Jimmy McNeal


Jul 05, 2018

Let Freedom Ring

I laughed at my wife yesterday when I asked her what song she thought was stuck in my head on this 4th of July holiday!  I'll give you a hint...it's in the title of this blog. She went from Country to 90's hits that every kid had to learn in elementary school. She even sang these words.... "...and I'm proud to be an American!where at least I know I'm free...and I won't forget the men who diedand gave that right to meAnd I proudly STAND UP...." Anyone born between 1976 & 1987 knows that song well! You probably started singing it as you read the lyrics. I'll be honest, I am proud to be in this country, proud to be an American, and humbled that God would choose this time frame for me to live in. I think if I had the choice to live during any age of American…


May 06, 2018

Year of Discipline

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. - Hebrews 12:11 Instead of just having new year's resolutions that we'd break in 2 or 3 months we decided to fight for something more life giving. For Staci and I this year has been the "Year of Discipline". I came across this verse today and was reminded of the why behind this resolve.  I just want to be a better Christ follower if I'm honest.  God disciplines his kids just like I do mine, but better! He loves us so much that he doesn't want us to just stay stagnant in our spiritual growth or our fight for obedience. In order for a child to not be disciplined they have to fight to be obedient right? They have to discipline themselves to say…


Apr 09, 2018

The Gift of A Smile

Often I have tried to bring joy to the face of an infant or toddler, but have you ever thought about how that actually makes you feel? Whether full of gums or 2 to 5 teeth staring right back at you, it does something special to a human being. I'm sure we all know the feeling when you don't actually succeed at that smile too though, right? You can make a fool of yourself by tickling them, making silly faces, and you get nothing. All you get is a blank stare or glare right back at the center of your forehead. When they do smile back though, there's a universal feeling all human beings can relate to, no matter the age! That giggle, that smile, those cheeks... It does nothing but bring you more joy than you had before. That innocent smile gives you this feeling that causes your face…


Mar 12, 2018

The Gift of Teaching

"The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers" - 1 Peter 4:7 This was the text I was given to preach for the first time at my church. Read that again, slowly. This was the text I was given to PREACH. Yeah, PREACH...ON STAGE...IN FRONT OF OUR CONGREGATION. No singing involved. I was shocked when my lead pastor, Kevin Peck, pulled me aside after a Sunday morning service and told me his thoughts on having me preach at some point within the next 2 months. I'll be honest and say that this was not something I had aspirations of doing at my own church. I'm content with where he has me in this stage of life, but unbeknownst to Kevin, I had been praying about the whole idea of teaching for a few years now. It all started when…


Feb 26, 2018

Black History Month Heroes: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As Black History Month comes to a close I want to take the next couple of blogs to both thank and recognize a few influential African Americans in my life. I grew up seeing several heroes that I could look up to. I was a fan of Thunder Cats, G.I. Joe, Spiderman, X-men, Knight Rider, Speed Racer and just about any other cartoon character that would save the day. Just like my son I'd imitate them..."Hey Kit..." "Let's go Joe...I'll save you...PSHHHHH PEW PEW PEW PEW!!!". Although those heroes still have me going to the movie theatre's today, I'm not talking about characters from cartoons or movies. I'm talking about real life heroes. Those who have walked through the sufferings of this life and are still admired today. Everyone wants to be revered in some shape or form and looked up to as a heroic figure. Think about it, who…


Feb 28, 2018

Black History Month Heroes: Mahalia Jackson

Dictionary.com defines a hero as a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character; a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal. We named our daughter (Mahayla) after this next hero of mine. Funny story about us country folks in Texas, we all have a little twang in the voice. They call it a "southern draw". If you're wondering why my daughter's name is spelled different, it's because my family always left out the "I" and added a "Y" and then moved it around and made it sound the like this "Muh-Hey-Luh". My whole life I thought the "I" was silent, lol, until I heard Mahalia's friends actually say her name. Either way, Mahayla Rae McNeal is named after this artists and civil rights activist who effortlessly fits this definition a hero of…


Oct 30, 2017

A Sobering Reminder

Have you ever had that moment where you realize, you just missed out on something special. Maybe you looked away during a spectacular play, or when your kid took that first step. No matter the case, we all have those moments where we look back and think man I wish I would have chosen differently. I felt that this week while trying to play a game with my son. Follow me on this... So my son Jackson is 3 years old and we like to play this game of hide and seek where he gives a little high pitched squeak to help us find him whenever he's hiding. He had just woken up for the day as Staci and I were "joyfully" already awake with our 8 week old. He walked in our room and asked, "Where is dad"?! So I decided to give him "a little squeak" thinking we could…


Sep 21, 2017

4 Years and Praying!

Today marks 4 years of being married and devoted to my best friend. Y'all, I LOVE MY WIFE! Our marriage story has not been easy, but it sure has been worth it! From the trials and tribulations, to the disagreements and late night belly laughs that once caused both of us to pass gas. I blame the pizza we ate that night. Either way I wouldn't change one argument, great memory, or season. I'm closer in my relationship with Jesus because of my wife. I'm a better man because of my wife, Im' a better father because of my wife. I'm a better Worship Pastor because of my wife. I could go on and on about how God has used her in my life, but I truly am thankful for this woman I have the privilege of calling my bride, best friend, babe, companion, "Baby Mamma", pretty lady, and 2nd…


Aug 28, 2017

She's on her way!

