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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Strive For Integrity!

This couple the Rosenblat are just liars. Mr.Rosenblat, It's your first lie that make you a liar. And whether you steal one dollar or one million, you're still a thief. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than personal integrity. Webster defines it in one word- honesty! And you can only hide your lack of it for so long. Telling lies to people and saying those lies are truth, is just wrong no matter how you try and sugar coated it. I’m glad they were caught in their lies. Rosenblat claimed that while he was in a concentration camp, a Jewish girl whose family was pretending to be Christian gave him apples over a fence. One day he asked her not to come back because he had an “appointment” with the gas chamber. He wasn’t killed; he was transferred to another camp. Years later, he went on a blind date with a woman who turned out to be the girl who’d given him apples all those many years ago. Mr. Rosenblat integrity always puts character over personal gain, people over things, service over power, principle over convenience and the long view over the immediate. Read all about it at The New Republic, which exposed the lie.

Ask why he did it ? “I wanted to bring happiness to people,” he said. “I brought hope to a lot of people. My motivation was to make good in this world.” Perhaps the saddest thing is a lot of people seems to be happy it happen to Oprah again. Why?

I Got A Testimony!

Who remember those "Testimony Sunday Service" where you get the chance to share with your fellow brother and sisters the things God has been doing in your life or the life of someone you loved? Have the saints of God stop giving "Personal Testimonies" on Sunday morning, if so why? Each day we wake up that's a testimony in itself. I am from the (First Missionary Baptist) traditional baptist church and I don't recall many testimonies during my early years. But I do remember visiting the COGIC on many of Sundays and you're sure to here from some sister or brother who had a testimony. I believe testimonies are very important because they offers others hope when it may seems hopeless. Testimonies help others who might be on the verge of giving up. With the crisis we are facing now we need to start encouraging each other more. The latest pew poll out say more people are turning to the church for hope and solutions. The church might not have the answer but at least we can point them toward the One who does.Once upon a time giving your testimony in church was encourage. What ever happen to encouraging the saints to hang on in their? Have we adopted the New Age way of thinking were any thing good that happens to me I did it. Has Satan robed us of a chance to tell someone that He did it for me He can do it for you? There's nothing like sitting in a service and here someone say He saved me, delivered me and set me free. Here are some clips of people giving their testimonies.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Daddy’s Girls!

I love reality TV and one of my favorite is MTV'S Run’s House. Which have been on the air for five seasons now, two members of the Simmon’s family are breaking away from the pack. MTV's upcoming reality series, Daddy’s Girls will follow Rev Run's daughters Vanessa and Angela as they leave home in New York to move out to Los Angeles. Viewers will get to see how the two girls manage on their own. Well, not entirely on their own. Their friend Alicia and cousin Jessica will be coming along for the ride. I love watching Vanessa and Angela interact with each other and both are beauitul young ladies.
MTV made a statement that with the premiere of Daddy's Girls viewers can watch the sisters take a step toward independence as they make a permanent move to Los Angeles to set up a west coast office and showroom for their wildly successful pastry tennis shoe and apparel line, and so Vanessa can pursue her acting career. They might be 3000 miles away from home, but the lessons their father, Rev Run, has instilled are with them always… and the Rev is just a phone call away! Daddy’s Girls will also introduce viewers to two new faces, cousin and business associate Jessica and friend, Aliceia. Together, the four girls are determined to make it in Los Angeles with the Rev guiding them along the way. I love the whole concept of the show and the fact that MTV is willing to show some positive young black women who are not shaking their butts or fighting about a man.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Watch Night Services And The Black Church.

Many people go to church on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But, for me while growing up it was Watch Night Services. If you live or grew up in a Black community in the United States, you have heard of "Watch Night Services," the gathering of the faithful in church on New Year's Eve. The service usually begins anywhere from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and ends at midnight with the entrance of the New Year. Some folks come to church first, before going out to celebrate. For others, church is the only New Year's Eve event. We would sing the old year out and sing the new year in. When you are young that's a long time to be up clapping, running and singing.

Like many others, I always assumed that Watch Night was a fairly standard Christian religious service -- made a bit more Afrocentric because that's what happens when elements of Christianity become linked with the Black Church. And yes! There is a history of Watch Night in the Methodist tradition also. Anyhow, it seemed that most White Christian churches did not participate in Watch Night services but focused instead on Christmas Eve programs. In fact, there were instances where some in Mainline denominations wondered aloud about the idea of linking religious services with a secular holiday like New Year's Eve.

However, in doing some research, I discovered there are two essential reasons for the importance of New Year's Eve services in African American congregations. Many of the Watch Night Services in Black communities that we celebrate today can be traced back to gatherings on December 31, 1862, also known as "Freedom's Eve." On that night, Americans of African descent came together in churches, gathering places and private homes throughout the nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had become law. Then, at the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863, and according to Lincoln's promise, all slaves in the Confederate States were legally free. People remained in churches and other gathering places, eagerly awaiting word that Emancipation had been declared. When the actual news of freedom was received later that day, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God.

