Podcast #100: The Book Show with Guest Host Ben DeBono

100th episode

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It’s hard to believe but this is episode #100 of the Voices In My Head Podcast! This week Rick turns over the hosting reins to Ben DeBono, host of the Sci-Fi Christian Podcast to guide Rick in a conversation about 100 shows and his new book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms. 

Voices In My Head is a Podcast dedicated to covering things like comics, movies, books, music and various other things that get stuck in the head of pop culture, but with a Theological lens. Listen to it on Podbean.comStitcherThe Rick Lee James Mobile AppiTunesReverbnation.com, and FacebookRick Lee James Official Web Site is www.RickLeeJames.com. To leave a voice message comment for Voices In My Head call (937) 505-0162. Get Rick’s music on iTunes and at CDBaby.com. Email can be sent to RLJames29@yahoo.com. You can also watch Rick Lee James music videos on YouTube. Please leave a review on iTunes and let us know what you thought of today’s episode.

Love Our Enemies (A Hymn I’m Writing)

This is a hymn I am writing on Jesus teaching to love our enemies. It’s been difficult to write, probably because it’s difficult to live. I would appreciate your input, and constructive criticism. Lyrics and a link to the lead sheets are below. There are two different versions. One version has a refrain and one does not.

Version One

Lead Sheet: http://www.noteflight.com/scores/view/bfe6bde374baf3634692de55d8e14a6d5fc7b6e9

Lyrics:

Lyrics by Rick Lee James

Love Our Enemies

Verse 1
God has made this declaration
through His Son, the Prince of Peace,
that to enter in His Kingdom
we must love our enemies.

They may seem our adversaries
but are only slaves to sin,
so our battle is not with them
who are only hostages

Chorus
Lord and Maker of creation,
every life is dear to Thee
By the holy name of Jesus
help us love our enemies

Verse 2
Lord, deliver us from hatred,
prejudice, and cruelty.
Come remove discrimination
that the truth may set us free.

When we look at our reflection
we not only see ourselves
but we see a former captive
whom the grace of God has helped.

Chorus
Lord and Maker of creation,
every life is dear to Thee
By the holy name of Jesus
help us love our enemies

Verse 3
Father, show us how to free them
with Your mercy above
for our enemies are brothers
who’ve forgotten how to love.

You have made us in your image,
You’ve redeemed us through Your son.
Gather us into Your Kingdom
where no sword is drawn but love.

Chorus
Lord and Maker of creation,
every life is dear to Thee
By the holy name of Jesus
help us love our enemies

Verse 4
Jesus Christ, is our example
showing us the face of God
when He chose to die for sinners
rather than to shed their blood.

So we’ll fight them with affection,
we will conquer them with grace.
May our enemies see Jesus
when they look upon our face

Chorus
Lord and Maker of creation,
every life is dear to Thee
By the holy name of Jesus
help us love our enemies

Verse 5
In His time and for His pleasure
pray we all will stand one day
reconciled before the Father
when the old has passed away.

When revenge would cloud our vision
turn our eyes to Calvary
where our Savior died to show us
how to love our enemies.

Version Two

Lead Sheet for version 2 available at this link: http://www.noteflight.com/scores/view/b07d46a46e3fd5cab63d57bf417d81e3fecd1cb1

Lyrics by Rick Lee James

Love Our Enemies (Version 2)

Verse 1
God has made this declaration
through His Son, the Prince of Peace,
that to enter in His Kingdom
we must love our enemies.
They may seem our adversaries
but are only slaves to sin,
so our battle is not with them
who are only hostages

Verse 2
Lord, deliver us from hatred,
prejudice, and cruelty.
Come remove discrimination
that the truth may set us free.
When we look at our reflection
we not only see ourselves
but we see a former captive
whom the grace of God has helped.

Verse 3
Father, show us how to free them
with Your mercy above
for our enemies are brothers
who’ve forgotten how to love.
You have made us in your image,
You’ve redeemed us through Your son.
Gather us into Your Kingdom
where no sword is drawn but love.

Verse 4
Jesus Christ, is our example
showing us the face of God
when He chose to die for sinners
rather than to shed their blood.
So we’ll fight them with affection,
we will conquer them with grace.
May our enemies see Jesus
when they look upon our face

Verse 5
In His time and for His pleasure
pray we all will stand one day
reconciled before the Father
when the old has passed away.
When revenge would cloud our vision
turn our eyes to Calvary
where our Savior died to show us
how to love our enemies.

Ending
Lord and Maker of creation,
every life is dear to Thee
In the holy name of Jesus
help us love our enemies

Author Matt Litton Endorses Rick Lee James New Project.

“In Basement Psalms Live, the talented Rick Lee James, presents the truth of the Psalms through music – raw, beautiful, emotional, honest and artistic. James invites you into a journey through the earth-bound movements of our faith: from lament, to lessons, to thanksgiving and to praise. His heartfelt live performance is a beautiful soundtrack to rhythms of the real-life, life to the fullest, that Jesus points us to in the Gospels.”    – Matt Litton

Matt Litton: Author of Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy

Matt Litton: Author of Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy

 www.MattLitton.com

Rick Lee James Concert DVD Preview

These song is from Rick Lee James soon to be released concert DVD, Basement Psalms Live:

 

This one features Brannon Hancock on BGV‘s.

