Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This Man!

Hello again! I want to start this blog post with a thought-provoking question. Would you take the place of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary? Many people may give intellectual assent to that idea, but when it gets to the heart, how many of us will actually be willing to be crucified on the cross for the sake of humanity. What Jesus did for you and me is the most selfless and compassionate act in all of human history. No one has ever done what He has done. To top it all off, He's also buried and is resurrected on the third day to be at the right hand of the Father. No other man has influenced me and the millions of believers around the world like the way Jesus has. Jesus continues to mobilize believers all around the world like myself through whatever means necessary, even a blog like this one. He has made such a difference in my life, I had to act like Mary Magdalene and become a witness for Jesus. The following Christian music video shows alot of graphic scenes, but keep in mind that Jesus was willing to do this for you and I. With that said and without further delay, I bring to you This Man by Jeremy Camp. God bless you and enjoy! Jesus loves you and so do I!...:-)

In only a moment truth was seen
Revealed this mystery
The crown that showed no dignity he wore
And the king was placed for all the world to show disgrace
But only beauty flowed from this place

Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands
Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands

He held the weight of impurity
The Father would not see
The reasons had finally come to be to show
The depth of His grace flowed with every sin erased
He knew that this was why he came

Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands
Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands

And we just don't know
The blood and water flowed
And in it all He shows
Just how much He cares

And the veil was torn
So we could have this open door
And all these things have finally been complete

Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands
Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands,
From his hands, from his hands, from his hands

Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands
Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Saved By Grace!

Hello everyone and God bless you all! Given the length of the music video by Israel Houghton titled Saved by Grace, I wanna keep my thoughts short and sweet so I won't have to take up too much of your time....:-). With that said, I want to let all of you know that it has been by His saving grace that God not only enables me, but more importantly, blesses me so that I can be a blessing to all of you! Have you experienced His saving grace? I'm confident in the Lord that you have! His amazing, saving grace has you and all of your loved ones completely covered! I'm praying for all of you as I trust that you are also praying for me! When we pray for one another, that is God's grace in action! Without any further delay, I would like you to listen to this upbeat song and you will be blessed just like I was blessed! Don't hesitate to share this with your friends and family! Jesus loves you and so do I! God bless you and enjoy!!!....:-D

"Saved By Grace" by Israel Houghton, off the album "The Power Of One"

Lyrics:

where would I be without Your grace? 
I'd be lost without Your grace 
how could I live without Your grace? 
the life that I have is by Your grace... 

bridge: 
I am free, I'm forgiven 
by Your work at Calvary 
You gave me a life worth living 
now the chains are broken 
chains are broken 

chorus: 
I am saved by grace 
love abounding, mercy found me 
I am saved by grace 
and I have life and it's only by Your grace 
oooh oooh 

where would I be without Your grace? 
I'd be lost without Your grace 
how could I live without Your grace? 
the life that I have is by Your grace... 

bridge. 

chorus 2x 

mercy, the mercy 
new every morning 
amazing, amazing 
Your grace, Your grace saved me 
ooohh 4x 

[worship] 

grace that brought me 
from a mighty long way, a mighty long way 
oohh 
grace that kept me 
I'm alive today, it's only by Your grace 4x 

[worship]

Friday, October 26, 2012

I Can Only Imagine!

