Category Archives: Art

Shot 8 times, R&B musician saw his guardian angel

Marcus Stanley

Marcus Stanley

Charlene Aaron reports for CBN News, Dec. 2, 2014, that pianist Marcus Stanley had played for some of the biggest names in the music industry, but his career almost came to a tragic end when he was shot eight times at close range. Thanks to divine intervention, he’s now playing music set to a different tune.

Stanley learned to play the piano with little training — something he calls a gift from above. “I would really hear stuff on the radio and I would play things that I heard other people do. It was all God-given because I hadn’t had the training or anything. It was because I really wanted to play.”

He started out in church but longed for a bigger stage. His big break came after dropping out of high school. “I got discovered just being at a concert and I actually filled in for someone,” Stanley recalled. “The guy was a music director for the group and he gave me a card and told me to call him, so I started touring really at the age of 16 and went around actually about 42 states out of the 50.”

Stanley played for some of the biggest names in the music industry, including R&B singer Chris Brown. He later began traveling with gospel artists such as Donnie McClurkin, but he said he wasn’t interested in the message in their music at that time. “I was not focused on the people,” he explained. “I was not focused on the message. I was not focused on Christ. I was really focused on just making it — being a musician, being a popular musician, and playing for a great artist. Oh yeah, the money, too. That would probably be No. 1 ’cause it was fast money.”

Enjoying success, Stanley lived extravagantly, traveling the country with well-known musicians.

All of that changed the night of April 2, 2004.

“We got in late every night,” Stanely said. “I was actually walking to the store. I realized I didn’t have my wallet and hadn’t reached the store yet, but I turned around and started walking back to go get my wallet and I saw these guys standing on the corner that night and they were watching.”

One of the men then approached him. “When he said, ‘What are you doing out here,’ I said, ‘I’m just chillin,'” Stanely recalled. “He said, ‘Well, you gotta roll out.’ That’s when he pulled out a gun from his jacket. He had a leather jack on and a hoodie and he pulled it out and pointed at me, shot it one time.”

After falling to the ground, Stanley was shot seven more times — up close.

Stanley recounts:

“When I first saw the flash I didn’t know I got shot. I just remember hitting the ground and then when he stood over top of me that’s when I saw an angel get in front of me. And I remember it because I didn’t have time to think about that. It was an instantaneous thing.

It was probably — I mean I’m 6 foot 7 — and the angel was probably like 7-foot something. It was just a transparent figure. I couldn’t tell if it was a male or female. I didn’t see wings or anything like that. I saw it was clear, transparent and it was in front of me.

I knew it was an angel just because the protection. It got into a position like this [arms crossed] in front of me and I remember seeing that.”

Stanley’s assailants stood over Stanley, laughing, thinking they had just killed him. Police later told him that a gang initiation led to his shooting. They caught the men but witnesses wouldn’t testify against them, allowing them to go free.

Still barely alive, Stanley managed to dial 911. By the time paramedics arrived, they offered little hope he would survive.

“I was like ‘God help me. Help me make it,'” Stanley recalled. “I just remember trying to stay awake. I thought that would be the key. It was like a movie. You see that stuff in a movie. You see the light up. You see people see their life flashing before their eyes. It was like that for me except that I started thinking what would happen if I did die. And I was like nobody’s going to know what happened to me.”

At the hospital, Stanley went immediately into surgery where he recalled seeing a familiar face — the face of his angel: “Saw a lot of doctors and nurses kind of standing and I remember looking as I’m getting ready for surgery, I remember looking and seeing the same angel that was on the street and the angel was just kind of like arms crossed… It didn’t do anything or say anything. It was kind of like nodding its head.”

Stanley’s surgeons faced a major challenge while operating. “I had my colon reattached, half my stomach got removed, my spleen got removed completely, half of my pancreas,” Stanley told CBN News. “I had some very intensive surgery. There are certain things about my body that are not the same.”

