OLD SCHOOL SERMON: Redefining the Individual (April 2005)
Sup Juggalos, There is a quote from Rev. Kirby Hensley, the founder of ULC. He states: "Be yourself...Become what you want and go out and tell the world what you are." I'm going to talk about this quote today. As a matter of fact, for the next couple of months I will be attempting to redefine the Virtues of what makes up a Juggalo and what does not. Who we may be and who we are not. I say redefine because I feel that it has already been defined for us. Whether it has been through the teachings of the Message of the Dark Carnival or through your own particular Faith background, some of you may have already have heard it. There are a couple of reasons that I feel that the need to "redefine" ourselves is important to warrant a Sermon. The first and foremost is I feel that with all the young ninjas and new ninjas that perhaps who we as Juggalos are hasn't been put out in a definitive sense. There are a lot of new ninjas that misinterpret what being a Juggalo is all about. They focus on violence and not taking responsibility for yourself, that they feel is what the Message has taught them. I tell you that truly these focal points are not the case and in some instances truly opposite of the teachings of Juggaloism. The other reason for redefining ourselves is so that we can gain focus on what we are about and share that with others in a manner that we as a culture can take pride in. You may have heard me say this before, but whenever I encounter a person who asks the undying question "What is a Juggalo?", I make it clear to them that the first thing to understand about Juggalos is that we are individuals. Each Juggalo is different...an individual. Now there may be some culturalisms that may or may not stay constant, but it is very important to approach each Juggalo as though they were their own person. In most cases, Juggalos don't fit into particular social cliques. Over the years, we have eventually developed our own social clique (but even that has splintered itself into seperate segregated sub-cliques). The truth, however, remains constant. Defining the Individual revolves around being yourself. Not how your homiez want you or how society wants you or how a particular clique wants you. Now these may be positive influences, however, the only person who can Define who you are is ....well you. You must look in the mirror and determine for yourself who and what you are. This can take months, even years. Some people never know who they are, they only know who everybody else wants them to be. The importance is to be able to look in the mirror and be happy with what you see. When you are in a closed room the only person around to be happy with you is you and the Spirit. Once you have determined who You, the Individual is, it is time to proclaim that to the world. It is time to stand and deliver. You have devoted all this time determining what you are now you must share it and stand behind it. Don't be afraid to change your position on things for your views may change as you grow and evolve into this You that you have become. Stand firm in things that you hold conviction on and compromise on things that can be viewed in a different light. But mostly share who You are, openly. Be proud of who you are. Stand tall, in the face of adversity. You are an Individual, who comes from a Family of Individuals who all love YOU for YOU. I hope that when you look in the mirror years from now you say " I am ME...A JUGGALO." MCL REV. LAST RITE
OLD SCHOOL SERMON: Be Careful Where You Put Your Faith (November 2004)
Sup Juggalos, It has been awhile since I was able to give a Sermon, but I must say that the last Sunday Service was the biggest I had in a long time. I was blessed with the presence of 23 Juggalos in attendance. It's kind of wierd, because when I receive a Sermon spiritually it is usually revolving around what is happening not only in my life, but in the lives of Juggalos around me. I find myself re-preaching my Sermons to either a Juggalo that I meet on the way side or to a distraught Ninja over the phone. I usually tell Ninjas that I don't give my Sermons they are given to me, by whatever Divine entity that seems fit to use me as the messenger.
