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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.

Man… i’ll be honest, out of every instruction and pieces of gold i’ve found in the Bible, this one in particular seems to be the hardest. Also, I truly believe it is one of the most important to my walk with God. Psalms 46:10 says to “Be still and know that I Am God.”

If there is something that this world is saturated by aside from the sexual immorality staring you in the face everywhere you look, it is the pace of life and lack of patience in our worlds. We used to have to get up to change the tv channel, wait till we drive home and cool down on the ride until we get home to call someone about an altercation… Heck, we don’t even have to wait till we get home to use social media anymore haha. everything is immediate.

We work work work work, and then get everything immediately. No down time… Even when i am doing “nothing” i have to be doing something. i can’t let my mind rest and be still. If i have nothing to do i pull up my phone and start playing a game. Or i’ll start watching woodworking videos, or do stuff around the house or the shop… I mean… Even on my days off… My mind is always working.

When it comes to my walk with God, two verses express it the most. “If you seek, you will find” and “Be still and know that I Am God.”

I honestly do have such a hard time with these. And they are vital to the life of every child of God to continue a relationship and live a rich and satisfying life… Even right now! I was sitting at my desk here trying to be still and seek God, and just having such a hard time, so i decided to write this to hopefully kickstart my “being still” lol…

So often my mind and spirit desire something and my body fights with all it has. I used to value intelligence… Until i realized that intelligence is just a mask. I used to study philosophy and psychology. I felt like me “knowing” more than the next guy somehow made me better or smarter or just a better asset to society and the people around me lol… How wrong i was. I have learned something… Something that trumps all knowledge of the world that was already created and already exists… “The man who knows LITTLE and does much good is greater than the man who knows MUCH and does little.” Often those who strive for knowledge and intelligence, seeking proof in everything to stand above the rest, are so wrapped up in gaining knowledge that they never actually do any of the good they might know… In fact, they are normally more concerned with the world which already exists than the person that they are becoming and growing into… The world was here before us. It’s wonders were created by God and already set into stone, and by learning all the wonders in the world, we will not gain a single hour to our lives, or touch a single person’s heart… It’s amazing how many incredibly intelligent men have no one at their funerals except those on their will… and yet the humble, simple man is only concerned with what is BEING CREATED… Himself… He does the little he knows and touches peoples lives and hearts. People are changed by the humble and simple man.

As much as we know about the world, knowledge won’t change anything… I even say this to myself… I know much of the Christian life… But it doesn’t matter… If all i ever knew and put into practice was to “Be still and know God, and to seek Him above all else” then my life would be a success. When i die, the rooms will be packed full of people who have hearts full of love and inspiration… Just by doing the simple and few good things we know…

All the knowledge in the world matters nothing. The only thing that matters is what you do… How you live. Your knowledge of the world is just a trophy and a pedestal for you to be knocked down off of by the next smarter man…

I say this from my heart today… I want to live like this… I would rather be the dumbest man in the world but have the biggest heart and leave people inspired and touched, then have all the knowledge in the world of God’s created wonders and mysteries.

Father, please teach me to “Be still and know that You Are God.” Please rearrange my priorities and change my heart. Please set my heart and mind on seeking You above my “working” and on patience, faith, honor, self discipline, and love. Please show me how to be still. Please calm my mind and heart from racing to the next task. God, I want to come home from work and desire to seek You… Not a freakin video game. God, please send your peace to me today. Please calm my heart so that I can seek you today. Please allow me to be the humble and simple man. Thank You, Father :)

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