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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Can You Take The Songs Of The World, Clean Them Up Then Offer Them To Christ?

  1. What makes a song worldly?
  2. Is it how you sing it?
  3. Is it what you're thinking when you sing it?
  4. Is it who you're singing it to?
  5. Can you take something worldly and reclaiming it for God's glory?
  6. Is all worship acceptable to God?

Temporary Employees Show More Signs Of Depression.

A new study by researchers at McGill University found that temporary employees show more signs of depression, which hurts not only their productivity but the company as whole.... This is especially troubling because, as the recession softens, economists predict employers will hire temp workers before full-time employees.
But for someone new to the workforce, or just desperate for a job, temporary employment can seem like a viable option... It means guaranteed hours for a set amount of time.

The study found that temporary workers are more likely to be depressed than their full-time counterparts, and that the disparity increases over time. Using data from the U.S. National Survey of Youth between 1992 and 2002, researchers identified that temp employees, on average, suffered from two additional signs of depression than regular workers. And employees who continued to work temp jobs four years after initially being surveyed were even more likely to become depressed, leading researchers to believe that the strains of temp work accumulate over time.

Hiring temporary workers is usually considered a boon for employers looking to trim expenses, because temp workers are paid lower salaries and represent a smaller commitment on the part of the employer. The truth of the matter is companies love temp workers cause they can hire them at lower pay and no benefits.... Working with no benefits like insurance or paid vacation as well as job insecurity is bound to make any one depressed...I know some one will say; at least they have a job... True! they might have a job for today but they don't have job security big difference...I walk with my husband through this over a year ago when the job market first took a dive...Believe me it's not easy on a man who's accustomed to taking care of his family.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Should There Be Warning Labels On Photoshopped Images?

Ever look at a picture of a model and think, "Man, those lips can't be real. That skin can't be that smooth."Of course you have... That's because they aren't... And it can't...Sure looks good, though.... That's because literally every commercial image published today goes through some level of Photo shop manipulation... Sometimes it's just a light tweaking of colors, but far more often it's a whole digital thing from top to bottom...We got some people now who's worrying that photo shop abuse is causing problems for some teens...Especially those who are susceptible to developing unhealthy body image obsessions....Their goal is to help women with eating disorders and self-esteem issues....The solution to the problem is to place warning labels on photo shopped images....The warning will read: "Photograph retouched to modify the physical appearance of a person." The members of Parliament are discussing this law being a requirement for any sort of media with a digitally manipulated person....What do you think? Would this be helpful? Should it become a law, and should the whole world consider this?...I think as parents we need to keep pounding in our children head that the day they were born God smiled...He didn't need to create them , He chose to....When they fully grasp that they want have the problem of feeling "less-than."

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Missing The Old Black Church!

Many of you who visit this blog know that I am straight from the woods of Alabama...Were I cut my teeth in the Baptist and Pentecostal Church...This week I was thinking about some of the things I miss about my "Old Black Pentecostal Church" experience ...Church in my youth was a place where everyone was given dignity, anyone could participate, all were welcome to contribute.... It didn't mattered if you could sing well – you could still sing in the choir.... Even if you were one of the saints who struggled to live right, you could share during the testimony service.... You didn’t have to be a musician to pick up the tambourine and play... You didn’t have to be on the dance team or go to practice in order to “shout.” The success of a sermon was not just in the preachers hands, but he could (and did) “wish somebody would help me preach this.”Any way these are some of the things I miss:
  1. Sister & Brother: Growing up, any adult person in the congregation was always referred to by their last name.
  2. Testimony Service: It doesn’t happen much anymore, but in years past, almost every Sunday service (or Sunday evening service) saw testimony service, which was the congregants chance to sing their own song or tell about some particular thing God had done for them that week, or even ask a prayer request.
  3. Shouting: And by shouting I mean running down the aisles, dancing with abandon, jumping up and down, and of course actually shouting. It is a spontaneous joyful response to God in worship; and expression of being touched by the Spirit. You could run, jump, yell, fall out on the floor and it was contagious. If one rejoiced, others would join in – jumping feet first into the flow of the Spirit and allow themselves to be carried away. Everyone who shouted had their own preferred style
  4. Let the church say amen: I miss the “Amens” and “Say that” and “You preaching now, doc,” that accompany almost every good sermon... The single hand lifted by a church mother signifying her agreement with the sermon, the brother standing up in the middle of the sermon pointing at the preacher, the loud cries of “yeah!” echoing through the sanctuary make the sermon so much more than just …
  5. Preaching: Now don’t get me wrong. I enjoy my pastor’s sermons. They are thoughtful, articulate, theologically sound and generally edifying. BUT… there is just nothing quite like good old school Black Pentecostal preaching.( E Dewey Smith )
  6. Music: I didn’t want to say this one, because people always say this about the Black church, and it gets a little annoying. But I do miss the music.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Have You Read Your Church Hand Book?

