Denzel Washington Talks God, The Bible, Whitney, Obama and the Holy Spirit

Academy award-winning leading Man and 57-year-old Actor, film Producer and Director Denzel Washington sat down to talk with GQ on the October issue of the Men’s magazine. I have to say this is one of the most candid  and most interesting interviews I have seen in a while and here is what he had to say about several subjects.

On God and His Spirituality

Spirituality is important in every aspect of my life….I mean, that’s why I’m here. That’s what I’ve been blessed to do.

On The Bible

I read from the Bible every day, and I read my Daily Word. I read something great yesterday. It said, ‘Don’t aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference.

On Experiencing the Holy Spirit

That was thirty years ago, at the church I still attend. The minister was preaching, ‘Just let it go.’ I said, I’m going to go with it.’ And I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience. It did frighten me. I was slobbering, crying, sweating. My cheeks blew up. I was purging. It was too intense. It almost drove me away. I called my mother, and she said I was being filled with the Holy Spirit. I was like, ‘Does that mean I can never have wine again?

On Whitney and Drugs

It’s more of an example to me or the rest of us to keep it together. I was listening to her song I Look to You. It’s prophetic. Maybe I’m speaking out of line. Maybe she thought she could have one. And then the next thing you know, her body was betraying her. She didn’t know that her body was aging quickly. She couldn’t take it. Your body can only take so much. Some people survive [Hollywood and fame], and some people don’t. Whitney was my girl, and she had done so well in recovery. And that is the toughest part about addiction. And that was a monster drug that got a hold of her, it was a mean one. You can’t go back to that one. Nobody beats that. I look at people – and I don’t think I’m speaking out of line – Samuel L. Jackson, I’ve known for thirty-some-odd years, he was down at the bottom. And he came all the way back. And when he cleaned up, he never looked back. But he can’t have that beer, because it might lead to the tough thing.

On Obama

Well, the story’s not told yet. He’s in the beginning of the third quarter. I don’t know what his legacy is yet. He’s the first—that’s a part of it. Like Jackie Robinson. But it just wasn’t the first game; it was lasting the whole thing.

Now this is a man I admire.

3 Somewhat Interesting News Stories.

The Special Movie Goers

For the past year, young movie buffs in London have been flocking to one of the most unusual film-watching venues in the world. The Hot Tub Cinema combines hot tubs with good movies and a London rooftop location to offer probably the most relaxing film-watching experience on Earth.

‘We wanted to watch a movie, we wanted to use the hot tub, and we just thought why don’t we project it out the kitchen window onto a bed sheet on the washing line and see what the results will be, and that was how it was born,’ Asher Charman, one of the brains behind the project, told Reuters. ‘About a year ago we thought you know what, it’s about time, we’ve over grown our garden here, we’ve got three or four tubs, it’s time to take the step up and here we are now.’ So they got a movie projector, a screen and the Hot Tub Cinema was born. Quite a simple idea but one that really appealed to a movie-goers looking for something different. Now every time a rooftop movie-watching session takes place, the 12 hot tubs are always occupied.
From the image above it doesn’t look so comfortable.

And……

I love watching movies, but doing it continuously for over 200 hours seems like an impossible feat. But not for two Bolivian movie aficionados who recently won a national movie marathon contest and split a prize of $10,000.

Last year, Bolivia set a new world record for the longest movie marathon. Felipe Gonzalo Ticona managed to stay awake for 131 hours watching all kinds of different films, but because a Guinness representative wasn’t present on scene, his record wasn’t certified so the title remained in the possession of a certain Indian gentleman. But this year, Bolivian movie theater chain “Cine Center” was determined to snatch the title of longest ever movie marathon for their home country, so they announced another monumental film-watching event that would take place simultaneously in three of Bolivia’s largest cities: La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. The person who managed to beat all other participants and surpass the current record of 128 hours was guaranteed a prize of $10,000 and his name mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records. In total, over 1,400 film fans signed up for the chance to see dozens of films and win the attractive cash prize. At first, organizers decided to allow only people over 18 to enter the competition, but after receiving a considerable number of requests from younger movie buffs, they decided to allow teens as well, as long as they presented a signed authorization from their parents. Everyone had to pay a $14 entrance fee.

