I just wanted to share these powerful words from a my friend David Dault, host of “Things Not Seen”. Let these words lead you into the heart of the Christmas story. Thank you David for writing so beautifully.

“Somewhere, this weekend, in a forgotten corner of your city, Mary and Joseph have just arrived in town. They are hungry, and exhausted, and they’re looking desperately for a place to sleep.

If you have money in your pockets this Christmas, congratulations. You are one of the Magi.

If you have a spare room to offer, congratulations. You are the Innkeeper.

If you have nothing but a kind word to speak, congratulations. You are a heralding angel.

The story of Christmas isn’t complete until you figure out who you are — in relation to the family that is lost in your city and in great need — and play your part.”

David Dault

Author and Host Of “Things Not Seen”




This episode comes to you courtesy of the Hoganson Media Agency who invited Voices In My Head Podcast to experience the incredible Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant Christmas Tour in Columbus Ohio. It was an incredible night of music complete with live orchesta, snowball fights, and a remarkable presentation by Compassion International.

On this episode I also share some live improvised Christmas music and talk about a new take on Charles Dicken’s Christmas Carol by the late Havey Kurtzman called, “Marley’s Ghost”.

Merry Christmas and Thanks For Listening,

Rick Lee James

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https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-mba4j-7f0668Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 244: Chanukah with Rabbi Cary Kozberg

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Cary Kozberg currently serves as Rabbi at Temple Sholom Springfield Ohio and as the Jewish chaplain at Kensington Place in Columbus, Ohio. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of spirituality and aging and is principal/owner of Side by Side: Life Transitions Coaching for the Later Years, offering pastoral and spiritual help to older adults and their families.

On this special episode of Voices In My Head we talk about a number of Hanukkah related questions, including:

      • What does the holiday of Chanukah celebrate?
      • How is it spelled, Chanukah or Hanukkah?
      • What does the word Chanukah mean?
      • Why does the date of Chanukah seem to change each year?
      • How is Chanukah celebrated?
      • Is Chanukah a major Jewish holiday?
      • Is it mandatory to give gifts on Chanukah?
      • What is a Dreidel?
      • In what order do we light the candles? 
      • …and believe it or not…The Lord’s Prayer






Our Guest On This Episode Is Tim Timmons

Singer/songwriter, worship leader and record producer Tim Timmons, in partnership with 10,000 MINUTES Kids, recently released his second children’s project, Who I Am. This all new Bible-based, “kid-tested” and “parent-approved” debut is available now at iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital retailers internationally, and directly at www.TimTimmonsMusic.com (digital and CD).


Produced by Timmons and Christian Hale, Who I Am features 10 fully-charged pop songs intended for kids and parents “to pray all week long.” With all songs either written or co-written by Timmons, each song was carefully crafted with the question in mind, “what do we want our kids to pray?”


“The idea of both the title track, ‘Who I Am,’ and the whole record – is actually our identity of what it looks like for us to know that we are loved by Jesus all week long, no matter what,” says Timmons. “It’s about working through our fears, working through the issues that we have, even when we ‘blow it’ or ‘do dumb things.’”


Inspired by Timmons’ 10,000 MINUTES movement and his personal life story, the release of the record coincides with the launch of the 10-week Who I Am Family Blog Series created by Timmons in order to help provide support and a resource for adults and families. The series will feature both weekly devotional blogs and practices geared to help families follow Jesus all week long through family discussion of scripture, devotional readings and practical suggestions found every week in “This week’s 10000 MINUTES Practice.”  


Timmons, who writes an “X” on his wrist each day as a reminder of God’s love for him despite his circumstances, adds, “Who I Am was created to encourage kids to walk with Jesus all week long – and to remind them of their identity in Jesus. My hope is that kids and parents alike will remember that we are all loved by God—the God of the Universe, no matter what. It’s who we are! It’s who I am in Him!”


More from Rick Lee James



“Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During Advent we “wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ,” in the phrase used each week in the Catholic Mass. Advent is about Jesus’ coming; even the word advent means “coming.” We celebrate the threefold coming of Jesus. We remember His coming in the past as a baby in Bethlehem, born to redeem the world. We are thankful for His coming into our hearts in the present, as we make more and more of our lives available to Him, to be used as He wishes. And we look forward joyfully to His Second Coming at the end of time when all people shall be judged and all creation shall be purified and perfected.

The Christmas story is, simply put, the most beautiful story in the world. The four lovely weeks of Advent allow us to take this story out each year and examine it. Like a jewel that sparkles in different colors when it is held up to the light and rotated, Advent lets us see the Christmas story from different angles. We sense the longing of the prophets who foretold Christ; our hearts wonder with Mary, rejoice with Elizabeth, empathize with Joseph, and thrill with the shepherds.

Advent reminds us, too, that while Christmas was glorious, it was human sinfulness and estrangement from God that made it necessary for Jesus to come to earth. So we are reminded of our spiritual lives, and of our need to be found walking in righteousness when He comes again in glory. Mostly Advent gives us a chance to remember and pay homage to the most beautiful part of the Christmas story: the incomparable, miracle-working, ardent, relational, self-sacrificing love of God for the people of the world.”

Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book

Jeanie Gushee and David Gushee

I want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Because I am thankful for you I want to let you know that “Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations” is available for free this week on Noisetrade.

The only way to get it is if you go to this link: https://rickleejames.com/2017/11/20/37899/


And to help you get more Christmas shopping out of the way, I’ve put some goodies on sale over on Amazon. CD’s Books, and Live Concert DVD’s are on sale for only $4.99 plus shipping.

Buy in bulk and get a whole bunch of gifts for friends, family, choir members, and church worship teams.

Great for stocking stuffers, your bible study, or whoever else you think may appreciate the gift of music this year (and a huge THANK YOU! to all of you who have supported my music so incredibly this year).

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.