March Madness – Sunday’s results

Well I just finished watching Kansas squeak out a win against Davidson.  That was a great game.  Too bad that Davidson missed their last shot but it was a great game.  I like the fact Davidson tried for the game winning shot instead of settling for a two pointer and send it into OT.  I am happy to see Kansas in the Final Four.  Memphis killed Texas.  I was little bit disappointed.  I had really thought Texas would give them a run for their money and expect an upset.  I was one of two for my predictions from yesterday.  I think I am getting use to picking college basketball games.

My picks for next week.  UCLA over Memphis and UNC over Kansas.  UCLA beats UNC for the championship.

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Saturday’s March Madness

Well, I learned one thing today.  Never base your college basketball prediction on a comic book character.  Professor Xavier never came through for me today.  He must have been busy fighting mutants or something because Xavier was killed by UCLA.

GO UCLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess i should say something about the other game.  Well that was a good game.  I sat down during the second half and start routing for Louisville and then they fell apart. Congrats to North Carolina. 

I have a suggestion for anyone who is reading this blog.  I know very little about college basketball and it seems every team that I predict to win, loses.  So ask me picks for Sunday’s games and put some money on the other team.  So I checked out Sunday games.  I think I like Kansas over Davidson and Texas over Memphis.

On a side note I noticed an article stating that UCLA is becoming one of the more hated teams in the West in the NCAA.  Well I think people really don’t hate UCLA but they mix up the letter and think people are saying ACLU.  Yes the ACLU or asI like to call them is the Anti Christian Liberties Union.  So please next time someone asks you if you like UCLA say yes but if they ask you about the ACLU feel free to tell them that you dislike them.

Where are they now? NBA Player -Isaiah Rider

I just ran across this article at cnnsi.com.   Well it seems NBA star, Isaiah Rider is in a Los Angeles jail for an investigation in regards to an auto theft.  Isaiah was driving in the city of Los Angeles with a car that was reported stolen.  

HMMMMMMMMMMM!

Here’s a guy who made a ton of money in the NBA just a few years ago and now he’s driving around Los Angeles in a stolen car.  It was not too long ago this guy was playing professional basketball and visiting numerous cities throughout the United States playing ball.  I think the NBA needs to educate their players on how to manage their money for when they are no longer in the NBA spotlight.  I recently read an article where David Stern would raise the minimum age for the NBA again.  I think this is a great idea.  These players should take their college education more seriously and start using their money for good use.  I will assume that when Isaiah Rider goes to court, he will use a public appointed attorney, instead of using the money he earned in the NBA for a attorney.

I am glad I have never bought an Isaiah Rider jersey.  I would feel embarrassed.  Some professional players never seem to grow up.  I do admit there are many respectable ex-professional player out there but we never hear about them because they do not do stupid things.  Next time you go out and consider buying a player’s jersey, just remember they may do something really stupid down the road

UCLA vs Xavier

I have a major problem in this year’s NCAA March Madness.  Being from Southern California, I like to rout for UCLA.  UCLA has a very good team and I believe they are a talented squad.  I thought before the tournament that UCLA could win it all.  Here is the problem, when I think Xavier,  I think of Professor X (Xavier) from X-men, the comic book series.  I am now at a crossroads, do I rout for UCLA or Xavier?  GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Xavier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Book Review – Dead Heat by Joel C. Rosenberg

Last week, I received my  book that I have been waiting for since Christmas. I knew it was not schedule to come out until March. I would like to thank the folks at Amazon for a quick delivery.  As soon as I received my book, I was able to finish it in a couple of days.  Any book that I enjoy reading, I usually take a couple of days to read it.  Ever since I have had kids, I really only have time to read children books.  I have always enjoyed books but lately I have very little time to read them.

Dead Heat is the final chapter in a five part series by Joel Rosenberg.   The name of the five books are The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, and Dead Heat.  To be honest, I have never read the first two books.  He has also written a non-fiction book, Epicenter – Why the current rumblings in the Middle East will change your future.  Joel Rosenberg is also the CEO and president of the Joshua Fund.  It is amazing what God is doing through this organization in the Middle East.

This series is a fictional political series based in the not too distant future.  His storyline deals with end time events based on biblical prophecy.  This series is a very fast pace and easy to read with a summary of characters in the front section of the book.  I am sad to see the series end but all good things come to an end. I think I enjoyed book 3 – The Ezekiel Option, best.  I did enjoy Dead Heat but it was far different than I had expected. I enjoyed this book better than the Copper Scroll.  I would give Dead Heat a three out of four stars, it was a great read but it was not as good as the Ezekiel Option.  It was worth the buy and like his other books it jumps straight into the action.  I also like his short chapters.   To be honest I will not spoil anything in this paragraph but If you do not want to know anything about the book please do not continue reading my blog below.

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Jon and Erin Bennett are doing work at a refugee camp in Jordan.  I have enjoyed the fact that Jon and Erin had high profiled careers and have given up everything they had to serve others.  They have their own issues while the rest of the world is either at war or brewing with rumors of war.  The United States is attacked by terrorists and thus this takes the United States out of the picture for what is shaping up for end time events.  The United States is struggling to figure out who attacked them and who they need to retaliate against. Israel is building the Third Temple and a new dictator is developing in Iraq.  North Korea is gearing up to regain South Korea by force and China is looking to attack Taiwan.  The issues that the United States federal government faces plays out very well. There was a surprise character who helped with the planning of the attacks and I thought that this characters involvement was a little bit cheesy.  I saw it coming a mile away but I really did not like the reason for their involvement.  The ending to the book was very good.  I also like how the characters in the book share their faith with others but not all of the come to Christ.  Many people who live during the end times will see many acts of God’s wrath but will still not repent.  It would amaze me that if anyone would live through this time would not repent but Revelation 16:10-11 give a good point to this fact.

   10The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony 11and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

Rev 16:10-11

Now I have read through Romans and realize that a person left to themselves will never repent but only with the Holy Spirit will a person ever repent. 

   5Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind of sinful man[e] is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7the sinful mind[f] is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

Romans 8:5-8

if you read further in Romans, Paul leaves us with this.

9That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”[e] 12For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:9-13

Romans is an awesome book to study but make plans to read it slowly and ask God for the wisdom to understand it.

Easter Video

Happy Easter!  Some like to distinct today by calling it Resurrection Sunday.  Historically today is an awesome day where our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, rose from the grave. 

The Resurrection

    1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

    2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

    5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

    8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”