|NOVEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER-GOD IS PROUD OF YOU|
God is proud of you. That may be hard for you to believe or wrap your mind around. The first time God said that to me I was in my mid twenties, just went back to a church where I hurt a lot of people through ignorance, started a new job making futons, Weapon Press wasn't even thought of, I think I had just begun my comic series Allegories of the way, Emotionally I was still unstable and just went through months of depression where I "walked away" from Christianity. I hadn't really in my eyes done much or accomplished much except mistakes. But God said he was proud of me.
Back then, I thought maybe God said that to me because I did go back to God and made amends at church. Maybe God said that because I didn't do the forget God, church and Christians. Maybe because I also continued with a Christian comic I didn't really have much support with or know how to even make one(I didn't have the internet, Facebook wasn't around, maybe Myspace existed). My dad never said he was proud of me while growing up, so I really didn't know how to react to God being proud of me. But it broke something in me. And I did cry without complete understanding, but that is fine. You don't always have to know the whys.
From what I remember, God was proud that I didn't give up on him or my comic book dream, though that credit goes to God really. Since as a child he ingrained in me a don't give up attitude through reading Spiderman comic books and having Uncle Ben as a surrogate father in some ways to make up what my Father wasn't until I got to know the perfect Father, God. And through out the years I can give example of example of how God used ordinary and weird things to encourage me and never give up. So it really was God who helped me continue, the only thing I did was choose to keep fighting. So I guess God can be proud of the right choices I have made in my life. Just like he is proud of the right choices you made in your life.
It is easy to focus on our mistakes and failures. But what about what you have done right? What about the countless of times you were responsible, helped someone, encouraged some one and so on? When plans don't work out as you like, it is easy to look back and say, I should had done that, I was stupid, I should had done that. And there are legit arguments with better laid out plans vs maybe the plans you decided. But did you at least try? Was your attitude for the positive? Did you with all the strength you had put 110 percent? I think if you weigh the things we have done right with the things we have done wrong then the scale will favor the things we have done right. It's just that we focus on the negative, especially when everything doesn't work out the way you planned it. But guess what? What does God focus on about you?
Now if you see God as a wrathful, vengeful God, then you are wrong and you are living in the Old Testament laws. We are living under grace through Jesus today. God put all his wrath on Jesus at the cross. It's a done deal. Now are there consequences for actions, yes. But don't think it is God throwing a lightning bolt at you. There is a devil and a curse in our world that loves to capitalize on our wrong actions. And yes, God will convict you to change and grow and that can be hard, but He doesn't do it through vengeance and sickness and other things that is a completely different subject. God in a simple term is our cheer leader and He is proud of you.
God wants the best for you more than you do. And he is there to cheer you own and help support you. And he is so proud of you when you don't give up on doing good and pursuing the gifts he gave you in the first place. But to get full access to knowing how he really feels about you you have to pursue Him. You have to pursue Jesus. (Deuteronomy 4:29 NKJV) “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
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Now isn't it possible for our mistakes and failures be grouped in with sins and iniquities? Now I know that may be odd, because you can make a mistake and fail without even trying to do something wrong. But the point is God doesn't focus on your failings. Only your flesh, Satan and people who don't really love you or know how to love you focus on your failings. And since God forgets your short comings then what can he really only focus on about you? He focuses on your potential, on the promises he has for you-Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. GOD IS SUPER PROUD OF YOU! Let him say that to you and allow yourself to receive it and believe it.
So if any of this rubs you the wrong way or you can't accept this, then you don't know how much God loves you. And often when we have never been loved correctly, then we have a hard time receiving God's love. And to be honest, no matter how great your parents, family, spouse may have been showing you love, it's nothing compared to the perfect love of God. This love is always there for you to receive. God is so proud of you and loves you so much that he sent Jesus to die and live again to know you intimately. Don't think you have made too many mistakes to come to Jesus. Don't think that God has rotten thoughts about you so he would never accept you.
