EASTER….. The One Event In History That Changed Everything!

This is the Easter season. Personally I think Easter is one of the toughest things to get my head around. A loving God sends his son to be beaten, humiliated, nailed to a cross and then he takes the sins of all people on him dies and goes to hell conquers it and makes a way for humanity to regain its relationship with the creator. How do you handle that. When you look at a cross what do you see? For me it is too difficult to comprehend. All I know is that Easter was the one event in history that released man from bondage, hate, fear, rebellion and so much more.

The song says, “Because He lives I can face tomorrow.” It is the living that he did on this planet and the sacrifice he made for you and I that there is even a tomorrow to face. IF we had one ounce of understanding what really went on when Christ was crucified we could not stand and sing songs on Easter morning services we would be flat-out on the floor over come with gratitude and love for a God who would give up his own son so that we might live, so that we might have a future, so we will never experience death and separation from God.

Easter is not a holiday it is the one event in history that changed everything. EVERYTHING!

Need A Good Laugh?

This is one of my all time favourite late night chuckles. It is Richard Simmons on the Dave Letterman show.
I don’t know that Letterman knew exactly what to do with Simmons but he set him up and pulled off a good prank.

Somebody asked me if Richard Simmons is gay? My answer was simple don’t know don’t care. I really do not like stereotyping people. I think as a society it is time we got past that. The same question was asked about Anderson Cooper. If you knew he was gay would that change anything? So this is a sideline discussion but it is one that really bugs me.

The same is true when people ask me what Church I go to. Does that really make a difference? The important thing is not where I attend it is what I believe and how it translates into my life. So enough of my hobby horses, enjoy Richard on the Letterman show and let me know what your favourite comedy moment is. I think we could all use some laughter in our lives and for the next few postings I am going to share some of my favourite moments that brought me some good chuckles. So What Do You Think?

Bono…In The Name Of Love…Do Something!

Here is the final episode of Bono’s message to the Church. He is speaking at a Mega Church and he pulls no punches. Bono is so much more than just a talented singer, he is an activist in every sense of the word. He is also someone who blows the trumpet. What do I mean by that? The trumpet blower was someone who called people to arms. He was the one who assembled the masses, often for a great cause. This describes Bono, he is a voice calling people to action. He does not just entice you with spiritual knowledge he urges those who have responded to the call to do something.

Christianity is not a spectator sport. Jesus said, “Go into all the earth and proclaim the good news.” He has called his followers to be healing agents in a land that is broken. The key to being this healing agent is in the love he puts into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. We are not here to condemn the world we are called as His agents to heal the world, one soul at a time.

This is what Bono is all about, He is a friend of the masses, he is well received by millions of adoring fans but his message is take my music listen to the words and let it motivate you to action.
The injustice in the world abounds. It is through those that have the stage, so to speak, to move the masses to do something about it, Bono is doing that.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what Bono has to say. So what do you think?

Bono’s message to church leaders–2

This is part two of an interview with Bono of U2 fame. It is refreshing to hear someone who speaks his mind but does so with humility. The Church today is trying hard to relate to the world. They have cookie cutter services designed to not offend or make anyone uncomfortable. Well the message of Christianity is radical. It is a call to social justice and it challenges people to reach out in tangible ways to the homeless, the widow, the orphans, the hungry and the outcast of society. The bible says, love your enemies, forgive those who mistreat you.

So it is interesting that God has chosen to use a rock star to speak to the church leaders. Most of the leaders watching this video would not approve of Bono’s lifestyle but they do listen to his words. Bono does not pretend to be a super saint or a theologian. He address issues that need to be brought up. How do we face the challenge of the aides epidemic? How do we relate to the Gay community? Why are we comfortable just giving money and not our lives to help those who are in desperate need? Christianity is radical, it is radical love, radical forgiveness, radical acceptance, radical in each care for those who cannot care for themselves. Jesus said, I do not come to condemn the world I have come to save it, now that is radical.

So i present to you an older interview that has a message that needs to be heard over and over again until we get it. Here is Bono part two, his message to leaders. So what do you think?

The Impossible Possible —Bill Strickland

My good friend Bill Strickland is in town and I thought it would be a splendid idea to post one of his talks on my site. Bill was born in Pittsburgh in a high crime poverty ridden area. It was a big deal just to graduate from school and college was at best a dream not to be achieved. Against all odds Bill made it out of high school and into college and fulfilled his dream of becoming an airline pilot. This was so small task but his greatest challenge was yet before him. The airline he worked for went under and Bill found himself the president of Manchester Bidwell Corporation. What has happened in Pittsburgh is nothing short of a miracle. They are developing students who came in hopeless and leave with not only hope but a future. Enjoy the story that Bill Strickland has to tell and then realize that he is on a mission to replicate what happened in Pittsburgh to other cities in North America and the world. The good news is, he is doing it. Bill wrote a book called MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE and he is doing just that. Bill is one of my heros and I respect him for his dedication and endless drive and passion to make a difference in the world we live in. He is making a difference one student at a time and the world is a better place because of Bill Strickland and his vision. Enjoy.

