Saturday, November 7, 2009
Blogs are buzzing and web searches are heating up for pictures of Sammy Sosa’s skin after the baseball star was snapped at the Latin Grammys looking a bit… well, pale... Sammy Sosa’s previously dark skin is now Michael Jackson-pale, and fans want to know exactly how one of their favorite players of all time has drastically changed so much over the past few years...Retired MLB right fielder Sammy Sosa seems to have undergone a bit of a strange transformation after his last appearance in baseball in 2007....Sosa hasn’t commented on his new, lighter complexion, but the internet is speculating that Vitiligo or fashion bleaching may be at least partly a cause.In addition the cat-like green eyes seems to suggest the latter may be more likely than the former.
Michael Jordan was one of the greatest basketball players to ever play the game!” And there’s no denying it...He ruled the air, claimed the victory, and his induction into the Hall of Fame, on September 11th , proved his greatness... But when I ran across his induction speech that was post on Youtube it revealed a seemingly unhappy man... (TO ME)...Why watching Jordan’s speech ...I noticed one common theme: Bitterness with a hint of anger.... Jordan took shots at everyone he could think of, even his children...(All I could think as I listened was, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” (Proverbs 27:2 ESV) It was kinda like he was assuring the listeners how spectacular he was, how important he was, how he alone won the games and built the Bulls Dynasty....What’s strange of course is that Jordan had no reason to say this.... He had already clearly shown how important to the game and the dynasty he was.... So why the speech? I can only guess, but I think it’s a good guess: Empty and Unsatisfied... Maybe Jordan is like a lot of us reflecting on our life and realizing that we have not lived our life for Jesus...I don't know what’s going on with Jordan, maybe he’s just becoming a bitter middle-aged man having a hard time transiting to the next phase of life...I don't know! but there’s no denying that if basketball or whatever is your life, when the game ends you have nothing left. All our idols, all our gods and some friends will leave us only Jesus will be true....Question:Could Jordan’s underlying obsession with competition and winning made him bitter and angry?Here's an analysis of Jordan’s and Robinson’s induction speeches....There's nothing more important than character...No matter how rich or successful you become, when you lose your character you've lost everything.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Building and keeping hope and faith alive in our young people today is a tough job...But for some it's a top priority....This fall, Zonderkidz(TM), the leading publisher of children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks, will underscore efforts by families, clergy, schools and others seeking to encourage Black youth with the release of My Holy Bible for African-American Children (www.zondervan.com/africanamerican)
"African-American parents long for a Bible that can help them explain God’s Word and their faith to their children. My Holy Bible for African-American Children answers that need. Included are illustrations by African-American artists, popular Negro spirituals, Heroes of Our Faith, inspirational Christian quotes, and information that ties scripture to a child’s life. African-American children will find meaningful connections to God through features that speak directly to their life experiences and heritage. Features include: Large print type for easy reading.I believe every oak tree starts as an acorn...Jesus began in a stable but He didn't stay there...David was a shepherd boy with a slingshot but he became Israel's greatest king...Joseph was a prisoner but he became prime minister...In other words small seeds are capable of producing a harvest for God....Question what do you think of this idea?
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Ivanka Trump, is getting a lot of flack from Christians because of her “conversion” to Judaism in order to marry billionaire real estate titan Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew who is said to “take his faith very seriously.”Traditional Judaism has always discouraged such conversions.... The idea is that one should choose to convert to a religion through study, prayer and discernment...I don't believe that God would bring any one a mate that was so, so different in religion....Not denomination but religion!.... It's one thing to go from Baptist to Methodist,which both are Christian religions that lists Jesus as it's savior; to one that acknowledge Jesus never existed. Christianity is unique among all other faiths, Christianity is more about a relationship than religious practices... Instead of adhering to a list of “do’s and don’ts,” the goal of a Christian is to cultivate a close walk with God... That relationship is made possible because of the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit...Would you leave Jesus for love?
( I am not talking about her "Salvation" I am referring to her relationship with Christ)
Monday, November 2, 2009
Debra Winans tells TMZ she’s “hurt by Oprah’s decision to have Bebe Winans on her show” — especially after she refused to have Chris Brown on her show in the wake of the Rihanna beating...Some are hollering foul...The chatter in the blogs is that Oprah has "Double Standard" when it comes to Domestic Abuse....Oprah has been friends with the Winans Family since she had them on her newly nationally syndicated talk show back in the late 80's , along with gospel singers Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Wintley Phipps on the same broadcast... She even had the entire Winans Family on for a Christmas broadcast in December 1990...So, it’s no surprise that BeBe (and CeCe) continue to make appearances on her show....I remember the time she allowed BeBe to do a whole show around his 2000 CD release, “Love and Freedom” with guest appearances by many of the guests (mainly secular) who performed on the CD with him....BeBe and Oprah are friends! We all do this ;we treat friends differently that we do a stranger...I am not saying it's right but what good is a friend if they don't have your back?Question: Is it a double standard? Or Is it a friend helping a friend? Clip here!
Pastor James David Manning has been restricted from posting new material on YouTube for “hate speech”Now, I don't for one minute believe the good pastor was preaching hate as in bringing physically assault against any one because of their race, sexual orientation, or nationality...I believe his speeches do have a hateful and ugly tone to them...But mostly what I have heard from the good pastor I don't agree with but, I believe he has the rights to say it...I don't like the fact that he referrers to the president as a long legged mac daddy....Nor do I care for the name he used to describe the president mother...Is it hate speech?I don't think so!