Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 436 - 2007 11 30 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Today I got a letter confirming my reservation at the local nuthouse.
(Just kidding)...

Ögonaböj (Here's to lookin' at your kid), Photo © Fred Skymberg


"I could have been someone", -well so could anyone!

Many men dream of becoming "someone". But in order to dream you have to still be asleep. I'm glad that God kicked my butt when I was half asleep, He did it because I was heading down the road to disaster. (Depression, booze, bad memories and all that jazz)

He pulled me to Himself, and I responded because I wanted to find the truth instead of another bottle. I was tired of living, fed up with all the bull in today's society. The world had absolutely nothing interesting to offer me. Nothing at all, I'd been there, done that, traveled around the world only to find that people are just as stupid all over the planet.

Torsk (Cod) , Photo © Fred Skymberg

Religion, science, tradition, politics, humanism...nothing works...

It's all a bunch of crap. Then into my life comes Jesus all of a sudden, wipes my slate clean and I'm back at square one!

"Wow" is all I can say, I'm born again.

Everything they told me in Sunday school as a little person, suddenly comes true. There really is a God, He really has a Son AND even another person walks into my life...someone nobody told me about! The Holy Spirit, a gentleman with a strange name.

He explains to me what Jesus did and why. He also shines a light on the Bible and makes me see things I've never seen before, even if I've seen the words, I had never "seen" the meaning before the Holy Spirit shone His light on God's word for me.

I also see the parallel dimension, all the spirits running around in our daily life messing up people's heads and relations.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

This planet it pretty crowded. I'd never seen those shapeshifters before, I'd sensed them here and there, the evil, the blistering cold mist, their hate. They are afraid of Jesus in me, as I meet their dodging eyes. Their hate could melt led on a cold day. They are not important in any way, but a fact of life.

I was like a blind man groping around in the dark, with mere words to guide me.

All of a sudden I found the light, so that I could see clearly for the first time in my 21 year old life. I saw Jesus and I understood His mission, and saw what my calling was. We hit it off like a house on fire. He told me clearly to continue what I had been doing (art and music), but to do it even better, to the best of my ability in the new light. So don't blame me :-) Jesus keeps adding stuff to my agenda. Now I'm out there performing and praying with and for people who want Jesus into their hearts. I'll pray with anybody, any time (within reason), just ask.

Here are my videos, there are more to come soon. : http://youtube.com/user/thalonen

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

PS. Here's a simple prayer for you, in case you aren't used to praying, and you want Eternal life...it REALLY is this simple!!!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Set me free. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that God raised You from the dead. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, the peace of God, and the joy of the Lord. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me! Give me a passion to reach the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'm saved. I'm born-again. I'm forgiven and I'm on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart.

Thank You Jesus!

If you said the prayer from your heart, Jesus has saved you! Look for an alive church, so that you have fellowship, nobody makes it on their own (I tried).

Speaking in tounges

Most of us who are baptized in the Holy Spirit speak in "tounges", languages that we don't know. Sometimes they are ordinary languages and at other times Heavenly ones. I've noticed that my languages vary, sometimes I understand a word here and there, and at other times I understand the content of the prayer. Other times I just feel stupid, but God works through the prayers :-)

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Free music!!!

Download most of my CD/vinyl records here legally for free (more to come, there's so little time and so much music)! http://www.antell.com/waam.html

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To those who don't know the Lord Jesus, King of Kings.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are ONE. Nobody understands it, but it doesn't matter, that's just the way it is. Jesus is the only door to God. The Holy Spirit is our helper, who guides us on Earth, as we pray to God in Jesus name for guidance.

When Jesus died for our sins, we became His heirs. So we stand to inherit everything from Jesus. Through Him we inherit he Kingdom of God. One for all and all for one, sound familiar?

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about the devil and his helpers.

...satan is not omnipresent, so he can't be everywhere at once. This must be a major bummer to him, since he has to rely on all sorts of demons (not all of them are that bright).

Demons and evil spirits (fallen angels) of all kinds, can make us do all sorts of things that we don't really want to do. Mostly they will entice us to do things that God doesn't want us to do, like going to fortune tellers, magicians off all sorts, to read horoscopes, have sex outside the marriage, and everything that has to do with the occult is from the devil, even healing by crystals etc. satan can heal people also, and he does so when is serves his purpose. To be healed by the evil one is a curse.

New age religions have nothing to do with God.

They draw their powers from the darkness. Some evil spirits call themselves good spirits, I've even heard of evil spirits calling themselves the Holy Spirit. They will say just about anything in hopes of ruining our lives.

