Dallas-Ft. Worth

(Check out the man behind the magic, Jim Munroe, live in Dallas at the Majestic Theatre, Sunday, May 7. Click here for more info.)

I have been playing with cards since I was actually a kid. I’ve been learning this for a really long time. You know while learning how to become a magician I have developed a skepticism. That’s really where my story starts.

Having become a magician, you understand that there is some kind of scheme or something going on behind the scenes that is ultimately fake or false. The idea of a god seems really silly, it seems really, really silly. It’s like the Wizard of Oz. It’s like the wizard behind the curtain making things happen.

However, one day in college, I was asked to go to church to check it out, so I did. Something happened to me that morning that I couldn’t quite fit into my worldview. It was the way the version of the story that was shared. I began to ask myself the God question. Maybe there is something more to this?


 

If I was going to believe in this god, if I was going to believe in the Bible, I needed him to make it so real to me.


If I was going to believe in this god, if I was going to believe in the Bible, if I was going to acknowledge who the Bible ultimately points to, which is Jesus. If I was going to acknowledge all these things, I asked God to make this real to me. I needed him to make it so real to me. I needed him to take me back behind the curtain. Sometimes when you pray prayers you don’t fully want them to be answered. Mine was getting ready to be answered.

Here I was, I was 29 years old. I had been married for five years, with a three-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy. I had this really intense pain that started happening in my leg. I was popping ten Advil at a time, trying to make it go away. We decided that it would probably be best for me to go to the ER.

They began to run a bunch of tests on me. The doctor walked in and told me that my white blood count was real high. They wanted to do some more tests. Then another doctor walked in and on his name badge it said TX Oncology, a cancer doctor. He said, “Mr. Munroe, you have leukemia. We have to do something about this right now.” This doctor basically told me I had two months and that I was going to die if we didn’t do anything.  They got me down to MD Anderson Cancer Center and they began to run just a battery of tests on me. CAT scans, catheter into my chest, sticking huge needles into my spine; it’s a complete whirlwind.


No matter how hard we hit it, it was going to keep coming back.


The first doctor on call that was going to oversee all of my treatment came in and said, “Mr. Munroe, I’ve got some bad news for you.” And at that point I am going, you mean like worse than cancer bad news?  He said the kind of leukemia I had was more rare than what they initially thought. Even if we fought the cancer and got me into remission – this thing was going to come back. No matter how hard we hit it, it was going to keep coming back. There was something they wanted to do, something that could assist in making me completely well and healed.

They wanted to do a procedure called a bone marrow transplant. What they wanted to do was to get me into remission by treating me with chemotherapy. But then find somebody somewhere in the world, whose DNA matched mine so distinctly that doctors would literally take their immune system out of their body and put it into mine. And hope that my body would recognize it enough as its own and it would essentially start growing new white blood cells from an entirely new person. That is like real magic.

So they went and they tested my biological sister, and my own biological sister wasn’t a close enough match. Which was a huge blow to the situation. So then they went into this database that the national bone marrow donor program keeps and they told me that of the 7 million-person database, I had 16 possible matches. Out of those 16 possible matches, they found one perfect match. It was a 19 year old female. We found one perfect match.

We were elated and so excited that there was someone out there who was not only a match but, after being contacted, was willing to give their blood and was brave enough to give me what I needed to live.


They used this terminology like, you will be born a new person, you will be given a new birthday. You will be like a baby inside a mothers womb all over again.


So they began the process and began the chemotherapy. Those first ten days literally destroyed me. As we went through the process, they used this terminology like, you will be born a new person, when we transplant this and put this new blood inside of you, you will be given a new birthday. You will be like a baby inside a mothers womb all over again. I had heard that terminology before in Scripture, [the Bible], so I was thinking that this was kind of weird.

I am literally dying a death, and then they brought that bag of blood into the room, the whole time, this whole process just waiting to get this new blood on the inside of me and they stuck it into my IV. The new blood began to run into my body. The doctors and nurses, everybody involved were hoping my body would accept this new blood. And it did. My body accepted this new blood and it slowly began to build a new immune system and I am completely cancer free today.  I am 100% cancer free.

