In December 2016, to celebrate the music video for Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing),  CCM Magazine did another interview with Rick Lee James. This time it’s all about Advent and Christmas.

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The new album releases on St. Patrick’s Day 2016. You can help us get the word out by sharing this short GIF Teaser video.

Blessings,
Rick Lee James

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Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God and What Does He Want From Us? is the new book written by Andrew Greer (http://www.andrew-greer.com) and Ginny Owens (http://ginnyowens.com). Ginny and Andrew are both my guests on the latest episode of Voice In My Head, the Rick Lee James Podcast. Together we talk about the relational aspects of God, Christmas music, New EP’s TV tapings, songwriting and even an Alaskan Cruise that Ginny and Andrew will be a part of in 2016.

I also make a final plea to pre-order my new CD “Hymns, Prayers’ and Invitations” which is due to release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). This new album features a song that Andrew Greer and I wrote together called ‘The Invitation’.

Ginny and Andrew are both wonderful people and interesting guests so sit back, stick in an earbud, and listen to the latest episode of Voices In My Head, the official Rick Lee James Podcast.

Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God and What Does He Want From Us? can be purchased here: http://www.lifeway.com/Product/transcending-mysteries-who-is-god-and-what-does-he-want-from-us-P005729670

Ginny Owens Online Store: http://ginnyowens.com/shop

Andrew Greer Online Store: http://andrewgreer.bigcartel.com

Pre-Order Rick Lee James Record (Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations):http://www.GoFundMe.com/Hymns

Want To Hear A Track From My New CD?

If you haven’t heard yet, my new album is recorded and mixed, promo photos have been taken, publishing contracts have been executed, and I am currently in talks with media promoters and graphic designers.

With that being said we still are quite a bit short financially and could really use your help to complete the album. I still have to pay for mastering, printing the discs, distribution fees, art design, and promotion. This puts me at least $1000 short at this point.

The record is being released on March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) but my plan is to have it mastered, pressed, and mailed out to donors before Christmas. With your help I know this can be accomplished. If you could once again help me spread the word about our gofundme page that would be a great help.

Also, several,of you have told me that you are planning on contributing but just haven’t yet. I would encourage you to do it now if you are planning to, then you can get a copy of the album well before the rest of the world.

Just to sweeten the pot a bit more, to all new donors who give $10 or more between now and Thanksgiving, I will immediately send you a track from the new record.

I’ve listened to the unmastered mixes from start to finish about 6 times now and I still Cant believe how great it sounds.Craig Adams did an amazing job of producing, singing BGV’s and assembling some of the best musicians and engineers that Nashville (the world really) have to offer. I’m a blessed man to have such care given to my songs.

Help me spread the word and give if you can.Wishing you all a great week.

Rick Lee James

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I invite you to pray along with me this week on this special episode of The Voices My Head Podcast as I lead us through a Morning Daily Prayer Rite of the Orthodox Church. Click the picture below to follow along with the prayer.

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Since 2010, KHK (Kids Helping Kids) has performed in over 80 events! They were blessed to open for such well known Christian artists and some Dove award recipients such as The Newsboys, FFH, Jason Gray, John G. Elliott, Jo Vogels, flyfaith, and yours truly, Rick Lee James. God has big plans for these kids and it was my privilege to have them, as well as their founders John and Karen Flaugher, on the Voices In My Head Podcast This week. KHK’s new record, Keep Him King, is available everywhere online including CDBABY.

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This is such a profound Christian response to violence that I really felt compelled to share it. This is the message of the followers of Christ to any who would make themselves enemies, in this case ISIS.

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Website: mighty.la (coming soon)
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As the world responds to the Islamic State with hatred, revenge, and shock, there is one group that is responding differently. They are not allies with ISIS but enemies. And they have been slain by the thousands in the hands of ISIS. ISIS calls them The Nation of the Cross – The ones they have killed are bringing a message of forgiveness and hope. Declaring a love that they do not know – A love that reconciles even the worst of us and can make enemies into brothers.

We worked with several Arab Christians and Middle East Refugees to get their feedback. Also had it translated by an Arab Christian from Egypt.

Mighty is a new company based in LA with the vision that one day Christians would have a powerful and consistent voice in online media.

Shot on a GoPro Hero 4 Black in 4k with a DJI Phantom 2. And a Panasonic GH4 with Zeiss 35mm lenses.Shot around the Big Sur region in CA.

Music is ‘Rise’ from The Music Bed.

