Checking Interests find few who check Christians do not check singing why?

@suspenseful (40314)
Canada
January 3, 2008 11:55pm CST
I have tried to get a few friends on my interests of Christian and singing as I am interested in sacred solos and I have noticed that there are few who have checked Christian and singing. Since we are supposed to make a joyful noise to the Lord, why is this not so? I can get plenty of people who have the interest singing and who have not checked the interest, Christian, and plenty who checked the interest, Christian, and have not Singing. We sing in our church all the time, we have a choir, and most of the population are Dutch Canadians, and those of us who are either English Canadians, German Canadians, so if we can sing, why are not any who checked off Christian, did not check singing also? Does it mean, once you become a Christian, you no longer can sing?
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@williamjisir (22900)
• China
4 Jan 08
Hello dear suspenseful friend. Well, I would like to tell you that my parents have been Christians for more than ten years. They go to church every Sunday whether it rains or not. They are very loyal Christians and on Wednesdays, my mom also goes to her Christian friends for a small gathering, which is a usual practice for her though she doesn't need to go. My mom reads the Bible every day, either in the morning or in the evening before she goes to bed and my mom is able to sing a lot of Christian songs in the thick book. I am sorry to say that my senior father cannot as he is over-nearsighted, but he loves to listen to my mom reading the Bible to him sometimes. They pray in the morning after they get up and before they go to bed. I find that they are both happily enjoying their Christian life. Good for them. Thanks so much for the discussion that I could talk about something about my parents in their Christian belief.
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• United States
5 Jan 08
No it doesn't mean they can no longer sing. Your discussion about Christians not valid just because certain Christians didn't check off singing doesn't make them any different from God. Singing or no singing is not a matter of getting right with God - it was what Christ said in the beginning - Those who hear the word of God and obey it. Singing is a free will choice - those who sang to the Lord were in joy - filled with the Spirit and gave praise to God.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
It does not mean that once you become a Christian, you no longer can sing or that not checking off singing does not make them any different from God. Maybe I should have written clearer or in a simpler way, like I do when I want to emphasize something to someone of lesser intelligence, but I do not talk that way. What I meant is why do people here on mylot do not check off Christian and then because they love to sing in church, and love the hymns, gospel, love Praise and Worship as I am sure most Christians do, do they not check off singing as well? It does not mean they are good singers, but the fact that when you go to services and when you hear the old familiar, it does fill your heart with joy and do you not want to share that joy with others? It makes a wonder whether the only Christians who join myLot are the non singers or those who are not that any good. Maybe I should tell the ones in the choir at church about myLot.
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@GardenGerty (115923)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I think I have my own category, or at one time I did, because I used to have an interest of choir singing.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
14 Jan 08
I will have to see if there is a choir singing category.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
5 Jan 08
That is the whole point in a nutshell. While the Lord does not mind hearing our "Joyful Noise," the people who have to live with us and be around us wish that we were much less joyful. I don't mind singing off key, but the people around me do not deserve such torture. I like to see in church, because every one else drowns me out and only the Lord can hear me. I may sound a million times better by the time it reaches his throne.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
I sometimes sound nasal and I have to drink lots of water and also hit myself, telling myself that that was bad, bad. I mean singing off key is bad, but nasal is just as worse. As for the others in Church, there is one guy who sings so low, and there are the ones behind me who sing so loud I cannot hear myself and I sometimes sing the wrong word.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
6 Jan 08
Oh I just love to sing solo, so low that no one can hear me, haha, LoL.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
23 Jan 08
I sing high, but I have trouble with the flats and sharps. I can sound better at a high high C than at a high B flat. I cannot explain it though.