But even before 1962 and the possibility of a Presidential Emancipation, African people had gathered on New Year's Eve on plantations across the South. That is because many owners of enslaved Africans tallied up their business accounts on the first day of each new year. Human property was sold along with land and furnishings to satisfy debts. Families and friends were separated. Often they never saw each other again in this earthly world. Thus coming together on December 31 might be the last time for enslaved and free Africans to be together with loved ones.

So, Black folks in North America have gathered annually on New Year's Eve since the earliest days, praising God for bringing us safely through another year and praying for the future. Certainly, those traditional gatherings were made even more poignant by the events of 1863 which brought freedom to the slaves and the Year of Jubilee. Many generations have passed since and most of us were never taught the African American history of Watch Night. Yet our traditions and our faith still bring us together at the end of every year to celebrate once again "how we got over." "I love The Old Black Church."

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Internet Causes Bad Behavior.

I found my self on this site and could not believe the content. Talking about bold! If you are a parent who don't no how to talk to your teen about sex and other issues maybe this sites for you. I don't no I thought it was too deep for me. Check it out and tell me what you think. Any way, I found this article about teens and behavior.

A new study out claims that one single sources is the cause of nearly all bad behaviors among young people. Care to guess what that is? If you said "the media" you're right. Am I surprise? No! The study said that teenagers' smoking, drinking, pregnancy, obesity, poor academic achievement, violence, and other troubles overwhelmingly derive from television, movies, video games, music, and internet use. A 2008 study declaring violent Internet sites the most important media factor promoting teen violence concluded that television, music, movies, and video games really aren't big deals. They don't no what forms of media most corrupt youth, but they agree that "media are increasingly pervasive in the lives of children and adolescents" and "newer forms of media seem to be especially concerning. The media that I blame most would be the internet. Especially You Tube and My Space. (article here....)

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Message Is In The Music.

The future of the church is dependent upon our children and young people. If our children are corrupt, then the church will become more and more corrupt. But, there will be churches that continue to stand for righteousness and holiness. We must stop allowing the influences of evil to get in the way of righteousness. I believe the Prophet Isaiah say it best in Isaiah 5:20 . We have to stop calling whats evil good. Anyway some or many may be upset that I am visiting this again, but that's OK.

This is Mary Mary 4th album "The Sound". I listen to the entire CD and to me it sounded very secular. I could not find one song on their album that I would say is of the Lord in other words it didn't point to Christ. Now, the cover of the album portrays them as if they’re going to the club. Who wears these garments to Christian functions? Our young people are being deceived and lead away from Christ and the faith. Why are we allowing this to happen? I love my son who's 25 yrs of age and I don't want my son to spend eternity in Hell. You cannot accept the real Christ if He's not been portrayed as such. It's time for us to stop wanting to have every thing our way. Christ is the standard! A Christian artist should be very afraid when secular stores are carrying their albums to sell. The hit song Get Up was on ABC’s Ugly Betty. Mary, Mary were on GMA the other morning and there is nothing wrong with promoting your work. But what kingdom are you representing? A artist really need to be afraid when their song sounds worldly enough to be on secular shows. But Ann, that’s been going on for years now I know but it still don't make it right.
They also have a song on their CD called Super friend, and they have a very special guest on that song. Levell Crump, better known to the hip hop world as David Banner. He is feature on that track. I heard of him because of my son having some of his music. I did a search of David Banner and found out he is one of the top explicit secular hip hop artist out now. David Banner is so explicit that in 2003 he had an album titled Baptized in Dirty Water, which reverence no respect of the every living God. Banner has a 2008 album out right now titled "The Greatest Story Ever Told" In his rhyme on Mary Mary’s track which don't makes sense. It don't make sense because dark and light can't exist together one will cancel the other one out. The message is in the music.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Big Screen Church.

I was reading a old article in Christianity Today about multi-churches, multi site or multi venue. Basically, this is where there are two or more congregations who share the same message (one live and one via video). Now I can understand and I embrace what Streaming Faith is doing. If you are sick bed ridden and can't get to worship service they are there to provide a live service to you. But to actual get up get dress an go to a building were you get to watch the pastor on a big screen TV now I am not going to lie, I don't get it! Anyway , is the multi site church a good model? I want to no were this idea came from and who. This trend seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. I think that this phenomenon is a natural extension of the mega church trend in our culture that's my opinion. Anyway are multi-site churches good economy, or simply a way for a pastor to get a bigger ego? and control? I am for real! are there seriously not enough qualified, gifted pastors to lead these churches? Should we consider our churches as “brands,” like a Wal-Mart or Krispy Kreme donuts shop? How does all of this wash with Scripture? What would the Apostle Paul think? What do you think? I agree that this particular style of church is not for me, but if it is reaching people and doing the work God intended for it then who am I to stand in its way? For me I am more into a physical gathering rather than what appears to be a very unfriendly way of doing church. I just can't get with big screen church.

