Carol of the Bells – Trying out my new Jam man solo loop pedal.
Carol of the Bells – Trying out my new Jam man solo loop pedal.
Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God and What Does He Want From Us? is the new book written by Andrew Greer (http://www.andrew-greer.com) and Ginny Owens (http://ginnyowens.com). Ginny and Andrew are both my guests on the latest episode of Voice In My Head, the Rick Lee James Podcast. Together we talk about the relational aspects of God, Christmas music, New EP’s TV tapings, songwriting and even an Alaskan Cruise that Ginny and Andrew will be a part of in 2016.
I also make a final plea to pre-order my new CD “Hymns, Prayers’ and Invitations” which is due to release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). This new album features a song that Andrew Greer and I wrote together called ‘The Invitation’.
Ginny and Andrew are both wonderful people and interesting guests so sit back, stick in an earbud, and listen to the latest episode of Voices In My Head, the official Rick Lee James Podcast.
Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God and What Does He Want From Us? can be purchased here: http://www.lifeway.com/Product/transcending-mysteries-who-is-god-and-what-does-he-want-from-us-P005729670
Ginny Owens Online Store: http://ginnyowens.com/shop
Andrew Greer Online Store: http://andrewgreer.bigcartel.com
Pre-Order Rick Lee James Record (Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations):http://www.GoFundMe.com/Hymns
PAUL BALOCHE OFFERS CHRISTMAS GIFT, FREE DIGITAL SONGBOOK DOWNLOAD OF CHRISTMAS WORSHIP VOL. 1 & 2
Paul Baloche, PraiseCharts Host Live Webinar Tomorrow
Baloche’s Touring/Workshop/Teaching Schedule Takes Him Around The World
One of today’s most influential worship leaders, songwriters and artists, Paul Baloche, is encouraging worshippers around the globe to take all the nostalgia and sounds of the upcoming Christmas season, and make it a season of worship. Seeding the movement, Baloche is offering a free digital songbook of both his Christmas Worship Vol. 1 and Christmas Worship Vol. 2. The latter album released last month amidst acclaim from Integrity Music.
Worship leaders, and anyone wishing to accept the gift, may go to WeAreWorship.com and login or register for free on the site to receive the Christmas Worship digital songbook. They can also watch on the site Baloche’s “how to play” tutorial of “For Unto Us A Child Is Born/Open The Eyes Of My Heart” (from Christmas Worship Vol. 2),which can also be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6QRucc4Glc.
In addition to the songbook and tutorial, Baloche will be the featured guest tomorrow during a live webinar sponsored by PraiseCharts and beginning at 11:00 am CST. Baloche will be discussing worship during the Christmas season, as well as talking about his ministry, family and more. Anyone wishing to join the webinar may do so by logging in or signing up for free on Praisecharts.com.
Baloche’s Christmas Worship Vol. 1 & 2 feature Christmas classics seamlessly married with vertical worship lyrics, and are an extension of his 30-year mission in ministry to equip worshipers and worship leaders with songs and resources that help them express glory to God. Produced by Baloche and Michael Rossback (The Brilliance/Desperation Band) Christmas Worship Vol. 2continues the collaborative, community aesthetic for which Baloche is known. The new album features All Sons & Daughters, Kathryn Scott, Lenny LeBlanc, Onajé Jefferson, WorshipMob’s Gina Milne, Madison Cunningham and Graham Kendrick.
Here is how the critics are responding to Christmas Worship Vol. 2:
“Christmas Worship Vol. 2 is not just a Christmas record. Rather, it’s the sine qua non as far as Christmas worship is concerned.” – Hallels.com
“To sum up, these 12 songs, masterpieces, and works of art that Paul Baloche has recorded, with his friends who have sung with him or co-written with him, are truly breathed from the Almighty.” – 365 Days of Inspiring Media
“Christmas Worship Vol. 2 is an ideal package that puts a fresh spin on well-known holiday tunes.” – CCM Magazine
“I was quite captivated by the arrangements, so much so, that as I listened, I seemed to forget it was a Christmas worship album and not just a worship album I was listening to… I encourage all of you to go buy the album!” – The Church Collective
Taking the new Christmas music and messages on the road, Baloche’s touring/workshop/teaching schedule takes him around the world. He will be leading “LeadWorship” workshops and concerts in Issaquah, WA (Nov. 13-14) and The Netherlands (Nov. 18), and a “MissionWorship” event in the United Kingdom (Nov. 20-22), before returning to North America for a series of Canadian Christmas events to begin Dec. 4. See below for the current tour dates, and all the latest tour news can be found at http://www.leadworship.com/calendar/.
