On Tuesday, July 26th, an 84 year old priest, Father Jacques Hamel, was murdered in cold blood while he was leading a mass in France. He was forced to his knees before his throat was slit all while being videotaped. How marred the image of God must be in the people who do things like that, one of them a 19 year old.

Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). He also said, “Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27–28).

So how do we pray for enemies like this? How do we possibly love them like Jesus taught us?

Maybe we try praying the Lord’s Prayer for them.

Our Father in heaven, we pray that our enemies would be converted by your hallowed, holy, sacred name.

We pray that your Kingdom would come upon our enemies and Your will would be done in them and to them. Let this happen on earth before they have to stand before your heavenly throne in judgment.

Give them as little or as much provision as is needed to drive them unto you and to beg for forgiveness of their trespasses. Do the same for us until we have prayed to a place where we are able to forgive them, lest we be accountable in Your judgement.

Lead them away from the path of temptation and deliver them from this evil that has overcome them, because Lord, Your Kingdom is the only Kingdom with power, authority, and glory.

As we pray this for our enemies we pray it for ourselves as well. Lord, have mercy, Christ have mercy.

In our lives and especially in our deaths, may the love of Jesus be seen in us by everyone, especially our enemies who need Your love so desperately.

Our lives are yours Lord, and with our final breath, help us to tell our enemies, “God loves You and what the enemy has intended for evil, our God will work for good.”

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This episode of Voices In My Head is actually an episode of another podcast titled, Things Not Seen. David Dault is the host of the show and back on March 26th when my latest album released, David was kind enough to feature me as the guest on his program. I really think you are going to enjoy our conversation. Things Not Seen is a nationally syndicated radio show and podcast that serves as a ministry of the Sunday Evening Club. Find our more about Things Not Seen and my new album (Hymns, Prayers,and Invitations) at this link. http://www.thingsnotseenradio.com/2016/2016/4/27/1605-new-tunes-for-beloved-words-rick-lee-james.html#.V4Min1KTLhW

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It has been a great couple of months in print for coverage of my new album, Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations. Features, reviews, and ads have appeared in CCM Magazine, Worship Leader Magazine, and Lifeway Worship’s Worship Life Gatlinburg event brochure. Plus, music from the new album is scheduled to be featured in Worship Leader Magazine’s Song DISCovery release in September, along with a feature on the web set. Here are a few pictures of where the album appeared in the past month.

It was a real honor for me to be able to sit down and have a conversation with Church of the Nazarene General Superintendent emeritus, Dr. Jesse Middendorf. He has been a hero and mentor of mine from afar for many years and I think you will really enjoy our conversation on ministry, piloting airplanes, and the great hope that we have for the world. This episode was recorded on location at Mount Vernon Nazarene University for the 2016 Pastors and Leaders Conference, otherwise known as PALCON.

For more information visit http://www.RickLeeJames.com

This episode is sponsored by Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations, the new worship album from Rick Lee James
ALBUM WEB SITE: www.RickLeeJames.com/Hymnbook

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Moda Spira What You Need Music Video: https://youtu.be/2KAdQyN8gUM

On this episode of Voices In My Head I had the privilege of sitting down for a conversation with a truly awesome lady, Latifah Phillips.

Latifah Phillips, aka Moda Spira, has a long resume that includes time as a solo artist and work with Page CXVI, a band that reinterprets traditional hymns, the indie rock band Autumn Film and Sola-Mi, an experimental trio. She has produced albums for indie artists, including A Boy & His Kite, helping them place “Cover Your Tracks” on the soundtrack for Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part II. Her songs have been featured on One Tree HillThe Gates, Lifetime Films and the film The House at the End of the Street. She’s also composed incidental music for MTV and E! Moda Spira is her return to solo performing. She plans to support the album with selected dates, both alone and with multi-media pop up shows, featuring video, dancers, live painting and other surprises.

Moda Spira is my first solo venture in ten years,” Phillips says. “The songs are all dear to me, so I gave myself permission to be vulnerable. If you’re feeling down and lost, this record will let you know that you’re not alone and help you to keep moving forward.”

http://www.ModaSpira.com

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Episode #163: Eucharist As Invitation

 Historically, The Lord’s Supper has been viewed as the sustaining meal of the believer. John Wesley was innovative and his belief that the Eucharist was also an opportunity to invite people to conversion? Drawing up on historical context while looking at our modern-day setting, this workshop will examine the Lord supper and how it is an invitation to the kingdom of God.

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My guest this week on the Voices In My Head Podcast is Pastor, Author, and Mountain Climber Brian Zahnd. Brian is the Lead Pastor of Word of Life Church on St. Joseph, Missouri and has written several books including A Farewell To Mars, Beauty Will Save The World, and Unconditional. His latest book, Water To Wine: Some of My Story, tells his story of disenchantment with pop Christianity and his search for a more substantive faith. www.BrianZahnd.com

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