I never listen to the evil spirits as they start to talk sometimes before I throw them out in Jesus name. I remember one saying in a trebly voice (like a Shell commercial) "we are powerful"...I just told him to shut up in Jesus name and leave, now! And just like my Mazda Sport they whoomed it out of there.

Some evil spirits work through professed satan worshipers like, Marilyn Manson, Kiss, John 5, Sammy Davis Jr. Metallica and others. That's why I don't listen to their music, because I know that it is Anti Christ, against God.

The members of these bands that I mentioned, will burn in Hell with their master satan, like rubbish on Judgement day, unless they receive Christ of course. Jesus is ready to reveal Himself and to save them at any given time, if they turn to Him. Isn't that an amazing love?

I love God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, they mean everything to me.

Never before have I met so much compassion in my life. I owe God my life, if He hadn't answered my prayers and revealed himself to me, I'd be dead like a door nail today.

John Wayne gave his life to Christ before he passed away! I heard one of his daughter's tell the story at the Crystal Cathedral once. I used to watch his movies as a kid, I dunno why but I really liked that dude, it's going to be a blast meeting him in the next life :-)


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 435 - 2007 11 29 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

The Bread of life. John 6:22-59 New Testament.

Jesus is the bread of life. Jesus was born in Bethlehem and isn't it funny that Bethlehem means "House of Bread" in Aramaic, one of the languages Jesus spoke on Earth. Naturally you can pray to Him in any language.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

Jesus has the spiritual bread that we need, to grow the inside man.

His words are like bread for our souls. If we follow His words we will see God the Father and live forever. Jesus left His last will and testament for us, receive His grace and live. We who receive Him into our hearts will live for ever, although we have to die once here on Earth.

Our death here on Earth is nothing to worry about, God has given each one of us a certain amount of time on plane Earth, no more, no less. When it's time for us to go, we go, not one day before, if we live for God.

When we receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit into our lives, we change.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

We shed our skin that we've built up "in the world", and out pops a new person, basically a big baby at first :-) That's the way God planned it. That's why we need the bread of life, so that we grow quickly. And we also need to drink the living water that the holy Spirit wants to fill us with. When it overflows we start splashing on those around us and they in turn find God.

The Holy Spirit is a gentleman.

We get to know Him as we do our Fathers will, after we have received Jesus into our hearts. Without the Holy Spirit, we bang into walls all the time, that's why we need Him (He knows where the walls are :-)

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 434 - 2007 11 28 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

I wish God would set my tail on fire.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

That would make me move with a case of urgency :-) I live in the sticks, so I don't even see people every day. But I feel for those in town, lost and sad inside...like I was before I met God.

Some won't even listen, it seems like some are very afraid of trying God.

Then there's a weird bunch who desperately try to talk people out of even "trying" God. They are exceptionally evil people, since they want to deny others the chance of finding what they are looking for. I'd stay away from people like that, they are truly evil egoists. Their punishment will be severe, according to God.

Then there's a group who the devil has tricked into believing that they are good.

They think that they can sit and poke around in their navel lint all day. They have no love for others and think that a deed now and them will secure them a place in Heaven. I feel really sad for them, because they will never see Heaven. Deeds will not save a single soul, it never has, never will. Only Jesus can save someone, He died in our place so that we could inherit the Kingdom of God through His unselfish act.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

Luckily there are brave ones out there who try God, and find inner peace and hapiness...and above all their calling.

You have a calling even though you might not know it! We all do. God has a blueprint for every single human being. Everything is planned, if we find God's plan for our lives, everything will fall into place. His plan is sometimes fantastic and something we could never imagine. Some are predestined to lead millions of souls to God, while others are supposed to help in the kitchen. God needs all kinds of people, every single one is precious.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 433 - 2007 11 27 South Wartzor (revised)

 

Peace,

Sometimes you have to forget yourself, and just do what God tells you to do.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

I used to feel that my write was a burden a while back, since it's taking so much of my time. But there are thousands of people (+12.000) bouncing of my pages every month, so I feel I need to share what the Lord is putting on my heart. Besides He hasn't told me to stop...on the contrary.

Like I've said before, I'm only interested in painting and composing/recording, but that has taken second place in my life now.

God comes first, and that's naturally the way it needs to be. Things can easily become an old habbits so it's important that we stay on our toes so that we can hear God, when He tries to catch our attention regarding new challanges in life. Our calling can change with time, God might have new assignments for us today than what He had for us 10 years ago. But we often act like the Irish man looking for a parking space:

(---Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place.
Looking up to heaven he said, "Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!"
Miraculously, a parking place appeared.
Paddy looked up again and said, "Never mind, I found one." ---)

The children of the "world" are busy pampering themselves, trying desperately to fill their void after God with things and activities. Naturally that will never work. You can push yourself in all kinds of extreme activities to feel rushes of all kinds, but there is nothing like the love of God. When God fills your heart, you know what living is about.