Well if not for anything else my eyes would kill me staring at a screen for that long.

The Full Body Tattooed President

Meet Vladimir Franz, probably the most tattooed man to ever run for president in any country of the world. The eccentric candidate is currently gathering signatures in order to be able to candidate for president of the Czech Republic in 2013.

53-year-old Vladimir Franz has what many people call a striking appearance. His face and body are covered with tattoos, which actually makes him look blue, literally blue. But that’s not all that makes him stand out from the rest of the candidates. He’s the perfect example of why people should never “judge a book by its cover”. You couldn’t tell by looking at him, but Franz is actually a drama professor at one of the most prestigious universities in Prague, a talented painter and a successful opera composer. As a young man, he also graduated from law school and got a doctorate in the field of law, but chose not to pursue a career as a lawyer or magistrate during the communist Czechoslovakian regime. Instead, he turned his attention towards art, and after studying painting and music, he became a university professor as well. He is well know in the Czech Republic for initiating a serious of cultural movements for the country’s youth, which makes him very popular among young voters.

This goes to show that every stereotype out there about tattooed people is ridiculous. This is a great man here regardless of his body art.

12 Years Without Food, Just Water.

How long can you survive without food? It all depends on a person’s weight, overall health and metabolic rate, but according to scientific data, a human being can’t go much longer than 3 weeks without food. Now, a 22-year-old man from China means to challenge this theory claiming he has survived 12 years on water alone.

Ning Xuefa, a young man from China’s Henan province, has recently made headlines for claiming he hasn’t had a bite of food in the last 12 years. Looking at the 1.50-meter-tall, 40-kg-heavy Ning one can tell he doesn’t like to eat much, but his story seems almost impossible to believe. He told Chinese media that he completely renounced food when he was just a 10-year-old child. Just looking at bread or vegetables at the dinner table made him nauseous, and he always had a dry throat and a weird sensation like something was stuck there that made him drink lots of water all day long. He currently consumes up to 15 liters of water in a day, and his father back up his story that he never touches a single scrap of food, whether it’s rice, steamed bread or meat.

wow! Incredible! I love food too much to try this at home lol.

A BIG THANK YOU AND THE UNDERGROUND SITE

THE UNDERGROUND SITE

Hello People, so it has been amazing these two months since i started blogging, i really cant believe the number of hits i get on the blog daily and i want to say thank you for checking in and reading, for not allowing me to be up here talking, ranting and rumbling to myself 🙂 i really do appreciate you all.

So barely two months after starting out here, I am glad to tell you all that i now have the opportunity to become part of something new and bigger; a ministry/Site called THE UNDERGROUND SITE. It is an online christian magazine which brings to people Christian stories and news from around the world, devotionals, art and culture, life changing messages etc. I am an Editor, Contributing Writer and Columnist for this ministry.  My column is called STORIES OF GRACE AND LIGHT  so always look out for it. God had a plan when i started this blog and i can see he was just prepping me for this. Some may see it as something small but i see it as an opportunity for me to be part of something bigger, a bigger platform to help share the message of God and help bless people and as well as bring glory to God. So i am very pleased and grateful for this opportunity.

This blog WILL still exist as a matter of fact but don’t fail to join me at TUS, i want you all to be frequent visitors to the site, because it is a Christian Magazine like no other.

Peace,
Michael Ernest.

A STORY OF SURVIVAL AND INNOVATION

Every day we see and hear stories about survivals, about normal people living extraordinary lives, showing extraordinary faith, striving, surviving even in the mist of adversities and today we will meet another of such people. Meet Sun Jifa a man who accidentally lost both of his hands. Sun Jifa, a Chinese farmer who lost both his arms after a homemade bomb exploded prematurely, built his own functional prosthetic limbs after he couldn’t afford to buy the one offerd by the hospital.

