

Then my father took me to a church, to a rock consert.

 “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
2 Samuel 22:47

It was a Christian rock troubadour, one man with a guitar, songs and a story.

He had a long hair and he sang rock songs.

And he was a pastor.

Other students wouldn't believe me at school.

Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.
2 Samuel 22:50

Especially that it was a lutheran church, not some crazy cult or something.

And a real ordained lutheran pastor.

I must admit that I lived a real cultural revolution in my childhood and youth.

And it was hard for many people.

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
1 Chronicles 16:9

I was young and for me, it was the coolest thing.

To see how churches opened the door and windows to the change.

Sometimes it was not wise to change everything at once is hard for many people.

Now, with my "older" age, I can see the wisdom in waiting and prooving the things first.

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.
Psalm 7:17

But then I wanted the new, I wanted the rhythm, I wanted the change.

Here are some of the songs of my childhood and youth.

Not the hymns, althought I have some very dear ones that mean a world to me, but the music from long (and short) haired musicians that changed it all.

5. Pro Fide - Ristin luona (By the cross)

By the cross the best place is, for the tempted, fallen and afflicted.

By the cross the heart is purified. 

By the cross the mercy prevents you to fall into the well's of horror.

Only by the cross the most loving Father declares the peace for His children.

4. Pekka Simojoki - Kahden maan kansalainen (Citizen of two nations)

My feet are in the soil of earth.

My eyes long for the skies of heaven.

I know where I'm going.

I'm a citizen of two nations.

3. Deuteronomium - Hail to the King

First Finnish Christian Metal Band.

And the musical revelation of my youth.

2. Bass'n'Helen - Taisteluni (My Battle)

To your cross I walk today.

With my hands in chains, I long for the freedom.

In front of you I can become small.

Experience again Your love.

It is dificult to come before You.

To show how I have failed again.

Empty heart cannot love.

1. Terapia - Tämä kaupunki (This City)

This is not a very good version of the song.

Here is another better one but Blogger couldn't find it in Youtube.

This city needs God.

It won't be able to make it for a long on its own.

This city needs help, someone who can give it the light.

This was my absolute favorite song when I was in High School.

The words are excelent, the guitar is amazing and the bass is wonderful.

I still have the CD.
"Secular music, do you say, belongs to the devil? Does it? Well, if it did I would plunder him for it, for he has no right to a single note of the whole seven. Every note, and every strain, and every harmony is divine, and belongs to us".             General William Booth


  1. I like Christian Rock, it appealed to my teen years and helped me to develop a good Christian foundation thru my church youth group.

  2. Yes as well, CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) is touching the lives of many. Here's a link to a great Latino Contemporary Christian Rock band we featured on our Girlfriends of God website... (Hope you like the music!) You can see their feature on the site at

  3. Wow those pictures are stunning! it looks absolutely beautiful there! Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. I am not really a christian rock fan.. but that doesn't mean it isn't good. Those are some great pictures.

  5. It's wonderful how music can help is connect to our faith. It's powerful!!

  6. Thanks for putting this collection together of songs that have been important to you. Pro Fide's song has a beautiful melody.

  7. What a wonderful memory. We have attended outdoor churches in the mountains of North Carolina that this post reminded me of.

  8. Music can definitely be extremely influential in people's lives. I enjoy John Rutter's music very much.

  9. Those are some really great songs and great pictures.

    Michelle F.

  10. Such awesome pictures! And I will definitely look into these songs!

  11. Thank you for sharing! I've never heard of these songs or bands before. My favorite Christian group is probably Casting Crowns or Sanctus Real.

  12. I love the pictures to go along with the post. Cool! AMber-

  13. I grew up Church of Christ- no instrumental music during worship. When I got to high school, however, I started visiting my friends' churches on some Sundays. My favorite was my friend Morgan's church. There were separate buildings for youth group (ages 11-18) and adults/younger kids. In the youth group building, song time included a different local Christian rock band every week! They also did a Friday night worship. . . to keep the teens busy on Friday night :)

  14. beautiful pictures, I am not familiar with these music artists, sounds like nice music.

  15. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and music ideas!

  16. Your pictures are really beautiful. What a little slice of oasis right there.

  17. That's a very interesting fact. I also thought Christian music is all about hymns. I guess I need to work on becoming a bit more open minded.

  18. Great gospel music choices! I do enjoy gospel music & I just love your photos.

  19. I like some of the more modern music, but for the most part I like the classic hymns. I guess because it reminds me of my youth. .:)

  20. Music is such an effective way to reach many people. I'm not a Christian, but I can see the appeal.

  21. My sister was once a huge follower of Christian rock.