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DIARY OF A FIRST TIME DAD   Leave a comment

Here’s a little fatherly insight from my pal Jonathan Ekwuruke aka Papa John. Blog on Daddio…

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Entry #10: First Words

This is the first of a few posts I’ll be making about the power of words and how they impact us. My sons development was seemingly so rapid; he seemed to very quickly grow to a healthy size and begin showing awareness of himself, rolling around and expressing himself. In all of this however I have to say there was perhaps no greater excitement for me than when he spoke his first word… “Dada”.

What joy! What elation! What happiness! I was thrilled and all the more so because he seemed to call my name first, I’d beaten my wife to the punch and, despite being informed later that most babies say “Dada” first because it’s an easier sound for them to make the “Mama”, I was filled with so much light.

This is the potential effect of words in our lives, to bring light…

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Posted 18th June 2017 by ukrichardwalker in Blog

Eddie Guerrero – Wrestling Not With Flesh and Blood   2 comments

Eddie and his daughters in 2002. He loved his family and God more than anything.

Eddie and his daughters in 2002. He loved his family and God more than anything.

In November 2005, professional wrestler Eddie Guerrero passed away. He was a husband, father, and a Born Again Christian – a crucial piece of knowledge for me.

Eddie Guerrero serves as an inspiration to me for a few reasons… Firstly, as a professional. He ascended to the height of his work as a WWE superstar, winning the WWE Championship in February 2004 with a dramatic match against future UFC legend Brock Lesnar. He was also loved and well received by the majority of his peers and fans (mark and ‘smark’ fans alike). Eddie was crisp and smart in the ring, and charismatic outside of it – go and check out the Los Guerreros short videos. They are amazing comedy. 😀 Eddie reached the peak of his professional life through intensity and hard work. As a person who struggles to stay motivated in secular activities, knowing Eddie passion for his work helps me to soldier on in my own.

Secondly, Eddie is an inspiration to me because of his redemption story. You can say wrestling isn’t real but there was nothing faked about what Eddie Guerrero overcame with God’s help. He was a self-confessed addict, with problems with prescription drugs and alcohol. In 1999, he fell asleep at the wheel of his moving car from an overdose and almost killed himself. He received a DUI in 2001 and was fired from the WWE. And he admitted to not being close with God, despite being Born Again as young man. He lost his family’s confidence and his wife, Vickie, decided to end their marriage.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 NKJV

However like a phoenix from the ashes, Eddie Guerrero rose again starting with rebuilding his relationship with God. He prayed and read his Bible, went through counselling and was checked into rehab for his addiction. He wrestled for smaller companies such as Ring of Honor (ROH) until early 2002 when WWE offered him a new contract. Eventually, he wiped away his bad reputation by the grace of God. And later that year, he rekindled his relationship with Vickie Guerrero, leading to them renewing their vows in 2003. By 2005, Eddie celebrated 4 years completely clean and sober by God’s grace.

Eddie went through separation from his wife and family, disgrace in his industry, and a life-long addiction and came out on the other side of the valley, thanks to the Good Shepherd.

Eddie using his finishing move - the Frog Splash - on Brock Lesnar in 2004. Photo credit: WWE

Eddie using his finishing move – the Frog Splash – on Brock Lesnar in 2004. Photo credit: WWE

Finally, Eddie Guerrero was open about sharing his faith with people in his workplace. In a business known for drugs, sex and violence, Eddie became a light for Christ in the WWE locker room.

He gave other wrestlers Bibles. He openly discussed his love for Jesus Christ with people. led people in prayers. By the brief accounts I’ve read from others, he was not overly preachy, but loved others. To me, Eddie was the consummate professional Christian – he was at the top of his line of work and not afraid to show others the love of Christ that got him there.

Here’s a story from Ken Anderson, a TNA wrestler and former WWE superstar who worked with Eddie in the months before his passing:

“He loved the business and he loved people. He loved people that loved the business. He loved his wife and children. He was a devout Christian and used to share scriptures with me in the locker room and discuss their meanings even though he knew that I was a non-believer. He didn’t do it with any sort of condescension but in a gentle caring way, and he valued, listened to and understood (to a degree) my rebuttals and the reasons for my skepticism. He treated everyone with the same amount of respect.