Hey everybody! Had enough of christian music videos? Haha....just kidding!...:-D. How can we ever get enough music in our lives, especially Christian music. This is the type of music that not only inspires and uplifts us, but ministers to us in ways so mysterious to us that only God Himself can totally understand and comprehend the gravity of the music as we listen to it, but also sing along with it as the lyrics are given to you at the end. "I Can Only Imagine" has to be one of the most personal songs I have ever heard and am writing upon. This song has ministered to me like very few songs ever have. It's personal because I have never imagined that I would be blogging and be able to make an incredible impact in the lives of those who read this blog. I'm humbled and privileged to be able to become God's "mouthpiece" to the world at large and be able to minister to all of you. Only God really knows for sure and has always imagined and known that this would happen because when it's all said and done, He will have the glory and we will all be blessed. God knows how much this blog means to you and me. It means so much to us simply because we have been given an opportunity to not only be able to enjoy the music ourselves, but also give others the opportunity to experience what we have experienced by simply sharing the contents of this blog in an effort to bring faith, hope, and love to those that are in need of God's grace. My hope and prayer is that this blog will not only bless you, but will enable you to become a blessing by sharing this with friends and family members who also need the love of Jesus Christ in their lives. I can only imagine the scope and magnitude of this post and blog in general and the eternal impact it will make in the lives of everyone who read and share these words! With that said and without any further delay, I want to share with you the lyrics of "I Can Only Imagine" brought to you by MercyMe. Jesus loves you and so do I! God bless you and enjoy my friends!

I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By Your side
I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When Your face
Is before me
I can only imagine

[Chorus]:
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for You Jesus or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the Son
I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I Will Trust You!

Hello again friends! Back again for another round of christian music video blogging! I want to get started by expressing my gratitude first and foremost to the Lord and my Heavenly Father, then all of my friends and family members for their support as I continue to write post after post after post of great Christian content that has already been so beneficial to so many people in the very short period of time that God has blessed me to do this. This particular music video has been created by James Fortune and his team, FIYA.  This video speaks for itself given the fact that when we have lost everything during our lives and the only thing (in this case, person) we have left is God, we will be confronted with the choice to either trust Him, or not to trust Him and take matters into our own hands.

In my personal experience, it would be very difficult to tell you how many times I ended up taking matters into my own hands only to end up being disappointed at the very end for not submitting myself to His authority and trust Him in the process. The book of Proverbs tells us the following: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." (Prov. 3:5-6).  Could those words be any more clear my friends? I strongly encourage you to read and reread those words as many times as it is necessary to remind yourself so that you can in return remind others in the same way I am encouraging you to do. The music video above and the lyrics below will minister to you in a very profound way. Personally, I always ended up crying because I have no doubt in my mind, heart, and spirit that God has everything under control with the occasional reminder to simply trust Him no matter what I'm going through. Without any further delay, I want to introduce you to James Fortune & FIYA! Have an abundantly blessed day my friends! Jesus loves you and so do I! God bless you!!!...:-D

(Verse)
Even though I can't see
And I can't feel your touch
I will trust you Lord
How I love you so much
Though my nights my seem long
And I feel so alone
Lord my trust is in you
I surrender to you

(Bridge)
So many painful thoughts
Travel through my mind
And I wonder how
I will make it through this time

(Chorus)
But I trust you
Lord it's not easy
Sometimes the pain in my life
Makes you seem far away
But I'll trust you
I need to know you're here
Through the tears and the pain
Through the heartache and rain

I'll trust you

(Verse 2)
Everything that I see
Tells me not to believe
But I'll trust you lord
You have never failed me
My past still controls me
Will this hurt ever leave?
I can only trust you
No one else like you do

(Bridge)

(Chorus)

(Vamp)
I can
I will
I must
Trust you **repeat**

I will
Trust you ***repeat***

(Modulate)

I will
Trust you ***repeat***

(Modulate)
I'll trust you (x3)
I will ***repeat***

God will make a way (x4)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Our God is Greater!