Y'all, my wife is having our baby within the next 24hrs. I repeat, my wife is having our baby in the next 24hrs. What the heck.... I'm feeling all the emotions and having all the thoughts. Excitement, fear of the unknown, joy, doing my part in the delivery room, do I really remember how to swaddle, bottles, pumps, did i forget something at the house, sleep, bath, did I shower today, pacifiers, is this really happening, baby clothes, bows, and so much more running through my brain today. I've watched the clock tick away as this day closes in on what will be a life changing night for Staci and I. 6pm we'll go in for the induction, who knows how long the delivery will be, but I'm guessing that by tomorrow night or early Wed. morning I'll be holding Mahayla Rae McNeal for the very first time!  I've prayed…


Feb 20, 2017

The Gift of Cerebral Palsy

"Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!" - Psalm 95:1 Even now as I type these words one of the best worship leaders I've ever been led in worship by comes to mind. He's never sang on a stage, played skillfully on an instrument, nor held a mic in his hand. He sits in the audience every Sunday. Confined to his wheel chair, that can barley keep him tied down, he belts out every lyric to every singe song. To the worldly eye and ear his voice sounds like a man in pain and anguish that has no hope, but to the Christ follower it is one of the most moving sounds they've ever heard. Especially when you see who the joyful noise is coming from. His countenance screams "I'm loved by Jesus". His song exalts the…


Jan 18, 2017

Tears of Hope

I was moved to tears today and have been often in the last couple of months. Tragedy has hit home in this heart of mine from loosing our second and third child to miscarriages, to loosing 5 other family members of Staci's and mine in the last 12 months, including my Great Aunt last night. Simply put, I hate death. And today I heard these words as they were read out loud and they struck me deep to the chore of my soul. As our staff stood and worshipped Jesus through song, I moved to the back of the room. While overhearing their voices worshiping this God I love so dearly, I fell to my knees, read these same words that were just read over us, and just wept.  "I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.…


Jun 27, 2016

Search Me and Know My Heart

"Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting" - Psalm 139:23-24 I look at these last words of Psalm 139 today and realize even more that these are words that I need to pray. I fail my wife, I fail my son, I wrong others, I lie, I lust, I rebel, I covet, I'm dishonest, discontent, I sin for the approval of others, I don't trust God often, I fear the unknown, I run to other things, and the list goes on and on. I am sinful. I need a God who will lead me in the way everlasting.   Like David, I want God to search me and know me. I want God to shine light on the deepest and darkest secrets of my life.…


May 17, 2016

My Bride

Three years ago today I had one of the most life changing experiences of my lifetime. Staci and I had an all day date that consisted of brunch, shopping, driving, early dinner, a "random" vineyard tour, me asking for her hand in marriage, a shocked yet full of excitement reply, us taking communion together, prayer, photos, my confession of how I planned it all, another drive, an unforgettable party with family and a turtle, late night conversations friends, and a really sweet time of prayer with Staci. Today marks 3 years of an incredible journey. From wedding planning to parenting 16 months later. It has been a journey for sure. Although it hasn't been an easy 3 years, it has by far been 3 of the most blessed years of my life. As I sit here today I think of moment after moment of God shaping and molding Staci and…


Feb 20, 2016

Verge - Austin (Set Lists)

 The first Verge Conference Regional was incredible. I can't tell how blessed we were as a band to play a role this year. We not only led you guys in song, but you led us in worship this weekend. Thank You! I know many of you were asking about what songs we did during the sessions and I wanted to provide you with that information all in one place.  So here are links to every song we played at Verge this weekend including the Spirit led changes to the set list. I pray these songs will continue to bless you as you listen.   Session 1 (Thursday Morning):Forever Reign - (Arrangement: Austin Stone Worship - "Austin Stone Live")Come Thou Fount - (Arrangement: Jimmy McNeal - "Adopted")You Never Change - Austin Stone Worship- During and after communion -Nothing But The Blood - HymnHow Marvelous - HymnMan of Sorrows - HillsongIn Christ Alone -…


Jan 12, 2016

God's Word and It's importance In My Life

If you're like me at all, reading the bible isn't always a daily occurrence. There are days or even weeks where I'm reading on a regular basis, but I then get off track for some reason. Sleep, work, music, check lists, holidays, obligations, family and other really good things often distract me from this priority. My wife and my close friends can easily tell when I haven't been in "the Word" in a while. The symptoms are pretty easy to catch. I'm lazy, short tempered, easily frustrated, easily annoyed, I complain (a lot), I'm unforgiving, slow to listen, quick to speak, and just flat out more selfish than I already am. During those stages I'd rather go see a movie, or just sleep than spend time reading my bible.  Can you relate? Recently I've been counseling others to just take every day one at a time asking yourself questions like;…


