#moralrevolution Gallery

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To celebrate the end of Moral Revolution week, I’m posting a gallery of all of the memes I collected plus a few extra from my previous gallery. I hope it reminds you that God always has the best plan for your life! For more materials at http://www.moralrevolution.com and check out all of their cool resources!

#moralrevolution Week Day 7

Moral Revolution Day 7

Thanksgiving 2015 (Updated and Revised)

I am going to dispense with the politically correct version of the first celebrated Thanksgiving Feast, and tell it how I believe it happened based on my own studies on the matter.

A band of Pilgrims, seeking freedom from religious persecution, fled from the British Empire and set sail on the Mayflower. They endured harsh storms and disease to land on a shore of unfamiliar ground where they founded the township of Plymouth. To maintain order, the Pilgrims signed The Mayflower Compact, a government creed which far predated the United States Constitution. They elected a man named Carver to be the first governor.

They went through a winter that was even harsher than the storms at sea that caused many of their own to die. After the winter, the colonists elected William Bradford to be the governor after Governor Carver had passed away.

They soon faced starvation; fortunately, they made contact with a band of Native Americans called the Wampanoag that heroically stepped up to help the strangers. The Pilgrims made peace with their new Native American friends through negotiations mediated by a warrior named Squanto, who had been captured years before and learned to speak English before he escaped. The Wampanoag helped the settlers and taught them how to farm the land corn and catch eel.

In 1621, they had a small harvest, their first successful one, so Governor Bradford declared that they would celebrate this success with a feast of Thanksgiving, thanksgiving to God for helping them through it! They celebrated with their new Native American friends and through this, they began to trade.

William Bradford, in his memoirs Of Plymouth Plantation:

They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides, they had about a peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to the proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.

It has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on in November. Since then it has been the fourth Thursday of November.

Let us take this holiday to thankful for what we have!

#moralrevolution Week Day 1

Day 1 of Moral Revolution Week!

#moralrevolution week!


For the week of Thanksgiving and a little beyond, I’m going to be on vacation with my super cute wife’s family in Los Angeles, California! Woohoo!

That being the case, and also because it’s Thanksgiving week, I’m going to post some of my favorite memes from the ministry Moral Revolution. You’ll see quotes from all their great leaders, Kris Vallotton, Havilah Cunnington, and Mike Maeshiro, These guys help singles and couples find relationship in a pure way, the way our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ would want. 

You’ll see a few of these #moralrevolution posts and a few posts from my time in the greater LA area. I look forward to reading your comments and I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday!

#NaNoWriMo Update! Check out @NaNoWriMi on Twitter

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I made it past the 30,000 word mark! I’m only a few away from my goal of 50,000 words. 

For those of you who haven’t been following, I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month as we speak. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It can be any genre you chose as long as it is something that can turned into an editable manuscript. 

It has been a challenge. Between work, life, blog writing, church, etc it has been difficult keeping up. I fell behind earlier in the week, but with the support of my super cute wife, I got back on track!

I wanted to tell my fellow authors, one resource that has been helping me is the Twitter page: @NaNoWriMo. It is a Twitter account named after our event and they offer some great stuff. They shoot out encouraging tweets and retweet from other writers giving advice, not to mention sharing links to some great and insightful articles. Be sure to find them and click follow!

Do you have any resources that are helping you during NaNoWriMo? Feel free to share in the comment section!


Music Review- Tessah Dunn’s Love Yourself (Justin Bieber Acoustic Cover)

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I cannot stand Justin Bieber. He is a waste of musical talent and so many awards have been wasted on him, but my friend Tessah Dunn delivers a great acoustic cover of his somehow hit song Love Yourself.

She slow jams it on her guitar with a beautiful beach scene in the background of her music video. I know Tessah and knew she was a ball of musical talent a long time ago. The fact that she can sound better than the original “singer” than that should prove it. She is a talented singer and musician and this cover song proves it.

You can check it out by clicking on the picture above. Be sure to click subscribe on her YouTube channel!

