Podcast #71: Ragamuffin Movie Director David Leo Schultz

David Leo Schultz Podcast

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My guest this week on Voices In My Head is actor, writer, director, and comic David Leo Schultz. David has produced written and acted in movies with Chevy Chase, Burt Reynolds, Vinnie Jones, and Chris Kattan, and Fred Willard. In 2012 David also appeared in the critically acclaimed film, “Safety Not Guaranteed” starring Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson. If that weren’t already an impressive enough resume, David has also appeared in commercials for Honda, a Doritos which appeared in the Superbowl, and a State Farm Commercial with Bobby Knight. His latest endeavor is directing the soon to be release motion picture Ragamuffin, which tells the life story of the late singer/songwriter, Rich Mullins. It’s my pleasure to welcome David Leo Schultz to this week’s episode of Voices In My Head.

Voices In My Head is a Podcast dedicated to covering things like comics, movies, books, music and various other things that get stuck in the head of pop culture, but with a Theological lens. Listen to it on Podbean.comStitcherThe Rick Lee James Mobile AppiTunesReverbnation.com, and FacebookRick Lee James Official Web Site is www.RickLeeJames.com. To leave a voice message comment for Voices In My Head call (937) 505-0162. Get Rick’s music on iTunes and at CDBaby.com. Email can be sent to RLJames29@yahoo.com. You can also watch Rick Lee James music videos on YouTube.

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Pentecost: There’s A New Lord In Town

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As I reflect on Pentecost, I can’t help but think about the way the disciples were transformed from the time of Jesus death to the time of Pentecost when the Spirit of God breathed his new life into them. Peter learned to put away his sword, because he learned that Christ is worth dying for but not worth killing for. In Christ, hate is the same as murder and enemies are to be overcome with love. This is a hard teaching but make no mistake about it, it is the core of the gospel.

Pentecost is a story of Christ followers proclaiming in the public square to all who would listen, that kingdoms of the world are not Lord any longer. Pentecost shows us that Jesus is Lord and no one else. The disciples started proclaiming this boldly at Pentecost, even to the government. If it were happening today we would have to tell Kim Jong II that he is not Lord (emperor), for that title was won on the cross. We’d have to let Barack Obama and the lawmakers know that they aren’t in charge, but Jesus is, and his followers will not bow to them any longer. Somebody would have to ring the bell and tell all the warring tribes in Africa that Jesus, who was crucified, is calling them back into their humanity and to lay their weapons down.

Pentecost tells the world that Jesus is Lord and no one else. “Lord” is a political title, not a just spiritual one. It was the title of Caesar, and it could be translated as king, emperor, president, prime minister, etc. The boldness of Pentecost helps believers to say to all the nations and peoples of the world, Jesus is Lord and you are not. We won’t play by your rules anymore.

The message of Pentecost may get us killed, in fact, it got Jesus and all His disciples killed, but guess what, death is not Lord either. What’s the worst they can do, kill us? Yep, that’s the worst they can do, and that isn’t final, because death also is a defeated foe.

So guess what Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, South America, and Antarctica, none of you are Lord. Listen up world, for none of the 193 countries you contain are Lord. In fact, on Christ’s map of the world, your dividing lines don’t even exist. In Christ, the only Kingdom in existence is the Kingdom of God. Not only are you not Lord, you are non-existent.

To use the words of the Apostle Paul on the day of Pentecost, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord (Emperor, King, President, Prime Minister…) and Messiah.” (Acts 2:36). Countries of the world, we will love and respect the dignity and humanity of your citizens, but we give our allegiance to none but Christ. Sorry flag, I can’t pledge to you anymore, for Jesus has my allegiance.

It’s Pentecost, and we proclaim boldly that Jesus is Lord. We aren’t just celebrating the birth of the church, we are celebrating the fact that in Christ all the nations of the world have been brought together as one, reversing Babel, and we all proclaim together as one, in our own native tongues, يسوع هو الرب, Исус е Лорд, 耶稣是主, Ježíš je Pán, Ο Ιησούς είναι ο Λόρδος, यीशु प्रभु है, Jesus is Lord.

This is the power of Pentecost unleashed on the world. Jesus is Lord! God, give us boldness to proclaim this message as the first believers did, empowered by the Spirit, on that first Pentecost so long ago. The walls are gone, the nations are one, and Jesus is Lord. Come be baptized and join the fellowship that unites all mankind. Man, woman, Jew, Gentile, Slave, Free, American, Korean, Gay, Straight, Red, Yellow, Black, and White. You are all called to a new humanity, a new identity, and a new citizenship.

