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Theres no way i could ever explain in full detail everything that has happened and is still happening over these past 8 months but i can at least say all of it is good lol.

I havent been posting as much as i used to, and that is majorly due to the fact that there was a big elephant in the room, in “what am i gonna do next?” with fighting.

Well we finally got something solidified last weekend as i went to go see the doctor who fixed a previous hand problem i had with master skill. His name is Dr Vahey in Vegas. He is a genius. My right hand has been taking quite the beating over these last ten years, and most intrusively, and the matter at hand, (no pun intended) is the fact that for the past year my hand will enter into a very consistant and throbbing pain after punching in any way.

This is a completely separate issue from my previous surgery. A few years ago Dr Vahey fixed my right middle knuckle to perfect working condition and that is still working perfectly. The spot that is now affecting me is near my wrist in a whole new place.

Basically, i have a bone spur and heavy arthritis in a horrible spot in my hand near my wrist, and every time i punch my bones slam into that bone spur and arthritis damaging themselves.

In exactly one week i will be having surgery in Las Vegas from Dr Vahey once again, but this time to fix this new issue. There’s no one i would rather trust with this surgery and i know i am in good hands! It will take me around 3 months before i can punch again.

I know with the wonderful woman God has given me in Rachel Esteller that we’ll be able to manage the post operation season of life, just like we did for the previous hand surgery.

The UFC has taken great medical care of me and I’d like to thank them for giving me the best hand surgeon money can buy, and helping me with my flights out to see Dr Vahey whenever needed.

This sounds bad, but it is actually good. I have been living with this for almost a year now and it has been a burden to my life. I am excited to get it fixed and give me body some much needed repair work.

In the mean time, i have been working on a couple things in my own life :) for one, me and Rachel are going to be getting married in November, which is awesome of course!

I have still been hacking away at an invention i have been working on for over 2 years …. but i cant tell you what it is ;)

I am going to be teaching kickboxing and jiu jitsu at Esteller Martial Arts in San Leandro CA on Mondays and Wednesdays.

And last but not least, i am opening my first official commercial business, and it couldn’t be in better timing! Most of you know i live to woodwork, and I’ve actually been woodworking as long as i have been fighting. I’ve done everything from standing structures, to 12 foot crosses, to custom beds with hidden gun compartments all over them, and I’m just now finishing up with a totally decked out set of kitchen cabinets for a home in San Francisco. (Which you will see some pictures of very soon) lol. The same attention to detail and perfectionist work i do in fighting, is what i do in woodworking, and i love it! Anyways… I am opening my first custom cabinet and woodworks business in Modesto right next to my dad’s shop with my brother Justin Smitley and friend John Dominguez.

Anyways , i gotta go! But thats whats going on with me lol. I’m excited tk show everyone pictures all along the way!

Phew. WOW… I have just been inspired so heavily. I met an amazing man today. A walking bible story. A man who God has worked through and taught so much. Not a fake Christian leader, but an authentic man of God who lives more than he preaches.

I heard stories of a million dollar building being bought with a hundred dollars because God told him too lol.

I heard amazing feats of “imbalance” and courage for The Lord. Living on a limb and allowing yourself to walk into darkness and allowing the light to shine.

Amazing stories of faith and humility from this man, and most of all…

The story of “3 dead guys…” The story of 3 men who have never met from different areas of the world who were declared medically DEAD. One was dead for minutes, the other was dead for hours, and the other was dead for days. Absolutely incredible testimonies of men who had the same stories but different.

I dont wanna go into detail about this on here but I am telling you… One of the most incredible things i have ever heard in my life… One thing i will say is that their minds did not go blank and disappear when they died. They were not christians, and it was not dream like. They were THERE… As real as I am sitting and writing to you was as real as it gets. Amazing incredible testimonies.

Wow. Guys… If this peaks your curiosity like it did mine. If you wonder what happens when you die… From the REAL stories of non christians who have died and brought back to life… Send me a message. These words are not meant for everyone. But if you have the courage to ask me about it… I’ll personally take the time to write it out and tell you exactly what happened. And what was said.

