Sunday, January 31, 2016

Housekeeping and God Above All

[Housekeeping: Yikes, "A" . . . when comments appear for me to publish . . . sometimes it doesn't show the whole thing and I have to determine from the first part whether its something intended to be published or not.  I didn't realize your last comment wasn't intended to published until it was and I happened to read the final part of it just now.  I'm sorry about that--I have removed it now.  Chances are no one saw it because it was already a past post and thankfully it just seemed pretty general and straightforward and nothing too personal (ie., info wise) Anyway, my mistake, my apologies--I didn't mean to do that.  Sometimes I'm just flying by the seat of my pants here, with little time and just enough to quick and try to get something written that is weighing on me or that I'm feeling led to address.]
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meanwhile....

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]."  --1 Cor. 10:13


"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."  --Matt. 6:24

"He must increase, but I [must] decrease."  --John 3:30


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Response/clarification

Thanks for the question Patrick....It's a good point which allows me to clarify what I'm getting at.

When I look around what I don't see is the "many" . . . including many professing believers . . . being overly concerned or even concerned at all about pleasing God, living for God, loving God more than anything and anyone else; which is the first commandment.  I don't see us suffering from being too strict on ourselves or ever coming close to trembling in righteous fear of the Lord.

Instead . . . I see an easy grace-ism . . . all is well . . . flow with flow . . . spiritual apathy . . . coldness of heart towards God and Godly things . . . spiritually lackadaisical meandering . . . time, energy, money, thought, feelings 99% focused on worldly things . . . dullness toward lifting up and praising God . . . fear of man . . . desire to please others, self, not God . . . excitement over worldly pleasures, meanwhile a dullness and boredom over the ways and reality of God . . . etc.  So, as much for my own prodding and slapping myself awake I tend to regularly try to turn my attention to what I know is truly an awe-inspiring, precious, fearsome, thrilling, incredible, crushing, mind-blowing situation:  This being given the gift of life and the gift of salvation--to be designed specifically and lovingly by God FOR HIS PURPOSE . . . and to ever be mindful of the pitfalls of falling into the mundane, iniquitous, mind-numbing habits and trance of sin and this corrupt world.

I think of the martyrs; the Apostles . . . and those amazing martyrs of the early church . . . and all those through the ages, many unsung and unknown to history . . . including those recent and current.
I think of how their faith and hope and loyalty to the Truth, to the revelation of God was such that they would rather be horrifically tortured . . . than utter a simple denial or offer up their hidden scriptures.  I imagine the many then and the many now . . . who profess belonging to Christ . . . who would not think twice about fudging a bit if confronted with the same dire, mortal threats, because their testimony and witness . . . is not real, not deep, not passionate, and not held more dear than life and comfort itself.  And I believe, whether we can or not (which we can't) we are yet commanded to be like those early saints, for they did love God above their own lives . . . and we ought to also.

I know that in this state of affairs, this side of perfection . . . we are bound to yet be selfish, self-centered, natural enemies of God, weak, stumbling, falling and failing continuously.  By no means am I meaning to say that it is possible here to truly and wholly "love God with all our heart, mind and strength."  And certainly I am not saying we judge our salvation by how "well" we are doing or that how we are doing warrants greater favor in a salvific way with God.  I believe that we are saved solely through Christ's perfect righteousness and that . . . once saved . . . this is what God even presently "sees" when He looks at us.

But I am saying this. . . . That if we are truly saved and thus profess belief and the name of Jesus as God--as our God--then we ought find ourselves growing in sanctity, even if it is inch by inch, two steps forward, one step back.  The sign that we are the Lord's and that the Holy Spirit is working in us is that the world does begin to lessen its hold on us, becoming increasingly dim and uninteresting, while the things of God, including God Himself . . . become(s) brighter and more enticing and alluring.  When I see someone who claims to be saved and a believer . . . yet their life does not change or . . . if they in fact seem only to be becoming more worldly . . . well . . . I believe we can be judged by our fruits--by the fruit of the Spirit.  A good tree doesn't produce bad fruit and vice versa.

And I know plenty of cases--some of them quite well known--where a professing believer came to realize that they were not really a believer at all, but a false convert, and only later, when God . . . through life . . . or through some teacher or verse . . . woke them up to this dangerous fact--that they were living a lie.  And always they are thankful for that shaking awake. . . . As I always am when I am convicted by someone or something.  I thrive on it and I notice that all true believers do as well...

Lavoy Getting Shot?

This is a zoomed in version purportedly of Lavoy getting shot in the Bundy/Burns affair.  There are some odd things about this video released by the FBI ... in the longer version . . . . Very strange, the way this whole thing has developed out....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm9l-BZlKi0

The missing frames are interesting and the swerve of the camera right when Lavoy drives into the snowbank . . . and you see the officer jump in front of the car . . . then, after camera pulls away and comes back... suddenly lavoy is out of the car and the officer is not there... Is he under the car?  He obviously deliberately jumped in front of it... which is odd...
Also the time stamp of the 27th ... when the shooting went down on the 26th...
And the very fact they would so release this so quickly...

This thing appears to be being spun hard and in several directions.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INMGV4XDfDE

Cover Blown, True Intent Exposed....

Many that profess Christian belief are liars and frauds.  How do I know it's "many"?  God's word says so.  "MANY are called, few are chosen."  " . . . the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are MANY who go through it."

True intent belies what is outwardly claimed.

They aren't "Christian" because they really love God, love the Truth. . . . It is often but another selfish, self-serving act.  They are "Christian" because somewhere they think it might possibly be the winning side and its worth hedging bets. 

Or, very often . . . it is mere peer pressure.  They grew up in a "Christian" home, surrounded by church and "Christian" culture . . . and they are too timid and weak to rebel or contradict the pervasive "Christian" environment they find themselves in--so they go along with it . . . on the surface, and may have even deceived themselves that they are "Christian" . . . when the truth is, they don't really care or think about God privately.  They are fine with appearances, but inwardly is all manner of selfishness, comfort seeking, materialism, jealousies and lusts. . . .

Or . . . they are pragmatic . . . and opportunistic . . . and--though they don't know this about themselves because they've never really looked honestly inward--they think by professing belief and service to Jesus, to the God of the Bible . . . it works like a magic code or cover which will help them get what they actually only selfishly and self-glorifyingly want (with no REAL thought or concern what God wants or is glorified by). . . .

Intent.  