Merry Christmas!

From The Old Black Church Merry Christmas to my blog roll.
  1. Jackie
  2. Zack
  3. Red
  4. Kelly
  5. Rippa
  6. Lynn
  7. Kim
  8. Jacyee
  9. Phil
  10. Regina
  11. Rev.
  12. Supt. Burnett
  13. Darkbrotha
  14. Shelia
  15. Melvin Jones
  16. Lisa
  17. I am speaking truth
  18. Brother Kromrade
  19. Mes Deux Cents
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  21. Lionel
  22. David

Black Lawmakers Not Feeling Obama’s Cabinet.

There are talk that some members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are disappointed that President-elect Obama did not appoint more African-Americans to his Cabinet. I think the article is misleading about why the CBC might not be feeling Obama cabinet. We know that Obama tapped four blacks for Cabinet posts, including Eric Holder. If confirmed, Holder will be the first African-American attorney general. I think the problem is not getting appointments to key departments in the federal government that could drive change immediately. (Article here.)

Hispanic Americans, by contrast, have been nominated for three Cabinet positions, and politicians from that constituency have hailed Obama’s nominations. I do not believe the CBC wanted an all black cabinet but more of diversity to be allowed to sit at the table. Diversity is having the power to make some of the final decisions concerning our issues. Like Education, Housing and Urban Development. I believe these have direct effects on the CBC constituents. That's why I think the article is questioning not getting particular appointments. What do you think? Is there diversity in key departments?

Why Is Rick Warren The Key Note Speaker For King Day Celebration?

The Orange County Register reports that the celebrity pastor and author Rick Warren has been invited to be the keynote speaker Jan. 19 at a celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. (King and his father were pastors at Ebenezer. Warren's speech will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an official national holiday.)

The King Center President and Chief Executive Officer Isaac Newton Farris Jr. said holiday organizers tapped Warren to speak at the service for his "unifying spirit" and commitment to his conservative faith, which is part of the concept of the "beloved community" embraced by King. "We approached Rick Warren in May to be the speaker long before anyone knew who our next president would be," Farris said. "We were wondering if they took a cue from us." Farris said organizers are excited about Warren's appearance next month.

I believe the reason Warren was chosen for the gig was and is to help convince people of color that King was a Republican. "Dr. King's dream includes everyone," Farris said. "Rick Warren might not agree with some of the things that some of God's children do, but he does at least acknowledge that they are God's children, unlike a lot of his other conservative colleagues. We are looking very forward to hearing the message he will bring to us." Farris said the president-elect had also been invited to attend the King holiday service, but that he has not responded to the invitation.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I Must Put God 1st.

The law of first things is a mandate for all of our lives. This principle encourages us to acknowledge, accept and embrace God first in all things that we do. First, inquire of God. Then listen to God. When you hear God, respond. Then, trust God to lead and guide you. If and when we do these things, the law of first thing ensures that God will reward us ten times over. When we put God in His rightful place in our lives we will be surprise. This article says it all. That's the kinda of God I serve.

Pastor, Who Made out Deposit Slip Last Year in Faith, receives $1.5 Million Anonymous Donation Days Ago—Enough to Pay Off New Building!

Backward Thinking.

Remember the old school Hip-Hop of two young rappers named Chris who named themselves Kris Kross? I think about it now and say it was our "Christ" consciousness being "crossed" out. What was the fashion style? Wearing clothing backwards. You actual had people dressing in this manner. Looking back (no pun intend) I wonder how we in America end up in the place of backward thinking.(I no it did not start with Chris Cross).

Any way think about this A $500 car with over $4,000 worth of rims, over $2,000 worth of electronics on the insides, tvs, PlayStation3 etc - is this backwards or what? I don't care how you put it, it's backward. It's backward to live in a rundown house with a $70,000 dollar car park side the road. It seems humorous at first, until we realize we are using these same equations in all levels of human interactivity and development. I was watching a segments on the news about teachers and in the segments they talk about how teaching is no longer viewed as a great profession. How did we come to a place were teachers are not even seen as honorable? Teachers once held the most important jobs on the planet- but, now they are paid less than your average athlete that warms the bench for our favorite team. Where else would Entertainers earn more than Educators? In a world going backwards. We've been backwards for so long we are beginning to think backwards makes sense.

I thought about President-elect Obama and Pastor Jeremiah Wright. If Wright had not been the great teacher that he was and Obama being the wonderful receiver of that gift. Obama most likely would not have became our 44 president. We all no that Jesus was the Master of Teachers. But, the great deceiver of all man kind has fool us into believing that teachers are not needed and we have fell for it. I believe teachers are very important. If we don't turn this backward thinking around we are headed for sure destruction.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Are Children A Blessing?

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have been married 23 years and for 135 months (11.25 years) of that time, Michelle has been pregnant. The couple currently have 17 kids and announced on the Today Show in may that they are expecting another in January of 2009.

