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Podcast #128

This week on Voices In My Head Rick talks about the Christian Calendar and why Advent is the best time for Christians to say Happy New Year. This Podcast also features Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing). Free Sheet music for this song available below and at www.RickLeeJames.com/FreeSheetMusic and you can watch the YouTube video below.

 

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Podcast #127

This week on the Podcast we are celebration 365 days since Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms became fully funded on Kickstarter. I am thrilled to be able to celebrate an incredible year by offering this book to you for only $3.65 through Amazon.com. I read a section of my book on the show this week so you can sample the content.

 

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On Veterans Day, it’s important to face the full price paid by veterans for their national service. Veterans today commit suicide at the highest rate in our nation’s history, have startling rates of prescription drug and alcohol abuse, and are often thought of as “damaged goods.” For our Veteran’s and their loved ones, I pray that we can be ears that listen and hands that heal in Jesus’ name. I don’t just want to thank you today, I want to say to you as a minister of Christ, that our arms and ears are open to you. May you never be alone in the struggles that you face. I guess what I want to say to our Veterans is, May the Peace of Christ be with you.

To my veteran brothers who have made Christ known to me on so many occasions I want you to know I love you. Not to leave anyone out but Rich Young, Steve Earley, and Larry Taylor specifically come to my mind this morning. You have all been instrumental in my discipleship and I am thankful for you. Peace of Christ to you.

Here are some words from Stanley Hauerwas… Peace of Christ to you.

Stanley Hauerwas: On moral fragmentation, formation, and repair from Pilar Timpane on Vimeo.

 

 

Bio

Rick Lee James is a professional singer and songwriter, a speaker, author worship leader and Podcast host who has worked with the likes of Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Paul Baloche and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick published critically applauded a companion book to Basement Psalms Live called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine, an adjunct teacher at Trevecca Nazarene University and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship, including, I Lift Up My Eyes and Advent Hymn. For more information about Rick’s ministry visit his web site at http://www.RickLeeJames.com

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I would say that at least 90% of the prayer requests I hear from church people have to do with sickness and health. The really interesting thing about that is Jesus very rarely healed people. When Jesus did heal people it was a sign of something else, an illustration to a point that he was trying to make. Healings were living parables pointing to God, not the ancient equivalent of the latest wonder drug.

No, Jesus never promised us health. In fact he promised us just the opposite of health. What Jesus offered to his disciples was a cross, a Roman instrument of torture and death. If Jesus had our health as his primary goal then I’m sure he would’ve done a lot more healing, but as it has always been, there’s 100% chance of death for each one of us.

The Gospels never call the miracles of Jesus miracles, they call them signs. To what signs do you think Jesus was pointing us? He certainly wasn’t pointing us to the miracles themselves, as Jesus wanted disciples, not spectators at a magic show. With that being said, if our health was not Jesus main priority, then why does that seem to be all we ever pray about? What do you think Jesus would have us pray about? What are the signs to which his miracles are pointing? The answer is not far from you so think about it, better yet, pray about it.

Blessings,
Rick Lee James

 

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About Rick:

Rick Lee James is a professional singer and songwriter, a speaker, author worship leader and Podcast host who has worked with the likes of Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Paul Baloche and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick published critically applauded a companion book to Basement Psalms Live called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine, an adjunct teacher at Trevecca Nazarene University and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship, including, I Lift Up My Eyes and Advent Hymn. For more information about Rick’s ministry visit his web site at http://www.RickLeeJames.com