Fire Breathing Christian — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerWhen I came across Fire Breathing Christian, it was through a friend who popped a cool article about the early Christian signs found in the game of the Legend of Zelda. As I read through this highly interesting blog, I found myself clicking on more thought provoking, convicting articles about putting the Lord first in EVERY aspect of our lives.  Then I saw the title of the blog, Fire Breathing Christian, and the image that came to mind just had me bouncing in my chair saying, “I’ve got to have this blogger on my show!”

After all, Christians, not erroneously but perhaps misguided, tend to think meekness, and humility are the only sides of Christ. Perhaps we need to be reminded that Christ is not just the Lamb but the Lion. Perhaps we need to be remember to be wise as serpents, and not just harmless as doves.

Fire Breathing Christian hopes to equip and encourage Christians to better understand, proclaim, and apply the lordship of Christ in every realm of His creation. You can call in to weigh in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.http://tobtr.com/8838043 Tune in!

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My Jumbled Thoughts about Death

crossMy grandfather (on my father’s side) passed away yesterday. He was 95 years old. When I heard the news, I was shocked, sad, and a whole mess of emotions mingled with the minutiae of one’s daily routine.

If you were to ask my mother, she would tell you, “She’s the only one of my daughters who grew up obsessed with death.” My mom retells stories of my childhood where I preface a statement with, “When you die…”. Daddy said to me once, “Why are you always trying to kill us?”

I’m not sure why I had such an fixation on death as a child. Not quite sure why I still do. It’s an ever lingering thought in my head. It could be because I saw my grandfather (on my mother’s side) pass away when I was seven.  I remember a tall, dark-skinned man with big lips, and a raspy deep voice. I remember loving him very much.

In adulthood now, I wonder if perhaps it shows my understanding that every step I take, every move I make, every breath I breathe is all in the grace of God’s hand. Our ‘control’ is an illusion. I think the more honest we are with ourselves, the more we can grasp our lives truly aren’t our own. Sure, we can strive for our dreams and goals. We all should. But our lives? My life? It is a gift.

The thing is this: we all know we’re going to die. It’s a fact. What we don’t know is when it’ll happen. Perhaps it’s not death that shock us as much as the unknown element of it — when. If we all knew when it was going to happen, most of us would do our best to live life to the fullest. The petty, stupid bickering we do as people, communities, states, and countries would decrease dramatically if we all knew our death date.

white-flower-up-closeWhy? I believe the reason why is because each of us would have to evaluate exactly what’s important. “Do I hold a grudge for twenty years?” “Do I stay involved in a toxic relationship to keep up appearances?” “Do I not pursue my dream because of fear of rejection, failure, or success?” If we all knew when we were to die, more than half the choices we made would different.

Right now, everybody is talking about the deaths of Natalie Cole and David Bowie.  Just today, I’ve listened to David Bowie’s “Lazarus” song for probably the fifth or sixth time and will do so for the rest of the day. In particular with Bowie, I grew up watching the Labyrinth and falling in love with the man’s persona. Who didn’t? Yet, there’s a scene in the Lazarus music video where Bowie appears to levitate from his hospital bed (more than likely alluding to his fight with cancer) but doesn’t escape it. He croons, “This way or no way, you know I’ll be free.”

My grandfather passed away in his sleep. I think about that as I type this and I’m glad to know it happened that way. There are fond memories of him in my mind. As a child, we all went over his house when my grandmother was still alive and we’d spend time there. He’d give us gifts as kids and then as we got older, gave us money.

Most significant of the memories is a painting in my grandfather’s house. It’s an abstract of color. It’s meant to be whatever the viewer thinks of it. As a child, I remember staring at the painting and being enraptured by it.  One of my most fondest memories is of all us sitting around and watching two hours of Michael Jackson videos, talking, eating, and commenting.

GranddaddyWhen I got older, I lost connection with my grandfather as life interferes, something I regret now. I really can’t think of anything important to allow that to happen but nevertheless it did. If anyone takes nothing else from this post, take this: don’t let distance stop you from getting close to loved ones. A phone call, an email, or a quick stop does wonders for keeping relationships growing.  As we drifted apart, I feel that lack a lot now. But unfortunately, Death takes away second chances to do things better.

Yet, one thing Death cannot do is take away the memory of him. Another thing it cannot do is stop me from making me proud to have been his granddaughter.

Farewell, Granddaddy! Love you much!

 

The Parker J Cole Show — The Transparent Christian

11888563_876711285750690_6717476846702643245_oTransparency is an important part of the Christian walk. It protects us from legalism and from putting on a facade. If people know who we really are deep down on the inside what would they see? Would they see the same image we project to the outside or something different.

Being honest with ourselves and with each other can be a scary, vulnerable thing. In church we can sing, preach, and do other things but our hearts can be far removed from the actions. We can teach Bible class, lead in studies and coordinate church events, and still have hell in our hearts. How many of us have lived or know of people who come to the church carrying the facade of sainthood?

It’s so easy to wear the mask of holiness but much more difficult to live our hearts. This year, lets be more transparent about things. Let’s be more honest to ourselves and each other. Let’s take on the vulnerability being open with God gives us.

To get our discussion on track, our returning guest Laura Gagnon will be helping us today. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/8213593, Tune in!

The Parker J Cole Show — The Independent God

11888563_876711285750690_6717476846702643245_oWelcome to 2016! May this be your best year yet.

I know most commentators will be talking about how God is going to bless this year. How our cups will overflow. How God will do great things. I don’t believe a lot of people will be discussing God’s independence.

