FNB WIRe 9.12.09

September 14, 2009 at 2:10 pm (Biblei-Octopi, Sports) (, , )

Flesh & Blud – Week In Review [09.12.09]

>Items That Grabbed My Attention This Week<

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>>I was exposed to a proverb that I was previously unaware of, speaking in regards to the Seattle Seahawks signing aging Safety Lawyer Milloy and releasing Safety Brian Russell, the author concludes, “This could be the proverbial poop in the birthday cake.” I’ve never heard that one before, but since it is proffered as a well known axiom I shall look for my opportunity to impart it’s wisdom. PS – I am ready for some Seahawks!

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>>Church structure (eccesiology) continues to be a front running stream of thought. The principle that we serve a person (Jesus), rather than a purpose, and He has instructed us to declare a unique message (the gospel), continues to cleanse my mental temple. We labor for gospel clarity and gospel transformation in our families, our churches and our community.

Gospel Clarity – Gospel Obedience – Gospel Transformation

Our practical approach must be to labor for gospel clarity, seeking God’s Word to know WHO God is (right theology/doctrine) and WHAT God wants us to do (right action/doctrine). As such, God’s Word will take center stage, we will look to His Word to have the first and final say in how we live our lives and the practices of our churches. What we believe about WHO God is and WHAT God wants us to do can be very liberating (the truth will set you free – My burden is light) or it can be very dangerous (errant theology). Josh McDowell emphasizes the importance of just how much what we believe affects how we act (see Beyond Belief to Convictions).

The pursuit of gospel clarity must flesh itself out in gospel obedience (aligning ourselves to the revealed will of God) in the lives of every individual, every family, our corporate gatherings (churches) and our community (gospel overflow!). Right doctrine is a right pursuit and right doctrine is not a concept but a shaping of our heart and actions in accordance with God’s instructions that we might know the fullness He has designed us for.

As we labor for gospel clarity and raise the standard to gospel obedience, we will see the Holy Spirit work gospel transformation in people, families, church and communities. The relationship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one of undisturbed intimacy, a relationship we are designed to share (see John 17 and Philippians 3:20,21). The intimacy of our right knowledge and faithful obedience is part of a greater work of gospel transformation.

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>>The next time someone says, “We need to see people as Jesus sees them.” I want to say, “We do need to see people as Jesus does – broken, filthy and dead in their sins. But we also must embrace them as He does – with the power of the gospel to save and transform their lives.”

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Rocket Fuel – Rich Franklin

December 29, 2008 at 5:44 am (Inspirational, Sports, Words (Not Mine)) (, , , , , )

Rich Franklin (UFC)

Rich Franklin (UFC)

I received this as a bulletin from Rich Franklin’s MySpace and thought it was an encouraging note from a positive sports role-model.

DRINK GALLONS OF ROCKET FUEL

Many people are desperate to escape – it could be a dark childhood; maybe alcohol or drug abuse; perhaps excessive eating and neglected fitness; or just a dispiriting, everyday routine. There is an aching need to escape personal gravity.

The force I’m talking about is that irresistible pull that keeps us gravity-bound to a place we no longer want to be. Which brings us to NASA. A rocket, fire-blasting off its pad at Cape Canaveral, burns 90% of its fuel at take off – in the first seconds. Once the rocket does break earth’s gravitational pull, however, it sails through space with comparative ease. So it is with us.

Breaking away from our everyday world requires us to expend extraordinary energy – to achieve lift off and create a new trajectory. When accomplished, we are free.

I know a few people who, through bad breaks or bad decisions, found themselves on a personal planet where they no longer wanted to be. But through the burning of their own rocket fuel – of determination, focus, work and discipline – launched themselves into new space. When training for a fight, I stay in a city far from Cincinnati, to break the gravitational pull of my home routine. This was especially critical in the weeks prior to the Travis Lutter fight in Montreal. Due to my father’s unexpected death, it took all my concentrated will to blast away from my overwhelming sadness and prepare in Seattle.

For those determined to rise to another orbit – intent to someday look back to the place they left behind – what is needed is rocket fuel. It lies deep within our souls – you can summon it, you can ignite it. eventually, you will soar.

Keep Striving,

Rich Franklin

See More of Ohio school teacher who became Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) Former Middle Weight Champion and American Fighter Founder Rich Franklin:
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Bo Knows Tecmo Bowl

March 16, 2008 at 5:28 am (Sports) (, , )

I was working earlier this week and spied a box that read Official NFL Vibrating Football Game (the one that I wanted as a kid but my mom never purchased, regardless of how many pictures and ordering instructions I left for her…I am not bitter, but mention this in the artistic pursuit of creating a character that the reader can identify/sympathize with…)

 The sight of this box sparked a thinking thought that got me thinking thoughts about the games of my youth.  Turning to the web I entered a search for Tecmo Bowl (the ultimate in classic video games).  I found this site that has a playable version of Tecmo Bowl that works fantastically:

Play Tecmo Bowl

The site has an entire database of nintendo games. I looked for RBI Baseball but all they had was RBI 2 which does not have the little fat guys. Found Ninja Turtles but no Top Gun. They also have Contra and DOUBLE DRAGON!!! Check it out and let me know what you find.