“Once, Chris Benoit, Eddie and I went into a Bob Evans on a Sunday morning to eat breakfast before hitting the gym. The line, as you can imagine, looked like the line for Space Mountain at Disneyworld during peak season. The host recognized us and said, “Don’t worry, a booth just opened up. I’ll get you guys seated next.” Eddie very calmly said “No man, all of these people have been waiting patiently. We’re not special. Don’t treat one group of people better than you would another. Thank you, but we can wait.” Life is precious folks. Treat people the way that you want to be treated. Love the people that you love as hard as you can. Enjoy them while you still have time. I’m a better person for knowing this man, if but for a brief moment in time. The wrestling world misses him dearly. If I believe in any sort of afterlife, it’s the fact that while he was here he touched so many lives and continues to do so 10 years after his passing.”

In the end, you see that what Eddie Guerrero accomplished in his life was not only his determination, but due to the grace of God. The man they called ‘Latino Heat’ wrestled his way to the top of life but not against flesh and blood, but by beating out principalities, powers, and the demons he encountered. He wrestled life with God on his side and won.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12

It’s been said a thousand times… Eddie, you lied, cheated, and stole our hearts. Thank you for your great example, and rest in peace in the comfort of heaven.

For more reading on the life and times of Eddie Guerrero, buy his book: Cheating Death, Stealing Life – The Eddie Guerrero story. Such an awesome book. 🙂

Viva La Raza!

Viva La Raza! Photo credit: WWE

Posted 13th November 2015 by ukrichardwalker in Blog, My Thoughts

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23 Shoutout Special! – Richie Rich Show   Leave a comment

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Anger Management – Richie Rich Show   Leave a comment

I love the kids who did voice acting here so much! ❤ Learn to control your anger the Christian way – I’ve needed this ‘technique’ many times.

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Fourteen Years of Friendship   Leave a comment

My birthday was last week but just wanted to share this message from Jonathan… Bible says a friend loveth at all times (Proverbs 17:17). From school, to church, to uni, relationships, to ministry, we’ve been through it all and if it ended tomorrow, I would thank God. But that canned possum be gived (inside joke)… Here’s to you Jon! :mrgreen:

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Inset:- Featuring Richard Walker (Left) and Jonathan Ekwuruke (Right). Inset:- Featuring Richard Walker (Left) and Jonathan Ekwuruke (Right).

How do you define 14 years of friendship? 14…, 2 x…7? How do you summarize the high and lows, or scale the ups and downs of that journey?

I am writing about one of only two people who almost brought me to tears on my wedding day; yes they almost made me cry (that’s no easy feat)!
Over the years this person has added a great deal to me which is rare, forming a large part of who I am today. My first guitar teacher, making him largely responsible for much of the musical knowledge I have. The co-writer of many songs and co-conspirator of many schemes; not to mention part of the dynamic duo which forms The Grapes. An advisor on matters of technology and social media, someone who introduced me to the Cheese Ploughman’s sandwich, someone whose ‘crippling constancy’…

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Posted 25th May 2015 by ukrichardwalker in Blog, My Thoughts

SANKOFA   Leave a comment

I’m a big time reflector and self-evaluator, so this blog that I’m reposting was really relative to me. The Bible says let us examine and probe our ways (Lamentations 3:40), and mentions self-examination from time-to-time… May we always judge ourselves so we won’t need to be judged. 🙂 Enjoy!

Soul and Psyche

|sankɔfa| Akan. go back and get it.

My life has been very amorphous in the past few months.

I graduated from university last spring. After four years of assignments, midterms, finals, lab reports, tears, midterms, all-nighters in the library and the couch, and more midterms and finals, I was finally getting my first real degree. Although I was not graduating with my ideal GPA (shout-out to Organic Chemistry and Physics), I was quite proud of myself and what I’d accomplished. It was all very exciting and nerve-wracking. (Probably 70% nerve-wracking and 30% exciting).

“What next? Where do we go from here?? What am I doing with the rest of my life???”

Initially I would get very anxious and annoyed when people would ask, “So, what are you doing next?” I just graduated from university can we just focus on that?!  It turns out that’s THE question to ask…

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Posted 27th April 2015 by ukrichardwalker in Blog

Be like a child !   Leave a comment

Do we forgive, forget, and follow like actual children?

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Matthew 18:3 ( NLT )
“Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Yesterday, I was meant to be looking after my little brother, but he went to sleep because he said I always leave him downstairs alone ( lol, which is true, I like staying in my room ). I tried to tell him to come downstairs so I could stay with him but he said no!