A few years back, 51-year-old Sun Jifa, from Guanmashan, Jilin province, northern China, was working on explosives designed for blast fishing when a bomb blew up prematurely leaving him without both his arms. He was taken to the hospital and treated, but when doctors proposed he wear a pair of prosthetics designed to make his everyday life easier, Sun realized he just couldn’t afford them. At the same time he knew he needed both his arms in order to work on the farm and provide for  his family. That’s when he decided to build his own artificial arms out of scrap metal. After eight years of planning and several prototypes, He finally has a pair of functional arms.


Now talk about Iron Man!!!

Enjoying The Simple Things

One of the life lessons I have learned and I keep getting reminded is that whatever you are going through could have been worse. One has to just be thankful and love life the way it is. You don’t have to be the richest man on the planet to smile, you don’t have to drive a Range Rover to laugh, you don’t have to be famous and stinking rich to live a fulfilled life and whoever told you that the rich and famous don’t have problems of their own that could shock you?.  Take life as it comes and enjoy it, 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 tells us to be joyful always and pray continually and at the same time give thanks in ALL circumstances. It didn’t say some circumstances or in favorable circumstances but in ALL circumstances.

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I recently did a lot of running around to meet up a deadline and I found myself sitting in a BRT BUS and I just sat there looking at the different faces and people around me and then I smiled.  And as if the man sitting next to me could read my mind he said to me “Happiness is a choice you know” and I looked at him and was amazed at how random what he said was and through out the entire traffic filled ride I made a new friend. Boarding that BRT bus at that time and that day made me learn a few valuable life lesson/s (we had an in dept conversation) and I thought to myself what if I had my car or used a bike would I have known about some of the things this gentleman shared with me? If yes, how long from that particular date would I have gotten this inspiring information? I may never know but my point is that I did learn something because of the situation I found myself and because I smiled and appeared friendly enough for the man to chat me up. There is always a blessing and lesson in every situation you find yourself,  there are a number of good scenarios to the flip side of what you are going through but apparently it is just in human nature to always dwell on the negativity of things.

We really have to learn/re-learn how to appreciate the simple things in life and appreciate the life and things God has blessed us with, always thanking God while remembering your situation could have been worse. I for one have come to love all the simple things in my life and I don’t joke with them, the may not be much to another person but to me it keeps me going. Sometimes I just bask in the beauty if certain things, a lot of people mostly Nigerians deny themselves those beautiful moments in life or maybe take it for granted but I don’t. Some debate that no one has time to watch the water waves, sun set, a butterfly etc while some think it is not “manly”. Well I used to somewhat belong to that school of thought but God is amazing at how much he has changed in me, the extent to which my mind has been renewed.  For example I saw about 100 Muslims praying, their foreheads on the floor, nice mats, barefooted and I actually saw the beauty in it and in that moment, something  that on a normal day I would have just worked passed without thinking or looking twice. I actually eat food and take time and enjoy the taste of food. I see God’s greatness in everything around me nowadays and I love it. I may not feel it ALL THE TIME but at least I am blessed and glad that I feel and enjoy the beauty of God all around and i pray that God opens you up and gives you all grace to enjoy the simple things and see the beauty of his creations all around you.

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Though It Tarries, Smile And Wait For It…..

The best teachings one can give is one that has been experienced and the best lessons comes from experience. So today I want to talk to you about something I am going through personally. It’s about not giving up, waiting for a brighter day, looking and feeling positive regardless of the present situation of things.

For one my life isn’t perfect and I am still waiting and hoping for better days and for a whole lot of things to fall into place, people look at me and say hey Michael what’s up? What’s new? And expect to hear about the new things, accomplishments, achievements etc in your life and when you tell them “same old” two things always happen

1. Their faces lights up as if they are secretly happy that you are stagnant.

2. They look into your eyes and show concern, support and understanding.

Anyway I am not here to talk about what other people think about your condition but what you think about it and how you carry on.  To be really honest staying positive, smiling and keeping your head up is one of the most difficult things to do when life and things are going tough, at that point every single thing you said about not giving up seems to fly out the window but knowing God and remembering all his promises to those who love him makes it a lot easier to look at the brighter side even in the darkest of times. So when you feel as if things are not working out remember his promises of never forsaking his children, remember that he will see you through and your situation will pass.

