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We’ve turned back the hands of time to look for Christian messages and influences in several “Jesus Movement” era mainstream songs. Remember these hits? Let’s see what they say in relation to God’s word...

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Great for small group discussions, Sunday School classes or personal devotions!  These are the same guides we use to record “Cross Connection” radio programs. Feel free to download any or all of them for ministry purposes.

Our current theme is “Christian Messages In Secular Music”, featuring classic pop, rock and folk songs from the 1960s and 1970s. To best use these Program Notes, may we suggest an approach similar to how we present the “Cross Connection” radio programs...

   - Introduce the featured song
   - Share a few personal memories associated with it
   - Play song for the group
   - Briefly discuss background information -- e.g., about the song,
     songwriter and/or recording artist(s) / group(s), inspiration for the song,
     what was going on in the world when it was written, released, or popular
   - Review the lyrics, highlighting the “cross connection” -- their relationship
     to instruction God gave us in the Bible
   - Summarize what God wants us to know in relation to the song’s theme

Program     Song           Group / Artist

1. Love Is The Answer  England Dan and John Ford Coley
2. Turn, Turn, Turn    The Byrds
3. Are You Ready      Pacific Gas and Electric
4. My Sweet Lord      George Harrison
5. Spirit In The Sky    Norman Greenbaum
6. People Got To Be Free   Rascals
7. You’ve Got A Friend     James Taylor
8. Christmas 2007 Program
9. House Of The Rising Sun  Animals
   with Amazing Grace     5 Blind Boys from Alabama
10. Jesus Is Just Alright    Doobie Brothers
11. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down   Kris Kristofferson
12. And When I Die        Blood, Sweat and Tears
13. Get Together         Youngbloods
14. Superstar      From Rock Opera JC Superstar
15. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For   U2
16. O Happy Day    Edwin Hawkins Singers
17. I Shall Be Released     Bob Dylan
18. Higher Love           Steve Winwood
19. Eve Of Destruction     Barry McGuire
20. In My Room           Beach Boys
21. Reflections Of My Life   Marmalade
22. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother   Hollies
23. Nowhere Man         Beatles
24. Teach Your Children    Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
25. Cat’s In The Cradle     Harry Chapin
26. Lean On Me           Bill Withers
27. Put Your Hand In The Hand      Ocean
28. That’s The Way God Planned It   Billy Preston
29. Bridge Over Troubled Waters    Simon and Garfunkel
30. Morning Has Broken            Cat Stevens
31. Speak To The Sky      Rick Springfield
32. I Believe In You       Bob Dylan
33. Amen   Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
34. Everything Is Beautiful  Ray Stevens
35. God Bless The USA     Lee Greenwood
36. Presence Of The Lord   Blind Faith
37. Crying In The Chapel   Elvis Presley
38. Mercedes Benz        Janis Joplin
39. Heaven              Los Lonely Boys
40. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show   Neil Diamond
41. Whenever God Shines His Light On Me     Van Morrison
42. Mississippi Squirrel Revival    Ray Stevens
43. Last Kiss   J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers
44. Unanswered Prayers         Garth Brooks
45. It Wasn’t His Child          Trisha Yearwood
46. I Saw The Light             Hank Williams
47. Walk A Mile In My Shoes     Joe South
48. In The Year 2525           Zager and Evans
49. Drop Kick Me Jesus          Tom T. Hall
50. Awaiting On You All         George Harrison
51. The Great Speckled Bird      Roy Acuff
52. The Heart Of The Matter     Don Henley
53. Free Ride                  Edgar Winter Group
54. You Will Know              Stevie Wonder
55. Rocky Raccoon             Beatles
56. Shine                     Collective Soul
57. Personal Jesus             Depeche Mode
58. Day By Day                Cast from Godspell
59. Is That All There Is?        Peggy Lee
60. With God On Our Side       Bob Dylan
61. With God On Our Side (cont.)
62. After Forever              Black Sabbath
63. Live Like You Were Dying    Tim McGraw
64. He Gives Us All His Love      Randy Newman
65. American Pie              Don Mclean
66. American Pie (cont.) 
67. Tears In Heaven            Eric Clapton
68. Sunday Songs              Various Artists
69. My Jesus Told Me So        Marshall Tucker Band
70. Jesus, Take The Wheel      Carrie Underwood
71. Jesus Is Love-              Commodores
72. Waiting On The World To Change     John Mayer
73. I’ve Been Searching So Long  Chicago
74. Three Wooden Crosses      Randy Travis
75. People Get Ready          Chambers Brothers
76. Nothing Else Matters        Metallica
77. Give Me My Rapture        Van Morrison
78. Don’t Fear The Reaper      Blue Oyster Cult
79. Lord, Is It Mine?           Supertramp
80. Pray                     MC Hammer
81. 40                      U2
82. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body   Elvis Presley
83. One Love                 Bob Marley and the Wailers
84. Higher Ground            Stevie Wonder
85. Give Me Love             George Harrison
86. Slow Train               Bob Dylan
87. But For The Grace Of God   Keith Urban
88. Choices                  George Jones
89. Dust In The Wind          Kansas
90. Crossfire                 Kansas
91. I Will Follow Him          Little Peggy March
92. Higher And Higher         Jackie Wilson
93. Peace Of Mind            Boston
94. Goin’ Up In Smoke         Eddie Kendricks
95. Muddy Water             Trace Adkins
96. Long Black Train          Josh Turner
97. Crossroads               Cream
98. I’m Free                 The Who
99. Easy Livin’                Uriah Heep
100. Shower The People       James Taylor

For Programs 101 and beyond --

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What other mainstream songs do you know that have Christian meaning or influence?

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