- I have been a wrestling fan for nearly 20 years. I am HARDcore fan of WWE. When it comes to the world of professional wrestling I know my stuff and if your a fan of wrestling and you want the inside scoop of wrestling inside news , I am your source for everything wrestling.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This devotional has been on my mind over the passed few weeks and it only seems to grow stronger as time presses on. Saturday afternoon I talked about matters of faith with a good friend of mine, when Sunday and church rolled around the Pastor Stan spoke of the olive grove where the Romans arrested Jesus. What conviction I had that day.
I reflected on the discussion with my friend, who shall in this instance be refered simply as "M." She and I talked about how faith gets sometimes persecueded even more sometimes they don't feel as an important acknoledged or seem to be accepted by many people. I Am devot follower of Christ and she is of UU faith. (I know what your probably thinking (Uh-No Holy war.) Actually it was none such the thing, we both spoke about our beliefs without ripping eachothers heads off...
Because I am a PROUD CHRISTIAN! I asked her what are her church services like. She stated there are many different things going on, the church is very open and friendly. Which I thought was cool, no doubt.
I felt "BOLD" so I asked what does her church study from, The Holy Bible?
She said no, not often so honesty that was like a big "thumbs down." But reguardless I seeked for answers, I asked her what good is church without the word of God in it. I asked her what she believed in, and she responded as say Jesus is one "cool guy." I'm going to paraphrase here, anyway she stated , he preached love, peace and respect and thats about all I believe.
I kind of thought "her faith was like caferteria food, you pick an choose what you want to eat and thats how you get your fill."
To me it didn't seem like I was fully trusting her believing in Jesus and not God, talk about your "sour grapes and sweet lemons" effect. Reguardless of how felt I still heard what she had to say. Today we look into the book of Mathew. Mat 4-1:11
1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Deuteronomy 8:3 (King James Version)
3And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
5Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
I can understand that a lot of people seem to think that God and Jesus are just one big story, but I tell you the truth its not, If you want to know why people follow God , it is because the conviction of the Holy Spirit is working on them.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
This devotional that I am about to bring to you hit me like a ton of bricks that hit me upside the head. Recently I have gotten good news, I have been accepted into the radio program that I so badly wanted and have tried now to go into for two years. I have worked so hard and I felt so blessed to get a second chance, so I was determined to anything possible to get in. Your enterance into the program is determined by your portfolio that you present. I really wanted to make a great one so that the professors wouldn't have a chance to say no. To do that I took steps to revamp my portfolio. I applied the year before and I did not get accepted, to say the least I was disappointed. But looking back on the previous presentation of my portfolio there's is no way that I would accept me into the program. So to get this second chance to go into radio was a huge boast of happiness for me. With that being said it got me thinking if I was given a second chance to give it all I got, to do that I thought I needed to re-invent myself. But a friend reminded me today , not to become too overwhelmed by everything. Just use what you have.
Reading tonights devotional entitled ,
When Robert Klose first moved into his 100-year-old house, its strange sounds were disconcerting. A carpenter told him the house was crooked. Klose admitted, “I could see it in the floors, the ceilings, the roofline, the door jambs, even the window frames. Drop a ball on the floor and it will roll away into oblivion.” Seventeen years later, the house is still holding together and he has gotten used to it and even grown to love it.
In Revelation, Jesus confronted a church that had become accustomed to its crooked spirituality and had even grown to love its inconsistencies. Laodicea was a well-to-do city. Yet that very wealth led to its delusion of self-sufficiency. This had bled into the culture of the church and produced a crooked, “we don’t need Jesus” type of spirituality. Therefore, Jesus rebuked these believers, calling them “lukewarm, . . . wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (3:16-17). He rebuked them because He loved them and still wanted an ever-deepening communion with them. So He gave them opportunity to repent (v.19).
If self-sufficiency has skewed your fellowship with Jesus, you can straighten it through repentance and a renewal of intimate fellowship with Him. — Marvin Williams
Not to the world is the portion
Of fellowship sweet with God,
But to the humble believer
Who trusts in His faithful Word. —Anon.
Repentance is God’s way of making the crooked straight.
Hearing that made me think of this verse....
20'Behold, I stand (A)at the door and (B)knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, (C)I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Jesus Freak, what does does that mean to you, when you hear those words?
What do Jesus freaks look like?
How do they act?
Do they have long hair?
Do they have big tatoos that say "I love Jesus?
What do you do to become a Jesus freak?
Is it a private club or can anyone join?
How do Jesus freaks pray?
Do you recgonize him?
Tonight in the latest devotional we will discover what makes a Jesus Freak, a freak for Jesus.