Aug 25, 2015

Sons & Daughters EP

This summer I was invited to help create "The Sons & Daughters EP" benefiting Redeemed Ministries. Redeemed Ministries is an all volunteer faith-based non-profit that gives churches and their congregations the opportunity to find their place in the fight against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. To create more awareness I along with 5 other artist from various churches and backgrounds in Austin were asked to be advocates for this cause by creating a 6-song EP. The Songs & Daughters Project aims to raise awareness and funds to support Redeemed Ministries' mission which is to redeem and liberate individuals affected by domestic sex trafficking.  Will You join us in advocating for their cause?  My 1st ask of you is this. Pray that God would use this EP to not only raise awareness and funds for Redeemed Ministries, but that ultimately God would use this organization to show and share the love…


Aug 10, 2015

A Letter To Jackson

It has officially been a full year since I held Jackson Jett McNeal for the first time. I write to my son today praying he might be encouraged by the words of this sinful, chosen, born again Christ follower. Jackson, I've been called multiple names in my lifetime, but I'm humbled to now be called "DahDah". Simply put, it's because it comes from your lips son. Well, it's actually more like "DahDahDahDahDahDahDah", and it's really the only thing you know how to say at this point, but I think it still counts. No matter how often or how you say it, you have your moments where I know you're talking to me. This has been a crazy ride, but your mom and I are truly blessed to call you our son. A few weeks ago you said those now famous first words, but today was another memorable moment. A little over…


Feb 06, 2015

Blog Hiatus

Although I've enjoyed sharing my thoughts through these blog posts, I will be taking an extended break from blogging. My hope is to get back to writing more of these blogs sometime in August 2015. Until then....  Nothin' but love, Jimmy


Jan 24, 2015


There's a saying that my family has that's stuck with me my whole life. "Give me my flowers while I still live" As I reflect on how special today is for a dear friend who's known me her whole life, I wanted to pause and give her some flowers. She has been there for every bruise, heartbreak, my parents' divorce, many of my firsts, and much more. You see, this woman isn't just any woman. I think about her today and am so thankful that God chose her for me. One thing you don't get to do in this world is choose blood, God does that. I can honestly say that my sister is one of the kindest, tenderhearted, beautiful, loving, courageous, strong, supportive, uplifting, always has my back, fun loving, contagious laughing women that I know.  Her smile lights up a room, and her sneeze (yup, her sneeze) will…


Jan 07, 2015

2 Years In!

Today I'm thankful. Thankful to be married to my best friend and my bride. You see, 2 years ago today I asked my Staci if I could date her with the intent to marry her. My grandparents would call that "courting". After two years of dating there are still some days I that I'm amazed at the fact that I'm married. And not just married to anyone, but married to a woman God intended for me to pray for. Staci is an answered prayer. I spoke with a friend of mine today that told me he prayed for his friends wife for 10 years. He not only prayed that he would find her, but actually prayed for specific things about her. A I listened I was reminded of a few specific prayer request that I had prayed since I was about 13 years old. I prayed that my wife would…


Nov 10, 2014

RBI Austin Benefit Concert with Trip Lee

There are some exciting things on the horizon for November. Not only are we performing at Spirit Fest, but we are also doing a benifit concert with "Reach Records" own, Trip Lee. All proceeds will benifit RBI-Austin (Reviving Baseball in Inner Citties). RBI Austin is a faith based non-profit that exists to engage and develop inner-city Austin youth athletically, acedemically, and spiritually, empowering them to lead the transformation of their communities. Here's a quick video that tells you about the concert and where you can find more info.  RBI Austin: Jimmy McNeal from RBI Austin on Vimeo.   Purchase tickets and get even more info here: http://www.rbiaustin.org/trip/ Hope to see you there! Nothin' but love, Jimmy


Oct 13, 2014

My Good Is Your Glory

I've had a number of friends going through much hardship and distress the past couple of months. Whether it be death, illness, the NICU, E.R., finances, or sickness, all of their situations have been difficult. There have been many prayers on their behalf, but God has also been doing something I'd prayed that he would do. He's been using the "Adopted" album to minister to a few of these friends. Some of them have reached out to me and shared specific songs that have spoken to them during this season. One song in particular is "My Good Is Your Glory". So I wanted to share this with you today. I don't know what you're walking through, but I do pray that this video from our CD release party is as much of an encouragement to you as it was/is to them. Below you will find the YouTube video and the lyrics. My…


Sep 22, 2014

An Excellent Wife Who Can Find...

"An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels...Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised" - Proverbs 31: 10,30 My wife is a gift. She's not just any gift, but a precious gift from The Father of Lights.  There is no way I could have found her on my own. This is God's doing. As I read this poem from Proverbs 31 that begins and ends with mention of a woman's excellence, I can't help but think about my bride. Trust me, she's not perfect but there is an obvious distinction that sets her apart from any other woman I've known. I'm thankful for my "granny", mom, mother-in-law, sisters, aunts, teachers, friends, and many other great women. But if you ask me, my bride surpasses them all. I chose her and still choose her. She loves God more…


Sep 16, 2014

The Power at Work in Me

"Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit give life" -2 Corinthians 3:4-6 Have you ever read something that leapt from the pages and struck the deepest parts of your heart? No matter what part or where it struck, it did something to you. This is what I experienced Sunday morning as I was reading the sermon my pastor, Matt Carter, had prepared. In his sermon he shared his own experience of when he first felt the Holy Spirit's power working through him in his life. As he shared the story something his wife said to him jumped off the pages…


Aug 18, 2014

Jackson is Finally Here; Let the Memories Begin!