Hello everyone! Here's another great and very popular christian music video titled "Our God is Greater" from Chris Tomlin. Chris Tomlin is known throughout the world for the great and inspirational praise and worship songs that we see on our church's Powerpoint screens at the front of the sanctuary. I personally have heard this song more times than I can remember. There is no doubt in my mind, heart, and soul that the God I serve IS greater! He is greater than any other god that man can create because the God that I serve is a very personal God. He is God Almighty! No other god has come into my life and in my family's life the way He has. I have seen miracles upon miracles upon miracles happen in, through, and around our lives. No other god is necessary! I could end up preaching an entire sermon on God for the next 365 day and still barely scratch the surface of who He is. God tells me in His Word that He is the "Great I Am". Wouldn't you agree that God is the "Great I Am"? I hope so! There will come a day when God (Jesus) will reveal Himself to ALL of humanity in all His glory and majestic power! If God is for us, then who can be against us? With God by our side, we may not turn out to be a modern day Superman, fast as a locomotive and strong as steel, but we will spiritually invincible. Not even Satan himself could touch our souls! I hope and pray that this short thought will inspire you and motivate you in the Lord to continue to move ONWARD AND UPWORD in Jesus' mighty name!...:-)

With that said, and without any further delay, I wanna introduce you to the lyrics of this awesome song from Chris Tomlin named "Our God is Greater". God bless you and enjoy!!!...:-D

Water You turned into wine
Open the eyes of the blind
There's no one like You
None like You
Into the darkness You shining
Out of the ashes we rise
There's no one like You
None like You

CHORUS
Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome and power
Our God, Our God...

Into the darkness you shining
Out of the ashes we Rise
There's no One like You
None like You.

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome and power
Our God, Our God...
Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome and power
Our God, Our God...

BRIDGE
And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
What can stand against?

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome and power
Our God, Our God...
Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome and power
Our God, Our God...

And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
And if Our God is for us, then who can ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
Then what can stand against?
Then what can stand against?

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome and power
Our God, Our God...
Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome and power
Our God, Our God...

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I Give You My Heart!

Hello everyone! I'm back again with another music video post that will bless you in so many wonderful ways in the same way the music video posts prior to this one has already been to all of you! I want to thank ALL of you from the very bottom of my heart for checking out the posts that have been made up to this point and am looking forward for God to continue to branch out and expand any influence that can be brought to beautiful people like YOU....yes YOU! I have been so blessed as well to continue to see the list of nations grow exponentially in such a manner that God has literally convinced me that He is the one bringing the traffic and expanding the borders to people that are in need of faith, hope, and love.

I bring to you in this post one of the best worship songs in history. Countless people from different cultures have sung this song. During my time in Colombia, I have heard this song sung in Spanish and it's just as uplifting and inspirational as any other version of the same song. I'm sure many of you can relate to me when you know you have given your heart to someone and/or something only to experience disappointment, regret, anger, maybe even bitterness, resentment, and any other negative emotion you can attach to your experience. For those of you who have read Living In Christ parts 1-4, you could only imagine the emotion that has been surrounding me during those difficult times in my life. My commitment to ALL of you, and most importantly, my Heavenly Father is to give my heart away to Him and to you as I write and publish every single post. Without any further delay, here are the lyrics of I Will Give You My Heart. God bless you and enjoy!!!...:-D

 "This is my desire
To honor You
Lord, with all my heart
I worship You

All I have within me
I give You praise
All that I adore
Is in You

Lord, I give You my heart
I give You my soul
I live for You alone

Every breath that I take
Every moment I'm awake
Lord, have Your way in me"
 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Change Your World!

Hello everyone! Here's another music video post that I would love to share with you. In today's world of social media, the world is more easily connected than ever. Five years ago, I would have never imagined blogging, much less be able to connect and hopefully bond with not only those who live here domestically (USA), but all over the world. I have had the privilege and honor of being able to connect with those from Hong Kong, Philippines, Australia, Germany, Romania and so many other countries. God has blessed me with making friends from so many parts of the world! For that, I want to say thank you for not only reading my blog, but more importantly, allowing me to be your friend so that God can use me to change your world. This video blog is titled Change Your World by Darlene Zschech. Many of you may have at least heard of her through Hillsong. Have I changed YOUR world? If so, many hugs to each and everyone of you in Jesus' mighty name! It give me great pleasure to also share the lyrics of this beautiful song to you as well! God bless you all and enjoy! I know I have!...:-). Without any further delay, here's the lyrics to Change Your World:

Words by Darlene Zschech
Music by Darlene Zschech & David Holmes

Though I'm many miles away
How could I forget the day
I held you close
And my heart was changed forever

Though I'm many miles away
I'll forever hear you say
I am your child
Please will you love me
Won't you stay my little one

I live to change your world
I live to change your world
Oh how you've changed my world
Know the kindness of God
Will make a way

There's not a day that passes by
When I don't hear your hungry cry
I won't forget you
Oh how I love you
Just be strong my little one

He rejoices over you with singing
He will quite you with his love
I know you'll be dancing
When your heart is heavy
Heaven will make a way
Just hold on

I live to change your world
I live to change your world
Oh how you've changed my world
Oh how you've changed my world

And when the night is long
And hunger is your song
Breathe again and know
To hope is never wrong
Change your world

Oceans of mercy calling
Heaven will rain again

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Moving Forward!

God bless you everyone! It gives me great pleasure to share another video post named "Moving Forward" by Israel Houghton. It looks like Israel Houghton is turning out to be a personal favorite of mine....:-D. I wanna share this music video with you because it occurred to me that the only way I can move forward in life is by God's grace and by completely surrendering my life to Christ. This song will encourage you to stand strong in the midst of the trials and temptations and help you move forward in Jesus' mighty name! "Moving Forward", feel free to share with me any of your music favorites and I will attempt to find the video and lyrics to your favorite song on the next post. Ready to move forward in Jesus' name? I hope and pray that you are! I know I am!....:-D

Here's the lyrics to help you follow along! God bless you and enjoy! Jesus loves you and so do I!

Moving Forward by Israel Houghton

(1st verse)

What a moment 
You have brought me to 
Such a freedom I have found in You
You're the Healer 
Who makes all things new 
Yeah yeah yeah

~Bridge~

I'm not going back 
I'm moving ahead 
Here to declare to You 
My past is over in You 
All things are made new 
Surrendered my life to Christ 
I'm moving, moving forward 

(2nd verse)

You have risen 
With all power in Your hands 
You have given me 
A second chance 

Hallelujah hallelujah 
Yeah, yeah, yeah 

(back to bridge)

~Chorus~

You make all things new 
Yes 
You make all things new 
And I will follow You 
Forward

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Just Wanna Say!

Hello everyone! I hope and pray that everyone is doing well and having a fabulous day in the Lord. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Today's blog post is a video that I want to dedicate to all of you because I "Just Wanna Say" to each and everyone of you that Jesus loves you and so do I! This video post is the fourth in a series of "Getting to know God". From this video post forward, I wanna to try to commit to posting the lyrics of the song posted so all of my international friends can also enjoy that beautiful music that God lays upon my heart to share with you.  The music lyrics will be underneath so you can follow along and hopefully sing the song too! God bless you and enjoy in Jesus' mighty name! Here's the lyrics!

Just Wanna Say by Israel Houghton
  
Young but now I'm older Never have I seen the righteous forsaken Believe in what You told me You would always hold me safe in the palm of Your hand
Even though I go through the valley of the shadow I'm not forgotten And I'll never let a day go by my, my Lemme shout it from the mountain
 

I just wanna say I'm not afraid I know that You are with me always
 

Young but now I'm older Never have I seen the righteous forsaken Believe in what You told me You would always hold me safe in the palm of Your hand
Even though I go through the valley of the shadow I'm not forgotten And I'll never let a day go by my, my Lemme shout it from the mountain
 

I just wanna say I'm not afraid I know that You are with me always I give You praise For every day I know You'll never leave me, no way
 

Said You'd never leave me Said You won't forsake me Never leave me lonely God, God, I surely believe it
 

I just wanna say I'm not afraid I know that You are with me always I give You praise For every day I know You'll never leave, no way
Said You'd never leave me Said You won't forsake me Never leave me lonely Surely I believe it
Said You'd never leave Said You won't forsake Never leave me lonely Surely I believe it
Said You'd never leave Said You won't forsake Never leave me lonely Surely I believe