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UFC 79 – Nemesis

January 1, 2008 at 4:21 pm (Sports) ()

SPOILER ALERT!

Hughes v. GSP:

I love watching GSP, I just don’t really enjoy seeing him defeat Hughes. I thought Hughes was very convincing in his pre-fight interviews, excited about going back to his roots and determined to defeat GSP once again. Hughes was correct in stating, “You won’t see the same Matt Hughes,” unfortunately for him the outcome was not what he envisioned.

I believe that GSP has learned from his two significant loses: the first to Hughes at UFC 50 in ’04 where GSP clearly had Hughes hurt with the reverse kick to the stomach, had he pounced rather than waited that may have been a much different outcome; the second to Serra, perhaps the upset of the year (and beyond). If GSP can learn from his mistakes, as well as from those around him (NOTE: Penn & Sanchez), on how important maturity and the mental aspect of fighting are, he will have a great run as the future of the division.

It was impressive that GSP defeated Hughes, but the shock was in how he beat him – absolutely dominating him at his own game. Hughes didn’t have an answer, GSP dictated every aspect of the fight from the pace to how/where it was fought. Hughes showed his great strength in holding onto GSP (literally) and his skill in not allowing GSP to deliver a great amount of damage, but in the end was taken apart. Hughes was gracious in defeat and when asked he confirmed what he has expressed at other venues, that he is deciding whether this is the end.

I think that GSP will defeat Serra and then we will get the Hughes v. Serra fight that everyone including the two Matts want. Other than a possible rematch with Serra I don’t see Matt being the type to serve as a test match for up-and-comers. Hughes is starting his own gym, H.I.T., and seems to be at that place where he is content to venture into that area “beyond the octagon”.

Liddel v. Silva

Both Liddell and Hughes were fighting to prove that they still belonged in the UFC – not because they don’t deserve to be there, but because their time may have come. Liddell’s fighting style is much more conducive to remaining in the game. Liddell is primarily a responsive fighter, he sprawls better than anyone in the game and is possibly the best/only fighter who can knock you out on the retreat. Liddell ate some punches against Silva but he had the maturity to not let that draw him into a frenzy of trading punches at the center of the octagon. Hughes, on the other hand, is a wrestler who overpowers you. He can hang with the best of even those more skilled in Jui-Jistsu (Note Penn & Gracie), but all things considered this is a young man’s mehtod.

Liddell v. Silva was a great fight, it was like watching Griffin v. Bonnar 1 but with so much more skill and anticipation hanging on every movement. Two styles that seemed to be the right ingredients for an explosive fight – Silva being an aggressive stalker who violently pursues his prey and goes all out; Liddell being more of an assassin who counters precisely and fatally. Both fighters are at the very top of what they do, both came in with great respect for each other and put on a great show.

The two questions that I have that only a rematch could answer are: (1) What is the effect of the octagon on a fighter – being that it is much different than most rings, especially PRIDE; (2) What is the effect of the UFC and possible the American atmosphere on a fighter. I don’t think it is a coincidence that the top PRIDE fighters have come over and had some difficulty in the UFC. There are great differences between PRIDE and UFC: the rules, expectations of the fans, atmosphere, match structure, style of fight, etc.

It is great to see the influx of a wider demographic of fighters, not because I tout equal opportunity fighting, but because we are getting a greater blend of styles. Entrenched champions are falling, the landscape is very different from a year ago and there is better competition in the divisions. UFC wrapped up 2007 on an exciting note and 2008 should hold no less.

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UFC 69

August 31, 2007 at 8:18 am (Sports)

So, I am a little behind but I finally got to watch the UFC 69:
Swick v. Okami – (which apparently was the protagonist for Franklin v. Okami) I don’t think that either fighter had their best outing and the live fans weren’t too impressed. I was on the verge of being disappointed with the fight (I’d really like to see Swick v. Franklin, but know that a few more matches for Swick should only make that fight better), but then I got the feeling that I was watching two snipers battle, in such a scenario there wouldn’t be a lot of visible action but at any moment you know that someone could die. Both fighters need some work if they are going to climb to the top.
Koscheck v. Sanchez – Kos played a good mental game, he never backed down and seemed to execute a plan. This plan didn’t make for an exciting fight but going into the fight Kos had nothing to lose by pulling off a boring win – people may forget the bout but they will remember that he beat Diego. Even Kos mentioned that whoever wins this fight moves forward whereas the loser will have to work to get back to this point. If Kos wants to climb to the top though he is going to have to play more of the showman. Diego’s last few fights have been interesting, he had all the trouble he could handle with Karo (another mental fighter who impressed me with his toughness in that match) beat Diaz (showing himself to be a better brawler) and then the trouble with Kos. I think the fight and the mess before the fight showed just how immature Diego is, all I could think about was that if he isn’t careful he’ll be the UFC’s version of Mike Tyson.
GSP v. Serra – Did you see Dana’s face…oh that was hillarious! “What do we do now?!” Serra said himself that GSP is the future of the sport, so he knows what he has and that the clock is ticking. GSP is a freakish athlete but still has a lot to learn in the fight game. I have been very impressed with GSP’s sportsmanship in victory and defeat.

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