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On November 9th, 10th, and 11th Rick Lee James spoke a series of four messages on prayer at a retreat in Northwestern Ohio. The Voices In My Head Podcast will be featuring these talks in four parts, just as they were presented. Hopefully we will begin to listen together for the voice in our head that is God. Comments and questions are welcomed by Rick at RLJames29@yahoo.com.

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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Greetings Internet,

In an attempt to have a more memorable YouTube address I recently started a new YouTube Channel at a super catchy web address. Ready for it? Are you sure? It’s really hard to remember. Okay, here it is:

 YouTube.com/RickLeeJames 

Because it is a new page there are hardly any views yet, so if you have some time and want to hear some Rick Lee James official music, including some Christmas stuff, go to

YouTube.com/RickLeeJames

Below is a sample of what you will find there.  Let me know what you think.

Blessings,

Rick Lee James


Available at CDBaby.com, iTunes, and Amazon. Sing-along track also available.

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

Christmas Songs

The Other Reindeer: 

He Means The World To Me: 

He Shall Reign: 

I Heard The Bells: 

It’s Just A Little Hard This Year:

Vote Your Favorite Episode of Voices In My Head Podcast.

Listen Here: 

On November 9th, 10th, and 11th Rick Lee James spoke a series of four messages on prayer at a retreat in Northwestern Ohio. The Voices In My Head Podcast will be featuring these talks in four parts, just as they were presented. Hopefully we will begin to listen together for the voice in our head that is God. Comments and questions are welcomed by Rick at RLJames29@yahoo.com.

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.

Like us at Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) Facebook page to join the online community and answer the question of the week.

You can also answer the question of the week at www.RickLeeJames.com

I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I just found out that I am appearing in a national Canadian news story. No, not for my amazing musical abilities or my dearly loved weekly Podcast, but for a Twitter post that I made about Hostess. Excuse me while I get too for for my britches. I’m kind of a big deal in Canada. (Said with all the sarcasm I can muster.) If you want to see that article that accompanies this picture you  click on the picture below.

Rick Lee James

Episode 53: Nick Flora, Sand Art, and A New Son 

Episode 52: Dr. Steven McKenzie and How To Read The Bible 

Episode 51: Eric Peters 

Episode 50: Listener Call-In Show 

Episode 49: Rick Lee James – Prayer Part 4 

Episode 48: Rick Lee James – Prayer Part 3

Episode 47: Rick Lee James – Prayer Part 2 

Episode 46: Rick Lee James – Prayer Part 1

Episode 45: Stephen Mansfield

Episode 44: Matt Litton 

Episode 43: Roger O’Neel 

Episode 42: Rick Lee James Sermon

Episode 41: Ben DeBono

Episode 40: Ben DeBono

Episode 39: Brian Zahnd

Episode 38: Jeff Pinkleton

Episode 37: Eddie Kirkland

Episode 36: Rick Lee James LIVE on 100.7FM WEEC Christian Radio

Episode 35: Paul Darilek

Episode 34: Daniel Dye

Episode 33: 

Episode 32: Ben Debono

Episode 31: Adam W. Powers 

Episode #30: Scott Roley 

Episode 29: Army Chaplain Rich Young

Episode 28: Mark Thompson

Episode 27: Jon Finney

Episode 26: Cindy Wilt Colville

Episode 25: Dr. David G. Myers 

Episode 24: Dr. Randy L. James 

Episode 23: David Black

Episode 22: Matthew Cole

Episode 21: Greg Voiles

Episode 20: Brett McCracken 

Episode 19: Andrew Osenga

Episode 18: Ian Morgan Cron, David L. Ward, Jeff Bourque, and Craig Adams

Episode 17: Jason Gray

Episode 16: Phil Sillas

Episode 15: Sara Groves

Episode 14: Brian Zahnd

Episode 13: The Worship Team

Episode 12: Eric Vinson

Episode 11: Fred Heumann

Episode 10: Andrew Peterson

Episode 9: Dr. Brannon Hancock

Episode 8: Michael Card

Episode 7: Brandon Sipes

Episode 6: Kyle Northrop 

Episode 5: Tripp York 

Episode 4: Matthew Cole

Episode 3: Daniel Dye

Episode 2: Rick Lee James 

Episode 1: Pilot 

 

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On November 9th, 10th, and 11th Rick Lee James spoke a series of four messages on prayer at a retreat in Northwestern Ohio. The Voices In My Head Podcast will be featuring these talks in four parts, just as they were presented. Hopefully we will begin to listen together for the voice in our head that is God. Comments and questions are welcomed by Rick at RLJames29@yahoo.com.

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.

Like us at Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) Facebook page to join the online community and answer the question of the week.

You can also answer the question of the week at www.RickLeeJames.com

// Poll closes on December 14th just in time for the 50th episode celebration. Vote for your favorite episode below.

