August 22, 2016
I thought this was quite interesting. At no. 1, taken from: http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/business/T012-S001-best-jobs-for-the-future-2016/index.html (Select for the rest, but it's "clik-bait". Each one on the list requires another clik.)
August 18, 2016
Making America Righteous-Again: From Bitterness To A Delight (Audio)
By: Michael D. Tobin
Join me in this cutting edge blog as I read a sample chapter of my book, which was published late December 2015 and available for distribution on Amazon, New Year's Day, 2016. In the above broadcast I read all the beginning credits, and the next I chose ch1 because it sets the tone for each chapter. Here is the lINK TO DOWNLOAD FROM KINDLE AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Making-America-Righteous-Again-Bitterness-Delight-ebook/dp/B01A1JPHUC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1451610171&sr=1-1&keywords=Michael+D.+Tobin#nav-subnav
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Who can Make America Righteous-Again? The writer of Hebrews wrote, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,"
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, said, "Forsake not the assembly of the brethren." (Hebrews 10:24, 25) Jesus said, "Follow me..." (Mark 2:13, 14) This is all what my book is about, following Jesus, assembling of the brethren (like-mindedness), and Making America Righteous Again-From Bitterness to A Delight, and starting with you and I. Here is what an expert on understanding addiction has come up with: "...human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. It’s how we get our satisfaction. If we can’t connect with each other, we will connect with anything we can find — the whirr of a roulette wheel or the prick of a syringe." Folks, it's time to get addicted. Addicted to Jesus; and doing the right thing. One person at a time is all it takes. And each chapter tells first-hand knowledge and experience on just how I know I have my bases covered.
Making America Righteous-Again: From Bitterness To A Delight (Audio chapter 1) By: Michael D. Tobin Chapter One
The Economy or Righteousness First?
LINK TO DOWNLOAD FROM KINDLE AMAZON: Making America Righteous-Again: From Bitterness To A Delight Kindle Edition
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Making America Righteous-Again: From Bitterness To A Delight
Chapter one: The Economy or Righteousness First?
Chapter two: Stick-toitivity
Chapter three: Surround Yourself With Greatness: Dreams, Visions and Prophesies
Chapter four: The Most High in Defense of The Most Low: What is The Last Straw?
Chapter five: Stand, Withstand, Be Still, or Go?
Chapter six: The Ancient of Days
Chapter seven: There's Light At The End of This Tunnel-For You
Chapter eight: Prudence And Silence in Evil Times
Chapter nine: What is A Watchman And A Shepherd?
Chapter ten: America's Cry...For Battle
About The Author
Author/Missionary/Evangelist, and father of three. My goal is to spark interest and challenge folks to think about life, liberty and freedom, as well as to consider Jesus son of God, the Giver of life, and to see life as precious, as God sees and wants us to. Righteousness begins with me, and I must go about doing good, as Jesus commands. I draw from over 25 years of various activities, including Christian radio broadcasting, news, various aspects of missions, evangelism and ministry activities, Bible school and college, as well as my lifetime of the school of hard knocks. I am available for broadcast interviews and speaking engagements. My most recent challenges have recently been met, compiling over ten years of essays and becoming a first-time author. My goals are also to preach the Gospel and see souls saved, praying for miracles, sicknesses healed and to minister to the needs of believers and non-believers alike, as I operate in all nine gifts of the Holy Spirit wherever God sends me. I'll be speaking nationwide and abroad, sharing my testimony and faith. I am a proud Father of 3, Michelle, Michael Jr. and Daniel, all in their 30's now. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. My name is Michael D. Tobin. Born March 11, 1964. Former AM radio talk host, DJ, News Director, home builder, carpenter, retail doors & windows specialist, and most recently property management maintenance supervisor here in San Diego. Currently I operate an online broadcast show titled, "The Michael Tobin Show" found at, The Michael Tobin Show Radio Host / DJ . I am available for broadcast interviews and speaking engagements.