I'll never forget when I met the Holy Spirit for the first time!

Wow, what a blast. I never thought Id get to meet God physically like that. There are no words to describe it, I've tried and tried but it was so awesome that it's impossible to convey the joy, the love and the power.

The other day I suddenly remembered that I had given my life to Christ when I was 14 years of age.

I'd completely forgotten bout it. There was a meeting in Vasa, led by the Swedish evangelist/singer Jan Sparring. When he gave the altar call I responded. I did feel that my sins were deleted, but since I received no kind of guidance the whole thing faded with time. I lived my life on the border line, I never got to know God personally. When I tried to read the Bible, I used to start at the beginning BIG MISTAKE. I always fell asleep reading about who married who zzz...it got me nowhere.

Then in the simmer of -75 I met a dude Dan Ådahl the older brother to the singing brothers from Edin/ Ådahl.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

Dan gave me a new testament called The Way, and probably told me that I could start reading anywhere in the Bible. This got me reading God's word. I've told the story before but, then I started to really look for God. I noticed that God says that we need to get baptized in water as a symbolic gesture that we have left out old way of living. I also noticed that Jesus got baptized by John in the desert when He was a grown up, so I did the same.

I went to a summer camp for Christian youth on an island called Svartholmen.

I told them that I wanted to be baptized, and they placed a call to Helsinki. Then a dude from some church came out to us on the island, and with him he had some weird dresses that looked like ladies underwear.

He told me that it was a custom to wear them when being baptized, I said "no way". I thought to myself that "why should I wear a drag queen outfit"? I was never a transvestite, nor did I even like them. The dude tried to convince me to wear them, but being straight I said "definitely not"!

Lucky for me, they skipped the religious nightgown and I was baptized in my plain clothes. Not much changed in my life after this, but I continued looking for "something", I still hadn't found what I was looking for.

I did find what I was looking for at a Bible school (Örebro Missionens Bibelskola) in Örebro, Sweden.

Or should I say just after school? Some friends told me to meet them just to say good-bye. I went home to them and around midnight they asked if I wanted to pray before we left. I was very disappointed since I still hadn't found what I was looking for.

Then all of a sudden a girl began singing in tounges (in an African language which she did not speak). Then she got the translation in Swedish and it went something like this: "It is I the Lord and I'm anointing you with my power". Then all of a sudden ZAP! an incredible force hit my body from the top of my head to the souls of my feet. I could not feel the chair I was sitting in! It felt as if I was floating in the air on my back, in an astronaut's take off position. The power kept pulsating through my body, it was the Holy Spirit.

It was the most wonderful feeling I have ever felt, and I felt God hug me as I sat in His lap "somehow". There's no way to describe it really. But that was only my first encounter with God. I have encounters with Him on a daily basis now, sometimes strong sometimes just mild, but hey are all wonderful.

I urge you to try Him, you'll never regret it. Look below for the prayer that will save you.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 432 - 2007 11 26 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

On our third gig yesterday a couple of people gave their lives to Christ.

It's always a blast to lead someone to the Lord, not they are saved and on their way to Heaven!

© Pontus J. Back

Here's a new song that I wrote yesterday.

I was rollin' and a tumblin'
music & lyrics Benjamin Antell

I was rollin' and a tumblin' wastin' everybody's time
I was rollin' and a tumblin' getting high all the time time
feelin' sorry for myself just tryin' to have a good time

whiskey's just the same at the bottom as it is at the top
no matter how much you drink the good time's bound to stop
at the time you hit the bottom you'll be wishing you were back at the top

and then you wake up (hopefully)

no money, no honey, no funny, no nothin' at all
no money, no honey, no funny, no nothin' at all
I was rollin' and a tumblin' one leg in the grave

I was rollin' and a tumblin' wastin' everybody's time
I was rollin' and a tumblin' being stupid all the time time
feelin' sorry for myself just tryin' to have a good time

Suddenly from nowhere Jesus said he loves me
Suddenly from nowhere Jesus set me free
man this is the coolest ride, who knew? not me

no money, no honey, no funny, no nothin' at all
no money, no honey, no funny, no nothin' at all
I was rollin' and a tumblin' one leg in the grave

solo

Thank God I'll never be the same, the Lord changed my ways
my life never be the same, I got peace in my brain
no devil it the bottle, I left him on the train

no money, no honey, no funny, no nothin' at all
no money, no honey, no funny, no nothin' at all
I was rollin' and a tumblin' one leg in the grave

I'll be recording it any day now :-)

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

PS. Here's a simple prayer for you, in case you aren't used to praying, and you want Eternal life...it REALLY is this simple!!!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Set me free. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that God raised You from the dead. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, the peace of God, and the joy of the Lord. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me! Give me a passion to reach the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'm saved. I'm born-again. I'm forgiven and I'm on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart.

