Do not Limit Yourself


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“Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.” John 6:15 NIV

Jesus could have been elected King of the Jews, but He did not even entertain such title. Jesus did not allow the ignorance of men to limit HIS purpose. Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. In the same way, during Christmas we must be aware that Jesus is not just the reason for the season; for He is not bound by a man-made celebration; Jesus is the creator of all seasons.

Are you allowing men to limit who you are in Christ and the purpose you have on this earth? Many times the best thing we can do for ourselves is to find a place where we can be alone with God. We must find a place where we can be away from the voices of confusion. Is in that secret place that we are able to protect our destiny in God. Offers, promises of promotions, more money, etc. possesses a sweet sound to our ears, but if they do not come from God, they are designed to still away our own God-given purpose. Do not limit yourself!

Good Fight Taekwondo and Kickboxing Academy Instructional Videos


Video 1: Introduction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfMlWPY9Hq0

Video 2: Our Creed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SEt_8L6TLw

Video 3: Front Stance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajs5XzGvxgU

Video 4: Middle Stance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfSBStmYj6k

Video 5: Fighting Stance and Boxing Foot Work

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORkFhZ5lZVs

Christians: Have We Become Good For Nothing?


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Christians, do not get involved in the political argument; do not waste energy discussing new policies and how God was kicked out of public schools. The world doesn’t know any better, they can’t see the light of the Gospel, for the Bible tells us in Second Corinthians 4:1-4

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” NKJV

 

Don’t look at them, let’s look at ourselves; we are the salt and light of this earth. We are the only ones with the power to overcome evil. In Mathew 5:13-14 Jesus tells us:

 

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” NKJV

Beloved, when we do not share the Gospel, we are good for nothing; we must stop hiding the Light of God’s truth. Many will hate and reject us, but many also will come to repentance and make Jesus their Savior and Lord. Jesus is telling us today:

 “Go and minister the Gospel to the lost; go and make disciples, go and turn your hearts to your sons and daughters, go and surrender to my Spirit, go in HIS power, go and prophecy! I am the answer, says the Lord, why are you arguing the Second Amendment? Why are you running to Radio Personalities for wisdom? Why you keep focusing on the world? They can’t see me! But remember my words:

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17 NKJV

 

 

Video: Making Sense Out Of What Makes No Sense


Image: The families of victims grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman opened fire on school children and staff in Newtown, Connecticut

“Four Levels of Evil”

 

God Why?


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Where there is an absence of light there is darkness. Where there is an absence of my Spirit there is man-made religion. A cursed life is a life without my blessing. Where I am rejected, evil is embraced. My will is not death, my will is not to condemn, my will is for all men to be a part of my family and to know me personally. I did not promise a world without evil for Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy; but I sent my Son to give abundant life. The words of my prophet Isaiah describe the heart of many toward my Son:

“He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
 Like one from whom people hide their faces
 he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” Isaiah 53:3

No one loves like me; no one suffers the loss of a life like me, but the world despises Me, says the Lord. I am still the Lord who wept at the gravesite of Lazarus and I am still the Lord who weeps today at the killing site of 27 souls. America feels it when it hits home, but I see tragic deaths every day in every nation. Come to me and I will give you rest! I cry out for my bride…go and get them!

 

Freedom to Destroy Ourselves


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In America’s dictionary of our history, there is a word that carries a foundational importance. We can’t speak about our history without using the word “Freedom.” At first, America ignored those who were born with darker skin. As America fought for the freedom of a nation it conveniently kept others from their own freedom. That truth is one of America’s greatest hypocritical acts. America later fought amongst itself for the freedom of those who were left out of the Declaration of Independence’s benefits and beauty. The cry of the slaves was heard through the ears of the conscience of people. Although many did not embrace it, freedom did prevail.

We are still free to speak, we are still free to vote, we are still free to do, we are still free to follow our own hearts, and we are still free to destroy ourselves. Freedom without the Holy Spirit is a time bomb for self-destruction.

America is having a heart problem as a society these days. Immorality is not illegal you know! We also have the freedom to violate all commandments, but two. Killing and stealing can still get you in trouble. However, people are free to worship whatever and whomever they want. People are free to establish idols in their hearts as they please. People have the right to use God’s name in vain. People do not have to honor the Sabbath; people do not have to honor their parents if they don’t want to. Adultery is not a big deal anymore, lying can be justifiable in occasions and coveting is indeed essential for Capitalism.