What is the true, deep, often hidden and secreted intent . . . within the heart.  It was this issue that Jesus was primarily exposing in the Sermon On The Mount.  You may look like a "Christian" in all your outward acts, your dress, your language, you kind works, your talk and habits, and may have likely even fooled your superficial self with all this . . . WHEN IN FACT AND IN TRUTH--your heart is not centered on God at all.  It is centered on an idol of God--an idea of God that you've made up, which is really just YOU--and all these exterior acts and appearances are mere window dressing which hides a heart and mind that are bubbling with sinful and self-centered INTENTIONS.  "God" is a concept, a disguise you use to cover what is actually but a train and growing momument of self-serving, self-glorifying, prideful, indulgent intentions and works. . . .

"God" . . . "Jesus" . . . is a convenience to exploit, providing cover, for all manner of a covetous, hateful, competitive, calculating heart. . . .

But God is not fooled.  Jesus warned that He sees all--He sees and knows the TRUE intent of the heart and soul and mind, whether it truly seeks and loves Him above all, or merely claims as much while seeking and loving self above all. . . .

MANY who profess to love and serve God . . . will be shocked when He rejects them as liars, frauds and "workers of iniquity".  They will be offended, crying out, "Look at all we have done in Your name!"

And then the veil will come down and they will see the horror of their true selves--and that they all the while only served the devil, the Liar . . . seduced through serving fallen, wicked self!

Their indifference and even abhorrence of Truth and of God . . . through all their life . . . will be exposed--their cover finally blown. . . .

This warning in the Bible is--and should be--one of the most disturbing sections to face and comprehend. . . . (Matt. 7:22-23)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Habitual Slips And Drifts

It can't be reiterated enough . . . because as time slips by, as the days go by . . . and you are awash in the constant saturation of diabolical distractions, mis-directions, temptations, seductions--soaking in the insalubrious muck of the world--it is all too easy to drift off of the Path of righteousness.  Even now, the Enemy mocks and derides, "'path of righteousness! Ha ha! How dare you worthless, sinning human even think to be taking to some 'path of righteousness!  A fool's errand!  Give it up . . . get 'real' and just flow with the flow.  Don't embarrass yourself. . . ."

And always at first, the drift is so seemingly minor, so inconsequential--perhaps but an inch or two off the Path . . . that you are feeling quite secure that you are close enough to the Route such that there is not much danger, if any.  You can still see the Path, even touch it--"it's right there" . . . next to you within reach . . . so what's the big deal?  A little lie here, a bit of pride there, a momentary lust and straying thought. . . .

But on a long journey . . . even the slightest departure from the narrow way . . . over rushing time, within days, becomes a different path altogether, which eventually leads to a distant and wholly other destination.  The further you go along the variant course, with each step, it becomes increasingly difficult to get back to the original, strait Way. . . . For it is not only a matter of growing distance from the blessed trail but soon--often very soon--there also barriers, hedges, bogs, thickets filled with crawling dangers betwixt, ready to attach to you . . . to poison or drain or infect you before you can make it back to the righteous Road.

If you could see it--if you could slow down time and look through a giant, supernatural magnifying glass--you would see that every moment of your life, a war is blazing . . . in, around, under, above, on . . . you.  God's grace prevents so much of it from destroying you--you would be shocked to see how close to disaster you are every minute.  But He still allows a frightening amount to test and torment and challenge; for you are a living being, "fearfully and wonderfully made" . . . and He intends that you should learn to discern, strive, contest, proclaim, and to be a mature soul who stands and walks boldly right in the midst of the melee raging all around, exercising faith, pleasing Him in trust and faith and hope, living and showing that you resist the temptation to continually stray. . . .

"My Spirit shall not strive with man forever--"  Gen. 6:3

The Lord warns that there is a limit to His patience.  Constant, willful, repetitive sinning in His face will not to be countenanced.  The self-proclaimed "Christian" who is a compulsive liar, deceiver is either NOT a true believer, or is in grave danger of severe chastisement and correcting.  Same with those who continually lust and bear adulterous thoughts.  Likewise those that hate and are filed with jealousies, covetousness and boasting.

Many new platforms exist today . . . designed by the Enemy . . . to ensnare eyes and minds and hearts and ears . . . to entice drifting from the Path . . . to engage in prideful exhibitionism, flaunting, coveting, resenting, lusting, or even just mindless meandering . . . which, at first may be sporadic and relatively minor . . . but soon, one has strayed far form the "strait and narrow way" and is caught up in the raging torrents of the world--"the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one's lifestyle" . . . which things are "not from the Father, but is from the world."  --1 John 2:16

How cunning is the Enemy! . . . He is ever putting justifications and excuses and clever arguments in the mind of the subtly rebellious . . . to mollify the conscience and to wet-blanket Godly fear . . . so that . . . before long, what were once occasional slips and driftings . . . are now entrenched habits and even vaunted skills and degenerating ways of hour-to hour daily life. . . .

A real, pressing battle is raging all around and about you--WAKE UP!  Resist, reject the devil and get back to the blessed Path of righteousness, which is the strait and narrow Way . . . leading to ever conforming similitude . . . to the perfect Person, Jesus, Lord of the universe!  Praise God!  God bless! :)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

"Britain First" Christians In Islam UK

Interesting . . . Youtube wouldn't bring this video up with search terms so that I could embed it... Censorship anyone?  Prolly. . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA6XcyXsxXU

"Not By Fire But By Ice" preview, heh....& Burns

whooooey... Snow, snow, snow... up here on the mountain.  That's all I've been able to do, squeezed in between work . . . is shovel and blow snow, which has been falling and blowing drifts . . . 6-7 ft high--so high that the blower won't throw it up and over . . . which it makes it so that I have to climb up on top and dig it down; then the doggles--the dogs--well, Bruce . . . (who we call Brucifer at times, heh) . . . keeps escaping on the back hill, because the snow is so deep it comes down right over the back fence so he can just about walk out.  So then, in between trying to keep the driveway clear for Sky to get out of to go to work (usually at 6 am) I have to head to the back yard and dig a trench down next to the rock wall and fence . . . about 4-5 feet down in the snow, otherwise, Mr. Bruce, who we've discovered is an Olympic high jumper apparently, is able to leap up on to the hill . . . and, horrifyingly . . . head for the hills, or worse, the street out front, which is terrifying because the snow walls are so high out to and over the curb . . . that a car coming down the hill wouldn't see him until he shot out into the road--aiiiiy! . . . . Thus its several mini heart attacks every time we discover he's slipped the yard . . . and still being a pup (although a very agile and high jumping pup) he's not too street smart and . . . and . . . oy, my aching arms and back!  Seriously, today, for instance has been about 8 hours of solid shoveling--as once, I get the trench cleared . . . and look back, the high winds have already practically filled it back up again....lol.  It reminds me of the book "Not By Fire But By Ice" written by a fellow who predicts, not "global warming" but a coming ice age . . . where it starts snowing one day . . . and doesn't stop . . . until most of the cities north of Arizona are buried to the tops of the skyscrapers. . . . .