The impossible is possible


My friend Bill Strickland was recently interviewed and the interview gives a lot of insight to what a group of people can do when they believe that the impossible is possible. Bill has written a book called, “making the impossible possible” and it is a great read. Bill is a visionary who is relentless in his pursuit to make a way for people who have felt there may be no way. To put it simple, I have never been more impressed with what has happened over a relative short time. Thousands of young people and adults have found hope and a path to a new life that without the sacrifice and the passion that Bill Strickland and his team have brought to the world they would most likely still be living in fear and hopelessness.

This is not a story of what can be done, this is a story of what is being done. It is a story that movies are made of. Listen to this interview and prepare to be inspired.

The high cost of freedom….Thank You

I hate war. I respect and honour the man and women who fought for freedom and defended our country. The problem with war is that so many great men and women give their lives fighting in them. My father and my brother both served in the military. My father paid a dear price for his service. He had the worst job in the military. He was a chaplain and served on the front lines. He had to communicate with the families that they lost a loved one in battle. Dad never talked with me about the war but I do remember the nightmares he had. My father and brother both chose to serve. I missed the army by two feet, latterly, I have feet that kept me out of the military. I was highly opposed to the Viet Nam War but I was highly supportive of the young men and women who served our country.

I was working in Hawaii and I was a disc jockey. On friday nights I volunteered to do the dances for the soldiers who were on r and r from their duty in Viet Nam. I remember looking into the faces of these young men, most of them just out of high school. One of them shared about the hell he had been through. It was life changing and I will never forget his story. So today we remember, we remember the brave young men and women who served the United States and Canada. So many of them never made it home. The sacrifice was paid so that we could enjoy the freedom that we experience in the two countries.

The simple words thank you are not enough….but it is the only words that come to me in my limited vocabulary. May we never forget and may we remember the troops that are currently serving us. Hopefully we will never have another world war…but the odds are we will. How sad to think that so many talented and dedicated young people will give their lives to keep us free…It is very sobering to think about.

The Challenge

Obama is in for four more years. Nothing has really changed, except we saw six billion dollars go into this election. I am a simple person but I must ask the question where did all that money go? Hey, we are talking six billion. I wonder if Romney ever looked at his close advisers and said, “well there goes a few billion/”
So I was thinking about a billion dollars. The thought entered my mind what if a billionaire decided to do something really crazy. Here is the crazy , he writes a check to every person who makes under $200,000 a year , a check for one million dollars. He is left with hundred of millions in his or her account and everyone in Canada and the U.S. is rich. What would that look like. Oh I can see a movie coming out of this idea. Well it is fun to dream. So what do you think?

Build A Bridge And Get Over It

The end result, two players caught it and in football when there is a tie it goes to the offence. So in the official records Seattle won the game. I would suggest that you do not talk to any Green Bay fans or for that matter the ESPN colour commentator. Their take on it was that the ball was intercepted and the ref’s blew it. The truth is, I don’t know what the truth is. They did a video analysis and the minds that be confirmed the Seattle touch down.
So one team is ecstatic and the other is letting everyone know that in their minds they were robbed of a game.

So this is the life lesson. How do you handle situations when you feel you have been done wrong? There will be times when in your heart you know you are right or at least you believe you are right. It is hard sometimes to suck it up and take the high road. Let’s face it someone should pay for the wrong that you believe has been done. I have found that the only thing I can control is my reaction and my attitude. The old saying what goes around comes around is so true.
I personally believe that if we do the right thing, if we take the high road, we will experience a level of maturity and well being that you don’t often see in our society. This does not mean becoming a doormat. This simply means that you are in control of your emotions and you are in control of your thoughts, that my friend is maturity.

So did he catch the ball or was it intercepted? At this point it does not matter, the decision has been made and it is now on to the next game. If you continue to dwell on the past you will not be prepared for the future. My wife has a favourite saying, build a bridge and get over it. That my friend is a winners attitude.

A new political platform

I was watching a hockey game with my grandson Sam and a huge fight broke out. We have accepted this for years. Can somebody ask the question what does this say to a nine year old? What is the message? Be honest, why do we tolerate this as a society? Why do we tolerate the foul language in public places? Why do we tolerate the cesspool called Hollywood that continually puts out garbage directed towards our young? Have you seen the music videos today.