And the biggest reason and probably the best reason God is proud of you is because he created you. I didn't understand that years ago and why I felt broken inside when He told me he was proud of me. It's not because of anything I have done. It was because of who I was. Who we are. We are God's creation. In our human, limited thinking, we believe our parents have to be proud of us because of something we do. Or we have to be proud of someone because of what they have done. No, not in God's family. He is already proud of you because he made you, you are a part of God. He is just waiting for you to receive HIm so you will know this and receive the good he has for you. God is proud of you.
To end, this is good news. The gospel isn't called the good news for nothing. You can pm me here or contact me through my website weaponpress.com if you want to discuss this more or if you want prayer.
Concerning the art side of the ministry, I'm more than halfway finished with coloring my next comic The False Dichotomy. I'm excited about this project, because I feel it will help a lot of people to acknowledge our spiritual heritage with Jesus. Take care.
|OCTOBER 2015 NEWSLETTER-INTIMACY WITH GOD|
Lately my motto has been God you increase, while I decrease. The other day I was convicted about how unhealthy I have been putting the focus of my life on my needs, desires and what I want to achieve. Now I know God wants my needs met and He is leading me in ministry. I know He has given me great talent to spread his love and knowledge through comicbooks and etc. However, I have dwindled God really changing my heart and I have focused more on my own heart than knowing God's heart. If that makes sense to you.
|SEPTEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER-GOD IS GREAT!|
I think the title to this newsletter is one of the most spoken Christian statements like "God is good." and "Jesus loves you." True statements, but I know for myself I heard those statements since childhood from being raised in a secular church environment and I still didn't know what those statements meant. I didn't really believe them, but I could say them over and over again.
Other news with Weapon Press is I'm in transition with branching out into cons and other events on the publishing side. But also, my wife and I are in prayer and waiting to do local meetings of healing, teaching and worship. I feel direction from God to do the meetings, now I'm just waiting for things to fall into place. Recently, I've been working on a Sci-Fi/Spiritual short comic book. I don't have a title yet. But I hope it helps people to see themselves more spiritual than physical and acknowledge Jesus.
To end, speaking of processes. I've also been working on these commissions for the Steampunk character General T. Osnofla
JESUS STEAMPUNK BOOK 2 PAGES!
|APRIL 2015 NEWSLETTER--SPIRITUAL INERTIA|
I've been behind in newsletters these last few months. Been busy, but also I've been posting updates to my projects on facebook and through my web site's subscriber option. But I want to finally finish the "Don't Give Up" theme I have written about before. This time it will deal more with the spiritual.
|DECEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER|
This was supposed to be part 2 to October’s newsletter-but I’ll write that for next month. This does relate to the topic on never giving up which I think is a good thing to share with 2014 almost gone.
|OCTOBER 2014 NEWSLETTER|
I write this to those who are afraid to pursue their impossible dream and those who feel unless everything is perfect they won’t try because of fear of failure and mistakes. When you jump in the unknown, you usually don’t have a map. Mistakes and failures are inevitable and it’s alright. Failure is acceptable as long as you don’t give up.
|SEPTEMBER 3, 2014|
This is the next major series I'm working on: JESUS TRANSLATED
Here's the first finished colored pages of the story The first book is about Jesus going to the cross. What makes this different than other Jesus bible comics is I'm translating what Jesus may have been thinking during his life here. Also it's being done in a Steampunk design.
|JULY 1, 2014|
Weaponpress.com July 2014 Newsletter-The Long Unfinished Road
I decided this Newsletter would be about my graphic novel series Allegories of the Way. The series ended this year and I'm still in shock in some ways that it's over.
God Bless, Melchizedek Todd
|April 23, 2014|
Allegories of the Way volume 5 is completed. Go to the home page to download for free. It is the last volume of the spiritual warfare series. I'm very proud of it though it is sad to see the series end. But I do have plans to do a colored version of some select stories and an Omnibus of all the volumes with pin-ups and commentary.
I've been behind posting the next 2 God Scene shows. I plan to have them up this week. The two shows are pretty powerful I feel. They are about dealing with the demonic.
The United web comic is completely penciled. By next week there should be 16 pages or more posted. The comic is winding down and I plan to have it finished this year.
The Faith Land web comic is on hold. The current story starring the Throne character will be completed after The United is done. After that I have to figure out a few things. The reason is Faith Land will be an epic and I just finished an epic and I'm tired. So I may have to hire other artists to do the art chores.