Friday, October 12, 2012

Jesus in Disguise

God bless you everyone! This is the third in a series of music videos where we will have the chance to get to know more about God. In the first installment, we talked about how God is "Glorious". In the second installment, we talked about God being "Perfect Love". In this latest installment, I want to bring home the message that God has also been among us. God has been among us in the form of Jesus Christ. Anyone that already knows the story of Jesus knows that He was born a virgin-birth. He grew up over the years and eventually went into evangelistic ministry preaching the Gospel to the four corners of the world. Jesus was also doing miracles, eventually betrayed by one of His disciples, was crucified, buried, and has risen on the third day to the right hand of His Father in Heaven. In a nutshell, that was the story of Jesus.

In light of the story of Jesus Christ, all of us in this day and age can relate to Him and how His suffering and victories are very relevant to us today. The moment we accept Jesus Christ into our lives as Savior and Lord, we in essence become "Jesus in Disguise". I have had the wonderful opportunity to be "Jesus in Disguise" when I went off to Colombia on a missions trip with a team of 19 other God-fearing, God-loving people who's heart and soul were totally wrapped in Him. As a missions team, we were given opportunities to minister to school children, to autistic patients at an autistic center in Chiquinquira, we also had an opportunity to minister to kids with special needs and visit various churches to minister to believers and any non-believers that may have been visiting during our visit. In all of those instances, we had an opportunity to be "Jesus in Disguise".

What an amazing honor and privilege to be "Jesus in Disguise"! There is no greater calling on our lives than to be able to represent Jesus in our day and age! No theological degree or special training is necessary to carry that title, even though there is nothing wrong with having those accomplishments. All we have to do is what Jesus did during His time on this planet. Just love on another one another with the goal and aim to bring value, eternal value, into the lives of those around us not only to be  blessed, but we can in return be a blessing to everyone who's in need of Jesus' touch in their lives.

Thank you very much for reading the blog posts and look forward to seeing God move in our lives in miraculous ways! I encourage you to comment and share this post with friends and family so we can advance God's agenda. Only God knows who will be immensely blessed and transformed! All of you are an extension of me and Jesus. So in essence, we are "Jesus in Disguise". God bless you all and hope you enjoyed the music video from Brandon Heath like I did!

QUESTION: Are you "Jesus in Disguise"?


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Perfect Love!

Hello friends! In the last post, I talked a little bit about God being glorious. Any normal, everyday Christian will know without a shadow of doubt that God is indeed glorious. And for that, we give Him all the honor and praise! In today's post, I want to tell you a little bit about God being "Perfect Love".

" A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35).

My dear friends, the above verse describes perfectly well how God is "Perfect Love" as well as being proactive in His love toward us as He shares His heart with all of humanity through the Word of God and through people like you and me to be able to reflect His love, His "Perfect Love", to not only those within the four walls of our church, not even to only our families and friends, but to everyone that is in desperate need to experience God. God's love for me is so immense, I could not hold it all to myself! I have a commandment to fulfill! That commandment is to love you just like He has loved me.

For those of us who have the desire and driven determination to be evangelistic in winning our family members and friends, maybe even a co-worker, or a boss for Jesus Christ, let's take the time to show them the love of Jesus Christ by serving them well and without any strings attached. In what is about to be 22 years since I have accepted Jesus into my life, never once did God had to point a gun to my head and make salvation happen. He simply revealed His love to me though loving, caring, and very supportive family members and friends that are thoroughly grounded in Jesus Christ and reflect His love for me through them. He has even reflected His love for me through non-believers as well!

I wanna close this post with a simple reminder. God is "Perfect Love". Wouldn't you agree with me? I know you do. And for anyone who reads this, whether it be someone here domestically or anyone one of my international friends from the four corners of this world, Jesus loves you....and so do I! Don't hesitate to leave your comments as the Lord lays on your heart to do so and look forward to hearing from you soon! God bless you in Jesus' mighty name!