I will never forget to words i heard today. And this was just one of the incredible things i heard. Things like this are more valuable than gold and you will most likely never be givin the opportunity again to ask and hear real accounts from non-religious ppl who have died and brought back to life to tell about it.

I dont even know what to say.. But my mind is blown in so many ways right now. No theories and proofs and all that crap. 3 people who have been there and done that who have no connection to religion or pre meditated expectations of what they think will happen. All with the same but different stories.

Absolutely incredible. If you are as hungry for this knowledge that is more valuable than gold, and you may likely never be givin this opportunity again… Find my Facebook fanpage at Michael “Mayday” McDonald. Send me a message. I’d love to tell you what I have heard today from the man who organized and made this event happen. Incredible.

I dare you…

Ok. I have to tell you guys about this. Its amazing… Just stick with me for a second while i paint the picture thats going on.

First off, Something i don’t care about and have never really cared about is the whole “evidence” and “proof” side of life… And i’m not saying just with things that i choose lol. If someone tells me that my body is made up of tons of tiny atoms, then i say “ok, whatever” lol. i just don’t care what my body is made of because it doesn’t change anything… Whether i am made of little circles or little squares, i am still as i am, and what really matters is today. This is the mindset I’ve always had….

When someone tells me that i can find some kind of circumfrence with pi, or some crap like that… i really don’t care. Cause it doesn’t effect me. If i need to use pi, then maybe i would care lol. I choose to live my life by priority and experience. Whether my cells are made of 26 chromosomes or 206, i don’t really care lol. It can be interesting to learn, but that is about it’s extent to me…

When ppl are sitting here debating about whether God exists or stuff like that, my approach has always been “why sit here and argue with a 3rd party about whether or not God exists when if He does exist… all i have to do is seek Him, and see if He proves it to me…” Just as when i have a question about my brother, i do not go to another person and ask and debate on their opinions of my brother… I’ll just go straight to the source and forget all the bull crap lol.

This has always been my philosophy. If it will affect my life and is something i might be concerned with, then go straight to the source.

But today we had a speaker at our church who is on the scientific and historical apologetics field. His name is Lee Strobel. The short summary of his story is that he is an expert in journalism and law, and i think he said he was the executive legal editor for the newspaper. He was an atheist and his wife was agnostic. His wife became a Christian through her best friend and he set out on a journey to investigate and find as much evidence he could on the possibilities of God…

His studies basically came down to this very simple theory. “If Jesus was in fact crucified on a cross, and then rose again to life on the third day just like He had said He would… Then He must be who He claimed to be.”

His whole study was on this simple question… Was Jesus crucified on a cross and raised to life on the third day?

Again… I hate these kind of topics because i feel like you go around a mountain of things that don’t directly have meaning to a life, instead of going directly to the source…. I honestly believe that the whole concept of “proof of the past” is a ridiculous thing…

I DO NOT think that it is ridiculous to commit yourself to finding out whether or not Jesus was who He said He was, and the question of whether or not God exists… the answering of this question could have massive implications on a life in every way. Why you were made, how to live, what your worth is, your children, spouse, and loved ones yet to be born.. you owe it to all of them to give yourself the chance to explore this question to the fullest until you are absolutely and undoubtably confident of what happens when you die, and the purpose of the very life you have been given.

I think it is best to go to the source… If God really does exist, and is just a prayer away.. just a thought away… and the results of this could change your life forever… Then i believe it is that simple. easier than picking up a telephone… You just think and God can hear. if you really want to know the answer to this question and you are like me… Then He is a thought away. Just have a conversation in your head with God. If He doesn’t exist then no one will know. you will not look like a fool, and nothing will happen… But if you honestly want to know the answer to that question… Just as Him. He will most likely not answer you immediately. But you will begin to see the answers unfold in front of your face in God’s perfect timing…