It’s Pentecost Sunday, let’s celebrate our new birth. Jesus Is Lord.

Love Drawn Near Music Video

I wrote this song for my son, Alexander Grayson, and decided to make a little music video out of it. It can be downloaded at Bandcamp.com in case anyone wants to use it for Father’s Day this year.

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

Lyrics:

Love Drawn Near (Song for My Son)
Rick Lee James

Verse 1
There’s so much to learn as I’m watching you grow my son.
You’re still a baby and there is much work to be done.
Don’t wait around for your life begin, your life has already begun

(So)Follow me boy, I’ll help you learn all that you can.
There’s so many steps on the road to becoming a man.
There will be days when I can’t be around, so listen as close as you can.
These are the things I am praying for you, that I hope you’ll understand

Chorus
I want you to know more than just how to walk, I want you to walk in the light.
To Love the Lord God with your Heart and your Soul, with every last ounce of your might.
There will be doubts and there will be fears but don’t let them ruin your way.
Love is greater than fear, and God is love drawn near.

Verse 2
(There’s) no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend.
But there will be days when you doubt you have any of them.
Some people never learned how to love well, but they prob’ly need it the most
Remember God’s love is not just for your friends, it’s even for your greatest foes.
Chorus
I want you to know more than just how to walk, I want you to walk in the light.
To Love the Lord God with your Heart and your Soul, with every last ounce of your might.
There will be doubts and there will be fears but don’t let them ruin your way.
Love is greater than fear, and God is love drawn near.

Bridge:
Your heart will dance, your heart will sing, your heart will cry, but as long as it beats
Let it belong to the Lord of all things for the pure in heart will see God

Verse 3
There is a lie that says life is about getting more.
But Christ will be found when you walk with the weak and the poor.
I’m here to pray that your heart will be full with a love that is faithful and kind
Blessed is the man who will seek nothing less than the Kingdom of God in this life.

Chorus
I want you to know more than just how to walk, I want you to walk in the light.
To Love the Lord God with your Heart and your Soul, with every last ounce of your might.
There will be doubts and there will be fears but don’t let them ruin your way.
Love is greater than fear, and God is love drawn near.

Podcast #70: Where Is God When Evil Happens?

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During the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded at 2:49 p.m. EDT , killing 3 people and injuring 264. Once again the American people were asking the question, where is God in the midst of this. On Sunday night April 21st at Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Lexington Kentucky, Matthew Cole, Chad Cook, and Rick Lee James led a discussion based on the question, Where is God when evil happens? A recording of that discussion is presented to you this week’s episode of Voices In My Head.

Voices In My Head is a Podcast dedicated to covering things like comics, movies, books, music and various other things that get stuck in the head of pop culture, but with a Theological lens. Listen to it on Podbean.comStitcherThe Rick Lee James Mobile AppiTunesReverbnation.com, and FacebookRick Lee James Official Web Site is www.RickLeeJames.com. To leave a voice message comment for Voices In My Head call (937) 505-0162. Get Rick’s music on iTunes and at CDBaby.com. Email can be sent to RLJames29@yahoo.com. You can also watch Rick Lee James music videos on YouTube.

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Podcast #69: All Sons and Daughters

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My guests today are David Leonard and Leslie Jordan, better known to most of us by their stage name, All Sons and Daughters.  Their new live album is absolutely amazing. It’s filled with worship songs that have a classic feel without being derivative of other popular worship music. In addition to being worship leaders at Journey Church in Franklin Tennessee, they are also sought after performing artists, even joining Chris Tomlin recently on the Burning Lights Tour. It’s my pleasure to welcome Integrity Music Recording Artists, All Sons and Daughters to Voices In My Head today.

Voices In My Head is a Podcast dedicated to covering things like comics, movies, books, music and various other things that get stuck in the head of pop culture, but with a Theological lens. Listen to it on Podbean.comStitcherThe Rick Lee James Mobile AppiTunesReverbnation.com, and FacebookRick Lee James Official Web Site is www.RickLeeJames.com. To leave a voice message comment for Voices In My Head call (937) 505-0162. Get Rick’s music on iTunes and at CDBaby.com. Email can be sent to RLJames29@yahoo.com. You can also watch Rick Lee James music videos on YouTube.

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