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Music Spotlight Tuesday: Springtime Music

When the weather is predicted to be in the 70's and 80's, like it was today, and yet it still being "winter," spring fever involuntarily sets in.

With Spring comes newness: flowers bloom, trees bud, and plants start life anew.

Perhaps that's why I tend to listen to R&B- type songs about new beginnings and renewal more than any other style of music in the Spring. Like spring fever, it's not intentional, but it always seems to happen that way. So, to get an early start on the incoming new season, we will spotlight seven songs that remind us of new beginnings and fresh starts. 

It's like the expectation of hope that the future will be better than the past.

Note that each song is rooted in the gospel. As is true for all Music Spotlight Tuesdays, the message in the music is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the only message that truly saves. The styles differ, but the message remains the same.

And, like the new season, when we give our lives to Christ we are made new (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

Getting back to the music, as the newness of spring arrives this Saturday, March 19th, I hope you find these songs a fitting welcome to the start of something new and beautiful. Enjoy!

1. "In the Need of Love"- Anointed

2. "Second Chance"- Commissioned

3.  "The Beauty of the Cross"- Crystal Lewis

4. "He'll Make it Alright"- Jor'dan Armstrong

5. "Beautiful"- Mali Music

6. "Come in out of the Rain"- Marvin Winans

7. "Let the Redeemed"- Virtue


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