Sunday, November 15, 2015

Jesus: Creator, Savior, King

(From Isaiah 43)

Listen to the Word of God, calling you by name.
He claims you as His own - Do not be afraid.
He bought us with a price, beyond our pain and shame.
Jesus our God - the only One who saves.

Holy God of Israel, owner of history.
All powerful Creator says, "You are precious to me."
I'll gather you together from the far away place,
People for My glory, whom I formed and made.

We can see, and to proclaim is our right,
"Jesus is Lord - All others are lies."
None before. There's no after.
Creator, Savior, King - We're forever in Your hand.

The Lord makes a way from the sin we're drowning in.
Snuffs out His enemies and reigns eternally.
Brings water in the desert, streams in the wastelands,
Restores broken people to proclaim His praise.

Who are you to ignore the God who saves!?
Do you think you've something to offer?
Do you believe, you're doing God a favor with half-hearted belief?
All defense and protest is sin and tiring offense.

God alone blots transgressions and forgets our sins.
When we're repentant people, He brings innocence.
No reasons to argue your case when our fathers sinned.
Submission is the only way to have peace within.

Creator, Savior, and King - Jesus we're in Your hand.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Faith: Doubts & Questions

Do you have doubts and questions about faith in Jesus Christ? I don't think that's a bad thing. In fact, those very same doubts and questions have probably been the biggest catalyst for my spiritual growth. For that reason, I'd like to invite you to explore Genesis chapter 3 with me.

In the past I've posted about Genesis 3, and how it tells Satan "The Enemy of God and Mankind". Today I would like to talk about his tactics. First, let us read the text.

Genesis 3 (ESV, footnotes in [ ])
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[plural] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[giving insight] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool[wind] of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”[singular] 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you[singular] that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Satan had a plan in action. He suggested disbelief as a fitting response to God's instruction. He caused doubt, questions, and demonstrated his own pride to suggest that Eve should know better than to obey God - that perhaps direct disobedience was fitting. Perhaps God is holding out on giving His best to Adam & Eve. Satan positioned himself as one wno knows better, and perhaps that he is speaking from experience. Notice that doubt-questioning is a pivotol.

I propose to you that little has changed from the time of the Genesis account until now. Satan is still using the same playbook, and millions fall for his deception.  One can either respond in faith in a relationship with Jesus, or one can turn away from the Lord. I highly doubt most of us wake up and decide we want to break the laws of God today...That we want to be a sinner. It usually goes something like this.

Some sinful thing or action looks attractive to us. We have doubt that it will really cause harm. Others have done it with good results. It's legal in some states now. Her marriage is going to soon be over anyway. No one will even know, and it's none of their business. The Supreme Court says it's legal, and everyone deserves equal rights for who they love and can marry. How could something that feels so good be wrong?

This is spiritual short-sightedness. We begin to be deceived. We doubt. We question. We begin to argue against the truth, giving ourselves over to the lie, a little at a time at first. It feels good! Those religious biggots can't tell me what to do. Before long we're enthusiastically sharing this new thing we've found, all the while unaware it is a short-term pleasure, and that sooner or later our error will be found out, accompanied by the horrifying realization that we've left God's protection. We are broken, and naked.

I don't know about you, but I'm naturally an inqusitive person, so I question much. In your own questioning, I pray you explore more than temporary pleasure. I urge you to trust the Word of the Lord, for it is reliable. You'll gain protectoin, stability, a life in the purpose you were created for, and a relationship with God. Once you've broken this relationship through pride and disobedience, as a wrong respnose to doubt and questioning, then you'll need something only God can do for you.

If you have doubts and questions, seek the Lord, not the flawed wisdom of fallen mankind. Pray. Pour over the Bible. Make a list of doubts and questions and seek the answers in a logical way. Your soul depends upon it.

Slow-Down, TN, & Bill Clinton

So, a quick update: I'm on a singing slow-down for the next few weeks. I was sick last weekend, but still managed to lead worship Sunday morning before entirely losing my voice that afternoon. After 6 days of being completely gone, it's slowly returning. It will likely be a few days before I'm singing again.

