Monday, December 28, 2009

Where am I celebrating New Year's Eve? Where am I most likely to get a kiss?

New Year's is rapidly approaching. This is an evening that people frequently go out to enjoy an evening on the town. I'll be in Houston, Texas, for this New Year's Eve, and I've spent considerable time thinking about where I want to be at midnight.

You see, I want to plant my lips right on a pretty girl, at the stroke of midnight. Will you kiss me? You don't have to marry me. Or even date me. But can I have a kiss?

What I discussed in my last blog post is truth. And, the more I think about that, the more I think it's time to break this long stretch of the lack of physical contact. I want you to kiss me. Really.

Someone certainly wouldn't mind kissing me, right? That's a tradition at midnight on New Year's. Again, I won't have a ring with me, and you're not committing to anything beyond a kiss. And either am I, for that matter. But a kiss would be awesome, huh?

Any female is eligible. Well, as long as you don't have a husband, or something like that. Think about it. One mindless awesome kiss right at midnight with no strings attached? Yes!? And if you'd like, I'll feature you here on the blog in the coming days...or we can keep it a secret!

If you see me out somewhere, just be near me as midnight approaches. Make eye contact. I'll get the message.

So, where am I spending New Year's Eve? I wonder, where am I most likely to get a kiss? I'll have to think about this. :)

Kiss or no kiss, Happy New Year to all my readers! Thanks for keeping up with my blog.

Monday, December 21, 2009

How the Tiger Woods situation has me worried about my own philandering

My goodness, Tiger Woods has really done it this time. He's really messed it up for me and every other philandering man out there.

It sucks, not being able to cheat on the wife or girlfriend I don't have. For example, I walked out of a club the other night, full of hotties, alone and even without a phone number. And frankly, at times I didn't feel like I had to. You might call that striking out. I call it being faithful to a woman I'm not even married to yet. Whoever that may be.

As I sat in the automobile, ready to drive home and masturbate again, I thought to myself, "John, you're it. You might even be the "it" everyone has been talking about in those articles about Tiger Woods. And you haven't even kissed a girl in years? You call this representing the cheating men all over the world? What an embarrassment. You're a complete failure at philandering."

The problem is, every time I read an article or blog post about Tiger Woods, I get a strange feeling inside. Why is that? I'm sure I'm reading something into the text that isn't there, right?

Am I being overly sensitive? Can a sensible (or honest) writer really draw parallels between a married man seeing numerous women behind his wife's back for an extended period of time, and a single guy who hasn't been on a serious date or even kissed a woman in almost a decade?

You're right, that's completely ridiculous. I'm sure I'm being overly sensitive.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to post this and go jerk off again while I fantasize about one of the many woman I'm not cheating on my wife with.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Exclusive video of me being thrown against a car by a military police officer!

Here is a video I recently digitized from my time in the Marine Corps. Sometime during my stint at Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, Ca., in the early 90s, I began playing industrial/alternative dance tracks at the E-Club.

That's the Enlisted Club, for those of you not familiar with military stuff. This is a video I played occasionally.

The bed jumping took place, if I remember correctly, in a motel room in Santa Monica, California. The underwear dance, as we learned to call it, occurred in the barracks in Barstow.

Many thanks, of course, to the late great Stanley Kubrick for 2001.

And thanks to Uriel, The Cosmic Generator, for being so unique as you float through space, blinking and displaying an assortment of lovely colors.

A special thanks to the Marine Corps Logistics Base military police, for their help in educating everyone in the absolute importance of having a designated driver when necessary.

The four-star you see briefly is Gen. Carl Mundy, Jr., the Commandant of the Marine Corps, during a visit to MCLB, Barstow.

Semper Fi, Devil Dogs.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Princess Podcast Vol. 4 -- Pretty Interesting Shit

Join John for the podcast as he discusses some pretty interesting shit. Listen now!

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Princess Podcast: To Perth and Back

Perhaps you'd like to to spend a couple minutes catching up with me regarding my recent trip to Australia? Press play on the podcast!

Correction: The street I stayed on is actually called Adelaide Terrace, not Aldiene Terrace as I state in the podcast.



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Friday, August 7, 2009

In Perth at hotel after long trek

Twitter is acting a bit weird today (Having a hard time posting) so I'll have to catch you all up on the blog.

Anyone who says this is a small world didn't just get off the airplanes I just did. This is a very big world and it takes a long time to get to the other side of it.

In the past 27 hours or so, I flew from Houston to L.A., L.A. to the east coast of Australia, then across to the west coast of Australia. Plane from LAX, scheduled for Melbourne, was diverted to Sydney this morning due to bad weather there. Due to the change in destinations, I had to jump on a flight to Perth so quickly that my bags didn't have time to clear customs in Sydney. You can guess what that means.

I'm in Perth tonight with only this computer and the clothes I'd been wearing during those flights. I'm sure the airline is being great about getting them to me ASAP, but it is likely I won't see the bags until tomorrow.

Great trip, otherwise. Again, it's a lot of flying. Flying wears me out. I can't sleep well on airplanes, so I'm about to crash for a little while.

Anyway, I will most likely be here through Wednesday of next week. I'll keep you posted.

By the way, I'm not going to set the time stamp on this blog so all my posts while overseas will reflect Texas time.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Overwhelmed by Princess thoughts at the movies


Megan Fox clad in a white dress holding a bouquet of flowers during the first 20 minutes of a movie makes almost everything else in a film irrelevant for me.

There are robots, and explosions, and soldiers firing loud, powerful weapons in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, but it's all filler once I've had to look at that. The course for this film was set when Ms. Fox tried to get her boyfriend to utter the words "I love you" to her in that get-up in it's opening minutes.

The rest of the film is really about distractions. Killer robots causing hate and discontent, other hot chics that at times compete for his attention, and a seemingly unending barrage of explosions, chase scenes and every other type of cinematic thrill you can imagine.

Michael Bay spent a lot of money to keep everyone entertained. And I was entertained. But in the back of my mind the entire time was whether or not this guy was finally going to tell her he loved her, and enter into marital bliss.

For me, this movie was about Megan Fox's character. Let's put aside her physical beauty for a moment, because that really isn't what I'm referring to.

What I liked about this character was not only the dedication she showed to a man she obviously loved, but this constant battle she has with him to get him to admit to feelings we suspect he already has. He makes some bad decisions, like being at some kind of wild dance shindig with other chics while the drop-dead gorgeous woman that loves him is sitting in front of a webcam waiting for him. That didn't make any sense at all.

Then he somehow finds himself in a compromising situation with another female, at the precise moment Ms. Fox walks in his dorm room for a surprise visit. They break up temporarily and get back together, but you sense for most of the film this guy doesn't realize what he has. Have you ever wanted to yell at a movie screen: Dude, that woman is in love with you! What are you doing?

I'm praying for a Princess like this character. She's princessy. She's strong, she's lovely, and seems unwavering in a singular dedication to her man. Friends, this is the type of woman that knows what she wants. A fabulous Princess.