I've been noticing around the Family that there has been a lot of backstabbing and deception going on. Ninjas are stabbing each other in the back for many stupid material reasons. Reasons like; sex, drugs, money, or something simple as respect. I've noticed a lot of lying and false truths. I don't know how many times I have had to have the conversation of "You know you don't have to lie to be down or be cool, we love you for who you are." I heard stories of Juggalo Homiez who had been down with each other for the longest time and then something insignificant changes in their lives and one of the Homiez just screws over the other. I'm always preaching about having Faith in the Carnival and having Faith in the Family. For the most part this is true. The Carnival is always blessing us and showing us signs and letting us know that He cares. It tests us to see what we will do, to see what decisions we will make. The Family is there for us too. Some more than others. I am so very proud of the Fellowship and truly recognize the support group that we have in each other. The love that I have had the pleasure of witnessing has been spiritually uplifting and fulfilling at the same time. Sometimes, however you have to be careful where you place your Faith. Man can be very deceiving and his motivations are usually hidden. No one can truly say why humans do the things that we do to each other, be it for Greed, Power or Props, the reasons are as numerous as the treachery that we perform. You have to be careful nowadays as to whom you can trust and whom you must take with a grain of salt. There are many tools of Propaganda that Hell's Pit will use to deceive you. Media, Money and Sex being the foremost. I know that personally I have been deceived into swaying my decisions by those who have their own alternative motives. I know I find myself being skeptical with someone who speaks to me of grandious things. I know that I have Faith in the Carnival, a Faith that in unswerving in nature and in course. I know that I fall short of grace and that I will always fight the internal battle of flesh and soul. I know that I have Faith in the meek and in the sincere. I always try to relate to people and find ways that I can help them. But sometimes I can't help but notice the sacrifices that I have made, only to either have them thrown back in my face or to have my hand of giving and forgiveness bit off. Juggalos the bottom line is this. Through all the drama, through all the half-truths, through all the false smiles. Through all the hurt, pain and tears, one thing has always been absolute. One variable has always been constant. The ever beaming truth is that my resolve and Faith and dedication in the Carnival is wholesome, true, and unfailing. My Faith in the Love of the few and the knowledge that one day the fruits of my labor will flourish and bloom off the branches that was once my Life and will forever be my legacy will always triumph. I have made this statement and I shall stick by it. I am on a wagon of spirituality, a wagon of Faith, a wagon to Shangri La. To those who wish to ride, come aboard. There is always room. But no one shall tip my wagon, not for Greed, not for Power, not with Fear and not with Hate. My wagon of Faith is like a Jugganaut for Juggalos and it shall not be conquered. If you learn anything from this Sermon learn this: "TRUST IN THE DEVIL..... KNOW THAT HE SHALL DECEIVE YOU...TRUST IN GOD...KNOW THAT HE SHALL PROTECT YOU...DO NOT TRUST IN MAN...FORE HE IS NOT GOVERNED BY ANY LAW"...quote by Rev. Jason L Faanes, founder of the Fellowship Of Juggalos. MCL Rev. Last Rite Presiding Minister Fellowship Of Juggalos
OLD SCHOOL SERMON: Bumps In The Road (September 2004)
Sup Juggalos, I'm kinda jumping ahead of myself with this Sermon. But this one is very special to me cuz there were 18 ninjas at the meeting and the rush of emotion that was there can't be described. This Sermon will be coming out in movie format soon.