James, Rob & Jen Berberich @
CBCC Commissioning Service

At the end of the month I'll be leading worship for CrossBridge Community Church, whom I played at their commissioning service last Sunday. There's a few weeks of my usual bass gig with Chesterfield Community Church on Sunday mornings, and then a 7 week run back with CrossBridge. Throw in a DJing a wedding reception, and attending (not performing...I wish!) the Worship Together 2016 Conference in Franklin, TN. If anyone down Nashville way wants to throw me a bone, I'll happily play something on Saturday, 2/6.

Then it's back home, and time for some potential recording projects, including some of my own stuff, perhaps someone else's solo project or two...and there's a rumor that a once hoppin' band from my past may be doing a reunion recording project. Where ma BSU peeps at?

In the meantime, I'd appreciate prayer for my voice's recovery. Presently I sound like Bill Clinton after a rough weekend, with all the vocal range of an exuberant 8-year-old's sneakers being dragged on a gravel driveway while riding his bicycle...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Children: Curiosity, Fear, & Balance

Recently at a wedding DJ gig I had two interesting encounters with children. The first involved one child wandering onto the dance floor, on the same property, but away from the wedding dinner festivities. I guessed this little girl was about 3. Someone eventually noticed her, and hollered her name, but she wasn't returning.

There was a mixture of fear and curiosity in her eyes as she surveyed the noise-making objects of one duck-footed DJ. With some coaxing, this stranger got her to follow, at a distance, back to the wedding festivities. Upon connecting with a friendly face, I was relieved of child care to continue equipment setup.

The second encounter was different than the first, but also involved fear. I was in the restroom, fearfully struggling for containment with my formal attire for the evening. There was no dressing room, so the handicap stall would suffice. Now if only the door could latch properly.

Half dressed, "This is going pretty well" I thought to myself. The upper half was coming together. Pants on, but I hadn't worked up the nerve to fasten them yet. Time for shoes. No place to sit. I balanced carefully on one foot, phone charger coiled under my chins. Like a C-130 mid-air refuleing I would apply a dress shoe to each foot. Unfortunately, unlike the aircraft, I lacked an altimeter, resulting in a slight overestimation in my ability to maintain altitude. Forgetting the stall didn't latch, I tried to steady myself, but lost my balance, burst through the stall door, and slammed it into the tile wall. I'm not sure who was more startled - myself, at having fallen with all appendages already engaged, or the child that ran screaming out of the restroom. I suppose my unintelligible growling didn't help the stricken child. I was merely trying to regain my balance.

Balance...yeah. That boy may be striving for balance after having witnessed a pantsless, chubby, sweaty, bald beast exploding from the toilet stall. I wonder if he completed what he came in there for...

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hoppin' Weekend!

What a hoppin' weekend! 2 birthday parties, DJ'ed a wedding reception, bass guitar & backing vocals with the Chesterfield Community Church worship band, and finished off with some thought-provoking Bible discussion on 1 Corinthians chapter 12. Soon it will be sleepy time. Can't wait to lift the name of the Lord and make some more noise.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

New Song: God's Child

I take comfort in this
God, You became man
You know who I am

And You have a plan
To the Promised Land
Through the Son of man

Oh, Jesus made a way
Shined the light of day
On my wicked ways

My soul was saved
from sin into life
Now on God's side

You made a bridge
Across a great divide
And now the grave
Can't claim my life

Ever living
Pressing on-ward
For what we were made
God's child

I've no confidence
In fleshly things
This Truth rings

I'm not my own
The Spirit lives in me
Causin' me to see

God's Grace for me
life in boundary
There I am free

No longer a slave
friend of Yahweh
My price He paid

You made a bridge
Across a great divide
And now the grave
Can't claim my life

Ever living
Pressing on-ward
For what we were made

You made a bridge
Across a great divide
And now the grave
Can't claim my life

Ever living
Pressing on-ward
For what we were made
God's child  

Brothers and sisters (brothers and sisters)
Lend me your ear (Lend me your ear)
God has redeemed us (God has redeemed us)
His path is clear (His path is clear)

We turn from our old ways (We turn from our old ways)
Repenting our hearts (Repenting our hearts)
God please forgive us (God please forgive us)
We give you our lives (We give you our lives)

Yahweh, You became a man
Yahweh, You built a bridge
Yahweh, Across a great divide
Yahweh, Please take my life

Yahweh, You became a man
Yahweh, You built a bridge
Yahweh, Across a great divide
Yahweh, Please take my life

Please take my life
Please take my life
Please take my life
I am God's child!