My son is now 9 days old today. Here he is....Jackson Jett McNeal, and judging by the smile on that handsome face of his, I think he was having a pretty good dream.  I still can't believe I'm his dad, but his feet, nose, eyes, gas (as Staci would say), eyebrows, and toes are evidence that "I'm that boy's pappy". It's been a life-changing week to say the least; full of memorable moments and images I hope never to forget. One of which happened this morning... It wasn't because of the projectile urine that almost hit a brotha unexpectedly, twice, yes, twice in one night. Although that was unexpected and hilarious, it was a walk that I hope to never forget. My first father & son prayer walk. As I pushed his stroller around our neighborhood, I was reminded of one of David's prayers from 1 Chronicles that I've been…


Jul 25, 2014

Jesus is Better (Live)

It's rare that I find my self in tears after watching a YouTube video. Seriously, most of the time it's because I'm laughing so hard I just can't control myself, but recently that has not been the case. We released another video yesterday from our Adopted Album CD release Party that has not only taken me back there, but has brought me to tears as I've watched and listened.  I can't help but worship God as I continue to declare and beg Him to make my heart believe that Jesus truly is better. With that said I just wanted to share the video with you today. I knew that God was doing something amazing that night, and I'm blown away that it actually translated through film. I'm praying that as you listen you will be moved to worship just as I have.   Also, here's "My King Forever" that we posted last…


Jun 25, 2014

I'm going to be a father...

Well my friends, Staci and I are 33 weeks in, and 7 weeks away from holding our son for the very first time. The thought continues to hysterically cross my mind with both alarming fear and invited joy. I'm actually going to be someone's real Dad. Let that sink in for a minute.... I won't lie, although there are many joys to having kids, there are a couple of things I don't look forward to when it comes to having a new born; like projectile vomit, flying discolored baby poop, diaper runs (both and), urine samples on my shirt, mistaking "milk" labeled containers for actual milk, taking 100's of photos to get "the one", non-stop crying with no relief, and late nights just to name a few. But you know, there's a huge part of me that believes that those crazy things will somehow form a bond between Jackson and…


Jun 11, 2014

Car Stereos and Gifted People

My good friend Fabs Harford, an incredibly gifted writer, just posted a blog about the new "Adopted" album. I can't deny the tears that welled up as I read these encouraging words.  Find it here: Car Stereos and Gifted People I pray her blog encourages you as well. Feel free to let her know if it does in her comments section.    Nothin' but Love, Jimmy


May 14, 2014

A Week to Remember

Today I'm reminded of God's faithfulness as I sit and reflect on the last week of my life. Oh what a week it has been! Although there were many obstacles that seem to always find a way on the beaten path, it happened. It really happened! My first solo album "Adopted" became available 05/06/14. The day I had dreamed about and prayed for actually came and not only that, it came with much surprise and unexpected acclamation. If I'm honest, I didn't expect this album to do much at all, but I knew I should pray for big things and believe that it was possible for those things to really happen. So I prayed. Among many other prayers, I prayed that God would use this album to point people to himself and that He would get glory from both Christians and non- Christians alike as they hear the gospel in…


Apr 18, 2014

Precious Blood

Today Christians all over the world celebrate and remember what Christ did for us. One of my favorite preachers to date is Charles Spurgeon. I came across this reflection of his on 1 peter 1:19 and wanted to share it with you. "...knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot." - 1 Peter 1: 18-19 "Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood. It is "precious" because of it's redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ's people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, made one with him. Christ's blood is also "precious" in it's cleansing…


Apr 04, 2014

A Season of Change

Not many people can say that they were single, in a relationship, engaged, married, and got their best friend (aka their wife) pregnant all in a matter of 12 months. It's like I walked into a season of "Parenthood", only to realize, yup...this actually is true. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful and humbled that God would write this story for Staci and I, but I also recognize that God has been using change as a means for my own sanctification. I'm one who doesn't like rapid change, but this has been the theme of my life these last 6 months. Transformation comes with every season and change follows those who walk through them. And if this is the case, an unbelievably changed man will be found at the end of this season of seasons. I feel like I'm not just walking through one season, but multiple. Recently, I've found myself…


Feb 10, 2014

A Kids Dream

A young and hopeful elementary kids dream came true today. He found himself in a studio recording his first solo project. After all the years of dreaming, writing, praying, and waiting, I can humbly say it's finally happening. As a kid, I would sit in class and dream about the day I could share my own music with people. Many songs were written about girls, love, family, God, dreams, dancing, work, break-ups, and anything else major that happened in my life. Heck, I even ventured outside my R&B box and wrote a few country songs while I was at it. I'm serious....Don't laugh, and don't hate...it's true. What's even crazier is where God has brought me since I first began to dream about a musical career. I'm no longer that kid who wanted to be the next Sam Cooke or Al Green. Well, maybe I still am. Either way I'm still…