BUT . . . at least its not flooding . . . as some have had back east and I'm always grateful . . . employing my trick o'the mind remembering that it could still be so much worse; and I do like to work physically hard anyhow--always have; and I just consider it good exercise. . . .

Meanwhile, I continue to monitor the situation in Burns Oregon.  It's getting tense now with a whole new shipment of militarized agents having recently arrived, all geared-up . . .  while at the same time the "protesters" have been digging up all kinds of shady (if not criminal) activities of the local judge and his fellow "good ol' boys".  I'm fairly certain that he would have not qualms about blowing the refuge up to shut down the disclosures coming out, along with the Sheriff there who has abdicated his authority to the Feds who no doubt want to make a big, glaring example of those who would dare flaunt "Federal authority" by holding up (as ol' Georgie Porgie Bush Jr. famously once said) "the damned ol' piece of paper (The Constitution). . . .

God bless you all. . . .

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Burns OR to Burn? & R U Ashamed?

I am very concerned about the situation in Burns, Oregon with the Bundy standoff there. . . . I mentioned it on the show with Zeph at the beginning of the year as one to watch and I've been following it for over a year when I heard of the BLM targeting the Hammonds and other ranchers in what looks to be part of an overall Agenda 21 nationwide land grab. . . .

I've always thought it would be just a matter of time until the FBI and DHS and whoever else goes for the violent option.  Everybody involved there fears another Waco slaughter of sorts. . . . If so, it really could be the spark that kicks of a minor civil war and eventual martial law crackdown. 

Regardless of all that . . . the killing of peaceful protesters in support of Constitutional rights in America is an ominous portent.  And very simply I pray that violent reprisal by the government NOT be the route taken by the Feds.  I pray for a peaceful resolution of some kind for all the souls involved there. . . .

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"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."  --Mark 8:38

It is going to be more and more and a real challenge for the believer to stand for The Truth--to proclaim loyalty and support for the Lord, Jesus Christ; to say His name unreservedly, fearing not the repercussions from the world who hates Him.  Do we hide our belief?  Do we keep it on the down low?  Are we ashamed to say we are Christians and believers in the Bible?  Do we seek rather to blend in and mingle with the world such that none would notice our allegiance and purposes?  Or are we prepared to stand for righteousness and for God's sake above all? 
This matter will become an increasingly poignant dividing line as oppression and persecution grows steadily as the cultural norm. . . . Are we prepared to lose all for His Name's sake?  Or do we already hide our light and hope no one notices our quiet, hidden confession?
Much will be revealed as the stakes get higher and we will see who is really for or against Him. . . .

Friday, January 22, 2016

"Fallout 4" Bro T Oddity

My son Alexander alerted me to this. . . . A bit odd . . . pure coincidence?  Do I consider it a flattery of sorts--as in I'm perceived in some corner a potential threat enough to attempt to smear and take out early?  I doubt it . . . but it is a tad eyebrow raising nonetheless. . . .

"Fallout 4" is a new role playing game set in a scenario of a future, post-apocalyptic Boston USA.
The scene is set in the "Sanctuary Hills" (perhaps lets note that in my early writings and talking about an apocalyptic America . . . including in my KTL story I posted online for a time . . . it was all about considering setting a survivors' refuge . . . a remnant type camp . . . a sanctuary of sorts. . . .

Somewhere in the playing of the game you will come across the "Pillars of the Community" . . . which is a religious cult set up by . . . wait for it . . . "Brother Thomas" the cult leader.  And he is, of course,  a scoundrel--a Jim Jones-ish kind of guy almost. . . . A charlatan.

Associated with Brother Thomas is a character named "Jack" who is looking for his missing sister (btw, the main plot line in my KTL apocalyptic story was that I was looking for my missing son Alexander). . . . Al thought that "Jack" was "Brother Thomas'" son in the game but I haven't been able to confirm that.  But they ARE for sure closely involved with each other re the game plotline arch. . . .

Jacks sister is Emogene . . . whose name contains letters that would spell "Meg". . . .

Anyway . . . it may just be a weird synchronicity/coincidence. . . . But I can't help but notice that if I were to ever gain a wider recognition for my spiritual/religious writings ie., in publishing or appearances publicly at some point . . . this character in Fallout 4 would at least bear some interesting "fallout" connected to me in, ie., google searches and blurring of profiles . . . so-to-speak. . . .

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

That Word On The Food. . . .

Like I said with Zeph--it was my main message this time around--there's something to do with food shortages . . . is what I felt strongly led to convey; which is what LED me to look into and start making some preparations myself. . . .
Just saw this article which seems to be quite related. . . .

"One of the more stunning trends that both men pointed out was the fact that over 15% of American farmers will leave the business this year because of extreme government intrusion. They both said that there will be an extreme food shortage as a result. In fact, they both said there would be a food crisis in the United States anyway. And as Cliff Harris, a climatologist pointed out, there would be a food shortage anyway due to extreme weather changes."

 http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2016/01/19/18500/

Tectonic Shift

It appears clear as ever . . . (in my mind's eye, that is) a massive earthquake--like .  . . big, big, big . . . around Indonesia?  Jakarta?  And/or somewhere of the Pacific coast?  There will be others, little doubt. . . . Someone's ramping up the tectonics. . . .No real point in mentioning it I suppose but it seems to be a thing--a major event that will have cascading effect. . . . I keep seeing it.....

Monday, January 18, 2016

Love/Hate Not Mutually Exclusive

And how to love enemies?  Well, for one thing . . . the term "love" does not in this case mean the same feeling that one has for ie., a spouse or one's child or dearest friend.  We "love" our child in a different way than when we say we love steak or "love golf". . . .

But aside from that . . . I've come to see it like this. . . .

Because I love God and recognize His complete and perfect sovereignty over all His creatures, when I look at said creatures . . . I see God's purposes and property.  We are not our own, we are God's. . . .

Because I love God I love what He does, I love all His creations and intent.  That there are "enemies" in the first place . . . means that He has a perfect, good, loving reason to have allowed that there be "enemies" . . . and so, while I must oppose them and stand for His cause because I am FOR Him I also know that in an ultimate sense there is nothing wrong or disastrous in the fact that this world has been created and allowed to be . . . so that such "enemies" are profuse. 