Copyright, James A. Miller, 2015.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Alrighty, y'all have convinced me. I'll be a DJ. I mean, I've basically been doing it off and on for 16 years, beginning in college. I never meant to do it. I have a blast being a DJ though. Apparently some of you think I'm doing something right since I keep getting asked to be a wedding DJ and hired to do so.

Thanks for that. It really is an honor to be a part of someone's special day as a couple makes a covenant vow to each other before the Lord. So, if you're considering me as a wedding DJ, know I'll do my best to make sure we celebrate your wedding how you want to do it. Further information and packages coming. Check back here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New Song: Just for Fun

Just for fun I recorded my own spin on the worship song "Let It Be Known (Come On, Let's Turn It Up)". It's not perfect, but I wasn't spending any more time on it. Enjoy.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Social Media Break & Leading Worship

So, despite the fact that you may be reading this on some form of social media, the only place I'm making this post right now is my official site. It feeds over lots of places... You see, I'm taking a break from the normal social media sites right now for a variety of reasons, but suffice to say because I believe my heavenly Father is showing me some things that require me to step away from these tools temporarily. That being said, I can hardly wait to jump back onto social media to share the things that God is showing me.

If you're a worship leader, Christian musician, or have ever observed one of my type for very long, you've probably wondered at some point what in the world is wrong with that person! Think of your worst typical day. Think of the normal thoughts and struggles you have as a man or woman, husband or wife, employee, lawn care technician, server, baker, chemical engineer, etc.

Now add to that a very real doubt that maybe what you spend all of your time obsessing over might now even be Biblically supported. (Hint for worship leaders: It is! See this post.) For extra ...sensation, add to that a heap of criticism and the fact that while you're uniquely created, there's a whole lot of people that can do what you do probably better than you do. Depressed yet?

Now let me redeem this. See, our God is in the business of redeeming all who will let Him do so. That even means us quirky artistic types. Despite the fact that someone can wiggle their fingers faster than you, or sing higher, or look less awkward on stage, there's absolutely no one that can replace you. In all of your positive and negative traits, allow the Lord to continue to work on and through you. He's not done or you wouldn't be reading this.

Sure, someone else could probably take your job and do the mechanics of it...but you know what they can't do? They can't do your job like you would do it. So DO IT! A hopelessly wandering and lost world, as well as an oft-trodden upon Church, needs you to be genuine about leading worship. First, worship! Secondly, infectiously share that with your congregation, a bar room full of people, or group of children getting helium balloons at a lemonade stand. Find out what your strengths are and play to them in order to be more effective.

Want to know a secret? I'm not the most dynamic worship leader, but to the best of my abilities, I'm solid. There's probably a dozen younger, smarter, better looking worship leaders in my city. That's OK. I'll sing and play an instrument, with my heart in the right place, pounding my foot into the stage floor until you not only begin to wonder about Jesus, but you're ready to worship Him too. Why? Because comparing ourselves will never bring glory to God. On the contrary, being who He meant you to be will not only glorify Him, but provide strength and direction for you too.

This post has gotten long. As usual, I don't know what the heck I'm doing...but I'm worshiping God and He seems to take care of the rest. See you on social media in not quite a month. I'm sure the Lord will have given me more to say.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Going Solo

Alrighty, here's what's up y'all. If you've been following my creative journey for a while, you know I've been an instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter for several groups, doing original and cover music. For years I did that under the pseudonym Jay Arthur, until I killed off that character.

In 2011 I formed the band Floodlight Revolution to challenge listeners to seek Truth. As a band, it didn't play a lot, but released an E.P. on Independence Day, 2014. Each musician had their own thing going on, but meanwhile my solo calendar has been full. I've always being a "band guy", so this is a change of gears. So here's what's going to happen.