Jan 07, 2014

I Am One Blessed Man

I am one blessed man. It's been 52 weeks, and I'm still humbled by that statement. I'm reminded today of this scripture as Staci and I celebrate one year of dating. "He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord." - Proverbs 18:22 One year ago today, at around this same time, I had fasted, prayed, prepped, rehearsed and gave my self "the pep talk" as I began the pursuit of my wife. One year ago today, my life changed for the better. I'll never forget the day that I asked my bride if I could "court" her. I can still remember the butterflies in my stomach as I sat her down and outlined our entire history of knowing each other. Up until that point we had been friends for a little over 4 years and I wanted her to know when and how…


Dec 06, 2013

Day 1 of 7in7

After hearing about a friends death yesterday I wasn't sure if I would write at all. But late last night and early this morning these are the words that came from the grief of his loss.  Tragedy words don't describewhat tears can't denyphotographic memories of our loss fridged bitter truthsomehow brings me back to YouSavior here I am with weakened knees grieving with this songlonging to be homethere with him I'll see You face to faceMatchless Lamb of GodSovereign Holy OneYou'll wipe away the tears to cry no more yet here we find our soulsbegging you consoleand change the hearts of those who did this wrong desperate for the truthLord set our gaze on Youholding us as sorrow brings us nigh grieving with this songlonging to be homethere with him I'll see You face to faceMatchless Lamb of GodSovereign Holy OneYou'll wipe away the tears to cry no more grieving…


Nov 20, 2013

My Portion

From time to time I read through "Morning and Evening" - A collection of devotionals by Charles Spurgeon. I've often posted quotes from these on twitter, facebook, instagram, and even songs inspired by his words. Either way, I wanted to share this one with you from Saturday November 16th (Morning) and pray that it encourages you today. You just may see a new song post about this reading in the near future.... Verse "The Lord is my portion, saith my soul."— la 3:24 Thought It is not "The Lord is partly my portion," nor "The Lord is in my portion"; but he himself makes up the sum total of my soul's inheritance. Within the circumference of that circle lies all that we possess or desire. The Lord is my portion. Not his grace merely, nor his love, nor his covenant, but Jehovah himself. He has chosen us for his portion, and…


Nov 07, 2013

I'm Married!

I've been wanting to post this blog since I learned that our wedding photographer wrote a blog about our wedding. Yeah, I'm married! Sometimes I still can't believe it. I'm actually married to my best friend. I've often found myself thinking, someday, I just might wake up and realize that this was but a dream. But today, November 7th, marks 10 months of dating a woman that I've known for almost 5 years. I'm taken back by the story that God has written up to this point. My eyes well up with tears as I write today...I AM SO BLESSED.  After reading and re-living the moments I saw on Jessica's blog, I wanted to share them with you. Her words and photos shed light to why this was the best wedding I've ever been a part of. And not just because it's my wedding..... ...welll maybe a little bit, but…


Oct 07, 2013

Austin Stone Worship Conference

I wanted to send out this quick last chance invite to you guys about our Worship Conference this fall. Come and join us October 22-24th in Austin, TX as we explore what it truly means to lead worship. The Austin Stone Worship Conference is 3 days of trans-formative teaching from some of the nation's top authorities on biblical worship and worship leading. This conference is designed for your entire team to experience. Pastors, worship leaders, production teams, volunteers, and creatives will gain practical, take home knowledge of how to lead people to worship Jesus better, and more importantly - how to worship Jesus better themselves! We would love to worship with you and your leadership team! Spots are limited and with the conference being a few day away, are filling up quickly. So please visit Austin Stone Worship to gurantee your spots today! Teachers/Worship Leaders Inlude: Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter, Charlie…


Sep 06, 2013

An Answered Prayer

Last night was a night to remember. You know sometimes how you pray for something and hope for it to happen asap, or at least within a small time frame like God's on your time table. That was me, almost 8 years ago now, I asked God for a small but huge want in my heart as a student at Texas State University.  You see, most of you reading this read that name and think, "oh yeah, that's that party school in San Marcos, dang Jimmy, you went there"? To answer your question, "why yes, I actually am a proud Texas State Bobcat". I've been one to stand up for my school when people identify it as that "party school". But truth be told, it is what you make of it, just like any other school. And this so called "party school" is where God gave me the opportunity to…


Aug 23, 2013

"A Song for the Suffering"

I recently heard a song that touched my heart in a different way. Written by a musician who untimely lost his father, the song describes how their family desperately clinged to God and looked to the truth of the scriptures in the midst of their suffering. As I listened to Shane Bernard passionately sing what his heart had written on paper, John Piper's voice unexpectedly began to speak truth that's hard to hear in such times. But truth is truth for the one who believes in a hope that is to come. I don't know where you are today, but my prayer is that this message encourages you wherever you are in life. Below are the words that Piper passionately shared in the song "A song for the Suffering".  "Not only is all your affliction momentary, not only is all your affliction light in comparison to eternity and the glory…


Aug 10, 2013

The Light that overcomes darkness

"...we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us - that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all."  - 1 John 1:2-5 God is light. If God is light then HE shines, He is pure, He is holy, whithout blemish, He is what cast out the darkness, He is what cast out fear. Many times when we find ourselves in darkness, fear creeps in and alters our reality. Lies…


Jul 19, 2013

Forget not all His benefits

"Forget not all His benefits." — ps 103:2 As I get older I realize that sleeping in becomes more of a dream than a reality. Last Saturday was just that. It was the day after "#Flight360" camp and this brotha was exhausted. When my eyes opened that morning I thought that I had at least slept for about 10 hrs, but nope, not this guy. To my surprise there was little light outside and it was early, I mean early, and for some reason I just couldn't fall back asleep. So I just did what you do on days like that. I laid there. I laid there staring at the ceiling fan above me and had this urge to read my bible but was fighting it. I didn't want to pray nor did I want to read my bible, I just wanted to go back to sleep, but I couldn't…


Jun 13, 2013

I'm Engaged!

