Charles Morris: A Friend On The Air

August 3-9 Edition

Charles Morris 
Eric Metaxas  
Chuck Colson 
Eric Liddell 
Chariots of Fire

The Christian evangelist Charles Morris is a man I never met, but I think of him as like that of a good friend: a source of comfort in a world where real-life people often prove to be as solid as clouds in the sky. I've been listening to his daily syndicated radio show, on and off for years now.

I began tuning in nightly on DZAS 704 AM around August 2011 when I was in General Trias, Cavite. I'm a radio guy: I have deliberately avoided buying a TV because I keep moving from place to place.

I'm in Cebu as I write this on June 16, 2013. Charles Morris again became part of my evenings when I found it in DYFR 98.7 FM, "The Life Changing Radio." It was their Fathers' Day special episode. 

Fathers, says Charles, are watchers, using an imagery from Ezequiel as a metaphor. But how many of us really take our roles as sentinels seriously? he asks. We seem to beat our own drums rather than blow the trumpet of love for our families. But no matter how irresponsible we may have been at times, there is a Watcher who protects us with the love and loyalty we can never equal. "If that doesn't humble you," he says, "I don't know what will." 

I may not always "come back again tomorrow," but I know I will always return to "hear the great story that's all about Jesus!"

Eric Metaxas is using his God-given talents for the greater good. He celebrates the achievements of good men through his writing, with his timeless biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and  William Wilberforce. I feel blessed that I caught Charles' June 14 episode last Friday. The guest was the Christian writer Eric Metaxas, who I really admire.

Eric's latest book is Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness, a collection of stories that need to be told, that need to be known, to every generation. Among the seven are Chuck Colson and Eric Liddell 

Chuck Colson was the real McCoy. We know that Colson went to jail because of Watergate. What most people don't know is that he had chosen to face the full 30-year prison sentence, rather than sign the plea bargain.

He has let Jesus enter his life, and "I can't lie," he said.

He's got to be crazy! In a way, he was, in the eyes of the world, because his transformation was genuine and really inspiring.

See Huggybear's earlier story on Chuck Colson. See also stories on Christian evangelists Chuck Swindoll and Greg Laurie here on 2Rivers

Eric  Liddell will be forever remembered as the hero of Chariots of Fire. Eric became an outcast because he refused to run the 100-yard dash, where he was sure to win an Olympic gold medal, just so he could honor the Sabbath.

What is told in the book is not in the movie. It happened later, during the war.

It was only revealed to the world during the 2000 Beijing Olympics.

Eric had been a prisoner, suffering the physical, mental and emotional agonies of torture. Then, finally, blessedly, the day came for his release, but he made the unparalleled sacrifice of giving up his freedom to save the life of a dying pregnant woman, a complete stranger

We share the sweet thrill of one man's victory. We are all connected. The people gathered, braving the rain, to see a man rise achieve greatness.

"You came to see a race today, to see someone win," Eric Liddle (Ian Charleson) tells the people in the life-changing movie Chariots of Fire. 

"But I want you to do more than just watch a race," he goes on. "I want you to take part in it. I want to compare faith to running in a race. It's hard. It requires concentration of will, energy of soul. You experience elation when the winner breaks the tape - especially if you've got a bet on it".

"But how long does that last? You go home. Maybe you're dinner's burnt. Maybe you haven't got a job. So who am I to say, 'Believe, have faith,' in the face of life's realities? I would like to give you something more permanent, but I can only point the way. 

"I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within." 

"Jesus said, 'Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.' If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race."

Jonathan Aquino's Journal 

July 21, 2013

My story, "Immortal Dictums From Rock Legends," appears today in Philippine Panorama, the weekend magazine of The Manila Bulletin. It features stories on The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley

June 17, 2013 
10:06 p.m., Monday 
Lahug City, Cebu 

I'm reading a biography about Barack Obama's remarkable mother. I'm going back to the basics, fixing my goal-setting mindset with help from videos of Brian Tracy and Bob Proctor that I studied earlier. I will completely rewrite my screenplay for director Joey Agbayani because I'm learning a lot from his inputs in our correspondence earlier. My training schedule for my latest call center is today but it was moved next week; they're so rigidly bureaucratic that I want to walk away. But I need a job asap and I already have two good friends there: Eric of Singapore and Harvey of Cagayan De Oro.

On the radio now is Nite Chat (See my story on Tsongkibenj). The quote today is "Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated." Here's my text: "Big world out there. I rather be a small fish in the ocean than the biggest frog in a canal. Please greet film director Chris Novabos. Request HT & E Beatles."

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Jessep (Jack Nicholson): You want answers?

Kaffee (Tom Cruise): I think I'm entitled to them.

Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee: I want the truth!

Jessep: You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
We use words like honor, code, loyalty...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!

Kaffee: Did you order the code red?

Jessep: (quietly) I did the job you sent me to do.

Kaffee: Did you order the code red?

Jessep: You're goddamn right I did!!
Shadow: Hello Doctor. Did you tell the boy?

Connors: Tell him what?!

Shadow: Did you tell the boy the truth about his father?!

Connors: No!

Shadow: Well that's very good. We'll leave him be for now!

Connor: You should leave him alone!
Today I posted a title. It just used to be the issue date on the title field. Now there's more spice. So sweet
"When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance." ~ Joel Osteen
"I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within..."