It is also important to remember to smile while waiting and while facing our storms/battles. Try not to take it out on others because everyone is going through a storm, heading into a storm or just coming out from a storm one way or the other. As difficult as it may get remember to smile for God is in control.  Learn how to let go and let God.

Mat 6:25  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Mat 6:26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Mat 6:27  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

I love NIV and in NIV verse 27 says

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

All what I am saying and sharing with you is more like words I am telling myself to strengthen my faith but I choose to type it out and I hope it reaches to someone else out there too. You guys know I am crazy about good stories so let me share two… Continue reading

Tattoos: Sinful? My Two Cents On Tattoos And The Bible

 

So here I am again about to talk (write) about tattoos, I wish this will be the very last time I will be addressing this issue (but if only wishes were horses right?).

Tattoo is one of those things that brings about so much debate when it comes to religion and what the bible says about it. If you have a tattoo you will know the number of times someone gave you a side-eye or frowned at you because of it, talk less of the people who will out rightly tell you that you will end up in hell for marking your body and you get even judged by people living deeply in sins of their own I mean sins that the bible  has warned us again again and again about (yes you guessed right I am talking about sexual immorality).  I am not here to talk about sins and mankind today but in due time I believe I will because one thing is for sure I will not shy away from anything I feel is the truth in this blog even if I am also guilty of it.

I have three tattoos on my body which I will talk about in another blog post and the stories behind each of them too. You will not believe the number of times I have debated this tattoo case both online and in real life and it gets really funny when people can’t actually pinpoint or back up what “the bible says”. So I have decided to break them down one after the other.

First and foremost I want to establish that the laws from the old testament are referred to as the “Old Laws” and the teachings of the new testament the “New Laws”. The old laws were handed down to the people so that the will shun pagan practices and seek the one and only true God and live in accordance to what was right at the time in preparation for Jesus to come.

(Deu 7:6)  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

The old laws are outlined in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy. The children of God really did pick up a lot of false religion and practices from the land of slavery so the had to be this strict laws to set them straight in the ways of God. Now the question is why the “New Laws” I will like to make an earthly example about the laws that were set by man though God is no man just trying to make a point. Remember when the blacks were not allowed to vote? When women didn’t have equal rights? And the were laws that allowed and permitted this but these laws were later amended and changed. Yes the old laws of the bible were incomplete I wont use the word flawed but incomplete.

  • The old laws allows war and retaliation
  • The old laws allows discrimination
  • The old laws doesn’t forgive sins(since only the love of God can do that)
  • The old laws suggests that acting according to the law and written code are the only criteria for peace and eternal life (but grace based on faith is what we need for eternal life as Jesus stated).
  • The old laws relies on fear of punishment rather that the love of God. Continue reading

CHILD PRODIGIES SO TALENTED THEY’LL MAKE YOU GREEN WITH ENVY

I was having a conversation the other day about how smart some kids are and how i would love my unborn children to be extremely smart. Today I read about this 11 year old boy ordained minister followed by comments and criticisms that he is too young to be a minister and to be preaching on the pulpit. It made me wonder… what is wrong with becoming a minister at the age of 11? Kids today are exposed to sex, pornographic materials, violence, and all sorts of things at a very tender age sometimes younger than 11. Kids today indulge in sinful activities so why the heck cant a kid do God’s will, why cant a kid preach the gospel? Aside from kids being involved in sins there are also super smart kids out there changing the world in special ways. The late Michael Jackson started at a very tender age, Stevie Wonder and a host of others. Today we have the Smith kids already doing it big in the entertainment scene. So I don’t see any reason why a young child can’t chase after God and do his will. So i want to introduce you to some of these super amazingly smart kids, taking it to the next level. Continue reading