No! I am not talking about the Bible...I am talking about the hand book you receive as part of your welcome package at most churches... You know the one with the mission statement and the ( God ) pastor vision...Well anyway in May 2009 Carolyn Jackson lost her job at her church not for poor job performance, but because her tithing had dropped off...Carolyn says in a time of financial difficulty for her family, she stopped giving 10 percent of her income to the ministry, which many Christians believe is a biblical mandated....Carolyn didn't read the fine print in her handbook...It just happens that Revealing Truth Ministries requires employees to tithe.... It's noted in the handbook outlining mandatory staff prayer every morning before work..."Failure to do so may result in the following actions: Verbal and written warnings and/or immediate termination."

"Because employees are often seen as role models by the church congregation, it is especially important that employees uphold the tenets of faith of the church," Asiatico said. "When an employee is unwilling to accept the church's counsel or unwilling to uphold the tenets of faith of the church, the employment relationship is no longer tenable."...Jackson and her husband, became so impressed with Revealing Truth Ministries that six years ago they moved from Haines City to Tampa to be closer to the congregation...Revealing Truth is a predominantly black ministry with its main campus at 5201 N. Armenia Ave...Pastor Gregory Powe leads the ministry and his wife, Deborah, who is the CFO. Article Here!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Discovering What's In Your Child!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Do What You're Called To Do!

Have you ever been net surfing and click on a random link only to find some amazing things? Well that's what I did today....Now this Super Mario manicure is frightening in a good way...I know some people will call these nails ghetto nails... But to me it shows some one with a wonderful artistry gift and a good eye for detail....Any way Photobucket user nailchick27 posted these pics of her hyper detailed false fingernails....She also has some Christmas nails that's pretty awesome.... Now I check out a couple Super Mario nail art tutorials but they don't compare to nailchick227's level of artistry...Question: Would you judge a person base on their nails alone? Would these nails be allowed in your work place? What do you think of her work? Having then gifts...let us use them...When God has gifted and graced you to do something give yourself to it and let the rest go.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Homecoming And The Black Church!

Today's Homecoming at my church...It's one of the highlights of the worship life of southern black churches.... Homecoming not only marked the return of family and friends that had moved from their ancestral homes, but in some instances also goes into end of summer revivals.... It mostly involves a church service that draws returning family along with other members of the community together...After this service, which generally commemorated the history of the church, prominent families and the community as a whole, there will be a dinner...Now these dinners ranged from the traditional church picnic where everyone contributed to the meal and socialized in an informal manner to a more formal meal in the fellowship hall of the church... Homecoming became a time of commemorating the past, reconnecting with family, and the transmission of rituals and history to younger generations. Today many churches have moved away from the celebration of Homecoming, with the Church Anniversary now serving as the main day for celebrating church history and family relations.... Just like Joshua and the children of Israel marked their crossing of the Jordan River with a memorial, African Americans through the celebration of Homecomings and Church Anniversaries have marked the passage of historic events and their progression as a people.... Homecoming, which has its roots in southern/rural black churches, became increasingly important in the twentieth century, as migration became a dominant theme in black families... In the years surrounding World War I, World II and the Korean War, southern blacks migrated in record numbers to the North and West.... These population shifts greatly affected families congregational and community ties....I remember I love to here my grand mother sing this old hymn:

I’m gonna trust in the Lord
I’m gonna trust in the Lord
I’m gonna trust in the Lord till I die
I’m gonna trust in the Lord
I’m gonna trust in the Lord, till I die

Other lines:
I am gonna stay on the battlefield…
Whose going down in the grave with me…
Jesus going down in the grave with me.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Gladys Knight: Hip-Hop Has Set Us Back As A Race!