Nov 13-14, USA, Issaquah, WA, Workshops, Concert
Nov 18, The Netherlands, TBA, Workshops, Concert
Nov 20-22, United Kingdom, Eastbourne, Workshops, Concert
Dec 4, Canada, Moncton, NB, Info, Tickets
Dec 5, Canada, Montreal, QC, Info, Tickets
Dec 6, Canada, Ottawa, QC, Info, Tickets
Dec 7, Canada, Orillia, ON, Info, Tickets
Dec 9, Canada, Toronto, ON, Info, Tickets
Dec 11, Canada, Goderich, ON, Info, Tickets
Dec 12, Canada, St. Thomas, ON, Info, Tickets
Dec 13, Canada, Waterloo, ON, Info, Tickets
Jan 29-31, Canada, Edmonton, AB, Workshops, Concert
About Paul Baloche:
Best known for such modern classics as “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “Above All,” “Hosanna” and “Your Name,” three-time Dove Award-winning Paul Baloche has had his songs recorded by numerous artists, including Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Matt Redman and Philips, Craig & Dean. In addition to writing, recording and touring, Baloche has created a variety of teaching DVDs, along with many free resources designed specifically for worship leaders and musicians. He has also written the books, The Same Love: A Devotion(David C Cook) and God Songs–How to Write and Select Songs for Worship. He is further a contributing writer for both Worship Leader and Worship Musician magazines and is a featured blogger on ChurchLeaders.com.
For all the latest information on Paul Baloche, Christmas Worship, touring and more, visit http://leadworship.com, www.integritymusic.com, https://twitter.com/paulbaloche and https://www.facebook.com/PaulBaloche, where Baloche has over 1.3 million followers.
About Integrity Music:
Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and with offices in Tennessee and the United Kingdom, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Integrity publishes many of the top songs in the Church, including the No. 1 radio hit “We Believe” (Newsboys) as well as church standards “Revelation Song,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Great Name” and “I Am Free.” Additional information can be found at www.integritymusic.com.
This Press Release Courtesy of Hoganson Media
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
—–Jesus, Lord or Lackey—–
Any Religion that needs to be affirmed or endorsed by a particular worldly empire or nation in order to thrive is likely a weak religion, with an impotent God, using the government as a crutch. The Kingdom of God is it’s own nationality with its own King, Jesus. It’s citizens need no government endorsement or mandate in order to thrive and be faithful. The need some Christians have to get the 10 Commandments placed on government property, to pledge allegiance to an earthly nation in a house of worship, or to mandate that prayer be led in public schools may actually stem from not believing that Jesus truly is Lord. Mandates like these render the incarnation as a fable and Jesus as a puppet ruler who needs a greater power to help Him achieve His goals. If Jesus truly is Lord then He needs no such permissions or endorsements from the world’s rulers to reign. He is either Lord or He isn’t. He is either Lord of all, right now, or He is not and never will be Lord. Mostly I think we tend to live like He isn’t because so often it seems we would rather force unbelievers to follow the rules than allow the living Jesus to transform human hearts and write new laws upon them. Those who don’t know how to love will mandate that it be given. Those who know how to love simply give it away and let it do its work. It’s like Paul is saying in the Galatians passage above, “welcome to the family” instead of “here’s a list of rules”. Those who don’t believe Jesus can change hearts will mandate that hearts be changed. Those who do believe in the lordship of Jesus will simply follow Him and let love do it’s work. Jesus is either lackey or Lord, but He is not both.
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing, glory to the newborn King.” –Charles Wesley
“Us” vs. “Them” is the opposite of the Gospel. There is just as much “Them” in “Us” as there is “Us” in “Them”. The coming of Christ is the birth of the One who taught us to love “Them” even when they don’t love us. This isn’t to say that Jesus found all of “Them” lovable or even likable, and I think he found “Us” even le
ss so. It almost seemed like he couldn’t stand religious people because they couldn’t loosen up enough to have some food, a drink, and a laugh with the non-religious people. That’s saying a lot for an Orthdox, practicing Jew like Jesus to act so unorthodox. It’s so strange of Jesus to treat his enemies as family and friends and to treat his friends and family as enemies, but that’s the gospel for you. It draws people in and drives people out. Christmas is the birth of the one who makes us all uncomfortable by loving “Us” so much that He is willing to treat “Us” like “Them” and “Them” like “Us”. For us it seems to be “Merry Christmas” today and “Crucify him” tomorrow for we don’t want a Savior we can’t manipulate and control. He’s more like “Them” than we want to admit, which is why we will smile and betray him with a kiss. Come Jesus and show us what love really is, even if it make “Us” squirm when we discover we are “Them”.