Most people when hear they phrase or term Jesus freak most people would automatically assume that they are "Christian." But to determine what a Jesus freak is first at the word "Christian." and what it means to be a Christian. If we look up a passage in Acts more specifically Acts 19:26 it says, 19A)">(A)So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to B)">(B)Phoenicia and C)">(C)Cyprus and D)">(D)Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone.
23Then when he arrived and witnessed N)">(N)the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord;
25And he left for Q)">(Q)Tarsus to look for Saul;
26and when he had found him, he brought him to R)">(R)Antioch And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and S)">(S)the disciples were first called T)">(T)Christians in U)">(U)Antioch.
Its hard to tell where Christians are now, its very difficult to determine who's Christian and whos not? Christianity has now become has a sub-culture.
Some people say anybody who believes in Jesus is Christian we now turn our attention to Mathew 7:12
1"A)">(A)Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
2"For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and B)">(B)by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
3"Why do you C)">(C)look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
4"D)">(D)Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye?
5"You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
6"E)">(E)Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Prayer and the Golden Rule7"F)">(F)Ask, and G)">(G)it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
9"Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?
10"Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?
11"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, H)">(H)how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
DC Talk - Jeus Freak
If I could a video to describe how followers of Chrost feel about him I can use this video. Everybody I do believe knows or has heard of the song "Jesus loves me." well heres a great remix of the classic spiritual.
The Fighting Temptations - He still loves me
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tonight I wish to challenge you, Let me start off by asking a question, How effected by music are you? How do you react to the songs blaring through your speakers or headphones? Do you get up and dance, do you bop your head, or do you just space out and let the song take you away.
How does your music make you feel?
This devotional was waiting paitently within me this week I am working an a college essay "The evolution of musical innuendos." The essay itself asks the question does explicit language in music affect our vocabulary? In a era like power within music seems to be more and more with the consumer. With internet downloading sites like Frostwire, Limewire, Kaaza, Itunes its hard to debate aganist that. With music now being open all across the world? More music is available to anybody across the world? More downloads are taking place, more music is entering peoples homes in vast numbers. I ask you this, which song do you hear, when listening music do you ever think about lifting the LORD's name up?
As we look at God's word tonight I want to take you to Psalms 1
1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psalms 40 - 3And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
I ask you this question again, which song do you hear?
Theres a quote in one particular song that I think can sum up this devotional...
Think about it!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Today we look at God's word a little differnt way tonight as I won't touch on just one verse but tonight we will be looking at God's word from many different angles that will bind together like lyrics of a song. This world is in a time of age, I would like to call, the quickening. The quickening is the power and speed technology has over us. It plays a huge role in our daily lives, that we probably won't be the quickest recgonize the signs because as the world in mordern times, we become acustome to change and quickly in the blink of an eye, we adapt. We become so acustom to the new changes in technology that we stop in utter amazment. Much like a child would when looking in the window display at a candy store.
I have a question for you, WILL YOU KNOW WHO JESUS IS just by looking at him, if he came to see just you today? I am a afraid to say this, but amongst all the new technology, and scientific studies. We have all become a little like Thomas. What do I mean by that? Well in a world where we seem to have science and technology around every corner. Science becomes a light for us to see the truth, so much so that we depend on science to see the difference between truth and lies. We that being said, I believe we all live in Thomas time , because people spend their entire lives searching for answers to find real proof of events happening. How does that relate to the bible you ask? Look here: John20: 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"
But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."
26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
28Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
2 Corinthians 5:7 (New American Standard Bible)
7for A)">(A)we walk by faith, not by sight--
Are you Strong ENOUGH to live weak?
Think about that!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Have you ever taken the time out of your day to Pray?
Have you ever really prayed?
Do you know what to pray for?
Do you know how to pray?
Is God listening to words you speak?
Do you know what you want to pray for?
Do you know what you need when you pray?
Do you know of anybody who doesn't believe because their prayers weren't answers.
How does anybody know what to pray for even more so how to pray?
How do you even start to pray?
Whats your style of prayer?
Do you shout at the Lord?
Do you sit in silence?
Do you bow your head?
Do you shut your eyes?
Do you speak in tonuges?
Do you praise God in prayer?
Do you pray out of want?
Do you wants out weigh your needs?
I had a discussion about this very subject "Wants Vs Needs with a professor of mine and when I say disscussion what I mean to say is we had a lecture about this topic. If I was listening at all what I could gather from the topic that day is everyone has needs , and everyone has wants?
I was told your needs and wants can be applied to almost every aspect in life. Take for example I ask God for a car because it will help me get around town better. Well lets take a closer look at this request. If I say to God I want a car, because it will help me get around town better, what will his answer be. Well first off he could think that I might just want the car to get around and "be cool." Or I could use the bus to get from point A to point B. There is a time that yes God could bless me with a new car if he wanted to a A Dodge Viper would be nice to have in the driveway one day. On the other hand I could take the car for granted and praise the car more than I would praise God. In the grand scheme of things how would that look on my part? How would God feel if I became prideful about the car. When praying it's better to have a heart without words, than words without heart.