Top 14 Films Snubbed At The Academy Awards


Movie critics use to have such power over what people like to see. As a result, critics often make good movies become box office bombs while elevating terrible movies to an Academy Award. These days, viewers are starting to see through their shenanigans and are starting to review movies for themselves. 

Of course the critics are not totally to blame. The Academy itself is full of cronyism and back-room deals for an award. Why else do you think they cannot find a decent host for the award ceremony?

As a result of this, many great movies were nominated for meaningless awards or were ignored all together. Here are my top 14 films snubbed at the Academy Awards. 

A Face in the Crowd

A Face In The Crowd– I review this movie, be sure to check it out in the Classic Film Reviews by clicking here. This is a brilliant film that shows Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal’s true talent. Perhaps its story of a fallen Hollywood star hit too close to home.

Batman Begins

Batman Begins– Christopher Nolan’s Batman reboot would not get a nod until the second film. A real travesty considering the amazing structure of the story and music. Many blame Katie Holmes for the lack of accolades, but that is unfair. 

Bella film

Bella– Though it won numerous awards outside of the Oscars, it did not even get a nod. Perhaps its family friendly and Pro-Life message rubbed the elite of the Academy the wrong way.

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane– Critics are embarrassed that they reviewed this film so poorly ever since the AFI made it number one on their top 100 films. Sadly, despite Orson Welles selling it, the Academy just wasn’t buying.

Delta Force

The Delta Force– With the politically correct climate of today, Chuck Norris’ film of Islamic Jihadists and their allies taking a plane hostage could never be made. Maybe that’s why it was ignored. Or maybe it was the subtle criticisms of Jimmy Carter’s administration. 


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2– This film outdid all its competition (with the exception of The Artist) at the box office, yet it was totally ignored by the Academy despite its powerhouse appeal. It just goes to show you that it’s all who you know at the Oscars.


Heat– Despite an amazing director like Michael Mann and top notch performances by Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Venora, and Val Kilmer, this film did not get what it deserved at the awards ceremony. 

It's A Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life– If you want to make a critic mad, remind him or her how much they hated this classic by Frank Capra. It vanished into obscurity, but since its rise to popularity thanks to television, many have taken back their poor reviews. Some denying they reviewed poorly at all.

psycho film

Psycho– Alfred Hitchcock had trouble with censorship and what not since before the filming of this movie started. However, many have put it as an example of the classic horror genre. Now, I don’t know a single film student who hasn’t viewed it at least once. Yet, it is not seen on any Academy list of the past.

Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption– It’s hard to believe, but this classic tale featuring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman was nominated for seven awards, but did not win a single one despite its mass appeal. Despite favorable audience responses, the Academy acknowledged its existence, but not much else.

The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back– In 1981, the second film of George Lucas’ epic space opera won an Academy Award…for Best Sound Mixing. That’s right! Despite it’s superiority among Star Wars films, it barely got a nod. Hard to believe right?

The Searchers

The Searchers– John Ford’s tale, featuring iconic actor John Wayne, about a bitter Civil War-era veteran trying to rescue his niece from a vengeful band of Comanche was completely and utterly ignored at the Academy Awards. Recently, the film is considered one of the best ever made. 

The Avengers

The Avengers– Joss Whedon’s tale of Marvel’s all-star team of superheroes uniting was nominated for just one award: Best Visual Effects. Despite deserving Best Director for Joss Whedon and Best Actor for Robert Downey, Jr., the film did not seem to make the cut despite breaking box office records. Some say it is because of the Hollywood’s elite saying superhero films are a fad that will fade away. Maybe so, but that was a low blow. I have a feeling its sequel Avengers Age of Ultron will suffer a similar fate. 

the passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ– Mel Gibson’s beautiful tale of Christ’s last hours did get a few nods, but that was it. Reviewers pounded on it harshly, yet it broke records at its time too. Some saw it as the Hollywood’s left anti-Christian bigotry. I agree.

That is my list! Do you disagree with any of the films or would like your own? Feel free to comment!


#NaNoWriMo- Making the halfway point!

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Hopefully, those of us participating in National Novel Writing Month are at the halfway point, 25,000 words. I made it barely. 

