Monday, April 27, 2015

Rest Well

Over the weekend I hope you found time to rest. Rest is a part of any healthy person's life. You can't go without it for too long, or you will pay the price. If your life is composed of it, it will soon unravel. We would do well if we followed the Lord's teaching and made a day of rest in our calendars each week. God demonstrated a day of rest to us as recorded in the book of Genesis, chapter 2 (ESV).
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
It seems God planned His Creation work in advance to fit the order of His schedule. Certainly God has resumed His work from that time. In keeping with God's teaching, I know you'll find blessing in your life if you adopt such a life practice, and even more so if you seek to make it holy and pleasing to God.

Some would argue on which day one should rest. Others say it doesn't matter if you do it with the intention of honoring God with your work and your rest. Obviously those who work in certain professions can't abide by the strict rules of others. Jesus taught that the Sabbath (day of rest) was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. For now, let it suffice to pick one with holy intent and make it practice. You and your family will benefit. If you've just begun your work-week, or you're finishing it off, may the Lord bless the works of your hands, and may your rest be pleasing to Him. May it be refreshing to you.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Changing Religious Beliefs...

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stated in her keynote address at the 2015 Women in the World Summit on Thursday in New York that "deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed," speaking of women having the ability to murder their unborn children with what a blinded society calls "abortion".

Herein lie a number of problems. First on the list is direct disobedience against the commands of Almighty God, namely the sixth commandment, "You shall not *murder." (Exodus 20:13 - ESV) (*The Hebrew word also covers causing human death through carelessness or negligence.)

Then again, Romans 1 also speaks of Mrs. Clinton:
"28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them."
Secondly, Mrs. Clinton is on record encouraging others to do what ought not to be done, with no regard for the Lord and His righteous decrees whatsoever. See, the heart of the issue is not that she and many conservatives disagree on the issue of abortion. It's that she believes others should change what they believe to be true about murdering unborn children, so that they find themselves in opposition to God. She states what she "says and believes" about the issue, which shows the error of her heart.

The very definition of sin is to act as if we know better than God. It's the same pride that brought the downfall of Satan. It's the attitude that will convict Hillary Clinton before Almight God on Judgment Day, and all those who do not repent, confessing Jesus as their Lord and Savior. May we each be convinced of the Truth, and change the error of our ways.

I'll go on public record to state I will never change my "cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases" on this issue. Children are a blessing from God. Blessed be the Lord and His judgment upon us if we are unrepentant. Thank you Lord for salvation by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thoughts on Creation

Have you thought about what it means to create? Only God creates something from nothing. He reveals all things in the light of Truth. He has purpose in what He has created, and causes order. He offers us purpose and order in our lives today. He offers to us an ongoing process to build us upon a firm foundation - Himself - into what we should become. The Creator of everything allows us to either define our own purpose with our finite understanding, or to choose to assume our responsibility as the caretakers of the earth and all that live upon it. Genesis 1 tell us mankind was created in the image of God. In all that we define ourselves with, and labor to create in our lives, isn't it time to stop settling for cheapened substitutes? Who could know better what we ought to do with ourselves than the One that created us?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Starting Something New?

More than good advice!

Colossians 3 (ESV)
23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Ephesians 6 (ESV)
5 Bondservants,[a] obey your earthly masters[b] with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant[c] or is free. 9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master[d] and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
Now read this: Before You Quit to Start Something New, Read This

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Tired and Faithful

This past weekend I was honored to be involved with the activities at Brown Mountain Beach Resort in the mountains of North Carolina (closest to Lenoir). It was a busy few days. The festivities wrapped up Resurrection Sunday morning with a small group (18 folks I believe) joining together in worship and sharing God’s Word for us from Romans chapter 1.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Unity, Not Uniformity

Here's a blog post a friend shared with me regarding unity within the church. I truly believe God has created us each to be unique individuals. In religiosity, we try to dumb that down for the sake of conformity. In relational Christianity, we encourage uniqueness because we each are meant to be someone different in God's great big family. Enjoy the shared post below.