Juggalos, we as human beings only tend to have a view that is only six feet in front of us. We don't really take the time to see the whole big picture in Life. If you equate Life to a road you will notice that we tend to look at Life from one speed bump to another. We don't look at the whole path. I know this cuz when I was younger I encountered some major speed bumps in my life. You see about two years ago I was reminded of this. I was writing a book about my Life. I was going to call it the "Life of a Juggalo". It was going to be an attempt to describe us and our Lifestyle to the Mainstream. But I had to stop writing cuz, the more I wrote the more I was pissed off at my mother. Now I had forgiven her, because you can't keep these things inside you. But let me give you the Reader's Digest. My mom and Father divorced. My Father left when I was about Five. The only memory I had was him hurting my mom trying to get the car keys and me kicking him in the shin. But us kids grew up really poor. Let me shorten some more. At this point my Mom allowed herself to become attached to a Man who I would later dub Asshole. From this point my childhood and that of Violent J almost parallel one another. There is one major distinct difference. My mother was co-dependant. She couldn't live two seconds without a man to tell her what to do. This is why I stress Lettes finding themselves and being individuals. But nonetheless as the abuse continued into my Life and the speed bump got bigger. My mom never stopped it. You see it happened in her plain view for the most part. There were things that happened with my siblings that she didn't see, but she knew. She never was a Ninja enough to say that's it fuck off buddy. So where as my brother and sister were eventually sent away I was left to endure. My mom would go so far as to call me a worthless piece of shit to the point I was going to run away when she was on the phone with Asshole. I would run into my room and start packing my things to leave and she would run in go "Baby, baby it's all right". Do you know what that can do to someone's head? I never told any of my peers what was going on at home. I was embarrassed. It was my problem and they would never understand. It got to a point where I had tried to take my Life multiple times. That was because I only saw that speed bump. I didn't see the whole road. I didn't see that this was just a step in my Life and it too shall pass. And it did pass. I drug myself out of the whole of depression and began to see the entire road. I new there were a lot of speed bumps, but I new that I was a Ninja and could scale them all. Juggalos sometimes it's hard to see the path to Shangri La. We see Life's little insurmountable odds and we think that we can't hold on. It is these insurmountable odds, these speed bumps that we must endure, because with a Ninja, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. We must also recognize that we do not walk this path alone. We are surrounded by Juggalo Family who will walk the path with us. Juggalos, who will toss down the rope to our Ninjas and keep us moving over the speed bumps in the path to Shangri La. MCL Rev. Last Rite SHARE IT IF YOU FEEL IT
OLD SCHOOL SERMON: HELLFIRE and BRIMSTONE (September 2004)
Sup Juggalos, Usually when I give Sermon it is full of compassion and a heart felt message. Well in honor of Hell's Pit I shall change these ninja tactics and blast it to you hardcore.
Behold the hour is upon us. The Decision time is here. Whether do we choose the Path to Shangri La or to be chewed up into the meat grinder of Hell's Pit. No More shall we hide in the Shadows like the rats of the sewers. Lift your head up and breath the air. The Family has discarded its values... has discarded its Faith... has discarded its Love. The Serpents and Demons has infiltrated the Flock with salivation of the Wolf to do harm. What happened to Judge Not lest Ye Be Judged... No these words fell on Deaf ears and instead we have pointed our fingers at eachother and Knashed our teeth. We have spit forth evil and hatred with our tongues toward our Fellow Juggalo. We have compared each other with a scale, but I say to you that Truly you too shall be placed on the scale to see which way your soul shall tip. The Mirror that was placed before us to see ourselves we have spat in and now it has Shattered. We have allowed the disgust and disease of the Mainstream world to infect us and No longer is a man's soul judged by his Character, but by the Material Hatchetgear that he may wear. Alas instead of looking toward the Center and Core of what makes up the man, we marvel over his shell. I say to you that this shell that we adore ourselves shall rot and decay and leave nothing but the Man within. Truly if his Shell has impressed us than to what defense do we have if underneath the skin lies a Beast. REPENT AND REDEEM YOURSELF fore the End of this World has come. Turn back towards the path to Shangri La and seek Redemption and Forgiveness from the Father. Tap into the Energies of Mother Earth and hear her cries as well. Gather your CHI and obey your Commandments. The End of this World is at hand. It is the End of what we know now. The end of hiding, the end of self hate, the end