• United States
5 Jan 08
I love singing Christian songs. it's my favorite part of church services *smile* and I'm gonna go find it after this post and add it to my interests. Thanks for the heads up. There's sooooo much on MyLot. I think just about everything must be covered. My favorite Christian music artists are Tennesee Ernie Ford, the Oakridge Boys and Selah.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
I like the Oakridge Boys and I also like Randy Travis and Elvis Presley. Now that is showing my age.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I believe in singing.I have tons of Cd's of christian music and i often listen to my christian music.I will also sing in church when i go, they have beautiful songs of praise.I love christian music.I do not play any instruments so i do not play and sing but i do sing in church...I have never answered a discussion about christian singing.If it comes up when i answer this and ask if i want to add christian music to things i like to do, then i will add it.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
4 Jan 08
I want to get the Wow Cds, but right now I cannot afford it. I subscribe to the Blessings email list, and I get a once a year coupon on my birthday, and this year, since I already have two songbooks, I will get the Cd. I do play the organ, but not that well, just to get the music right.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
4 Jan 08
Oh no way,singing is a huge part of worship, but I can't sing, I dance instead. So I guess it depends on the gifting, not all are called to sing..;) Just like not all are called to dance or play instruments or even preaching, but all should be in a church setting. Now that is a good question, why do not all churches accept dancing? Jesus danced, my favorite, David danced, there is dancing all through the Bible and yet the church won't allow it.. Do you know why?
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
4 Jan 08
I have no idea, except that people will keep bumping into each other in the pews and they do not want someone falling down and hitting someone. Standing and singing or trying to sing, anyone can do. We have some very bad singers in our church and that does not stop them. We do dance at weddings though, but that does not count. I belonged to one church that would not even permit that, and my husband will not dance, but I do love dancing and if no one else will do it with me, I will do it by myself.
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• United States
4 Jan 08
Well if the church had space up front. and the people knew how to not bump into each other, you can have a great time dancing.. The reason is, the church sees dancing as not something that is of G♥d unless the "spirit" moves them to. (That would be I think what pentecostals do) Why not take the worship part of the service and make a party out of it? Because that would be evil, that's why dancing is not permitted... That is why very few churches do this and unfortunately, there is none around me that accept it. They are so dry in their worship, I just worship at home. Then again, I do have a friend that hosts a worship watch every month, now that's a party!!!
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
Is not dancing and that stuff bringing the world into the church? We sing a lot in ours, but we are praising God, not showing off, and we do follow the rules set down by the Apostle Paul and I do not think he danced. I never heard of Jesus dancing unless it was at the wedding feast at Cana and I suppose that was because it was a wedding. He did not dance when he was preaching.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I wouldnt think that would be the reason no matter if ya check chrisianity domne mean ya stopped singing just must not be that many people on here that is in a singing group like you are. SOme like me might just sing around the house and dont think to mark singing as an interest . but maybe they should if they love singing any time!
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
4 Jan 08
Even if I were not in the choir, I would still have checked off singing as an interest, because it did not say "Professional singing' or "Choir singing" or "if you do not sing in church or a group, do not check this one." I would like to hear from those who do love singing. I mean with $20 a lesson at the least or a Cd course at around $200, plus having access to an instrument such as a piano starts at $200 for the 61 key one, it is not that cheap becoming a professional.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
6 Jan 08
thats for sure its not!
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
14 Jan 08
Mind you I would like to get the regular size keyboard, but I have to sneak it into the house, it is not available in our area and the lowest price is around $300.
@ElicBxn (61071)
• United States
4 Jan 08
Singing is both a talent and a skill. I can sing, but I'm neither particularly good and don't enjoy it much. Singing along with the radio is about my limit. I sure wouldn't be willing to sing a solo. And while I consider myself a Christian, that isn't something I've listed as an interest, because to me its a private thing. I chose my interest list with care, because I use my interest list on the page, as a way to look at discussions that I might want to respond to. I will, for example, list mylot.com as an interest if my discussion warrents it, but will remove it soon after because its always on the most recent discussions and I want to see what else might being talked about without "life," "people," or "mylot.com" pushing them off the list real quick.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
4 Jan 08
I love singing. I have been doing it all my life, but not professional. But I find I need to know more and it is hard when I ask a question like "how to increase your range. or a good online voice training or what cds are almost as good as a singing teacher," and only get a couple of replies and from only one or two people. I chose my interests, because I want to be able to talk to those with similar interests or someone who is thinking of becoming. and not get flamed by someone who hates people who have that interest.
@ElicBxn (61071)
• United States
4 Jan 08
And I don't have a problem with that. But there are probably fewer people on mylot that are interested in becoming a talented amature, much less a professional singer. So, I while I think its great that you are looking to expand your knowlege about singing & improving your voice and range, I don't think you will find much help here. I think you probably find more people interested in writing than singing. Or learning to improve their English. Just my point of view. I hope you can find the help you want, but I just kind of don't think this may be the forum you need, that's all.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
I always thought everyone loved to sing. I do find lots of people who list singing, but for some reason none of them list Christian or Jesus Christ as their interest. So does it mean that, as I said before, once you become a Christian or become interested in it, you had better not list singing as an interest? I mean do you suddenly stop turning on the radio and singing your favorite song? Or do you then throw all those songbooks away and say, "I will not sing anymore?"