I have been and are involved with various national and local volunteer efforts since 1989, in which I've been a Chaplain with Billy Graham Rapid Response Team in local fires & Southern U.S. hurricanes since 2003, visited prisons and jails with Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship in Oregon, preached on street corners in various states including California alongside Ray Comfort, West Virginia and Virginia alongside ministry pastors and partners, and worked with San Diego's homeless in numerous ways since the late 1980's, and traveled to Israel, Jordan, Syria, Jamaica and Mexico with church missions. All-in-all I'm just a regular guy with an extraordinary life, serving an extraordinary God. Since 2004 and as early as the 1980's I've participated in miraculous ways in most of these past opportunities while being full-time employed and while raising my children as a single father. Every little bit one does for the Lord counts, and my book gives ample evidence of just how I was able to do so without excuse. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and I reside in Southern CA where was raised and lived in California, (with exception of about 5 years Bible school in Virginia and 7 years in Oregon, both in my adult years), since I was one-year old, and San Diego since seven yrs old. With all that said, I have had the unique opportunities to have been able to raise my children in places including San Diego County, the Mojave Desert in California and Central Oregon. Past AM radio interviews have included Carman Licciardello, Candy Suswell Staton, (I interviewed both and was on missions in Jamaica where Candy Staton was ministering at the same time), Jerry Lewis (met him in person) and even danced with beautiful Michiko Sasaki of the Radio City Rockettes. I've met several celebrities and worked with a few of them, multi-talented movie actress/hit Broadway star, Michico Sasaki, at a Hollywood/L.A. tv studio talk show audience not even knowing who she is. I was an extra in the 1997 Demi Moore movie, G.I. Jane and Subaru commercials with actor, Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee), just to name a few, other than just meeting others in a casual manner. And most recently on March 31, 2016 I served as a Billy Graham Chaplain at one of Franklin Graham's 50 State Capitol stops during the "Decision America Prayer Rally" tour, here in Californi'a Sacramento State Capitol, ministering to those who attended. Like the scripture verse above, not only "all things work together...", God has really blessed me in so many other ways as I just do my part as the part presents itself, and I'm just still learning to be content wherever I'm at and whatever I do, because in the end, only what's profitable for God will really last.
We are holding on by the skin of our teeth for many reasons here in the U.S.. I am showing you real life living, where being sidetracked by others have not affected me and others from reaching and seeking the High goal. My point throughout this book is for us as individuals and who are Christian, that we need to see that in order to make America great, and righteous, we need to literally be the person we want others to see; and not only that, but to want to be that person, sincerely. The more people who realize that, maybe the sooner we'll realize it's really individually in which we need to clean up our act, before collectively doing so. We tend to want everyone else to be better in order for ourselves to feel like being better. Where is the fruit of the Spirit? I don't see it. But that's just me. We'd rather quote dead preachers profound truths, yet criticize them and each other while they were, and we're still, alive. That's a whole country's population of a bunch of individual whitewashed sepulchers.
One example from what I mentioned above, on how we are holding on by the skin of our teeth for many reasons here in the U.S., is, many of us tend to ‘wear a cross on our shoulders’, if I can borrow a phrase made popular once again recently by a politician. If you’re wondering what it means, look on facebook or twitter. There are some who have a twitter cross, or a facebook cross as their profile picture, yet in reality, by the content of their speech, they haven’t a clue on what the cross really means.
But in this book, I have ten chapters of circumstances and situations that will challenge the reader to see yourselves and similarly others, in your own challenges, pursuits, and situations, and apply simple Biblical precepts to each and every one of them. The 9 Fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22,23 are the perfect benchmark for a guide for every day life. Gal. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
We will fail in all of them, but we can remember them all as well, and every day continue to remember to the best of our honest ability. And in these ten chapters, I give personal testimony to relate to all of these times throughout my life, and 27 years following Jesus in earnest. And with that said, expect my next book, the sequel to this first one, to include personal testimony in more detail, as it really does require more attention and detail, as the focal verses will remain the meaning of Naomi’s name as “...a delight,”, instead of, “Mara/Bitter,” in the book of Ruth. Ruth 1:20 But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.” And how she and Moses both, experienced turning bitterness into sweetness/delight, as also in Exodus 15:22 [Bitter Waters Made Sweet] So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water... In America, the U.S., we will indeed see that the bitterness that our ‘waters’ have become, will indeed turn back to ‘a delight, and sweetness,’ as we become who God wants us to be individually. That is the only way this will happen. Moses later found a body of bitter water, but through God's guidance, the water was made sweet.