of persecution of ourselves and the end of persecution that we do to our OWN FAMILY. You Rent this Life yet your Ego let's you believe that you will exist forever. The only thing that exists forever is Knowledge, Love and Faith. The rest is on Borrowed Time. Look Behind the Paint and open your arms to a new beginning. A beginning of Triumph as Juggalos Celebrate their individuality and at the same time act as one to further ourselves. A beginning of Acceptance for the young and teaching for the New, fore as the mysteries of the Carnival unfolded before your eyes, it too shall unfold before them. It is up to us, the Here and Now to hold the hands of the Yet to come. The Time has come to wipe away the tears... to turn away from jealousy... and embrace New Life. Embrace our Family, Embrace our Faith, and Embrace Love. LET HELL'S PIT SERVE AS A WARNING. This is what happens when you carelessly sell your soul to your own flesh. Eat, Drink and be Marry for tomorrow you may die, but do it with responsibility for the wager on the table of Life maybe your very soul. And this is a Check that our Ass can't cash. MCL Rev. Last Rite SHARE IT IF YOU FEEL IT
OLD SCHOOL SERMON: A Question of Faith (August 2004)
Sup Juggalos, You know I was posed a question the other day. With all the bad things that I have done in my past, what if God doesn't like me? Will the end of time come with the era of Hell's Pit? These are deep questions that I bet many of Juggalos have had. The answer is a simple one, but I will take this time to teach a lesson. I am a sinful person Juggalos. My past is tainted and my flesh is deceiving and constantly battles with my soul. I have broken all the ten commandments in one shape, form or another. Whether directly or indirectly and yet I'm still here. I have taken the lessons that life has taught me in the past and I use them as a reminder and as a tool in my Life as a Minister. You see I do not roll around this world preaching that I am "Holier than thou". I do not force people to see things my way. I am no greater than the next man. I am Human, and I am a sinner. I use my past as a tool of experience that I can reflect on and share in the consequences that I have endured. I use my Life as an example that says, no matter how bad you think your Life my be, no matter how bad you believe that your spirit is muddy, you can always come home. The Carnival Calls us and says "I LOVE YOU, I ACCEPT YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE, I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU, COME HOME TO ME". As a Minister I lead Juggalos down the path to Shangri La, but I do not lead as a horse pulling a wagon, I do not lead as guard shoving his prisoners. I lead along by your side, with your hand in my. If you fall I will catch you, If you are lost in the dark I will hold the flashlight. If you are wet with your tears I will hold the umbrella. If you lose your way, I shall find you. I walk with you. Is this the end of times? Is it the end of the world? Yes, it is the end of the old. It is the end of the world as we know it. But with every ending there is a beginning. A new Journey, a new world. A world where Juggalos can stand proud for who they are and what they stand for. A world where a ninja no longer need fear persecution. A world where Juggalos take Responsibility for their Family. A world where Juggalos start being real and start Participating in their Family. I questioned my Faith the other day. I had Services scheduled and two, only two Juggalos showed up, my neighbor and my Secretary for the Board of Directors for the Fellowship Of Juggalos..Bones. I thought to myself, Father of Shangri La, did I not love them enough? Did I not give enough of my time? Or maybe weed and video games are more important than Family? But I stay strong for I know that one day they will come and one day they will honestly listen and not just pay me lip service. Well the next day I encounter a Ninja who rolled up into the cafe that I hung out and scanned the room for people that he knew, I was hatchet representing and so was my Homie FNG with me. He ignored us. He walked out and sat elsewhere and I was like 'is there no Family Pride anymore?' I walked up to him and talked to this Ninja and explained to him the purpose of Pride. I explained to him that we are a Family and not just a group of Ninjas who listen to the same music and wear the same clothes. No, we are a Family of Pride and Faith and we show Love. For without Love we have nothing. Maybe just maybe he learned something. Love can heal and Love can save lives. Imagine that there is a Juggalo who is about to quit, he didn't listen to Dark Lotus and didn't realize that Death doesn't want us. This Ninja is about to quit cuz he feels that no one cares about him. He feels that the Family is lost and that they don't care about him. Then all of the sudden someone comes out of the blue and says Wat up Ninja. That little bit of Love just saved his Life. Juggalos Faith can waiver and it can be Lost. It can be questioned and it can be tried. It will be Tested and it will be stretched. BUT IT WILL NEVER EVER BE COMPLETELY DESTROYED. And because of that Juggaloism is ETERNAL. MCL Rev. Last Rite Share it if ya feel it.