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I 'm not sure what I have marked as interest, though I do know that I have Christian music as an interest. I haven't had time to understand their new setup on interest since they changed it. I do both singing and interpretive dance at my church. I don't belong to a church choir but do sing worship songs unto the Lord!
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
4 Jan 08
Well all you have to do is to check "Christian" or "Jesus Christ" and then "singing' or "singer" even if you do it for yourself, or belong to a choir or sing worship songs unto the Lord. Then if I want to ask, if you sang some of ----=- worship songs, or if I want to know if anyone sang any of the sacred songs, I will not just get one or two replies. There is so much that I want to know and learn.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I will look into this making sure my interest are set, but I get all of your discussion notifications in my e-mail, and this is how I respond to discussions. Though I am sure many don't have their interest marked nor do they respond to discussions through their e-mail. Be Blessed!
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
I have so many friends, and I cannot notify them all by email so I put on the ones that I want to talk most with.
@Wario_1 (969)
• Sweden
9 Jan 08
because i suck hard at singing and i have a principle not to waste time on stuff i know i am not good at. Besides i am to embarrased to sing to others than myself. I don't care about if im with one trillion people or doing solo, i will never sing to anyone besides myself.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
23 Jan 08
I found out that others do not mind. It is all about opening your mouth wide enough. If you open your mouth, you think you sound terrible - I sound like a squeaky mouse - but others say that you can sing. Usually if one of the listeners is a singer, she will be able to tell you. Oh and watch the nose. try to avoid nasal - I had a hard time with that.
@GardenGerty (115923)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Some people have not taken the joyful noise idea to heart. You should see some of the faces from the choir loft. You possibly do. I think we have put too much emphasis on perfection in our singing to the point that the average person does not feel talented enough to sing. In the history of my denomination they did not originally have choirs or instrumentalists because the only ones who did this also performed in the bars (1800's) We had a great emphasis on the fact that ALL church members are part of worship in song. I think people have forgotten that the joy in your heart should make it to your face and to your voice.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
14 Jan 08
We have some good singers in our congregation, but we have a choir that sings at Easter and Christmas. We do not have a separate choir that sings every Sunday (I always hated to wear a white shirt and black skirt anyway -liked things in bright colors). All our congregations sing, and in fact, if it were not for other commitments, we would have a large choir at Easter and Christmas and with a large choir that means not just one gets to sing the descant but two or three.
@AmbiePam (51165)
• United States
5 Jan 08
I don't think I have it down. But then I don't have down all my interests because it is such a long list already. I probably don't put it down because when I think of singing as an interest, I think of someone who does it as a "special" in church or does it for a living. While I have sung a couple 'specials' before, I don't do it often at all. So while I sing anyway, in the congregation or at home, because I'm not terrific in it, and I don't do it constantly, I don't have it down. Now if my sister were on mylot, she would put down singing. She has a degree in music and she does the musical programs in her church. Since it is not a big focus of my life, I didn't put it down. If I listed all my interests, mylot would ban me for taking up so much space.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
I put down singing and other things as an interest because it is something I love to do. I did not see professional in front of the word, and I assumed that if you loved to even sing in the shower, or was humming a tune or singing while you were doing the housework, you were singing. I do not have a degree in music and we only have two concerts a way, I am not the lead singer, but I would not mind finding someone who loves it as much as i do, and is not a professional or has it as a career basis.
@Sharon38 (1915)
• Jamaica
4 Jan 08
No. No and I hope you dont ahve that idea in your head. I love to sing. I lvoe to form singing groups and trying again to start the youth choir in our church along with the adult choir. I love to sing!!!
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
EdmontonMay2004 Masschoir - I am the front row second to the left as you face from the audience. Most of the time I had my binder in front of me as I am scared of heights and have vertigo.
In the Church I go to, everyone sings and many of us are quite good. Our choir was part of a Mass choir back in 2004. We were going to go to one in Vancouver, B.C. but it would have cost a bit too much money to go. Oh I am in the second row from the left, the first row before the barrier. It was quite high up.