Dealing with Depression

Those that know me well know that I've struggled with depression at times. There have been times when I've struggled with it greatly. If you find yourself in this dark place, know there's something better than living in misery or ending your life. Below are some recent blog posts I've found thought provoking and believe may be helpful.

If you struggle with depression, I hope these prove to be helpful to you.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lineup Change, New Event Categories

James Miller and Floodlight Revolution are sad to announce, after more than 9 years, drummer, Dan Deming, is retiring from regular live performances. James and Dan have been involved in a number of performing and recording groups, playing many shows together. As a founding member of Floodlight Revolution, Dan will be sorely missed on the stage, though he intends to still be involved in the recording process of the group.

Dan joins the ranks of a dozen plus people involved in the production of Floodlight Revolution, though the group performs as a trio. Going forward, the music ministry is searching for a live drummer. In the meantime, Floodlight Revolution will continue live performances as a duo, or James performing solo – with several dates on the calendar. James and Luke also maintain a side project called ONEEIGHTY Band, geared toward youth.

Dan Deming’s absence marks the departure of the last original member of the once extant band 1000 Days, where Floodlight Revolution founder James first met Dan and Steve Lamb. James states, “These guys have been like brothers to me. I thank the Lord for them. I appreciate their friendship, and love making music with them. I know Dan will still be making music, even if he has chosen to not parade it out for the world to see right now. I’ll always cherish the ‘good times’ we’ve had together…thought it won’t be the same without telling people ‘Never fear…Fat Dan and Fat James are on the job.'”

Brotherly goofiness aside, Floodlight Revolution remains true to their calling to engage listeners with Truth, encouraging them to seek God’s purpose for their life. On a related note, Floodlight Revolution is now making themselves available for church services, camps, and related activities in addition to their typical community events, car shows, back yard parties, private performances, and limited club dates. The band has a PA system and comes with 150+ songs, most with lyrics available for projection. Check out their E.P., “Prelude to a Revolution”, or book them today!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Upcoming Shows

Floodlight Revolution is looking forward to a couple of upcoming shows. This Saturday, 9/13, the trio is performing with rockers, Surrender Dorothy, at the 2nd Annual CCC Cruise-In car show, sponsored by Chesterfield Community Church.

The car show features Kurt McCormick’s Pisana Brothers Built “World Famouse” 1941 Buick Roadmaster – Feature Car at the 62nd Annual Grand National Roadster Show, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Rod and Custom Magazine.

The event is open to all hot rods, customs, classics, and special interest vehicles.

Check out the cars. Enjoy some delicious food. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and listen on the lawn.

Fun and Safe, Family Friendly Environment
No Burnouts or Alcohol Please

Live Music Performance Times:
3:00 – 3:45pm Floodlight Revolution
4:05 – 4:50pm Surrender Dorothy
5:10 – 5:55pm Floodlight Revolution
6:15 – 7:00pm Surrender Dorothy

Monday, August 18, 2014

Gay Pride & What the Media Doesn't Tell You

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fill-In Gig: Leading Worship @ CCC & Musician Geek Gear Talk

I'm excited that Sunday I get to lead worship at Chesterfield Community Church. Yeah, I'm usually part of the worship band. It's something I look forward to every week. This week though, I get to put an extra dose of creativity into it, because I'm filling in for our worship leader, Ron Campbell.

Ron is an extremely talented worship leader and musician. He's put out a couple of albums. I believe information on them can be found online, but they're only available for purchase from him these days. Most Sundays you can find Ron playing acoustic guitar, and producing that smooth vocal croon he's known for. There's kind of a retro vibe to his vocals. However you want to describe it, he does his job well. He's no slouch on guitar either. On rare occasions, you might get to hear him on piano or bass. I've heard him tickle the ivories very well. Bass...I dunno. I've heard he can play, but I've never actually heard him. That's what he keeps me around for...

Anyway, every now and again, I get the opportunity to lead worship music at my home church, Chesterfield Community Church. Stylistically, Ron and I differ in our tastes a bit, so I like to mix it up when I have a chance. ...Give the people something out of the ordinary. As a multi-instrumentalist, that means I like to swap up what instrument I'm playing from one time to the next. Of course this comes with some limitations. Since several of the instruments I play are wind instruments, I'm limited to those I can play and still sing with when leading vocal worship music.