It’s no longer I who lives, but someone else who lives inside of me. When they look at my blood now, when they investigate it, they don’t see a 30-year-old male; they see a 19 year old female. I literally have XX chromosomes living on the inside of me. It was a substitution of blood on my behalf so that I could live again; and so that the deception of my body would die. That to me is really difficult to ignore when I asked God to reveal himself to me. That is very difficult to ignore.


I believe that all of us have a spiritual cancer that’s eating us away on the inside. We are dying and we are begging for somebody to intervene and step in on our behalf.


I believe that all of us have a spiritual cancer that’s eating us away on the inside. When we really take a look at it, we are dying and we are begging for somebody to intervene and step in on our behalf.  There is not a question in my mind that the only answer for the human condition is Jesus. My life with Jesus has completely changed as a result of my darkest hour. I am actually thankful for the process I went through.  As a skeptic and a magician, I fully believe. I fully believe in not only who God is, but also what He did for me. There is no question in my mind.

My name is Jim Munroe, and I Am Second.

04Nov, 2013

The Mission 2013

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Win V.I.P. Tickets to the Unashamed Tour featuring Lecrae!

The mission will begin Saturday, November 16th. Here are the rules and guidelines to participate in the Mission.

What you’ll need:

– A team of  4

– A Car

– A map

– I am Second and Lecrae facts

What you’ll win:

– Top 3 Teams that complete the mission will win a 4 pack of V.I.P. tickets to the concert

– First 25 Teams teams to start the mission will win an I am Second and Reach Records prize pack

– All teams that complete the mission will receive a prize for participation.

Mission Details:

– On the morning of November 16th, Reach Records and I am Second will release 4 locations around D/FW where mission packets will be placed. The packets at each location will contain your team’s mission instructions and clues to help you complete the mission.

Note:  The first 25 teams to pick up their package will receive an I am Second and Reach Records prize pack for their team. A reward for being the first teams to start the mission!

– You will have to solve a total of 3 clues in order to find the location of the V.I.P. tickets.  The first 3 teams to solve the clues and find the tickets will be on their way to the Unashamed Tour with Lecrae on Saturday, November 23rd!

Note: All teams that participate will receive a prize for completing the mission but only the top 3 teams will win the V.I.P. Grand prize.

Now Quick! Go assemble your team and get ready to start the Mission on Saturday, November 16th!  Package locations will be announced on this page and through I am Second social media (Facebook, Twitter) Saturday at 10am Central.

29Oct, 2013

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Join Reach Records and I am Second for the last stop of the Unashamed V Tour featuring Lecrae, Tedashii, Andy Mineo, Derek Minor, KB and other special guests.

 

When:  Saturday, November 23rd

Doors Open @ 6:30pm

Concert Starts @ 7:30pm

Where:  College Park Center – UTA Campus

601 Spaniolo Drive Arlington, TX 76019

Buy Tickets: Online or at the Box Office

Box Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 6pm or Friday: 11am – 5pm .  *The box office opens a minimum of one hour prior to showtime on weekend and holiday performance days.

For Tour Info click here.

 

Want to learn more about Lecrae?  Watch his story here:  www.iamsecond.com/lecrae

Check out the Unashamed V Tour Promo Video

 Unashamed V Tour – Dallas is powered by: Reach Records, K104, 97.9 The Beat

Do you like to get your run on? We do too! Join Team I am Second and run alongside your fellow runners to support causes that benefit organizations that are doing wonderful things in our communities.

Where: Plano, TX
Date: November 3rd
Time: 7:00am
Benefitting: PowerPoint Ministries

DISCLAIMER: YOU MUST PURCHASE AN I AM SECOND RUNNING JERSEY TO RUN ON THE TEAM.

Instructions:
In order to run on Team I am Second please follow these easy steps:

  1. Register for the race
  2. Email your confirmation of registration along with your shirt size to:
    getinvolved@iamsecond.com to secure your place on the team.
  3. Run and have fun!

Do you like to get your run on? We do too! Join Team I am Second and run alongside your fellow runners to support causes that benefit organizations that are doing wonderful things in our communities.

Where: UNT Health Science Center campus, Fort Worth
Date: October 13th
Time: 8:00am
Benefitting: Alliance for Children

DISCLAIMER: YOU MUST PURCHASE AN I AM SECOND RUNNING JERSEY TO RUN ON THE TEAM.

Instructions:
In order to run on Team I am Second please follow these easy steps:

  1. Register for the race
  2. Email your confirmation of registration along with your shirt size to:
    getinvolved@iamsecond.com to secure your place on the team.
  3. Run and have fun!
07Oct, 2012

Do you like to get your run on? We do too! Join Team I am Second and run alongside your fellow runners to support causes that benefit organizations that are doing wonderful things in our communities.

Where: Coppell, TX
Date: October 6th
Time: 7:00am
Benefitting: Buckner – Shoes for orphan souls

DISCLAIMER: YOU MUST PURCHASE AN I AM SECOND RUNNING JERSEY TO RUN ON THE TEAM.

Instructions:
In order to run on Team I am Second please follow these easy steps:

  1. Register for the race
  2. Email your confirmation of registration along with your shirt size to:
    getinvolved@iamsecond.com to secure your place on the team.
  3. Run and have fun!
07Oct, 2012

Do you like to get your run on? We do too! Join Team I am Second and run alongside your fellow runners to support causes that benefit organizations that are doing wonderful things in our communities.

Where: Flower Mound, TX
Date: September 29th
Time: 8:30am
Benefitting: You Can Free Us

DISCLAIMER: YOU MUST PURCHASE AN I AM SECOND RUNNING JERSEY TO RUN ON THE TEAM.

Instructions:
In order to run on Team I am Second please follow these easy steps:

  1. Register for the race
  2. Email your confirmation of registration along with your shirt size to:
    getinvolved@iamsecond.com to secure your place on the team.
  3. Run and have fun!
24Sep, 2012

Event: Unashamed Dallas
Date: Saturday, October 27th
Where: College Park Center, Arlington, TX
Address: 601 S Pecan St, Arlington, TX 76010
Time: 7pm

Come see Lecrae and all your favorite Reach Records artists live in concert at the 2012 Unashamed Tour in Arlington, TX. This is going to be an epic event and I am Second is going to be a part of the experience. You won’t want to miss it!

Get More Info Purchase Tickets
12Jun, 2012

Celebrate Freedom 22 presented by 94.9 KLTY is one of the largest FREE Christian concerts in the nation. This year’s line up features some of Christian music’s most popular names, like Amy Grant, Jars of Clay and Sanctus Real. Join us as we celebrate with our family and friends the wonderful freedom we have received in Christ. If you would like more information about this event go to: klty.com/celebratefreedom.

Date:  Saturday, June 30

Start Time: Doors open at 8am. Bands begin playing at 9am. The concert concludes at 11pm.

Address: 3700 Hogge Drive Parker, TX 75002

Admission: The concert is FREE to the public.

Parking: Parking is $15 with an official Celebrate Freedom 22 ticket. For information on how to get a FREE ticket to get a discount on parking go to: klty.com/celebratefreedom.

Recently my husband and I headed out for some dinner and conversation. On a “whim” we chose to go somewhere we’d never been before. It was a cool place – part bar, part restaurant.

A few minutes after we arrived and were seated, an older gentleman came in and sat a few seats away from my husband at the bar. We continued our conversation while the gentleman sat by himself.

Then, clear as day, I heard: “talk to him.” My husband heard it too, “talk to him.”

I fought it, but the message on my heart was insistent. “Talk to him.” Finally, my husband reached over and introduced himself to the man. He was receptive and mentioned that he was a former helicopter pilot for the Marines. We had a nice chat, but it didn’t seem important, yet. Then, the elder man’s son and daughter-in-law arrived. The son had waist-length, jet-black hair and wore shades indoors. The woman was dressed in a suit, but also had wild hair, piercings and tattoos. They sat next to us and we exchanged introductions.

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