Error
  • The template for this display is not available. Please contact a Site administrator.
Administrator

Administrator

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:48

My King Forever

Friday, 18 April 2014 22:33

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 power; it "cleanseth from all sin." Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." Through Jesus' blood there is not a spot left upon any believer, no wrinkle nor any such thing remains. O precious blood, which makes us clean, removing the stains of abundant iniquity, and permitting us to stand accepted in the Beloved, not withstanding the many ways in which we have rebelled against our God. The blood of Christ is likewise "precious" in it's preserving power. We are safe from the destroying angel under the sprinkled blood. Remember it is God's seeing the blood which is the true reason for our being spared. Here is comfort for us when the eye of faith is dim, for God's eye is still the same. The blood of Christ is "precious" also in it's sanctifying influence. The same blood which justifies by taking away sin, does in its after-action, quicken the new nature and lead it onward to subdue sin and to follow out the commands of God. There is no motive for holiness so great as that which streams from the veins of Jesus. And "precious", unspeakably precious, is this blood, because it has an overcoming power. It is written, "They overcame through the blood of the Lamb." How could they do otherwise? He who fights with the precious blood of Jesus, fights with a weapon which cannot know defeat. The blood of Jesus! Sin dies at its presence, death ceases to be death; heaven's gates are opened. The blood of Jesus! We shall march on, conquering and to conquer, so long as we can trust its power!" 

"Thought for the Morning" (Wed April 16th, 2014) - Spurgeon

I hope this blesses you today as you reflect on the meaning of "Good Friday".

Nothin' but love,

Jimmy

 

Friday, 04 April 2014 22:11

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 seeing a dream come into fruition with recording my first solo album, all while learning how to be a husband who's now going to be a father who's began to have feelings of anxiety as our house lease ends July 1st, while trying to be a loving husband during pregnancy as changes at work affect the prayers of our band family and this run-on sentence continues because life brings about changes that come in waves we sometimes don't expect. The last 6 months have been the most wearisome yet remarkable 6 months of my life to date.

Even as we walk through one of the craziest seasons we've experienced, I can't help but see God's faithful hand in it all. 

Monday was by far one of the toughest days I've had during this time. You could say that I was at my wits end with simultaneously experiencing both joys and pains one after the other. I didn't know how to feel or react. I tried to spend some time reading my bible, but got distracted more often than not and found myself wanting to just eject and run away from it all. But God, God was faithful. My missional community met that night and we spent some time reading the scriptures together as a family. It's no coincidence that Matthew chapters 4-6 were the chapters we would be walking through Monday night. God knew how I'd feel, and the things that I needed to hear. As anxiety began to spring up in my heart and the days distractions began to arise, I read over and over again "do not be anxious". Conviction continued to strike its chord as Matthew 6:33 leaped from the pages...

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you"

Those first seven words are what brought me to my knees later that night. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God....". I needed to be reminded of this truth. I needed God to tell me to seek after him, and not just read my bible and check it off the list for the day, but truly seek him and run to him in this time of difficulty, joy, beauty and chaos. This is what my heart truly needed, not the other 20 different "distractions" I thought would make me feel better that day. I needed Jesus.

Today, as I write this blog and reflect, I'm also reminded of this story of Mary and Martha from Luke 10.

"...Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."" - Luke 10:38-42

Although we're walking through this season of seasons I want to be a man who's not so distracted with anxiousness, serving, troubles, or the joys of this world. But I pray that God would make me a man who sits at his feet and chooses the "good portion".

I want to encourage you today as you read this. Reflect on your own life and ask yourself, despite circumstances, have you chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from you or have you chosen something else....?

My prayer for both you and I today is that we would choose the good portion and seek first His kingdom and righteousness.

Nothin' but love,

Jimmy

Monday, 10 February 2014 00:00

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 humbled by the dream God has allowed me to live out. I love music, I love my job, and I love that I get to lead people in worship on a weekly basis. Although as a kid I never dreamed of being a Worship Pastor nor thought in a million years that I'd be recording a "Contemporary Christian" album. I am, and I'm loving every minute of it.

Prayers that I've been praying for years are being answered, and tonight I write this blog with much excitement. I'm like a giddy little kid right now. And to be honest it's pretty awesome to see that little elementary kid's dream come true.

There will be more info to come, but I'll be posting frequent updates of this process via twitter (@jimmymcsings) / instagram / facebook (band, personal) if you want to stay in the loop. 

God's timing is always perfect!

Nothin' but love,

Jimmy

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 22:57

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 God began to change my heart to have feelings for a dear friend of mine, HER. As words flowed from my lips and prayers rang out in my conscience, I felt as if God was in the drivers seat as we ended the night knowing that we were dating with the intent to marry. The pursuit was on! 

And one year later that pursuit hasn't stopped. Although we are no longer boyfriend and girlfriend, no longer engaged, and no longer just friends, I'm still dating the woman I started pursuing 52 weeks ago. She's my partner in crime, my beloved who bears my last name, and my best friend. I wouldn't want to be doing this with anyone else but her. 

I am one blessed man walking out of the door tonight to celebrate one year of dating with his bride.


