Pastor Raul Ries at UMAFC 2011

My pastor, pastor Raul Ries, speaking at a 2011 United Martial Artists For Christ event.


‘The Resurrection’: A Sequel To ‘The Passion Of The Christ’


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The Christian Post is reporting that Hollywood movie director David Wood has plans to make a movie that will tell the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“The real power of Christianity is the risen Jesus,” Wood, 49, told the Christian Post. “Even though we all know that Christ went to the cross for our sins, it’s really the power of him resurrecting, which is the power of who we as Christians truly are.”

‘The Passion of the Christ,’ the 2004 film directed by Mel Gibson, depicted the final 12 hours of Jesus’ life, but only briefly touched on the resurrection at the end.

‘The Resurrection’ will tell the story of the resurrection and the 40 days that followed before Jesus ascended to Heaven.

The film’s official site can be found here. On the site, they ask for prayers that they will be Biblical, prayful, discerning and obedient to what God desires to do with all aspects of this movie.

The Passion of the Christ was a great film and touched many lives because it was for the most part Biblically accurate.

I pray and hope that this film will be used as a strong tool to lead people to Christ and remains true to the Bible and free of man’s own interpretation and liberty to distort the scriptures for the sake of making a Hollywood caliber movie.

Tim Tebow In The Big Apple: A Good Fit


I still don’t understand the continued hatred shown to Tim Tebow from the entire sports world. The 6-foot-3 quarterback only knows how to succeed.

At the University of Florida, he became the first sophomore in history to win the Heisman. He also played a big part in the Gator’s two BCS championships in 2006 and 2008.

His two years in Denver have also been as good as anyone could have expected given the fact that he had to deal with a change at head coach, a shortened training camp in 2011 due to the lockout, and having to work with several offensive coordinators.

This past season, he took the starting job from Kyle Orton at halftime of the Week 5 game vs the Chargers and nearly led the 1-3 Broncos to victory.

He then went on to lead the Broncos to the playoffs and a win in the Wild Card round vs the Steelers in overtime.

And yet the Denver Post recently published an article calling Tebow the worst QB in the league. Some are saying he could be the worst ever.

Really? The worst ever? I don’t know about that.

Names like Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell and Joey Harrington come to mind before Tebow. Colt McCoy, Andy Dalton, Rex Grossman, and as much as it pains me to say this Matt Leinart are not as good as Tebow.

Yet he was under the microscope by the fans, media and his own front office and coaching staff every game.

Head coach John Fox and John Elway made it clear that “The Tebow Experiment” was a week-to-week decision.

Tebow is a winner, leader and a pretty darn good QB, and yet there is so much hatred shown towards him. And a lot of that hatred has to due with the fact that he is Christian.

The fact that he professes his love for Christ in such a bold way angers a portion of the population and it makes him a target. They don’t like to see players pray on the sidelines. Yet they will idolize the many players charged illegal drug use, domestic violence, animal abuse and other terrible crimes before Tebow. They will ignore the poor play of a Rex Grossman, Sam Bradford (also a Heisman winner) and Colt McCoy, but will unapologetically bash Tebow to no end.

Rex Ryan recognizes that Tebow is a winner and can contribute to the Jets, so they traded for him. It’s a good fit because he is finally in a place where he has the backing of his head coach.

Tebow has won everywhere he’s been and it’s a safe bet to assume he will succeed in New York as well.

Stock Market Millionaire Game For iPhone

Stock Market Millionaire

I was browsing the app store on my iPhone and found a really fun game, “Stock Market Millionaire.”

Every player starts the game with $100,000 which is used to purchase stocks, mutual funds, and other securities. Then you follow the stock during the normal trading day and continue buying and selling.

All stocks are based off real-time prices and trading time is from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. just as the New York Stock Exchange.

I’ve been fascinated with the stock market since I was a teenager, but never had the funds to become a serious buyer. A game like this allows me to test my skills in the market with no real gamble with actual money.

Other stock market games exist in the app store.

The most popular of all, which I haven’t played as of yet, is iTrade.

It appears to be similar to Stock Market Millionaire in that each player begins with $100,000 and then begin to buy stock.

It also looks like there are a few more options available on iTrade.