I did an interesting thing after deciding on my title. The thought occurred to me to make an acronym for my book title. We tend to use acronyms a lot when describing policies, organizations and such. So I took the letters, M, A, R, and A from the beginning of the first four words in the book title, "Making America Righteous-Again," to form the acronym, M.A.R.A.
Interestingly enough, the acronym forms the female name, or a word, meaning "bitterness", with Hebrew origins, and the lake in the wilderness from the book of Exodus was titled, Mara because it was a bitter water. But God told Moses to throw a stick in the water. So Moses had thrown a stick in the water and the water became sweet! In the book of Ruth, Naomi told the people of Bethlehem, when they recognized who she was, to no longer call her Naomi, but to call her Mara, because God has dealt bitterly with her. But of course Naomi kept her name, which means, beautiful, or my delight. That, of course, is how we must be personally, and as a nation. We need to change from bitterness to sweet-again! From bitterness, to a delight-again! Where is the stick that God will have thrown at us, to turn ourselves from bitterness-to-sweet and a delight? Spare the rof, spoil the child!
Ruth 1:19-21 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi? And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
What an analogy for the following chapters and this book! I want my life, and I want my country, to change from bitter, to sweet. From bitterness, to a delight-AGAIN.
I think we can agree we all feel like the world is in a NASCAR race full of crashes, injuries, delays, cautions, pit-stops and even deaths. This race and all of its' madness has to stop, and I want a sense of peace. He leadeth us to still waters.
There is an old saying, "the end results justify the means to achieve such results."
The reason for my book title containing the word, "righteous", instead of greatness, is because it's a pun on Donald Trumps' Presidential campaign slogan, "Lets Make America Great Again." My point throughout this book is to show that righteousness is the means to achieve greatness. Therefore one does not become great in its' desired sense and definition without first becoming righteous. Also, America will never be great, unless the Church is great. I have compiled eleven years of my best essays relating to this books title, and one of them is from twenty-six years ago that I finally wrote in 2006.
Here are the definitions of righteousness, and great:
Righteousness: the quality or state of being just or rightful
Great: wonderful first-rate; very good (dictionary.com)
What are the means, to achieve 'greatness?" We want to be great, but unfortunately, we want to be rich first. We want to be righteous, but we want to be rich first. If we want to be great, and if we want our country to be great, we also have to begin with ourselves first, as opposed to trying to change the world without first changing ourselves. But righteousness must be the first ingredient to being great and successful. And successful should not be equated with rich.
So sit tight, and enjoy as I attempt to share my life's lessons and knowledge, on how to keep focus on what's important and what is at hand, while learning to not allow perplexity, worry and lack of understanding to effect us in regrettable ways that have caused our nation to suffer and crumble, or to cause our personal lives to suffer and crumble, as if we don't even know why.
Matthew 23:11,12 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Mom, Feb 4, 2011 shortly before passing in May, 2012
I would like to acknowledge my Mom, Dolores Giamanco. Were it not for her constant prayers I would most likely be dead or in prison for the rest of my life, and not saved by the Grace of God. She was born in San Diego, CA in 1935 and lived until 77 years old, losing the battle to cancer, but winning the race to be with God in Heaven for eternity. She is one of 8 children, and a granddaughter of Italian Immigrant, and her Mom, Josephine Dora Fuentes Giamanco, was from Los Angeles and descended from California’s Spaniard colonists. My Mom’s dream was to publish a book. And if anyone in our family had a clue, then, how to publish, we would have helped her in that goal. So this book is dedicated to my Mom.
Also, I acknowledge my Lord and Savior, Jesus, for bearing with me throughout my life, and especially before I returned back to Him in 1989 from an 11-year backslide, and especially from then on until now, who continuously worked with me with tactful guidance through all of my challenges, hurts and accomplishments in family, life, ministry and career. I would also like to acknowledge Pastor Mike MacIntosh, who I have always thought about his teachings I remember from as far back as 10 years old, kept throughout during my ages of 14 through 25 years old during my years of what we call our ‘years of sin.’ It wasn’t until I came back from my Bible school years between 1989 until 2003, that I once again began attending his services and church services and serving, when I was thrilled to learn how North Park Calvary Chapel had evolved into Horizon Christian fellowship San Diego, to this day, now pastored by his oldest son, Pastor Philip MacIntosh. And for the past eight years, I have been living in North San Diego County, attending several different churches and still trying to find my niche. Without the covering of good Bible believing churches, we are really left out to the elements to battle on our own strengths. And that is a recent lesson I have learned the hard way, regardless of all the teachings from those who knew, before they preached.
