While in Israel filming the movie The Original Promise I was moved to write a commentary. I believe Masada symbolizes the State of Israel. Masada was a fortress for over nine hundred Jews who held off the most powerful army of its time and instead of giving into slavery they sacrificed there own lives and never gave up there freedom. I asked singer songwriter Colin Wiebe to write a song and perform it on Masada. The song Colin wrote is a an amazing piece of music. The words are inspired and prophetic.
The Railway man is one powerful movie. It has two great themes, war is hell and the road to freedom is forgiveness. The acting is simply amazing and the story is so powerful.
It is not a movie for the weak at heart and I suggest you bring some extra kleenex.
My father was in World War Two and he was never the same after the war. The dreams haunted him for most of his life. This movie brings the reality of what people, mostly young men and women go through on the front lines of battle. I mentioned forgiveness…one of the big lines in the movie is “we can’t go on hating forever.” Powerful stuff take a look at the trailer and then I suggest you see the movie. It is an amazing film.
A story of a young women who accidentally saw a web site that had the caption the worlds ugliest person. When she looked at the site what she saw was a video of herself when she was eleven years old. Then she went further she read the comments. Not one of the comments were positive. Some even shared how she could kill herself. How did she get past this? How would you handle something like this. She was born with a rare disease and had a hard time understanding why people could be this cruel. She asked God a lot of questions and some of the answers
may amaze you.
This young woman is a hero. She is now a public speaker and is enjoying life and all it has to offer. So give a listen and then let me know …So What Do You Think?
So do you believe in heaven? What happens when we die? Is it possible that life continues on? Perhaps death is just the beginning not the end. This video is about a boy who visited heaven. The doctors said that he had died but during a time he visited with relatives that had passed away and shared things with his parents that blew their minds.
They now have made a movie from the boys experience and I cannot wait to see it. When you get to be my age the topic of heaven is something you need to think about. It is not hard for me to believe in the afterlife because it makes no sense that this miracle called birth ends in nothingness. I believe that this body is just an earth suit but the real you the real me is a spiritual being.
I was in the room when my mother died. She took one last breath and then she was gone. The feeling was that mom had left but her body was still with us. I can’t explain it in words but it was so obvious that the essence of who mom was, was not longer in her body. It was a sad but also in a strange way wonderful experience. I knew that mom had passed on to a better place.
I have read a lot of stories of death bed experiences where people are declared dead but come back to life. The stories are so common. A brilliant light, angelic beings, meeting up with loved ones, the sense of love and peace are overwhelming.
In my mind heaven is for real. What about you? So What Do You Think?
Somebody once said God did not create cookie cutter Christians. Well with that said he broke the mould with Alice Cooper. I was once criticized for using a swear word in a sermon. I think I said, People don’t give a damn…it was street language. I have the feeling I will never be invited to speak in that church again. However this same group loves Bono and they have quoted him many times. Bono is a great guy and one of my hero’s but he drinks a bit and swears a bit and is not your typical christian.
So back to Alice Cooper, he is not what most people think of when they think of Christians. Heavy Metal Band, crazy stunts he pulls on stage, the make up and the name just don’t work for some of my fundamental friends. The only thing I have to say is God is bigger than our judgements. God looks at the heart of person and if we were to get into a relationship by how we acted, or looked we would all be hooped.
I loved hearing Matthew Mcconaughey’s acceptance speech at the Oscars. He first of all thanked God. Well i saw the movie he won the Oscar for and it was pretty raw. The language and some sex scenes but here he is on national television thanking God…It just does not make sense to the religious mind. You see God looks at the heart of a person. King David is highly regarded by most Christians but he committed adultery, raised a rebellious son and had a man killed…not good pastor material.
I am not saying we need to pattern our lives after Alice Cooper, King David or Matthew Mcconaughey. We pattern our lives after Jesus. What I think I am saying is that the Grace of God is greater than we might imagine. Simply put His ways are not our ways.
So I have given up on trying to judge who is a Christian and who is not. I will leave that to God. I am simply trying to love people all people. That includes people of other faiths, cultures, gay or straight, country or city folk all people. So enjoy the interview with Alice Cooper. Then if you feel so lead, leave a comment and tell us So What Do You Think.
In advertising we are always looking for just the right words to capture the minds of people. Nike and Just do it, McDonald’s with you deserve a break today are just examples of how words associate us with products. I remember an ad for a shaving cream and it showed a guy in a bath towel and a beautiful blond who enters his bathroom and starts running her fingers through the young mans head and says, take it off, take it all off. Now you know she is talking about shaving. So you go out and buy thirty tubes of the shaving cream and hope for the best.
Have a listen to this short video blog and let me know what you think. Have a great day.