WOW! Latter Day Saint Gladys Knight is not feeling a certain element within the music industries...Miss Knight had some harsh words for the genre of Hip-Hop in a recent interview....Gladys who turn from Christianity to Mormonism in 1996 is making the press rounds promoting her role as church elder “Wilma” in Tyler Perry’s latest movie I Can Do Bad All By Myself....Most of us know Gladys for hits like “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Neither One Of Us” and “Heard It Through The Grapevine.”But during an interview with BlackNews.com, Knight said that Hip-Hop had created opportunities for young artists...But she slammed the genre of music, claiming it had set back African-Americans as a race...“It’s bad, in my opinion, as far as the quality of the music and the stories that they tell... It’s one thing to be raw about your history, but they took it to another level and it became vulgar,” Knight said....She also claimed that Hip-Hop had not “elevated our industry musically,” before blaming the music for a number of issues within the African-American community...“It definitely has not elevated us as African-Americans, because we show disrespect for our partners, men and women,” Knight stated.... “I believe we have lowered our self-esteem with these performances and presentations.”First off...I respect and love Gladys Knight!.While I don't agree with her completely, she do have some great points...She's right the stories that are told in most of mainstream music are potentially derogatory to African Americans as a whole... I'll give her that...But our problems as a community is deeper than Hip Hop therefore I want go as far and blame it all on Rap or Hip Hop... What do you think? Is Gladys right?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I Apologize!

Unfortunately helpful behavior has ceased to be the norm in our world today: Selfishness has become standard procedure...The Bible says:"As the end approaches, people are going to be self absorbed...self promoting ...dog eat dog...the kind ...who smooth talk and take advantage" (2 Ti 3: 1-6 )We all no someone who has a hard time apologizing ( My husband ).... They'd rather pretend nothing happened and evade responsibility for actions that hurt someone else (Me!!) ....Others fudge and deliver the classic non-apology apology, which might be more frustrating than not getting any apology at all.... It's usually a variation on the "I'm sorry you feel that way" theme, deflecting the wrong-doer's responsibility and putting the focus on the receiver and their flawed or misguided reaction. Ultimately — it's not an apology.

There are lots of reasons apologizing are hard for some because it's a blow to the egos...Second we are admitting weakness....Third it puts the other person in a position of power and makes us feel vulnerable... And then there are those who are in total denial completely: if I don't acknowledge I did anything wrong, the thinking goes, I must not have done anything wrong....As anyone who has been on the receiving end of bad behavior will tell you I am sorry is crucial.

  1. Do You Have a Hard Time Apologizing?
  2. Even when you're wrong?
  3. If you are wrong is it easy for you to own up to it and apologize?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bring Me My Big Black Belt!

Samson went too far. He wound up with his eyes gouged out, mocked by his captors in a Philistine dungeon...Why? Because of two unguarded areas: pride and sex...David also struggled against unrelenting temptation...In a moment of weakness he fell prey to lust and paid dearly...But he did not die in prison like Samson...Instead he died " a man after God's own heart." What made the difference? Repentance! In brokenness and humility David called on the Lord and found mercy and grace to get back up...Now I don't know Kayne West no more than say you who may be reading this post....But his display last night at the VAM's was down right embarrassing to say the lest...Now my daughter and son-law who are in their early 30's say that Kayne has a problem with pride...Again, I don't know! But you have to ask one question : What would make a 30 something year old man upstage a 17 year old other than pride? I think Mr. West should stop and ask him self, "Am I living a secret life that only God and I know about? Have I allowed myself to become so addicted to my sin that I fear there's no possibility of turning back?....It's never to late to start doing what's right...You cannot sink so deep and low that Christ is unable to lift us...Repentance is the place to start...Repentance means turning from doing something to confessing your failure and acknowledging your inability to change on your own...It means asking for help...We have to stop rationalizing wrong doing....We're only fooling ourselves..... We may keep somethings a secret but ultimately they'll be found out....Pride, Hatred,Jealous,Envy etc.... The right time will bring it out....There was some thing inside of Mr. West last night that was trigger for him to embarrass himself like he did....What do you think could it have been the sin of Pride?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Return Of Whitney Houston!

