Sunday, August 26, 2012

My First Concert: A True Story

Wichita, Kansas, Kansas Coliseum, 1991.
I was, I think, 13 years old and I was given the opportunity to see Michael Bolton at the Kansas Coliseum with an older friend. And I got to go! I was thrilled.. This would be my first big concert. The fact that it was Michael Bolton, looking back, that is embarrassing enough. I could end the story there.
 But what I remember now that makes me feel even more stupid is how excited I remember being. Keep in mind that Michael Bolton was in his prime. But Michael Bolton was not Metallica or LL Cool J. He was "Adult Contemporary" and I was 13. My school friends were listening to Janet Jackson, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. So when I look back it seems lame. However, growing up we didn't watch much MTV or listen to much of the pop radio stations. So I was pumped to see Michael Bolton himself, In the flesh!
I even remember owning a Cassette Tape for the album, "Time, Love and, Tenderness". So I was as excited as a 13 year old could be. I knew a lot of his music.
We of course got a ride with a parent, and were to be dropped off and given instructions on when and where to meet back up afterwards. This was a big night for a 13 year old! Before this I had only seen Wichita Wings Indoor Soccer games in this Arena with my family.
I remember on the way to the concert in the car, for some reason I had this idea that it was going to be like a  "hard rock" show.. and I just kept asking out loud whether or not my friend's parent or my friend thought there might be a laser show that would accompany the concert. I was obsessed with that thought for some reason. Even days before the concert I had thought about it a lot. I must have seen a concert on TV at some point where they shot laser lights over the crowd. So In my head I pictured just an all out spectacular epic rock show. I have no idea what I was thinking.
We got into the Arena and the place was setup with lights and a small fog machine, some drums and an electronic keyboard. And I just kept turning to my friend and saying loudly.. "dude I think there is going to be lasers!!"

We were early and so I wanted to walk down close to the stage to see what a close seat would be like. And then I saw something... I saw a guy who I was sure I had seen setting up the keyboard on stage earlier. I saw him sitting in the seats a few rows up, and in my mind I thought... WOW! That is THE Michael Bolton's Keyboardist! My 13 year old brain felt the same feeling as if I had just run into Robert De Niro on the street.  I told my friend, "I'm going to talk to him." I remember him being like "Whatever I'm staying here."
I walked up slowly to this guy, I mean you just don't approach a serious rock star's band member without showing a little bit of star struck reverence, right? So I made my way over to the long haired guy and said the first thing that came to my nerve racked mind..I said "Does he sign autographs after the show?" I recall a short pause and then he gave me a weird look and a shrug. "No idea", he said. I then felt a boldness in my 13 year old brain. It was the build up of wondering just how big and spectacular I had envisioned this concert all week. I HAD to know. I said.. "Is there going to be a laser show?", This time there was only an unconcerned shrug and kind of the feeling I was bugging him. I backed away feeling a little embarrassed and shy now by his sort of stand-offishness.  It was then that I turned back as I was walking away and I realized that it wasn't the keyboard player for Michael Bolton. It was just some guy, who was there with his small son who had shown up early just like us to see the concert.
We went back to our seat and I felt truly embarrassed. The concert started, there was a little fog, and it ended up just being Michael Bolton singing his songs with a few lights on him, a keyboardist, and a couple other instruments. It fell short of all expectations that I had made in my brain, and I felt bored about 3 songs into his set.
I don't remember much about getting back home, telling my parents about it, the actual songs he sang, or the days that followed.. and soon I sort of put it all in the back of my mind.
But tonight all this just hit me and I sort of felt sad and embarrassed for my former 13 year old self.. I wanted to go back and tell him to cheer up, and that you just need to lower expectations.

I guess my last thought looking back is wondering... How lame and weird would a Michael Bolton concert have been if it had lasers, pyrotechnics, and theatrics while this dude is up on stage singing "When a Man Loves a Woman" next to some guy playing a keyboard.
Let's just say.. It would have helped.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Rule Book For Liberals, Atheists, Feminists, Humanists and People Who Watch MSNBC

1. There are no rules.

2. Truth is whatever you want it to be at any given time.

3. Lying is perfectly acceptable in order to cause change that favors your personal desires. (Besides, see #2)

4. White American Men are the cause of poverty.

5. God doesn't exist. If he did, he'd be cool with you, no matter how you lived your life. But he doesn't.

6. The Bible is homophobic, hateful, and harmful.. except for that Jesus dude, cause all he talked about was love and total acceptance.