If you ARE NOT like me… and you want the evidence, on the same terms as we investigate historical figures like Alexander, Ceasar, Napolean, and even our past presidents… I highly suggest you do a little research on the heart of this issue. The heart of it is not the science behind HOW the universe was made… The universe was made. Period. We exist in a world that came to be one way or another. IT DOESNT MATTER HOW IT WAS CREATED!… Now don’t get me wrong, i personally believe God created the Earth, but i’m saying i don’t care how lol… Because it doesn’t effect me either way. I don’t care how it was created. I just know it exists… But if Jesus was who He said He was… If He is truly God’s son.. That will change everything. It will change why you wake up every morning. It will change the purpose in which you were born into a life you didn’t ask for. It will change the meaning of everything your life is about…

Lee Strobel went on a 2 year investigation, being a master of journalism and law (as an atheist to prove Jesus was a fluke) and came up with some amazing things… All of which were conducted by non religious groups and studies… None of these facts are tainted by “Christian only” opinions… He even concludes his talk with such a fact- After all of this evidence on both sides of the fence… Which is more believable? Which makes more common sense? Which of these two options best suits the answer to this question? On the EXACT same basis on which we go about saying “How do we know George Washington existed?” Which seems like a stupid question…

If you walked into any major historian institute and said Jesus didn’t live, or wasn’t crucified on a cross, you would be laughed out… The question to you skeptics isn’t if Jesus lived and died… The question is- “Was Jesus raised from the dead 3 days after his crucifixion?”

An amazing topic… Lee’s conclusion to this 2 year study that he had embarked on lead him to this…

#1… He could believe that Jesus was a man who claimed to be God who lived and died on a cross, and his followers stole him from a tomb on the third day, and then created legends of his resurrection that were so convincing that they convinced the whole world of this feat. The 500 witnesses of Jesus’ life after death were either liars, crazy, or hallucinating. The most convincing lie of all history, and the most perfectly engineered storybook of all history…

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#2… Jesus was who He said He was… He is the Son of God. He came to rescue the world and show his love by being the bridge between man and God.. He was raised on the third day after His death, and confirmed what He had told the world. The 500 witnesses of Jesus’s life after death went on a life long journey to tell the world what they had saw, and The Bible is actually true…

Ive got to say… I hate these debates… But this one captured me… And the absolute most convincing of all the evidences… were that of the leading atheist scholars who make a career and life of arguing God’s nonexistence…

After Lee Strobel’s 2 year journey… he sat down in his office and wrote down the pages and pages of evidence for and against Jesus’ resurrection… He had realized with overwhelming numbers that with the sheer amount of information in favor of Jesus’ resurrection had brought him to this concusion…

"It would’ve required more faith for him to remain an atheist…."

I dare you to explore this topic, and i will post Lee’s video at my church when possible. Lee has written a book about this journey and lists exact sources for all the skeptics… the book is called “A Case for Christ”

Whether you go the direct route and seek God directly, or you go the indirect route and try to find all the evidence alive in this world… This is a question you deserve to find the answer to. I dare you to start this journey to answer the question “Was Jesus raised from the dead of the third day, confirming He was who He said He was”

Today is going to be an amazing day at the Art of War show :)

Everyone is going to be in for an amazing treat today. I can’t exactly tell you what it is… But I can say that you don’t wanna miss it, and it is probably gonna be the coolest thing I’ve ever been able to do with this career that The Lord has given me.

You don’t wanna miss it tonight at the Chicken Ranch Casino :)

Praise God for those who are deemed worthy to suffer for Christ! Not people who have received criticism and hurt for preaching pride and legalism to the world, but those who truly suffer for the Kingdom of God. The Christians getting slaughtered in Syria for their name given by Christ, our Lord… It says the apostles were beaten and flogged by the Pharisees for their continued preaching in the temples in the name of “JESUS!” Have you ever noticed that you can use any name in the school system except that name?.. You can say “Our Lord, our Father, God, our Savior, and even names like Budda, Allah, Mohamed, Shiva, or Satan”… But not the name of JESUS! There is something about that name that holds Power! There is something about that name that evil HATES and can’t stand to hear. All the more reason to preach it! JESUS has saved my life! Jesus, who was raised from the grave by the Holy Spirit lives in body and in me! He is alive! He lives!

Nothing can foil His plans. Everything that The Word has revealed of the Earth has happened, and everything that The Word has predicted WILL happen.

