Thursday, August 27, 2015

DJing

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)". 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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Statement on Same-Sex Marriage


As a child of God, a minister, musician, husband, and father, I stand with the Baptists. I will not compromise.

Original article found here: Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

As Southern Baptist Christians, we are committed to Biblical faith and ethics. As a result, this body of Believers stands on the authority of Scripture and God’s Truth as central to our lives.
What the Bible says about marriage is clear, definitive and unchanging. We affirm biblical, traditional, natural marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The Scriptures’ teaching on marriage is not negotiable. We stake our lives upon the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Consequently, we will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body including the United States Supreme Court. We will not recognize same-sex “marriages”, our churches will not host same-sex ceremonies, and we will not perform such ceremonies.
While we affirm our love for all people, including those struggling with same-sex attraction, we cannot and will not affirm the moral acceptability of homosexual behavior or any behavior that deviates from God’s design for marriage. We also believe religious freedom is at stake within this critical issue – that our first duty is to love and obey God, not man.
Therefore, we strongly encourage all Southern Baptist pastors, leaders, educators, and churches to openly reject any mandated legal definition of marriage and to use their influence to affirm God’s design for life and relationships. As the nation’s largest non-Catholic denomination with over 16 million members, we stake our very lives and future on the Truth of God’s Word.
We also join together to support those who stand for natural marriage in the corporate world, the marketplace, education, entertainment, media and elsewhere with our prayers and influence, and resources.
Respectfully,
Dr. Bailey E. Smith
SBC President: 1981, 1982
Dr. Morris H. Chapman
SBC President: 1991, 1992
Dr. James T. Draper, Jr.
SBC President: 1983, 1984
Dr. Charles F. Stanley
SBC President: 1985, 1986
Dr. Jerry Vines
SBC President: 1989, 1990
Dr. H. Edwin Young
SBC President: 1993, 1994
Dr. James B. Henry
SBC President: 1995, 1996
Dr. Tom Elliff
SBC President: 1997, 1998
Dr. Paige Patterson
SBC President: 1999, 2000
Dr. James Merritt
SBC President: 2001, 2002
Dr. Jack Graham
SBC President: 2003, 2004
Dr. Bobby Welch
SBC President: 2005, 2006
Dr. Frank S. Page
SBC President: 2007, 2008
Dr. Johnny M. Hunt
SBC President: 2009, 2010
Dr. Bryant Wright
SBC President: 2011, 2012
Dr. Fred Luter
SBC President: 2013, 2014
Dr. Ronnie Floyd
SBC President 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Killing Our Future

In this nation we're killing our future, one baby at a time. Many people try to justify their actions in taking the lives of unborn children. What do children say when they are asked about abortion? Online for Life asked the question.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Bit Giddy

Despite difficulties we face in life, if you can't at least every so often be a bit giddy and amazed at what God does, I'd like to suggest you don't know Him very well. Sometimes I just have to giggle like a goofy little boy and stand in awe of what my Father is up to.

The Enemy of God and Mankind

The largest problem the world faces today is that we fail to realize there is a purposeful and constant misdirection away from the source of evil. There is an ancient one, among others, who has been an enemy of God, all His good creation, and specifically of mankind, since the earliest days of human existence. Not all social evils can be solved with money. Not all conflict can be resolved with a counsellor. I urge you, look at the world around you today and notice that there is a uniting framework of organization in the evil you observe.

In Genesis 3, we find a snake, whom we later learn is indwelled by an evil spirit, called Satan, the devil, a counterfeit Morning Star, the dragon, and a son of God. At some point, this spirit being has fallen from his created state. He has chosen to make humanity his target because he apparently is incapable of defeating God whom created him. Satan is a crafty fellow. He disguises himself and offers what seems attractive to people to deceive them into his trap.

"3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made."

What trap have you fallen into? Do you know and believe that your enemy, the devil, is real? Are you trading life for what seems attractive but will end in your pain, downfall, and possibly even your death? I'll give you a clue. If you think evil only comes from bad people, or people that merely need love in their heart, you have been deceived already, and the trap will spring. We're all broken people in the devil's playground. Know your enemy is real. Turn to the Lord to be rescued before it's too late.

Update: 5/28/15 @ 8:08pm

In case you have any doubt about what I'm saying, then I urge you to consider this little tidbit of information. Apparently the FOX Network is to air 'Lucifer' - portraying Satan as a good guy. I'm telling you, it's systematic desensitization. If you'll please take me seriously on this, then please follow this link to petition against the show.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Review: Marc Martel - Impersonator

Here's a link to my brief review on Amazon.com for Marc Martel's new solo album, "Impersonator".

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Arise Entertainment 360 with Talented Rock Musician Marc Martel


I'm very much looking forward to hearing Marc Martel, one of my favorite songwriter and vocalists, this coming Wednesday evening in St. Louis. I've been a fan of his music since the early days of his old band, Downhere. The Lord has blessed him with an incredible skillset that he continues to develop.

Now if I can only convince him he needs to have me as the bassist on his next tour...