With that in mind Tonight we look at the verse RomAnd the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.ans 8:26
As KJ-52 once said "Its all in how you word it."
Think about this the next time you pray....
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Its 2:00am Wednesday Morning March 11, 2009 and normally I would be sleeping but this idea came to me and I thought it was cruical that I should blog about it right away rather than let it pass it by.
It's no secret by now, but I was born to speak , I believe it was my god given talent! I wasn't born physically to be a hero , but one thing I could do and the only thing I was proud to do was talk.
I grew up listening to FM96 London's best ROCK I enjoyed very much, I would always get right into the tunes in the radio by head-banging
But as everyone does I camne to a crossroads at 20. I had to decide what I really wanted out of life. I had to take into account my physical demands and than I weighed my creative passion demands, what was I passionate about you ask?
Writing simply, I believed that I could use my imagination to create masterpieces and for a while it was effective. I wrote a book about my life. I called it My "Dark Shadows." My parents were impressed by this and sugguested that I should take journalism if I like writing so much. So thats exactly what I did and I loved it I believe the most influenital friend I met in journalism friend was Adam Russell.
Journalism - Print was AWESOME so many "Cool" people in the program the studying wasn't half bad either, I learned so much. But God pulled a 180 on me mid semester. I was placed in Broadcast Newswriting with professor Paul Godkin. I had a blast in the course we learned all about radio and how to write great and fast stories. The time came that each of us had to do a radio project. I chose to my radio project on my cousins business Bud's Driving School. I enjoyed it so much that I spoke with Paul and said that absolutely loved the project and would like to switch to broadcast radio because I love to talk and I have a great appreication for music. I could listen to it for hours on end. So I went on a whym and decide to make an effort to apply to Conestoga Radio.
For the summer, I spent interviewing people on the radio and creating a whole portfolio using a computer program Audacity. I was so proud of the world I did. So I went in to the interview and unfortunately I did not get in because my portfolio was lacking. Was I mad, YES! I was, I had to re-organize my opitions, than my parents suggested that I go to Fanshawe to because it was close to home. There was no need for a portfolio but I wanted to make one anyway, because I didn't want them to ever have a change to say no to me. Unfortunately I didn't get in, this kinda disappointed me, because one of the biggest dreams I had was to work at FM96. They didn't even check my portfolio.... So I had talk with my friend Nathan Innes and I asked him about where to turn and what should I do after Fanshawe turned me down? Keep in mind I still had the portfolio radio script. You all can check it out, "Saving private radio." Needless to say I thought of something, I was so bound and continouesly determined to reach my dreams, My hope is to film Saving private radio this summer to prepare to show it Conestogas Radio Department when I'm finished shooting it. In despair I read something that my friend Sarah Carmichael wrote that she didn't get into radio the first time she applied to it. She is now, and shes hosts wicked shows! So I got some hope from that not to "let the man keep me down."
Since September I have been growing more spirtual and March 1, 2009 I was baptised in the holy spirit for the second time. The church I have been attending is The Pioneer Park Church of God which I love it has come like a home to me. I have been able to find meaning and better spiritual growth than ever before, now a days I can't miss a Sunday, I refuse to go home because I don't want to miss one Sunday of Church. So I came to the realization in my conversation , maybe Fanshawe turned me down, because with God's help I now have a spiritual foundation with him now finally after many years. So I started to think with the re-organization of my new portfolio amd a relationship with God, Is it finally time to step up to the plate. I have gained a new appreaction for music on a gospel level. I can REALLY tune into the message of God, by listening to Gospel Rap and Christan Genre music. I hear to say to KJ 52 I bet you wonder everyday if your music is reaching and how will those who listen respond? I am hear to tell you, I hear the message of God loud and clear. I LOVE IT!!!
So earlier tonight I was reading todays devotional, for March 11, 2009. The devotional is entitled Flying Machine.
Recording artist James Taylor exploded onto the music scene in early 1970 with the song “Fire and Rain.” In it, he talked about the disappointments of life, describing them as “sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.” That was a reference to Taylor’s original band Flying Machine, whose attempt at breaking into the recording industry had failed badly, causing him to wonder if his dreams of a musical career would ever come true. The reality of crushed expectations had taken their toll, leaving Taylor with a sense of loss and hopelessness.
The psalmist David also experienced hopeless despair as he struggled with his own failures, the attacks of others, and the disappointments of life. In Psalm 6:6 he said, “I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears.” The depth of his sorrow and loss drove him to heartache—but in that grief he turned to the God of all comfort. David’s own crushed and broken “flying machines” gave way to the assurance of God’s care, prompting him to say, “The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer” (v.9).