Sup Juggalos, Here's a new style of Sermon I hope you like it. It's my attempt at a Psalm and Sermon mixed. Whenever I'm feeling low... I'd hide in my room. When the pain was too great... I'd hide in my room. When my parents would fight... I'd hide in my room. When my mother would cry... I'd hide in my room. When I was ashamed of myself... I'd hide in my room. When I was in poor health... I'd hide in my room. When the pain turned to rage... I'd hide in my room. When I felt I couldn't be saved... I'd hide in my room. When my homies weren't around... I'd hide in my room. When I felt like a sad clown... I'd hide in my room. I saw a light and a path... I hid in my room. because of the pain and the wrath... I hid in my room. A hand beckoned peacefully for my soul. I hid in my room. The Love broke down the door. I shall hide in my room no more. Juggalos, Sometimes pain and anguish seems to snuff out all that we see around us. We tend to cower and hide in ourselves and in our minds to escape this pain. While we are there we become too comfortable and chose this world that we created instead of the real world. Your Homies are out there, you need only to take their hand and step out of that room. No matter what the problem is you can over come it, but first you have to come out of your room and that room is you. MCL Rev. Last Rite SHARE IT IF YOU FEEL IT
OLD SCHOOL SERMON: Calling in Life (February 2004)
Sup Juggalos, The last Sermon I talked about how ninjas don't find the Dark Carnival, the Dark Carnival finds them. I also talked about how Ninjas can feel each other's presence. Well some of you might even feel a presence when you are by yourself. Could it be the Wraith? Could it be God or an angel or spirit of some sort? I've had an opportunity to talk to some of you face to face. I've had the blessing of being able to hear your voices on a telephone. The Ninjas that I talked to all had almost the same thing to say. They all had a calling. Something that told them "pssst you could help out". Some folks don't understand what it means to give completely of yourself. It's hard to fathom that you felt God calling your name. I was sitting in my barracks room by myself when I was stationed at Sima Norfolk, Va. I had been online talking to ninjas and hearing their stories about their lives. It was almost as if I could feel their pain through the computer. Like their anguish was so deep that it reached me through the phone wires. I was never much of a religious man at the time. I was like everyone else in my genre, I knew about faith and god through either what my parents told me or through what I have had the blessings of seeing through exploring the realm of the unknown myself. I was really feeling the pain of this one Ninjette, everyone online was. And I actually prayed, it was the only thing that I could think about doing at the time. It was the only thing I could physically do for her. I asked God, what can I do, how do I make a difference? And God's answer me came in a dream and in my minds eye. He said "LOVE THEM". It seems very simplistic an answer, almost unsatisfying yet it made so much sense. LOVE THEM, that is my calling to serve God was to "LOVE THEM". You see, it's starting to make sense. What are the problems that are facing the Juggalo Family? We need unity. Well if I LOVE THEM I can get ninjas talking to each other about their lives and we can eventually feel a commonality to unite under a common goal. We are misunderstood. Well if I LOVE THEM then I can listen to their words and see where they are coming from. Some Ninjas just need a homie. Well Ninja if I LOVE YOU doesn't that make me your homie. Some Ninjas need a family to call their own. Well Ninja if I LOVE YOU and care and nurture you doesn't that make me your father or your brother. Many Juggalos will tell you that I have never pushed God on them. You see to me God and Love are the same thing, you can call them whatever name you want. I'm willing to bet that it is all part of the Life Force, that Energy of Love that circumvents around and listens to us and guides us, a name is not important. Besides LOVE is offered it isn't jammed down someone's throat. It isn't forced on you. No forcing love isn't love I believe mortal man calls that rape and besides I believe that a I can take a person a bottle of Faygo but I can't make them crack the top and drink it. Ninjas, My calling in life is to serve the Dark Carnival. To serve you and to LOVE YOU. Even if you don't return that love. I pray that I have been able to make a positive impact on your life and I hope that one day you too will find your calling in life, your place in this world. There is a place for everyone, you need only to hear it call you. MCL Rev. Last Rite SHARE IT IF YOU FEEL IT