Let's say I am an artist and I decide to create a sculpture that powerfully and clearly depicts what evil looks like and what its about.  And I spend many long, dedicated and even, yes LOVING hours crafting the sculpture to as perfectly represent the meaning and existence of evil looks like.  I care--even passionately--about my handiwork.  And I am doing this for a high, good purpose . . . to show and warn others how dangerous and wicked evil is and why it should be avoided and renounced. . . .

Now, the object of my artistic design will look horrific, repulsive, ugly, dark, ominous. . . . YET, because it is the result of my extreme attention and efforts and intent . . . I can "love" the work of art--it is mine, my creation . . . while at the same time I do not love what it represents.  In fact, I hate what it represents, which is the purpose for my having gone to the painstaking care to make it, to put it on display. . . .

Is God love?  Does He have a general love for all His creation?  Yes, because it is all fulfilling His intention, His will. . . .

At the same time "the Lord HATES . . .  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil . . . false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers."  --Prov. 6:16-19

I can "love" my enemies . . . because I love God.  I love God's will (so far as human fallibility allows) and so . . . I can love His creatures and creation . . . while at the same time hating what He hates--what evil (enemies) in this case represent. . . .




Sunday, January 17, 2016

On Bowie....

A quick little note on Bowie. . . .
I'm seriously thinking he is not dead yet.  I can easily imagine him staging this whole big sha-bang . . . timing his "death" to be on the day before his lyrics in the song  "Girl Loves Me" . . . which are "where the f___ did Monday go?" appear so portentous . . . and with the whole "Lazarus" motif going . . . and clues here and there through the album and other observations (ie., how healthy and chipper he seemed leading up to the "death" day). . . ie, in the video for "Lazarus" where he backs up, scuttling backwards into the wardrobe, shutting the door (going away to hide again). . . . the 5 new demo tracks he just managed to get to Tony Visconti (which will obviously be part of yet another new album) and just knowing his personality as I do. . . . Well, I can imagine that yes, he perhaps has been given not long to live . . . but rather than be publicly seen to be withering away at the end, he stages going out all of a sudden . . . and slips away to some highly secret location, where just he and his family can sit back and watch all the adoration pouring in, the tribute shows and concerts--the high-tech equivalent of attending your own funeral in order to see all the praise and wonderful things people are saying about you....
He was purportedly cremated . . . which means no body, no viewing....
Then . . . maybe in 6 months, 8 months . . . he really does die, away from all the crowd, quietly. . . but after having the pleasure of watching his fans adore him in the meantime . . . for one, last, big time.....
He also might be thinking he may not die after all for quite awhile... Perhaps he is trying out some new, fancy longevity tech or experiements . . . to extend what was to be a death sentence due to cancer.... and then . . . if he happens to live such a way long enough, say 2-3 years.... he might feel comfortable to return . . . pull a Lazarus, so-to-speak . . . and stay for a while, continuing to work.....

Or not. . . . heh. . . .

Also, I think all of the knee-jerk analysis calling him a satanist and crowley-ite and occultist and all that is wrong.  He was an artist.  He described and analyzed things in the world.  I believe that all of the freaky symbolism in his recent videos which are being dissected by many . . . are mostly and simply just about himself, as usual. . . . He is not talking so much about big agendas and Luciferian rituals in a manner so as to be promoting them, as if he were an adept of such. . . . Mostly, he was just a fun-loving narcissist--.  He was infatuated with himself as are and have been so many others who are his fans . . . that's all.   He dictated the moods and experiences of his life, his life in fame, his life searching the mysteries of life, which, yes, did include looking at things occult.  But he was also quite Biblically literate, which many don't realize. . . . He may or may not have found Jesus in the end.  I know he sought for Him several times through his life along with his general search for meaning and truth. . . . He was certainly, admittedly conflicted about the whole thing, as are all who are yet to be born again, so long as they continue seeking. . . .

I don't believe he was any more "Satanic" than just about everyone else is (who is not born again)--he was just more honest and descriptive of what that means and the forces, spirit(s) involved . . . in and of the world. . . .

Anyway . . . if my theory is true . . . I think there will be clues yet to follow. . . .



Saturday, January 16, 2016

Tied, Fried & Dried

In response to your thoughtful comment (in Powerful Tricks of the Mind) . . . yes, yes, yes.  It is true that love casts out fear--forgiveness too is mighty powerful to dispel the negativity that is so surrounding in the present age.

Realizing "there but for the grace of God go I" is a balm which soothes and encourages while at the same time instilling real, viable compassion.  We are constantly tempted to "fight fire with fire" and to "return evil for good"; both our fallen nature tempts us and the enemy wants us to use his way of doing things and unless one "stops the presses" as I've said, so-to-speak . . . and make a deliberate conscious decision NOT to fall into that old habit, then we find we are swimming in the same degenerate stew as the world, acting and reacting as the children of disobedience do. . . .

Retiring to rest in God's complete and righteous sovereignty is the way out of the morass.  So long as we are still holding on and holding out a space of hidden rebellion, we are tossed to and fro by the dark currents, passions and goals of the corrupt, broken, fallen world and its minions. . . .

Then we see it as though the world is "out of control" . . . making gains . . . or worse, "winning". . . .

We are troubled, anxious and fearful . . . and doubting that all is well. . . .

But the Way that Jesus taught frees us from such shackles and oppression.  Terrible things were happening to Him--all appeared (to the natural eye) to be lost and that the workers of iniquity were being victorious against His mission.  Meanwhile, He continued to teach submission and compliance (to the Father's will).  And in the end, as throughout His life, all was success.

Christ and the prophets ever reiterated that God is wholly in charge and that no happening or occurrence is outside His divine providence and purview. . . .

Believing this and living in such belief . . . instantly transports us to the place of triumph, for we are His and His will has, is and always WILL be done.  Current and temporary appearances are but fleeting chimeras, come and gone, while His purpose reigns supreme running through it all.  Then, we are able to love our enemies, suffer gladly for His Name's sake and continue to weather and even see the glory amidst the seeming chaos and subterfuge . . . as we trust in the knowledge that everything is actually going according to plan; and in the end all will be revealed and perfect justice will be done.

All loose ends will be tied, with evil-doers fried . . . and all His childrens' eyes will be dried . . . as  both the "vessels of wrath" and the "vessels of mercy . . . prepared in advance for glory" fulfill their designated roles in this cosmic, grand theater which depicts His profound, absolute majesty, wisdom and power. . . .

What could go wrong?

Nothing.