7. The Koran is totally cool. Islam is a misunderstood religion full of peace lovers who simply want land back that was stolen from them by Jews and White guys who only want their oil.

8. How Muslims treat their women is none of our concern. Besides we have bigger atrocities over here having to pay for our own birth control and what not.

9. Crime is committed by good people who were led astray by wealthy white American males.

10. The police are all corrupt. Black policeman are "uncle toms".

11. Fox News is all lies, paid for by the RNC, the Koch Brothers, Halluburton, and other vague entities that we heard about one time.

12. The only objective news source is MSNBC-ABC-NYT-CBS-The Daily Show-and college professors who wear sport coats with patches on the elbows.

13. There still are no rules.

Did I forget any?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Joe Biden Facts

* Biden's hair plugs didn't cost the tax payers any money because he had a coupon. "Buy 3 Botox injections get the Hair Plugs for free!"

* His Secret Service code name is "Dr. Talks-A-Lot"

* He prefers the Lunchables with the Oreo even though they are slightly more expensive.

* Normally he would be second in line to be President in case of emergency, however the Supreme Court and Congress have agreed if that should happen that we may have to call an "Audible".

* He still thinks VP stands for Very Pretty.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Great Paul Washer Quotes

Paul Washer is a preacher that will leave you squirming in your chair with conviction. Conviction about a church that has made you feel comfortable in your sin and told you that you are special, and loved by God even though you are living a life of utter depravity. You can stay in your current state and he will click your free ticket into heaven because you said a prayer at age 10 at a VBS where all they were worried about was a quota, and writing the numbers on a chalkboard.

Here are some of my favorite quotes...

We wonder why the church is in such a state when it doesn’t even have the Gospel right. ~Paul Washer

The evidence … the raw-bone, biblical evidence that there was one time in your life that you repented unto salvation, is that you continue repenting until today and continue growing in repentance. ~Paul Washer

Christianity is not a once-and-for-all flu shot. ~Paul Washer

They ought to kick most pastors out of their practice because, out of cowardice or self-preservation, they will not preach the Gospel. ~Paul Washer

The evidence of your salvation is going to be God beginning to work in your life, directing you towards scripture, pointing out sin in your life, making you contrite. ~Paul Washer

Truth is meant to wound. ~Paul Washer

You will draw your next breath only because God gives it. ~Paul Washer

He [God] needs nothing from you, so Him calling you to Himself, asking you to come and serve is not a need to be fulfilled, He’s offering you a privilege. ~Paul Washer

He [God] offers you the privilege to know Him, to enter into a relationship with Him, and to follow Him with everything! ~Paul Washer

In the new covenant, everyone is allowed to come as near as he desires. ~Paul Washer

We can so easily spot the tiniest error in the life of another man, be we ourselves can commit the greatest atrocities against God … the most heinous crimes, and be totally, totally ignorant to it. ~Paul Washer

What does He [God] demand from us? Everything! ~Paul Washer

Jesus promises you two things, a cross to die on and eternal life. ~Paul Washer

He’s [God] everything, or He’s nothing. ~Paul Washer

One of the greatest signs of hope for a church is when God comes to them and speaks a hard word, because it means that they’re still His people. The most terrifying thing is when the only thing you hear is good stuff. ~Paul Washer

He [God] looks upon the one who is broken and contrite before His word and trembles at it. So in that, dear saints, for those of you who are saints, be encouraged. Be greatly encouraged. He, who began a good work in you, will finish it. ~Paul Washer

There has never been one moment in your life that you loved God as He ought to be loved. Yet, there was never one moment when Christ did not love the Lord His God with all His heart, soul, mind and strength. ~Paul Washer

The last thing the accursed person will hear when they take their first step into hell, is all of creation standing to its feet and applauding God because God has rid the earth of them. ~Paul Washer