Many people get up miserable, instead of saying good morning God they say good God it’s morning. This is not how God created you to live. He created you for purpose. This video is powerful, it is about being an overcomer instead of being overcome. It features a clip from the Jackie Robinson film. A young man who blazed the way for Afro Americans to play major league baseball and it was anything but easy. How you handle the tough times, the valleys is what builds greatness in you. You may have failed personally and you have a difficult time forgiving yourself. Take it from someone who knows it is hard to get off the floor but what is the alternative. Your business may be failing, your relationships are difficult but you have the keys to make it all better.
This video if viewed correctly can allow you to refocus. To realize that you are not alone, nor are you the first one to go through what you are going through. The key is faith. King David said, “I would have lost heart but I chose to believe that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Now that is vision, seeing things that are not but in reality they are because you see life through the lens of faith.
I do hope this video encourages you. In a world of discouragement we need to be encouraged. Life is all about attitude and how you see things. So what is your attitude towards life. Are you a fighter, a person who does not quit? Do you believe you have a purpose to fulfil during this brief stint on planet earth? Well raise up and be that person. You can do it, I believe in you…and so does God.
So What Do YOu Think?
So if you would have told me that Gene Simmons of Kiss fame would be defending Tim Tebow I am not sure I would believe you…but here it is on video the proof…Gene Simmons is a Tebow supporter. Do you know what I support Gene Simmons. I enjoyed his TV show and I was hooked when he started to share his love for Shannon and the journey he and Shannon took to get married and in the process heal their relationship. The Bible says the truth will set you free and Gene shared his dark secrets with the one he loved and I believe God restored what could have been a disaster of a relationship.
Today (July 4th) I turned 66. This song says it all. I have never been the Christian I have wanted to be but God has always been the God He promised to be.
I am sitting in my loft on a beautiful evening in Vancouver B.C. I am looking out over the water at the mountains and I am thinking what a place Terry and I live in. They call it Super Natural British Columbia.
Today I was thinking, how complex nature is. The fact that we are on this ball called Earth and it is spinning and moving and it is so precise that if one little minor thing goes wrong it is over as far as this earth is concerned. So the age-old argument if you see something that is of great design there must be a designer. I am not a scientist but logic does work for me.
Take a look at the video and enjoy the beauty. Then if you are a believer in God enjoy the detail of His creation. If you do not believe in God enjoy the beauty and enjoy the idea that nothing created all of this and it was just a result of a big bang and everything coming together just right and it is all random selection and Darwin and survivor of the fittest and this is all there is so I better enjoy it .
Again I cannot argue science with you I am just not that smart, but I may be able to talk logic and logic tells me design equals designer…it works for me.
Have a great day and Enjoy.
The video is stunning and it gives you an idea of the view the people who work on this project see everyday.
If you are going to New York be sure to visit the Memorial it is very moving. The whole area around the Freedom Tower has gone through a renovation and now is one of the most desirable places to live in Manhattan.
The question I ask is how many of you could do this kind of work? Would you be willing to take a trip with one of the workers to the top of the Freedom Tower and help put up the spiral?
SO What DO You Think?
THE KEY TO LIFE IS TO KEEP ON KEEPING ON EVEN WHEN THE KEEPING ON IS DIFFICULT. WE WERE NEVER PROMISED AN EASY LIFE BUT WE WERE PROMISED THAT WE CAN ENDURE AND WE CAN ACHIEVE A WHOLE LOT IF WE DO NOT QUIT.
I AM A GOOD EXAMPLE, I JUST MADE IT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. MY SPELLING IS TERRIBLE AND MY ABILITY TO WRITE A PARAGRAPH IS A CHALLENGE. THE THOUGHTS ARE USUALLY GOOD BUT THE WAY I SOMETIMES PUT THEM DOWN ON PAPER IS NOT A PRETTY SITE. I AM A VISIONARY AND I DO NOT DEAL WITH DETAILS. I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH A GREAT WIFE WHO IS THE OPPOSITE OF ME. SHE HAS CHALLENGED ME TO DO MORE AND ACHIEVE THINGS I NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE. THE ONE THING THAT I HAVE DOWN IS I AM NOT A QUITER. MY FAVOURITE QUOTE WHEN I WAS A BOY CAME FROM A PROFESSIONAL BOXER WHO LIVED NEXT DOOR. HIS NAME WAS IRISH PAT MCMURTRY. HE QUOTED A FAMOUS QUOTE THAT STUCK IN MY LITTLE HEAD, “WINNERS NEVER QUIT AND QUITTERS NEVER WIN. SO ENJOY THIS VIDEO…IT IS INSPIRATIONAL AND THE TRUTH IT CONTAINS IS SIMPLE BUT POWERFUL. DON’T QUIT