Did I just describe you? You could be my Princess. Please continue reading this blog.

By the way, the film does have a happy ending. If you haven't seen it yet, I do recommend this one. Yes, I guess it's about robots. But it's about love. And the only thing more important than robots and explosions is love.

Wherever you are today -- I love you, Princess.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Random Princess thoughts....

I thought I'd spend a couple minutes today catching you up on what's been going on. It's a quiet, slow season. Does that make sense? In other words, I'm just waiting on my marching orders from King Jesus and then I'll do whatever is next.

I'd love to talk to you today about music. I have to admit, I haven't been listening to as much Christian music lately. I still love CCM music, but I had to take a break from it for a while because "Undo" was still getting airplay for some reason. I'm kidding.

I did enjoying hearing the new song from my friend Rebecca St. James, "Wish". You can check it out on her Myspace page. As I listened to it, I heard a voice speak to me, deep inside. It might have been the Lord. The voice said, "You're so vain. You probably think this song is about you."

I jest, but for those of you new to the blog, I spent about a year of my life several years ago believing wholeheartedly that I would meet Rebecca, and we would marry, create children and rule and reign together. Even though that door didn't open at the time, I know the Lord still has great plans for each of us. Keep up the fantastic work, sister!

I love to be encouraged by music. I like to be entertained. I like to think about Jesus, as well as think about the Princess. I want you to get a load of this amazing video.

As I watched it, I thought to myself, "Lord, if you gave me a Princess that ubergorgeous and sweet, I'd drink it by the gallon!"

I'm not trying to imply Shirley is the Princess...please do not start any rumors! But, just imagine, somewhere out there a gorgeous woman is waiting for me, and someday you'll all meet her right here!

I've been wondering if this isn't a good season for me just to sit back and wait regarding her -- not to be aggressive in pursuing her. There are, after all, important things in my life that probably should get ironed out before I try to bring a sweetie into it.

Then again, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe she is the very catalyst God will use to usher me into the next chapter of my life. I'm not going to pretend I have all the answers right now, because I don't.

But I do have the Word of God, don't I? That's the ultimate authority. I love that! Just read this one for today:

"He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD" (Proverbs 18:22).

Amen! You know I'm going to just love meeting and falling in love with my Princess...and getting all that extra favor from God! Don't forget to bookmark this site right now. You don't want to miss it. (If you'd like, you can subscribe by e-mail right here.)

So, for now I set my face like flint and I wait. I really fell for this hottie on the Web recently. She was so funny, and amazingly gorgeous, and smart, too! The problem is, I don't think she thought we were a match. Turned out there was this other guy. She wouldn't even follow me on Twitter, for goodness sake! I wept bitterly when I realized she wasn't available, but I know there are more fishies in the sea.

Somewhere out there, the most special girl in the world longs to be with me. You're the one I want. And I'm going to get you.

I found some videotapes from the past that I need to digitize and upload to YouTube. There is a device I need to order that allows me to connect my computer to a VCR via USB to get the stuff. Some of the video is somewhat interesting. There's some stuff from when I was in the Marines, and even some video I shot during and just after high school. I need to get online soon and order that Dazzle thing.

I know this is a long blog entry, but my readers are hardcore. They are loyal. They don't mind taking a few minutes to catch up with me. I love that about them!

So, gorgeous, wherever you are, stay focused. I'm waiting for you!

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Princess Podcast, Vol. 2

Building relationships -- Reaching the world -- Wooing the Princess

Welcome to The Princess Podcast, Vol. 2. I only got to one of the questions today, but I'm sure we can do this again at some point.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

An open letter to the President of the United States

Dear President Obama:

Pretty good speech today, Mr. President. As you spoke to the Muslim world from that podium in Cairo, I pondered how just letting go of the past is really the best way to handle the situation I'm in, too. I was inspired. We just can't be bound by the points of contention in our past anymore. Excellent job, Mr. President.

It got me wondering about how I could apply that type of desire for peace in my own life. I think it's time to move on. It's time for a new beginning. A fresh start, as it were.

We can do that, Mr. President, as soon as I can pick up some sort of compensation for my time, and what this has cost me. I don't want a bailout. Those are evil, just ask Gov. Perry. I don't want my government to give me something for nothing. Only bums want that kind of handout.

No, I just want the same consideration everyone else got in this situation. Remember, Mr. President, that everyone else involved with this problem (including those who caused it) had the luxury of an income during all this time that I've been fighting the good fight of faith. And, I don't think I need to remind you that I'm standing against activity that you, and your Federal Bureau of Investigation, knows darn well went on.

The threatening of an American citizen, with firearms, by members of a state agency. I bet that kind of crap wouldn't fly in Egypt.

Let's get that check delivered to this address as soon as possible, so we can all put this behind us and embark on the exciting lives we have ahead of us.

Remember, "let's all just put this behind us" works for everyone else in this situation, but me. In your quiet time today, please reread Psalm 25:1-3. It isn't right if everyone else in this situation gets a reprieve, while the one who stood up for what is right gets stiffed. Sorry, sir, but with all due respect to whoever might be standing in the way of doing what is right, that ain't gonna happen.

I did what was right, and you know it, Mr. President. Again, I'm not asking for anything I wouldn't want for you or one of your family members if you were as unfairly treated as I was (and had the fortitude and integrity to stand against it).

Unless there is a massive (and it would have to be massive for it to be taking this long) criminal investigation going on that I don't know about, let's ask those involved to make this right so we all can talk about something else for a change.

Let's stop wasting time, sir. Seriously. I really don't think I'm being unreasonable. "It's over, move on" isn't an answer or solution. And you know that. To get a fresh start I'm going to need resources. Not a handout. I need what I've earned, frankly.

Please tell our Muslim friends I love them dearly, and let them know that God's word never returns void (Psalm 25:1-3). That, along with the American values we cherish and hold dear, is why we need to be fair to everyone involved with this before we can move on. That includes me. As uncomfortable as this truth apparently is for someone, it's what has to be done.

I appreciate your time. Once this is all put behind us, maybe we could meet for burgers in Washington, D.C. when you've got a few minutes.

Sincerely,

John Tyler

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Smiling ear to ear

It's been a great day, albeit tough at times. I've had to keep a smile across my face all day, just praising the Lord with my smiling mug.

I broke up with all my imaginary girlfriends today. We really need to keep our thoughts going in the right direction, and it was tough staying in love with them all in my head. Good thing, too, because it must of been hard on all them sharing the space in my brain.

We are only days away from the second installment of The Princess Podcast. You've been so patient waiting for the next installment. Maybe some of you are hoping what I was hoping, that we'd get some really great questions that would better reveal this "complicated" situation I'm in. Well, apparently it's not as complicated as we first thought. The most juicy question I've got so far was regarding how a friend and I can get together for some coffee.

Don't y'all want to know if I'm a homosexual, drug-dealing pedophile? "When can we have coffee" is really the best y'all can do? Listen, the longer this thing goes on, the less and less I think this is really complicated.