That meant months in rehab, including learning to walk again. Another major change — nerve damage in his right arm left him without feeling in his hand.

Doctors told Stanley his piano playing days were over. But he proved them wrong, making it back to touring within months. The amazing recovery came with a price, however, as he popped pain killers for relief. Thankful to be alive, his relationship with God was still shallow.

Five years later, he hit rock bottom, struggling with drug addiction and depression. “I got to a point where in desperation I was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ And that’s when everything changed for me as far as me pursuing, saying, ‘I need Jesus.’ Took me a long time to get there,” Stanley said.

Today, Stanley travels the world sharing his story. He says his love of music is now part of his life’s mission, which includes talking with youth groups and high school students.

“It’s not really about the music,” he explained. “It’s more about what God’s done in my life and I aim to make him famous at everything I do and to show his glory.”

See also FOTM’s other angelic and miraculous accounts:

~Éowyn

How to Properly Use a Treadmill

Don’t y’all wish you could do this?  Looks like this guy is having a ball.   Take a break in your day and watch till the end!

Sunday Devotional: We are called to be Children of the Light

John 3:19-21

And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

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Ephesians 5:1-2, 8-11, 15-20 

So be imitators of God, as beloved children,
and live in love, as Christ loved us
and handed himself over for us
as a sacrificial offering . . . .
For you were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light,
for light produces every kind of
goodness and righteousness and truth.
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness;
rather expose them . . . .
Watch carefully then how you live . . .
because the days are evil . . . 
try to understand what is the will of the Lord . . .
be filled with the Spirit . . .
singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts,
giving thanks always and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

May the Peace and Love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

~Eowyn

Disney’s 666

In every Disneyland or Disney World, there’s an Art of Disney store.

As examples, the main Art of Disney store is located in the Downtown Disney Marketplace in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, close to the parking lot. Another Art of Disney store location is at Epcot Future World, just to the right of Spaceship Earth.

But have you noticed the curious 666 wiggles on the Art of Disney signs?

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Some also see 666 in Walt Disney’s signature:

Walt Disney signature

What do you think?

~Éowyn

This Just Breaking. Rare Lincoln Photo Found.

I had my doubts but...

I had my doubts but…

Yup Brian Was there. A picture is worth a thousand words they say.

-Steve-                                                  H//T   I_MAN

 

The Oscars go down the toilet

Did you know that the 2015 Oscars or Academy Awards took place last (Sunday) night?

I didn’t either. That’s how uninteresting and unimportant I think the Oscars are.

Nevertheless, the Oscars is supposed to be the penultimate of all movie/acting awards, watched last night by 36.6 millions in the United States and hundreds of millions across the world.

This was what those hundreds of millions saw:

Neil Patrick Harris 2015 Oscars

Yup, that’s the host of the Academy Awards, actor Neil Patrick Harris, wearing nothing but a pair of white underwear.

Harris is an out homosexual whose husband is actor/chef David Burtka. Together, they are raising a boy and a girl — 3-year-old twins who were conceived via a surrogate mother.  Appearing on Live With Kelly & Michael this morning, he claimed that the bulge in his underwear is all real — no padding or other enhancements.

Makes you proud to be an American, doesn’t it? /sarc

~Éowyn

A Jew laments over his fellow Jews

Saint Paul in Prison – by Rembrandt

Saint Paul in Prison – by Rembrandt

Paul’s Anguish Over Israel

“I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.”
– Romans 9:1-5

Consider Paul’s position. He’s been personally directed by the Lord to take the gospel to the Gentiles, but in his heart, his allegiance has always been to his own people, the Jews. He has received great revelation about the grace of God to all people, but he knows too well the kind of thinking that might block the understanding of his fellow Hebrews. And his heart is broken for them.

There is much more brilliant light in Romans chapter 9, but I would just like to stop here and ponder the heart of this great man of God.


Shalom Aleichem
(peace be upon you)