Friday, September 9, 2011

check out   has a post that is fitting for this September time.  There are 2 parts of a broadcast, in which Jay Jonas, a NYFD survivor of 9/11 recants his experience on the day of the attacks as he and his men had went into a tower to help only to find that they would be fighting to save themselves.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Media Page - Look UP now!

    In the menu navigation bar you'll notice a new page called 'Media' that has been added.  This is basically a method of saying to you "hey, check out this song or video!"   Basically when I come across a song or video that is especially touching or motivating and inspirational I'll try to get it included on that page. I try to also include amazon links as well so that you can get hold of it for yourself. Understand if you aren't looking to get the whole CD, you can usually browse your way to buying the MP3 from amazon, often for less or around 99 cents per song.
Some songs are especially motivating or moving; and perhaps that all depends on where you are at in life at the moment of hearing it. Regardless, hopefully you'll be moved by some of these pieces like I was, and it may introduce you to a new artist you've never heard before. Enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Draft: Is Our Sunday Best Really Best?

Draft:  Is Our Sunday Best Really Best?

    When I began attending church, because of 'a girl,' back in high school the concept of appropriate dress came up.  Appropriate Dress? Now as I look back I think just how horrendous of an idea that is. Actually I kind of thought it back then too, but it just seemed like typical rebellion then. I believe my first sunday at the small Baptist church, in a small town, I wore a sweater, and *GASP*  ... jeans.   The girl, who's father was youth minister at this church, later told me and admitting she was under apprehension about my attire, that her Dad commented that "he has a nice shirt on" when she brought up my wardrobe choice to him.  His response at the time seemed like a relief, and now seems like symptoms of a long drawn out cancer of the church. Currently, I've not researched enough to even take much of a stab at knowing where or when such ideas of dress code started. And a talk about dress code can go into many directions. But for now and in this simple informal post, I'm just focusing on the thought that one may not be "dressed up enough" for church. So in this post I'm not considering things like modesty or inappropriate images/words into account, though tentatively, I think the only thing that would bother me is the modesty issue due to it being such a stumbling block for men directly and for women indirectly.
     When you personally go to God in prayer, are you always wearing your Sunday Best? I would hope not, for you surely aren't praying nearly enough. So the misconception that dressing in your Sunday best for church surely was born out of a combination of vanity and pride towards our fellow man rather than any consideration for God. The God of 1 Samuel 15:22 surely doesn't render much value from how one is dressed when coming to him in worship, whether you chose the 2 piece suit or khakis. In fact if anything, the concept of "Sunday Best" has contributed to the barrier between church and the outside. A person considering church, shouldn't have to give a seconds thought about whether they 'have something appropriate to wear."
And even if you are one that feels like you haven't ever put pressure on anyone to dress a certain way, haven't you though by the way you yourself dresses. Verbal speech isn't nearly the motivator or influence that action is. So what should you do? Dress down or dress up? I can't necessarily answer that for you, but certainly would suggest you giving it a few minutes thought while you get ready for church. Are you dressing up to impress others, to make yourself feel good? Should that really be a consideration at all, or is even the consideration of your dress as you prep for church a stumbling block, perhaps one of the most overlooked ones.  All this playing dress up simply increases vanity, pride, and the power of the clique that makes it hard for those outside your circle to enter in, which is totally the point of Jesus.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chuck Norris with a swift Right Kick to Sex in the Media

    Call me weird, call me out of touch, just don't call me Larry. I'm afraid I was unaware until recently that Chuck Norris, Mr. Def Con, Mr. Redheaded Ninja,  Mr. Total Gym, Mr. Facts and yes even Mr. Texas Ranger, is among other things a conservative article writer and seen at the AFA (American Family Association) Website on their blog segment.
Not everyone agrees with his views, but of course, isn't that kind of the norm? The first article I noticed by him was the following one, and it's certainly a pertinent reality check. Sexual immorality is a vice that is pervading nearly every avenue possible in media and in our lives in general. Quite difficult to escape it, sex is being pushed in our face more than any politician campaign or rhetoric. Don't believe me, just count how many commercials you can go before you hit one that is using sexual arousal in some way to sell a product.
Check out his article, and then intentionally decide and take efforts in your own life and those you influence to both guard against and fight back the tidal wave that is sexual marketing.

Sex, Media, and Signs of the Times by Chuck Norris (yes that Chuck Norris)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

American History

Please check out  and see the post regarding Dave Barton and his mission to reveal the  manipulations of American History that has occurred under our noses in American History education.

The message is relevant and significant to all of us today. Without understanding the past, with ALL the accurate details available, how can we hope to make informed and moral decisions in the future?
**update:  just got Part 2 of that message added, both parts are very eye-opening, a reality check of our history.

Thanks and enjoy. God bless our Freedom.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Feel like a cast away?

Even today, some of you may feel like a cast away. You may feel like you are forgotten, perhaps you're some kind of walking dead, that nobody thinks about or remembers. These thoughts are untrue of course, lies told to us by evil, and even by ourselves. To think thus, makes one paralyzed, disabled from living the life that you should and could, and want to live.
May you be encouraged to get up and out of this feeling of being cast off. Until then, there is a piece that Alan Silvestri created for the movie Cast Away (2000) that may be soothing to you. Though very somber, there are notes of hope. 

"And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?"

Monday, June 20, 2011

Who Knows?

    How often do we say the phrase "who knows?" in response to some question? This is a funny thing to say, since there is Someone that knows right? Most likely there are at least 2 that know. There is at least one person that is likely to know, and then there is God. Even other belief systems besides Christianity regard God as an all-knowing type of entity. The Bible supports His omniscience.

I've often caught myself saying "who knows" and subsequently hearing a little voice in the back of my mind say "God does."
"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account"  Hebrews 4:13