I think there are organizations who just don't feel comfortable admitting to mistakes they've made in the past, and I happen to be stuck in the middle of it. That's why it's complicated. I'm perfectly happy discussing anything with any of you. The fact that no one is asking anything is quite telling.

I heard a great preacher talking yesterday on the Internet, and he was saying how there are just some things in life we're never going to understand. We're just not going to be able to figure certain things out. I agree with him, but I would submit that sometimes the reason we're never going to understand is not because the information doesn't exist, it's because no one really wants to talk about it.

If someone comes over to your house and sees your water hose faucet leaking, and decides to fiddle with it and it breaks it in the process, you may never know who did it. But, just because you don't know who broke your faucet, doesn't mean someone doesn't know the truth. They have decided you'd be extremely upset if you found out, so why not just keep quiet about it? See, it's complicated. They don't want you to know what the heck they did, so this is one of those things in life we'll never understand. We'll just never be able to figure it out.

Again, I'll answer any question you have. My e-mail is johntyler4@excite.com

Monday, May 18, 2009

A pleasant joke

Condolences to the University of Texas men's tennis team, for their loss today to USC. Maybe this funny joke would help liven the mood amongst the warriors?

An Aggie and a Longhorn were standing side by side at some urinals in a public restroom.

The Aggie finished up first, flushed his urinal, and began leaving the restroom.

"Hey," said the Longhorn, stopping the Aggie on his way out the door. "At the University of Texas we're smart enough to wash our hands after we go to the bathroom."

The Aggie paused before responding.

"Well, at A&M I guess we're smart enough not to take a leak on our hands."

Dream house and podcast comments

I trust you all are doing great, so I thought I'd say "hello" today. I just want to build all my readers up. You are good and faithful readers. The kind of readers I'd like to have over for a BBQ and get together when the new house gets built.

Yeah, of course, you could be invited. You really should be invited. I'll get in touch with the details when the time arrives. We still have some time to let patience work, so be patient.

Do you ever think about where your dream home would be located? Or what it would look like?

Today, I was listening to more of that fantastic music from years ago (Looking from a Hilltop) thinking about possible dream home locations. I thought about building a home that looks like a UFO, and implanting it halfway into the Hollywood Hills. That way, I could look from from a hilltop, in a UFO.

Too cool! I'd have you all over for a BBQ, party or Bible study, and require that everyone either dresses like an alien or an astronaut.

Maybe a UFO wouldn't be practical. How about something more like this? Of course, the Princess will have to help make these decisions, but it's something to start praying about.

I'll keep you posted. There is obviously more behind the scenes work happening to get everything prepared. Great days are ahead. You might as well get ready! God is about to reverse and restore everything the enemy has fouled up in your life!

Right now, it's important to keep our thoughts going in the right direction...positive, hope-filled thoughts of God's best. Like putting a shoe on the thieving, conniving devil's head. Bliss!

"The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10).

What did y'all think about our very first Princess Podcast? I liked it, too, especially the part where I spoke directly to the Princess, telling her how gorgeous she is. Girls don't like it when you recognize how pretty they are without also telling them how smart they are. It makes them think you're only interested in the outer appearance.

So, angel, although your photo doesn't say it specifically, you're brilliant. I look forward to long talks filled with your deep, thoughtful musings on life. Oh, while looking into your face, because you are GORGEOUS!

I don't like how I stammered occasionally. My faith never stammers, but my vocals did on my first podcast. You never know who might be listening. The President of the United States, Larry King, Jeff Van Gundy or Tony Blair might stumble onto my blog somehow, so I have to always be at my best.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Princess Podcast, Vol. 1

Without further ado, here is the 1st volume of The Princess Podcast. Any questions should be sent to johntyler4@excite.com

Saturday, May 9, 2009

That would be two basketball teams, two coaches, two referees and a fan

I will only run for president if you guys want me to. I learned some things about this dude when I Googled myself.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Relax at the ballpark...I'm not interested in employment with the Astros

Great organization, great people, no complaints. But I think we all know that would have happened a season or two ago if that was going to happen.

Besides, we all know the sports reporters in this town would have no part in that. None of us wants to put up with that goofiness. And J.D. doesn't particularly care for me.

Let's just enjoy the baseball games and not involve whether or not I'm going to work there, because we all know I'm not. Now, having said that, can we please start winning some ball games?

Thanks for your time.

Having a challenging day? God is doing something amazing in your life

"Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told" (Habakkuk 1:5).

Have you considered the reason you're having to let patience work so much during this season of your life is because God is doing greater things behind the scenes than you first thought?

Habakkuk had that situation happen in his life as well, so you're in good company. In Habakkuk's time, some pretty bad folks were really making things difficult for him and his people, and he spent a little time complaining to God about it.

Justice was seemingly paralyzed because of the highly oppressive nature of his foes, and he was a tad frustrated with God. At least, that's how I read it.

God's response is interesting. The first thing God does is remind Habakkuk that he needs to look beyond the current situation. Not to ignore his current circumstances so much, but to be cognizant of the fact that God is working out a greater manifestation of His power and glory as a result. It's sort of like Jesus enduring his cross for the joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2).

God was trying to increase Habakkuk's vision, getting him to recognize that God was in control and had amazing things in store, no matter how persistent or overwhelming the problems appeared in the natural realm.

Maybe you have been in an incredibly unfair or difficult situation for a long period of time. Maybe you feel like God has forgotten about your cause, or that he is unwilling to sympathize with you or unable to bring about the desired end you've been waiting on.

Why not look beyond the temporary discomfort, and believe the greater things He's accomplishing on your behalf? He's apparently doing something so amazing you wouldn't even believe it if He told you. That's a promise in His word. Even if you have to do it in faith, why not believe that he is always faithful, even when in the short term it might not seem like it sometimes.

If it feels at times like life is stuck somewhere in the first four verses of Habakkuk, read the next verse. This time is not a waste, and His plans for us are greater than the ones we even have for ourselves.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Try again, Hillary

I'm afraid that is inaccurate, and anyone who said it is needs to be escorted out the front door with a cardboard box and their belongings.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Lakers just aren't that entertaining

I can't remember which of the L.A. Times sports writers said it, but they hit the nail right on the head. The problem with the Los Angeles Lakers is that they just aren't that entertaining.

The Rockets bleed. The Rockets have to be escorted off the court with a knee injury and then talk the trainers into letting them back in the game. The Rockets shave stuff on the side of their head.

The Lakers...I'm not sure what they do. Watching the Lakers play basketball right now is like trying to force yourself to read a really bad book. You can do it, but you've got to really concentrate or you're mind will drift to other things.

Sure, Kobe is going to show up and be Kobe at some point. That's a given. But will that be enough to overcome the most obvious problem facing the Lakers? The NBA's Hollywood team is boring, and the Houston Rockets are exciting to watch.

What do you want to see in the Western Conference Finals? The yawning festival they call the Los Angeles Lakers, or the best and most interesting basketball team on the planet, the Houston Rockets? I think the question answers itself.