The couple are amazingly living debt-free in a 7,000 square-foot home that many of their children helped to build. Everything they do is a family affair, even down to school. The kids are all home-schooled and must learn to play the piano and violin. All of the 17 children have names that start with a “J” and Michelle says that tradition will be continued when baby number 18 is born. They have a show on the Discovery Health channel which chronicles their amazing day to day life. I’m not judging, I merely have a few comments. I’ve watched the show and it seems they are all loved. I’m not sure if it’s fair to have the oldest children taking care of the youngest. It seems a little selfish on the parents part to have the oldest children raising the youngest. Why have more children than you as a mother and father can take care of on your own?

My mom was from a family of ten and so was her mother. Back then I could understand why people had a large family. But now I don't get the reason for the large family. Is it fair to be born with a job? Don’t get me wrong, I think this family is wonderful and beautiful. But I also believe it is the mother and father’s responsibility to raise their children. It just seems strange to see so many nannies (the older children) in one house.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Does The Black Church Limit Black Progress?

I have not read the book but I have posted the link to the inserts from the book. There are a lot of talk about the book. The Holy Lockdown supposedly addresses the paradox that exists within the Black community. One that reflects the abundance of Black churches coupled with the abundance of Black problems. Some one please help me understand this. Now if the church is made up of people from the world and some who happen to come from our poorest neighborhoods then, why in the Hell would the church not have problem? We have every problem under the sun in our neighborhoods and some double. So if souls have left the world and came into the church house then doesn't the church house become the one with the problems? The author say there are approximately 85,000 predominately Black churches in this country, meaning, we could have 1,700 Black churches in every state! Meaning we got some problems. OK I can agree with that. Holy Lockdown claims to have taken a critical and long overdue look at the psychological impact the church and sermon rhetoric has made on the Black collective, and it explores the possibility of the church as being a contributing factor to many social problems facing Blacks. The author claims "As a people, we are far too religious and involved in the church to be experiencing so many social problems. Why the attack on The Black Church? The Black Church has been and is a life saving place for a lot of people. I believe when a person come to Christ and to the church they must take part in their own salvation. They must have a willing heart. Christ has never force Himself on any one. Freely He give and freely we must receive. Therefore , could it be a personal problem? Why lay all blame at the foot of The Black Church? No I don't believe the church limit black progress. The book was written by: Jeremiah Camara.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

God Love Diversity

There are people asking weather or not the Obamas should seek out a Black Church. Personal I don't see a problem if they did. I don't have a problem with been segregated on Sunday morning either. Different cultures have different distinctive. They are all good. They reflect the diverse nature of God. I believe all Christian worship the same God but we celebrate him through different means (different languages, expressions, music, cultural contextualization). There’s diversity in unity. It’s a beautiful thing. If you put a diverse group of people together each group will move toward what's familiar. Most multi-ethnic churches are led by white pastors any way ( Joel Osteen,Charles Stanley....). How many churches with over 60% white or others, that are pastured by a black man? I can't name one. A congregation typically becomes all-black if a black pastor is hired. Why? What if Obama chose a Multi-Ethnic Church would that be OK with America? Some white brother and sisters in Christ will not submit to Black leadership. That's one reason some can't see Obama as president. Anyway, the dominant culture in any church should be the culture of Christ. We all no this is not the case. But, I believe the culture of Christ can be expressed and manifested in many different cultural forms. We see a lot of Hispanic Churches all over the country now. Why? Because they are needed. Take a church in China it could be just as kingdom minded as a church in America. They share the same faith, mission, vision yet they express them differently. At the very least, they uses different languages to worship God - not to mention the type of music they sing, the stories that they tell and the lifestyle that they live are drastically different than one and other. Do the church have to be one culture? No! Maybe the white congregation worship God differently than the black congregation but both still worship God. The church, collectively as a whole, can have a dominant culture of Christ. Yet they have different worship styles in which they express the same values differently. If God wanted "same" He would not have made "different."

Friday, December 19, 2008

1st Lady Michelle Obama.

Standing in line at Wal-Mart the other night I picked up a copy of News Week. The cover title caught my attention: "What Michelle Obama Means to Us." I purchase the magazine to see who the "us"was . Turns out "us" was Allison Samuels, the article's author, and her "sista friends" who were having brunch together on a recent Sunday after church and discussing the Obama election and the "history of the moment." Their talk turned to Michelle Obama and the opportunity and power she has to change, according to Samuel "the way African-Americans see ourselves, our lives and our possibilities."As the author began talking about how Mrs. Obama would be able to shatter stereotypes of black women by being her "authentic self." The author made some great points. But, as a black woman, I am also encouraged by Michelle Obama. I am hoping First Lady Michelle will used her platform for the ills that affect so many young black women. When you think of the high rates of babies born out of wedlock, STD/HIV/AIDS, poverty, etc. amongst black women, it's refreshing to see someone who looks like us in the spotlight (who's not a singer, actress or athlete). I appreciate Michelle Obama as a welcoming alternative image to the endless parade of music video vixens and "reality TV" girls. Who have a disproportionate influence on our youth as well as others' perceptions of black women. I hope that young women everywhere can look at Michelle Obama and believe that they can rise above the statistics. Let me say this also, I love the positive marriage example set by the Obama's. But, long before the Obamas came on the scene I thought Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee had the perfect marriage, if there every was one. I know that many black Christians have been crying out to God about this situation. Especially after an 2006 Washington Post article entitled "Marriage is for White People". I believe God has sent us another example in the Obama's.

Keeping It Real.

The Honest Scrap Award was given to me by The Certain Sound who in love decided I should come clean about my self. Rev. growth is painful but here goes. But, first the rules with the acceptance of the award you are to list 10 honest things about your self that are, well true. I am also required to pass the award on to 7 other bloggers. Here goes!

  1. I love running because it allows me an opportunity to let go of life.
  2. I love running in the rain it's something about that water in my face.
  3. My behavior toward people is always to please ( that hurts to admit) .
  4. It's hard for me to say no and my family figure that out along time ago.
  5. I am shy and very low key.
  6. I am addicted to sugar( anything sweet).
  7. I don't like tardiness.

I will pass it on to these wonderful bloggers:
  1. Kelly
  2. Jacyee
  3. Zack
  4. Kim
  5. Shelia
  6. Jackie
  7. Dirty Red

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Gift For Jesus.

Do you want to give Jesus a wonderful gift on Christmas? If yes! I have some suggestion:

  • 1. Give Him Your Heart.
  • 2. Give Him Your Soul.
  • 3. Give Him Your Praise.
  • 4. Give Him Your Worship.
  • 5. Give Him Your Sin.
  • 6. Give Him Your Prayers.
  • 7. Give Him Your Time.
  • 8. Give Him Your Life.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Legalizing Marijuana.

President-elect-Obama Transition Team had a website put up last week call Change Gov. They ask the public to provide them with a list of the top public policy questions facing America. Visitors to the site were then asked to vote on which questions should take priority for the incoming administration. The top question for the new administration — as chosen and voted on by the general public — was one most politicians seem utterly unwilling to talk about. Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?” Me personal I see the government as being part of the problem. I believe marijuana to be a gateway drug to other drugs. So legal or not the same road lead to some other drug. It's an individuals choice whether to indulge or not indulge. legal or not will not make it go away. Now, on the other hand if it was legal maybe alot of our young people wouldn't be in jail or prison. My son started out with marijuana as his choice of drug when he was about 16. But,somewhere along the way he started using ecstasy. When my son started using marijuana I would find gutted out cigars in his room. I didn't no why they were there until I begin my research that's when I learn they were used to hide the marijuana scent. I never understood why the little corner stores would be selling cigars to so many young people. When he started to experiment with ecstasy the signs were there also. When I would clean his room there would be half empty glasses of water. So, I ran a search to see what was going on with that. I found in my search that ecstasy leave you with a big thirst. If marijuana was legalize that would take the desire and mystery for it away. So as a mother who have seen how marijuana can and will open the door to other drugs. Either way you get the same results.There is no magic answer! I don't no what the answer to this one is. A very interesting point was made on a discussion board about sugar, caffeine and nicotine that they are all addictive substances. If these were brand new products coming to the market today, they would never get FDA approval (aspirin included). I don't no what do you think? SAY NO TO DRUGS AINT WORKING!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Your Typical Church.

Are you part of the 20% or 80%? You may have heard of the idea that 20% of people in a typical church do 80% of the work. I know that this is not the exact ratio and it will vary from church to church. In most churches there seems to be one group of really dedicated workers without whom it’s hard to imagine the church even functioning with out. Then there’s the other 80%, who for whatever reason aren’t very involved beyond attending Sunday worship services. In other words people who just want get involve. Granted my church is small in numbers therefore it's more noticeable when people want participate. Not saying it want be notice in a larger congregation but maybe not as bad. Any how, Sunday night the youth workers of my church put on the annual Christmas program for the young people. The pastor made a plea during morning service that he wanted and would like for all to come out and support the program. He knew from past experiences how some of the congregation think. You know, the one who say I don't have no one in it. The young people had been working for over a month on the program. The hubby and I were there to support the youth even if we didn't have any kids in it. I think they did a wonderful job. Any way you can imagine the usual group showed up the others group did not. Some drop off their kids why others didn't bother. How do you not support your own? I believe the church is a mirror of our homes and community. Because, if you're lacking in those areas most likely you are not going to participate in church activities. This is to my Christian brothers and sisters, Question: how do you get people involve in kingdom building? And how do you get parents to take an interested in their own children Spiritual Growth?

How's Your Walk?

