Sunday, June 12, 2016

Re: The Orlando Shooting

YHWH, the one true God, has given no human the authority to be judge, jury, and executioner. In fact, He has offered grace to all who will respond in repentance and faith in Himself indwelling flesh, Jesus Christ. Islam does not know this. It knows law without grace. Without God's grace, we are dead in our sin, whether it's homosexual activity, or merely the brokenness that inhabits us all. All sin brings death. That death has not been prescribed for delivery by any man. Hate no one because they sin differently than you. Instead, let us turn to our Creator in repentance, mourning, asking for healing, and true tolerance to live peacefully on this rock together.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Call to Action Follow-up

Friends, here's a follow-up from my call to action for our summer ministry project I posted online 3 days ago. In 2011, I founded Floodlight Revolution as a way of engaging the culture with the timeless absolute Truth of the Bible. To support that mission, I began a band by the same name. At the time, the band didn't perform publicly much, but my solo dates took off. Last year I began seeking how to truly expand the scope of Floodlight Revolution, while allowing the members to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit.

As you know, our culture grows darker by the day. It should be no surprise to us when sinners sin, however we, as God's people, are called to make disciples in this environment. I'm asking you to join me in taking a stand for truth. The stated mission of Floodlight Revolution is "Shining intense light into dark hearts." The Lord has shown me that the darker the world becomes, the brighter His children will shine.

This is where you come in. I'd like to unite together a dedicated group of individuals willing to use their God-given creativity to:

  • Support the local church in becoming more effective through practical steps
  • Engage the culture with creative content that we produce collectively while supporting each other in our individual endeavors

Here's how we've begun. We're helping to plant a multicultural church called CrossBridge Community Church. See that specific call to action here.

I'd like to invite pastors, musicians, artists of all kinds, lovers of spreadsheets, web design, etc, to be on board. Since I'm a musician, right now we're pretty heavy in the musician department, but all Christ-led are welcome. Satan has systematically permeated the world with lies to discourage people from living in the freedom and loving relationship with our heavenly Father. Let's facilitate dialog about the Salvation message and lead souls to repentance. God has given us skills to be used for specific purposes, and the time is short. I hope to meet together in the near future. Won't you join the Floodlight Revolution?

Call/Text: 314-308-2235
Email: james@floodlightrevolution.com
Sincerely,

James A. Miller
Founder, Floodlight Revolution
James A. Miller Music

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

James A. Miller Music & Floodlight Revolution announce "CrossBridge 2016"

CrossBridge STL (http://crossbridgestl.org/) is a church plant meeting 10am Sundays in the Arnold Recreation Center. Comprised of individuals around the St. Louis metro area, across the nation, and around the world, CrossBridge STL is a unique blend of cultures, intent on sharing life together through the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross. This repentant commonality has brought together a community that might seem an odd mixture otherwise - Midwesterners with African immigrants and beyond. CrossBridge STL understands God's central message to us bridges all boundaries so we may live as the family we were created to be. We are better together.

During the summer of 2016, James A. Miller, wife Denise, and a varying crew from Floodlight Revolution are helping to plant and support CrossBridge Community Church. James is presently serving as the interim worship pastor and is forming a worship team. The church would like to invite you to be a part of this adventure. Currently it is seeking passionate individuals to volunteer in the following areas:

* Worship Team & Leader: Lead weekly worship music. Training assistance and resources will be supplied by Floodlight Revolution.
* Setup/Teardown Crew: Responsibly for weekly setup and teardown of necessary equipment and signage.
* Prayer Warriors: A dedicated group of individuals are needed to regularly spend time in prayer for services, heart preparation, spiritual growth, protection, and benefit of all who will attend.
* Greeters: We need folks that love to meet people and talk about what God has called us to do through CrossBridge Community Church. This team will be the first contact many will have with CrossBridge STL.
* Child Workers: We need a trustworthy, secure team committed to caring for the safety and spiritual well-being of CrossBridge Kidz (Pastor Keith shot down my label of “Cross Kids”…). Families need to know their children are safe, cared for, and being taught truth in love.

If you live in relationship to the Lord, love to build new teams, and would like to be a part of this adventure, we would love to have you on board, whether on loan temporarily, or if you're seeking an ongoing church group. If so, please contact one of the following:

James A. Miller
Call/Text: 314-308-2235
Email: james@jamesamillermusic.com

Pastor, Keith Swehla
Call/Text: 314-717-3724
Email: pastorkeith@crossbridgestl.org


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Striker/McCawley Wedding

This room did NOT stay this way.
It was such a blast DJing for these fine folks this evening. I'm honored to have been a part of their special day.

Also kudos to Russo's on an awesome catering experience.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Obituary: Chrysler/Town & Country

Name: Ol' Blue (The Manvan)
Age 14, of Maryland Heights, MO:

Has departed this life for the great scrap yard of the beyond on the day of Thursday, February 19th, 2016, upon a brief altercation with a small white sedan. "The Manvan" died at the scene of the crash as a result of injuries sustained. It can be further noted that the vehicle expired in the shade of Grace (Church, St. Louis...at the intersection in front of it).

Manvan was built...probably in various chunks in the US, Canada, and Mexico in 2002. Surviving are a rapidly decreasing number of rusting, fading, mechanically semi-reliable siblings. Over it's lifetime, Manvan transported many individuals to the best of his ability, despite a head-on collision, and being rear-ended twice...one run-in with a stationary telephone pole, and multiple instances of spilled bodily fluids, sometimes containing food particles.

Ol' Blue, as he was known in earlier life, traveled extensively, carrying many young, attractive, slim, glittery, prancing, dancers in form-fitting outfits, and their equipment; before finally being restrained to hauling an overweight, graying, sometimes rambling, balding, middle-aged musician with his quirky family that often deposited food crumbs. It is believed that the oncoming sedan acted in mercy toward Ol' Blue, seeing his distress, and threw his young, peppy body in front of Ol' Blue, thereby ending the minivan's life.

The Miller family is mourning the loss of Ol' Blue by... Aw forget it. Guess we'll have to replace it. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. May He be praised by the use of the possessions He's entrusted us with. They're really just on loan to us anyway.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas! I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season surrounded by those you love. Just thought I should drop a quick update to let you know I'm still out here. Presently I'm enjoying some intermittent down time. My current focus project is on preparing to launch a new St. Louis, Missouri church, called CrossBridge Community Church, and it's worship band. I may not be producing much solo type material right now, but trust me, I'm hard at work, and will be back on the scene before long.

In the meantime, I'm still accepting booking requests, including DJ dates.

I hope you have a great Christmas, and safe, happy new year. See you soon.

Sincerely,
James A. Miller

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Bible Study Worksheet: Psalm 1

For SNSG, and anyone else interested, here's a little Bible study worksheet for chapter 1 of the Psalm Study I'm presently leading.

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.