I would like to acknowledge the staff at Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle, in Ashland, VA, a few who are still there, as well as those who have gone on the Heaven. One, who is Reverend Hellen Lofton. When I was about 25 yrs old, in Bible school, she had become the first manager of the radio station the ministry had just purchased, WPES AM 1430, a 1,000 watt Christian radio station. She needed someone to help her run the station, and she had tested me by reading several :10 second, :30 second, and :60 second radio commercials, and to her amazement, she had never seen anyone read them in the allotted times in the first try. Her and I were a ‘one-man show’, with continuous revolving help from awesome volunteers for about 5 years, shortly before the station was sold to another Christian broadcasting company.
LaRee Bell is another sister in Christ I would like to acknowledge because without her help in listening and caring about this book and ministry going forward, I wouldn’t have been able to create the Forward for this book. She has a knack for helping others sort things out, and is founder of ‘Entertaining Angels’ , her business where she includes a wide variety of services to help others in their businesses, ministries and goals.
Lower L to R, Me, Mama Lofton A lady from Singapore and Sarah Lee From Vietnam. I'd say this was about 1992. In the above photo, I think I was holy that day with my white painter pants. Often I would come to the station in work clothes, as the duties often varied at the school. Helen Lofton, or 'Mama Lofton' as she was known by everyone, was the station Mgr/Deejay, and I was the News Director/Production Mgr/Asst. Mgr/Deejay. What a blast we had. And Sarah Lee is actually in So. CAL right now not far from where I live.
Rev Jane Lowder and Me, 2012 Summer Camp Meeting Calvary Pentecostal Campground Ashland, VA She is my spiritual Mom, and she tells people I'm her son. Pastor Jane is now the director of CPT, but while I was there between 1989-1994 her and our team ran the kitchens, housekeeping, leaf raking, and so much more. She is my boss and Mom.
I want to begin by explaining what it means to be "saved", and "born again." Here is a quote from one of my favorite preachers in America, who actually is from Australia, and born of German parents.
"The world is about buying and selling. But the kingdom of God is about sowing and reaping." - Pastor Jurgen Matthesius
Between the ages of six and 24 years old, I just could not figure out what it means to be born again, saved, and couldn't figure out what exactly is the meaning of, "Jesus is my Lord."
So I want to do you a favor and help you out, on how I finally figured it out. I was doing it all wrong. And I never stuck around long enough to actually get an understanding.
Let me first explain what a "backslider" is.
Backslider is derived from a Biblical term. There are only two times where the actual word, backslide, was used. And 12 other times the actual word backslide is not used, but terms such as turning back, were used. (you can cause people to "turn back" or "go back the other way", or "turned back from the Lord."
Merriam Webster gives two definitions:
: to lapse morally or in the practice of religion
: to revert to a worse condition
Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.
So these are things that "saved" and "born again" Christians are frequently known to do. Don't let this deter you, though! Make no mistake about it. God means business. He is the only one you will EVER meet, who will tell you the absolute truth. So here I am, also, to do the same. Just to spare you the grief. Here is How Jesus tells His people to come to Him or to come back. And it's as simple as asking Jesus wherever you are, whatever you're doing, to just come into your heart and to lead and guide you throughout your life.
John 6:37-40 37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
John 3:3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ”
Simply put, when you believe all that Jesus has said, and then ask Him into your life to then follow His ways, you are born again, and you are now a child of God and will enter into Heaven after you die.
And to be saved is the same thing, when you call on Jesus, you will be saved.
So Welcome to the family and read the Bible and find yourself a good Bible believing church. Trust that God will lead and guide you and talk to Him as you would anyone else, knowing He is right there with you listening. Because he really is.
August 17, 2016
(Select this link for video and active reference links/updated articles) Blue Cut Fire continues to burn in San Bernardino County; 31,600 acres scorched
Blue Cut Fire Cajon Pass California!