Sometimes God allows us to hit the bottom in order to discover that He's the rock at the bottom...I am sorry but I have to mention Whitney Houston and her new CD once again... I truly believe Whitney Houston may have had an encounter with Christ...Now I am fully aware that everybody don't see things the way I do or believe the way I do; that's perfectly okay with me....Some folks are saying that it was Clive Davis who saved Whitney and her career....Now I total disagree with that.... I can't give Clive Davis that kinda power but, what I can say is that he's the instrument Christ used to bring this about...You see the return of Whitney Houston, in fine form is not a testament to Clive Davis but to Christ ...Who else could have pulled her from the clutches of an addiction?... Who else could have pulled her from an unequally yoked marriage?... Who else could have allowed us all to have the privileged of hearing her gift again?... You might say she doesn't have the sharp vocals she had in her 20's and well into her early 30's, but who would after enduring all that she has? What she does possess is an unequaled stage presence, a voice that still leaves her counterparts in awe, and the grace Christ bestowed her.... Remember when she was at her peak, critics had the audacity to say she sang with a lack of emotion? Who can deny that every song on her latest project shows the emotion of a woman who has survived, conquered her demons and has the courage to sing about it? You'll never here Whitney Houston say: "My own power has delivered me"it ain't going happen!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Winnie Mandela Calls on South Africa To Stand Behind Caster Semenya

The former wife of Nelson Mandela has called on all of South Africa to stand behind gender-row athlete Caster Semenya after claims the 800m champion runner is a hermaphrodite...Winnie Mandela spoke out as Caster's mother Dorcus reacted with fury to the report that her daughter has both male and female sex organs, but no womb or ovaries... The Sydney Daily Telegraph published the details yesterday after reportedly speaking to a source close to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF)....I am Sorry! but to me this should NOT have been published until the young lady was aware of the results and whether she wanted it published...Come on is there so little compassion left in the media and the world....That an 18 year old can be subjected to worldwide humiliation of such personal nature?...It is quite disgraceful that her privacy has not been better protected and that she has not been treated with greater respect...The report as claimed Caster has three times more testosterone than a normal female and will be advised to have an operation because her condition carries grave health risks.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Is Jay Z Mocking GOD By Calling Himself The God?

Some one sent me an email with that question along with a picture of this tee shirt... Now if you notice the word "GOD" is in cap Why?.... I am sure Jay Z doesn't have in his mind, "omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient" or "Creator" To me Jay Z like most rappers today are promoting himself probably as the greatest rapper, whether he is or not you have to be the judge of that because that's not what this post is about....This is about how unsaved people see our God....Now we Christians have an entirely different concept of "God" or even "god" than say, Jay-Z.... I am sure in his head he's in no way trying to compete with the Supreme God of all Creation...He's just bragging!...Now someone who is in Christ would recognize that "God" is sacred and untouchable.... That any taking of His nature (God) and applying it to ourselves would be blasphemy....So, Jay Z using this language simply demonstrates that he doesn't understand the truth behind it...As Christians we also know all that is entailed in the glory of God... His beauty and Perfection, Glory and Excellence.... We also know there's a Wrath side to God also in which we can not ascribe either to any one else....All Glory goes to Him...I don't think that's Jay Z's intention is to take the glory and credit for his talent.. at lest I hope it's not..... But with this tee-shirt he's not giving God the glory and all the honor....I do believe Jay Z is being boastful by using the nature of God to lifted himself up...To some that's blasphemy....To some he's stealing from God, to glorify himself...To me Jay Z is like other unsaved folks he's basically saying "To Hell With God" (Blasphemy the act of expressing a lack of reverence for God) Question? Is Jay Z mocking the Christian" GOD" by calling himself The God?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I Look To You!

If you wanted to see a person who has or had a strong relationship with Christ (even if she has fallen down)look no farther that Whitney Houston. In my opinion Whitney Houston is singing from a place of brokenness with this new album especially the title cut I look to you....Now I know the world that celebrates success doesn't see value in broken things. But guess what God brings beauty out of brokenness...For a plant to rise from the soil the seed must be broken...For a baby chick to learn to respond to experience larger life the shell must be broken...Even a thoroughbred horse must be broken....Brokenness is the work of Christ by which He strips us of self-sufficiency so that the character of Him may shine through us....Now don't misunderstand; being broken doesn't necessarily mean experiencing some tragedy....Many people suffer tragedy without drawing closer to God or even acknowledging Him... But that's not the case of Whitney...The
legendary diva Whitney Houston is gracing the cover of Ebony’s October ‘09 issue...Which is set to hit stores on today.... The singer’s new album ‘I Look To You’ was released Aug 31st. Whitney reveals to the magazine that her faith in God is what helped her to pull through during testing times...She also mention how she stayed out of the public eye to spend time with her mother and raise her 16-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina (“I was just ready to lay back and raise my daughter and just watch her grow and nurture her. And my mother’s getting older. I wanted to spend more time with my mom [because during] most of my 20s and 30s, I was dealing with making records and traveling the world and being this thing, icon, you know - whatever this has turned into”). More importantly, she effectively used that time to battle her demons (drugs & deadbeat ex-hubby Bobby Brown)…I’m really happy I am one who is happy that Ms. Houston is getting her act together.... Whitney seems to be buzzing with this new lease on life...Her new album may not be that great but I still want to see her thrive and win....The thing with brokenness is not so much our circumstances, but our response...What is God trying to teach us?..True brokenness is when Jesus strips us of self-sufficiency to the extent that we've no strength left to fix ourselves...When Jesus blocks every exit we try to take and we come to see that He alone is our answer, we make a life changing discovery... "And what's that you ask.... When Jesus is all you have Jesus is all you need! Bottom line: God's power is reserved for those who have given up trying to do it in their own strength or to accomplish it for their own ends. "PS" in the old church we would call this a testimony!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day!