Clearly he didn’t like me leaving him downstairs alone, one could say he was ” hurt “, this made me sad tbh, so I tried to make it up to him !

On my way to work, I phoned my mum so I could speak to him, believe the guy said no ( LOL) ouch ! My mum had to put me…

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Posted 14th October 2014 by ukrichardwalker in Blog

7 Years of Being Born Again! And Other Random Stuff   Leave a comment

This was my breakfast at work... No hash brown as I'm cutting down the deep fried stuff in my life.

This was my breakfast at work… No hash brown as I’m cutting down the deep fried stuff in my life.

I’m on my break and I thought I’d write a quick blog on how I am in the heart and mind, with some random bits.

17th of August I celebrated being Born Again by Christ for 7 years! I thank God fully! I wanted to write an article about it and what has kept me in the faith but I didn’t get around to finishing it. Maybe in September when I’m a bit less tied up…

I’ll just tell you anyway though – I have lasted 7 years in Christianity because of church. Who I am and what I do, I owe it all to church. Being a Christian without going to church is like driving a car without a key… It isn’t how the manufacturer intended it to run. Going to church every week has so many benefits. Staying at home and sometimes praying is NOT THE SAME. God has specific blessings for us when we gather together with other believers.

One of the benefits is joy. I’m so happy to be at church every week. No matter how my week has been, the house of God lifts me up again. The Notting Hill Carnival ended yesterday, with many young people getting plastered and running around after chicks in sexy clothes. But you don’t need that to be happy as a Christian. You can be joyful in the house of God! There ain’t no party like the Holy Ghost party, cuz the Holy Ghost party don’t stop… 😉

I’m not very happy at the moment. Today I arrived to work extremely late to work. No one is punishing me (yet) but of course, I am only costing myself money. In fact, I haven’t been on time to work in about 2 weeks. On top, yesterday was not a brilliant day either. I left work without having a meeting I was scheduled for because I was shattered. I had to buy overpriced fast food as I was so hungry and after oversleeping in a nap, I missed a bass guitar lesson I was giving. Then of course, I was late again today by 40 minutes.

I’m a huge melancholic and I pay attention to time, so being late and missing meetings is really disappointing to me personally. One thing I have learned from wrestling is not to be late and unprepared. When John Cena, CM Punk and other wrestlers have a WWE show starting at 7pm, they arrive at the arenas from hours beforehand, sometimes 5 whole hours before showtime. Nobody strolls in 10 minutes before their match. Attention to detail like that is why WWE is a successful, reliable business. And when people in the world do good things that Christians often don’t, it really irks me.

In my mind I always strive to be on time or early, but I have backslidden in that area. Tiredness must not be an excuse anymore! I have to strive for excellence again in punctuality to church, to work, for uni lectures and deadlines, and every meeting.

At the moment, I’m leaning on Psalm 23. My situation isn’t exactly comparable to death, but I will not fear any evil as I pass through this valley. God will lead me onto his paths of righteousness, in Jesus’ name. I will improve, and I will make it onto the other side and laugh again. 🙂

-On a lighter note, I missed four calls yesterday – two from one number, two from another. I called back the second number and someone was asking me (with my name!) if I had any weed for him. Weed. After I said ‘I think you have the wrong number dude.’ He said something about ‘dude’ and hung up abruptly. Umm… Ok then. Upon reflection, I decided not to call the first number back.

-Sunday at church, a soul I met on evangelism came to church and was Born Again by Jesus Christ. Later that day he moved into a new hostel. It is a touching story of homelessness, addiction and redemption through the love of Jesus Christ. I will never stop preaching about heaven and hell, and the love shown to us by God. Perhaps I’ll tell you this man’s whole story one day.

-I recently opened the Guitar and Bass portal on the blog (click here to jump to it!), and I have some more new ideas for Christian content. How about… A monthly poll for the blog. Maybe a Christian book of the month too? I used to love these sorts of things on my old Mortal Kombat website, so let’s try it out soon! As for new videos as well, let’s just say… #4 is coming, and so is The Richie Rich Show. 😀 Stay tuned.

Well, I gotta finish my break. This has been your regular host… Mr First Class! :mrgreen:

Posted 27th August 2013 by ukrichardwalker in Blog, Evangelism, My Thoughts, Young People

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