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This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast, Andrew Peterson returns. Since we are so close to the Easter Season we talk a lot about his classic record, Resurrection Letters Volume 2. It was great to record this episode on location in Nashville at the Rabbit Room’s North Wind Manor. There’s a little something for everyone here. Great music and great conversation with a great artist, Andrew Peterson.

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The Following is From The Book,

Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms

Since I close chapter three of the book by talking about St. Patrick I wanted to share the entire chapter as a celebration of his life and legacy. I hope you enjoy it. The book can be purchased from Amazon.com at this link.

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Simply click on the picture below to read Chapter 3 – St. Patrick and Psalm 42

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How Do I Pray?
How Do I Pray?

More than 400 years ago Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits (literally meaning the society of Jesus), developed a way of praying for the purpose of helping people to find God in all things. This way of praying intentionally looks for what God is doing right now. As Christians we believe that the risen Christ is alive and active, working in His creation in every moment, drawing everything near to Himself as He Himself draws near. A wonderful way to pray is by looking for God’s presence in our lives, both individually and communally. Saint Ignatius Loyola encouraged prayer-filled mindfulness by prayerfully developing a technique called the Daily Examen. The Examen is a prayerful reflection on the day’s events for the purpose of detecting God’s presence and discerning His direction for our lives. The following is my best attempt to adapt St. Ignatius’s prayer for my own use. This is one way I am learning to pray as I follow Ignatius’ 5 steps and since none of us pray in a vacuum, I thought others might find it helpful as well. These certainly aren’t ideas that are original to me, they are simply my attempt to make this type of praying my own. I always pray better with a guide.

1. Become aware of God’s presence. 

Look back on the events of the day so far. Be aware that you are in the presence of the Father, revealed to us in Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Don’t ask anything yet, just simply be aware of the Presence of God, who is with you in this very moment.

2. Review the day with gratitude. 

As you review your day, be mindful both of the things that have brought you joy as well as things that have been obstacles.  Take note of the delights as well as the struggles of the day. Ponder the work that you accomplished and the people with whom you interacted. What did you recieve from these people and things? What did you give to them? Pay atttention to both the small things and the large things for God is in the details.  What did you eat? How did you feel? Were you cold or hot? Jesus presence is both the center of our joy as well as our stumbling block at times. Cultivate gratitude for both, that God would care enough to be present in every moment, revealing Himself in the joy and struggle, knowing that His nearness is always for our good.

3. Pay attention to your emotions. 

Strive to detect the presence of the Spirit of God in the movements of our emotions. Reflect on the feelings you experienced during the day. In what did you find affirmation? What did you find challenging? What caused you Boredom? Exhilaration? Resentment? Compassion? Anger? Confidence? Have I been kind to others? Have I been open to growth? What is God saying through these feelings?

God might show you some ways that you have fallen short. Make note of these sins and faults but also look deeper to what these things might mean. Does your frustration possibly mean that you need to consider new directions in some area of  your life and work? Are there people who come to mind that you may need to reach out to in some way? Are there places and habits that you need to avoid? Do your emotions indicate that a change of course is needed? God’s paths will lead to wholeness so it’s helpful to examine if you are recieving wholeness or brokenness from your present path?

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.

Ask the God to direct you to something during the day that is of particular importance to Him. It might involve positive and/or  negative feelings. It may be a significant encounter with another person or people. It might be a vivid moment of peace or fulfillment. It might be something that seems insignificant at first. Look at it. Pray about it. Allow prayer to arise spontaneously from your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in prayers of intercession, praise, repentance, or gratitude.

5. Look toward tomorrow. 

Ask God for light to face the challenges of tomorrow. Pay attention to the feelings that surface as you survey what’s lies ahead. What are you experiencing about the future? Doubt? Cheer? Worry? Joyful anticipation? Allow these feelings be transformed into prayer. Seek God’s guidance. Ask him for help and understanding. Ask God to show you how to be the Christlike person that he wants you to be.

Talk to Jesus like a friend. End the Daily Examen in a conversation with Jesus. Ask Him to forgive for your sins. Ask for His protection and help. Ask for His wisdom in the questions you have and the problems you are facing. Pray in the spirit of gratitude but also in complete honesty. There is nothing you can say to Him that will make Him stop loving You. Be real with God even when it isn’t pretty. God doesn’t know the person you pretend to be because that person doesn’t exist. Be who you are, who God made you to be. Every life, including yours, is a gift. If you examine your life carefully and prayerfully, you will see that it is filled with gifts from God.

End the Daily Examen with the prayer Jesus taught his disciples

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Holy is Your Name;

Your Kingdom come,Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Your’s is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.