By: Michael D. Tobin
Aug 17, 2016
On The Michael Tobin Show Radio Host / DJ https://www.spreaker.com/user/michaeltobin I interview cutting edge authors/politicians/evangelists, etc... I talk about all kinds of things in ways you wish you can hear on a normal basis! I affectionately regard myself as follows: Troublemaker/RabbleRouser/Author/blogger/Radio/TV/commercials/movies. Father of 3/AA degree/5 years Bible school/missions/evangelism/quite awesome and a blessing. All my spare time goes to broadcasting and travel with preaching and disaster response as a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplain. If you would like to support me to travel to domestic disasters such as Texas, Louisiana and other states floods, fires etc... you may go to this link: PayPal.Me/michaeldt and simply give as you are able. Also, an inexpensive way to help is to download my new book from this year, "Making America Righteous Again: From Bitterness To A Delight" available on Amazon Kindle e-form, at: Making America Righteous-Again: From Bitterness To A Delight Kindle Edition by Michael D. Tobin (Author) Canada also would have been a blessing to have been able to respond with their recent Alberta firestorms but I was financially crippled at the time, and I am barely getting back on track after my employer lost their contract/client last Christmas holiday season leaving me unemployed up until this week (if all goes well with a temporary job service with vinyl mfg windows company and who knows what else.) I would greatly appreciate it and any long holiday weekends or vacation time can be spent going, and if I am able to have long-term support I will be full-time broadcast as my occupation, which is what my heart's desire and prayers are for. Thanx so much and hope you are blessed by my broadcasts, blogs and video links as well!
August 13, 2016
(AUG. 23, 2016 MONDAY MORNING NEWS) I TOLD YOU SO. ABC telling "a" "truth"? Watch those emails: "New Docs Show Clinton Foundation Donors Sought Access to State Department"
By BRIAN ROSS MATTHEW MOSK Aug 23, 2016, 7:01 AM ETNew Docs Show Clinton Foundation Donors Sought Access to State Department By BRIAN ROSS MATTHEW MOSK Aug 23, 2016, 7:01 AM ET
Confusion And Destruction
By BRIAN ROSS MATTHEW MOSK Aug 23, 2016, 7:01 AM ETNew Docs Show Clinton Foundation Donors Sought Access to State Department By BRIAN ROSS MATTHEW MOSK Aug 23, 2016, 7:01 AM ET
Confusion And Destruction
By: Michael D. Tobin Aug 13, 2016
Look at this headline, and one has to wonder just why our own American media continues it's decades-long socialist/communistic campaign against our very own form of a republic and U.S. Constitution, that has become the envy of the world for the past 200+ years, but is gradually eroding like a frog in a kettle that does not know it is dying as the water turns from warm, ultimately to hot and boiling which will eventually cook the tired and sleepy frog. You ever wonder the genius that god uses to cause victory for His people in battle? he has always had a way of confusing the enemy causing them to destroy one another. This is why our founding fathers of the U.S.A. warned of not only enemies from outside, but also domestic enemies. I need to say this because I keep forgetting: I have a sneaky suspicion the so-called mainstream media are so tired of being exposed that they are throwing in the towel strategically, by 'supporting' Hillary in such a manner that they are purposefully being obvious through their lies that are nearly impossible to NOT refute. In other words, they are lying badly in order to quit being a part of the political socialist agenda, because it is harming their reputation as news sources and diminishing their ratings. (Credibility and ratings.) After Hillary loses, their next plan will be to report more responsibly, only to increase their credibility and ratings. After they get back up to profitable gain, they will be back to their same antics. Isaiah records God as saying He will turn Egyptian against Egyptian, brother will fight against brother and Egyptian kingdoms will fight against each other. But here's my favorite instances in the Bible where God caused confusion within the enemy because it involves Jonathan, King Saul's son, and his armor bearer before Jonathan actually became David's armor bearer. Here's just a couple observations that biblically /historically relate to what I've been observing here in the U.S. for past several years. Mark 3:25
"If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. King James Bible And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 1 Samuel 14:20 Darby Bible Translation
And Saul and all the people that were with him were called together, and they came to the battle; and behold, every man's sword was against his fellow, a very great confusion.
Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers
(20) Assembled themselves.—In the margin of the English Version we find “were cried together,” that is, “were assembled by the trumpet call.” The Syriac and Vulg., however, more accurately render the Hebrew shouted, that is, raised the war-cry of Israel.