Thank You Jesus!

If you said the prayer from your heart, Jesus has saved you! Look for an alive church, so that you have fellowship, nobody makes it on their own (I tried).


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 430 - 2007 11 23 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

What's love anyway?

Photo © Fred Skymberg

Every day I hear people saying "I love you", I wonder how many really mean it? I pray constantly that I would learn to love more, especially those who hate us (Christians). Life is short, I hope I can optimize my life, without going over board :-)
I don't think that God wants us to stress, I think that He wants us to relax in Him. Not to be lazy, but just to find a balance that works.

Many people I know are frustrated over the fact that they have led very few, if any to the Lord.

All we need to do is to tell people about the Lord, that's all the Father asks really. After we have witnessed, it's up to the ones who heard us to decide what they want to do with their lives. Try God, or die in their sins. It's so simple that many don't even believe in that part.

Read John 5:24

There's not a whole lot we can do other than share. Naturally we need to live clean lives for the Lord and love those around us.

Talk is cheap, so naturally we need to help them practically also in any way we can.

When we help others, we really help ourselves. That's how it works for me anyhow. I feel good after helping others, even if they tell me to take a hike afterwards :-)
I don't care what people say, words are only words to me. If people put me down it just runs off me like water runs off a duck, I just don't give it a second thought. The world is full of bullies, so what? Who cares, they will get theirs in the end, I don't have to waste energy on them in any way.

Relax and let the Lord take care of business.

We don't have to defend the Lord, He can take care of Himself :-) One thing we need to do is to obey when the Lord sends us impulses to do things, that's how we grow. If we don't obey, we will dry up spiritually and be good for nothing but fuel.

John 14:6

Read Mark 12:1-11, it's a parable about Jesus and the one's who paved the way for Him.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

1 He (Jesus) then began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey.

2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.

3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed.

4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully.

5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.

6 "He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

7 "But the tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'

8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

9 "What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.

10 Haven't you read this scripture: " 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone (cornerstone, Ben)

11 the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes?"

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 429 - 2007 11 22 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

I don't condemn people, I just tell them what will happen to them if they ignore Christ.

Sketch for an oil painting from 1975 © Benjamin Antell

I know exactly what will happen to me when I die.

God told me and I believe Him. He also speaks through the Bible, and the answer is very clear there too. Don't believe liars when they tell you "everything will be all right", because everything will not be all right if you don't have Jesus in your heart when you die.

Without Jesus as your Savior you will have to die TWICE!

Once on Earth and a second time after Hell. It's all in the Bible. It's nothing to joke about, it's death or everlasting life. We who have said our little prayer (see below), have everlasting life and a ball to look forward too. It's going to be a blast meeting all those who went before. It's sad to know that many of my friends will go to Hell when they die, but it's their own choice. If you don't choose, that's where you will end up for sure!

another sketch

Why NOT try God?

You will find out that He is a loving God who loves you more that you can ever understand. Don't waste your time on the sorrows of the world. Try to help those you can and tell them about Christ. That's the only thing that matters, that they get to know Christ. All the rest is just a bunch of baloney.

We often have a ball at church, with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Here I am surprising the audience with my drumming. Photo © Johan Sebastian Back

When the Holy Spirit drops in it's like Heaven, He is so cool. Everything changes when He is around, the music starts to flow and hearts melt, all bad things are forgotten. I even forgot which song I was playing :-)

I just praised the Lord in the kitchen with an old Fender guitar, it was really cool. I sang in the spirit and boogied...the cat fell asleep. I wonder what she likes, oh yeah, food :-)

Well gotta run, try God for your own sake, don't just sit there like a pumpkin waiting for Halloween when they'll gut you.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

Free music!

Download most of my CD/vinyl records here legally for free (more to come, there's so little time and so much music)! http://www.antell.com/waam.html


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 428 - 2007 11 21 South Wartzor

 

Peace,


Cancer...

If we abuse alcohol, drugs, medicine and smoke, we are lightly to attract diseases like cancer etc. Sickness and death are just natural results of sin.