QUESTION: Have you experienced God's perfect love?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Glorious!

Hello friends! I want to introduce you to a series of music videos that reflect God in every single aspect of His being. This particular video was done live by Martha Munizzi and Israel Houghton. The above music video talks about the glory of God. Can we possibly put into words the glory of God? I will admit it, I know I will never have enough words to even begin to describe the glory of God. Even though He shares His glory with no one, we can still bask in His glory while experiencing Him in a way that will bless you personally!

Not only have I personally experienced God's glory, but I have seen how God's glory has been manifested through the lives of other believers. During our time here on Earth, we only get to experience a small hint of God's glory. It is when we get to Heaven and reign with Him for all of eternity as we worship and praise Him while continuously basking in His presence when we will all have the opportunity to really experience His glory. What a sight to behold! If so many people are capable of showing up to a concert that commemorates God and His glory, how much more glorious would it be to experience Him through all of eternity?

God is indeed glorious! He invites you into His glory so you can walk out of His glory and share the light of God's glory to every single person that you encounter without regards to race, color, creed, or nationality. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we can find great and abundant joy in basking and expressing God to one another as we shine His glory to a lost and dying world! God bless you and feel free to comment below as God leads you to do so!

QUESTION: Have you basked in God's glory?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Living in Christ...part 4

Hello everyone! I want to begin by thanking everyone that has viewed the first 3 parts of Living in Christ and for the comments made up to this point. In part 3, I elaborated a great deal on my experience in Freemasonry. That experience was a landmark moment because it revealed God's faithfulness and His ability to deliver us from evil influences and potential harm to family and friends. During my Senior year (12th grade), two major events happened in my life. In 1992, during the month of October, I suffered from my very first seizure. The following year, by God's grace, I was able to graduate from Vineland High School at the age of 19 with the smallest graduating class ever. If I remember correctly, there was probably just over 200 students that had graduated.  I have since been blessed with working at one of Donald Trump's casinos, Trump Plaza as a security officer on two different occasions. Both of those occasions have been both very rewarding and challenging at the same time. I have had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with some of the executives of the company. Even though I was hired as a blue-collar professional, I ended up leaving the company with a white-collared mindset. In a nutshell, my time with Trump Plaza has been an immense blessing in so many ways.

I had the privilege of enrolling in Mizpah Bible Institute and eventually graduated after three years of theological studies. It was during those years where I had experienced God in so many wonderful ways. I developed a greater understanding of who God is as well as learn about apologetics among so many other classes. Beyond that I have been in and out of jobs due to the tough job market in the area that I live in. I also had the privilege of living at Maumee, Ohio and Sacramento,CA during the late 90's and early to mid 2000's. I had another seizure almost 10 years to the day of my very first seizure in 2002 shortly after arriving at home from a church service. The difference between this attack and the first one I endured was the severity and the length of the seizure. This seizure has lasted almost 10 minutes long. By the time the ambulance personnel came to my home, they found me unconscious. According to what the medical personnel told me, they told me that upon arrival and within the first 15 minutes of being in critical care, they were ready to pronounce me dead. All the symptoms that could be found in a comatose patient was present. My face was a pale white, with my lips being a purplish/blue combination. The 45 minutes spent under their care were the longest 45 minutes of my entire life. Little did I know that I had a 45 minute coma. Those 45 minutes were the darkest and most miraculous 45 minutes of my entire life. The miraculous part of the 45 minutes came when an angelic being came to me for two reasons: 1) I found myself standing at the front of the Pearly Gates that are described about in the Bible and the angel pointed toward the gate showing me that I was standing on the other side of the Pearly Gates. I experienced great peace during that time. 2) The angel reminded me that I still had alot of work to do. Within minutes of that "angelic encounter", I was able to wake up from the coma. Vital signs came back to normality and being a little groggy from being "asleep" the last 45 minutes, I noticed there were a bunch of people from church. The peripheral symptoms remain. I had a very hard time remembering the names of the people that were there, including my mom, yes, my mom. Other issues were there,but too long to list.