Every man’s sword was against his fellow.—The statement in the next verse (21) explains this. Profiting by the wild confusion which reigned now throughout the Philistine host, a portion of their own auxiliaries—unwilling allies, doubtless—turned their arms against their employers or masters. From this moment no one in the panic-stricken army could rightly distinguish friend from foe. In such a scene of confusion the charge of Saul, at the head of his small but well-trained soldierly band, must have done terrible execution. Shouting the well-known war-cry of Benjamin, it penetrated wedge-like into the heart of the broken Philistine host.
Please be sure to download my new book available since January, "Making America Righteous Again: From Bitterness To A Delight", where I describe in each chapter just how change begins with you and I, along with various personal experience and how others and specific people have shown me how. Making America Righteous-Again: From Bitterness To A Delight Kindle Edition
May 26, 2016
Presumptive GOP Nominee Donald Trump Friday May, 27 San Diego Rally B4/After
By: Michael D. Tobin San Diego, CA May 26, 2016
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Presumptive GOP Nominee Donald Trump Friday May, 27 San Diego Rally B4/Aft
May 17, 2016
Owen Wilson: How's He Doing?
By: Michael D. Tobin May 17, 2016
In a Sep 10, 2007 people article titled, Owen Wilson: What Happened? , there is a compilation of events and possible explanations for what happened with actor, Owen Wilson leading to what police determined an attempt suicide. It's strange that I heard a portion of what happened then, on the news, and afterward didn't see or hear much at all. But within following weeks when I web searched details, I wasn't able to find anything, so I was just left with the fact that he had survived, and sought professional help, and must be ok now...hopefully.
As my readers must know, from time to time I will do a blog on a favorite actor I admire for various reasons. And throughout my life, I have been 'stuck' on quite a few actors or musicians, to the point where I do research on just what makes them tick, and "am I right that these celebrities really are how I perceive them?"
So more pleasantly often than not, and I don't recall being mistaken, they really are who I perceive them to be. But more than the typical fascination or ways of comparing myself to others, my real passion is actually that I have this unquenchable tendency and desire to pray for celebrities; not as some type of personal ministry or a noble goal. But I have this genuine concern for people, and I've given up questioning why. Because I can not get a real describable answer. i just sincerely care for many specific celebrities, and specifically, I care for all celebrities. So what does a good Christian do? We pray for others.
So with that paragraphs description, I want to say, keeping this blog short but sweet, I am wondering, "How is Owen Wilson Doing Now?" I have been praying for that guy and thinking about him for the past 9 or so years now, and have not given up. and I am in the process of trying to catch up with EVERYTHING before I go on my next life pursuits, after my last couple decades have been the most strenuous in my 52 years of age. After several attempts to locate Owen's story online I have just found something today, and now able to write about it.
Here is the latest: The latest interview titled, Owen Wilson interview: After hard times, the actor is back on track in Zoolander 2 from the news sight, Independent, dated February 10, 2016 this year. Aside from his following movies since 2007, all the poperazi, photo journalism, and personal family events and family life, he is reportedly doing fine. But I have a feeling he is, but he is still hashing things out. And because of that, I will conclude that I am still praying for him, and Owen, if you are reading, I would like to meet you one day.
With that said, I am not the kind of writer who writes everything I think or know, because some things are more ethical to save for personal conversations. Also, through the years, I've learned many of those who do, only care about the information, but not on what they write about, and are like parasites mining information, but never leveling that they only have it because they snatched it somewhere, without reference to any source for validation. I don't believe it's cut&dry about "never revealing your sources." I believe very often that revealing sources validates what you write about, and it's just plain polite.
So those are my quick thoughts and my own personal update on how he's doing. I'm not satisfied and am still rooting for Owen Wilson. God bless you buddy, if you are reading.
April 17, 2016
AXL ROSE AC/DC's NEW FRONTMAN AND ALL THE NAY-SAYERS
By: Michael D. Tobin April 17, 2016
I'M GOING A BIT OFF TOPIC ON THIS, AS I OCCASIONALLY DO, ALSO UNIQUE BEINGS THERE'S YESTERDAYS ECUADOR 7.8 QUAKE W/HUNDREDS DEAD, GREAT DESTRUCTION AND AT THE SAME TIME AS SOUTHERN JAPAN'S THREE-DAY-EXPERIENCE OF THREE QUAKES RANGING FROM 6.7-7.4 WITH DOZENS DEAD AND TERRIBLE DESTRUCTION. YOU CAN SEE MY PREVIOUS BLOGS ON MY EFFORTS TO GO AND BE A FIRST-RESPONDER IN JAPAN, ECUADOR, OR TEXAS, AFTER THEIR FLOODS.