When a man gets saved, he gets saved from God. The justice of God was coming for you. God saved you from Himself, God saved you for Himself, and God saved you by Himself. ~Paul Washer

Men hate God all over the world. There are not people around this world waiting for us to go to them and tell them [the Gospel]. When you go there and tell them, they won’t even want to hear it. But you GO for HIM and then by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the spirit of God will come down and raise the dead and He will get a people for Himself. ~Paul Washer

There are so many mountains in your life, so many obstacles in your life; so many things in your life that seek to derail you−to stop you. And they’re going to stay there because some of those things just don’t go away by counseling. They go away by falling on your face before God until He delivers you. ~Paul Washer

Jesus is not A Savior. He’s THE Savior. The ONLY Savior. ~Paul Washer

Mankind will one day stand before Jesus Christ, and all of mankind will one day bow before Jesus Christ. And to the glory of God the Father, they will cry out, “He is Lord! He is Lord! He is Lord!” ~Paul Washer

He’s [God] not simply to have your best, He’s to have it all. ~Paul Washer

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Fun Facts

* Walking through Old navy I saw size "3XL Slim Fit". It makes sense. I can't tell you how many times I have seen a 300lb man walking at the State Fair and thought.. "Man, his shirt is too baggy, I'd like to see some more definition in those fat folds."

* Every Olympian must be screened by NBC to make sure they have a tragic and depressing back story that can play slow music to.

* Two Badminton teams got disqualified for trying to lose in order to get better opponents in the next round. Even when you win at Badminton.. Did you truly win anything? Is there a professional Badminton league at there signing million dollar contracts that I don't know about?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Who Is Responsible For Evil?

Smarter, and more true than all left wing ideology combined....

Proof? You can destroy some of their nonsense with one sentence sometimes. Watch Deepak Chopra get owned by a Joe Shmo who has the ability to think outside the rhetoric. His face is priceless.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Why Mass Shootings? Why Such Evil?

I'll tell you exactly why. It has nothing to do at all with guns. Take guns away and they will make improvised explosives. Take those away and they will use knives. Take knives away and they will kill with rocks.

None of that is the answer.
Here IS the answer.

All of us, poor, rich, happy, or sad.. Our bellies are completely full but we are still malnourished. We have all the water we could drink but we are still thirsty. We just bought the new iPad but it still feel under-entertained.

We are all searching desperately.

The answer is God. Or more specifically Christ.

However, Ravi Zacharias explains what we have done with God...

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Why Do Liberal Boycotts Always Fail?

* Their boycotts have no nobility or honor to them. They are filled with hate, and rage, which is what they claim to be protesting in the first place. However so far their has not been one national protest that wasn't built on a manufactured foundation. And as soon as, for instance, the millions and millions of loyal Rush Limbaugh listeners push back or even just continue what they already do, the liberal foundation for their protest crumbles.  (Example: Manufactured protest foundation = made up "war on women")

* They are fighting against the wave of popular opinion. They always think they are in the majority.. but that's because they listen to NPR/NBC/ABC/CBS/MSNBC/CNN/NYT. They get their morals from opinion polls and op/eds that are a staple of these media organizations. The problem is all they are getting are talking points sent down from the DNC and the current dem leaders. Most Americans don't get their ideas from newspapers.. But they don't realize this. This leads to boycotts of opposing ideas, which happen to be mainstream morality. And the boycott backfires.

* Hypocrisy. You cannot expect to be taken seriously if you are protesting corporations while you are typing on your iPad or Android phone while sitting at a Starbucks. You cannot expect to be listened to seriously if you are protesting Chick-fil-a's "Hate speech" by tweeting "I hope you f****** die choking on a piece of chicken you stupid hate mongers". If you are too simple to understand what you just did there, then you are too simple to even understand the picture at large and the need to truly grasp what you are standing up against.

* Liberals fail. It's what they do. So instead of succeeding through being right, they change the rules. In other words.. Eventually they will simply take down Chick-fil-a using government regulations. By then chicken will be the least of our worries. Soon this very blog will be illegal. Being a Christian will be illegal. Liberals fail.. It's what they do. Yet like maggots and mold.. they find a way.