See, we have the Freedom to consume alcohol, to smoke, to overeat, to over sleep, to refuse to work, to divorce for whatever reason, to give our children away, to have sex with whomever we desire as long as there is mutual consent. Smoking marijuana, as many of you know, is now legal in two of our fifty states. With time, freedom will also allow the consumption of every despicable drug, as America’s heart problem continues. After all, it is our right to destroy ourselves, why not go further?

Freedom now gives us same-sex marriage; nine states already approve such weddings. Why not, homosexuals also have the right to do whatever they want to do; after all, they are not hurting anybody…right?

Freedom dresses herself in a coat of legal choices over every social issue. Society has a political and legal way to move our nation to the left. In case you don’t know it yet…our nation used to be conservative, then moderate, but now our nation is crowned by liberalism.

America is, and will, destroying herself even now; we lost sight of true life changing power by exchanging the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the exaltation of conservatism. We fight for conservatism, but we refuse to exalt Jesus. We have become a people with a form of Godliness, but a people that deny the power of the All Mighty God.

There is a part of America, there is a part of every nation, there is a part of the world, that will chose to live life without our Lord Jesus Christ. Beloved, even America in her incomparable freedom has a great number of people who are enjoying the freedom to destroy himself. They don’t know it; how can freedom be so wrong?

If men have no respect for the Bible, what respect do we expect for our constitution? Amendments and a voting process can change the constitution; but the Bible is designed to change our hearts.

Are we coming against the Freedom of Democracy? No, but we are pointing out that our political freedom is not what really sets us free. Are we promoting Communism? Absolutely not! But I would like for you to consider this fact: Democracy attempts for their people to view themselves as their own saviors. Capitalism is what moves Democracy. In a Democracy, it’s acceptable for some to be rich and for others to be dirt poor. In Capitalism you go as far as you can legally go and if you stay behind, oh well, you just stay behind!

Communism, on the other hand, attempts for their people to view their government as their savior. Socialism is what moves communism. It is all about equality and the equal spread of wealth; but we all know that equality is a fantasy. While high-ranking Government officials live like Kings and Queens, the people struggle to have what we, in our society consider, basic. To be “equal” the government enforces a great deal of control over his people…freedom is not existent! Which one do you prefer? So what is the answer? The answer is only found in God’s Word. John 8:36 tells us:

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (KJV)

We can only find freedom in Jesus; the Gospel is our only hope…the Gospel is the only power that can save, the Gospel is the only power that can change, that can transform, and that can restore a life. Only the Gospel can save us from our own personal destruction.

Good Fight Important Up-dates & Announcements


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Please make note of the following announcements:

1. We will not be offering classes at The Gates County Community Center from Wednesday December 19, 2012 to January 4th 2013. We will return with a new schedule starting Monday January 7th 2013. Our new schedule, starting in January 7th 2012 at The Gates County Community Center is as follow:

  • Mondays: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM (All Ranks)

  • Tuesdays: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM (All Ranks)

  • Wednesdays: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM (All Ranks)

  • Thursdays: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (All Ranks)

  • Fridays: OFF

2. Our last Rank Testing for 2012 will be on December 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM at The Gates County Community Center. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after testing. Do not eat less than one hour before testing.

3. Registrations for Vidant Wellness Center in Ahoskie starts now. Our schedule there is as follow:

Tuesdays:

  • 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM (All Ranks, children 8 to 12 years old)

  • 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (All Ranks, 13 years old and older / ADULTS)

Thursdays:

  • 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM (All Ranks, children 8 to 12 years old)

  • 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (All Ranks, 13 years old and older / ADULTS)

4. We will have an eight-week Martial Arts Summer Camp at the Gates County Community Center. I am very excited about this camp. We will be giving more in information in the near future.

For more information please do not hesitate to call us at 252-506-5374. Merry Christmas to all and may God richly bless you!

Sensei Angel Casiano

President/Founder

Good Fight Taekwondo and Kickboxing Academy

My Philosophical Contradiction with Mixed Martial Arts


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People study Martial Arts for different reasons. Some just want to get in shape; some want to get involved in diverse kind of Tournaments, some use Martial Arts as a way of releasing stress, etc. I am a strong believer that Mixed Martial Arts is the approach that every serious Martial Artist should take in order to be able to defend themselves from the reality of an unmerciful attack against his/her life. Mixed Martial Arts is a “must” not only in an MMA Tournament, but also out on the streets.

