Who’s Your Myagi?

Hey everybody! Long time, no talk! Besides the book reviews that would come in once in a while, I haven’t posted a real blog post. So, recently at my youth group we talked about who our life leaders are. My youth pastor Ron asked the questions, who is your leader that supports you in your spiritual growth? Who is the one that you approach when things aren’t going well (God yes, but we’re talking about people), and who is the one that approaches YOU and asks you how things are going? These were good questions and I could actually name a few that I’m not ashamed of revealing. There are pretty much three. My youth pastor Ron, my Dad, and my Mom’s Dad. They have tutored and encouraged me so well that I will always have a place in my heart for them and I will always think of them.

Guys, I want to tell you that I’ve become so connected and so in love with the Quad Cities and their people and the people I know. I think my friends are great, the launch team members that come to my parents’ launch team meetings on Wednesdays are such wonderful people and if any of you guys are reading this now, I’m telling it to you now.

I wanted to slip that in here, but let me ask you a question that you don’t have to answer via comment if you don’t want to, but the question is this. Who is your physical “Myagi” (taken from the tutor’s name in the 80s Karate Kid)? Who supports and encourages you when you’re stumbling?

Jesus A Jedi? Never!!!

I know, I know, I’m a Star Wars geek, nerd, junkie, whatever! Anyway, I’ve been thinking though, and I even brought it up with my Dad and I settled on the fact that Jesus could never be a Jedi!

Okaaay, why you may ask?  Well it is true that the Jedi are the guardians of peace and justice in the SW galaxy as Mace Windu says in Attack of the Clones: ‘we’re keepers of the peace…”, and the Jedi fight for what’s right and protect the weak and all that type of obvious stuff.  Yes well, Jesus does those things too you may say.  But every SW nerd knows that the Jedi tries to avoid attachment.  Uh huh there’s the word.  There is the fact that we as teenagers try really hard not to get into really deep relationships with our boy/girlfriend and try hard just to stay as “friends” because of the consequences that may come if we dive in too deep, but Jedi avoid attachments period.

Can you guess by now that Jesus can NEVER do that?  Jesus can never be a Jedi because he would have to avoid attachment, and that’s one thing that Jesus just cannot do!  He loves us too much for that and He wants to have a relationship with us that that’s far better than just as simple friends.  With Jesus, we are one as the body of Christ and covered by the power of His great love.  His love for us is too furious and too strong to want to avoid attachment, (if you ask me, Jesus would probably get expelled from the Jedi Order on the first day).  He has all the qualities a Jedi has except avoiding attachment (plus He has no darkness in Him which is something Anakin had who disobeyed the rule of attachment as well).

Overall, if someone asked me if Jesus would make a great Jedi, I would say no because His love is too deep and too furious to avoid attachment.

Rough Draft

I finished the rough draft of my fantasy novel Somnioterra but already knowing that I want to add a few things in there. The ending I’m sorry to tell you is a cliffhanger ending to what could possibly be a SERIES of sequels, but luckily I have that planned out. Hopefully some day, like I did, you could travel with Eloc Con to the Realm of Torment where there he will find his past and possibly a glimpse of the future where he battles his biggest enemies in a fight for peace. The fights at the end are great and I hope that you will enjoy it some day. It’ll still take a little bit of editing and finding someone who can publish it before it can be released to the world!

(Hopefully sometime I’ll make a fancy way to show the title of Somnioterra. Feel free to ask any questions about the book and maybe I’ll give an answer and maybe I won’t. I don’t want to spoil EVERYTHING!

My Bible-Writing Brother

My seven-year old brother Hudson announced that he was going to type all four gospels. At first I thought he was kidding, but indeed he got on the computer and got to work. Only a few hours later did I realize he was actually just copying and pasting the gospels word for word from Bible Gateway. But later, I actually found him WRITING the book of Romans word for word later on. What a brother to actually have the persistence to do that instead of dropping out bored after the first two sentences. I’m grateful that I have a brother that is fueled up with the Holy Spirit that he goes and writes a book from the Bible word for word. I think it’s very impressive. He has a strong mind and strong love for God.

My Favorite Things

My pastor did a series a few weeks ago called my Favorite Things so I thought maybe I could share some of MY favorite things with you!

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Eli by Bill Meyers
I am not afraid to say that by the time I was done reading this book, it left me in tears.  This is one of the most creative tales based on stuff from the Bible          I’ve ever stumbled   upon.  If you haven’t read the book yet, don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything for you, but this was a great book about what would happen if Jesus came today instead of two thousand years ago.  Who would follow him?  Who would kill him.  This book was published eleven years ago but it’s still a very good book.  It has good humor too since John the Baptist and Jesus’ twelve disciples are put in here too.  It has great suspense as well.