Ever since that experience, God has given me a greater appreciation for Him, life, and people in general. I have learned from that experience that any day could be our last. Tomorrow is never promised to anyone. My dear friends, never take your friends, family, and anyone else that God brings around your way for granted because there will come a day when you will be face to face with eternity. It is during that time, when your entire life will flash right before you like a Hollywood blockbuster movie for your eyes only. I wanna close this part by sharing with you that God is standing with you, even during that time when you are faced with your darkest moment. The irony of it all is that the light doesn't have to be at the end of the tunnel, the light is already right there with you in the form of a person named Jesus Christ.  Jesus died for you and me so that we can live in Him and with Him for all of eternity. He's waiting for you on the other side of the Pearly Gates and waiting to come to pick up His people again. God has given me life so that I can share God's grace, love, and mercy in my life to let you know that He will do the same for you. All you need to do is ask! To this day, as I'm writing this, I suffer from what's called Essential Tremors. Just over 10,000 people nationwide suffer from this condition. When that angel told me that I still have alot of work to do, he meant it! So here I am writing this blog for ALL of you my friends! I'm looking forward to sharing more with you through this blog and hopefully one day meet with you in person as God enables me financially and physically to do His work in this country and around the world. I love you with the love of Jesus and am praying for ALL of my current and future viewers and commenters. As the Lord lays on your heart to do so, don't hesitate to leave a comment below. I'm totally excited about what God is doing and would be very happy to know what He is doing through your life. Here's a another question! God bless you all!

When confronted with darkness, how does God impact your life?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Living in Christ...part 3

God bless you everyone! This past Tuesday, I touched face with all of you about my role as your personal cheerleader to encourage, inspire, motivate, and on occasion, challenge you to live YOUR life to the fullest with faith,hope, love, and the assurance that God will take care of you and all your loved ones.  I also finished Part 2 with how my personal life developed during my childhood, adolescent, and teenage years. During my teenage years, more specifically during my Junior year (11th grade), I was confronted with a major temptation. It wasn't the type of temptation that involved any of the problems that my friends had gone through, but it was both spiritual and material in nature. I was formally introduced to Freemasonry when some of my childhood friends introduced me to the Order of Demolay. The Order of Demolay was a fraternity for young men ages 17-24. You were either a  high school junior or senior. I just happen to be 18 years old when I was asked to join this fraternity. I was excited about the opportunity, so I joined.

With it, came all the notoriety and recognition that would usually be reserved for someone that received a Rhodes Scholarship. Speaking of potentially becoming a Rhodes Scholar, the grandmaster counselor, who happens to be from the Philippines, introduced me to an educational concept that is usually foreign to the average everyday student. He brought to my attention the opportunity to be able to study anywhere around the world for free with one condition. The condition was that I studied Universalism and apply the concepts of Universalism in every facet of my life, especially the religious aspect. He also told me that he would work "something" out to try to make life for me and my family as "comfortable" as possible.

Promises of material possessions abound! At first I was bewildered at the whole opportunity in front of me. Who wouldn't want to get their hands on the finest education money had to offer? At first, I was "licking at the bit" (excited) and ready to accept the offer, but that's when God decided to supernaturally get involved in my life in such a manner, that I made a radical decision that will affect the rest of my life. In the Spirit, I told the grandmaster counselor that I have everything that I need and was happy with what I have and where I am going. He looked at me with a look of bewilderment and didn't quite understand why I spoke with a calm demeanor. Little did I know that God was actively involved in the whole conversation for me to be able to come to the conclusion that I made.

