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Ask anyone sitting in a church pew on a Sunday morning if they believe in Jesus and the response is most always ëyes.í But ask them if they follow Jesus, REALLY follow him, and the question becomes tougher to answer. On his Reunion Records debut, Cast My Cares, singer/songwriter, blogger and worship leader Tim Timmons takes a look at what it means to not only believe in Jesus, but to change the world by truly following Him.

ìFollowing Jesus versus being a believer in Him is revolutionary,î Timmons says with a smile spreading across his face and his voice teeming with infectious energy. ìI actually believe it will revolutionize the power of the Kingdom. What if the people who fill our weekend church services actually saw themselves as the church in the name, the power and the authority of Jesus as we walked out of that building? I get really excited just thinking about it.î

Timmons has poured that enthusiasm into a really unique passion. Avoiding the usual trappings of music industry success, heís focused not on his own music career, but on a singular mission.

ìIf thereís a word for me itís ëinviting,í ìsays the happily married father of four. ìI want to invite people into a conversation about Jesus.î

He admits it hasnít always been easy. ìDying to my kingdom has been really hard,î he confesses. ìEveryday Iím reminded, ëitís not about your kingdom Timmons. Your kingdom is worthless compared to the great Kingdom of God.í I donít care about being the next Christian rock star, but I do care about influencing Christians to lean into Jesus--thatís the revolution--and itís the only reason why Iím doing this. I think Iíve been commissioned to be a missionary to Christians. We do American Christianity so well, as we do church week after week. But do we know how to be the church, and enact the principles of Jesus daily?î

Timmons fulfills his mission by writing and recording songs that challenge and inspire. Produced by Paul Mabury, Cast My Cares, is filled with tender ballads and powerful worship anthems that speak profoundly to this generation. ìItís Your Revolutionî reminds believers that itís not about our agenda, but instead Jesus is the architect of the most ambitious revolution the world has ever seen. In a voice both earnest and compelling, Timmons stimulates the intellect and tugs at the heartstrings with songs such as ìStarts with Me,î a call to action that boasts a bold lyric and percolating melody. The title track is a potent ballad that reminds us how much God loves us and is always there for us in times of need. ìYou Remainî is a study in transparency as he confesses in the opening lines ìIíd be lying if I said I wasnít tired of trying/And now Iím down to my last excuse/ So here I am waiting for you.î

Timmons talks to God as if heís baring his soul to his best friend and itís hard not to be disarmed by his honesty. Itís a dialogue that began early in his life, but has definitely varied in intensity during his journey. He found himself pulled toward a life of music, a vocation God had been preparing him for all along. He started playing drums at age seven and picked up the guitar at 11, the same age he wrote his first song. ìThen I taught myself piano and other stuff,î he says. ìMusic has just been something that Iíve always wanted to do and be about.î

For 15 years, Timmons served as worship leader at Mariners Church in Irvine, Ca. while performing at conferences and churches across the country. He would also visit Nashville periodically to co-write with Tenth Avenue Northís Mike Donehey, Michael Farron, Jason Walker, Phillip LaRue, Alli Rogers and other Nashville-based songwriters.

At one point, he considered pursuing a general market record deal, but everywhere he turned he was confronted with Philippians 1:21: For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. ìEverywhere Iíd go, it was there. Iíd listen to the radio and it was there. Iíd be leading a study and thatís what it was, or a pastor would teach on it. I remember just having the sense that, ëThis is your new life. I (Jesus) am who you are to be about. You live for me.íî

And a month later, Timmons was diagnosed with an incurable cancer.

ìCancer sucks,î he says bluntly. ìSo, I know it sounds crazy, but I wouldnít trade it for anything. Yes, Iím ready to be healed and Iím asking Jesus for that daily... I actually live as though I will be healed at some point, but in all of the craziness of cancer there is a gift. The gift through an incurable cancer, or any other sorrow we face, is perspective. And perspective is the gift that keeps on giving.î

Fearlessly facing his mortality for more than a decade now, Timmons is consumed with the desire to talk to a Christ-seeking audience through music and his blogs with a new sense of urgency. ìI write songs that are simply prayers that I need to hear,î he admits. ìI live for the presence of God in my life now, today. Iím learning to not obsess about the future. This posture starts for me at the beginning of each day, on my knees asking Jesus to reveal what He has for me. All I have to do is follow Him.î

About three years ago, Timmons felt Godís invitation to change. ìI was journaling and in my soul I heard, ëYouíre in the preface of the second book in the trilogy of your life. I immediately thought about how absurd this was and how Iíve made plenty of things up and called them Jesus,íî Timmons recalls. ìI kept hearing it all week and I told my wife about it. In the next weeks, I got emails from all over the country from random people saying, ëYou donít know me Tim, but God told me to tell you that youíre starting a new season, follow Jesus and he will walk with you.í Everybody said the same thing. I was looking around going, ëWhoís reading my journal?íî

Timmons left his post at Mariners and embarked on an exciting new season. He completed the songs on his debut album and joined his first national tour as part of the 2013 Rock and Worship Roadshow. And Timmonsí songs are already resonating strongly with audiences. ìHoly Unafraidî is a rallying cry to serve Jesus boldy and without fear. ìLetís Be Beautifulî invites the church to reflect with thought-provoking lines such as ìEverybodyís watching what are we all about/When we open up the doors is religion all that walks out?î

Timmons isnít afraid to rattle the status quo and encourage those in the church to examine themselves and their posture with Jesus. ìI want to spend my time talking to believers, and inviting them to a place where they can own their response to Jesus,î he profoundly states. ìMost times when we stand and sing worship songs to God, we honestly donít connect with the emotion of words. But, if we stop and think of three things we are grateful for, or a make a mental list of our worries and then cast it all on Jesus as we worship Him, we can own our response to Him. And it is within this simple exercise, that the power of the Spirit lies.î

Timmons concludes, ìInstead of me just putting out more ìcoolî Christian music, I want to draw people into the movement of Jesus. Thereís an awakening, a revolution that I want to spend my one and only life committed to.î

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