I want to wish everyone a happy Labor Day! I hope you have the opportunity to spend some time with friends and family, away from the rush of work or the concerns of money, and really enjoy the important things in life.

I did a little research on the origins of Labor Day and according to Wikipedia the holiday originated in Canada.... The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated in 1882 in New York City.... It wasn’t a federal holiday until after the 1894 Pullman Strike, but ever since then it’s been celebrated on the first Monday in September...Either way enjoy your day...I am on my way to the mall to get some of those end of summer sales.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Church Cliches!

If you grew up around or been part of The Black Church like I have then most likely you've heard alot of different church cliches like I have .....So what I've done is combined a list of some of my favorites cliches from memory....Now if you can think of others please leave them in the comment section.
  1. Sow a seed!
  2. Turn to your neighbor & say…
  3. God don’t bless no mess!
  4. God don’t like ugly!
  5. God helps those who help themselves!
  6. Praise yo way thru it!
  7. When the praises go up the blessings come down!
  8. God hates sin, not the sinner!
  9. Who’s your spiritual covering?
  10. I’ll pray for you!
  11. No one’s perfect!
  12. Touch not God’s anointed!
  13. He who is without sin cast the first stone!
  14. Don’t judge!
  15. I’m coming’ out!
  16. It’s not over til God says it’s over!
  17. God ain't through with me yet!
  18. You don’t know my story!
  19. No test, no testimony!
  20. I plead the blood!
  21. The devil is a liar & the truth ain't in him!
  22. Even the devil knows the bible!
  23. God knows my heart!
  24. I feel the anointing!
  25. I’m blessed & highly favored!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Attraction Can It Be Turn On And Off?

Now on one level one speak of attraction one might immediately think of physical beauty.... And–on a certain level–that is a kind of attractiveness that is very real.... However, I want to suggest that we take a look at other kind of attractiveness...First what causes us to be drawn to certain people? What quality of Christ likeness do we experience an see in other people that we often find so refreshing? What is that quality that makes us want to spend time ( my husband ) with certain people? Maybe–just maybe–that quality is generosity...You no there are some people who display the grace of God by their generosity and long suffering...I find ( my husband ) generous people and folks who will go an extra mile more attractive... People who are generous with appreciation and they can take a little more...These people are constantly thanking people... They thank the waitress, the person at the cleaners, the grocery store clerk.... They thank their child’s coach and teacher.... These people take no one for granted... They send thank you notes, e-mails, and leave thankful voice messages... They thank and thank.... People who are generous with encouragement... I know so many people who are just starved for a word of encouragement.... They work hard and contribute.... They are very conscientious... Yet, they hear no "atta-boy" or no "atta-girl..." Instead these people often have to deal with criticism of those who have done nothing to help... It is tough to hear no encouragement and to instead hear criticism... No wonder people are attracted to an encourager like a ant is to sugar... People who are generous with money... I don’t mean ( Bill Gate or Oprah Winfer)... I am speaking of people who use what they have for other’s benefit... I am talking about people who are ready to help a neighbor who had been burned out in a fire... When the people at work take up a collection for a single mother who has cancer, they are the first to give... What about you? When people think of you, do they think of a grateful person? Do they think of an encourager? Do they think of person who displays the grace of God? in other words are you attractive?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pole Dancing Doll.

Quote from Chris Rock ~
"Sometimes I am walking with my daughter, I'm talking to my daughter, I'm looking at her, I'm pushing her in the stroller. And sometimes I pick her up and I just stare at her and I realize my only job in life is to keep her off the pole. Keep my baby off the pole!"I mean they don't grade fathers but if your daughter is a stripper you f ---- up."