Mirror Interview: Jacob Airey

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Check out my Mirror Interview on the Readful Things blog!

Originally posted on readful things blog:

So Ionia had a brain fart. What? What you may say? How can this be? To tell the truth it happens all the time. I went on holiday and forgot the notebook that had all the scheduled interviews in it. So the 20th of August rolled around–also my birthday, coincidentally–and I didn’t seem to have an interview for that day. Since I forgot the book I couldn’t check to see who it was that was supposed to be the guest. Apparently the email was eaten in one folder or another. 3,000 plus emails a week that aren’t spam and another few thousand that are will do that, but no excuses. I goofed up. So thankfully, Mr. Airey is a kind soul and has offered me another chance to post his interview. I’m going to actually do it this time. Promise. I apologise for keeping you all from a great…

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Documentary Review- Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost

From Wanderlust Productions’ director/producer Darren Wilson (Finger of God, Furious Love, Father of Lights) comes a bold new documentary: Holy Ghost. It will have some people cheering, others jeering, but everyone saying ‘how great is our God?’

Partnered with evangelist Todd White and with worship leader Jake Hamilton and featuring interviews with: Heidi Baker, Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton, and so many others, comes an impressive look at what it is like to follow after Jesus. We go with Darren and his crew as they minister in India, Europe, Salt Lake City, Utah, and even at a Korn concert. We see lives get changed and so much more!

The audience even get the first ever into the temple of the Hindu goddess Shiva, where the High Priest invites Jake Hamilton to perform and even to walk through the streets. Something forbidden for Christians to do.

It is a film that directly challenges Cessationism, which is what I meant by people jeering. They discuss how Holy Spirit is the forgotten person of the Godhead and how He is alive and well in all of us.

To me, a few things were out of place. It took too long for him to show the temple. The filmmakers spend an eternity building up to it, and leave you hanging for a bit before finally showing what it is like inside one of the most anti-Christian places in the world. Also, Darren and his friends harp on the word “religion” a lot. Religion is not a dirty word. It is simply a faith you believe in. Unfortunately, the word has taken the place of religiosity, which is what they are suppose to be saying. 

Outside of that, I found the documentary a big improvement off Finger of God and Furious Love. The stories are amazing and watching lives change for Jesus right before your eyes is one of the most incredible things caught on film.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Minor Thematic Elements

Movie Review- Grudge Match

If you want a movie that makes a mockery of everything that is a boxing movie, Grudge Match is the film for you! Starring Silvester Stallone (of Rocky fame) as Razor and Robert De Niro (of Raging Bull fame) as Billy “The Kid” this film directed by Peter Segal (of Get Smart/Anger Management fame) will have you laughing all the way through it.

The story goes that Henry “Razor” Sharp and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen were the fiercest fighters in the ring. Billy the Kid is undefeated and defeats a Light Heavyweight challenge from Razor, also undefeated. However, after a rematch, Razor wins, claiming the title. However, and without explanation, Razor retires, leaving Billy feeling mighty angered.

Years later in Pittsburgh, Bill runs a local bar and gets reconnected with his illegitimate son, whom you found out was born from an affair he had with Razor’s ex-girlfriend Sally Rose. She wants to get back with Razor whom she considers her true love. Because Razor needs the money, he agrees to allow himself to filmed for an upcoming video game that will feature him and kid thanks to an overachieving promoter Dante Slate, Jr. He is the son of Billy’s deceased sleazy fight promoter. Billy shows up for the video game sequence as well and the two get into a brawl which goes viral. Dante, using money as a lure, convinces both of them to do a rematch that will determine once and for all who is the better fighter in an event called The Grudge Match.

I laughed all the way through this film as they made fun of many boxing movie cliches and poked fun at the Rocky movies (such as drinking eggs/punching meat). Kevin Hart is impeccable as Dante, though foulmouthed. It was funny, hilarious, full of heart, but also really cool to see.