     We should know as much as possible about every form of combat. We should know what to do standing up, we should know what to do if we end-up on the ground, we should know about primary targets to hit, we should know what to do if faced with being grabbed in different ways and, in general, we should know what it means to fight with no rules. We must have a profound understanding that real fights do not possess the beauty presented in traditional Martial Arts. Real fights are nasty and ugly!

      Growing up, my community had unwritten rules; we did not hit anybody in the face who wore glasses, we did not hit anybody on the ground and we stayed away from kicking. It was all straight-up-bare-knuckled punches. I believe that we all agree that the world has become more and more violent and these rules do not exist anymore.

      I love Martial Arts; as a matter fact, I am entertaining the possibility of working on another Black Belt as I engage in the studies of another Martial Arts. However, I am also aware that there are programs that are only emphasizing strictly on self-defense. These programs are not interested in Belts, studying an art for years, learning a new kata, competition, etc. These folks just want to be able to defend themselves. It is here that I believe that the combination of arts and taking what works for us as individuals is crucial.

     I heard a marine Martial Arts Instructor say that in the ring he would probably get knocked-out, but in the jungle he would take that same guy and kill him. That is the kind of the approach for many; they are not interested in beauty, but in the ability to defend themselves against a nasty, ugly and unmerciful attack against his/her life and/or the live of his/her love ones.

     As responsible instructors we must retain the spiritual value of traditional martial arts as the foundation for our program. Our programs should be more than just kicking somebody else’s butt. We must have values, a moral code, the teaching of emotional discipline, etc. In my program I find that and more because my focus is Jesus Christ who is my Savior and Lord. Perhaps many of my students will not grow up to be the next MMA star, but he/she will have an opportunity to meet Christ as his/her Savior.

     Traditional Martial Arts have different valuable things to offer. I find value and purpose in all of them. The idea that you can find it all in one system is rightly outdated. That is why I always say that Bruce Lee was ahead of his time because he understood that we are different as individuals and also that attacks are different. Therefore Bruce Lee promoted a style-less approach to Martial Arts; he took what worked for him and disregard what did not. This is not a philosophy against Martial Arts, but a philosophy against the arrogance of individual styles’ practitioners who claim to be the best and have no respect for other arts.

     I conclude with these words: It may be curious or strange for many of you to understand this, but even as I promote the study of Mix Martial Arts, I am not a fan of MMA Competition. I believe that kind of approach of fighting should be reserved for the streets in cases where your life or the life of loved ones are in danger. The idea of seeing someone getting hit with somebody else’s knees and elbows is a step forward into the days of the violence of the gladiators. It is the response of a violent society that actually finds that kind of activity exciting. This is just my opinion; I welcome yours.

“A Word for the Heart of America’s Politics”


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I received this word while in prayer on November 28, 2012,

 

“This nation of the United States of America stands divided in all areas. Families are divided, neighborhoods are divided, towns are divided, cities are divided and states are divided. The United States is politically divided, but the greatest pain of my heart is that my church is deeply divided, as well. America is crumbling down like bricks of sand. I stand and I look for a people that will turn their hearts towards Me; a people that will not add anything else to my name and the power of my glory. Liberals have completely turned their backs on Me; some, just like Peter, are preferring to deny me in order to gain political power. President Obama is the President of my choice for this hour, for no leader is elected without my approval. But these are times of great distress and more distress is to come. I am fed-up with the arrogance of the Conservatives, for they have a form of godliness, but they deny my power. Conservatism is not your hope, conservatism is not your home, fiscal responsibility is not your hope, the pride of America is not your hope…I am your hope! Look at the cross and find there the power to resurrect, the power to save and the power to bring forth my blessing over this nation. My anger against you is greater, for you are cowards and you hide on the wings of a political ideology and you worship Men that do not please me. I Am the Way, I Am the Door, says the Lord; only I can change a man’s heart, a family, a neighborhood, a town, a city, a community and this whole nation. My judgment will start in my house…Church, prepare the way of the Lord, bring down the idols of denominations and be my bride. For I love you every day, for I love you every second and every moment. My house is filled with spots and wrinkles…prepare the way, for I am raising prophets at this hour and you will kill many of them, not necessarily by the sword, but by ridicules, disqualifications and rejections. But I will speak through them, for even now I am speaking, says the Lord.”