Meanwhile, we carry on to "deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ."  --Titus 2:12-13  

"The grass withers and the flowers fade . . . but the word of our God endures forever."  --Isa. 40:8

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Your Good Works Were Created Beforehand

". . . so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light." --Coll. 11:10-12

"Good works" . . . God created BEFOREHAND . . . that you should walk in them. . . .
This is a profound revelation.  They are not something you need to think up, concoct, devise, figure out so much as see them before you and move into them. . . . He has made the way for you to go.  (see Eph. 2:10)

And He has made it so that such works will bear fruit.  That also you need not analyze and vie about.

It's all there. . . . But you are to walk, to move into His service "in a manner worthy of the Lord."

And along with this you are to increase in the knowledge of God.  He is not something you attain and then rest rest on your laurels about.  It ought not be that . . . once upon a time . . . you were searching and striving and learning of God, then "find" Him, then . . . that's it.  But instead you "find" Him . . . and continue finding Him, ever increasing in knowledge about Who He is, what He has done, does and will do, a student of His ways and means and character and reality; which is venture that begins with your initial search, then goes on through eternity . . . as He is so immense, so profound, so wondrous, so wonderful, so extensive, so intimate . . . that being engaged with Him will be a thrill and joy unending. . . .

Giving thanks always . . . as you realize . . . according to the knowledge you've gained . . . that He has "qualified" you "to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light"!  

All the false teachings throughout the world . . . would have you "qualify" yourself.  They teach that in some fashion or another YOU come up the works that EARN a Godly inheritance.

But the rare treasure of Biblical Christianity's teaching is found in the revelation that GOD is the One--and the ONLY ONE--Who does the "qualifying", the "earning", the good work to make you worthy of Himself.  And how could it be otherwise?

Oh that our small, self-serving minds could grasp the magnitude of His causeless Graciousness!  It is such that multitudes, choirs of glorious angelic beings sing His praises every moment and it never gets old! 

Look out and gaze ahead. . . . Then move to walk in that path where you likewise are constantly in an existential state where the glory and graciousness of God blazes before you . . . such that you too are ever singing His praises, for real, in your heart. . . .

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"Heroes . . . Just For One Day. . . ."


Well, yes Bowie's departure from the stage. . . . We were just talking about him and his new album, listening to it and analyzing things with Jackson & Megan Sunday night (when he died) and talking about Jack's musical direction with his new stuff., giving advice . . . which he was asking for. . . .
Anyway, maybe I will give some thoughts on this later, though I don't think it's probably a much cared for topic 'round these parts . . . but I had mentioned to my wife this morning how Bowie's passing . . . I felt . . . might in a . . . hmmm--should I really share this?. . . not likely to be believed or understood--. . . . um . . . well, would end something like a "soul tie" (curse? block? spell?) that has been over my life. . . .
Yeah . . . I could probably write a book on my theories and observations and suspicions re this . . . but . . . ok, besides all that, Jackson happened to be playing a show last night at the big music club in Provo "Velour Live Music Gallery" because . . . when they played on Saturday it was sold out and fans lined up around the block couldn't get in.  So they are were called to do another show Monday night with the same other two bands who played (one of the "The National Parks" who are kinda blowing up right now and will have a regular song feature on American Idol this season, among other things) https://www.facebook.com/thenationalparksmusic
Also playing was the band Brumby--they were great btw, a really fun band to watch who obviously enjoyed what they were doing... https://www.facebook.com/brumbymusic

[From Velour's Facebook page:  "Tonight @westwardthetide opened their set with a special guest to pay tribute to David Bowie, who played an important role in their musical development and relationships- it was a true treasure to see @lafrantz on stage with his father and @meggsies. And Bowie! 💥💥"   https://www.facebook.com/VelourLive/?fref=nf

Sooo . . . Jack called me Monday morning . . . while I just happened to be watching Bowie's spooky video "Lazarus" . . . which I hadn't seen yet, but having heard the news of his passing . . . and told me his band was going to open the show with Bowie's "Heroes" song in tribute.  And Jack asked if I would like to come on stage and sing it with them!  Which, yes, of course I did!  I went to work, came home a little early and we figured out the song in my basement a couple of hours before the show (Jack, Megan & I)....(Meagan=Jackson's Wife]
. . . And well, I havn't played live in quite a while, nor practiced in a long time and so was feeling a tad old and rusty (especially considering Velour is a very hip, /all ages--as in young--crowd scene, having broken out or featured several now big time acts from Provo (Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Sarah Bareilles, Geoerge Ryan Bingham, Lindsay Sterling)....
But wow... Even though I wasn't thrilled with my performance, turns out a lot of people in that packed house were quite touched by the whole affair.  Well, they already love Jack and his band so I was in good company.. but I heard later that many people were crying through the song, the emotion of losing the artist Bowie so fresh and the father and son thing (and daughter-in-law) on stage... It turned out a very special night....and surprisingly (to me at least) great reviews came in on my part ("you sound just like him!")....
It was all quite nice and an out-of-the-blue encouragement amidst the slog and slug of grinding daily life.....
All very sudden, exciting, intense, and . . . suddenly gone......
Anyhow, here some video Isaac took of the event....



Odd Blockage....

Well, something very special happened last night . . . and I want to write a bit about it and post the evidence . . . but am having some very strange, never before seen, problems getting it uploaded.  Nothing is working when it comes to this specific piece for some reason; everything else is fine that I go to do but just can't seem to get this one up. . . .

I will try again later today. . . .


Monday, January 11, 2016

"ALEM" & . . . note re bowie

"Alem" . . . re your last private comment to me.  I have NOT received an email from you.  Are you sure you sent it to the right address?  topptier@gmail.com

In other news . . . Bowie . . . hmmm . . . Well, I will have something quite unexpected and (if all goes well) landmark-ish to share with about that . . . tomorrow. . . . Please stay tuned:)

Here's a hint:

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Powerful Tricks Of The Mind

There are a couple of efficacious tricks of the mind I employ which never fail to shift my attitude from a troubled to a peaceful, contented place.  Well, that's not quite right . . . anymore.  I have used them so often for years now that I very rarely, if ever find my mind in a trouble state as they have become a habitual mode of being. . . . But for one wanting to move from a place of vexation or anxiety, they work wonders and can do the same; although I have often found that people enjoy--in a slightly perverse way--their anxiousness and fretting and don't really want to be free of them. . . .

Negative attitudes, complaining, resenting etc., are like security blankets to some and are also used as manipulative passive-aggressive weapons . . . or, they are also often simply habitual through constant use or were programmed in at a young age.  In those latter cases, people are more open to breaking out of the habit realizing it is not useful or necessary and is more like a burr that has been stuck in one's garments . . . which one has thoughtlessly become accustomed to and never thinks to question. . . .