I'M ROBBING A TOPIC FROM A FRIEND'S FACEBOOK PAGE AND MODIFYING IT HERE. My friend is a leader of a band, and he asked what do people think of Axl Rose taking on the frontman position of AC/DC. You can imagine probably, all the f-words and vitriol and well-meaning advice. But I can't and I couldn't figure out all the negative bad vibes in most of the answers. Evidently Axle Rose is AC/DC's new frontman and the internet is all ablaze 'n the experts are agen' it. Go figure. ( Confirmed: Axl Rose Is AC/DC's New Lead Singer ) So my response to my friend's question was, " I think he's perfect for an otherwise impossible situation that the band is in. Good for him. And good for the band."
Anybody remember Michael Tait taking the frontman position of Australia's Christian band, "Newsboys"? I was a very avid fan of that band from the beginning, and though I was also an avid fan of Michael Tait and his career from the beginning, I didn't think it would work, but they kept growing and it's phenomenal.) I remember when Brian Johnson took over and I thought AC/DC was toast. But then their next album came out and the rest is history. And I liked AC/DC more than all of my friends. They were all into Van Halen before they became Van Hagar, and liking Led Zepelin because it made them cool. Had most of the fans even knew just who these frontmen actually were and where they came from, they just may have had an even more appreciation, instead of some cool rebellious image. And of course, gossip celebrity t.v. wasn't what it has become today and social media wasn't around for everyone to become experts. But I digress.
I know AC/DC is a secular band but people have gifts, talents and careers and nobody is perfect. I don't know how horrible of a human being Axl Rose is either. I never read a single article, blog or watched anything on t.v. about him or the band. I know I bought Guns n' Roses' first hit cassette when it came out in 1988 though. And at 24 years old that was the first brand new recording I had ever bought. That's how good Axl Rose and the band was to me. Sure, I was a rock-n'-roller and still am, but I just never saw the need to be a consumer. Sorry bands. But I did get to see quite a few of my favorites live. (And my life's events from then on actually prohibited me from seeing Guns n' Roses in concert back then up until their split.) So I've seen Bob Seger, Heart, John Cougar Mellencamp, Pat Travers, Rainbow, Jethro Tull, War, Canned Heat (without their original lead, GooGoo Dolls) and a bit more. So here's something the next big music industry hooplah reminds me of. And now I got my say out, people can have at it, and we'll watch history unfold, unsuspected as usual. And keep in mind that we have so many examples in the music industry where the impossible was made possible amongst all the doubt and resistance.
God Can Use Us AllSometimes do you ever wonder why God called you to do something for Him? There are many reasons why God shouldn't have called you, or me, or anyone else for that matter, but God doesn't wait until we are perfect to call us. Think of all those God used. You're in good company if you think you aren't ready for God to use.
Abraham lied. Sarah laughed at God's promises.
Moses stuttered. David's armor didn't fit.
John Mark was rejected by Paul.
Timothy had ulcers.
Hosea's wife was a prostitute.
Amos' only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich.
Jesus was too poor.
Abraham was to old.
David was too young.
Peter was afraid of death.
Lazarus was dead.
John was self-righteous.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a murderer.
So was Moses.
Jonah ran from God.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worry-wort.
Mary may have been lazy.
Samson had long hair.
Noah got drunk.
Did I mention Moses had a short fuse?
So did Peter, Paul and lots of folks.
But God doesn't hire and fire like most bosses because He's more like our Dad than a boss. He doesn't look at financial gain or loss. He's not prejudiced or partial, nor sassy and brassy, nor deaf to our cry. He's not blind to our faults. His gifts to us are free. We could do wonderful things for others and still not be wonderful ourselves. Satan says, "You're not worthy!" Jesus says, "So what? I AM." Satan looks back and sees our mistakes. God looks back and sees the Cross.