And last, the next comic I plan to do will be a Bible based series based on the life of Jesus with a twist. I won't go into the details now. I rather have the first part speak for itself. The series may be controversial, but cool at the same time. I think it'll depend on the individual reading the comic.
|May 30, 2014|
Ever since I finished the last volume to my Allegories of the Way series my energy level has been spiking. I never knew how much energy I was using to do the series on a timely manner. I did it like a job. There was a certain number of pages I dedicated to finish each week and I pretty much kept with the schedule for years. Some people don't realize how much creative work drains you.
So, I'm a high energy person and I didn't realize I was expending so much energy until I finished the last book. It was awkward. I had other projects I was doing and others to come, but I knew I was tired in some ways, but I didn't know what to do with this knew found energy. I had slacked on exercising as often so I increased that and I tried to just relax more...I tried.
For some time I had wanted to show my appreciation to my daughter's dance teachers so I decided to donate a series of pics for them to sale during their Nutcracker performance this winter. I planned to do 4 or five mini-posters...I did seven. The week I did most of them I slept 2 or 3 hours a night. I didn't have to sleep that little, but I was inspired and challenged to somehow take real photos of dancers and change them in photoshop. I don't recommend sleeping like that. Now normally I only sleep 5 hours max. I can't sleep 8 hrs like some people do maybe because of my high energy level, but I shouldn't have tried to live off of 2-3 hours while working a full-time job. Not very smart. Later that week I fell asleep driving and bumped another car. No damage-Everyone O.K. Definitely a wake-up call for me-literally.
I know God wants us to be balanced, but that can be a challenge to high energy, creative people. We can get inspired and just go-go-go-go and go until we crash and burn(sometimes literally). All jokes aside, I know sometimes after finishing a big project there is a down time. You may feel down and tired, some even become depressed. Then there are folks like me who may feel down for a day and then want to go ahead and start the next big thing. I'm learning to take it easy and do things in moderation now. I pray I will listen to God and use the common sense he gave me to avoid going overboard again.
But here are the pieces for the dance school. I liked how they came out. My daughter suggested some of the ideas and helped me balance the ones that look more "Nutcrackery" and the meta-spiritual style ones I did. God bless.
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Weapon Press Newsletter May 2016- A Prophetic Change
Hey, been busy and I haven’t written a newsletter for 2 months. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to share I just wasn’t sure what to share and busyness can cause delay and forgetfulness at times. But I definitely know what to share right now.
Well, the first change is changing the identity of the ministry. Not that I’m changing what I’ve already done, but specify what I have done and will do. So right now the sub title for Weapon Press is A PROPHETIC MINISTRY. It’s still will have the Intense Christian Fiction motto, but under a prophetic calling. Does that make sense? Let me explain more.
What is a prophet? I think the popular visual is an old bible guy who tells people about their future or what God is saying. That is true, but there is more to it. A prophet is someone who takes the word of God(the bible) or something he hears from God and breaks it down for everyone to understand. He/She can interpret something that seems complex and explain it in a way that isn’t over someone’s head. Yea prophets are oracles of God in a sense. There’s more to it I know and there’s tons of books about the prophetic and so on, but I’m just sticking with what pertains to me right now.
How can I call my ministry prophetic? The answer is go to my web site and read the comic books I’ve been producing for the last 16 years. The series Allegories of the Way may be the easiest one to understand how I’ve taken the truths of God and broken it down for people to understand. I’ve had atheists say they understand things in Allegories and relate it to them getting to know God. I don’t pat myself on the back; God just gave me a gift I use to glorify Him. Also my latest book the False Dichotomy, though more blunt about some spiritual things, it still is an easy read adventure that helps you think beyond the physical world.
Now the bible says we should all try to prophesize and do you know when you share your testimony about Jesus you are prophesying? You are taking the truths and goodness of God and sharing it in a way for people to understand and relate to. Does that mean you’re a prophet, I think it does. Maybe not in the overall this is your main spiritual gift thing but don’t limit what God can do with you.
