Dear Friends,

I have some incredible news to share with you about the record I’ll be recording this December in Nashville. I’ve only shared this news with investors and some family up to this point, but am now ready to share it with the rest of you.

A few weeks ago, I initiated a partnership with LifeWay Worship that will get me a long way down the road toward the accomplishment of a new album. Because of LifeWay Worship’s involvement, I will be able to record this album at one of the best studios in Nashville with A-list players and engineers. The investment of LifeWay Worship, alongside funds donated via  GoFundMe.com and my own personal investment, is making the dream become reality!

Here’s What This Means:

  • Funding to record and mix the album has been secured in full.
  • All songs recorded will be featured on my solo album and will be be repurposed by LifeWay Worship to introduce songs and arrangements at lifewayworship.com (charts, tracks, lyric files will be offered there).
  • All songs included on the project will be pitched to a variety of publishers, labels, and artists for placement in choral print and/or on any number of 3rd party album releases.

All this is to say, through God’s provision and generosity expressed through LifeWay Worship and an amazing team of partners at www.gofundme.com/hymns, we’re going to make an amazing record which has the potential be used as a music resource for churches internationally. I can hardly believe that God has blessed me with this opportunity 7 years after I accepted His invitation to make music for the church on a broader scale. 7 is the number in scripture that represents God so I see this as a tangible sign of His guiding hand. 

These songs were birthed out of my local congregation’s times of worship at First Church of the Nazarene in Springfield Ohio. I am so blessed that we will be able to share our musical expressions of worship on a larger scale using ancient and modern hymns. I can’t thank my producer, Craig Adams, enough for investing so much of himself into this project. He and I share a common calling to equip churches for worship. Authentic worship is what we pray will be experienced by congregations worldwide as they sing these songs.

Additional funding is still needed in order to accomplish album design, photography, printing costs, manufacturing, and miscellaneous expenses. Any additional funds collected at GoFundMe.com/hymns will help us achieve completion of the entire project. Thank you to all of you who have already given to this project and to those of you who still plan on partnering with us. I give all praise to our Glorious God and I pray He will use these songs of worship to glorify Himself and to further His Kingdom here on earth.  Bless the Lord at all times!

In His Glad Service,
Rick Lee James


I couldn’t be more excited to announce that I’ll be heading to Nashville on December 12th to record my next album. Below is a list of the incredible musicians, engineers, and studio and my amazing producer, Craig Adams, has assembled. You can still help us finance this project at www.GoFundMe.com/Hymns

Rick Lee James

Tracking: The Poole Room in Franklin Tennessee

Musician Lineup:

Drums: Scott Williamson – Has played for Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Michael W. Smith, D.C. Talk, Point Of Grace, FFH, Blue County, Steve Holy, Michael Peterson, Jaci Velasquez

Bass: Matt Pierson – Has Played for George Benson, Joshua Redman, Kirk Whalum, and Brad Mehldau (These are all amazing Jazz artists)

Guitars: Dave Cleveland– Has Played for Steven Curtis Chapman, Brooklyn Tabernacle, Point of Grace, Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris, 4 Him, Crystal Lewis, Michael O’Brien, Cindy Morgan, Anointed, Russ Taff, Steve Green, Wes King and Out Of The Grey, and Miley Cyrus.

Guitars: Mike Payne – Has Played for Toby Mac, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August, Jason Gray, David Crowder, Luke Bryan, Ronnie Dunn, Josh Wilson, Matthew West,

Keys: Jason Webb – Has Played for Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, Rascal Flatts, Natalie Grant, Richard Marx, Tommy Walker, Gaithers Vocal Band, Chris Tomlin,

Engineer – Randy Poole – Has worked with Anita Baker, CeCe Winans, Michael W. Smith, Backstreet Boys, Gaithers Vocal Band, Aretha Franklin, Travis Cotrell, Sandi Patti

2nd Engineer – Casey Barker – Has worked with Aaron Neville, Emerson Drive, Michael W. Smith, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Journey, Veggie Tales

POdcast #126


POdcast 125


For those of you thinking about seeing the new Left Behind film, here are 10 things to keep in mind before you do.

1.) Revelation is a book of worship, not a book about “The Rapture”.
2.) “The Rapture” is not a concept found anywhere in scripture. It just isn’t there and you have to be very creative to put it there.
3.) “The Rapture” is based on misreading a few different New Testament passages, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Matthew 24:40-41, Revelation 20:4-6.
4.) The people who wrote the scriptures above would not have any concept of “The Rapture”. It never entered their thought process and would have been an absurd, foreign concept to them.
5.) The doctrine of the Rapture is not mentioned in any Christian writings until after the year 1830 C.E.
6.) According to the scriptures above, you actually WANT to be left behind. Those who are taken are in some deep trouble.
7.) Left Behind Theology completely flies in the face of everything we know that Jesus teaches us about the Kingdom of God. Followers of Jesus don’t escape from a world in peril, Christians are the light of Christ in the darkness of a world in peril, shining out the promise of hope and healing, bearing the image of Christ in a desperate world.

8.) The good news of the Gospel is the love of Christ, not the wrath of God.
9.) There is never a time, past, present, or future, when God will not be reigning. The Nicene Creed was written in part to combat any other belief about God’s reign.
10.) Nicolas Cage is in the movie.

For some more Theologically sound views on the Book of Revelation, I would suggest these fine books:
Unraveling the Revelation by Dr. Randy Lee James http://smile.amazon.com/Unraveling-Revelation-Randy-L-James-ebook/dp/B003TU28JY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412397790&sr=8-1&keywords=unraveling+the+revelation

Episode #124