For those of you following the progress of making my next album, I wanted to share some pictures from yesterday in the studio. We recorded at the Poole Room in Franklin Tennessee. It’s a really incredible environment for making music. These players and engineers are literally some of the best in the world. They cut 8 songs in 6 hours…and even the unmixed cuts sound amazing. I came prepared for two full days in the studio but it only took one. These guys are the unsung heroes of the music business and are certainly my heroes. They are the guys you hear on the radio but you never hear their names. My deepest gratitude to each of them, Lifeway Worship, and Producer Craig Adams for making this happen. We are planning to record my vocals and additional guitar parts in early 2015.
This week we continue our journey through Advent by reading the scripture passages for the 2nd Sunday of Advent 2014. This is very much a Podcast about preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ as people of repentance. God bless you in this Advent season.
This week on Voices In My Head Rick talks about the Christian Calendar and why Advent is the best time for Christians to say Happy New Year. This Podcast also features Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing). Free Sheet music for this song available below and at www.RickLeeJames.com/FreeSheetMusic and you can watch the YouTube video below.
I would say that at least 90% of the prayer requests I hear from church people have to do with sickness and health. The really interesting thing about that is Jesus very rarely healed people. When Jesus did heal people it was a sign of something else, an illustration to a point that he was trying to make. Healings were living parables pointing to God, not the ancient equivalent of the latest wonder drug.
No, Jesus never promised us health. In fact he promised us just the opposite of health. What Jesus offered to his disciples was a cross, a Roman instrument of torture and death. If Jesus had our health as his primary goal then I’m sure he would’ve done a lot more healing, but as it has always been, there’s 100% chance of death for each one of us.
The Gospels never call the miracles of Jesus miracles, they call them signs. To what signs do you think Jesus was pointing us? He certainly wasn’t pointing us to the miracles themselves, as Jesus wanted disciples, not spectators at a magic show. With that being said, if our health was not Jesus main priority, then why does that seem to be all we ever pray about? What do you think Jesus would have us pray about? What are the signs to which his miracles are pointing? The answer is not far from you so think about it, better yet, pray about it.
Rick Lee James
Rick Lee James is a professional singer and songwriter, a speaker, author worship leader and Podcast host who has worked with the likes of Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Paul Baloche and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick published critically applauded a companion book to Basement Psalms Live called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine, an adjunct teacher at Trevecca Nazarene University and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship, including, I Lift Up My Eyes and Advent Hymn. For more information about Rick’s ministry visit his web site at http://www.RickLeeJames.com
I just got a new app that scans documents and thought since it’s Friday I will use this as a flashback Friday feature. Here is my article which appeared in Worship Leader magazine in the July/August 2012 issue. I present to you the newly scanned article, “Billy Joel Taught Me How To Pray”.