And did you know Yao Ming is from China?

The L.A. crowd can be a tough crowd, I would assume. They know what it's like to be entertained. How will they react when their basketball team keeps falling short, not only losing, but doing so in a boring fashion that even has Jack Nicholson sitting on the sidelines with his arms crossed much of the game?

Rockets in five or six.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

These two people are fantastic!

Matt Fisher, a Galveston, Texas, resident and sailor aboard the Maersk Alabama, was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia. Here is an interview done by the world-famous Galveston County Daily News.

Matt and his wife apparently thought the reporter's comment that starts at the 40 second mark is as corny as I do.

Welcome home, Matt. Great job...both at sea, and on dry land having to put up with these clowns.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Do you need hope for what seems to be an impossible situation?

Tune into Joel Osteen's special message tonight, available to the Internet community at 7 p.m. central time.

Are you having problems with goofy people? Persecutions? Satantic, morally bankrupt newspaper reporters and editors who don't realize how lucky they are to have a job? Traffic exchange owners with an incredibly bad sense of humor? How about a dark spiritual principality that is trying to keep us single and separated from each other?

Jesus has the answer!

Scheduled right before the Cubs/Astros game, so take a break from the tube and let's see what Pastor Joel has to say.

All you have to do is click right here. It's that simple:
http://bookstore.joelosteen.com/mel_april_live.aspx?fullskin=1

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Obedience is an important part of the blessing, Willy

Willy Frank was the kind of guy who would get up in front of his church month after month after month to help lead worship, the whole time having a fat sack of weed underneath his couch.

He had the word of God sitting on his coffee table at home, a testament to a life he wanted others to believe he lived, but a tasty joint after work every evening had become a staple in life he just refused to give to God.

Willy was becoming bitter, too. In many ways, he would look around at others in the church world and secretly covet the blessings he couldn't seem to attract into his own life. Yes, the voice inside of him screaming out for God's best and a better life was deafening, even so loud that it apparently drowned out the still small voice of God's Holy Spirit gently telling him to throw away his dope and get right with God.

He wondered quietly why his friends of old -- specifically the ones who had truly turned their lives over to God -- no longer came around. All this was happening while he had a hard time each month finding the funds to pay his water bill, electricity, and pot dealer at the same time.

One day Willy Frank read something on the Internet that would forever change his life. He read something on a blog that indicated God required obedience from him. That God tends to bless those who through a repentant heart and steadfast spirit chose to do His will. Willy was floored!

God, in his unusual and frank way, had decided He loved Willy too much to allow him to live in lies and deception any longer. God was calling Willy back to the cross. He was calling Willy back to a life that was pleasing to him.

Doesn't God do that for all of us, in a sense? You and I may not be a pot smoker on a worship team, but we all can find areas of our life that stand between us and God's best. Bad attitudes. Unconfessed sin. A heart that refuses the voice of God month after month, year after year in a certain area.

Maybe, through God's grace and loving ways, we are all discovering what Willy discovered that day. It's time to come up higher. It's time to get things right.

Thanks for the inspiration, Willy. I'm convinced, as you get rid of the bitterness and weed, God is going to reach out to you like never before and lovingly show you the life you've desired. But not until then.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Separating fact from fiction

Whether I like it or not at times, being threatened with murder by state leaders and standing up against it has gained me some level of notoriety. With notoriety often comes information that is either completely in error or partially in error when concerning who I am now or who I was in the past. Let's go ahead and separate fact from fiction.

As you've heard if you've followed my story, one of the institutions I've had to stand up against is the media. I'm sure there are good people in the news business, they are just becoming more and more rare. Instead of searching for facts and asking for proof, they will make assumptions based on innuendo and rumor and then try to ruin someones life with it.

They might have succeeded in my case if they hadn't come up against a man like me, who frankly is smarter than them, more talented than them, and has the Living God on my side. That's not falling short, friends. Victory is mine.

I wanted to list a few facts so you all know the truth about my situation, in case through misinformation you might have formulated thoughts or feelings that are not accurate. If people in the media had bothered to do their job in my case, here are a few questions I might have anticipated them asking.

Q: We have heard that you're a party animal, a wild and crazy alcoholic and drug addict who is out-of-control, and that is really the reason you are in the situation you're in now.

A: Prior to serving Christ, I definitely would have been described by those who knew me as a partier. I drank alcohol quite a bit recreationally, and without being more specific I will tell you that I have used substances other than alcohol for the purposes of intoxication. I'm not proud of that, but it's a truth I'm not going to deny.

I think the best way to handle it is to let people know that Jesus Christ set me free years ago and today I don't even have a beer or glass of wine occasionally with a meal. In fact, it's been years since I've even had a sip of alcohol.

All my problems of this nature in the past were confessed at the proper time to Christian friends and people in spiritual authority in my life, to help keep me accountable. There are no big secrets that I'm trying to hide.

Q: Well, hold on a minute, John. We heard that someone has photographs of you doing something illegal.

A: If someone told you that with a straight face, I'm calling them a liar. I'm not saying I've never broke a law, but I am saying I never did it in front of a camera. If you want to make false accusations like that one, you best be ready to get the police involved. (I won't wait up late for them to knock on the door, because that's goofy.) Now, there might be photos of me partying that are out there somewhere, but that's the best you all can hope for if someone is looking to hurt me. Seriously.

If you think you can hold me hostage with something that doesn't exist, guess again. If you imply it again, you better be ready to defend it in court.

Q: Are you denying you used to hang out at Numbers?

A: Friends, I went to Numbers for the first time in 1988, and I continued to go to Numbers sporadically up until I stopped clubbing several years ago. Me being at Numbers is not news. It was my favorite nightclub, simply because the music is unmatched. I mean, just listen to this song, so full of great ministers of the Gospel! In fact, I hope Wes plays it Friday night in my honor. I've probably been to Numbers hundreds of times, and I could probably find photos of me at Numbers around here if you're really interested in seeing me at Numbers. It's time for us all to get past that one. Goofy.

Q: I heard you're quite a ladies man. A real womanizer. How do you respond to that?

A: Well, you tell me: I haven't even kissed anyone on the lips in seven or eight years. I haven't dated, or taken a girl on out on a date, even as a friend, since I lived in Galveston, and that was in 2001 or something like that. Even before Christ, I was never the kind of guy that went out with lots of females.

Even when I was running from God, I've had a pretty strong feeling that He had set apart a particular woman for me, and because of that my dating has always been very minimal. I'm not against dating, but I have always had the policy that it doesn't make sense to date someone who you ultimately couldn't see yourself married to. If that's a womanizer, maybe I need to redefine my terms, but I honestly don't think I am or ever was.

These are the ones that are most important for me to address right now. More may come later. If you have heard something about me that you'd like me to answer, please feel free to email me.

Here are the facts: I'm a born again Christian who is not perfect but I'm trying as hard as I can...and I have been for years. Anyone who tells you differently, or implies differently, is revealing less about me than they are about themselves.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Have you made anyone smile today?