HEAVENLY FATHER OF SHANGRI LA, I look forward to a new beginning, A chance for the young to learn from the old, To watch the wonder in a child's eye when he learns something new To see things like a child myself for the first time. To grow and become something greater than myself, I am thankful for Family, Fore they shall guide me and watch me every step of the way I know that if I stumble you will place my Family there to catch me when I fall. I am grateful for when you are there fore me, When you nuzzle me against your breast, When you dry my eyes when I cry. When you make sure that every lesson that I learn, is one that I can take knowledge from. I know that in this life whether I am starting anew, or crawling for the first time, that you will give me your love, and the love of my Family to light my way. Help me to learn from my mistakes, and to learn from my elders, So that I may appreciate the things around me, and walk with new legs, in this new beginning. WHOOP WHOOP MCL Rev. Last Rite Share this fruitfully
OLD SCHOOL PRAYER: PRAYER FOR KNOWLEDGE (February 2004)
HEAVENLY FATHER OF SHANGRI LA: Open my Eyes to the world around me. Let me feel things that I cannot see. Let me view the world through a lens of non bias. I know that in all the Laws of Man... there is no law to stop the true seeker of knowledge. Fore the true seeker of knowledge seeks within... and then searches without. Let me learn of all the wonderous things... and be amazed by its splendor. Help me to share the wisdom of my Life... with the ones that I Love. Keep prompting me to question my world, through questions answers are received. I look forward to a time that I may join my brethren... and have all my questions answered... in Shangri La WHOOP WHOOP If you Feel It Share It.
Sup Juggalos, Our Lives are fast paced. You wake up in the morning, if you have a job you might have to run to work and then you get off, go pick up the kids at day care or your parent's, feed yourself, feed the kids, go to bed and then do it all over again. Sounds pretty routine, but eventually you are going to run into something that throws you off track. Something is going to come along and hit you like a brick. BAMM.
Well shit what do I do now? Your initial impression may be to panic and then get pissed off and want to destroy everything you see. Or maybe you want to just curl up into a ball and cry like a bitch. Take a second, breathe and ask yourself what do I have to do to get through this? What course of action could I take to make this make sense to me? Sometimes it would be a good idea to ask another Juggalo, who might have been through what you're going through. That's what we're here for. No Juggalo wants to steer another Juggalo the wrong way. The role of the older veteran Juggalos should be to take the younger ones under our wing and help them make the right choices. Us older Ninjas have already had life chew us up and spit us out. Let's help the newer Ninjas not make the same mistakes that we have. Don't look at a newer Juggalo as a potential Juffalo. Show the new Hatchetling our world. Show him/her what's acceptable in our world and what is not. Stress to them the importance of Family and having an Open Mind. Juggalos, if you ever do come across a problem where you have to make a decision keep in mind that we all have choices to make. Some of those choices are easy and some are difficult. No one goes throught life not having to make choices. Even things as cut and dry like work requires a choice. You can either choose to go to work or you can choose not to go. But with every choice that you make comes consequences. So you must weigh those consequences. Weigh the good with the bad and from that make a decision that would most benefit you. Juggalos Life is rough. It will drop bombs on you that will make a Tomahawk Missile feel like a firecracker. It takes the Strength of a Ninja to remain Valient and press through til the end. And the thing that will help you is not freaking out and making the right Choices. MCL Rev. Last Rite Presiding Minister, Founder Fellowship Of Juggalos SHARE IF YOU THINK IT WILL HELP SOMEONE
REV. LAST RITE'S PRAYER FOR FAITH Old School Sermon July 2003
