and just go to church to hear the choir sing, or you don’t participate in any of the things he calls the church to do from his pulpit, it is time for you to find a new church.
I know. I was in that position once. The preacher was good, but what he said did not line up with who God was creating me to be. As I often say we are the body of Christ and as such we all need different things, just as a body does. I mean we don’t put socks on our hands or sit on our hats. There are things designed for those areas of the body that allow them to function the way they ought to.
God has specific ministries for all of us, but many of us sit at the wrong church for the wrong reasons and miss it.
Since I joined this new church, I have found that my life is more full than it has ever been. I walk with folks who help me walk in obedience with God. i participate in the work God has designed for me as service. I don’t agree with everything my pastor says, but I hear the voice of God from the pulpit. He leads me.
In my new church, I have discovered that when my pastor asks something from the pulpit, he is representing God. How dare I say no. (yes, I have said no.) But I try to make it 90 percent of the time.
Annually my church sets aside time to help in local schools. I told myself I am serving in another ministry I do not have to do this. It would mean an extra day during the week, blah, blah, blah.
But my lifegroup chose to serve this week. I chose to serve with them. It was good. Find yourself a church where you can do the work God has for you to do. Find yourself a lifegroup to hold you to God’s principles. In a time when very few are moral, find someones who will hold you accountable.
I loved serving at the school. The principal was a joy.
It spoke to me to say that this is how life ought to be. When God requests, we fulfill. We let go of our selfish ambitions and do what God requires of us.
to the highest bidder, make sure your kids know the difference between right and wrong.
and time for the book event. There will be more videos, writing tips and contests. I really would like for one of these books to become an international bestseller and you can help me get there. I have lots of ideas!
I will introduce you to some new authors and their books. I will even raffle off one of their books.
I will introduce you to UPP Creative Media’s mission. Why I do what I do. It. Will. Be. Fun
I have been amused by the tweets of folks wanting to give up social media because they feel they are addicted to the news. I think they have confused addiction with preservation.
Some of these stories are about racist attacks on people of color. Why would you not want to know where this is happening? If Congress started a vote to put all people of color into slavery and take all of their property, wouldn’t you like to hear about the bill before it became a law? I’m just saying…
The current establishment would love nothing better than for millions of people to turn off their social media and just stop paying attention to what is going on. They don’t want you to know when people disappear, when laws change or any other slight of the hand they may be doing. It is kind of like a baby who closes their eyes and thinks you can’t see them because they can’t see you. You better keep your eyes on these fools because they have no good intentions for any of us.
History has taught us that when millions of people bury their heads and minds during seasons of injustice, a form of evil takes over that is so diabolical that most can’t even imagine it. The things are happening to undocumented workers in prisons right now that we don’t know about. Our Justice System has set up a process where they can take a persons property just by accusing them of a crime, not convicting, just accusing. We as Americans will one day have to reckon with the things we allowed our government to do on our behalf. Man might not hold justice high on his bucket list, but God does. God is just. The things used to destroy a certain people will end up destroying the ones who put it in place.
And just like when the Babylonians arrived to take the Israelites into captivity, they ignored the poor and the slaves. They put hooks through the flesh of the rich and drug them off to captivity. Right now, they think they are protecting their own interest. What they are doing is building barns for someone else to own.
Prayer warriors, stay awake. Do not shrink back from the news but pray boldly according to scripture. Hear every story and make your petition to God. Make sure you have on your armor so that you can stand against the devil’s tricks.
Know that these times are opportunities for God to get His Glory. Pray and watch Him work.
One of the highlights of the summer has been Hope’s American History class. (I love watching the videos, she doesn’t). It has spurred some great conversations. It has reminded me that this country was founded by a bunch of racist sexist idiots. I mean think about it, a country founded on the principle that all men are created equal, except for Africans, Asians, Native Americas and women. The greatness comes as those groups struggle and fight for those rights. I was watching this show tonight, and John Adams said it well. “People are in need of strong governance. restraint. Most men are weak and evil and vicious.”
God knew this about us which is why He gave us laws to live by. People who try to get away from big government are really running from God being able to tell them how to live. He is not instructing to keep you in a cage or limit your freedom. He is instructing to keep you from killing all the people you will need throughout your life.
imagine if the person who could fix global warming was from Iran, or the person who developed the cure for HIV was in Syria.
God always ensures that the thing we need the most, is the thing we are the most prejudice against. Pray for us because we are still weak, evil and vicious.
as I watched the movie I Am Not Your Negro. This is something we know, just need to be reminded of it. Probably often.
Things change when one person stands up and says something isn’t right. As I watched James Baldwin recount the history of African Americans in the United States, I was reminded that the few do the work of the many until change comes.
I saw the lonely few frightened faces of children as they integrated schools against crowds 10 times their size. I watched folks beaten and battered against more cops than they could keep up with.
So as we face the great odds against us, remind ourselves that we are in good company. My words to you, keep fighting even if you are the only one in your circle fighting because that it how it is supposed to be. Continue to fight peacefully for what is right and true. It will be a lonely fight, but worth it.
Let them see the fire in your eyes that “we hold those truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.”
All men and women on this planet have been created in the image of our Creator with power to give Him glory. He doesn’t treat us as slaves, but as His own children. ISIS can’t take it away. White supremacy can’t take it away.
Some days you will be the only one taking the stand, saying “That is not right!” I am going to do it whether you join me or not. As the movie reminded me, the fight has been a lonely one for a long time.
An African American woman moved home to take care of her dying mother giving up the opportunity to experience a world beyond segregation. Zoraida Hughes Williams finds that some things have changed about her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas while some have stayed the same, like Hell’s Half Acre, an area where saloons, prostitution and gambling runs wild. Like most of the residents, she wants to keep her head down and stay away from trouble, but it comes in the unlikely form of an Anglo Baptist preacher. He messes up everything and almost gets them killed.
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