What I feel led to do with my ministry now is to share my experiences about the prophetic. I don’t know everything about it. I’m still learning and will always be learning till I reach heaven. What I do know that the prophetic when it relates to the supernatural has disturbed me, A LOT. I have experienced so much strange stuff since 2 years old it has made me feel insane at times. And I know that wasn’t God’s plan. It’s just I was raised in a secular society and in a secular/Christian upbringing that never acknowledged the spiritual and supernatural. We’re Americans, we try to be logical. And even though the Bible is full of the supernatural we dismiss it. But there are people like me who were born and are being born sensitive to the spiritual world. And sadly, Satan and his demons are the first things that you see and experience. I hear because when they know you are like this then they try to really mess with you and since angels are about their assignments, you don’t see angels that often.
It has sucked because many people go decades or their entire lives with no answers or direction. They blame God or are scared of God and the supernatural. That was me and still me in ways.
Now it’s been easy for me to hide my experiences in my comic books and share with people in that form. It’s been successful and productive to a point. And I will continue to produce comic books in that way. But it’s time for me to grow and be stretched. And I know there are others out there with similar experiences as mine and others who would like to know and understand the prophetic and supernatural.
It’s serious stuff I’ll be sharing. It is serious. But I feel there needs to be a way to lighten the seriousness and up tightness to the prophetic, especially inside myself. There is a rage, anger in me I have never been able to shake. I know it stems from the demonic abuse I experience since childhood to my early thirties. God freed me from it and I will share that soon enough. But the trauma, the rage I haven’t been able to deal with in healthy ways at times. The funny thing is people more prone to the prophetic are already intense individuals; I didn’t need any more intensity in my life! Lol. There’s been steps taken and I’m further than I was with this anger, but the biggest and maybe final step is sharing how the supernatural has affected me.
I’ll be sharing with video, comedy art, etc. I have an idea for a humorous comic strip I’ll be working on as I finish the first graphic novel to General T. Osnofla and the prose book The Principal. The new prophetic stuff may be slow in coming, but it is the new direction I’m taking. I believe and know God will bless it like he has Weapon Press these past 16 years. If anything I feel it will make the ministry expand and grow beyond my expectations. Thanks everyone for your prayers and support.
|JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER-God Made You Amazing! God Says You Are Amazing!|
This is a late January newsletter, but something I’ve wanted to share for a while.
Now Satan didn’t give these people these gifts, though some may be living for Satan. The bible states in James 1:17- Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow or turning. That is why I believe (and this may bother some) Christians will never lead or influence any media until we are the majority. Now I’m not saying God can’t use our talents to help thousands of people if not more with our gifts, but Christians are not the majority in Hollywood or any popular media. Our culture is not a pro-Jesus culture; we are the minority though God’s kingdom is mighty. So I would stop crying about if only God would give Christians better gifting and Christians should be leading in media because we have God inside of us. Remember, God gives good, irrevocable gifts to everyone under the sun. And it’s obvious most people (and that includes those with musical, art and so on talents) do not live for Christ.
But to get back to the topic-God made you amazing! God says you are amazing! Now I don’t have to prove the amazing things we can do. You can think about it. You can think about the amazing things people have done apart from God. How many great songs, structures, art, businesses, physical abilities have been displayed since the beginning of time? Mankind is number one! Who did God make the universe for? Us! Who did he give dominion over animals and this world? Us! We are all that and a bag of Doritos Frito-lay chips! And we don’t even need God in our lives to do great things because He already has gifted us with amazing brains, motor skills, thumbs, eyes, ears, a great functional body and the lists goes on. Plus God doesn’t even force us to use our gifts for Him or even acknowledge Him. God is so good and wonderful He just gives and gives us great things.
So how about choosing to know God more? How? Confess Jesus is Lord. Receive Jesus in your heart. Find a good church that believes in the bible. Read the bible and ask God for understanding. Pm me if you want to chat and ask questions.
Concerning Weapon Press, I’ve been pressing in to expand the ministry and reach more people. I’m doing more social media as well as reaching out to churches to do presentations about the ministry. You want me to visit your church? Pm me so we can talk.
Other than that, the indiegogo campaign for my brother’s character General T. Osnofla is very soon. My brother and I will appreciate any support you can give to produce the graphic novel. Thanks.