I felt a huge burden lifted off  my back and in my heart. When I walked away from the encounter with the grandmaster counselor, some of my childhood friends noticed a glow in my face and a smile that was out of this world! They asked me how the meeting went with the grandmaster counselor and I told them that I already have everything that I needed and that I have turned down all the offers made. They thought that I was crazy, but I knew better. More importantly, God knows better! By the way, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, December 16, 1990. It was after I made the decision to turn my back on Freemasonry and the Order of Demolay that God decided to use that experience and take it to the airwaves (radio programs) to testify and share only 20 minutes of that experience. It was less than a week later that Freemasonry started advertising on our local newspaper to encourage more young people to join them.

I kept hitting the radio stations to discourage young people (Christians and non-Christians alike) from joining them. Wow! In a nutshell, let's just say that God was pleased with the effort to fight against Freemasonry and the deception that has been made on so many believers and non-believers alike. Throughout the remainder of my Junior year (11th grade) and Senior year (12th grade) I have been witnessing the love of Jesus Christ to as many high schoolers as possible during that last year and a half I was in high school. There has been no doubt that God has guided me and directed me to be in position to make a difference in the lives of every single individual young and old alike. I will close Part 3 with a friendly reminder that God does care about every single detail of your life, big and small. It makes no difference to Him. In the same way He has freed me from the hands of Freemasonry, He will also deliver you from any situation you find yourself in right now as you read this blog post. Part 4 will summarize my adult life and will most likely be the shortest post compared to this one.

I look forward to sharing more great material to continue to inspire you in a way that you could never imagine. Here's another question for you! God bless you friends!

With everything I have been able to share with you to this point, are you convinced that God is so real that He will help you with anything your heart desires?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Living in Christ...part 2

Hello again! I began blogging this past Sunday, September 30 about the reasons why I created this blog and what I hope to accomplish. Even though I have just begun, I'm grateful to the Lord first and foremost and for all of you that have taken a few minutes of your time to see the blog and the comments that have been made on my first post. There is no doubt in my heart and in my mind that God will continue to bring more exposure to this site and the posts that are made in the days, weeks,  months, and hopefully years ahead. With that said, my hope, prayer, and aim is to make this site and blog posts as inspirational, motivating, and on occasion, even challenging as possible. In a round about way, I am officially your personal cheerleader!...:-). Now's time to begin sharing my testimony so that you will get to know me better and how I came to be who I am in Christ.

Christian living began when I was born on a snowy, winter morning on December 18, 1973. God brought me into this world in the early hours of the morning during a major snowstorm that dumped approximately 3-4 feet of snow. Now that's what I call a winter baby! The winters during my infant years were especially hard unlike the kind of winters we get now. It didn't take long as I was growing up during my childhood that I was brought into this world without an earthly (biological) father. Even though I was a little too young at the time to fully understand it all, I just simply lived out my childhood the way any normal child would live out their life. My childhood overall has been rather normal with some of its growing pains and joys, especially around Christmas time.

The years went by, then came the adolescent and teenage years. These years have been one of the most challenging years of my entire life. These were the years when I finally knew right from wrong, my learning curve was challenged due to a learning disability until I was in 6th grade. I was about 13 years old when I made the transition from special ed classes to mainstream (regular) classes. My teenage years were not getting any easier for me as I was hanging around the wrong people while I'm at school and making bad decisions as most teenagers would make during the middle school years. Thank God, I never got involved in anything related to drugs, drinking alcoholic beverages or get involved in any promiscuous sex even though there were plenty of other people that were involved in those activities. Little did I know that God's hand has been upon me during that entire time even though I have never given my heart to Jesus up to that point. I will elaborate more on this testimony in part 3 of Living in Christ where I will share with you the rest of of the story of what happened during my informative years. My hope and prayer is that today's post will bring me closer to you in how we are able to relate during the early years of our lives and how God's hand has continuously protected and guided us during those difficult times. Here's another thought-provoking question for you! Feel free to leave a comment as God lays on your heart to do so! Thanks for reading!...:-). God bless you!!!

Knowing very well that God is real, how did you see His hand move over your life during your childhood, adolescent, and teenage years?