Drawing © Benjamin Antell

Others play around with witchcraft, horoscopes, Ouija boards, Yoga, TM, fortune telling etc. This often ends with "psychological problems" (these are mostly actually "spiritual problems"), others even get physically ill in the end.

God loves us all but He naturally hates all these vile games that the devil has given us. I don't think that God is punishing us, I think we get ill as a natural result of our sin and disobedience most of the time.

Promiscuity leads to many diseases like AIDS, HIV etc. they are only a natural result of our sin. Some of these ills will even lead to psychological problems (in most cases just another word for spiritual problems). They are a direct result of our egoistic way of life (sin). Sin = death.

Satan hates Jesus and is afraid of Him, since he knows that he was defeated at Golgatha and that Jesus has all power in Heaven and on Earth.

Satan's power is restricted to what "WE" let him do on Earth!!!

Photo © Fred Skymberg

If we worship him or simply ignore Jesus, then satan can do whatever he pleases with us, since we are no longer under God's protection.

Even worse...

If we legislate and enable certain groups in our society the right to sin against God's word, then we automatically give satan the right to mess with our entire country!
We no longer stand under God's protection in that case.

If we give satan one finger, he will never let go.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society (highlighted words by UB)


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 427 - 2007 11 20 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Don't leave a hook in that thing!

It's vital that we let the past go. Don't suppress the bad memories, they will pop up every time the snow melts. Forgive and forget, just like Jesus did. Ask Him to carry your burdens which He is only too willing to do, let go of it all and receive His peace.

an old sketch

The world has no real peace to offer, only synthetic solutions like tranquilizers or mind games. Receive the peace that only Jesus has to offer, that way you'll be able to handle anything that comes your way.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

Free music!

Download most of my CD/vinyl records here legally for free (more to come, there's so little time and so much music)! http://www.antell.com/waam.html

http://www.christian-aid.org.uk/

If you have cancer and can't get healed try Sumac as tea, a herb from Israel that is said to work wonders for those who suffer from cancer.

New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society (highlighted words by UB)


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 426 - 2007 11 19 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

A discussion the other day made me think back at how long I've recorded live and studio music.


I was surprised to remember that I made my first analog recordings in 1961! I hadn't even heard of any other bands than Bill Haley and his Comets by that time. I used to listen to rock around the clock when I was 4 years old (in 1958 :-). I also listened to soundtracks and Anton Karas, who is still one of my favorite musicians of all time. I recorded me, myself and my sister :-) singing accapella etc. The tape recorder was probably a Tandberg or a Phillips.

Abbey Rd Studios, London © Benjamin Antell

Much later in life I've had the pleasure of discussing recording techniques with Bruce Swedien (Quincy Jones, M. Jackson, Donna summers etc.) who affirmed most if not all of my idea's (thanks!) I've also had the pleasure of speaking to another of my favourite producers, Mr.Alan Parsons UK (the Beatles, Wings etc.) . He is strictly digital, but achieves great results. But then again his gear is very hi-tech. His only comment of one of my favorite microphones the Neumann U47 was "a totally unreliable microphone" :-) I've never had any problems with it though. A very kind producer Cornelis H. van der Gragt from Holland taught me vital things about classical recording. And a good man Richard McIlvery from LA (Chicago etc.) shared stuff about live recording and equipment. When I was in Los Angeles I checked out a number of superb recording studios. I find it very inspiring to talk to people who have worked internationally in the field, they are normally very experienced.

Since Finland is such a poor little country, we will probably never make anything spectacular here except mobile phones, booze and sausages.

The reason why I didn't release any records myself before 1981 was that I had "nada" to say.

I recorded lots of my own analog stuff until -75 which I will never release, but it was great practice. Now I record both digital and analog stuff. Sometimes I use my trusty old Otari 2" analog tape recorder, and at other times I record directly to Logic on one of my my Mac computers. I use lots of outboard gear and I mostly mix analog via my Soundcraft 6000 console.

I didn't want to cover songs, since you can't improve on the originals, people always tend to love the first version they hear, more than the following ones. That's how it is statistically. And why sing somebody else's story or fantasy? I don't see the point, unless you're at a party and the crowd want's to be entertained and wallow down memory lane, in that case covers migh serve a function.¨

90's Airbrush Painting © Benjamin Antell

After I met Christ for real, I felt a really strong urge to tell everybody about Him, any way possible.

I felt that the Lord wanted me to follow my heart and continue with what I had been doing before I met Him which was art and music. I also felt that He wanted me to really concentrate on it, so that I could do whatever I did as well as possible. I wanted to give away my recordings for free but naturally no recording company wanted to do that :-) Now I'm giving away most of my music in mp3 form on the Internet. People are downloading my songs on a daily basis. I also put my videos on youtube. Press here if you want free music :-) http://antell.com/mp3.html

I do feel that I've wasted many years on design and marketing mainly due to poor judgment.