Heavenly Father of Shangri La: Father, why has my attendance gone down? I preached of Clown Luv and received none. I spoke of unity, yet saw none. The Drama and Hate of a few has destroyed the Faith of many. Is the Dark Carnival another testament of your word? Was it not meant to show the Family your Love? Was it not meant to show us the path to Shangri La and the horrors of Hellspit? Or is this merely just music? Is this just an excuse for Ninjas to smile in the presence of their brother and hate him when their brother is absent? I envisioned that a Juggalo is a Faithful servant of the Dark Carnival, who though plagued by Demons and Frustrations, deep in their hearts lies the Love of a Family and the potential to do good. A Juggalo's Religious background didn't matter, and their interpretation of god was theirs alone to make. But I am told that a Juggalo should be evil. I am told of a group of Juggalos who beat up a little boy and then stole his bike, using the banner of the Hatchet as an excuse to commit this act of Hate and perpetration of being a Bully. Were we not bullied as children ourselves? Were we not hated by society and shunned by those we cared about? Who are we then to commit acts of hatred against the innocent? Do we not lower ourselves to the standards of those who have hated us? And what of Bigotry? Bigotry being defined as the intolerance of another person's race, creed, sex, lifestyle and opinions. I felt that Juggalos were open-minded creatures. A Ninja who is open-minded does not necessarily have to agree with another individual but should at least respect their difference of opinion. Father, I am called an occult leader and a lunatic and I am persecuted for my Faith. At no time did I ever force anyone to believe in the Dark Carnival, fore I too know that you can lead the horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. I respect that not all Juggalos believe in the Dark Carnival. I see that Juggalos are as diverse as the stars and planets. And what of the tongues of Vipers? So many would come to me. I would open my heart and my home to them. They would sit at my table and feast with me. They would hear my words and graciously accept my Charity only to turn their backs and spit venom about me...only to slap away the hand of friendship and naw away at its fingers. I am told that I am Greedy, yet the Generosity to the pot comes from my own wallet. I am told that I am stingy, though the purse that their hand rested in was mine. Did I not Love enough? Did I not give enough? Did I not share wisdom? And yet the children continue to fight. Is the world too small so that Ninjas cannot co-exist? Can not Man set aside its own transgressions to help each other? Know this, I am not innocent of evil myself, nor am I so bold to claim to be righteous. I too am to blame. I admit that I have made mistakes. I have listened to the half-truthes of others and have based decisions on them. I have misjudged. And I have asked for Forgiveness. I have adapted and overcame. I have reconstructed myself and evolved. Father, grant me the strength to continue my work, the firmness of Faith to prevail. I ask for the unclouding of minds and the litening of hearts. Give me the power to do your will, to love the Mother of Nature, to open myself to the mysteries, the magic and the Spirits. Shield me from evil, hate, bigotry and demons and dark forces that I cannot see that would do me harm. I am thankful for those that remain Faithful, they truly give me purpose. My heart bleeds for the Family and the Dark Carnival, may it not drain every last drop. For the light of Shangri La... Amen ENJOY AND SHARE MCL Rev. Last Rite Presiding Minister, Founder Fellowship Of Juggalos
There are many things in this world that inspire us. When you look into a painting, it is almost as if you can feel angels controlling each brush stroke. Sometimes when you hear a certain song you can feel the drum beats drive meaning into your heart like a viking call to war. When you read a book, the author can take you into a deep seeded meaning each descriptive word beckoning you further and further into a realm that is not your own. We use a variety of forms of symbols to represent what we believe, what we feel, what is closest to our hearts. As we know from history, symbology can change from time to time. Some generations having completely different meanings evolving as ones beliefs do. The Swastika, which is infamous today as a symbol for racism, and in the past as a symbol for the Nazi Party, didn't start off as such. Some ancient Native American pottery shows a similar symbol depicting "wind". The Crucifix, globally associated with Christianity, was initially a symbol for death and