Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Linkpost | 11.26.2008

Do you like Web sites about gladiators? -- Then you'll really like this site. How we promote online today...will echo for eternity. I don't know what that means either, but free traffic is certainly cool. Dan Davis has really outdone himself. I mean, a traffic exchange about gladiators?

This monkey sure loved "Expelled" -- I saw "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" the other day, and I am one monkey who had a really good time. It's available on DVD right now. If the intelligent design/Darwinism debate is something you're interested in, this is a film you shouldn't miss. Keep standing up for the cause, Mr. Stein.

It must have got lost in the mail -- My friend Rebecca St. James is currently working on a new film with Stephen Baldwin, and I didn't receive a script. I guess I'll just keep coasting. Rebecca, I can't wait to see you and "Ted" when this one comes out next year. Let's all plan on seeing "To The Wall." I'm sure I'll remind us again as opening night arrives.

Possibility that "heads will roll" in Cleveland as a result of Sunday's loss? -- The World-famous Houston Texans snapped an eight-game road losing streak with a win over the Browns this past weekend. Walter caught a touchdown pass. I'm so proud of Walter. I hope no one loses a job in Cleveland over this. Great town. Great people. You know what we're waiting for now? For the Texans to win a Monday night game...

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Patience (thanks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

"But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance" (Romans 8:25).

First off, let me thank NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for giving me the idea for this blog post.

Like Kareem explains to Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers, sometimes we have to persevere. It takes some patience. It may even take longer than a week.

You see, we're all waiting on something in life, aren't we? We're waiting for the economy to get better. We're waiting for the Texans to win a road game. We're waiting for our business to take off. We're waiting, like Andrew Bynum, for the right opportunities. We're waiting for our Princess. We're waiting for John to post something new on his blog.

And we're all waiting on God. Rest!

Everyone waits. The Apostle Paul and Kareem seem to have it figured out -- we've got to have some patience along with our perseverance. We've got to work through it when it seems like nothing is happening.

Just remember, we're cooking chili. And chili apparently takes a long time to cook. But chili tastes good when it's finished. I like chili.

It's been said, God is often working in our life the most when we see it the least. Knowing that, maybe you feel like he must be working overtime right now.

You might say, "But you've got to do something, John. You can't just sit there. You went a couple weeks without posting anything online."

Waiting is doing something, my friend. There are times in life, and situations in life, in which the best thing to do is wait patiently (Lamentations 3:26). After you've done all to stand, you've gotta just keep standing.

The good thing is, there are also some things in life we don't have to pray about. I don't have to pray about whether to breathe or not. I don't have to pray about going to the bathroom. And I don't have to pray about waiting. You know why? Read the scripture at the top of this post. I don't have to pray about scriptures in the Bible. I like that.

I wonder if you are struggling with something today you feel isn't happening fast enough? Let's be patient and let God do what he wants to do in our lives.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Perseverance (thanks Sunny Suggs)

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1: 2-4).

First off, let me thank Sunny Suggs of the world-famous for giving me the idea for today's blog post.

I don't want to lack anything. Either should you. That's why we look into God's word frequently on this blog, because we know that what we see everywhere around us is temporary and subject to change, but the words in that book...well, you know.

Consider it pure joy, the Apostle Paul writes. That means we should replace moments of discouragement or testing with the joy of knowing God is in control and he will get his way in the end. I like that. We don't have anything left to worry about, because we rest in his arms like a baby and he takes care of our every need.

I saw Plumb singing that song last night on the television machine, and I said "Amen."

You know why so many Christians are unhappy? Because they are stressed out and worried, doing all sorts of things God never told them to do. People pleasing. Kissing the feet of the people who kick us. You can rest assured, like the song says, I won't be kissing the feet of anyone who wants to kick me. Neither should you. You can be anything that you want to. Persevere silly!

One of the other things we do that God never asked us to do is listen to the negative, accusing voices around us.

You're not good enough. You blew it. God can't use you. He's not going to turn your situation around. Your life is swirling around like a turd in a toilet. Your house is on fire. You're going to have to ride a bicycle to your dead-end job in a cubicle when this is all over.

These are the devil's messages, and I tune out the devil's messages like I tune out a two-dollar radio. And so should you. God's got a fantastic job for you and me. We're going to live in a beautiful home we can be proud of. We're going to see all our dreams fulfilled and we are even going to touch the world in major motion pictures. We're going to write books, too. We're good enough, We're smart enough. We're talented enough. We're attractive enough. And gosh darn it, people like us.

However, let me point out, that even if someone doesn't happen to like us, it doesn't matter. You know why? You and I are a friend of God. It's in the Bible, and its in a pretty song, too. In times of trial and testing, who are you going to believe? Jesus. That is the correct answer.

Perseverance. It really is a choice that we must make every day. If you're having a difficult time being consistent in that decision, can I ask you a personal question? Are you spending the time you should in his word? Are you starting every day off getting quiet for a few minutes, concentrating on what his words say, or are you just getting on some goofy Internet Web site and believing what the unregenerated minds of this world would have you believe?

Thank the Lord, you are a person of faith. Thank the Lord, you have made the choice, with me, and you will persevere in whatever God has led you to today. No matter where you are in life, or what you are facing, God has the answers and has already plotted out your victory.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Congratulations, Mr. President

It truly is a great day for America, with the election of Barack Obama as our next president.

The day we elected an African-American to the highest office in the land needed to come soon in this country. Beyond the history of this moment and healing I hope it brings our nation, it also puts a man I believe to be a class-act, with a true love for this country, in office.

No matter who you voted for or what your political views are, the historical significance and what this means for the promise of America for all its citizens cannot be denied.

Hopefully this is a major stepping stone into a future where racial issues won't be a consideration like they have been in our past. This election is one giant leap into that better America where one can truly be judged by the content of his or her character, and not the color of their skin.

Character, and that hope of an America better than the one we inherited, is why he was elected president yesterday. I certainly don't mean to take anything from John McCain, a true American hero, who I believe would have made a great president as well. The fact is, Barack Obama represents a change in America that was a long time in coming -- and it's time has come.

I'm happy today that President elect Obama has been given the opportunity to bring his vision for America to the world. He deserves our support and upmost respect.

Godspeed, Mr. President. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Linkpost | 11.3.2008

Please keep searching. Maybe I'm Angelina Jolie's missing son -- Changeling is a very good film, minus the misuses of our Lord's name. I saw it Friday night. We should encourage Mr. Clint Eastwood, not only a fabulous director but a leader as well, to try his hand at a remake of the Academy Award winner for best picture in 1934. That would be another great movie. Good job, sir. I want to compliment you. This film and Jolie's performance are Oscar-worthy.

That's very thoughtful. They're not raising ticket prices -- The Houston Astros are being very considerate in this tough economy, and keeping ticket prices at the same level next year as last season. I had thoughts about a better plan: Raise the ticket prices, and get the Astros into the playoffs.

It's as easy as getting a flu shot -- Lance Trammell voted early without even getting out of his car in Orange County. Orange County seems like an exceptional, outside-the-box-thinking place to do this for residents. Make sure you do get out of your car, if necessary, and vote Tuesday. It's important. I wonder if Lance is a Obama guy or a McCain guy? It looks like he's really thinking about it...

Go vote! Free coffee! -- Starbucks will give you a free cup of coffee on Nov. 4 if you vote. Thank you, Starbucks. Our world is better because you're in it.