Psalm 8 (How Majestic Is Your Name)
(Praise/ Thanksgiving Psalm)
Chorus
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name
How majestic is You name
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name
How majestic is You name, how majestic is Your name in all the earth
Verse 1
In all the earth we see your hand
In the creatures of the air, the sea, and the land
The little babies cry your name
And the enemy is broken by their praise
Chorus 2
O Lord, echo: (Yahweh)
Our Lord, echo: (Yahweh)
How majestic is Your name, How majestic is You name
O Lord, echo: (Yah-weh)
Our Lord, echo: (Yah-weh)
How majestic is Your name
How majestic is You name, how majestic is Your name in all the earth
Verse 2
The moon above, the starry skies
You set Your glory in the heavens So Father who am I
That you would dwell Your thoughts on me
That You would put the whole world under my feet
Chorus 3
echo: (Ya-weh)
echo: (Ya-weh)

Podcast #52: How To Read The Bible with Dr. Steven L. McKenzie

Author of How To Read The Bible: : History, Prophecy, Literature--Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference and What It Means for Faith Today

Dr. Steven L. McKenzie – Author of How To Read The Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature–Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference and What It Means for Faith Today

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This week on Voices In My Head we look at How To Read The Bible with Hebrew and Old testament Professor,  Dr. Steven L. McKenzie. Dr. McKenzie  holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) and an M.Div. from Abilene Christian University and the Th.D. from Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include: the history of ancient Israel, the literature of the Hebrew Bible, the Hebrew language, the Dead Sea Scrolls, methods of biblical interpretation, and archaeology. He is a past president of the board of governors of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis. He is also a co-leader of the Middle East Travel Seminar, which tours Syria, Jordan, the Sinai, Israel, and Greece each Spring. I can’t recommend his book, How To Read The Bible, highly enough.

Voices In My Head is a Podcast dedicated to covering things like comics, movies, books, music and various other things that get stuck in the head of pop culture, but with a Theological lens. Listen to it on Podbean.comStitcherThe Rick Lee James Mobile AppiTunesReverbnation.com, and FacebookRick Lee James Official Web Site is www.RickLeeJames.com. To leave a voice message comment for Voices In My Head call (937) 505-0162. Get Rick’s music on iTunes and at CDBaby.com. Email can be sent to RLJames29@yahoo.com. You can also watch Rick Lee James music videos on YouTube.

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Xenia Church of the Nazarene

I have to thank my friends at Xenia Church of the Nazarene for using 2 of my songs in their worship services for the first Sunday of Advent 2012 (Advent Hymn and I Lift Up My Eyes).  As a songwriter there are few thrills greater than to have someone else record, perform, or in this case lead worship using your music. Bear in mind, this is a rough mix from their Sunday morning service but in my opinion it still sounds pretty great.

Brannon Hancock is their music pastor and as you can tell from the audio, he is  incredibly talented and a Spirit led song leader.  Gloria, his lovely and talented wife,  is the other vocalist on Advent Hymn.  This might be my favorite Christmas gift this year.  My thanks to everyone at Xenia Nazarene Church for including my songs in your Advent celebration. Make sure to check out their web site at the link below and if you live near Xenia, stop in and worship with them.  They will welcome you with open arms, coffee, donuts, and best of all – the Love of God.

LISTEN HERE: “I Lift Up My Eyes”

LISTEN HERE: “Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing)”

http://www.xenianaz.org/

 

News Flash: There Are Differences Between Mormonism and Christianity

There has been so much confusion this election season about people’s beliefs.  Let me first say that I am not endorsing either candidate, and refuse to ever join religion with politics.  I think Constantine might be the worst thing to happen to Christianity until the Left Behind books and I always want to strive to keep the voice of the church as one “to” the nation, not “of” the nation.

That being said, there is a lot of confusion about beliefs this election season, partially because one of the main candidates is a Mormon.  Even though the religious right is desperately trying to convince us that Mormonism and Christianity are the same thing, they aren’t. It takes more than being anti-abortion to be within the bounds of Christian Orthodoxy.  I’m sorry if this bursts any bubbles.

I don’t want anyone to rob the world religions of what makes them distinct.  I love the world religions and I think they have their place but it is wrong to lump them all together just as it would be incorrect to call a dog a human or a horse and automobile. I don’t want to insult any other religion just because I am a Christian, it’s their distinct beliefs that make them who they are.  I simply want to be about truth telling and in telling the truth we should be able to point out that there are things about the world’s religions that make them different, even beautifully different at times.  Mormonism is distinctly different from Christianity as Islam, Jehovah’s Witness, Judaism, Hinduism, and all the other world religions.

If you think I’m lying about this, below is a short list of beliefs Mormons hold that Christians don’t. If you don’t believe me, look it up in the book of Mormon, they will send you a free copy. They are really friendly and want to help you know more about their religion:

  • God came from another planet
  • God lives on a star called Kolob
  • God is a man with a body of flesh and bones
  • There is a mother goddess
  • God and his goddess wife are married
  • Human can become gods if they become Mormons
  • There are many gods and we will all be gods one day.
  • The Trinity are three separate gods distinct from each other.
  • Jesus is the brother of Lucifer.

Needless to say, no Protestant or Catholic churches hold these not so ancient beliefs. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (usually called the “Mormon” Church) was organized on April 6, 1830. To be fair, their members argue that theirs is a restoration of the original Christian Church and therefore, was never invented but simply continues from ancient times. Also to be fair, all other Christian denominations reject that belief.

Don’t let this sway you in how you vote this year.  I’m sure Romney is as good as any other mud-slinger out there, and probably no worse. I simply wanted to do my part to put an end to the rumor that all world religions are basically the same thing.  Don’t rob religions of things that make them unique and distinct for something as ordinary as politics.