Funny man Tracy Morgan isn't joking when he says he spoke to God while in a coma after the tragic accident he suffered in June last year, which claimed the life of a friend and nearly took his own.
"I went to the other side," Morgan told Complex magazine this week. "This is not something I'm making up. Do you know what God said to me? He said, 'Your room ain't ready. I still got something for you to do.'"
Morgan was critically injured last summer when a Walmart tractor-trailer ran into the comedian's Mercedes limo bus, which had been returning from a stand-up comedy show in Delaware. The vehicle was carrying a total of seven passengers, one of which was also critically injured and flown to the same hospital as Morgan. Comedy writer James McNair, 62, died at the scene, according to authorities. Morgan's limo driver was unharmed. more >>
LA VERNE, Calif. — Looking at recovery home manager Sal Perez for the first time I sense an aura around him that can only be described as love.
I tell myself that there's no way that this 46-year-old man, born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, could have ever had a bad bone in his body. However, Sal is living a life transformed. He'll tell you that in the past, as a methamphetamine addict that manufactured the drug to feed his habit, he intimidated people — he wanted to be bad.
It's a Friday night at Izzy's Place, and almost immediately I realize there's something more to this recovery home than men simply trying to kick alcohol and drugs. Sal is smiling ear-to-ear as he greets new people and gives nods and hugs to others. more >>
Leading up to and since the release of his new album Purpose, Justin Bieber has become quite the unlikely evangelist. The A-List star has been sharing his spiritual journey with the world and exposing the mainstream media to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In a recent L.A. Times review, the headline of Bieber's new tour read, "How Justin Bieber turned Staples Center into a megachurch."
The reviewer described his experience at the Justin Bieber: Purpose World Tour as a pop concert - movie premiere - skateboarding demonstration and a church service. He said the multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles was transformed as the 21-year-old singer sung through some of his older and newer hits.
To some it was probably no surprise because God has been the center of Bieber's conversations lately, but the journalist did not expect to hear about the singers deep love for Jesus at the sold-out venue. "Between the skateboarding and the singing, though, Bieber sat on a stool next to Judah Smith, the man described as his pastor, and more or less preached," L.A. Times reporter Mikael Wood wrote. more >>
It's almost Thanksgiving. The fireplace inside crackles while the snow outside falls, painting an exceptionally-Alaskan scene as I write, also reminding me that this is also the time of year I receive correspondence from thoughtful people asking how a particular American hero, a man who gave up his youth to serve this great nation under four presidents, is doing. He's home this year, so I'll be sure to mention your regards to him as we gather around the Thanksgiving table.
He's not just an American hero; he's a personal one too, years-back rescuing me from the kind of desperation that widowhood painfully brands on its victims. It's been a tough road, thanks to a world at war. I've spent more Thanksgivings alone than not, staring at the picture taken at a castle in Scotland, representing the day God showed me he could turn "ashes" into beauty. He's really good at that, you know.
My hero, who is also my friend, fully understood my brokenness and accepted me just as I was. He proposed. I accepted, and from start to finish, he planned our wedding, including the flowers, cake, and a Scottish pastor who surprised us by bringing a group of his kindhearted congregants to fill the would-be empty chapel with the warmth and kindred spirit true Christianity provides. more >>
You didn't choose your parents or the color of your skin. And you didn't choose your DNA. But you can choose your attitude. You get to choose everyday whether to grumble and complain, or to give thanks instead. And it's encouraging to know that you can literally thank your way to a good attitude.
Here is an experiment that illustrates my point. The next time you sense yourself starting to slip into a pessimistic mood, get out in front of it. Immediately begin to thank God for 10 blessings in your life. Defeat your depressing mood by thanking God for particular people and specific things in your life. You can even write them down if that helps.
It's hard to have a bad attitude if we stay focused on thanking God for His goodness to us. Gratitude drives away a bad attitude. more >>
A worried mind is a divided mind. Worry takes a meat cleaver to our thoughts, energy, and focus.
The Bible's most common word for "worry" is the Greek term: "merimnate." The origin is "merimnao." This is a compound of a verb and a noun. The verb is "divide." The noun is "mind."
To be anxious, then, is to divide the mind. Anxiety chops up our attention, derails our purpose, and scatters our awareness in a dozen directions. more >>