On The Road, On A Treadmill, On A Hospital Bed

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What a week it has been. It started last Sunday with a concert in Plymouth Michigan at one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever had the honor of playing in. It was a great time but a very exhausting weekend.

 

I came home Monday, got up in the morning, ran 6 miles on a treadmill, came home and did stuff around the house with my family. Tuesday I woke up, ran 6 miles on a treadmill, came home, showered, and  weighed myself thrilled to find that I was down 20 pounds from when I started my new diet/ weight loss program over a month before.

That joy was short lived as I started experiencing a sharp pain in my stomach, profuse sweating, and a numbness in all of my limbs. A 911 call and an ambulance ride later I was in Springfield Regional Medical Center being stuck with needles, injected with medicine, and being CAT Scanned.

As it turns out I had a severe infection in my lower bowel. This led to me spending a night in the hospital and a process of recovery that I hadn’t planned on. I’m glad to say that I’m able to eat some solid food with much less pain each day than I had earlier in the week. I’m also happy that I will once again be leading worship through music at my church tomorrow singing this great hymn of the church which has come to mean a lot more to me this week because once again I’ve seen how faithful God has been. On the road, on a treadmill, or in a hospital bed, He is our help from age to age the same.

Lyrics:

  1. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.
  2. Under the shadow of thy throne, still may we dwell secure; sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.

Chorus Today, Tomorrow, In Ages Past The Alpha, Omega, the First and Last You were, You are, You are to come The Father, The Spirit, The Risen Son

  1. Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame, from everlasting, thou art God, to endless years the same.
  • O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.

  • Chorus Today, Tomorrow, In Ages Past The Alpha, Omega, the First and Last You were, You are, You are to come The Father, The Spirit, The Risen Son

    1. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.

     

    O God, Our Help In Ages Past (With New Chorus)

    Here’s my latest song, which is also an old song, “O God, Our Help In Ages Past”. I added a new chorus. Usually I hate when people add new choruses to old hymns but in working with the theme for our upcoming service it seemed appropriate. I really feel like this one works with the song arrangement as a helpful chorus to Isaac Watts verses. I’d love to know what you think. If you like the arrangement there are free lead sheets here on my web site at RickLeeJames.com/FreeSheetMusic
    Blessings,
    Rick Lee James

    Picture from last night’s concert with “About A Mile”. You guys need to go buy their record next week from Word Records. It drops July 15th.

    Rick and About a Mile

     

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    Rick Lee James live at the Springfield Arts Festival

     

    RLJ 6/29/2014 from Rick Stull on Vimeo.

    Sunday night June 29th, 2014 I was blessed to play for the Nehemiah Foundation’s Event, “When Springfield Sings”. This event was a part of the Springfield Summer Arts Festival which brought out over 1000 people to worship together in the open air at Veteran’s park in Springfield Ohio. This is me playing More Than The Watchman from my record, Basement Psalms Live.

    The 4th of July and The Christian

    Contrary to what many people seem to think, July 4th is not a Christian holy day (holiday). Moses didn’t come down the mountain holding the Constitution in one hand and the Declaration of Independence in the other. The only Christian nation that has ever existed or will ever exist is the kingdom of God, whose reign has no end.

    The earliest statement of Christian belief, “Jesus is Lord”, is the pledge of allegiance for the citizens of God’s Kingdom. The Sermon on the Mount is the Constitution for the people of God. It’s impossible to live it out alone but that’s the point. It takes Jesus and a group of disciples sharing life together to see His Kingdom take shape in this world.

    Presidents and politicians like to tell us that The United States of America is last great hope of the world, and Christians chuckle at such an absurd statement. The United States of America is not not even close to being the last great hope of the world. The last great hope of the world is the first great hope of the world, and in fact the only hope for the world, Jesus Christ.

    With all that being said, I like living in America. There are a lot of beautiful places here, with a lot of great people who have achieved some amazing things. I truly hope you will enjoy your 4th of July celebrations with your family and friends, but remember where the Christian’s true allegiance lies and Who the true hope of the world is. It is the hope that will outlast The United States and every other nation on earth. Be grateful for the place you live, be proud of the good things it has done, hold it accountable for the evil it embraces, and be grateful for the place you live while remembering that it is not your home.

    Declare and celebrate your dependence upon God this 4th of July and remember that any other freedom than the freedom He offers is counterfeit at best. Freedom is the power to do the right thing, not to do anything you want to. Freedom is holiness lived out, serving others, and denying self. Love The Lord your God and worship Him only. Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord your God

    Revelation 11:15
    The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

    A Few Pics From Sunday Night

    Sunday Evening I was blessed to play music for over 1000 people in Veteran’s Park at the 2014 Springfield Sing’s concert, organized by the Nehemiah Foundation. It was a terrific night of worship with people from all over the city. My performance from that evening should be available on this web site in the near future but until then here’s a few pics from the evening.

    Blessings,

    Rick Lee James

     

    Green Room

    Green Room

    Pre Show Stage

    Pre Show Stage View. 30 Minutes before the concert.

    Sound Check

    Sound Check

    Veteran's Park Backstage

    My view as the concert began.