We serve a mighty and amazing loving God! A God that can not be defeated. Even Jesus was killed. But death can not stop Our Lord. Nothing can stop His will. In the middle of that moment when Jesus was being crucified, can you imagine the confusion of the believers of that day?

"Why would God allow this?"

"What has Jesus done to deserve this?"

"How could such a man be permitted to such a death?"

He did not deserve to suffer or to die, but it was not for nothing! It was for the salvation of you and me… And for your children and mine. As Children of God we are NOT held from suffering… But it is for sure… That every pain we endure for the sake of the Kingdom is rewarded beyond full. God does not waste a hurt!

For someone who does not believe in God, they see the consequences of living without Him… - meaningless suffering.

You suffer or no reason or purpose. Your suffering is in vein. But Jesus can take any pain, no matter what or when and make it into a story of incredible redemption… And healing and prosperity can be brought from even death… Even the death of someone who didn’t deserve to die… Maybe you know someone who didn’t deserve to suffer… But their suffering wasn’t for them. Maybe it was for you… Maybe they bore that cross for you, and walked the road of Jesus for you… So that one day your eyes will open…

God never wastes a hurt! And only in the name of Jesus can life threatening wounds be turned into beautiful scars.

Blessed are those who have the honor and of suffering for the sake of the Kingdom… For the Kingdom is to praise Jesus and to save YOU from inevitably happens to all who live without a purpose or savior- death without purpose or a savior.

If someone has the privilege of suffering for the Kingdom.. They have in essence suffered for you. They walked that path. They picked up their cross and suffered for the gain of you… They have followed JESUS in the most meaningful way possible… They hear the words “well done good and faithful servant.” When their eyes close for the last time and leave this sickening world…

Blessed are those who are ordained to “pick up their cross and FOLLOW JESUS.”

A long time ago a young girl was engaged to be married, and got pregnant (not by her own fiancé)… The man was furious and chose to love the child as his own and love the woman and still marry her… That man’s name was Joseph… The girl’s name was Mary. The baby’s name was Jesus… Can you imagine if abortion was legal 2000 years ago? How true must it be that every child’s life is ordained and chosen despite the method of conception?

Dad who doesn’t want his baby? - Deadbeat dad.

Mom who doesn’t want her baby?- Pro-choice…

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Sad to say… But its time to sell my baby. My Festool C12 has been the most loved and used tool of my shop for years now… Of course, I would only replace it with… You guessed it… Another Festool drill haha. Anyone looking to buy a Festool C12 for 60% of retail? ;)

Humility is step #1… I believe nothing can be accomplished in your heart without step #1… Without humility you can not see just how screwed up you really are… My pastor is right now talking about this topic… I had to write it down so I would not forget…

No matter the problem at your heart, your pride is the bottom of the barrel and the deepest root of your failure… God’s word can give you the golden keys to whatever treasure you seek… The reason for not seeking is pride… God says if you seek you will find. So why don’t you seek, and find the verification of this statement?… Seek it, and by seeking you will find. Such a simple solution to every problem on this earth. So why don’t you seek and find the answer to every question you have ever asked?… Why don’t you seek and find the truth and healing in every pain and resentment you’ve ever had? If it is that easy, then why do you not seek? If that is all you have to do… Just seek it above everything else in your life. And you will find it. That’s an amazing promise by God, and I have found it to be true… Why don’t you see for yourself? What’s to gain? Every question or wonder you have ever had in your mind. Gold is to gain. What is to lose? Only your pride… That is the only price. Humility. The willingness to seek will find you once you are humbled enough to see yourself for how you truly are… When you see yourself as you are… You see your weaknesses. When you see your weakness in the light, the willingness to change it will come just moments behind.

Humility is the only price, for everything you have ever wanted, or asked, or wondered. I challenge you to that, if you dare…

Humility is key… Maybe you’re like me… Maybe you love God and you know He has already claimed you as a child… But yet you have such a hard time settling down… Humbling yourself before The Lord, and seeing yourself for the sinner you are… When you see your guiltiness and your body in the light, your wanting to be good will come…

95% of all people I have met will consider themselves as a good person, and seeing yourself as you are, doesn’t mean you are not a good person… It just means you see your weaknesses.