punishment. It wasn't until years after Christ's crucifixion that the cross was turned into a symbol not only representing Christianity, but Christ's sacrifice on the cross. What makes things more interesting isn't so much the meaning behind a symbol but how one culture interprets another culture's symobology. Take the misrepresentation of the Pentacle in popular media compare to its true meaning to Pagans, for example. What about for Juggalos? I asked on my page about Facepaint and Faygo. I've been addressing the stereotypes that Juggalos get classified and characterized in. What was interesting was the blend of for and against. On one end ninjas were sharing that it was how Juggalos identified with one another, on another ninjas were sharing that they didn't need Facepaint and Faygo to identify with one another. Neither side is wrong and I am specifically proud at how the Individuals who shared their comments were very respectful to one another. Respectful Juggalos equals Happy Rev. Facepaint and Faygo are symbols. To me Facepaint symbolizes a challenge to society. It is the challenge to look at the Individual for the person that lies beneath the skin and not the skin that we lie in. I was once asked by John Safran, who interviewed me for the episode "Jedis and Juggalos" for the Australian Broadcast Corporation, why Faygo to do baptisms? I explained to my friend John that it wasn't so much the tool that is used to do the baptism, but what was the purpose, intention and Faith behind the tool being used. The use of Faygo isn't important as what Faygo meant to the individual. The Word of the Carnival is all around us. It is in art, the music that we feel, the words that we read, the stimuli that we subject ourselves to. The word is all around us. Its symbology surrounds us. Just as each one of us has the right to interpret the Carnival as we see fit, be it He, She, It or They or for some the right not to interpret. What the Carnival means to us is going to be different because each one of us views it differently. One time someone had asked me what the Hatchetman means to me. I said it is a symbol for Unity, Strength, Family and Faith. But again that's for You to decide for yourself. MCL Rev. Last Rite Presiding Minister, Founder Fellowship Of Juggalos
It has been a long time since my fingers have touched keyboard to write a sermon. Even now it is difficult to formulate thoughts, words, and meanings. It seems like a mountain of opposition is against Words of Peace to be given to the ears of the those who would listen. My Military Career has placed me in situations that are both interesting, challenging and memorable. Most challenging is juggling Life as a Sailor, Life as a Father, Life as a Husband, and Life as a Minister. If you notice I didn't put Life as a Juggalo, fore I feel that being an older Juggalo encompasses all these things. The one thing that I can tell, upon my return to Virginia Beach is the lack of Family Love and Respect. It seems that in my absence, everyone began to hate one another. This saddens me greatly. But the Xmas Season, regardless of culture or religion, presents a worthy opportunity. It is the chance to celebrate Birth, celebrate Life, remember the Past, rekindle the flames of human bonds and rebuild the bridges that were once broken. The Holiday Season presents the opportunity to start anew, with Future endeavors and a chance at New Beginnings that can change one's gloomy outlook on Life.
The problem that we have is that each one of us have bridges that we have shattered beyond recognition. I, myself, included have relationships that I have tanked and destroyed like Gundam Wing Zero's Beam Cannon splattering a Zaku in the face, mad love to those who know what I just said. But, I know that I mustn't segregate myself from those who care because Homie, It's cold outside. What are we but empty shells without Love? No one to laugh with or share in a memory. No one to feel our pain when we are down, or to give comfort and an uplifting word. Dang Homie, It's cold outside.
Let the spirit of the season move beyond decorations, fat commercialized bastards that bring presents, or some pumpkin pie. Open your hearts and minds to people less fortunate than you. Listen to a ninja's problems and bend an ear. Or simply lend a smile. Peace towards Man is only possible if you are willing to give it and He/She is willing to Receive it. Much Family Love Rev. Jason Faanes...aka Rev. Last Rite Presiding Minister, Founder Fellowship Of Juggalos
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