I guess most of us have gone down that avenue. Everybody talks about making money, and it's easy to be fooled into the rat race because of all mortgages and stuff. I studied marketing and design in Helsinki, because my parents wanted me to (although I was only interested in art and music, they didn't believe in me enough I guess :-)...who does these days?

€?)

It's very common that people without any education design things nowadays (because of computers), the end results are catastrophic most of the time. If I try to help (with hints) they don't even understand that design is "calculated", that you can actually decide how the public will interact with it (buildings, packaging etc.).

You can actually make people love or hate something, you can intimidate them with design, it's incredible how much power you have as a designer, "if" you know what you are doing. Most designers around here are just doing stuff on an emotional level, which is incredibly stupid, especially if you have no feel for design which few people possess.

I "could" sell just about anything (and I have done so many times for multinational companies) I have even doubled their sales sometimes.

I was very successful in design and marketing, although I loathed it. I did industrial design, record covers, film covers, logotypes, image packages, jingles for radio and TV, animating, 3D multimedia, I designed sites for the Internet, Intranet, Produced records, movies, I even acted, I did narration in English for instructional videos, etc. for major companies all over the world.

I'm not saying this to brag (but that's what people always think you do here if you say something positive about yourself :-), I'm just stating this as a fact. I'm not a hustler, I never liked business in the first place. That's one of the reasons why I never could bring myself to stay in the field, I just can't stand business.

To become any kind of star, you really need to want it with all your heart. You have to be ready to sacrifice all your ideals, basically you need to sell out BIG TIME.

Never again :-)

I'm lucky to say that I'm past most of that rubbish now (since 1996). I only want to do God's will, no matter what. Nothing else really matters. I'll be writing, painting, composing and making videos and films, until the Lord tells me differently, or He whacks me off my stick. It's of great importance that we all obey His will, and therein lies a great rewarding pleasure.

 

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 425 - 2007 11 16 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Question: "What's brown and sounds like a bell"? Answer: (in a low and slow voice) "DUNG!",

The voice of doom and gloom © Photo Fred Skymberg

It's snowing today, soon everything will "look" clean and white. But I know what lies underneath... It's the same with God, He always knows what's behind our exterior. Ain't nothing we can hide from Him, it's ludicrous that we even try.

At times we are even more Desperate than the Housewifes to look blemish free and Spic & Span, that we even fool ourselves. Everybody seems to do it, I hear the lies every day, all the whitewash. I'm sure I'm guilty of it myself too even though I don't see it myself at the moment at least (you don't see it yourself unless you are truly on your toes), it so incredibly common. If we bothered with our hearts as much as we doddle with our facade things would be pretty hunky dory.

A Darth Vader in all of us?

In search of the 4th chord...Photo © Benjamin Antell

Everybody wants to look good to others. The few that don't bother, we often look down upon as if there was something wrong with them. I think we're a pretty slimy bunch alright, I've never thought of man as anything but evil. We don't seem to have the ability to choose good, there seems to be a Darth Vader in all of us. If you don't agree, you are in big trouble, that I can assure you of :-)

Jesus said that nothing that goes "in" makes us unclean, it's what comes out. That's why it's important to be honest and stay close to God, and forget about religion per se.

Religion is a nightmare.

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Religion is about making yourself look good on the outside, it has nothing to do with life itself. Religion is all about exterior things. There's no difference what religion we look at. Some people believe in God others in Science, nothing (atheists), idols, drugs, sex or money.

An Idol can be anything that will take your eyes of God

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Cars, stars, music, sports, stamps, collecting rocks, basically any hobby or interest that will further you from God. I'm not saying that all hobbies are bad, we need to relax also.
Hobbies are OK as long as they don't take God's place in your life.

God has nothing to do with religion, denominations are bull to Him. He just wants us to spend quality time with Him, in His presence. And we can do this if with our own mouth ask Jesus to come into our hearts. That's when all Hell breaks loose from us. Something totally new happens inside of us, Jesus takes over, the Holy Spirit is invited and all of a sudden we see the Spiritual Dimension which runs paralell to the mundane dimension that unsaved people see.

The unsaved can't see nor understand what we see, because they don't have the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Without the Holy Spirit they are totally oblivious to all matters spiritual. That is also the reason why unsaved doctors daily misdiagnose thousands of people with spiritual problems.

