Friday, March 03, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

On Post-Inauguration Liberal Violence


Recently I shared a video on social media showing violent acts by those protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump. I happened to be busy, and didn't really pay attention to the thread that exploded over the next couple of days. At that point, I felt it right to make a response. This is a synopsis of what I want to convey to all of my friends across the political spectrum.

I stated that the ideology of Liberalism brings violence - and I mean that, if it is followed to it's potential from the presently observed form by those that espouse it's representative political party in the United States of America. Meanwhile, I believe we each adopt some areas of classical Liberalism in this nation. The problem is that Liberalism followed to it's nth degree is inherently godless, denies natural law, and brings destruction by throwing off all boundaries, rather than freedom. Certainly I mean no injury or insult toward anyone. I made the original post because of the appalling actions of a few, demonstrating my point. Some didn't understand my aim, instead taking personal insult, so I thought it better to state my intention.

In the same time period, there was also a women's march upon Washington D.C.. I have some thoughts on that as well, but I'll save those for a different post, as I believe a female friend of mine has already stated mirroring thoughts, much better than I can. Aaaand she's a woman. So, there's that...

Here's the reality of the situation that drives me as I try to navigate the multi-faceted political spectrum. I know I have friends and family on all sides of this thing. I don't love any of you any less, regardless of where you may be. I also know this:

If we believe there are human and political solutions that will truly fix humanity's brokenness, we show the love of the Father is not in us. (1 John 2:15-16) Those same misguided passions give rise to violence, & further complicate the broken human condition. That means Republicans can't fix it either. We are, after all, sinful people, trying to rule ourselves, with varying degrees of effectiveness, as a stop-gap measure until we submit ourselves in repentance toward Jesus Christ. It is only when we follow Christ than we have the power individually to resist the sin that pervades us all. In our natural state we are perhaps not fully corrupt, but all aspects of our being are corrupted. This is sin...the human condition. In that state we seek after and love the desires of the flesh, the things we see, and exercise wrongful pride in what we have. None of that comes from God.

Politics can never be a replacement for the rule of Almighty God. He has allowed this for a time, even manipulating the rise and fall of nations, and those in power, so that all may have an opportunity to come to Him in repentance. (Acts 17:24-34)

If you would like to see further context what God has to say on this matter, read the book of Acts, chapter 17, and perhaps the surrounding context.

Thank you. I wish peace to you all - specifically the deep peace that you will only ever know by coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

A Look Back at Prodigal Mile

I once played in a band called Prodigal Mile. That band is working toward a reunion this year. I wrote some thoughts about it.

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A long, long time ago, in a place perhaps not so far away, you were cool if your favorite band was the most awesome band no one had ever heard of...and you got to introduce all of your friends to their music. Then that band just happened to show up and play at your college campus. Then when you showed up for monthly "Metro" Baptist Student Union events, that band was there too. They were a group of friends, making music to encourage others to live a life of worship of Jesus Christ.

It was new music. It was shared music. Some of it was original. Together, you were all like family, setting out on a great adventure, to see what our great God had in store for your life.

Eventually, life moved on. We all got jobs, careers, spouses (often from the very same group that hung with the band), mortgages, children, cars, bigger Nerf guns, and didn't leave a cow tongue stuffed in someone's couch. Life crowded out the sounds of the music, but the music resonates still in those whose hearts burn with the Holy Spirit.

Though often times altogether separate, we are many who continue to walk this journey. We are the prodigals, walking this journey with our Lord, trying to make our way home. What joy will fill our souls when on this road we find ourselves on that last mile...that Prodigal Mile.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CCC's "2nd Annual Christmas Boutique Fundraiser"

2nd Annual Christmas Boutique

I'm proud to be partnering with Chesterfield Community Church Women's Ministry to MC/DJ this event. Local vendors are featured, and will donate 10% of profits to Made for Freedom (www.madeforfreedom.com), a company benefiting international human trafficking survivors on their journey toward dignified employment, providing for themselves, and their families.

This is an exciting event with 25+ vendors on 2 separate levels, so make sure you visit both the fellowship hall and the upstairs foyer. Of course I'll be available to present the variety of services I offers, and speak about my part in the evangelism/discipleship group, Floodlight Revolution.

The "Christmas Boutique" is Thursday, 12/1, from 6-9pm @ Chesterfield Community Church.
Directions: 14647 Ladue Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (314) 469-3255

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Returning Vendors:

Made for Freedom - Dawn Manske
www.madeforfreedom.com
Creabeli jewelry, clothing and professional handbags and satchells

Glaize Creek Bath, Body and Soy Candles - Joy Aiello -
https://www.facebook.com/GlaizeCreekSoyCandles/?fref=ts
http://naturalsoy.org/glaize-creek-soy-candle-company/
visit this site to see Joy's story and what makes her products so special.

Glyna's Unique Boutique - Glyna Patterson
Inspired jewelry creations for the holidays and beyond.
From fun and trendy to elegant statement pieces

Whatknot Designz - Janet Hampton
http://whatknotdesignz.com/
Janet is back sharing her custom jewelry recycling spent bullet casings into beautiful works of art you can wear.