Last time I led worship @ CCC, I played bass with a full band. Next time will be a full band again. It's already on the calendar. I think I'll play electric guitar and tap one of the other guys to fill in on bass. This time though, I'm going for something completely different. I believe we're going to be a duo. Even then, I didn't stick with one of our church musicians to fill things out. Instead, on short notice I called in my long-time musician friend, Tim Siebe. He and I have been involved in a few music projects together over the years, and I know his heart for worship. Sunday, it looks like he's going to do some combination of percussion and acoustic guitar. Since we're in that direction...we're going to be a semi-acoustic duo this time.

For those interested in such music geek things, here's what I'm running this coming weekend.
  1. Seagull acoustic-electric w/feedback suppressor, & internal LR Baggs preamp w/3 band EQ
  2. Fender acoustic w/added Dean Markley humbucking magnetic pickup

Pedalboard: BOSS TU-2 (tuner) --> BOSS LS-2 (Line Selector) --> [splits into 2 signal paths]
  1. [LS-2 Clean signal] --> [LS-2 B Blend] --> Tech 21 NYC SansAmp Bass Drive DI (BDDI) --> FOH
  2. [LS-2 Send B] --> MXR Classic Overdrive --> DigiTech RP90 modeling processor --> [LS-2 B Return] --> [BDDI] --> FOH

Amp: Markbass F1

Cabinet: Homebrew 2-way 1x10" cabinet on amp stand, tilted up from the floor

This setup allows me to use the same stage monitor rig for solo acoustic/rhythm guitar, looping, electric guitar, bass, or for full range PA monitoring. The pedalboard handles all the instruments. The amp & angled cab handle instrument monitoring, or full range if I use the effects loop return. Makes for a great, one-trip load-in/out. I can use the LS-2 to route my signal accordingly for each instrument. Bass & acoustic guitar get a clean-blended signal path. Electric guitar gets 3 levels of gain staging, amp modeling, and a DI split to front-of-house/amp & cab. Throw in a looper and/or backing tracks and it's one heck of a versatile setup for solo performances. In bass mode, the clean blend with BDDI at the end allows me to always have a hefty bass tone with over the top distortion, effects, etc, to fill out the sound in my rock trio. Doug "dUg" Pinnick would be proud.

Eh, enough rambling for now...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Floodlight Revolution - Drone War

Here's a little something I made. You can find this song, and other less odd ones on my band, Floodlight Revolution's new E.P., titled "Prelude to a Revolution", found here.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

New Song Cover: Free Ride

Check out my band, Floodlight Revolution, and I, on our cover of this Edgar Winter Group classic, "Free Ride".

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Parenting Thought for the Day: Father's Disciplining their Children

What's up with father's that don't discipline their kids? It's a wuss-out to leave that to the mother alone. If you love your child, you discipline them, for as wonderful as they are, they are broken people also. They need to understand boundaries, right and wrong, consequences, correction, unconditional love, respect, forgiveness, and restoration; so that they will view themselves properly, thereby promoting a healthy appreciation of their self-worth, as well as the worth of others. Fathers offer strengths in this area, and many others, that a mother is not fully equipped for, nor should be expected, to provide. This does not belittle the mother in any way. It's how we each were created. A father that leaves discipline to his children's mother alone is neglecting his children.

Disciplining children is not an easy task. I'm not expert, but I'm learning how to do it better by the day. I intend to continue learning, and applying, because I love my family. Christian brothers, notice how closely related disciplining is to discipling? Our heavenly Father intends discipline and discipleship for His children because He loves us. Look to the Bible for how to properly do both for your children. They need it, and they really need it from you. Oh yeah, and just on an immediate and practical level, if you're not doing it, momma likely needs a break!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Brothers and Sisters: Stand Strong!

Christians, stand strong despite the pressures of a decaying society! There are portions of the church that have compromised life in keeping with the Word of God, and many are becoming strangers to the Lord. The Episcopal Church is in shambles due to such action, yet there are those who remain faithful to the Lord, maintaining that a lifestyle of sin is not one to be lived or supported by those who claim to be in Christ. Read more here: