Monday, August 17, 2015

How to Find a Job Fast - My First Book!

By Tony Thomas

I just completed my first book: "How to Find a Job Fast - Job Search Techniques for the 21st Century".  It was a project that I have had in my head for nearly 20 years and a labor of love.

Here is the description on Amazon:

"Are you looking for a job? Since 2008, it has been harder to find a job. Companies are running leaner and are banking the profits. How can you compete in a crowded job market? This book will help you find a job FAST using proven techniques that will help you to gain visibility and rise to the top. Many areas are covered including documenting your skills and experience, proactive job search techniques, company research, speed training, resume prep, interviewing, networking, the Internet and more. It is concise with no fluff or filler. This author is Tony Thomas, a published writer and marketing professional with over 35 years of experience. He has been in the job search trenches and has successfully used many of these techniques to find jobs."
If you know anyone searching for a job, tell them to check it out.

Available on Amazon and Smashwords and associated sites:

Click below to buy it!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

How Love Really Wins

Love wins. It really does.

Over 2000 years ago, God sent His Son to the earth to live a perfect life, impart His righteousness to us, die a horrible death on the cross of Calvary and endure the wrath of God for all of our sins.

All we need to do is trust and believe. It is a free gift available to all. God is love. He does not want anyone to perish. He wants all to come to repentance. Trust Jesus. Turn from your sins and turn to Him. Take up your cross and follow Him. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Last 24 Hours

The last 24 hours or so have been very interesting on social media. I have seen the White House and many of my virtual friends arrayed in rainbow colors. I have seen passionate posts that contain a varying array of opinions. I have seen the term “Love Wins” plastered everywhere. 

What changed yesterday? In reality, nothing has changed. God is still on the throne. He changes not. Men can change their laws and opinions, but God’s Word stays the same. 

God’s design for marriage is one man and one woman. The two become one flesh. They can procreate and help bring new life into the world. This is by God’s incredible design. As a Christian, this is what I believe. I believe in the Word of God, correctly interpreted. 

I cannot be pressured, coerced or badgered into changing my beliefs. And I am not pressuring, coercing or badgering you into changing yours. 

You can vilify me. Call me names. Unfriend me. But, I will not and I cannot be moved. I cannot rewrite the Bible. 

Pray for me. I will pray for you. In the end, what is important to remember is that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We are all ruined. We are sinners in need of a Savior. 

And Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary for our sins. He lived a perfect life and imputed His righteousness to us. He rose again for our justification. 

All we need to do is to trust Him. Believe in Him. Deny ourselves. Take up our cross and follow Him. And He will give us eternal life.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

It Wasn't Supposed to End This Way

A great voice. Good looks. Impeccable production. Commercial success. Universal acclaim. Financial fortune.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston.

A voice that has been silenced too soon.

She appeared to have everything. Everything that the world could give, that is. But it wasn't enough. All that money, popularity and success was not enough to feed the apparent hole in her soul.

We've seen it so many times before. So much success and so little fulfillment. Talent evaporated by drugs, alcohol and decay.

Her life and her death have become a cautionary tale. It should cause all of us to reflect on the meaning and the fragility of our own lives.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Men Behaving Badly

As a Christian, I see world events through a different lens than most of my peers. One trend that concerns me is the almost daily parade of men behaving badly as seen in the media.

It seems to be fashionable these days to live with a bunch of “goddesses”, cheat on your wife with hookers and/or mistresses, marry underage girls, have secret children out of wedlock, and much more.

While this trend is not unique to our age, it seems to be garnering much more attention in our media-saturated world. The common theme is that bad behavior has consequences: loss of a spouse, a family, a career and a reputation.

What I see on my television is mirrored in the pages of Scripture.

David was a man who slept with another man’s wife, fathered an illicit child and had her husband killed in battle. Because of his actions, David saw the decimation of his family. Samson had a fondness for the wrong kind of women and it cost him his strength, his sight, and ultimately, his life.

Hopefully, eventually we will learn that a drop of pleasure is not worth an ocean of pain.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back to 1971

I remember walking into the penthouse of the Statler Hilton hotel on a chilly night in October 1971. I was a young anti-war protestor delivering leaflets to fledgling prog rocker WNCR.

As I walked into the control room, I was intrigued by the ambience. Loud music blared from the large Electro Voice speakers mounted above the Gates Stereo Statesman console. Behind the mic was a bearded cat by the name of Jeff Gelb. He was really cool and allowed me to hang out with him. I ended up becoming an intern and fetched coffee and answered phones for Lyn Doyle's "People's Night on the Radio" show.

A week or two after I started, my first cousin, Carolyn Thomas walked in. I asked her what she was doing there and she asked me the same question! It turned out that she was working overnights!! (I also found out that Doyle was my cousin by marriage).

After WNCR moved to the Stouffer Building around December 1971, interns were exiled and I moved to WMMS working with Billy Bass and David Spero for a few months. It was amazing to watch them work.

I ended up back at WNCR in February of 1972 and had a chance to run the board and "ride gain" for Carolyn and Lee Andrews on occasion.

Those days were magical and I ended up in radio myself for over 20 years, working at stations in LA and Cleveland.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Journey to the Epicenter of Evil

My wife and I made a trip to Imperial Avenue recently to see the site of one of the worst mass murders in Cleveland history.

The neighborhood is not foreign to me. I was a resident for about four years back in the late 70s and lived just a few blocks from the scene of the crime. At that time, it was a nice working class neighborhood filled with sturdy, two-family homes. Since that time, urban decay has set in and, combined with the recent foreclosure crisis, a once vibrant neighborhood has turned into one filled with dilapidated, vacant houses and rampant vice.

After we parked and walked around the corner to Imperial, the first question that came to mind was: "How could this have happened"? The question is one that we should all take moment to ponder. The Sowell house looked much better than many of the others on the street. It seemed to be well cared for and in good condition. The alleged monster that lived inside seemed to have created an attractive lair.

We spoke to a few people familiar with the neighborhood and acquainted with some of the visitors to 12205 Imperial. Based upon what they told us, the visitors all had three things in common: they were female, they lived on the street and they had an affection for crack cocaine—an affection that would eventually cost them their lives. It seems that their addiction had alienated them their friends, family and society.

These were the invisible people that seemed to have been misplaced by all of us. When we saw them walking down the street, we turned our heads and looked the other way. Many of us have moved as far away from them as possible so we didn't have to see them or experience their little island of desperation, devastation and decay.

This brings to mind the Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan. In the parable, Jesus tells us about a man who was beaten and stripped of his clothes by robbers who left him half-dead. The arrogant priest and the Levite walked by him, moving to the other side of the road so they could be as far away from him as possible. The lowly Samaritan picked him up, nursed his wounds and paid for his lodging. Then the Lord asked the expert of the Law that he was speaking to which of the three was this man's neighbor? The expert said: "The one who had mercy on him".

The Lord said: "Go and do likewise".