Below is a video about iTrade and how it operates.

Either one of these two games is a great way to experiment with the stock market with no risk.

If you have any interest in the stock market at all, I highly recommend giving these games a shot.

Both games are free.

Why I Cancelled My Subscription To Rolling Stone


I’ve been a subscriber to Rolling Stone magazine for well over five years. Yet I cancelled my subscription to the magazine on March 2 out of disgust over a blog post on

Matt Taibbi should be ashamed of himself for celebrating the death of online-journalism pioneer Andrew Breitbart. Furthermore, Rolling Stone is proving itself to be a joke of a publication for keeping this clown on their payroll.

We have the media running wild with the Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke story, but there isn’t much mention of the malicious attacks from hacks like Taibbi or Bill Maher.

It’s no secret that Rolling Stone is a liberal publication, but this blog post has taken things to a whole new level.

My current subscription with Rolling Stone ends in July, after which I hope to never pick up the magazine again

Calvary Chapel Golden Springs Movies Online

Four of the movies produced by Calvary Chapel Golden Springs are available to be viewed online for free. You can view them here.

A Quiet Hope: This is the testimony of seven Vietnam veterans who talk openly about their experience in the Vietnam War. They speak of their innocence and how they had to face fear, pain, and guilt. Through their own words and tears, they offer a complete and total healing to other Vietnam veterans and their families through the love of Jesus Christ. Some speakers include: Pancho Juarez, Gary Ruff, Ron Wilkins, and Raul Ries.

Fury to Freedom: Raul as a youth, was a dangerous, violent person who was ready to explode at any moment. This video chronicles the miraculous transformation of a person who was on a road to destruction to a man of God. This is the personal testimony of Raul Ries and how God demonstrates His grace, His love and His mercy.

A Venture in Faith: This is an outstanding documentary on the history and philosophy of Calvary Chapel. It demonstrates how through one man’s (Chuck Smith) faith and obedience, God began a revival in a period known as the Jesus Movement. This video chronicles the trials that Chuck Smith faced by stepping out into a ministry and trusting that “Where God Guides, God Provides.

Raul Ries Autobiography: On November 29, 1975, 3 years after accepting Jesus Christ, Raul Ries was ordained by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and his small home Bible study grew into the Fox Theater, then to Calvary Chapel West Covina and eventually into Calvary Chapel Golden Springs in Diamond Bar, California in 1993. This is the autobiographical story of Raul Ries.

One film that is not streamed online is called Taking the Hill: A Warriors Journey Home. It’s a film dedicated to reaching the military and helping them cope with life after battle. You can view a trailer and get more info on the film at the movie’s official website. You can purchase it here.

Rick Warren and Islam

This bit of news really bothered me.

The OC Register is reporting that Rick Warren, pastor at Saddleback Church, has joined an effort named King’s Way that is attempting to build a bridge between Christians and Muslims.

The article says that the mission of King’s Way is to “heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.”

Here is the comment Warren left in the comment section of the article.

Here is the response from the writer of the article

Whether or not the article is factually correct, a few things need to be addressed. First off, Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God.

Muslims reject the Trinity and the deity of Jesus Christ. They teach that Jesus was a created being and was nothing more than a prophet of Allah. A good little overview of Islams view of Christ can be read here.

There is a great ministry named Acts 17 Apologetics that tackles many of the areas where Christians and Muslims disagree.

Secondly, Muslims, by the very teachings of Islam, Muslims view Christians as infidels. They are not called to reach out to Christians, but to persecute Christians.

From the Koran:

“O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people.” – Sura 5:54

“Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter.” – Sura 2:191

“Fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme. (different translation: ) Fight them until there is no persecution and the religion is God’s entirely.” – Sura 2:193 and 8:39

A larger list showing the portions from the Koran that command Muslims to persecute Christians can be found here.

I’m not proclaiming that all American Muslims feel this way, the majority probably do not, but I am presenting the facts out of their scriptures.

Christians and Muslims clearly do not worship the same God.

I’m all for outreach to Muslims and presenting the Gospel to them in a loving but truthful way. I think there should be a lot more of that in the Church with all the cults, but to say that we worship the same God is 100 percent false.

Both Christians and Muslims would agree on that.