Nearly 21 years ago, Living Water International set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. More than a billion people in the world live on less than a dollar a day. 783 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Join me and my guest Paul Darilek on today’s Podcast to find out how you can make a difference this Advent season and beyond by giving like Jesus.
iTickets.com & Rick Lee James
Share the Gift of Free Music
Starting on Tuesday November 26th, I’m working with iTickets.com to offer you a free download of my new Christmas single, Christmas Time Is Here. This free song will only be available for one week, ending on December 3rd. After that you will have to buy it online (or steal it) like everyone else.
I also want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and I pray that you have a wonderful start to your Advent season this coming Sunday. And while I’m on the topic of Advent, this year I signed a contract deal with Lifeway Worship to publish my song, Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing). Just a reminder that you can still get free lead sheets for that song, as well as several others, at www.RickLeeJames.com
Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms
Lastly, I’m happy to announce that my book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms is now in production and I should have a few copies available to sell just in time for Christmas. These will be pre-release copies and only a few will be made available before 2014 so be watching you inbox for more details.
Lest I be accused of starting festivities too early, let me just say that this is a tool for worship leaders who may be looking for a new arrangement to an old classic. We’re doing this arrangement of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel on Sunday December 1st to kick off the Advent Season. If you like it there is a link to the free lead sheet. Sometimes it helps breathe new life into an old song when we mess with the timing and tempo a bit.
Rick Lee James
Free Sheet Music for this song here: (click on the picture below)
This week on Voices In My Head we welcome a fantastic singer, songwriter, and artist: Eric Peters. We can’t recommend Eric’s music enough here at the Voices In My Head Podcast. His music is challenging, honest, and courageous and aside from that, he is a really great guy. Here’s some of the buzz about Eric and his music.
“Peters is a standout among the overcrowded scene of singer/songwriter folk-pop.”- RELEVANT Magazine
“It’s clear that Eric Peters has a love for literature and an ear for a great pop hook. Peters has the skills of a seasoned artist.” – Christianity Today
We’re celebrating 50 episodes this week by having a live call-in Podcast with lots of different guests. Family, friends, and past guests stop by to help us celebrate 50 wonderful episodes. Comments and questions are welcomed by Rick at RLJames29@yahoo.com.
Rick Lee James performing the classic Holiday song ‘Christmastime Is Here’ from “It’s Christmas Charlie Brown”. The song was written by Vince Guaraldi.
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The Christmas story: An unplanned pregnancy to a poverty stricken peasant couple engaged to be married. They were forced to become undocumented immigrants soon after the birth of their baby, Jesus. King Herod slaughtered the male Jewish babies in an effort to put an end to the new “King,”. Jesus is a Messiah who avoids the powerful and wealthy. He lives among the poor, the broken, and those reeking with scandal. Both then, and now, he is rejected by many of those whom He came to embrace. He is a King who reigns from a place of pain and mourning, even to the point of death on a cross. He is furious love and unrelenting mercy beyond what we can comprehend. He loves even those who curse Him and those who refuse to believe. He doesn’t give up on those who give up on Him. For the joy set before Him, the joy of knowing God and man in unity, He endures the wrath of men who are disconnected from God. This is the story, Love came into the world, and we killed Him. Death wasn’t strong enough to keep love away. He is here, hallelujah. True love is born and born again. Merry Christmas.