We all have met them before. You’ve met them also. These are the people whose walk with God is always "Wonderful,BLESSED and HIGHLY FAVORED." I once work with this sista who would always answer the question of how you doing with those three words and sometimes she would use MARVELOUS. For, me when I here those phases all the time I wonder am I on track. First off I am not knocking those replies. After all, these are often very fitting answers to the question, "How are you doing?" They may very well fit the day. But ALL the time?(come on ) I don’t think so. At least that is not my experience in walking with Jesus. Some days are wonderful. Others maybe painful, hard, and difficult. I have some days when I seem to say all the wrong things to the people I love most. I have some days when my thoughts seem silly, trivial, or just downright sinful. I have some days when most, if not all, of my attempts seem to result in dead ends. At the end of the day, it all feels futile. I have some days when I feel defeated. So–I am so thankful for the Psalms. In David’s life, everyday was not a wonderful, super, fantastic day. In fact, David also had some very rough days: To you I call, O Lord my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down into the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place… (Ps. 28:1-2) I come away from such a Psalm remembering that my walk with Jesus does not mean that I now only experience positive, joyful emotions. There are also the tough emotions that I will experience at times. So I want to pray with David in Ps. 17:8: Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings… David is one of the realist people in the Bible. David knew how to keep it real no matter what he was going through or dealing with.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I Miss Christmas!

Alright I give up. Christmas is no longer a religious holiday at all. This does not have anything to do with whether you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. This is about what happened to the joy of the day. Everything is now about what you got or did not get. If kids don't get Ipods, cell phones, laptops and expensive game consoles, they aren't having a good Christmas. Whatever happened to fruit and nuts, and a bike or something, why have we become so extravagant. I am serious. Why have we forsaken the birth of Christ, the most un-selfish of all icons and turned the day of his "alleged" birth into the most selfish of all days. Oh yes we are selfish at Christmas, we buy presents because people buy us presents. Let somebody cross you and not buy you a present. They got hell to pay. Will somebody please explain why its a sad Christmas if we don't get presents yet have the love of another on any day? Some one help me understand I don't get it.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Why Did You Choose That Church?

For what reason did you select your church home? Because of: The pastor? The choir? The music? or other things? I am asking because if its anything other than the Word of God then you could be in trouble. I have been living in Jacksonville Fl for almost a year now. Talking about a big difference, especially after coming from a small town in Alabama. I am a jogger who would jog every day except on Sunday but, since moving to Jacksonville that has ended. The crime rate here is mine blowing for me. Anyway, the first church I attend in Jacksonville was Bethel Baptist Institutional were I heard Pastor Rudolph McKissick Jr preached. The church is one of the most influential Black churches in Jacksonville. The church has about 9,000 members with a great youth movement. I grew up in the traditional black baptist church and wouldn't take nothing for my time spent there. If you ever want to experience the traditional black church experience Bethel is the place to be from Sr. to Jr. both can bring the Word. The worship experience at Bethel was wonderful and Rev. McKissick did what he was call to do, he feed the people of God. But, during the past summer Rev. McKissick had surgery to remove bone spurs from his spine. During, surgery doctors had to move his vocal cords to the side which eneded up causing his vocal cords to become paralyzed. He cannot preach nor sing right now. The church have been bringing in others to preach but it's not going over well with some of the flock. From my understanding the numbers are dropping at Bethel. It has alot to do with Jr. not being able to sing nor preach. Don't get me wrong Sr. does a wonderful job of bringing the Word. Maybe its the age I don't no. For me I love how Sr. conduct worship in that old church style. I know some are not please with the absence of Jr. I know this because I attend a small church on the Eastside of Jacksonville were my son-in-law is the pastor. For a couple of Sundays now we had vistors from Bethel. Some say they are looking for a new church home why others are just visting. So that brings me back to my original question for what reason did you choose your church? Was it for The Pastor? The Choir? The Music are other things?

PS, I don't write for a living so in love over look the run-on sentences, the grammar mistakes and receive the point that was being made. All things change but the Word stay the same.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christianity Is Unpopular And Politically Incorrect.

Joel and Victoria Osteen were on Larry King pushing their new merchandise which just happens to be a children book. They also threw in their famous message of hope to the world. When asked about the economic condition and how it is affecting us, Osteen shared his positive message about how God is a good God and we just need to have hope and believe that this will all turn around; that it is going to get better. I wish Joel would have told Larry that Christ is the Hope and it's He alone. When asked about his wealth, he referred to Abraham, how he was a wealthy man, an example of how God wants His people to prosper. Some one call in and asked about salvation. I thought the response Joel gave to the caller was incomplete. The caller said that he didn't feel saved. Joel should have let the caller no that salvation is not a feeling it's an assurance. It is sad that we live in a time when Christianity is unpopular and politically incorrect. Christians are considered intolerant and unloving because we stand by the truth of God’s word. Television evangelist want total acceptance so they fill their churches with all the things that Jesus can do for you but they leave out the cross. Everyone wants to hear how Jesus can help but few want to follow in his steps on the narrow road. Any one call of God who compromise the truth are furthering the kingdom of darkness! It is a tool of Satan to take the truth and add a lie. In Daniel 8:12 we read “..and truth was thrown to the ground” concerning a vision Daniel was seeing in future times. That my friends is a valid description of the days we are living in now! I believe self-help has invaded our churches and our thinking. The messages are basically about us, our goodness, our service, and what we can do to be better. It isn’t about us, it is about Christ. Self-help sells. It gives people of control and power to change their lives.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Blessing Of Abraham.