I just wanted to take a few moments to encourage you. Today, why not find an opportunity to make someone smile?

Compliment a co-worker. Send an e-mail to your favorite newspaper writer and let them know what a fantastic job they're doing. Help an old lady across the street. Join the Peace Corps.

There are simple ways we can all contribute to make this world a better place. Plant a tree. Throw a couple ham slices over the fence for the neighbors dog. Maybe you own a traffic exchange? You could send an email to your entire list telling of the exciting cash reward pages in rotation, and then give away ten cents every once in a while.

Listen, with all this talk on Anderson 360 about how bad the economy is getting, we may all need to find new, practical ways to make a difference in the world around us. When was the last time you had a group of friends over just to wash their feet? Without knowing your answer, it's probably been too long.

We each should ask ourselves during this period, how can I be the outstretched hand of God to a lost, dying and hurting world? Have you seen the lines at the food banks lately? Put together some can goods and give them the Octuplets mom, or some other single mother you know who might be struggling.

Consider buying the new Delirious? CD. Pay the toll for the car behind you. Call a radio station and request a joyous, happy song.

I could go on and on, but I think you're getting my point. Let's go out of our way today to let someone know they are valued. Just remember, that person standing behind you in line at the Post Office this afternoon is probably 60 days behind on their mortgage payments. They may have just lost their automobile, or could be three weeks away from losing their job and don't even realize it. A simple smile and kind word might be just what they need today.

If you happen to be a Bible person, you might want to quote Romans 8:28 to them. Or, if you don't believe in the Bible, just tell them everything is going to be fine.

It's time to get focused, people, on serving one another. Remember, the song says it's all about love, love, love, love, love.

Today is a fantastic day to be happy to be alive, and to make someone feel that way as well. Get to work.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Monkeying Around?

Here's a bunch of monkeys that would probably tear up your house if you let them.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Princess, we know the real secret to stronger relationships

Hey Princess, have you noticed how popular relationship advice has gotten lately?

I just saw some guy on TBN talking real fast, acting silly, discussing how to improve our relationship.

Last night, I happened to turn on the radio and someone was talking about improving marriages and the such. You know these people are selling a book. We should write a book, too.

Here's a working title I've come up with: "Our Relationship Worked So Much Better Once We Could Talk To Each Other."

Once we do have the option of sitting down and talking to each other, we can hammer out the details and come up with an outline. The basic premise could be that 100 percent of relationships improve drastically once the people can actually sit down and have a conversation on a consistent basis.

All these people have all this other advice, like how I should adore you in private, and how you should respect me even before I earn it...how you really need to understand what makes me tick as a man and I need to really know your inner needs as a woman.

Hogwash! They are leaving out the best piece of advice of all: Once two people in a relationship can talk on a regular basis, sharing their deepest thoughts and information with each other, it will completely revolutionize their love life like nothing you can imagine!

This will work 100 percent of the time, I would venture to guess. We could do some informal research and get anecdotal evidence from couples who couldn't talk to each other while still trying to build a relationship.

We could sell books and have seminars, traveling the country to share the importance of talking. We really would have a corner on the relationship advice market, because we know that sometimes our circumstances don't allow us to talk to one another, right? And talking is the most important thing.

These others could be sharing silly advice like you need to know my love language, when all the time we have the real secret! It's talking! We'll have millions of people running home from our meetings wanting to have a nice long talk with their spouse. It'll be fantastic!

If you are a person reading this today and you want to strengthen your relationship, here is the best piece of advice you will ever get: Talk. Listen. Communicate.

Even if you have disagreements sometimes, even if he's from Mars or she's from Venus, even if she leaves stuff on the floor and he leaves a mess in the bathroom, even if he wants to be honored and respected and she just wants to be loved and nurtured, none of that is really important if you simply have the ability to talk to each other.

Honey, that book is going to fly off the shelves. And no one better steal our idea. Hang in there girl.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Bigger The Devil, The Higher Your Level

Do you find yourself in a difficult situation today? Do you have to trust God because that's the only option you have left?

You're right where your Father does his best work.

If you are a believer, the word says your steps are ordered of the Lord (Prov. 16:9). Every life experience, every situation you find yourself in, and every valley you walk through has a divine purpose. You are stepping closer and closer to your destiny in Christ.

Your good God doesn't bring hurtful situations into your life...that's what the enemy does. However, God loves you too much to allow you to suffer through a tough time without it benefiting you in the long run.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28).

Don't the difficult times seem easier to face when you know God is using that period to stretch you, purify you, and develop your faith?

Doesn't each victory seem sweeter knowing that he is teaching you to win with greater grace, so he can bring you to the next level of victory and the deeper walk with him that awaits you there?

I heard a great man of God once discussing difficult situations. He said the place of victory God prepares for each us is in direct proportion to the valley we have to walk through getting there. He described it aptly by saying, "The bigger the devil, the higher your level."

In other words, the more painful, disappointing, adverse or challenging you find your circumstances today, the greater your victory when you emerge on the other side.

The greater the battle, the greater the anointing.

The bigger the opposition, the more wonderful the promise.

Consider Joseph. This is a man God had chosen and given great dreams of his incredible future. However, those dreams of a victorious future preceded a whirlwind of disappointments and challenges that would have caused most of us to seriously doubt God's hand in our life. His brothers sold him into slavery because of their jealousy. He was sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit.

In actuality, God was using those situations to prepare Joseph's character and faith for the immense blessing of leadership that awaited him.

David is another man of God who saw his fair share of difficulties, many of which were caused by his poor choices. However, he never let the praises of God leave his mouth. He knew each challenge just brought him closer to his Father. He knew the Lord would bring him out with the victory, every single time.

David wrote: "Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress..." (Psalm 4:1).

God used those difficult times to enlarge David's faith, build his character, and force him to rely in a greater way on his God. Let's face it, if we only found ourselves in situations we could handle or explain, we'd never have to trust him. Our faith would never develop.

I'm sure when these great men of God were in their personal pit, suffering and desperately calling out to God for help, they wondered what was happening to them. We have the benefit of knowing the end of each of these stories.

While God didn't cause the negative situations in their lives, he used those circumstances to carefully construct the powerful men of faith the Lord needed for their divine destinies to come to pass.

No matter what challenge you face today, God has already written the final page of your story. Your story doesn't end with the dark pit your may find yourself in now. Your story ends in victory, with God doing exceedingly and abundantly more than you can ask or imagine in your life (Eph. 3:20).

Your God only raises up winners, and you are one of his kids. His favor surrounds you like a shield (Psalm 5:12), and he rewards those who diligently seek after him (Heb. 11:6).

Rejoice, no matter where you find yourself today. Your victory was purchased 2000 years ago on a hill called Calvary. Praise him in advance for the victory he has already promised you in his word.

Today, he is calling you to run to the only safe place that truly exists...right into the arms of your Heavenly Daddy. Remember, the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Prov. 18:10).

