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In the Spotlight with Joseph Rojas
From drugs to Bible College! Rojas knows the pain of life without Christ and wants to reach a hurting generation with the Good News.

I recently caught up with Joseph Rojas, lead vocalist for Christian rock band, Seventh Day Slumber about his music, his faith and his troubled youth. Their new record, Finally Awake, hit store shelves in March 2007.

Seventh Day Slumber

Amy Hammond Hagberg (AH): How did Seventh Day Slumber get together?

Joseph Rojas (JR): Seventh Day Slumber was started probably right around the beginning of 1997 at Christ for the Nations Bible College. I had been through a hard time in my life … My father left us when I was three so I grew up without a father. I had really tough teenage years and ended up on drugs. Before I knew it I had tried to commit suicide and I overdosed on cocaine. I gave my life to Jesus in the back of an ambulance. I was an atheist … but my mother had been praying for me … After I gave my life to Jesus right away I jumped into Bible College and just got on fire for God and started the band Seventh Day Slumber as a way to touch kids and to reach out to a generation that was hurting so bad.

AH: I'm curious about the name, Seventh Day Slumber. How did you come up with that?

JR: It was the weirdest thing—it's really kind of cheesy. The bottom line is when I first got saved I mean I was saved right off the streets—there was no background in church or anything I didn't know all these clever Christian catch phrases or anything like that … At first my band was called Tribe. A buddy of mine was reading the verse Exodus, 20:11 and he said, "What about, 'God created the earth in six days and on the seventh day He rested'—like Seventh Day Slumber?"

AH: How would you define Seventh Day Slumber's music?

JR: I think Seventh Day Slumber's music categorically would be considered modern rock with an edge. I think our music is not listened to, but experienced.

AH: How is the new recording different from your previous one?

JR: The first two records are about how God took a broken person and gave me hope and a reason to live. That was the first two records, speaking of my personal testimony, my drug addiction and how God transformed me. The third record is about taking the transformation outward into other people's lives, helping my own experience minister to others in their times of need. The themes of the new record are Restoration and Hope.

AH: You mentioned that you are married and have a family.

JR: I've been married seven years and not only do I love my wife but I am absolutely, madly in love with my wife and I'm infatuated with her. I mean, after all these years my wife gives me butterflies in my stomach. … And I've got three beautiful children; a four-year-old son named Blaise, a son named Caden who's two and another son named Sage who is just six months old.

AH: Tell me about your dreams for the future.

JR: Let me just tell you, there's one thing that I desire … My one desire is that this record will change lives … I'm just crazy enough to believe that with Christ, I can change the world.

Amy Hammond Hagberg is a frequent contributor to publications around the world. Her first book, How Do You Know He's Real: Celebrity Reflections on True Life Experiences with God (Destiny Image Publishers) was released in April 2006. The first in a planned three-book series, it is a collection of testimonies from well-known athletes, musicians and actors on how they know Christ is real. The second book in the series, How Do You Know He's Real: God Unplugged is geared for teens and young adults and was released in November 2006. She is also the author of My Favorite Christmas (Integrity Publishers), which was also released in November 2006. All can be found on her website:

How Do You Know He's Real: Celebrity Reflections on Christ
Between the covers of this book are testimonies from Christian role models from the worlds of film, sports, and music. The stories are real and powerful, and are presented in a way that believers and seekers alike will find compelling.

How Do You Know He's Real: God Unplugged
In this book Amy Hammond Hagberg shares the profound real-life journeys and dramatic encounters with the living God by young athletes and musicians.

Originally published on the website, Christian Education, 2006.




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