Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
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
This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast we dive into the scripture readings for Advent Week Three 2014. Hear the word of the Lord.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be featured with Chris Rice, Ginny Owens, Andrew Greer, Bebo Norman Ed Cash, Sara Groves, and so many other great artists on Under the Radar’s Christmas music show this week (Episode 261). There are so many incredibly talented people on this show, I can’t believe I’m counted among them. Listen in to hear an hour of fantastic Christmas music this week on Under the Radar. My song is features 36 minutes and 39 seconds into the program (but who’s counting?).
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Episode #90 of Voices In My Head is full of Advent and Christmas music performed with little to no rehearsal time by Rick Lee James. The songs were chosen by request from listeners who wrote in through Facebook and Twitter a few minutes before the recording. Listen in to hear your seasonal favorites and a few originals by Rick Lee James.
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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.
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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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More Christmas Music by Rick Lee James
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