Being safe in his arms, use this period to feed on his word, build up your prayer life and trust him even when you feel your life is in disarray.

He is bringing you out with a greater love, a greater confidence, and a greater resolve to see his destiny fulfilled in you than ever before.

Maintain your praise. Thank him continually for his goodness in your life. Don't focus on the battle and its challenges, focus of your loving God and his supernatural ability.

He will do what he must to get you where he needs you. But once you are there, look out! His goodness is right around the corner and his blessings are chasing you down.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

God Already Has Your Ice Cream Cone

I sat with a friend and his young son, Jeremiah, at a local restaurant. My friend and I had already finished eating and were talking about the Rockets, as Jeremiah paid close attention to everything in the restaurant but the meat on his plate.

Dad kept reminding the child that he still needed to finish his lunch. Each time he was spoken to, Jeremiah would briefly return to his food, but after a small bite he'd go back to playing with the salt shaker or giggling with the child seated behind him.

Finally, dad spoke what seemed to be the magic words: "Jeremiah, if you don't finish that meat, I'm not going to buy you an ice cream cone."

The meat suddenly became the most important item in the room.

Jeremiah would take a bite or two and stay focused until he seemingly forgot what his dad had just spoken to him. Three minutes later, with half his lunch still uneaten, Jeremiah's attention returned to the hustle and bustle of his environment.

Frustrated but determined, my friend went to the counter and got his son an ice cream cone, which sat melting on the table in front of him until every bite of the meat had disappeared from the youngster's plate.

"That's how I see you," God's still small voice spoke very clearly inside of me.

Perplexed, I looked at this cute little kid with melted ice cream smeared all over his face and dripping down the front of his t-shirt. And I realized, in amazement, that God had just used this child and his dad to illustrate a very important point to me.

Our heavenly daddy is no different! He has given us a book of promises and they all sit on the table. Our ice cream cone sits before us, waiting for the moment in which we have done what he has required, feeding on his word and nourishing ourselves so he can gleefully give us the treat we've been so eagerly waiting for.

Our Father is gracious and giving by nature. Jesus said it this way: "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" (Matt. 7:11)

At times, aren't we just like Jeremiah? How often has God placed his goodness before us, and staying focused and persevering becomes such a challenge we can't see the answered prayer that is literally right within our grasp?

Paul recognized that staying focused on the desired outcome would empower us to stay faithful to the course. "Let us not grow weary in doing good," he wrote, "for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Gal. 6:9).

We know that the only way Jesus got through the misery of the cross was to focus on the end result. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that "for the joy set before him he endured the cross."

Sometimes we just need to keep our eyes on the prize.

The answer to our prayer and the fulfillment of our deepest dreams and longings are all available to us, once we stay focused on the task at hand. Then, he promises to pour out his goodness in a manner that is greater than we can ask or imagine.

We have to finish our meat, so to speak. Sometimes we may not feel hungry anymore. Sometimes the cares of life will distract us. Sometimes the lies of the enemy will replace the promises God has provided us in his word.

The author of Hebrews wrote, "We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised" (Heb. 6:12).

Keep in mind, if we do our part and stay focused and obedient, his word cannot fail.

For Jeremiah that day, it was an ice cream cone. What are the desires of your heart today?

Lift up your hands and praise the living God. He's placed them on the table before you.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Have you ever used a coin-operated laundry room?

I'm hanging out in the laundry room right now, feeding quarters into a washing machine similar to this one. I bought a miniature box of Tide for $1, and have started a 37-minute cycle. Thirty-seven minutes can seem like a long time in the laundry room. I'm down to eight minutes. Then I'll feed quarters into the dryer.

It's a good opportunity to see some of the nice neighbors. I don't know if neighbors is the right term, but you know what I mean. It's like a little community here, as we sometimes see each other in the laundy room or when purchasing a Diet Coke from one of the vending machines.

Laundry rooms are relatively nice, but I prefer the washer and dryer I'm going to have in my new home. I haven't told you about my new home yet, have I? You're really going to like that. Those are going to be some of my best posts yet. We'll file those under the "explosive blessings" category, or the "who would have thought?" blessings category. More on that later.

But for now, let's get the skivvies and socks cleaned so they'll be ready for the suitcase. I think I'm going to move to a different part of the city tomorrow, not that I don't love where I am right now. One of the benefits to living in hotel rooms is the ability to move to different locations on a whim. I might see what other exciting areas of town I'd like to get to know...or might be offering inexpensive lodging!

I've had a quiet weekend since the firearms extravaganza at the cinema Friday night. I've got to go catch more of those exciting movies. I've mostly been resting in the room, waiting on the Lord.

The place I'm staying now has been really nice. I've got plenty of towels and it's been very comfortable, but I'm living inside what in some ways resembles a compound. To get inside you have to pass through metal doors opened with a key, and they are nice enough to have security guards watching the area at night, protecting us against criminals or undesirables. I love everyone, just like Jesus does, but I guess the theory is that some people are best loved from a distance. So this great place is set up to keep us happy and safe.

The clothes are in the dryer now, turning on high heat. The window on the door of dryer is rectangle-shaped, like the monolith those monkeys fondle in "2001: A Space Odyssey".

Staring into that rectangle watching the clothes turn is mesmerizing, like watching the Star Gate scene on a movie screen. That reminds me, I really want to find a movie theater that is showing that film. If you all hear of one, please let me know.

Don't y'all love our New Year's Resolutions that we've all been busy keeping? I may have missed a couple days of reading Old Testament stuff, but when you miss a day you've just got to trudge forward the next day. We can't be quitters.

Here's one I was looking at today:

"Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with a vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you" (Isaiah 35: 4).

I like the mental picture that one conjures up. He's not just coming, he's coming with a vengeance. He's coming with divine retribution. I'm not sure what divine retribution is, but I'd hate to be on the wrong end of it. I think what we can take from that one is he's coming, and when he shows up we're going to know he's shown up. Things are going to change when God comes with divine retribution. You can count on that.

It's refreshing to know we have clean clothes, and we've all been reading our Bibles. That's great news. Even the great James Earl Jones is quoting scripture these days. You church folks and preachers like it when I reference the Bible, don't you? It makes you feel good. Great, here's another one I like:

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41: 10).

Another Old Testament oldie but goodie. Well, we're just waiting and hoping, aren't we. Waiting on God to show up with divine retribution. I'm looking forward to that as well.

OK, clothes are now done and I'm back in my room. My socks and skivvies are fresh and brilliantly clean, as are my other pieces of clothing. Thank you for doing the laundry with me this evening. God bless you, and I'll talk to you later.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Movie night at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood!

Tonight I made a beautiful trip to Hollywood Boulevard. What a place. Christians, come, enjoy, be prayed up!

There is a fantastic location on Hollywood called the Egyptian Theater, which plays old movies on a huge screen in a 600-seat auditorium. The place is famous for a number of things, one of which is that it's the theater Sid Grauman staged the first Hollywood premiere in the 1920s.