Silver Lining Studio - Kristin Shuler Piston
Wooden Wall art and ornaments with inspirational quotes. https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverLiningStudio1?ref=search_shop_redirect

Photography - Marshall Winslow
Beautiful photographic prints of nature around the world
Also does family portraits-schedule a date at the event
http://winslowphotos.com/

Mary Kay - Alina Brown
Featuring cosmetics, skincare and fragrances. Alina always has some amazing stocking stuffers on hand.
http://www.marykay.com/abrown9

Tastefully Simple - Adrienne Swanson
These products are a snap to whip together but they taste like you have been cooking all day. Make sure to visit her booth for a sample.
https://www.tastefullysimple.com/consultant/contact/0119862

STL Cake Pops- Rachel Sarino
You won't want to miss ordering your treats for the holidays or even just to indulge in some of her awesome creations!
http://stlcakepops.com/

Ryan Jones - Author
Ryan and Carol Jones will again be joining us featuring his books he personally has authored. Come and get your books and have them personally autographed.

Carol's Creations - Carol Aguilar - Beautiful hair bows, decorated hair brushes, and deco phone cases.

A Tail of Two Strands - Cassie Shope/Dawn Lee - handmade crocheted Christmas ornaments, decorations, and more!

Vivian Brill - http://www.vivianbrill.com/
Photo note cards featuring St. Louis Victorian era parks, etc.

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New Vendors:

Busybee Creations - Debby Miller - Seamstress and Needlework Extraordinaire - Debby will be featuring her Mug Rugs - A special little place to rest your cup of something yummy and a treat.

Zingara Gems - Diana Phillips and son Andrew
Beautiful handmade jewelry and Angel photography.
She can usually be visited at the Creve Couer Farmers Market
https://www.facebook.com/ZingaraGemsJewelry

One Crafty Lady - Ruth Pitt
"One Crafty Lady" is bringing her handmade and reusable Christmas gift bags and gift card/money holders this year to the masses!

James A. Miller Music - DJ/MC, Live Performance, Private Instruction and Events.

Floodlight Revolution - "Shining intense light into dark hearts."
http://floodlightrevolution.com/

Copper Clover Crafts - Jessica Grimes - Home decor

MM^2 - Handmade Mermaid and Shark tails, blankets, jellies, t-shirt bags and more!

Vicki McFerron - jewelry, handmade wreaths, quilts and throws.

Kippi - Beautiful Custom Embroidery
Blankets, Dog and Cat Coats, Christmas Stockings, Tree Skirts, Coats, Jackets, Backpacks and more.... Embroider something you have on had or order an item from her directly.

And more to come!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Free Music: "Your Daughter's Dad"


For a limited time, you can download "Your Daughter's Dad", from my previous release with Floodlight Revolution, for free! Click the link below.

https://soundcloud.com/jamesamiller/your-daughters-dad

Intentional Relationships


Doh! I incorrectly referenced my favorite Bible verse. Time for coffee. (Proverbs 27:17, not Proverbs 27:7.)

New Song: Unfinished Human Story

Here's a quick & dirty cell phone video of a new song I wrote last week. Chances are this song will get fleshed out and put on my next recording project, though that may be a few months.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Has Science Discovered God?

For those interested in such a question, and its answer, I'm providing a PDF download from Y-Jesus.com, a site of facts about Jesus, presented by scholars. I believe this article is well worth reading.

Download here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Wrap-up: "CrossBridge 2016"


It was great to be a small part in what God is doing with these great folks @ CrossBridge Community Church STL. These past 3 years leading worship music and a list of various tasks have brought growth and fulfillment in my own calling. I love you all. Many thanks from James A. Miller Music, my family, and those who have played a role in Floodlight Revolution. May the Lord bring many blessings to each of you. May you grow as His disciples, and make disciples of many more.

Special thanks to: Jason Weaver, Taffy Darby, Stephen Adams, Tim Trace, Luke Sanders, Dan Deming, Derek Reed, & Denise Miller.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wrapping Up "CrossBridge 2016"

Just a couple more weeks left of my summer ministry project, "CrossBridge 2016". Then I'm going to be retooling for a new adventure. Drop in at this page (http://jamesamillermusic.com/) for updates, join my email list, and/or follow me on social media (links in the sidebar).

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Human Lives Matter!

A timely Psalm...

Psalm 139 (NCV)

For the director of music. A psalm of David.
139 Lord, you have examined me
    and know all about me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know my thoughts before I think them.
3 You know where I go and where I lie down.
    You know everything I do.
4 Lord, even before I say a word,
    you already know it.
5 You are all around me—in front and in back—
    and have put your hand on me.
6 Your knowledge is amazing to me;
    it is more than I can understand.
7 Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
    Where can I run from you?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there.
    If I lie down in the grave, you are there.
9 If I rise with the sun in the east
    and settle in the west beyond the sea,
10 even there you would guide me.
    With your right hand you would hold me.
11 I could say, “The darkness will hide me.
    Let the light around me turn into night.”
12 But even the darkness is not dark to you.
    The night is as light as the day;
    darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You made my whole being;
    you formed me in my mother’s body.
14 I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
    What you have done is wonderful.
    I know this very well.
15 You saw my bones being formed
    as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,
16 you saw my body as it was formed.
All the days planned for me
    were written in your book
    before I was one day old.
17 God, your thoughts are precious to me.
    They are so many!
18 If I could count them,
    they would be more than all the grains of sand.
When I wake up,
    I am still with you.
19 God, I wish you would kill the wicked!
    Get away from me, you murderers!
20 They say evil things about you.
    Your enemies use your name thoughtlessly.
21 Lord, I hate those who hate you;
    I hate those who rise up against you.
22 I feel only hate for them;
    they are my enemies.
23 God, examine me and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any bad thing in me.
    Lead me on the road to everlasting life.
New Century Version (NCV)
The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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