I'm engaged! Yup, the rumors that I started are true. "Jimmy McNeal "popped the question" and she said yes!" It's been a long time coming. I've had many a-friends who've wanted to set me up, tell me about some girl they thought I would be perfect for, or just throw some random girl in my line of site to see if any sparks would fly. I wasn't the type to date around, nor was I looking for a relationship. I can honestly say that for the last 3-5 years I've been content with my singleness. Actually, I was under the impression that I would be single for a least the next 5 years. And to be honest, I was ok with that. For the time, God had me single for a reason and I wanted to "enjoy my singleness". By that, I don't mean date around, or just be a…


Apr 02, 2013

The Best Month of My Life

There's a saying that my grandma likes to say that has stuck with me my whole life. "Give'em their flowers while their still living" I've tried to live this out ever since I got an understanding of what it meant. I want people to know how I care about them now. What good is it in waiting to share those feelings of appreciation, gratitude, love, and encouragement? None of us know the day when death will call our name, but I can assure you that even now your one-minute closer to it. I'm humbled to say that this is how my friends and loved ones decided to bless me this year. 30 days before my 30th birthday I was given a gift that I will cherish for the rest of my life. The gift was a stack of letters entitled "30 for 30". Each letter had a number on it…


Feb 19, 2013


Song#6 of 7in7 comes directly from Psalm 103, a passage that I read yesterday that really hit home. Enjoy! Psalm 103 (Bless The Lord) bless The Lord O my Soulall that is within me praise His Holy Holy namebless the Lord, O my soul merciful and gracious slow to anger forgiving Godabounding in steadfast lovecompassionate Father we sing Your praise bless The Lord O my Soulall that is within me praise His Holy Holy namebless the Lord, O my soul as high as the heavens abovegreat is your steadfast loveas far as the east from the westour sins you have removed bless The Lord O my Soulall that is within me praise His Holy Holy namebless the Lord, O my soul You've established your throne in the heavensYour kingdom, it reigns over allAngels obeying your voice praising our king we join the host bless The Lord O my Soulall that…


Feb 18, 2013


This song stems from this last verse of a hymn called "Come Thou Fount" "O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to belet thy goodness like a fetter bind my wondering heart to theeI'm prone to wonder Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I lovehere's my heart Lord take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above" I meditated on those thoughts for a while, and I'm thankful that God gave me this song for day 5. I believe, for the Christian, this is the cry of their heart often times more than not.  "In Need of Grace (constantly)" I need Your graceclasp this heartwondering often far from You   My selfishnessdisplays my needdesperately I long for change grant me trust when my faith is frail give me fight when my flesh is weakyour the strength of my heart and my portion foreverI'm in need of grace…


Feb 17, 2013


I had a thought this morning to write a song that would be words that I would actually pray before I read my bible. I wanted this song to be simple and prayerful. We generally don't pray with music in the background, so I decided to make this one Acapella; and this is what come out and turned into song#4 of 7in7.  "Here I Am" Heavenly FatherI come before You humbly seeking to know You moreheres my heart Merciful Maker I call on You Lordguide and teach me Your ways with gracehelp me discern Here I am asking that you would speakclearly, faithfully to me  grant me wisdom  to understand truthLord I want to obey your wordhear my prayer  daily portion is what I long for drawing nearer to Thee, my Godfeed my soul Here I am asking that you would speakclearly, faithfully to me  Here I am asking that you would speakclearly, faithfully to me  Amen…


Feb 15, 2013


Here is Song#3 of 7in7. This one was inspired by a valley of vision prayer I wrote a blog about a few weeks back called "A Prayer of Love". Lyrically, this is one of my favorite ones so far. Just reading the lyrics leads me to worship, I pray the same for you.      "Thy Greates Gift" Your name is love Your ways are pure, unwavering, faithful and true Thy kindness Lord repairs my soul  with sanctifying merciful hands  Your love flowed down at calvary's cross there You forgave all my sin I find my pardon in thee where grace and mercy abounds atoning blood reconciling life embraced Your wrath saving me  Your Word is just your thoughts are sure, trusting never failing and strong Thy presence Lord  unlimited peace sovereignly you hold with your hand  your love flowed down at calvary's cross there You forgave all my sin I…


Feb 14, 2013


I didn't get to Song#2 until 10:30pm last night #uhoh. Yup, I fell asleep. Ha! Not once, but 3 times. This brotha was tired. I finally called it a night at 2am. Thankfully I woke up with some fresh ideas and here is the finished product.  "Faithful Love" This song was inspired by these verses from Philippians: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus…