That’s right, NaNoWriMo is all about writing a 50,000 word manuscript by the end of November.

I am reading on Twitter how many participants have already reach the goal and I am impressed. I’m hoping some of that talent will rub off me!

Keep it up everyone! It does not matter the genre or style, we can do it! Keep tweeting your progress so we can be encouraged by your progress and keep sending us encouragements.

Viva la authors!!!

Great Christian Living Read: Jesus- Name Above All Names

Jesus name above all names joyce meyer

Joyce Meyer delivers in this classic Jesus, Name Above All Names.

She discusses how we need to treat the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with reverence and respect. She discourages the modern allowance, even among Christians, of taking the Lord’s name in vain, and how we do it in pop culture. It is a travesty, but Joyce Meyer teaches about the Name of God and how important that name truly is.

Christian Inspiration: Friday the 13th 2015

Friday the 13th

Here we are again, another weekend after Friday the 13th. No one really knows why it is called that or what started this unlucky day. The Da Vinci Code falsely claimed it was the day the church killed off the Knights Templar. The evidence of that is completely and utterly contradictory as Friday and Tuesday the 13th were considered unlucky for quite sometime before that. In some places in Italy, Friday the 17th is considered unlucky. 

Did I say Tuesday? Why yes I did. In Greek culture, the superstition rest on Tuesday the 13th because that day is when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire. Very interesting I’d say.

While no one truly knows the origin of the day being considered bad luck, some originated being the thirteenth of The Last Supper, Judas Iscariot, who of course betrayed Jesus Christ, which led to his death on Good Friday.

While no one knows for sure,  it is clear that this superstition goes all the way past up to the time of the Fall of the Roman Empire. How should Christians handle superstitions like there? How do we handle them especially when they could possibly be connected so deeply to our faith?

Critics, especially atheists, of the Christian religion (yes, I did say religion) have long been highly aggressive in accusing Christians of spreading superstitions like these. Of course, when you remind atheists that they use to think frogs evolved from mud and flies from raw meat, they tend to ignore you.

Christian do not give into superstitions, especially ones that run contrary to the Bible. They are a short fleeting answer to something you fear. Get into the Bible, the Word of God, and you will find that God has given you faith, hope, and love.

Jesus said in one of his biographies, the Gospel of John, 33 I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world. (John 16:33, HCSB)


Don’t Loose Touch

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For awhile, I worked in a particular industry. It is one that use to thrive, but at the turn of the century it began a very slow decline.
The problem was this industry’s product. It is is one that is necessary and is sold to college students, but recently, with the economy the way it is, they are finding that college students are not wanting their product because of its very hefty price tag. I went to a conference where they were discussing the issue.
I am out of college two years now, but I remember it well. I had no money. I could barely afford to feed myself because most of my money went to rent and tuition. My parents were middle class and they helped me with what they had, but it was hard.
The industry leaders at the conference did not understand why they could not get students to buy their products. Students were turning to free alternatives on the internet or buying them second hand on sources such as Amazon.
I heard things like, “We got this person to help with this particular model. Why can’t students respect that?” “Students should respect the work we put into the product.” “I think it’s the parent’s fault. Students today have such an entitlement problem.”
While I agree with the latter of those statements, that has nothing to do with their product. When my supervisor asked me what I learned from the conference, I told her, “The captains of this industry are completely out of touch with the world.”
While they were complaining about a student’s sense of entitlement, they were projecting their own sense of entitlement. A college student looked over their product, decided it was too expensive, and chose a cheaper or free one. They did not care about the work or what specialist helped put it together. That is how it works.
This industry had never experienced competition before and now it was competing with other sources. They thought they were entitled to the college student’s patronage. They were angry that the students disagreed.
When you create a product, or continually sell one, do not lose touch with your customer base, much less get angry with them. You have got to adapt and learn what pleases your customers. Whether it is a smaller, cheaper version, lowering your prices, or redesigning it to make it worth the price, keep following after your customer. They will change, change with them.

