“Just Friggin Start!”


If you have a call to begin a You Tube Channel and have procrastinated, listen to the counsel of the experts at the “Playlist” You Tube Conference.

When You Tube commenced eight years ago, it was not what it is today.

It was much smaller, many less subscribers, and had fewer video tools.

Some of today’s big names were the pioneers of You Tube 6- 8 year back.

They persevered long without recognition.

Such are pioneers and trailblazers.

We, who start a channel today, have it easy, thanks to them.

Here’s what they say!

It takes hard work.

Stay the course.

Some of us have been at this 6-8 years.

Be patient.

Be yourself

Make it unique

Be true to yourself.

I am not going to wait for someone else to say it, I am going to start.

It can be lonely.

But when you connect with people, the whole thing goes beyond you. That is what motivates us.

I take one eight hour day and pull it in into one brief video.

Shut out the worrying and the critical comments, go forward, and be confident.

If some do not hate you, you are not causing an impact.

Pop out your story every day

And the greatest wisdom from a Christian You Tuber!

“Just Friggin Start!”

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What Cynthia Nixon From “Sex In The City” Taught Me!


My oldest daughter Lexy was a theater major in New York City.

Lexy was a stage manager with aspirations to work on Broadway.

On the ladder up, she became involved with what is labeled “Off Off Broadway” and “Off Broadway” plays.

Four years ago I visited Lexy in NYC and attended Shakespeare’s, “Twelfth Night”, which she worked with.

These folks did a great job with the production, though I am not a fan of Shakespeare.

Most of the seats were filled.

I was in the back row.

We were twenty minutes into the play when a family walked in.

I caught a glimpse of them from the corner of my eye.

The lady was gawking into the pitch darkness for empty seats.

The only ones were next to me.

I did the neighborly thing.

I stretched out my hand towards them, beckoning to the seats next to me.

This red-head caught sight of my waving hand, thanked me, and proceeded to sit with her small children, placing her son squarely on her lap.

I found it creepy when several people turned around, goggling and muttering something to her about meeting at a party.

During the remainder of the play this woman lovingly and patiently with a gentle voice described to the child on her lap what was going on, even singing along to the Shakespearian songs.

I was struck by her tender spirit.

The lights went up for intermission.

My daughter ran to me, eyes protruding like fried eggs.

“Do you know who the person sitting next to you is?” she laughed.

“No”, I calmly said.

“It’s Cynthia Nixon from Sex in the City”.

I don’t watch TV.  You can ask my wife.

I responded to Lexy, “Who’s Cynthia Nixon and what is Sex in the City?”

When the play finished Cynthia Nixon gave me her multi colored program.

Everyone else had black and white ones.

She went on to stay, talk to the crew and sign autographs.

For me, Cynthia and her family were people whom God had called me to love and serve.

The Bible tells us to reach out to strangers and be hospitable to them.

This was one day that I was glad that I am not a TV watcher.

We over estimate TV stars too much.

As far as I saw, Cynthia Nixon is an everyday person, an awesome mom and a genuinely decent human being.

She and her family were folks simply in needs of seats, and the Holy Spirit was attentive to provide them.

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Remembering Joanne Borgella


I was touched by this video of Joanne Borgella, an American Idol contestant, who died at the age of thirty two from a rare form of cancer over the weekend.

The link to the video is in the orange.

It was evident that Joanne was a Christian, who enjoyed an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

After thirty seven years as minister of the gospel, healing and life continues to be a mystery.

Joanne looked like an amazing young lady. She will be missed.

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Why Is A Christian Like Popeye The Sailor Man?


 Eph 6: 10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

In the Greek:  “Be empowered in the Lord and in the domination or dominion exerted by His inner residing strength.”

  • This dominion or domination is what gives the Lord Jesus the ability to subdue all things back to Himself.
  •  The revelation of Christ within us, reveals the Christ who dominates and subdues all, thus setting us free.

This is what it means by “the power of his might.”

Do you remember the episodes of Popeye and Olive Oil?

This scripture is a perfect representation of what happened to Popeye.

Popeye was a fairly weak guy.

When he ate the can of spinach he became inwardly strong; his external arm muscles popped out, he then rang Bluto’s neck, and took the lovely Olive Oil back as his prized possession.

Or to paraphrase it in another way, the tremendous inner residing strength that is multiplied within Popeye at the eating of the can of spinach is translated into a manifestation of outward strength which caused him to dominate and conquer all, even Bluto.

So what is Paul commanding us to us? For us to be empowered with this powerful combo of God’s inward strength that turns into outward dominion.

  • The spinach is the revelation of Jesus in us.
  • We are strong if we eat of the spinach, Jesus Christ, but nothing if we don’t.
  • Every Christian is a Popeye. So eat Jesus, your spinach.

Joh 6:54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day.

Joh 6:56  He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

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My Incredible Meeting With Baseball Giant, Roberto Clemente!


For some of you who read this entry, you’ve never heard of Roberto Clemente.

Roberto played major league baseball when I was in my teens with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Roberto was born in Puerto Rico.

He was one of the best hitters to grace the game, a true giant of the sport.