Naturally some people who dabble with Yoga and other occult things "might" come in contact with evil spirits (fallen angels) who disguise themselves as any kind of power they fancy, since they are nothing but liars and losers. That is not what I meant by Spiritual dimension, even though these vile creatures come from it.

Either you are aware of it or not, satan has a strong hold over you as long as long as Jesus is missing in your life.

There's no doubt about that, since all the Earth is run by satan, until Jesus returns for the third time to get all His followers, just like He said He would. naturally Christians can override satan in Jesus name, but that's another story...

For some uncanny reason satan, the "old dragon" is allowed to live on Earth until his days are numbered and he is thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The Lake of Fire is a dump, designed for the devil and all the angels he managed to trick into following him. Those who haven't asked Jesus into their hearts will also be thrown into the Lake of Fire, along with all evil, stingy and religious people, as they are transported from Hell to their final destination and their second death.

You can avoid losing your life, if you ask Jesus into your heart today!

Anyone can come to the Lord right now. No matter who you are and no matter what you have done, you can receive everlasting life through a simple little prayer. Read this below out loud and you will see the Kingdom of God:

Dear Jesus, forgive me my sin. Come into my life today and show me what is real. Give me a boldness to tell others about You. I believe that you are who You say you are, and I believe that You are raised from the dead. Come into my heart and let me also receive the Holy Spirit, so that He may light up my path and show me right from wrong. Thank You that I'm saved and I'm on my way to Heaven. Amen.

 

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 424 - 2007 11 15 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Some cool passages from Peter in the New Testament:

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I Peter 3:13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?

14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened.

15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

17 It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,

19 through whom [fn4] also he went and preached to the spirits in prison

20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water,

21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

22 who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand–with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

4:1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.

2 As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.

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3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do–living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.

4 They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you.

5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 424 - 2007 11 15 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Never put off today, what you think you can do tomorrow.

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You might not get a second chance, this is certainly my experience. The same goes for the times when the Holy Spirit urges you to pray for or with people, the anointing might not fall again for that person, and the soul you were supposed to lead to the Lord, might be lost forever. It's many times serious business.

For every action that we make there is a consequence.


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When you lead a person to God, he/she might in turn lead his/her whole family to the Lord, and they in turn... It's like a line of Dominos, one salvation leads to another. You'd be surprised how much can happen just because of one person saved.

Some people put off doing things until they get older, not realizing that they might not be able to do it later.

Many get ill in different ways, other go broke, and some even join the Choir Invisible. We don't know how much or how little time we have, so don't put off today what you believe in your heart that you should do. Naturally I'm talking about good things, things that will build others or yourself up.

 

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 423 - 2007 11 14 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

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A new short song I wrote :-)

It's never too late
to say you're sorry

No matter what
no matter how
no mater whatever goes down
It's never too late
to say
you're sorry

 

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 422 - 2007 11 13 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

How can an evil minority have so much power in the USA?

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The answer is naturally, Spiritual Warfare (read Ephesians 6). The Ten Commandments are taken down from Court house walls, prayer is forbidden in schools... When "in God we trust" is deleted from the dollar bills, America will seal its doom. If America is ashamed of God, then He will most certainly be ashamed of the US.

America is committing Hara-kiri.

God has blessed America and elevated it above other countries partly because of its forefather's faith in God. Now an evil few are bringing America to it's knees, it will certainly cease to be the world power it once was, if the people won't humble themselves before God.

Will God turn His back on the US, just as in the day's of Lot?

Photo © Fred Skymberg

I don't think it's too late for America. If there are enough men and women who will stand up for God and take back what the devil has stolen. It's important to pray and stand fast in the Word. God is listening...

Jesus will always be my Lord and Savior.

I could never imagine a life without His company. After all, before I met Him I was totally disillusioned, I had nothing to live for. In Him I have Eternity, I have a purpose in life, and something to look forward too.

I understand those who go crazy and reap havoc.

Portrait of Darwin © Benjamin Antell

The school of today teaches us that we are nothing but animals, and that when we die we become nothing.

Basically what they are saying is that we eat, fart and die.

This is what pushes many over the edge, having nothing to live for and nothing to look forward to. It's only natural...

If we are only animals, then why bother to be considerate, helpful or moral???

There would be no reason to be good... Without God we are just an evil brood, that's why some give up and go hay wire when faced with the prospect of nothingness.
The only reason why God does not kill us now, is that He promised Noah that He would not destroy the world again!

God always keeps His word. Sometimes we can hinder His mercy's by living in total darkness (sin and disbelief). But God is always there for us if we want to receive Him.

 

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 421 - 2007 11 11 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Palestine means the land of the Philistenes!