It's been renovated, looks great, and it's a wonderful place to see a movie. Tonight they offered a double-feature screening of "The "Friends of Eddie Coyle" and "Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia," two films from the 1970s.

Did I have a good time? Well, watch the trailers and you tell me. I was giggling a lot, as you can imagine.





I actually stepped out of the second film early due to some content issues. I am, after all, still one of those born-again folks, and it got a tad racy for me. Overall, I had a great time, though. There are few joys in life like a good old movie, in a historic theater on Hollywood Boulevard. You've got to check it out. It's a wonderful concept.

When are y'all screening "2001: A Space Odyssey"? I've been wanting to see that one on the big screen for years. There's a place in Austin called The Paramount, that revives old movies as well, and I heard that when they screened 2001 it was one of the biggest crowds they ever had.

Anyway, I'm back in my room, kicking back. I'll spend a few minutes with the Lord this evening before bed. I'd say it's been a very pleasant day. Thank you for reading. Goodnight.

By the way, our scripture for the night is:

"I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD" (Psalm 118:17).

The nice lady just asked me if I wanted clean towels, free coffee in lobby

What a fantastic day we're having so far in Los Angeles. I just had a knock on the door and a nice lady asked if I'd like some clean towels. I only use one towel a day but I wanted her to feel she was contributing to my joy so I went ahead and got several new ones. I hear there is free coffee in the lobby, but I haven't visited yet to confirm this.

Let me tell you something, I'm way bigger than this problem. Did you all know that the Word of God never comes back void? I'm really happy about that. And I have plenty of clean towels if I need them, so I guess we're in for a heck of a day.

It's raining in Los Angeles, California! I just walked outside for a moment and was shocked by the precipitation. It never rains here, I think. I'm used to rain. I came from Houston, Texas. I rains often there.

Not really a lot to share right now other than, "No weapon that is formed against me will prosper," and "I'm bigger than this problem," and "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them for them all," and "I was created to overcome."

Man, knowing all that, who could have anything but the best day ever! And, I'm in lovely Los Angeles, California. It just keeps getting better and better. Did you know that my obstacles are not actually holding me back, they are propelling me toward my destiny? I'm just beside myself knowing all this.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get out of this room and see what is going on outside today.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Welcome to California!

It's been a fabulous drive. I first need to say thanks to the wonderful people of Las Cruces, New Mexico, where I stayed last night. This community has chosen hope over fear. I was going to go sit on a park bench downtown and have some quiet time with Jesus, but I chose to do that in the hotel and press on today.

Phoenix and Tucson, I wish I could have stayed longer. Beautiful cities. I actually got out of the car for a few minutes in Phoenix to grab something to eat. I could live in either of those cities, but I don't have a job in either place so that wouldn't work well.

The first Help Wanted sign I've seen on my journey is here at the Coachella Travel Center in Coachella, California. Princess, would you still love me if I worked at the truck stop? Nothing wrong with the fine folks here at the truck stop, but I think I'm going to keep searching. This has been great, though, at least finding employment opportunities at my first stop here in the state. Great things must be ahead.

I'm going to stay hidden tonight, checking in under the cover of darkness, getting ready for the joys of Southern California. Los Angeles this evening? It's just a short drive up the road.

I'd love to have chow at Mr. Eastwood's restaurant sometime, but I've heard that is way north, and in these tough economic times, driving to Northern California simply to eat in a restaurant is not prudent financial management. Let it be said of us, that our hearts belonged to Jesus and we made wise financial decisions. And the people shall say "amen."

Anyway, it's a nice night in California, and I just wanted to check in so you wouldn't worry that I was dead or broken down somewhere. I know how much some of my readers worry. You really shouldn't worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. I'm going to go out to the vehicle, drive around to find an Internet connection so I can post this, and then drive west on I-10. We'll see where I end up.

More to come later when I get settled in somewhere in the next day or so. You are such good readers.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A great day for America, and my trip west

I thought I'd say "hello" today and congratulate our new president and vice president. I watched the ceremony in a New Mexico hotel room after driving west all night last night. I'm heading out to California.

The speech was excellent, and I know I'm feeling what everyone else is feeling...that this truly is a new chapter in American life. President Obama represents such a great promise for Americans of every race, color and creed, and in my heart of hearts I simply feel like this is the right man for this time in our country's history. I'm especially proud to be an American today and everyone else should be, too.

We should all pray for Sen. Kennedy as well today. I just turned the TV back on and it sounds like he's had a complication with his health.

I'm doing just fine, feeling great, looking forward to the future. My trips to California are in anticipation of whatever God has in store, but as our new president has so aptly pointed out on numerous occasions, we have a long road ahead in some ways, figuratively and literally.

That doesn't mean we won't finish the journey. It just means we'll have to drink a lot of coffee to stay alert and pack our patience, because there is no rushing the Most High God. He's on his own time schedule, as he loves to reiterate to me often. Sometimes it just takes patience. Even the Apostle Paul and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar know that.

I'm not ignoring the situation I'm trying to leave behind in Texas. I love Texas, and always will, but this situation was not handled properly, friends. Sorry to state the obvious. Unless there is something going on behind the scenes that I don't know about, when I'm old and gray I'm going to go to my grave scratching my head wondering what you decision makers were thinking.

Trust me, my main desire at this point is to do what's right for everyone, to turn the page in a sense, but if it is God's will for me to continue to stand, I will proudly do that for Him. I have never doubted that I did the right thing in confronting that problem. There comes a time, however, for new beginnings. There's a time for justice, but there is also a time for forgiveness. The main thing I'm trying to learn as a Christian and as a citizen is where to draw that line. If there is a just fight that still needs to be fought, I'll be the first one in. But if it's time to move on, than let's move on.

Again, I'm open to whatever God has in store, no matter how long it takes. However, I am genetically wired to always feel like I'm moving forward. If it means going to California, a place that represents hope and freedom to me, it's well worth the car ride. And I'd love the opportunity to stay there, Lord willing. Anyone know of anyone hiring? I saw Mr. Spielberg at the inauguration, maybe he'd like to make a movie at some point. I'm not sure where to check on that.

During these challenging times, President Obama seems to be a consistent voice for hope and better days. I have to choose the voices I let speak into my life very carefully during this season. If you know there are better days ahead, even if we have to wait, work hard or fight for them, my ears are open to you.

Also, thank you to the Bush family for all your service to our country. I'm really looking forward to reading former President Bush's book once he writes it.

Again, congratulations to President Obama and Vice President Biden, and best of everything to you and your families as you begin your new jobs.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I think I'm destined to visit here

If the Lord doesn't mind, I may need to make a trip to Destin, Florida, soon and very soon. Just look at this place. It's close to Pensacola...that's not very far away.

Just a little pleasant trip in the car.

You know how much I love road trips. There are few more relaxing an exciting ways to see the splendor of America than in an automobile, but I might even enjoy this place if I flew.

Let's get back to the topic. This place is beautiful. Is that the Gulf of Mexico? Then why is it that color?