Feb 12, 2013


Hey Guys,So here's the first song from Day 1 of 7in7. This song was inspired by a sermon from "The Gospel And" series we just finished at our church. Feel free to take a listen to the sermon here: "The Gospel and Depression", it will give you some more insight to how these lyrics came about to the first song of 7in7.   "You First Loved Me" immeasurable love stirs my heartsatisfied in awe of you Lord warm embrace quickens my soulrestoration felt by your touch waves of grace bring songs of hopeperfect love reminds my soul you first loved memade my heart believe chained my soul to faithful truthForgiveness came through you Calvary's Cross lifted high, wrath atoning payment was claimedwith crown of thorns, nailed pierced flesh, and reconciling blood from your hands waves of grace bring songs of hopeperfect love reminds my soul you first loved memade my heart believe…


Feb 11, 2013

7in7 Begins Tomorrow

Ok my friends, this blog is a warning and a plea for your prayers. The #7in7 journey begins tomorrow. I will be joining over 100 other artist with the challenge of writing seven brand new songs in seven days. So this is your warning that I will be posting all seven songs on my blog, twitter, and facbook pages for the next seven days.  This year my "brotha from anotha motha", Aaron Ivey, asked if I would join him in the endevour of writing songs specifically for the Church. I won't lie, this scares me a tad bit because I know how hard it will actually be to write seven songs; and to write seven songs for the church as a whole, aw man, that thought is somewhat daunting. Like many artist, I'm a perfectionist when it comes to writing, especially when it comes to writing songs for the church. I…


Jan 24, 2013

"The Prayer of Love"

In the last couple of years the book, "The Valley of Vision", has been a huge influence in my life as a Christian and as a writer. The book is full of prayers that were written by Puritans from long ago. And it's a book that I use/read often. You've probably seen quotes from it on some of my tweets or facebook posts.  I recently read a prayer that really affected me and I just wanted to share it with you. My hope is that you would make this your prayer as well.    "The Prayer of Love" Gracious Lord,  Thy Name is love,  in love receive my prayer. My sins are more than the wide sea's sand,  but where sin abounds,  there is grace more abundant. Look to the cross of thy beloved Son,  and view the preciousness of his atoning blood;Listen to his never-failing intercession,  and whisper to my…


Dec 23, 2012

"The 1st Fall" - One I will never forget

Have you ever seen a black man on skis?! BAAAAAAAM!!! Now you have! (doing "the wedge" pose)A couple of weeks ago I was able to check something off of my "bucket list". Skiing!!! I can't tell you how nice it was to get away and spend some time with people I love. Man, I love the mountains. It's just so beautiful. There were many memories made on this trip, but the memory that I"ll forever remember is "The Fall." I'll admit, this was the most painful but funniest, (after the fact) fall I've ever been a part of. My friends Jon (The Teacher) and D. (The Assistant) witnessed it all. So let me tell you all about it..... We head to the intro level of the "bunny slope" and Jon begins my lesson. I learn how to stop, wedge, and maneuver left and right. After doing this a few times, we…


Dec 07, 2012

I Need You Right Now

"Oh I wanna go where there'll be no more tears. You'll wipe them all away. I'll see you face to face. There, I will be home." The last few days I've found myself singing this chorus from "Home" (a song I wrote during 7in7). I don't think I've been singing it because of the joy it does bring, but it's been on my heart because of the sadness I've felt over the last 2 weeks. My heart breaks for the friends and family members of those who have lost loved ones. My prayers have been many the last 14 days as I've sang at a friends memorial service, learned that a couples new born only has weeks to live, was told that another friends brother passed away, got a call from my sister informing me of a death in the family, found out another couple had a very late miscarriage,…


Nov 21, 2012

"Rejoice Oh Joy of Heaven is He" - the story behind the song

Tuesday November 13th was a big day for Austin Stone Worship. We released our first Christmas Album titled "A Day of Glory (Songs for Christmas)". If you have not purchased this album, first off, where have you been, and secondly, what the heck is wrong with you?! I'm kidding, but seriously, GO GET IT. This particular blog is about one of the songs from the album, "Rejoice Oh Joy of Heaven is He". I co-wrote this song with my friend Aaron Ivey. And to be honest, after writing and finishing a Christmas tune, I can humbly say that writing Christmas songs for Corporate worship are the hardest songs in the world to write. It took a brotha like 9 months to write this tune, but it was definitely worth it.  This song started with an idea of picturing the morning of Jesus' birth, knowing that this would be the baby…


Oct 26, 2012

7in7 (day7) "Home"

Glad to say that my fall #7in7 is complete. I want to preface this last song with this: This is not a political statement, just a truth of my longing for what is to come, HOME! Song7: http://soundcloud.com/jimmymcneal/song7 "Home" sin's running wild round herelies alter lies of sufferings painwhile time shapes the sound ofgraves whispering our names oh I wanna go where there'll be no more tearsyou'll wipe them all awayI'll see you face to faceand there I will be home slavery's binding soulscancer moves untamedorphans reach for carewhile lives are killing lives unborn oh I wanna go where there'll be no more tearsyou'll wipe them all awayI'll see you face to faceand there I will be home I'm a stranger in this worldhating the sin I seeclouds won't you roll on backand Jesus comecome Lord Jesus come oh I wanna go where there'll be no more tearsyou'll wipe them…