Here's another sign of the tough economic times: Some clinics are reporting a surge in the number of women applying to donate eggs or serve as surrogate mothers for infertile couples. I mention this a couple of months ago.

The going rate for a surrogate is about $25,000. Egg donors generally receive $3,000 to $8,000. But a few agencies advertise that they'll pay much more for specific characteristics. One ad running in campus newspapers promises $25,000 for a donor who is "100% Jewish with ... High SAT Scores... Attractive, at Healthy Body Weight and Free of Genetic Diseases."

The rest of the story here.

Have We No Shame?

Have Disney lost their mines? I wonder have they seen Paris most famous "movies" online, which she later sold DVDs of for profit? Surely, they are aware of them. Is there no shame left in us these days? Does it not give them pause that they are actually considering the star of "One Night in Paris" (put out by Red Light District Video--hello . . .? to play the lead in a Disney film for young kids? You don't have to be a Christian to know that this is completely inappropriate. Were are the parents? Why aren't parents contacting Disney and telling them we won't have it? Would you let your kids watch a movie with a porn star playing a fairy tale character? There are plenty of more deserving and actually talented actresses without resorting to casting this woman. We owe our children more than this. Who would you select for this role? Here are 4 that I would suggest:


KEKE PALMER http://tinyurl.com/6y9qpc


I love this young lady work.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Clubbin For Christ.

Now, my people of God, come- on did I not note in a post a couple of months ago that this was going to happen? There is a night club that have open in the Philly area call Club Destiny which aim is for the Christian. If you want to dance to Mary Mary's "Get Up''? Or "Love Him Like I do'' by Deitrick Haddon are how about Silent Night by the Temptation you can. In this club you can do just that. Two nights a month and on holidays, Club Destiny, will turn on the neon lights to create the atmosphere where families and singles of faith feel safe in a nonalcoholic environment where gospel music is played in the backdrop. The club is one of a few that is springing up across the country. From my understanding one such club is heading to Jacksonville Fl. The trend, which has been made popular by the increase in marketing to the Christian audience looking for entertainment alternatives. This is what I have to say about that again. Any time you try and sell Jesus plus something else, you got a problem. Tell people the truth you must die to that old life. Stop telling young Chistian lies about you can have both worlds it's not true. It's a choice and you have to make a conscience determineation too leave that old life. All I am trying to say with these posts is the line is becoming more blured between the secular and Christian culture. Young Chiristian need to no it's Jesus and Jesus alone. No tricks and no gimmick just Christ. This is to any one who claim Christ as Lord of your life and you don't see this as a problem. You need to inspect your self to see that you are in the faith. (Article here.) check out some of the comments.

Who You Calling A Ho?

Someone E-mail this to me and I don't no why. I never considered my self or anyone else of being a "Ho."As of late I've been getting some hate mail. Funny thing about it they didn't bother to tell me which one fit me.

11 "The Undercover Ho" - This type of Ho often goes unnoticed in the community, and can only be detected by a trained eye. She holds down a decent job during the day, but is secretly hoeing around with at least 5 different trifling men. Two of these men are
married, and at least one of these men is dating her best friend.

10. "The Church Ho" - Her hair and nails is always
done. This ho is in church every Sunday and carries a Bible with her at all times, but spends Tuesday through Saturday night of every week in a different club. She is sometimes mistaken for the Undercover

9. "High Class Ho" - (also known as the "Glamour Ho") - This type of Ho rocks Prada and Versace, and only dates players, ballers, and shot callers. She is most often the cause of some fight in a club (i.e. Source Awards). She tries to act like she's got
class but confuses regular English with Ebonics. She also has trouble with simple arithmetic.

8. "Old Ho" - The Ole Ho used to be “tight in her
day," and thinks she still looks good for her age. She tries to wear all of the Soul Train fashions, thinking that she will blend in with the rest of the hunnies. You can find her at any club on any given night, grinding on the dance floor during any song, with any man, of any age.

7. "Nasty Ho" - This ho has not exactly been blessed
in the looks department, but is usually very popular with the men for her other talents. Most often, she has a "tight" body and be found working in a strip club.

6. "Sneaky Ho" - The Sneaky Ho cannot be trusted in anyone's home or with anyone's man. Money and other personal items "turn up missing" not long after she's gone. She is always "dipped" and can never remember where she's purchased the coveted
item of clothing. The Sneaky Ho aspires to be Undercover Ho but has already made too many enemies by stealing.