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It was coined by the Romans, because they wanted to humiliate the Jews. History tells us that the Jews hated and fought a people called the Philistines and vice versa, the hate was mutual. When the Romans found this out they renamed Israel = Palestine, since they were occupying the land of Israel at the time.

---And now 4 something completely different---

 

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 420 - 2007 11 09 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Shots fired.

Yes, they it's here now...unfortunately. A Finnish Columbine copycat posted his ramblings on youtube 2 days prior to his mayhem. Naturally nobody in Finland took him seriously, as a result 9 are dead.

I'm sure that we unfortunately will see lots more violence in our schools in the future.

The really sad thing about the incident is the fact that most people don't understand why it all happened. We who are born again Christians know that the boy was inspired by spirits to do his evil deed. Naturally there are a great number of besservissers out there who think we are crazy to believe this, but that does not change the facts. Now the spirit or spirits who duped the young boy, are freely roaming the streets of Finland looking for prey.

Finland is introducing Eastern religions as an alternative in school.

God hates it, but we just keep on. I guess we will soon have Mosques and other pagan temples in our land. The more demi gods we bring into our midst the further from God we get and the more violence we will see. He has kept His mighty hand over Finland, but no more.

God hates all the demi gods worshipped in this country, just as He hated the idols that the children of Israel worshipped way back when. The end result was always mayhem, wars and death.

Please pray for Finland, especially that the spirits who caused the mayhem will be bound from doing any more harm in this country, as they are currently roaming our streets looking for their next victim.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

Exorcism is common in church!

We don't even mention it much, since it's nothing like what Hollywood portrays in it's silly movies. People are simply set free through prayer, it often happens so quietly that very few even notice it. Whenever God's word is preached, spirits get scared and leave, that's just how it is. Sometimes they might sound like old crows as they leave, who cares as long as the go?

In churches where the pastor isn't a born again Christian and only talks about the weather and brotherhood (humanism) etc. there is no freedom. There are dead churches as well as "alive" ones. If you look to join a church, see to it that you find one where they take God at His word and really love each other.

 

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 419 - 2007 11 05 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Pumpkin time!

Jack-o'-lantern fee pumpkins © Fred Skymberg

We can't go on drinking milk all our lives.

Read hebrews 5:11...

Warning Against Falling Away

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Chapter 6

Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, [fn1] and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.
Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case–things that accompany salvation. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

I think the word speaks for itself...

It's sad to see people who only come to church to get highs, some never seem to grow. I do realize that some of us need highs too from time to time, but year after year? And what about the people around us who don't know God, how is He going to save them if we tell them nothing about Christ?

All those who die without finding Jesus will be lost for ever, even though all it takes is just a little prayer. If you who reads this today don't want to go to Hell, say the prayer below, it will save your soul...I'm not kidding, and you will find that out soon if you are serious.

 

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 418 - 2007 11 02 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

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It doesn't hurt when you pray

Say what you mean
mean what you say

 

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 417 - 2007 11 01 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

I was just asked if I wanted some "friends" on Myspace.

They claimed that Christians are afraid of almost everything and that the Bible is a load of cobblers.

Photo © Fred Skymberg 2007

Weird that they should ask me to link to them, I met God way back in -75. I don't hate other people, nor am I afraid of anyone or anything. And I believe that the Bible is God's word, He certainly uses it to speak to me. The Bible is like an answering machine, when I pray and ask for guidance.

What's the point of making preachers look bad?

Nobody is perfect on this planet. I don't agree with everything that for instance Benny Hinn says, but that does not make Hinn a false prophet. Many are those who have received Christ through his meetings, so the "fruit" of his work is holy.

People have always fallen over here and there at meetings since the dawn of time, there's no way you can stand when God's power falls heavily on you. What's so weird about that, that's just the way it is... I almost fainted when I met God, who would have thought?...

If there's no love in the House of God what good is it?

When you criticize your brothers and sisters in public, all you do is cause division. People who aren't Christians can't tell the difference between us, they just think were all a bunch of loonies, fighting about this and that.

Like I've said a million times (figure of speech), you CAN'T read the Bible as just another book. You need to pray to the Lord in Jesus name that His Holy Spirit will guide you as you read, otherwise you will no understand much, it's just not possible.

The Bible is the inspired word of God, not something a bunch of old weirdo's whacked together on a weekend in the hills.

 

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I'm not trying to put anyone down with my Write, and I don't hate anybody.

I'm just trying to convey what God has put on my heart. I also feel that that life is too short, to just shut up and go with the flow when people suffer under all kinds of bondage, when they could in fact be totally set free in Christ.

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