Oct 26, 2012

7in7 (Day6) "I Love You - Granny and Paw"

There are a lot of things I've been blessed with that I didn't get to choose. I love my grandparents! And I've wanted to do this for a while now, so I figured #7in7 would be a great start to writing a song dedicated to them. So granny and Paw, this one is for you (Day6): http://soundcloud.com/jimmymcneal/song6 "I Love You - Granny and Paw" 8 kids to call your own27 grandchildren plus moreGod only knows the price you've paidoh the sweat and all tears, the sacrifices made I know I've said it time and time beforebut day by day the words means so much more I love you, I love youI love you, I love you You taught me how to walk by faithand how to pray in Jesus' nameI am thankful for all you've done for meto call you my grandparents, oh what a blessing I know I've said…


Oct 24, 2012

7in7 (day5) "Trust Me I Know"

Got to co write with my brotha, NIjalon Dunn. Thankful he was willing to share his story, and yup, it's a hip hop tune! Shout out to The Cratez Beatz for the beat. So get ready, here is a hip hop tune 4ya for day#5! http://soundcloud.com/jimmymcneal/song5 "Trust me I know" I know it's a tough topic to touch onBut you need to share itI know it's a tough topic to touch onBut you need to share it I speak with sarcasm I don't say this gladly but thanks to Facebook I found my daddyIt's a tough topic to touch on, trust me I knowand I fought the same battle got the scars to showI took a look at his pictures man we look just the samemy first hope I hope he remembers my name See my nose, his nose, from the way I wear my clothesthe repetition of these thoughts…


Oct 22, 2012

7in7 (day4) "What Kind of Love is This"

The service this Sunday at The Austin Stone was good for my soul. The love of God and the truth of me being his child, just wrecked this brotha out. I came home, hit record, and this is what came out of that recording.  Song4:  "What Kind of Love is This" You have searched me and know me Lord what love is thisYou have cleaned me up and brought new lifewhat kind of love is this Abba Father Lord of AllYou are the light of my soulAbba Father Almighty GodYour the one who makes me whole You have kept me and fed me Lord what love is thisYou have brought me in, claimed my lifewhat kind of love is this Abba Father Lord of AllYou are the light of my soulAbba Father Almighty GodYour the one who makes me whole Lord who am I that You would call me Your childLord who am…


Oct 21, 2012

7in7 (day3) "I'm Yours"

I almost forgot to post this today. Go Cowboys!!! Here is Day3's song: "I'm Yours" purge me in love cleanse my wayward soulflood me with graceabundantly overflow draw me within your truthlet kindness guide my way I wanna follow You Lordwith passion fight for your nameI wanna follow You Lordtill blood dries up in these veins I'm yours so make me abidefirmly hold me closestir me in lovesanctify purify never let go draw me within with truthkindness guide my way I wanna follow You Lordwith passion fight for your nameI wanna follow You Lordtill blood dries up in these veins I'm yours I'm YoursI'm yours I'm Yours I wanna follow You Lordwith passion fight for your nameI wanna follow You Lordtill blood dries up in these veins I'm yours I'm Yours   Nothin' but love, Jimmy


Oct 20, 2012

7in7 (day2) "Jesus, You Have Saved My Soul"

This one started out as a prayer, and you know, sometimes I like to sing when I pray.And as I sang the name "Jesus", tears began to stream down my face. Who He is and what He has done has changed my life for eternity. It's only by God's grace I can say that I'm saved.  So, out of that prayer came Song #2. "Jesus, You Have Saved My Soul" I once was blinded by fear trusting my own selfish heart to guide my way I once thought I could run to the world with all it's gain still you sought and came after me Jesus my Beloved, precious one I adoreNow my heart longs forJesus Almighty SaviorMerciful Righteous RedeemerYou saved my soul I once believed all the lies that you didn't dare care for me I was on my own But then I heard forgiveness came by the cross in…


Oct 19, 2012

7in7 (day1) "I Think I'm Falling For You"

#7in7! Writing 7 songs in 7 days, your joking right?......Nope, not at all. I've joined a group of about 200 artist with this difficult task. We will all be writing 1 song a day for the next 7 days. What's great for you, and vulnerable for me, is that we can't just keep them a secrect. Sharing each song is in the rule book. I won't lie, I don't want to, but I'm going to. So, you'll be seeing me post a new song every day for the next 7 days. I won't lie, I don't want to, but I'm going to.  Here we go! Day1 came from left feild. Wasn't expecting to write a love song on the first day, but here it is. "I Think I'm Falling For You" affection deep inside, a feeling i can't hideis this love things i ca't explain, are moving me to changecould this be…


Oct 06, 2012

The Start of Something New

You might be wondering why I'm writing a blog. Well, to be honest, I am wondering the same thing. It is probably twofold: First, it's to get my friends off my back about putting my thoughts on paper. They've been bugging me about writing for the last 2 to 3 years, and second, it's a reason to document all that God is doing in my life. And to be honest it's the latter....Ok, well let's just say it's 80-20 and God used the first reason to lead me to do the second. He does that you know. I want to encourage you. Challenge you. Push myself and you to want to know Jesus more. My hope is that some of these blogs will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but at the end of them all I hope you see the hand of God at work. I'm not…