What Was Your Favorite 2012 Episode of the Voices IN My Head Podcast?
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Episode #5: Author of “The Devil Wears Nada” – Dr. Tripp York0%
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Episode #7: Brandon Sipes, President of Re-Frame.0%
Episode #8: Multi-Award Winning Musician and Author Michael Card0%
Episode #9: Author, Rock Star, Teacher and Theologian Dr. Brannon Hancock.0%
Episode #10: Musician and Author Andrew Peterson0%
Episode # 11: Musician and Author Fred Heumann0%
Episode #12: Musician: Eric Vinson0%
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Episode # 14: Pastor Brian Zahnd – Author of the book, “Unconditional?”0%
Episode #15: Musician Sara Groves0%
Episode #16: Phil Sillas of Worship Leader Magazine’s Song Discove0%
Episode #17: Musician Jason Gray0%
Episode #18: Song Discovery Creative Conference – Ian Morgan Cron, David L. Ward, Jeff Bourque, and Craig Adams0%
Episode #19: Musician Andrew Osenga – Leonard The Lonely Astronaut0%
Episode #20: Hipster Christianity Author – Brett McCracken0%
Episode #21: Gregory Voiles – Theologian Avengers Assemble Part 10%
Episode #22: Matthew Cole – Theologian Avengers Assemble Part 20%
Wild Goose Festival Bonus Episode: Gareth Higgins0%
Episode #23: Pastor David Black – Soma Community Church0%
Episode #24: Dr. Randy L. James – Author: Unraveling the Revelation0%
Episode #25: Dr. David G. Myers – Co-Author: What God Has Joined Together0%
Episode #26: Music Industry Professional Cindy Wilt Colville0%
Episode #27: Jon Finney and Out Of Truth Records0%
Episode #28: Mark Thompson and Mission To The World in Fairmont West Virginia.0%
Episode #29: Army Chaplain Rich Young0%
Episode #30: Musician and Pastor Scott Roley0%
Episode # 31: Pastor and Pleasing Pain Blogger Adam W. Powers0%
Episode #32: Ben Debono – The Dark Knight Rises0%
Episode #33: Musicians- Like a Child0%
Episode #34: Musician- Daniel Dye and the Madden Road Music Festival0%
Episode #35: Paul Darilek & Living Water International 0%
Episode #36: Rick Lee James LIVE on 100.7FM WEEC Christian Radio.0%
Episode 37: Musician Eddie Kirkland- Kings and Queens0%
Episode 38: Jeff Pinkleton and the Gathering0%
Episode 39: Author and Pastor Brian Zahnd – Beauty Will Save The World0%
Episodes 40 & 41: Going Catholic with Ben Debono0%
Episode 42: Rick Lee James Sermon0%
Episode 43: Cedarville University Worship Program Director Roger O’Neel0%
Episode 44: Author: Matt Litton, Holy Nomad, Mockingbird Parables0%
Episode 45: Author: Stephen Mansfield0%
Episodes 46-49: Rick Lee James Prayer Retreat Sermons0%

I never really thought of doctor Suess’s Grinch character as a prophet for the modern church I was reminded of one of his greatest annoyances in life; the noise of Whoville. In the classic tale that is immortalized every holiday season the Grinch exclaims with great frustration a phrase that I wonder if God utters about us at times.

All the noise, noise, noise, noise!
If there’s one thing I hate…all the noise, noise, noise, noise!
And they’ll shriek, squeak, and squeal racing round on their wheels,
Then dance with jin-tinglers tied onto their heels!”

“They’ll blow their flu-flubers, they’ll bang their tar-tinkers,
They’ll blow their hoo-hoovers, they’ll bang their gar-dinkers!
They’ll beat their trum-tookers, they’ll slam their sloo-slunkers!
They’ll beat their blum-blookers, they’ll wham their hoo-whunkers!”

Another even more prophetic voice comes to us in Thomas Merton’s spiritual classic, Contemplative Prayer. In this amazing little book on prayer, Merton offers a wealth of guidance on prayer, teaching that a meditative prayer life should be sought out by all believers, not to escape the world, but so that positive change can be directed back into the world. Early in chapter two, while Merton writes of “a wordless total surrender of the heart in silence”. As insightful as Merton’s writing here is, possibly my favorite part of the book is a quote that Merton includes by a Syrian Monk names Isaac of Niniveh.

 

“Every man who delights in a multitude of words, even though he says admirable things, is empty within. If you love truth, be a lover of silence. Silence like the sunlight will illuminate you in God and will deliver you from the phantoms of ignorance. Silence will unite you to God himself….

 

                More than all things love silence: it brings you a fruit that tongue cannot describe. In the beginning we have to force ourselves to be silent.  But then there is born something that draws us to silence. May God give you an experience of this “something” that is born of silence.  If only you  practice this, untold light will dawn on you in consequence…after a while a certain sweetness is born in the heart of this exercise and the body is drawn almost by force to remain in silence.”

I have found this quote to be true in my life, yet I still tend to run from the quiet moments.  I’m not sure that many of our churches will last this next decade, let alone this next century, if we don’t somehow learn to recapture the art of silence in our communal and individual lives.  It’s not just a problem in the loud, sensory overload of sights and sounds in the youthful modern worship movement. It is perhaps even more of problem in traditional organ driven, southern Gospel loving, older crowds as well, where times are prayer are always filled with someone talking. How Satan hates silence, how tragic that we gladly handed over the keys of the kingdom, along with its power and glory, to the well-crafted sounds of the modern and postmodern culture with its technically excellent, over-emotional-but often-devoid-of-spirit music, complete with impressive audio visual technology. As wonderful and helpful as those things can be, we must somehow recapture silence in our worship (and in our individual lives), or we may forfeit hearing from God Himself in order to simply hear about God.

Thoughts?