Nothin' but love,

Jimmy

Friday, 06 December 2013 17:33

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 describe
what tears can't deny
photographic memories of our loss

fridged bitter truth
somehow brings me back to You
Savior here I am with weakened knees

grieving with this song
longing to be home
there with him I'll see You face to face
Matchless Lamb of God
Sovereign Holy One
You'll wipe away the tears to cry no more

yet here we find our souls
begging you console
and change the hearts of those who did this wrong

desperate for the truth
Lord set our gaze on You
holding us as sorrow brings us nigh

grieving with this song
longing to be home
there with him I'll see You face to face
Matchless Lamb of God
Sovereign Holy One
You'll wipe away the tears to cry no more

grieving with this song
longing to be home
there with him I'll see You face to face
Matchless Lamb of God
Sovereign Holy One
You'll wipe away the tears to cry no more

through pain we sing Hallelujah
through pain we sing Hallelujah
with pain we sing Hallelujah
with pain we sing Hallelujah

 

Please be in prayer for his wife, child, and family.

Nothin' but love,

Jimmy

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 14:54

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 we have chosen him for ours. It is true that the Lord must first choose our inheritance for us, or else we shall never choose it for ourselves; but if we are really called according to the purpose of electing love, we can sing-

"Lov'd of my God for him again With love intense I burn;Chosen of him ere time began,I choose him in return."

The Lord is our all-sufficient portion. God fills himself; and if God is all-sufficient in himself, he must be all- sufficient for us. It is not easy to satisfy man's desires. When he dreams that he is satisfied, anon he wakes to the perception that there is somewhat yet beyond, and straightway the horse-leech in his heart cries, "Give, give." But all that we can wish for is to be found in our divine portion, so that we ask, "Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee." Well may we "delight ourselves in the Lord" who makes us to drink of the river of his pleasures. Our faith stretches her wings and mounts like an eagle into the heaven of divine love as to her proper dwelling-place. "The lines have fallen to us in pleasant places; yea, we have a goodly heritage." Let us rejoice in the Lord always; let us show to the world that we are a happy and a blessed people, and thus induce them to exclaim, "We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."

My prayer is that we would delight ourselves in The Lord today, our portion and satisfier of our every need.

Nothin' but love,

Jimmy

Thursday, 07 November 2013 16:14

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 I'm just saying....go check it out for your self.

Jessica Christine Photography Blog Post 

And BTW if you're looking for someone to shoot your wedding that will not only take photos but also capture the moments you'll cherish, give her a call or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Nothin' but love,

Jimmy

Monday, 07 October 2013 17:37

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 Hall, Tony Merida, Robbie Seay, Michael Bleecker, Jourdan Johnson, Jimmy McNeal, Bobby Gilles, Jesse Reeves, Todd Agnew, Kevin Peck, Justin Cofield, Jon Shirley, Mike Cosper, Matt Papa, Donna Stuart, Chris Collins, Matt Boswell, Logan Walter, Steven Bush, Jeremy Rodgers, Stephen Miller, Kyle Lent, Philip Ellis, Jimmie Ingram, Emily Ward, Brett Land, Daniel Darnell, Issac Wimberly, Todd Hartmann and more!

You can also take a look at some of these videos of Aaron Ivey and Matt Carter discussing the details of the conference to learn more:

How to lead and worship Jesus better

Teachers and Pastors

What is Unconference

Find more videos here

Hope to see you there!

Nothin' but love,

Jimmy

Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

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 boast in Him in ways I had never dreamed.

Last night I lead worship on a stage, but not just a stage to me. This was the stage where I performed as a student dozens of times singing in the choir, our vocal jazz ensemble, gospel choir, and even a few talent shows. And as I approached the mic for sound check I was reminded of the last time I sang on that particular stage. 

It was the 2007 homecoming talent show. Yup, 2007, almost 7 years ago now. American Idol was not too far behind me and I had just started singing background vocals at The Austin Stone. I had no intention of auditioning for the talent show that fall, but was humbled when asked to do a 20-25 minute set while they tallied up the votes back stage. So like any Senior, I wanted to use this opportunity to leave my mark. I remember thinking "God, let me use this platform well, use me". That night I walked on stage and sang a few love songs that I'd sang in talent shows from previous years and then I did something I never would have thought that I would do when I arrived on the campus as a transfer student. I mean, I had the floor, the mic, and the freedom to do anything I wanted with the time. So why not talk about Jesus, the one who first loved me. Why not share the gospel and end my time with worship to the one who adopted me as a son and let that be the mark that was left. I couldn't help but use the rest of my time to share how the gospel captured my heart and the love that was displayed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I spoke truth and sang songs about that truth wanting Jesus to be what people remembered about me.

I actually thought that that would be the last time I would sing on that stage. In such a beautiful way, last night proved that thought to be wrong and also brought tears to my eyes as I remembered a prayer of mine that had been prayed almost 8 years ago when I first heard about Austin Stone on campus. Simply put, "God bring this organization or something like this to Texas State and use it to change lives", was what I prayed every time that announcement was made at church. Last night he did just that. It blows my mind to think that I was praying for 10 year old kids who now roam the quad as college freshman. But one thing I do know is that God's timing is perfect and he does answer prayers.

This morning I, as a former student, am humbled that he would allow me to play a role in it. I know that there is still much more work to be done, but I wanted to take this time to rejoice in the now, and thank God for what he did last night as well as answering the prayers that have been prayed by many. God hears our prayers and answers them, sometimes much differently than we may have hoped or expected, but they always seem to be in a way much better than what we could have imagined.

Nothin' but love,

Jimmy