I'm going solo! (Or is that rogue?) Floodlight Revolution will continue to exist as a ministry organization and independent record label for Gospel-minded creatives, recording and producing projects, etc. While Floodlight Revolution won't necessarily be a band anymore, I'm continually performing or producing in some capacity. I will continue to honor my Lord with the music I create and perform, along with my various other services. My goal is to lead others to lives of real worship.

So, there you have it. James A. Miller, solo artist. I'm performing originals, covers, CCM, & worship music. I'm DJ'ing, preaching, serving as a worship leader, and guest musician. I hope to release my first full length solo album in 2015. My release with FR is still available too. Presently I provide vocal, instrumental, and audio technical support to various St. Louis area churches.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Rainbow and Fire

In Genesis 9 the Lord instructed Noah and his descendents (us) to be fruitful and and multiply after the Great (global) Flood. He then established a covenant with mankind and all living creatures that He would never again destroy all life on earth by a flood. He gave the rainbow as a sign to all covenanted parties. Today, many hurting, deceived people, display the rainbow to promoting a lifestyle the Lord has prohibited. Satan and his demons have deceived people into using God's own symbol to mock Him. This will be allowed for a time.

God used Simon Peter (2 Peter 3) to remind people to think wholesome thoughts, repent before Him, and to teach others to live a lifestyle respecting God's commands. He wants us to understand what will happen with people in the last days. Scoffers will follow evil desires, saying, "Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?" "Everything goes on like it always has." They deliberately forget that God spoke everything into being, and the earth out of water and by water. The world was deluged. Now the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire on the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. (Paraphrased)

People today mistake the Lord's patience. He is instead holding back the end because He doesn't want anyone to perish, but to come to repentance. Many will be caught unaware, like a thief in the night, when thunderously the heavens disappear, the elements are destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it are laid bare. How should we live with this in mind? We should be holy and live godly lives, looking forward to that day so that God will speed its coming. The godly will receive a new heaven and new earth where righteousness dwells.

Christians, we need to be spotless, blameless, and at peace with the Lord. Don't be like the unsaved. The Lord's patience means salvation. Some corrupt people distort the deep thoughts of God's word for their own gain. God will deal with them. As for now, we have entered a time of lawlessness. I urge you to grow in the grace the Lord has extended to you. Grow in knowledge of God's Word so you will not be led away in error, and fall from your salvation.

Friday, June 26, 2015

2nd Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

As a redeemed child of God, minister in His work, and person that seeks to be obedient to my heavenly Father, today marks the day that myself and many others will become criminals for choosing to obey God rather than man. Once again Satan, the god of this world, has counterfeited legally what God created originally in perfection.

I had hoped that our nation was not so far gone as to make Gay *Marriage the law of the land, but I am very sadly disappointed. I know now that we will never recover this nation. It has always had Satanic/Babylonian undercurrents, despite many people who came to this land for religious freedom. Homosexuality always becomes normalized before the downfall of a civilization. 

I wonder now how long before Christian's rights are further trampled. How long before our children are taken away because we teach them the truth? For obeying God rather than man? How long before we are not only an annoyance to those who are perishing, but we are also beaten publicly, tortured, and killed. 

Soon many of us peacefully following the Lord will become enemies of the state...perhaps we already have. Our blood will be shed, as was our Savior's, because He also did not submit himself to the corrupt political-religious system. 

Today I am sad while many rejoice in sin. I am sad for the evil that they and those like them will thrust upon my children. I am sad that my brothers and sisters in Christ will be slaughtered in our own nation. Today begins a much steeper decline in our civilization than we have seen. 

To those who are homosexual and reading this, or supporting the lifestyle of those who are homosexual: Know that I love gay people. It is not my job to condemn them. Instead, if you are in that lifestyle, I urge you to understand that God has a better way for you. He wants more for you. The path you are choosing is leading to death. God offers redemption, healing, and life. 

To those seeking wisdom: Today is about more than just sexual preference. Do not be fooled. Search the Bible. You can trust it. Read Romans chapter 1. 

In love and sadness,
James A. Miller