THE BIBLE

ImageWhile recovering from a very, very bad cold I’m sticking my head in and out of the History Channel’s epic series “The Bible”. Much props and thanks to producers Mark Burnett (The Apprentice & Survivor) and his wife Roma Downey (Touch by an Angel) for bringing to a new generation ‘The Word’ in a modern technology presentation. I watch a recent interview with them and how they felt the older movies like the Ten Commandments, The Robe, Ben Hur and others didn’t do it for this generation. I also really appreciate the diversity of appearances / actors they casted to portray heroes and sheroes in the Bible. My only concern is how sometimes we may risk authenticity for creative license.
Point and case…. When it was time for me spiritually to stop eating baby food and start eating meat. One teaching turned revelation I’ll never forget is the probable truth about Samson. When you read about him (Judges 13) and what happened it never tells or describes him being muscular. A matter of fact the biggest consistent issue in the story is that everyone wanted to know where he got his strength from? The quest was to find out and know the secret to his strength. If he had visible muscles the way he’s always portrayed in films and drawn paintings why would we have to ask “Where does his strength come from?” it would be obvious!
The fact that his body was probably so average and normal is what makes the story of Samson so historic, astounding, miraculous, incredible and powerful! The truth is that God does things through the unexpected, unbelievable and ridiculous. I’ve learned since that revelation in addition to many others to go to the source first and then filter anything else after accordingly.

AFTER YOU BLOW UP!

Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny picOriginally a February 12, 2012 Facebook post

To Golden Fog In regards to your request about my thoughts pertaining to the 2012 Grammy Nicki Minaj performance. I’m going to be very careful and avoid being judgmental because that’s not my assignment. But what I will share is a piece of something I’ve been holding on to and going to show in my biomentary that will one day see the light of day.

A very long time ago I watched a Bugs Bunny cartoon I would never forget. It was a episode where he and Daffy Duck was trying to out do each other on stage and Bugs kept winning. Long story short Daffy decided to swallow dynamite, gun powder, kerosene, fire works and then he finally swallowed and match and “BLEW UP”! The crowd went wild, standing ovation and all. It was evident that Daffy ultimately won. Bugs Bunny even applauded, gave Daffy his props and on behalf of the audience begged for a encore. Daffy with regret had to decline and explained as he ascended with wings on his back that he could only do that trick once!

The entertainment business is about out doing each other and in the process there are causalities too that consist of children that know any better. Now we enter into the another realm, the spiritual one. When I think about what I was almost willing to do for people and a statue when I didn’t know any better, I thank and praise God for his mercy and grace because for the sake, worship and chase for the applause it’s a good chance that they’ll be no wings and ascension. Please be blessed.

ONE LONG UNCOMFORTABLE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG TO GOD?

ImageDecember 24, 2012

This morning during my daily walk, talk & meditation with God I felt move to ask him “How was your birthday celebration this year”? (I speak to him in the pass tense in regard to days because he’s already been here and is up ahead). The Spirit answered by bringing to mind Eddie Murphy‘s “One Night Only” celebration. Eddie said something in his closing remarks and thank you’s that was very profound to me and for some reason I couldn’t forget it and now I think why was for this divine response from the Lord.

Eddie said “This whole night made me feel like you do when a bunch of people are singing Happy Birthday to you and it’s so long that you start feeling a little embarrassed and uncomfortable. That’s how I felt for over 2 hours.”

At first I personally thought that was a little rough, but nevertheless it was deep. Because what can make it uncomfortable especially in this business is knowing that not everyone singing the song is as sincere or loving as they appear. Knowing that some of the things said and done in the name of congratulations has an agenda and selfish motives. God was telling me that’s how he feels at times in these Holiday seasons. Using his name and purpose for things and actions that have nothing to do with his birth in Jesus the Christ.

Now I’m like wow… especially knowing that I’ve been one of those for most of my life that have sung Happy Birthday remixed and packaged in Christmas carols and didn’t realize it like I really do now. I thank God that He’s not a God of second chances. He’s a God of MANY chances gift wrapped in Grace & Mercy. Merry Christmas everyone and please remember the reason for the season.

-C. Martin