Holly Foster: Made To Fly

Holly Foster Made To Fly

I don’t normally do this, but my good friend Holly Foster cut a sing called Made To Fly on iTunes that was released Wednesday. She is such a talented singer, musician, and songwriter. She’s got a beautiful voice and you can feel the purity of the song as she sings. 

Check out her official YouTube page by clicking on the picture above and be sure to click Subscribe for more amazing music. To purchase the single, click on the picture below. 

Screen Shot Made to fly Holly Foster

Holly Foster did not ask me nor know I was going to do this. The opinions expressed in this article are purely my own and I based my decision by watching the music video on YouTube, which you should too.

Top 11 Bro-Sis List


So, today is my little sister’s birthday! She and I were allies growing up though our relationship was far from perfect, the two of us had a strong sibling bond from the day she was born. To this day, we always can count on the fact that we have the other’s back and vice versa. 

In celebration, I’m listing the Top 11 things that Brothers & Sisters Get: 

  1. The Double Standard– Brother or sister can zing or rough up the other no problem, but an outsider (sometimes even a parent) does it to them, the gloves come off. Guilty parties beware! I once made a guy mess himself because he made my sister cry. 
  2. The Secret Code– Brothers and sisters seem to have a secret way of communicating. They can have whole conversations with mere looks. Science has yet to discover why or how. My sister once communicated to me through glances that she did not like something a relative was cooking. I winked an agreement. 
  3. Frenemies– Every once and a while, a friendly competition over who the favorite child develops. This escalates to sometime hilarious antics that affect how they sign cards, buy gifts, or even do chores. Our grandparents received dueling Christmas card one year, with each of us declaring who was the favorite. 
  4. Dates Beware– Each sibling has the authority (sometimes self-proclaimed) to evaluate potential dates. My sister (who is now happily married to a great guy) once brought home a dude I didn’t like. To make it clear, I sang High School Musical lyrics, something the dude hated.
  5. Movie Time– My sister and I took turns choosing the movie when the parents were out. We had rules on what one or other could or could not pick. If one was agitated at the other, we would torture each other by choosing films that were within the rules, but we knew the other one hated. 
  6. Frasier Comparisons– Though Frasier is a sitcom that features two brothers, my sister and I often zing each other with Frasier and Niles quotes. My personal favorite, “Niles, Copernicus called. You are not the center of the universe.” What? You expected Friends
  7. Who Goes First– Being a gentleman, I sometimes let my sister do things first because she is a lady. However, I am the first born. Does this give me entitlement? Not really, but sometimes I milk it for all its worth. It comes in handy at Six Flag Over Texas roller-coaster rides.
  8. Musical Education– Sometimes, we catch our siblings singing a song, and if the lyrics are off, we can’t let it go. They get a lecture. I did this to my sister once and she came back by giving a strange symbolism to a song I like. Trust me, to this day, I’ve never listened to that song. 
  9. School in PJs– My sister and I were homeschooled. We got up, had prayer time, family devotions, breakfast and then off to school, in the kitchen. My dad wanted us dressed to impress, but soon, we were used our strange sibling power to convince him to let us stay in our pajamas, at least until lunch time. 
  10. Lawyer Tag-Team– One thing to trip our parents up was we would act as the other sibling’s lawyer if they were in trouble. This didn’t happen often as we got older because our parents caught on, but we were able to get each other out of some pretty hairy predicaments.
  11. Guardians- My sister and I were the oldest of our friends, so we acted as their protectors. Aside from protecting each other, we acted like the bodyguards of our fellow homeschoolers who were too nice to defend themselves. Bullies beware! We’re coming for you!


Happy Veteran’s Day 2015 #thankaveteran

Veterans Day flag

To all of the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, I just want to say THANK YOU. We know freedom is not free, but you all gave up so much so that you could pay that price for us. You are true patriots, every man and woman who put on the uniform. You deserve so much more than American gives back. You are our heroes! God bless all of you!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Have a Happy Veteran’s Day!