In any case, I believe these mental methods are wholly Biblical--based in scriptural knowledge and prescription . . . and can be utilized to stunning success, if one truly wants to mature to the next phase of spiritual growth.

No doubt, you are familiar with one or the other, or both and have made good use of them already to some degree at one time or another.

They are both so simple that their basic description belies the profound power they hold to radically change one's state of mind and heart in but an instant, if utilized sincerely.

The first one is this. . . . If something happens that is bad, sad, traumatic . . . like something breaks, or there is an accident . . . or some loss or "misfortune" . . . I quickly recall how many blessings I DO have and have benefited from, starting with the most basic.  For instance, AIR . . . being able to breathe . . . or to SEE and HEAR . . . and having the ability to taste things and satisfy hunger . . . water--the gift of water and of having access to clean, ever available water. . . . Then there is the blessing of having shelter, clothes, family, possessions . . . etc., and on and on.  Even "the poor" can imagine worse conditions and think of those who have it much worse.  Just as there is always somebody richer . . . there is always somebody poorer, so-to-speak--or in a state that involves far more suffering than what you are in.  I imagine refugees . . . martyrs . . . people tormented by war, homes shattered, lives lost . . . possessions all gone . . . wandering with nothing . . . of which there are plenty in the world.  Or the severely oppressed, destitute under brutal dictatorship.  There are those imprisoned, and unfairly or not, it is a miserable condition.  Rather than think of those who have things "better" than I, I rather am always considering myself fortunate realizing how much "better" I have it than so many others . . . which I deserve no more than any other!  And so, where one could be in a mental state of complaining, in depression or resentment because of some ill happening or situation . . . I rush to being grateful, remembering that God saved me . . . due to no worth of my own . . . and also that I have eternity with the Godhead to look forward to. . . .
Very quickly, if needed, I can shift my mental and emotional states from one of over-concern and darkness . . . to those of thankfulness and joy.  I refuse to let the shift be theoretical or shallow.  I hold still until I have truly moved--with all sincerity--into the more Godly position. . . .
Some insist that it is important--even healthy to wallow some time in sadness and angst, as if you are not being "truthful" if you don't . . . or that it must be borne in order to be "fleshed out" or "worked through".  I don't agree.  I believe it is almost always a wholly unnecessary and mostly self-indulgent pastime. . . . Yes, there are real, legitimate moments of grief which are part of existence in this world.  But I think they ought be far more rare than are so regularly engaged in. . . .

The other trick is one I learned more recently.  There are many things I would love to get to--hobbies, interests, goals, "dreams" etc.  Or even just go day to day without something breaking down needing to be fixed or replaced--to be able to get by with some relative ease without crappy stuff intervening and throwing things off track. . . . Not to mention the endless bills, fees, taxes, licenses, penalties--always beating one on the head and heart, keeping one down.
This trick says . . . that life is NOT something you are trying to get to . . . once you get past all the obstacles and hitches and responsibilities.  Life IS the obstacles and hitches and responsibilities!  Life IS . . . mostly about . . . fixing stuff, fixing situations with other people, relationships . . . repairing things . . . getting dinged, getting whacked, having accidents, messes, clutter, dust and dirt. . . . Life is NOT carefree.  Life IS all the cares. . . .
But what gets many people "down" and depressed and aggravated . . . is constantly attempting to attain some level of "carefree" coasting . . . which is guaranteed to disappoint INSTEAD of realizing that life IS all about the glitches and being constantly engaged in addressing them to varying degrees.
So, it's not "oh, if I could just have some time, some extra money . . . un-interrupted! . . . where I can do the things I want to do!" and then being forever frustrated (or becoming a totalitarian control freak making others miserable as you force them to comply with your fantasy); INSTEAD it's, "oh yeah, this problem suddenly here needing to be solved . . . is par for the course.  THIS is life."
Some insist that you should reject this approach as being "fatalistic" or defeatist. . . . But I disagree.  I think it is realistic and Biblical to understand that this place is basically a vale of tears . . . and meant to be . . . and that the "heaven" we are all trying to force NOW . . . is something we will indeed finally achieve . . . BUT NOT UNTIL HE GRANTS IT. . . .
Oddly, realizing and accepting this with grace and the aforementioned gratitude for what you DO have . . . leads to peace, joy and contentment, not to mention power to deal and bless . . . in the moment.

God bless ya'll.....


Friday, January 8, 2016

And now for something cute....

And now . . . for something cute . . .  the doggies, the pups, the "dogles", the "snow-dogles' . . . . It kinda wasn't what we intended . . . but we've ended up with two dogs..... We have:
 "Robert The Bruce"-"The Bruce"-"Bruce"-"Brucey Bruce"-(the red one) . . . and "Dude"--"Dude-uh"-"the Dude" (the white, lamby one) ......
[Oh, and side note.. I just saw the Rick Delano commented on my Geocentrism post.  He is the producer of "The Principle".... There are some great videos of him being interviewed about all the controversy and attacks surrounding the film which I will get some links up for in a bit... ]
[ps...i hope these little vids show up... they aren't looking right from my position, like they didn't upload correct... someone let me know if there's a problem if you would...]

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never mind these vids... I've just got to get them uploaded somewhere for personal documentation reasons.....
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Nailed It! Psyop Evidence

So . . . in a private conversation with Zeph and then I believe on the recent show I did with him . . . when I was talking about Geocentrism, the "flat earth" viral garbage came up.  I said I believed it was a psyop to discredit Geocentrism because it started right about the same time that the movie "The Principle" came out which is a fairly devastating documentary showing the evidence for the Godly Earth-centric universe.  It's true, the earth doesn't rotate and it isn't in an orbit around the sun.  The earth is where God came in the flesh and is the center of the created universe--the only show in town!

Anyway, when I first saw the flat earth stuff pop up a while back it struck me instantly as some sort of weird psyop.  About 2 seconds later I realized it was likely set up to counter and run along with Geocentrism to discredit it.

Well, it looks like others have figured this out as well. . . . The truth of Geocentrism is so powerful that it could shake the foundations of practically the whole of science as it has been presented to us and "they" want it to NOT get any traction. . . .

This is from an article that just popped up over at Before It's News website.....

"The flat earth explosion that started towards the end of 2014 is a direct attack to keep America and the world from seeing the documentary THE PRINCIPLE featuring (somewhat to their embarrassment) Lawrence Krauss, Michio Kaku, George FR Ellis, Julian Barbour, Max Tegmark, John Hartnett, Bernard Carr, Ronald Hatch, and others.
This image of a google trends report for “flat earth” shows very clearly that the attack started when THE PRINCIPLE was being screened in Chicago in October 2014. At the same time the SPLC attacked THE PRINCIPLE’s executive producer, Robert Sungenis, as being anti-semitic (as though THE PRINCIPLE has ANYTHING to do with the Jews!)."