PARENTAL WARNINGS: Crude/suggestive language, fighting violence, foul language, and scatological humor

CAST:

  • Robert De Niro as Billy “The Kid” McDonnen
  • Sylvester Stallone as Henry “Razor” Sharp
  • Kevin Hart as Dante Slate, Jr.
  • Alan Arkin as Louis “Lightning” Conlon
  • Kim Basinger as Sally
  • Jon Bernthal as B.J.
  • Camden Gray as Trey

September 11th, Happy Patriots Day Part 2

Eleven years after September 11th, 2001, in 2012, the United States Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was assaulted by Islamic militants who wanted blood. 

In the attack, they killed four Americans, US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Management Officer Sean Smith, along with CIA operatives: Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods. 

These men were denied extra security by the State Department despite the growing unrest in Benghazi. Our government made a lot of mistakes: blaming the violence on the protest of a video, covering up that fact, along with several others. Now we hear from men working security there did in fact receive a “stand down” order at the compound. What does this mean, time will tell. 

Whatever comes of this, those four Americans who died during that evil attack deserve justice! I hope they receive it on Patriots Day. 

For all of the victims and families of both September 11th, 2001 and 2012, we will NEVER forget the sacrifice!

September 11th, Happy Patriots Day Part 1

On September 11th, 2001, I was being home-schooled by my Mom alongside my sister. My dad was out on a business engagement and the sun was shining. 

However, we got an urgent call from a friend who knew we never turned on the TV that the United States of America had been attacked in New York City. We gathered around the television and we saw two smoldering buildings. I watched on live TV as those giant towers known as the World Trade Center, collapsed. Later, the Pentagon (of which I had a model of in my room) was assaulted as well. 

I grew up in the 90s, where I was ignorant of the terror that plagued the rest of the world, but that day, when our nation saw evil, I realized at the young age of 13 that evil was prevalent on the Earth. 

I was scared out of my mind. I wanted to hide under my covers, move out of the big city, these, along with several other thoughts were racing through my head. 

However, later that evening my dad downloaded President George W. Bush’s speech off the internet:

Good evening.

Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge — huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong.

A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil — the very worst of human nature — and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government’s emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it’s prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington D.C. to help with local rescue efforts. Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks. The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business as well.

The search is underway for those who were behind these evil acts. I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance. America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.

Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a Power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.

This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

Thank you. Good night. And God bless America!

Say what you want to about President Bush’s policies, that moment he shined and I knew everything was going to be alright. However, that was not the end.

To be continued…

 

Candy Pizza Is Here!: A Video Message From The Author

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One of my favorite bloggers and poets, Charlotte Cuevas, has just published her book: Candy Pizza: Poetry that’s Fun and Healthy! You can read her stuff at her blog and then go buy her book! She is a very VERY talented writer and I love reading her poems!

Originally posted on 52 Flashes of Fiction:

Super exciting stuff happening here in Charsville; today’s the day you can finally get your hands on a copy of my new book, Candy Pizza: Poetry’s that’s Fun and Healthy :)

As promised, here are the links for where you can order yours!

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/amazoncandypizza
Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4913382
Kindle edition: http://tinyurl.com/candypizzakindle

*Note* – Amazon periodically can run specials and lower the price without notifying me. If this happens, don’t worry! I still get the same royalties off the list price no matter what, so go and get you a deal! And use those internet coupons!

And by all means, give it stars and reviews, please!

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Book Review- When Heaven Invades Earth For Teens

Following the success of Bill Johnson’s popular book When Heaven Invades Earth came the devotional version, the updated version, Spanish version, and now the teen version. 

I was very glad to see When Heaven Invades Earth For Teens (co-authored with Mike Seth). While Bethel Church in Redding, California has a plethora of books for adults and kids, their teenager section could use some advancement. 

This teen edition of Pastor Bill’s hit book is very good. The chapters share the same information, but are broken down with testimonies of teenagers doing the miraculous for Jesus. It is awesome to hear about young people doing the work Christ told us to do: heal the sick, take of widows and orphans, and tell other about Jesus. This is a great book for teens who are wondering if God is still around today. 

I believe that God still does miracles and healings, but also that we should tell the next generation that they can do it too. This is the perfect book for that kind of thing! I highly recommend that you pick it up at your local bookstore.