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TANG #12


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Well, here we go again with another issue, so glad you could join us. My life has undergone quite a few changes since the last issue. I have a new job, a new church, a new home, and a new school. I graduated from high school on June 16th, and to tell you the truth it felt good to be done high school. My new house is a blessing from God. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Unfortunately I won't be spending much time here though. On August 23rd I'll be starting college life out at Lebanon Valley in Annville, PA. It's about 2 hours from me, near Hershey. I'll be around though, so all you locals expect some shows to still be happening in Jersey.

I made it out to Cornerstone this year, in my new car that sort of fell from heaven. It's a toughguy car - at least that's what my friends call it - a '91 Mustang, but I like it 'cuz it gets good gas mileage. It's even got a detachable face. So much is happening with this zine now, it's hard to believe I ever thought about giving it up. It finally feels like I am making some sort of progress, and that people are finally being brought together. I get so sick of hearing bands sing about "unity" when I see everything but that going on. God didn't call us to be stuck up or to put on an "I'm cooler than you" attitude, and it just makes me sick when I see people at shows who think they are the coolest thing going. My thing is to say "keep it real," because of the line in Clueless where the guy's getting his head shaved. Keep it real people, and just be who you are.

I learned a lot in the last couple of weeks about prayer, and I just want to share a little bit with you. I was talking to Danny Papa of the band Element 316 one night, and before I hung up, he asked me to remember his band in my prayers. I was then I realized how selfish I'd been. I pray every night, and it seems I'm only ever asking God to work in my life or in the lives of my friends, but never do I pray about much other than that. I've seen so many prayers answered in my life, and I've gotten to the point where I'm mostly praying for myself. Since then, I've really given this thing a lot of thought and prayer. I've made up a prayer list, rather lengthy, of all things I need to pray for, and have been praying for those people a lot. How many times have I asked for prayer and not prayed for others? God wants us to ask Him specifically what we want, and a prayer list is a good way to remind you of what to pray for. The more we pray for each other, the more work the Lord's going to do, so please don't fall in the same trap I fell in, and pray for your brothers and sisters, your church, and all the ministries spreading the gospel. Thanks for listening and supporting the underground. Please write - it's your letters and support financially that keep this thing going......

-Matt
m_ralph@lvc.edu
whiteelephant@hotmail.com