I always considered myself a good person because I was “nice” to people… Even when I was in the world and engulfed in sin. I had a foul mouth and I was a lustful dude and embraced it just like all my friends did… But I still considered myself as a good person…. I was aware of my good qualities, but completely blind to my bad qualities, and therefore making me prideful…

You don’t have to be a follower of God because you’re a horrible person and need a crutch… We all have good in us!… But we also all have evil in us… I need help with this evil inside of me…

Even now. If I don’t connect with God and listen to His words for a while, I notice my language slowly start to get worse, I get more lustful in my heart, I want to hide more of myself and not be honest about some aspects of my life… It still happens to me when I allow pride to slip back in. It is so easy to forget what brought me here… How important is it for us all to remember our weaknesses and know ourselves?…

The weak army is not considered strong due to the recognition of its weakness… The weak army knows it is weak, and therefore retreats and calls for the help of allies… The weak army calls for help, and therefore overcomes the war.

The “strong” army is never as strong as they think of themselves… Therefore their pride blinds them… They think they are stronger than they really are, and do not call for help. They do not retreat, and are destroyed by the enemy…

I have some news for you… You are no stronger than me, and I no stronger than you… We are all weak people in our own ways. The man who has a weakness for his stomach, wears his weakness and weight for the world to see… But the man who is weak in his sexual brokenness may be hidden from the world… And the man who is weak in his dealings in relationships may be hidden from even himself. Though you may not see your weakness, it is still there… You may even see your weakness and fail to see the disaster waiting behind its doors… Your lust just might land you in an affair. You don’t think so? It’s because you think you are strong. This is why you will fail because you face an enemy that has conquered you your whole life… But you think you are strong enough to keep it at bay at the shores. You think you are strong enough to keep it from pillaging through your town and breaking down your walls… You have been at its mercy your whole life… And if it is where it is.. It’s because it wants to and is waiting for the right time… It’s letting you build your empire to run through and take more spoils…

We have both evil and good inside of us… If you do not think so then you are blind… Humility, and knowing your weakness is the only way to stop the enemy from breaking down your walls and destroying your empire. When you know your weakness, you will call upon your friends… And I have a more powerful friend than any man. I have a Savior and a Universe Maker who calls me not only friend, but son… I have seen God move mountains immovable by men and shatter the enemies armies at just the words of his mouth.

I have seen miracles in my life that I would never have imagined. From bullets to life and career ending ailments disappear within moments of surrendering to an invisible God. He is the First and the Last. The All Powerful. The Star Breather. His name is Jesus. He is my Father. The one who has turned my life around and never let’s me run very far. The good shepherd. The one who is responsible for everything I have, and everything I am able to do.

God, please humble me, and keep me humble… I would rather be poor and humble, than rich and prideful. I see that from humility, all your good things flow… I am on earth, and You are in Heaven. God, no matter what it entails, I know that my joy will overflow while basking in your presence. To go to your presence I must be humble. Please humble me, Father… If it means turning my life upside down… Just please keep me humble. I have been rich and miserable, and poor and joyous beyond words. I wish to store up my treasures in Heaven. Not this world that will decay. My hope and joy is found in You. I see I can not approach you with a prideful heart… So then let me be humbled and stay humble for the rest of my life, so that when I die I can know that my treasures were stored up where it matters, and I lived this life to the fullest, not taking anything for granted… Always being grateful and in awe of Your wonders… This is what I ask, Father :) just to be made the ability to stand before You, and whatever that entails. I know more than anything else in this life that my life shines brighter and is experiencing pure ecstasy, the closer I get to You. There is nothing I have ever experienced in this life that can compare to the unexplainable peace and joy that flows from Your presence. No drug, no woman, no drink, and no amount of fame or fortune can compare with you. I know this. Please humble me, Father. Please let me see this evil inside of me so that I will not forget it and become prideful. Please let me never forget my weakness and the fact that my sin will overtake me like a wave if I step down from your high rock. Please keep me humble, Lord… Please keep me humble so that I may serve you and store up my treasures where it matters. Thank You, Father. Thank You for opening my eyes and giving me this piece of gold :) Thank You, Lord.

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