So why am I doing it? Is it just to be different or is there a reason for zeroing in on God’s independence, or better yet, God’s self-sufficiency and how the truth of that independence is a fact we can carry with us through the New Year.

Join me for the discussion. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here:  http://tobtr.com/8194273. Tune in!

The Parker J Cole Show — I Miss You

11888563_876711285750690_6717476846702643245_oThe past several shows of the Parker J Cole have focused on dealing with difficult times during the Christmas season. This episode rounds it all up with a single phrase — I Miss You.

When a loved one has passed away it’s very difficult to get into the holiday spirit. The grief you may experience can be insurmountable, crushing you. It’s a black hole sucking the joy from your heart. It’s a tiny whole in the fabric of your universe siphoning away the happy times you’ve shared with you loved one.

All in all, you miss them.

How do you survive the holidays?

Join me with a survivor and author of the book “I Miss You: A Holiday Survival Kit” Gary Roe as he helps you to survive grief during the holidays. Call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/8145345. Tune In!

Packages of Hope, Tomorrow on the Parker J Cole Show

packageofhopeSeveral times in the past week I intended to write a post with my reaction to the Paris attacks, the Kenyan attacks, and the Syrian response. Yet, over the past several days, it’s all become a heated discussion that has dissolved from #prayforparis and #prayforkenya to nothing more than arguing about who’s right or wrong.

When I heard about the Paris attacks and the Kenyan attacks, I cried the entire weekend. I couldn’t stop crying. For a while, I thought something was wrong with me. I’ve heard bad news before but why was this particular news affecting me so hard? Why couldn’t I distance myself from it in the typical American fashion with a shiny new ball? I think it’s because the Lord allowed me to feel more than just a sadness but a spiritual weight, heaviness if you will, for the state of our world. At the end of day, He dried my tears with giving me new hope. The hope comes in the form of tomorrow’s broadcast.

It’s an honor to interview someone spreading the light in a world of darkness. It’s so refreshing to know that in the midst of darkness, God’s light is oh so much brighter and brilliant.

Packages of Hope is an organization started by a freshman with a simple mission: send packages of gifts and toys to children of all ages across the United States who are battling cancer. How beautiful is that?

I look forward to talking with Mikayla from Packages of Hope tomorrow so join me.

Here’s is some information from their website regarding the statistics of childhood cancer.

  • Childhood cancers are the #1 disease killer of children – more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined.
  • Childhood cancer is not a single disease, but rather many different types that fall into 12 major categories. Common adult cancers are extremely rare in children, yet many cancers are almost exclusively found in children.
  • On the average, 1 in every 4 elementary school has a child with cancer. The average high school has two students who are a current or former cancer patient. In the U.S., about 46 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every weekday.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”


Parker J Cole Gold JacketParker is a diehard Trekkie (TOS), sci-fi lover, fantasy dweller, romance junkie, anime freak, old movie buff, church-goer, off and on Mountain Dew and marshmallow recovering addict who writes to fill the void the sugar left behind. Visit her website at parkerjcole.com

 

Last Night on the Show…

Do my teeth make my lip look fat?

Last night on my show we talked about vampires. Vampires is a subject I used to adore as a child. I remember reading all the teen romance vampire books back in the day (and no, I will not tell you when that was thus giving you a clue as to my age) but they were all the rage. Vampires trends go in cycles I think about every ten years or so.

I used to love vampire romances when I got older. One of my favorite authors in the genre at the time was Amanda Ashley. I think she’s branched off too paranormal romance now but it’s been a while since I’ve read one of her books. She also wrote Indian romances under Madeline something or other another pen name. My mother had no idea I used to read them since I always hid the books or tore the covers off them. Ah, sneaking around mother. Those were the days when that’s all I had to worry about.

Fast forward to yesterday.

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Wicked cover, eh mate?

I showcased a Christian author who wrote a book entitled “Blood for Blood”. It’s premise is simple: what if a vampire got saved?

The story is very good. In my review, I called it The Perfect Book. It had something for everyone — romance (yeah!) action, thrills, unexpected twists, and an evangelistic message of salvation.

A fun part of the interview was talking about vampires and what are some of their barriers to Christianity and salvation. I wanted to list them here because I found them quite interesting:

1. Vampires don’t have a soul. Since they become undead, they forfeit their soul in exchange for immortality. However, immortality is a curse.

2. Vampires drink blood. As immortals, in order to sustain their immortality, they have to drink the blood of humans as they no longer have their own.

3. Vampires are lonely. Immortality wreaks havoc on your relationships. Besides people being freaked out whenever you come around — ‘people are friends, not food!’ —  seeing your loved ones grow old and die while you remain the same sucks. Good luck on dating.

There were a few other things we talk about with the barriers but I’d love for you to get the book and read it for yourself.

This author then brought it all around as to how God’s grace is redemptive for everyone, regardless who…or dare I say…what you are?

In the book, when the vampire (Raven) reads the 23rd Psalm, he is flabbergasted by the verse: he restores my soul and asks the preacher — can God really do that? He hungers for restoration. The question remains…is there anyone beyond the grace of God?

As we talked, I realized that grace is simply grace — unmerited favor. There’s nothing we can do to obtain it…be we human with sin sick souls or vampires.

If you get a chance to listen to the show, I’d love to get your thoughts on it so leave a message at the bottom.  Love hearing from you.


Parker J Cole Gold JacketParker is a diehard Trekkie (TOS), sci-fi lover, fantasy dweller, romance junkie, anime freak, old movie buff, church-goer, off and on Mountain Dew and marshmallow recovering addict who writes to fill the void the sugar left behind.  Visit her website at parkerjcole.com