5. "Bourgeois Ho" - This type of Ho is educated and professional woman with many credits to her name, she dresses well and has a sophisticated circle of friends. To the outside, these women are perfect, however these Ho's have multiple partners and sleep with married men like "Undercover Ho," perpetrate on Sunday like "Church Ho,"get played by men just like "Stupid Ho," obsessed with name brands and status like "High Class Ho," and best of all...Bourgeois Ho looks down on all the other Ho's.

4. "Project Ho" - This Ho is living ghetto fabulous,
squeezing money and trinkets out of her drug dealing "babies daddies." She likes to fight, and you will most often hear her before you see her.

3. "Stupid Ho" - She is usually very cute. The
Stupid Ho keeps a string of men who constantly come over after midnight for booty calls. They often return to eat her food, watch her cable, and borrow her car and/or money. She complains about them to her friends (i.e., Sneaky Ho and Project Ho) but never does anything about it.

2. "Crazy Ho" - This is a popular Ho. Although she
is very smart, the Crazy Ho is virtually an upgrade from the Stupid Ho. She has the same terrible luck with men, but unlike the Stupid Ho, she seeks revenge. Her areas of expertise include slashing tires, keying cars, making prank calls from unlisted numbers, visiting the trifling man (or other Ho's) jobs, and appearing on Judge Mathis for
any of the aforementioned activities.

And Finally!!

1. "The Stank Ho" - This is perhaps the most popular
Ho of them all. The Stank Ho has appeared on shows such as Ricky Lake, Jerry Springer and Jenny Jones. She has deluded herself into believing that she is beautiful, and she sleeps with everyone to justify it. Her choice of wardrobe most often includes spandex (of every color), bra tops, and stripper shoes. She has a permanent "unwashed” look about her that cannot be removed with any amount of water or soap.

Alternate Endings

You know how a movie did not end the way you wanted it too? Now you have an opportunity to change the ending to these 12 movies. What/How would you end them? The first three are my ending the others I can't remember what the ending were. Come-on give it your best shot and leave your ending in the comment section.

The Wizard of Oz:
It is not a dream. Dorothy never gets home. She is forced to live in Oz forever and works the rest of her life at the Lollipop Guild making licorice lollipops for minimum wage.

Baby Boy: Melvin turns Jody's gun in to the Police and Jody goes to jail. Melvin becomes a born again Christian and marries Jody's mama. Yvette gets a better job and raise her son. Image Preview

Mo' Better Blues: Indigo is out on a date with Left Hand Lacey so she's not at home when Bleek comes by begging for a place to stay. Image Preview

Color Purple: Nettie reunites Miss Celie with her children after many years living in Africa. They meet Celie and take her back to Africa with them were she help raise her grand children. Image Preview

Forrest Gump: Forrest's son makes fun of him in front of all the kids on the school bus and tells him he never wants Forrest to walk him to the bus stop ever again. Forrest's son turns out to be the meanest brattiest spoiled rich boy in all of Dothan , Alabama and makes his Daddy's life miserable until his dying day. Image Preview

Menace II Society: Ronnie's car breaks down in Chicago on the way to Atlanta and she accepts a ride from a stranger in a green and gold Cadillac. She ends up working for the world famous Bishop Don "Magic" Juan and she is featured in a film called American Pimp. Image Preview

Wall Street: Gekko's wife fearing Gordon will go to jail and she will lose her lavish lifestyle, invites Bud to the beach house to talk some sense into him. While walking on the beach she beats his head in with a rock and drags his body into the ocean. Image Preview

Hustle & Flow: Skinny Black listens to D'Jay's tape the next morning on the stereo at his mama's house. He thinks it's the best thing he has ever heard before so he records it himself in the finest studio in L.A. The song becomes a big hit and D'Jay never gets the credit and never realizes his dream of becoming a rapper. Image Preview

Friday: Deebo gets his second wind, gets off the ground and beats Craig's half to death. Image Preview

Under the Cherry Moon: After Christopher dies, Isaac Sharon returns home to unexpectedly finds his wife crying hysterically. She announces to him that she is pregnant with Christopher's baby after the night Christopher snuck into the wrong bedroom and she is keeping the baby. Mary returns home hand in hand with Tricky and announces to her parents that if she can't marry Chris, Tricky will have to do. Isaac reaches into his blazer pocket and takes out a revolver and shoots himself in the head. Mary gets her inheritance and she and Tricky live happily ever after. Image Preview

Driving Miss Daisy: Hoke responds to Miss Daisy "I ain't yo friend, I'm yo employee and if you want to give me somethin' give me a raise." Miss Daisy accuses Hoke of rape and during the long bitter trial racial tensions boil over and riots break out all over the state of Alabama. The newly formed Black Panthers break Hoke out of jail and help him flee to Cuba here he works as Fidel Castro's driver for many years. Image Preview

Kill Bill 2: Bill Lives. Image Preview