Brownies
Okay, I confess I’m like my Dad when it comes to this stuff.  Brownies are probably my favorite dessert.  It’s just so good!  My Dad talks about his thing about brownies at his website leebezotte.com.

Spicy Food
Whether it’s Hot Buffalo Wing Pieces or Mexican food from Habeneros, I could eat a lot of spicy food without even drinking cold water in between.  It’s all really good stuff but I don’t even remember how I started liking hot food.  I’ll even try to get really spicy salsa every now and then.

Star Wars
Whether it’s Star Wars or Star Wars The Clone Wars, this awesome fantasy saga has captured my attention so many times.  The Clone Wars is the best TV show I’ve ever seen and the Star Wars saga is some of the best movies I’ve ever seen.  It’s just so creative and I don’t think I ever would’ve thought of anything like this.  Even the book I am writing Somnioterra will probably never be better than this stuff!  Thanks Lucas!

Eloc Con
The name Eloc Con has been used for two things.  He’s the name of my Jedi on the MMO Clone Wars Adventures and he’s the main character in my book Somnioterra.  I hate to torment you guys but for now, any information on this character from my book will be withheld for now!  Ha ha!
Those are just a few of many of my favorite things!  What are yours?

A Mind of Files

For me, sometimes I feel like my mind and thoughts are a stack of files, photos, letters, and little pieces of items on an office desk, and normally, whatever is at the top of those files is the thing I think about the most all the time. It could be my favorite TV show, it could be one of my greatest friends, it could be an awesome video game I recently played, it could be a Bible verse, it could be a song I hear over and over again on K-Love, etc. But would if all you were thinking about was one of those things (although it is never wrong to think about a certain Bible verse all the time), would if you were thinking about something that doesn’t really matter all that much. Sometimes I realize that, sadly, God can be at the bottom of all that stuff. So what can you do to remove all the files until you reach God?

Well, the answer is pretty simple and pretty Sunday school-ish, but nevertheless, the answer is pray. Pray to God to set aside everything else so that your mind’s target is God. Also, you could ask him for a few “photos” in order to have a good picture of what God looks like. My “photo” for God has been the same for a while and it’s really not surprising. In my head, He’s dressed in white with a small beard and long brown hair, and his face is so shiny and white that you could barely see His eyes. That’s pretty good right?

Another thing that can help you take your mind off of anything that doesn’t have to do with God is to take a break from the thing that makes you think about it the most. Take a break from your video game or your movie and sit and meditate on God, and I promise you, God will reach your mind’s door if you open it. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t think about your family and your school. God wants you to think about those things too because they are ALSO important. But also you should make sure that your mind is open for God when He DOES want you to focus on Him. Think of a time that you can do just that.

We Are All Soldiers

Hey everybody, welcome to my new blog site! I was surprised at how many pages I came up with. The Clone Wars Episode Reviews page has episode reviews I wrote myself on recent Clone Wars episodes, the Somnioterra page is the page where you can find updates on the latest book I’m writing, the Mercy Vineyard page has updates on the church we’re planting, and of course this home page has the blog posts.

So, I’m going to get started with this blog by telling you a little something-something that will be the motto for this site.  We are God’s soldiers.

Unfortunately, a lot of people, even Christians, can forget that we are in the middle of a spiritual war, and the forces are?  No, not the forces of Gondor against Mordor.  It’s God’s forces against Satan’s demons.  But before you go grab your Han Solo blaster or Aragorn’s sword Anduril, let me explain a little bit.  The ultimate weapon that we all have against Satan’s minions is The Sword of the Spirit which is of course the Bible, the Word of God.

Of course, we all know that God has already won and Satan has already failed, but Satan has a secret weapon that will drag as many people as he can get with him and that is his deceptive voice.  Our job is to use the Sword of the Spirit to spread the Good News to the people who are lost and do not know God.  It is our tongues and our works that saves these people who need the love of God.  That is how we fight.  We fight by touching the nations with God’s love and His Word.

Now of course, not all of you have the money to go around the world but would if you can’t, right now, go ANYWHERE out of the city you live in?  You preach exactly where you live.  That’s what me and MY family are doing.  We’re doing whatever we can to reach to the people in the Quad Cities by planting a church and just doing the little things that move the heart and expands the Kingdom of God.  It is our good works like these that converts a person.

So what are some suggestions?  Well, you can find a person who is in need (mostly downtown is where you’ll probably find them), and give them a bag of groceries or offer them something that can work for them.  My Dad stopped the car on the way to church one Sunday morning right beside a guy who was homeless, and gave him some military MREs.  If you can’t pay for anything, see if you can participate in a program that gives out food and money to the poor.

Folks, that is how we fight.  To expand the Kingdom of God by reaching out to your city and helping them find Christ.  We are God’s chosen warriors.