Up & Coming Weekly

September 17, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 20 UCW SEPTEMBER 18-24, 2019 MUSIC CROWN COMPLEX 1960 Coliseum Dr. • 910-438-4100 www.crowncomplexnc.com Oct. 11 WIDU 61st Anniversary Traditional Gospel Night Oct. 15 Chicago Live in Concert Nov. 8 Patti LaBelle Nov. 19 Mannheim Steamroller LOUIE'S SPORTS BAR & PUB 2417 Robeson St. • 910- 323-3373 Sept. 20 TR Cogburn Sept. 21 DL Token Sept. 24 Tuesday Grub and Groove featuring Pete O'Dea THE DRUNK HORSE PUB 106 S Eastern Blvd. • 910-835-8347 Sept. 26 Through The Eyes of The Dead Sept. 28 Social Repose, Johnnie Guilbert, Secret Tree Fort & Keyse Oct. 11 Venom Prison with Homewrecker and Great American Ghost PAUL'S PLACE 719 Starling St. • 910- 779-2898 Sept. 22 Sunday Open Mike Jam Nov. 8 Return to Paul's Place featuring Rivermist OPINION The secret to eternal youth by DAN DeBRULER Genuine Christian faith is not something you walk into and out of. It becomes an exten- sion of who you are. The secret to eternal youth is a lot simpler than we make it. It's not found in some rejuvenating elixir or dietary plan. The only remedy to growing old is to simply stop waking up. Because the fact of the matter is that every time we wake, we are certain to have aged — at least a little. As I crossed the threshold of a landmark birthday this summer, I found myself surprised at how quickly it actually got here. When I was a young man, I thought by this time in my life I'd be creaking around, sitting in a rocker on the porch randomly yelling at neigh- borhood kids to get off my lawn. But no. Growing old and aging aren't necessarily the same. On a recent weekend, I put in some earbuds and headed out to mow the lawn and selected a playlist t hat caused me to be excited not only for my age, but also for the generations coming behind me. Warning: the rest of this will probably seem decidedly Christian to some, but what do you expect? I run a Christian radio station, which is more an exten- sion of who I am than it is has ever been a job. The playlist I selected was called, "Praise and Worship Hotlist." It treated me to dozens of songs ranging from energetic pop to reflective anthems — all with a focus on inciting a deeper relationship with God in the lis- tener. The experience led me to recall the cliché phrases we hear from those aging around us like, "They call that music?" But that's not how I felt. Instead, I thought it was beautiful to hear such lyrical and poetic thoughts wrapped in musical packages that completely reflected a generation I can only observe from the outside. The young songwriters and musicians spoke to the realities of their world. And while we hear many people complain about the same things, they offered them to God, and declared he was the one who would strengthen them to endure and eventually change them. All the more poignant, most of the songs were recorded live, and you could hear the echoes of a great crowd around them. We often hear about the num- ber of young people walking away from the church. We're told they hold nothing about their parents' faith dear. They even call them the "nones." No preference. No faith. Nothing. What we hear less about is the burgeoning faith and devotion of the same generation who didn't leave. Or the ones whose faith came fully alive as they entered adulthood. For the former — the nones — perhaps they didn't walk away at all. More likely they only went through the motions of faith because that's where their parents took them or where their limited social circle centered. Genuine Christian faith is not something you walk into and out of. It becomes more an extension of who you are than a place you go or a thing you do. And to those demonstrating that faith: I like your music. Walk on my lawn any time. Fayetteville's Neighborhood Pet Store Full-Service Grooming Self-Wash Room Healthy Pet Foods • Gourmet Treats Toys • Collars & Leashes and Much More! 1216 Fort Bragg Rd (910) 860-1200 @WoofGangFay Shop Local Visit the many shops located in downtown Fayetteville! DAN DEBRULER, General Manager, WCLN. Comments? Editor@upandcomingweekly. com. 910-484-6200.

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