FBN and WSJ #GOPDebate Nov. 11, 2015

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I would like to say that this debate, hosted by the Wall Street Journal and Fox Business News was way better than the last. It showed us all about the 2016 Presidential election and where the Republicans are coming from. Already, the liberals are complaining on social media on how the moderators were not tough enough. I guess we will have to wait until CNN’s next debate to be asked about fantasy football.

The Undercard debate was very interesting. It featured former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and New Jersey Governor Christ Christie. They all did very well. I don’t feel like any had a “breakout” moment. Governor Jindal was on the attack, criticizing his fellow Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives for their lack of leadership. The others did well, but he struggled the whole time, resorting to attacks which the others handled with ease. The moderators were WSJ Washington bureau chief Gerald Seib and Fox Business News anchors Sandra Smith and Trish Reagan were did a great job and only asked one dumb question. Other than that, it was informative, tough, and we were able to hear from the candidates. 

As for the Prime Time debate, Fox Business News anchors Neil Cavuto, Maria Bartiromo, and WSJ’s editor-in-chief Gerard Baker also did an impressive job, with a single stupid question calling former Secretary of State Hiliary Clinton’s resume impressive. The line-up consisted of business magnate Donald Trump, neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Most did fairly well, even though many interrupted and tried to jump in on another’s question. They all got in shots at President Obama and his policies. None of them had a moment were they really advanced or retreated, except for John Kasich. His interrupting was beyond rude and when he would filibuster, he would rage on about nothing, even saying that when you’re leading you should through out philosophical principles. It was truly a poor debate for him.

The top three winners were Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Carly Fiorina. All three had at least one or two “presidential moments” where they really shined and looked like they could all the way to the White House as president or vice president. Hopefully, this debate will help to narrow the field a bit.

I will be live tweeting during the #gopdebate


After CNBC’s debacle of a presidential GOP debate, I will be live tweeting my thought on today’s debate at the Fox Business News network, co-hosted with the Wall Street Journal. This one promises to allow live streaming, so hopefully we won’t have the same circumstances as the last one. 

I will start with the undercard debate, which has some new blood. This ought to be interesting, knowing that. Fox is guaranteeing that this debate will be the polar opposite of the last, I hope that is true. 

You can follow my commentary on Twitter @lonestarjake88, or check out my Twitter widget on my blog. 

The undercard debate starts at 6:00pm CST and the main debate at 8:00pm, see you then.

Some Encouragement For #NaNoWriMo

Quill pens

As most of you know, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I am 10 days into it. I am following several Twitter accounts that offer encouragement to authors participating. They all have been extremely helpful in this process.

The goal: write a 50,000 word story, something that can be turned into a novel.

My project is a futuristic science fiction superhero novel. It is ambitious, I know, but I have actually been working on the outline for years. It is exciting, but sometimes I find myself discouraged, wondering if I am actually taking this story somewhere.

However, on Sunday, I told someone that I am writer. It is my job (okay, not my day job), and that I was participating in NaNoWriMo. I was expecting that look when they say, “Oh, that’s cool/interesting/what?/are you insane/does it have vampires?” (Okay no one has asked me the last two, yet).

However, this person said, “Wow, that is so cool! I know you can do it. I think you can do anything that you put your mind too.” I was grateful because this person was very genuine and I appreciated it very much. It reminded me that those are the people we are writing for. We write for ourselves, it is true, because we are writers. However, we also write for the readers. They encourage us and we enlighten, inspire, and entertain through our work. It meant a lot to have this encouragement, and I hope you, my fellow writers, find it too. 

Music Review- I’ll be Alright by Beckah Shae

Beckah Shae I'll be alright

Beckah Shae is a Christian singer who has some incredible talent. She mixes rock, pop, alternative, and even techno together for albums. Recently, she sang her pregnancy announcement on YouTube and it has gone viral. Now she is back with the song I’ll Be Alright.

The song is done in a pop style, but also has some pretty cool big band style in the background. Beckah Shae sings about Jesus and how His life gave us fullness. She has jamming along with her as she sings. The lyrics and music is catchy. It had me head bobbing along with it. I have to say, the music video is pretty cool too.

Check it out by clicking on the picture above.