The reason we tolerate it is we have given into free speech. We are paying a huge price for free speech. Nobody wants to be seen as a right wing fundamentalist who is on a witch hunt. Ok I get that, but in the meantime we have tolerated the smut mongers and money grabbers who could care less about morality and they are piling garbage into the minds of our young people everyday with little restraint.

President Obama I challenge you to stand on a new platform. Bring the country back to some simple standards. Honesty, Integrity and character. Challenge the leaders of the entertainment world, challenge the teachers of our children and challenge the parents to rise up and be the examples to our children that they need to be.

Challenge our pro athletes to take a stand. Ask them for the sake of their own children to clean up the image and speak out. Mr. Obama it starts at the top, take the challenge and be a world changer not just a politician.

An amazing story of sacrificial love!

Is there any deeper love than the love of a mother for her children? A lady in Kentucky risked her own life to secure the safety of her two children. In the process she may lose both of her legs. Her son then turned around and saved his mother’s life by running to the neighbours and getting help for his mom. In a lot of ways it was a miracle that they survived. The home was torn apart but the children walked away without a scratch on them.

This story prompted me to hit the streets and talk to folks about love. It was a very interesting morning. The truth is we hear the word love a lot but most people have a difficult time describing what love is. One of the best definitions of love is found in the bible. First Corinthians 13 is called the love chapter. It says things like, love is patient, love is kind, love does not keep a record of wrong, three things remain faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is love. If you have time google first Corinthians 13 I believe you will find one of the best descriptions of what love is all about.

It was sad to hear a young man on the streets say. “I never heard my parents say they loved me.” Everybody needs to know that they are loved and they need to hear it said to them everyday. The longer I live the more I am intrigued by the concept of love. I have been married to the same person for over 40 years and I must say it is great to grow old with someone you love.

So what is your definition of love? Let us know how you would define the word love. So What Do You Think.

Israel aggressor or defender?

If you want to get in a heated debate talk about Israel. Ok so lets talk. I have been accused of not knowing the facts but facts when it comes to the Middle East are often hard to come by. The propaganda machines work overtime on both sides of the border. This is what I believe from my visits to the Middle East. Israel has defended its right to be a country. Israel has defended its people against constant threats and attacks from its neighbors. Lebanon and Syria have been a haven for terrorist organizations that would like nothing better than to see Israel destroyed.

It is hard to develop peace talks with the Palestinians when Hamas a terrorist organization who hates Israel is constantly firing rockets into Israel from Gaza. Israel removes its outpost from the Gaza Strip in a move of goodwill and what is the outcome? The build up Hamas and more missiles.

One person says Israel has the bomb why should Iran not have their own bomb. The fact is Israel has never threatened to wipe another country out. Even though it is surrounded by its enemies but the bomb is not a threat for attack it is a deterrent against attacks.

We are living in extreme times. People say things like Israel will be ok nobody in their right mind would bomb Israel. If history teaches us anything it teaches us that mankind is capable of horrendous acts against humanity. The 9-11 attacks, the holocaust, Uganda, Hiroshima, Kosovo to name a few.

Israel is not in any stretch of the word a war mongering country. Israel just wants to live in peace and be the homeland for the displaced Jews who have been hated, hunted down and killed just for being jews. Their story is one of slavery, displacement and wilderness. The amazing thing is that given half a chance the nation of Israel would rise up and become a huge blessing to Palestine peoples. Israel with its scientific and medical breakthroughs have already been a blessing beyond words to this planet we live on.

As long as there are the presidents of countries that vow to destroy Israel we will not see anything that resembles peace. Israel is not a perfect country, far from it. Israel does have a right to protect itself and defend itself it must. The simple point I am making is Israel is a country based on the idea of protect your self and your citizens. Israel is all about defense and Canada and the United States understands this. Israel is a democracy and supports the freedom of speech, the rights of women, the right to vote and many other rights that we in North America value so dearly.

I know this will rub a lot of people the wrong way. You have been told something for so long you just tend to believe it. Ask this one question, If Israel was not surrounded by enemies and the threat to their existence was not a real one do you really believe that Israel would be looking to attack any other country in the Middle East? Israel is happy being Israel and they just want to live in peace.

Israel is not rattling the Sabre. The question now is well Israel take the sabre away from those that are rattling it? So What Do You Think?

Democracy allows people to speak their minds and to disagree with the powers that be. This is Israel and they have a lot of work to do but they are not the aggressors in the Middle East they are simply the defenders of the country they love. Those are the facts.