So . . . yeah, I think I nailed it without even really having my hands on the data.  It's just what I suspected.  But I think it will backfire, haha. . . . The truth has a way of eventually breaking out.

Now, get some food stored!  I'm tellin' ya, something's coming down and if you've got people in your household you care about, you will kick yourself for not making some--at least basic, if not more--preparations.  Yes, yes, this of course follows being spiritual sound and prayed up and living right.

But we're here . . . we've got bodies . . . they need food and water . . . and we are to occupy until He calls us in!

God bless

Ready, Willing & Able

Another great blessing/benefit in realizing/accepting God's supreme sovereignty in all things.... I've found it helps me to love/accommodate/tolerate/serve others better.  I am always ready, willing and able to share the Gospel . . . and do so in various ways constantly. . . . [And I note that some of the greatest preachers and missionaries have been reformed as well as have some of the greatest revivals been instigated by reformed leaders (crushing the idea that if you're "Reformed" you will feel no need to exhort, preach, extol, share the Gospel)]....

And so, I've found that I am able to enjoy and encourage and love all kinds of people, regardless of their status whether a believer or not . . . as I know that ALL good things (talents, abilities, skills, ideas etc., they might possess) COME FROM GOD. . . . And I know that God is control and either "has" them or not--so I don't need to feel offended or anxious or angry or resentful . . . that they may not believe, trusting God will recover them if they are elect--which He may or may not do through me or by some other means. . . .

I am ready, willing and able to share the wondrous, blessed, saving Gospel . . . but also am able to love and accept (in a sense) others just as they are, trusting God always. . . . Paradoxically, while having this slightly laissez-faire approach, it has not only NOT decreased my passion and "heart for the lost" . . . but has made it finer, better, more sincere, less self-centered and effective....

Go figure....:)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Teachings Of Alvin Smith

While doing some research for a video project I am helping someone with . . . I called up on YouTube a film "Joseph Smith: The Prophet Of The Restoration" created and released by the LDS Church in 2005.  Randomly, I clicked somewhere in the early part of the film at 14:40mins. and watched a scene where young Joesph is at the grave of his recently passed elder brother Alvin.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xVw6PsSinI

A church man (A Presbyterian minister/reverend it turns out) walks up to him and says, "Perhaps God is trying to warn you Joseph. . . . Alvin is lost. . . . But there is still hope for you. . . ."  Young Joseph is looking away, distraught--.

"Forget these foolish notions," says the minister, dressed in black, holding his Bible , crouching down by Joe. . . .

Joe keeps looking down and away and the minister finally gets back up and leaves.  Then woman narrator then comes on and says, "But it was Alvin's words that were in Joseph's mind: 'I can't believe God would want to to save just a few of us.'"

. . . .And, well, isn't that something.  Is this not where false teaching usually starts, as I happened to have just recently written?:  "I can't believe God would _______"

Here is the perfect example of "leaning to your own understanding"--a practice directly contrary to Biblical, Godly teaching.

Furthermore, the issue of whether God "wants" to "save just a few" . . . or save everybody. . . . Is this not also one of the major sticking points that sends self-reliant thinkers off to "discover"/concoct more pleasant, "ear-tickling" doctrines?

Yet, here again, why is it so hard to see that this sentiment--as Alvin Smith purportedly exhibited--DIRECTLY contradicts God's Word?!  For Jesus Himself taught, "many are called, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN."  -Matt. 22:14

The only way to get around such plain teaching is to claim, as Smith did, that the Bible is correct, "ONLY so far as it is translated correctly"--which "incorrectly" translated parts are become quite useful when they go against Joseph's concocted teachings. . . .

Anyway, to put a capper on this issue I looked at Wikipedia regarding Alvin and Joe and read this: Alvin's funeral was held at the Presbyterian church. According to an 1893 account by his brother William, "Rev. Stockton had preached my brother's funeral sermon and intimated very strongly that he had gone to hell, for Alvin was not a church member".[10] William cites this as a reason that Joseph Sr. would not join the Presbyterians.

It was the doctrine of predestination that seems to have initially distressed Smith to the point that he decided to create a new religion where "free agency" reigns supreme (man chooses God, not God chooses man) and where virtually all people attain one or the other Heavenly estate.

Indeed, it seems to me that these issues are most often at the root of all cultish and errant false doctrines.  Folks just can't tolerate the God of the Bible--they contend against Him and what He "would want" and prefer to live and love a fiction . . . rather than live and love the Truth. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Bubble of Bubbles

All hades is breaking loose, looks like.  When asked about my thoughts on 2016 by Zeph, the first thing that came to mind was "ominous". . . . It's indeed looking like the close-out year; once decided a business is bust, at the end there is the "close-out". . . . This brief respite in the gas prices was nice but won't last and the problem is, during this stretch of a lull, more suckers have been brought back into the game--another bubble created . . . built on the previous existing slightly hidden bubble . . . creating the bubble of all bubbles . . . and about to burst. . . .

I mentioned the Hammonds in Burns, Oregon in my talk with Zeph.  I've been tracking that situation for a few months and noting Pete Santilli's plans to go there (Santilli, if you don't know, is a fairly popular "alt media guy, former marine, rabble-rouser; recently he was nearly taken out during a traffic stop where he found out he has been put on the terror watch list.  One thing I didn't get to with Zeph is my thought that this is there year "they" got after alternative media and alt media figures in a big way.)

Anyway, the Hammond situation is likely just the first of several wind-up hot spots to finally draw out the powder keg of citizen/patriot resentment as to what's going on. . . . Really, I just keep getting this sick sense that Barry is not going anywhere . . . if he and the cabal are able to stir up enough chaos to warrant the martial law/election suspension we've all dreaded. . . .

Get some food and supplies stocked up if you can.  It's at least something to pray about, if it's something God wants you to do.  For all this time I have not really been too concerned about it considering that a number of contingencies would make the effort moot. . . . But then I got, as I said, the strongest "word"/warning in the Spirit I've had in years regarding this issue and there was no mistaking that it is indeed an important thing to do; you'll be glad you did I believe. . . .

God bless, God rules, praise God through all; He is glorified in all that He does and "allows" to transpire.....

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Zero, Zip, Nada!