In a career that spanned seventeen years, Clemente consistently hit over .300.  His life time batting average was an amazing  .317, one of the highest in baseball.

He also had one of the strongest throwing arms in history. I watched him nail a runner crossing home plate with a straight throw in the air from the right field corner.

For his outfield expertise Roberto won twelve consecutive Golden Glove Awards.

In 1973 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Clemente was also known as the guy with the back problems who always complained.

So this is where my story begins.

It was Christmas 1972.  I was a freshman at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. My folks lived in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean Sea.

I had flown from Nashville to Miami and spent several days with my then living grandparents.  Now, I was heading to St. Croix for the holidays via Puerto Rico.

In those days there were no terrorists and no TSA.

As my grandparents walked me to the Eastern Airlines gate, I was greeted by a bunch of activity.  Countless reporters, with camera bulbs flashing preyed upon someone. “Roberto” this and “Roberto” that was all I could hear in the uproar of shouting.

I discovered that the immortal Roberto Clemente was on my flight. Like me, he was heading out to Puerto Rico for Christmas.

The flight was packed.

They had no space for me in economy. The Eastern Airlines agent asked if I’d mind being bumped up to first class. Who would mind? LOL!

I took my place next to the window, the seat to my right empty.

One of the last passengers to get on was Roberto Clemente. The interviews at the gate had prolonged his entry into the airplane. I could not believe it when he sat next to me.

“Hello, I am Roberto Clemente” he extended his hand out and shook mine.

“Yes, I know”, I muttered weakly, and back his.

When the flight took off we began to talk. I was not a Christian. As a matter of fact in that year of 1972, I had begun a ten-year journey with pot and hash which caused me to hit rock bottom and find Jesus Christ.

Shortly after takeoff a reporter came up to Clemente; “Roberto, what about your contract for next year?”  Clemente brushed him off. He did not want to talk baseball.

Looking back, I know that God spoke to me, though I did not recognize Him.

I thought that it was me, but no, it was Him.

“Everybody is always talking to Clemente about baseball. I am not going to talk to him about it. Let me ask him questions about his family,” I thought.

So I asked Roberto about his family and what he was going to do for Christmas.

This initiated an almost three hour nonstop conversation all the way to San Juan.

From brown shopping bags Clemente pulled gift after gift for family and friends. He proudly opened the boxes and displayed them. I will never forget the laminated spikes for rooster fights. I think that the man was into cock fighting, very popular in Puerto Rico.

With excitement Clemente unveiled what he purchased for his wife and kids.

He then went to talk about his continual challenges with his back and the lady who tended to it during the season.

We never once talked baseball.

I remember Roberto Clemente as one of the nicest persons ever.

When our flight landed, I was told that my connecting flight to St. Croix had been sold out and I could not leave until the following day. Roberto was a representative for Eastern Airlines. He got me a free room at the Isla Verde Airport Hotel.

In retrospect, my encounter with Roberto Clemente was the gospel of Jesus Christ. His gospel is the gospel of love. It’s the gospel of friendship. It’s the gospel of the listening ear and genuine interest for neighbor. It’s the gospel of putting the other first and yourself last.

The incredible longing that this colossal of baseball had to share his family’s treasures, makes me think that he did not have many to share them with.

Roberto Clemente for most was the Hall of Famer, the batting champion, the Golden Glover par excellence. But for few, I think, he was Roberto Clemente, the man, the loving husband, and proud father.

The world is ready for Jesus. Not the churchy Jesus. Not the Jesus who judges or condemns, for that is not Jesus. People are looking for authenticity, the real person, and the true friend.

Needless to say, I can’t ask Roberto Clemente how his wife and kids liked their gifts. One week after meeting him Roberto died in an airplane crash.  Not just as a giant in baseball but in life, he was flying supplies to victims of a devastating earthquake in Nicaragua. His plane went down off Puerto Rico.

As a kid of eighteen I was devastated, traumatized and stunned by the news.

Today, I thank the God whom I did not know, for the privilege of meeting Roberto Clemente. I think that God unknowingly used me as one of the last people apart from family to talk with Roberto Clemente, as the man, and not the baseball player, before his sudden departure from us.  I think that all along this is what Roberto Clemente really wanted.

Roberto Clemente Base Ball Statistics

 Life Time Batting Average: .317 (One of the best averages in baseball)

Batted a .414 batting average in the 1971 World Series

Hits: 3,000

Home runs:  240

Runs batted in: 1,305

Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates (1955–1972)

Played In 15 All-Star Games (1960, 1960², 1961, 1961², 1962, 1962², 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)

Played in World Series champion (1960, 1971)

Won 12 Consecutive Gold Glove Award (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1972) for excellence as an outfielder.

Holds 4 NL batting titles (1961, 1964, 1965, 1967)

NL Most Valuable Player (1966)

World Series MVP (1971)

Babe Ruth Award (1971)

Was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973

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The benefits of having Jose and Mary @ your ministry?

  • Training you to be “cutting edge” and entrepreneurial for God’s kingdom!
  •  Exegetical “tailor made for your ministry” Bible seminars!
  • Motivational speakers
  • Apostolic, prophetic, pastoral consultation!
  • Signs and Wonders Meetings!