And the sand is luxurious, for lack of a better word. Soft. White. Pebbly.


Can you imagine operating your super successful business out of one of these condos on the beach? Retiring in a place like this?

Or how about writing books here? If someone wanted to write an important book that would shake the nations, this would be a great place to do it.

As Americans, our strength is not in our military, or in our wallet, it's in national treasures like this place. Well, it's in the hearts and souls of our citizens, too. I shouldn't forget about them.

Truly amazing photos of an amazing place.

And look! Love is in the air, everywhere I look around. You already know how I love wedding dress pictures. Is this what love looks like on the beach there?

If you haven't taken your Princess to Destin, Florida, well, she's being neglected. Make some reservations.

I need to hurry and get out there because what if the Princess is there? I'd hate to miss her because I'm here and not there.

I don't have to marry there, but I sure want to see the place.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Large blessing explosions

Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest church in America, may have coined the phrase during his sermon this weekend, but I'm adopting it.

He actually called them blessing explosions, but I decided I like the term "large blessing explosions," because they're going to be large.

Make sure to catch the broadcast in a few weeks when it airs. It's fantastic preaching. It's on in something like 100 countries so wherever you are you can watch it and enjoy.

A large blessing explosion occurs when God unloads his unusual, far-and-away favor on your life. It may be something incredibly wonderful that happens just because he loves you, or it may be some good ol' vindication and recompense you've had coming for a while.

Let's look at the mighty, exciting Old Testament that I've been reading for an example.

"Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs" (Isaiah 61:7).

I love God's word, because it never comes back void.

As you see there in scripture, God has laid up these large blessing explosions for you and me, especially when we've had to walk through a prolonged season of diarrhea.

For example, let's say you have some fellow employees who try to brand you a pedophile or kiddie porn viewer, without ever presenting any evidence to the police or anyone in authority, putting your reputation and good name in question.

Friend, you're due a large blessing explosion.

Or, let's say people employed by the state of Texas pay thugs to fire guns off outside your residence(s) for several years (or did it themselves, who knows?), sending you death threats in the mail and verbally telling you they will kill you if they have to.

Sounds like a large blessing explosion is coming your way, friend.

Maybe because some in power have dragged their feet, or outright refused to do the right thing, it has cost you years of your life waiting for the justice you should have had eons ago.

I hear a huge, nasty, unbelievable blessing explosion about to blow the lid off your life like you've never known! Remember, God's promised to make up to us the years that the enemy has stolen (Joel 2:25)...and he cannot tell a lie.

By the way, if you were unfortunate enough to have all those things I mentioned happen to you, that large blessing explosion is starting to look like the Big Bang. Do you know about the Big Bang? Just ask any scientist you know about the Big Bang Theory. It didn't really happen, but ask them about it anyway.

Such an incredible explosion of God's justice, love and blessings can literally create a whole new universe for you.

And the beautiful thing is, God's not going to let the devil take away anything that He has purposed in his heart for you.

"For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them" (Isaiah 61:8).

See, it's real simple. God hates robbery. And God is going to make up for all the years we've had our crops and resources pillaged by maggots and criminals.

Friday, January 2, 2009

My New Year's Resolution

"The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you. He will force your enemies out of your way and tell you to destroy them" (Deuteronomy 33:27).

I think my New Year's resolution is going to be to read more of the Old Testament.

I just love God's personality in the Old Testament, don't you? He didn't really have a lot of patience with goofiness and folks who wanted to threaten, lie about, and challenge the people of God. We've got a lot of that garbage going on these days, don't we?

I think we could learn a lot by reading more of the Old Testament. Not only does it have pretty cool stories, but you can always find great promises about God's protection of his own.

"Let those who seek my life be put to shame and disgrace. Let those who plot evil against me be turned back and confounded. Make them like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them on. Make their way slippery and dark, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them. Without cause they set their snare for me; without cause they dug a pit for me. Let ruin overtake them unawares; let the snare they have set catch them; let them fall into the pit they have dug" (Psalm 35: 4-8).

Can I hear a loud, resounding "Amen!" I love that. It's like David is through with putting up with these criminals and maggots, right? What is most impressive about this piece of scripture is that David is known as a man after God's own heart. I like David. He really had his head on straight, and his heart was soft and tender in the hands of the master. That's why I like him so much.

Let's read more of God's word this year. Hey, if it's important enough for the comedians running the Houston Chronicle Web site to get us reading the Bible, then it must be important.

This monkey is smiling

I love when I encounter this smiling monkey, for that means he is sending me more free blog visitors from around the world.

I love him even more than I love outlaw biker gangs. They often convert to Christianity and become preachers, you know.

Go ahead, click on the monkey and say "hi" to the smiling, waving primate.

Are free Web site visitors what you're hoping for? It's time to visit Hit Safari. Surf until you see a smiling monkey, and he'll award you free Web site traffic.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A modest prediction for 2009

"'No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,' declares the LORD." (Isaiah 54:17).

One of the things I love most about serving God, and I've mentioned this here before, is having God's word as an anchor and unshakable truth in my life. It never fails or comes back void.

What am I looking forward to most in 2009?

I'm looking forward to seeing the failure of every weapon that has been formed against me. What's that mean? It means that if the devil and his maggots used or devised a weapon against me, it will fail.

Not may fail. Not, "well, it could fail if it's convenient or comfortable for us to do something about it."

No, it will fail, and I will have everything God has said I will have.

Secondly, I'm looking forward to condemning every tongue that has accused me falsely. I will not be held hostage by liars and maggots. If you have made an untrue remark about my past, in the hopes of furthering some cause in your own life, look out!

God's word is so wonderful. I love that it never fails. Vindication, as our scripture reads, is part of my heritage as a member of the family of God. Wow! I love that. That means that our Heavenly Father, who incidentally watches over his word to make sure it performs (Jeremiah 1:12), is on the case for me. Even if everyone else is goofing off and/or dragging their feet, my Father never sleeps.

What an amazing, mighty God we serve!

Listen, I know most of you aren't having to put up with the diarrhea that I'm having to put up with in my life right now. For most of you, you're going to be able to serve the Lord this coming year with joy and blessings and all that other good stuff.

2009 looks like another year of warfare for me. I think part of finding joy in tough situations is realizing and accepting that this is God's will for my life right now...that part of him ultimately getting glory out of this situation requires that I go through this right now.

Sometimes serving God is like that. Paul wrote to Timothy and said the gospel was the reason he was "chained like a criminal." It's not always comfortable doing the right thing, because so many in this world are apparently allergic to doing the right thing. As servants of God and his truth, we are often put at odds with those who wouldn't know the real Jesus if he walked up to them face-to-face.

But we, as true servants of the master, press on. We press on knowing that he is our hope, he is our shield, and he is our vindicator. Just read the scripture listed above. It's amazing!

I look forward to his vindication this year, even if it means putting up with a bunch of satellite trucks parked outside the courthouse.

Let's get to work, today, being God's hands and feet as he watches over his word.

Happy New Year. Be blessed.