In our own seasons of disappointment, we too can find comfort in God, who cares for our broken hearts. — Bill Crowder
Even in my darkest hour
The Lord will bless me with His power;
His loving grace will sure abound,
In His sweet care I shall be found. —Brandt
God’s whisper of comfort quiets the noise of our trials.
The verses that really spoke to me, was Pslams 6, Pslams 40- 3 He put a new song in my mouth. A song that spoke to me tonight was KJ-52's Fifth Element. A section that I enjoyed was, Who am I? See I'm the God that you don't know about
I gave you breath up in your lungs that you can't go without
See you know the facts of My story you been told about
I'm always reaching out for you but you just keep on holding out
I know your doubts, I know you're thinking that I ain't real
See I know you forgot about Me when you got ya last record deal
See I know the way you feel, I walked the earth just like you
And like a child up in his Father's arms, I long to hide you
Many times I invite you while standing here right besides you
But you walk right past, you ignore My hands here given to guide you
I gave you gifts, I gave you talents that you just used to gain your wealth
But you took my gifts and talents only for you, just to glorify yourself
I was beaten and bruised, crushed now for your iniquity
Stripped naked, I was spit upon just for you to live eternally
Yet you blaspheme Me, you make moves without asking Me
Then you blame Me for your troubles and calamaties, you kidding me?
Keep Me first, keep Me in your life, and it's gonna be allright
See I'm Jesus Christ, the Fifth Element up in here tonight
In the words of KJ-52 "WHO am I" , I am ANTHONY and The Lord put a new song in my mouth.
This is my devotional #3
Its called "where ya looking" Now before I before begin I just want to give a bit of background on me. Since day 1 I've always tried to compete with the rest of the world, to the point where I was ashamed of how I was created. What do I mean by that well, living Cerebral Palsy is very strenous on one's body. Since day 1 I would always try to emulate people of the world. friends, celeberties etc, I did this because I thought it would open doors for me to get socially accepted.
I did anything I could to be considered "COOL." That wasn't always the case for me, because if I recieved adoration from people, I loved it, but I always wanted to push myself to go further and do bigger things to get more adoration.
Because I loved the attention, but in reality it was a false peace. At 14 I suffered the loss of my grandmother and to say the least it was extremely hard to deal with. The woman would treat me like her own son, but even more so she always went that extra mile to make sure I was included in everything. Are connection got so strong that members of my own family hated the attention I was recieving and they constantly complained about that. Needless to say when she died, and I walked into the funeral home I saw her lying ther and I colasped. my mom barely could hold me up.
That day I do believe our family cried enough tears that day to fill up Stratford's Avon River. I got home that day and I prayed for the first time. I was searching for answers, I hoped to God that God was taking care of her.
That day God came a knocking at my door.... But I would not answer the door and let the light in for another seven years.
From the time she died I tried my best to believe than I did the greatest sin ever, I became complacent in the lord, and the belief slowly diminished from there.
Well I continued on the path that I was on which was not a good one at that, I entered college and I fell in with some bad friends leading to even worse situations. Those things now that I look back on them I would call them "my tribulation." At now 23, I have accepted Jesus back into my life, and he has become my whole life, I believe its due to the point where I live, I believe God himself was working on me, trying to get me to realze where I really needed to be at. I accepted Christ back into my life and everything has been wonderful I was glad God came a knocking a second time. Even in my happiness I am still speaking the word, and why? I do it because I want to reach the world as it spirials downward. What do I mean by that, well with all the stuff the world now has, they have lost God. because they are apart of this world.
Some people say to me, I don't need God, I am Christian already, well there's a huge difference in being Christian from just saying you are and actually believing and following God's word. One of the first things my pastor ever said to me is "Anthony , if you want God in your life, you have have to build a relationship with him. People always say to me , they have their own beliefs and they are smart enough to know better, some would there is no such thing as God, there's scientific proof. Its a hoax they say, well when I heard about this, I laughed because in a world where people seem to have all the anwswers, their are more people everyday coming to their own personal crossroads in their verious lives. So the people want proof that God exists, well this reminded of a sagement in the book of Angels and Demons. For those of you who have read it I am sure you will remember this part I am about to speak on. Leonardo Vetra a Scientist at Cern tries to re-create the big bang, and by doing that he would prove that God existed, now why would he do that? Vetra was a prior member of the clergy order. He went on a mission to find out through a series if experiments that would show the existance of God.
Reading that reminded me of John 6:26 Jesus says, I tell you the truth you do not foltlow me because you want me, but you ate the loaves, and still want mircles. reading that I thought wow isn't the way sees Jesus these days. If theres no dramatic event that effects them personally they refuse to believe, Whats wrong with that? Where are you looking for your answers, Do you hear the word? Think about that one, If your still not convinced than maybe this video will help you comprenhend my thoughts better than I can get through to all of you.