"Jesus answered them, 'Stop complaining among yourselves.
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day. . . . It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all.  But there are some of you who do not believe . . . this is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.'  From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him." --John 6:43-44,63-66

I like to say, with a smile, this is where Jesus tells His "followers" that He is a Calvinist--and many of them get mad and leave, just like they do now. . . . Quite proving the point, lol, I would say. . . .

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"NO ONE" (that means NOBODY--zero, zip, nada, not even one, none) "can come to Me UNLESS the Father . . . draws him."

"IT IS THE SPIRIT who gives life; the flesh is no help at all" (as in, you are unregnerate and thus of the flesh . . . can do NOTHING.  You are dead, of the flesh, until the SPIRIT gives you life, raises you from the dead.  The flesh in not "a little" help. . . . You can't put in your two cents worth to "help".  No, "the flesh is NO-zero, zip, nada--help at all.)

"But . . . some of you . . . do not believe." (why?  why don't some believe?)

(because) "NO ONE CAN COME TO ME UNLESS IT IS GRANTED HIM BY THE FATHER"!

"NO ONE" (nobody, none, zero, zip, nada, not a single one; thus, any and EVERY body who does come to Him . . . does so . . . ONLY because it was GRANTED by the Father.)
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Please, just believe Jesus, Who is God Himself in the flesh. . . . And the fruit and treasures of the Spirit will likewise be granted to you in abundance.  Stop making up stories, creating fantasies, avoiding the "hard sayings" as "many" of the disciples complained. . . . 

Unless, of course, it is not granted that you can See or understand it, like those who left the Master in Capernaum. . . .

God rules, Praise God!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Shout Outs To: Mike Head & "Alem"

Happy New (world order) Year! ....
They be going full tilt now!

Hey, a couple of shout-outs...

First off ... "ALEM" .... I did not publish your comment as requested... Perhaps I can help you with your questions/issues... I don't do email much--just don't have the time to do it service re keeping up with folk... BUT, if you want, you may contact me there at topptier@gmail.com
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Next...   MIKE HEAD!
It was great to hear from you!
Mike Head commented on my "Music Break" post... He is a musician and very decent fellow that we met when we lived in Tallahassee when I was pursuing my music ventures....  We (my wife and I) were truly touched by the very real Southern Hospitality we found there during our time in Florida, including that shown us by Michael.

I don't recall how we met--probably through Charlie? (a studio owner/music manager type guy that I first went there to meet) ... and it was at Mike's place that I did some of my first recording there ("Taste Of Things" and a version of "Holy Man").   Mike, if I recall correctly played the acoustic guitar on the iconic:) recording of "Dancing In The Shadows".. A sweet fellow, Mike, who even babysat our small boys so wifey and I could get a break on occasion.  One of my fondest music memories of all time happened because of Mike.  One of my songs made it onto a "best of" Tallahassee music cd's called "Kudzu Menagerie" http://www.cylist.com/List/405660733/various-kudzu-menagerie-cd-track-listing ....(I used my long time nickname "T-Ray") featuring the song "Love Plus Politics"....

And there was a big show put on at club there featuring the artists that were on the cd.  Mike very kindly allowed my to hijack his band (the "Casual T's") for my portion of the performances ... even though they themselves were also playing their own material at the show.....

I recall I had a bit of a panic attack backstage before playing and Mike calmed me down and encouraged me ... I hadn't played with a band for a while, was out of practice on guitar... and so on.

But, if I don't mind saying so... we killed it! ... Well, it was a very appreciative, packed, rowdy crowd overall... but my set came off very well, high energy and the crowd seemed to really dig it.  I played several of my songs, including one I wrote for the occasion called, heh, "Take Me To The Limo"... never heard before or again, and I had us open with a funky,bluesy version of "Tom Dooley".  They also helped me with (I believe) a rather stunningly beautiful version of "Love Plus Politics" ... which started out very atmospheric with just my vocals ... and (solo guitar? organ? argh I can't recall!) .... but then exploded in a total rocker at the end "They party all night--then they dream in the day... They got a little might--but it's fading away....They wanna look good--but they're busy being bad....You can't feed the people--on the dreams of the mad....." (about the decadent ruling elite scumbags)

Unfortunately, the guys I told to hit record ...to capture the audio of the show... never did .. and so the moment is lost somewhere in the aethers.....  But what a fantastic time it was and went so well and I was highly grateful that Mike (sorta strongarmed, lol) his bandmates to back me up for the occasion.

It was quite a night... My longtime buddy from childhood (Scott Nagle) was in town from Salt Lake (he was my drummer in my band "Innernational Man" some years before.... ) and he and I went out to the studio in the jungle (Pegasus) were I--feeling quite now quite confidant and rock-starrish.... and rather toasted on various imbibements--kinda took over the studio.  David Engelke (the studio co-owner/engineer I worked with on my songs there) was recording with a young black producer (nice fellow) on a Bonnie Pointer (of the Pointer Sisters) session.  Bonnie wasn't there... and I sorta just blew in and convinced them to write and record a song on the spot.. . The resulting song is funny... because by the time we got to my vocals.... my voice was shot...from the night of performing and partying.... heh... And this is a song I recently put on my Soundclick player here called "Shambala Not"...... Scott was passed out asleep ... along with Engelke...by the end of the night...And I remember driving home as the steamy Tallahasee sun was rising.....
Btw, I just a couple weeks ago, out of the blue, decided to google David Engelke.... and wow! ... found out that he has gone on to go into business with musician Peter Gabriel (of the band Genesis/Phil Collins and solo work fame); he's even won 3 Emmy's!  Not bad for a guy I taught how to mix!lol:
http://www.mixonline.com/news/news-products/ssl-purchased-peter-gabriel-david-engelke/381354
 http://www.topentity.com/david-engelke/

BUT.... back to Mike Head..... Thanks for finding me Mike and yes, I would love to get any recordings you have that I did with you back then.
Mike was also responsible for helping me do my first music video... of my song "The Metropolis" ... which I have been meaning to post on my YouTube for a while..... 'Spose I will be getting to that as soon as I can.....

Mike also mentioned "Steve" in his comment... He means Steve Taff ... who was in a band called, interestingly "911" .... and Steve played on several of my songs during my time there... And is the best--my favorite--guitar player I've ever worked with.  He is an amazing talent... and swell southern guy as well!  We rented a house that his father owned for some of our time there... Very nice, awesome people.. all of them!  We loved the South and learned a lot from the people we met there--.  Southern Hospitality is a real thing for sure!  Talented, smart, funny, kind, creative, non-judgmental, open-minded and helpful!  That's what what I recall from the people who befriended us there.....

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