Who is this Jamin guy anyway?
I am the husband of one and the father of nine. I was created to sing, to worship, to encourage, and to be steady. I am the Owner & Executive Director of Trinity Arts Center, a multi-disciplinary Arts Center in Eastern Tennessee, and the President of Trinity Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on funding arts education and performance. I've been involved with four music projects in my life -- Hot Pink Turtle, Spin Radio, Stand Like Stone, and of course, Jamin Rathbun.

In 2013, I added my Twitter feed to this site (below). To view the old content, just scroll down past the Twitter timeline. To keep in the loop on new posts, thoughts, and updates, just follow me on Twitter using the button below. Thanks!

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There is a really neat web site @ neave.com

For those of you (like myself) who appreciate a solid, well thought out, interesting, usable, logical web site with creative and engaging content... Look no further! neave.com represents all that and more. Seriously, I'm being a bit flattering but it is well worth a peak when you get a few spare cycles. Enjoy!

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Song Title: Stand - [ download mp3 ]
Genre: Christian Rock, Full Band
File Size: 7.1MB

Notes: This is one of the songs I wrote with Stand Like Stone, the rock project I began in St. Louis with Jason, Eric, and Dan. It is loosely inspired by Titus 2:7-8, Hebrews 10:23-25, & Ephesians 6:10-18. This recording is a live rehearsal of the song with minimal equipment and no overdubs so it's very basic and rough but -- you'll get the idea. Notice the digital "glitch" that we added towards the end to add to the "raw power" of the song. Just kidding. = )

Lyrics: Stand and be counted for what you believe. Walk without turning for He who has promised is faithful and He loves you. Pray without stopping and serve every need. Fight every battle, defending the good that you see. Let it all begin tonight. I'm tired of ordinary. Time to lay it on the line. Time to stand.

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Before I fully dig into the process of sharing a weekly memory verse and some commentary, it occured to me that I should share my testimony and the reason I started memorizing Scripture in the first place. I realize that this post should have been included on day one but -- I didn't think of it until after I'd already published the first page so... It'll just have to reside here, on Day 2. With that said, here goes...

In March of 2001 - I was talking with a friend (Matt Kovis) about how great it was that my son Luke (who was 7 at the time) was beginning to memorize Scripture during Awana and had even begun to quote verses when we had conversations about our faith. I made a comment about how his biblical references were quickly surpassing my own, which was both encouraging and challenging. = )

Matt (who had recently begun memorizing scripture) handed me a small book called "Scripture Memory Made Easy" from Hendrickson Publishing and with that, I began to memorize. It didn't take long before memorizing scripture began to effect my life in a pretty dramatic way. My daily time in the Word became more consistant as I began to study foundational doctrine and memorize related passages. I also begin to memorize topical passages that I felt could be an encouragement to others. Before long, I began to think of applicable passages all the time, when I'd be talking with someone or witnessing to a person or listening to a sermon or praying. The Word was truly becoming a lamp unto my path and a light unto my feet! That was over 4 years (and 200 passages) ago and, although I've had some ups and downs, God (thankfully) has continued to draw me to Him.

Scripture memory has had such a profound impact on my life. It has not only been encouraging to me, it has allowed me, in many ways, to share God's word and hope using God's words, when my own seem inadequate or don't come. Part of the reason for this site is to provide an avenue for God's Word to encourage, teach, rebuke, and train all of us. For now, I'll post a couple new passages each week until "the site" catches up to my four year head start. Eventually, I'll post one new passage a week that we can study and memorize together. I'll also include a few thoughts about the things God is teaching me -- as long as you promise not to laugh (or get mad) at the immaturity and ignorance I'm sure many of my comments will convey. = )

With all of that said... I'd like to start things off with a passage that I really like. I hesitate to call it my favorite verse but - it is an awesome one.

Titus 3:5-7
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done but because of his mercy. He saved us by the washing of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit that he poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior so that having now been justified by his grace - we might become heirs, having the hope of eternal life.

I encourage you to meditate on God's Word - to hide it in your heart. To take advantage of the wisdom and counsel and help that is available in it and to share it out loud with your brothers and sisters. There's nothing like hearing the Word of God out loud. God is good.

This post is too long already. I'll include my testimony and some get-to-know-me info later this week. As always, thanks for stopping by.

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