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Friday, December 31, 2010

Jamal Bryant!!

Pastor Jamal Bryant is a  great promoter of self whom and what he believes in....In 2011 he will begin   a 12 month online mentoring program call Victorious Secrets.

The program will help construct the proper balances in leadership where your character is greater than your charisma, your purpose outlasts opinions of people, and your passion is greater than any temptation.Check it out.

Apple Says No To The Hateful Right.

After the hurtful and hateful statement by Tucker Carlson the other day.... I can truly understand why Apple Inc.made the decision it did concerning the Manhattan Declaration.....Kudos congratulation, hats off, pat on the back, and praise to Steve Job.....for twice rejecting  an iPhone and iPad app by the hateful Christian right....Steve Jobs corporation says it’s because the app is “offensive to large groups of people,” according to a news release....the Manhattan Declaration, is the app in question....its a 4,700-word manifesto written in 2009 by James Dobson, Charles Colson, Richard Land and other conservative Christian.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tucker Carlson "A Christian Filled With Hate For His Fellow Man"

Tucker Carlson  have contradicted his own beliefs!!..rightwing Christian Tucker Carlson calls for the death of Michael Vick by execution....Carlson claims to be a Christian who believes in second chances, but in the same breath wants to execute Michael Vick.....during a discussion about President Obamas defense of Michael Vick....Carlson said that Vick should have been executed.

Vick have paid the penalty for his crime.....society and people like Tucker  should get over it...Vick was given a second chance and up to this point he has taken every opportunity to make good of the second chance....Tucker Carlson statement show that  some folks are ignorant when it comes down to  understanding forgiveness scriptures....the same blood that covers Tucker sins is the same blood that covers Vick's sins...one wonders just what type of Christianity Carlson and the right wing  believes.

"The Mega Church Have Hijack Watch Night!"

I strongly believed that  if African Americans are going to celebrate a holiday it should be New Year’s Eve... I think it should be more important to us as a people than the 4th of July...our history teaches that on December 31,1862 the black community would gather in churches and private homes all across the nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law....so at the stroke of midnight January 1, all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free.....so when the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God.....black folks have gathered in churches annually on New Year's Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year....historically on Dec. 31, most black congregations, use that services as the start of their devotion service for the year ahead....

Fast forward to today church where the focus have move from God to big name stars....the watch night  services has been abandoned pretty much for big name stars and a party atmosphere....gone are the historically, ''covenant services''  in which church members would/could reaffirm their faith to the God who brought them out....gone are the personal testimony's of how God open doors that was once close....gone are the testimony of what the Lord did for others, he can do for you...gone are the God of our weary years....gone are the God of our silent tears.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Does Kwanzaa Clash With The Black Church?

NO! Kwanzaa celebrates African history and culture and has no religious underpinning whatsoever....No other than whatever religious traditions are included in the culture.....Therefore Kwanzaa is not in conflict with Christianity in any manner...It' almost impossible for us to disconnect spirituality from our culture....It's seem as if it's o­ne and the same.... Kwanzaa, a nonreligious holiday created in the 1960s to celebrate African-American culture, is increasingly taking on a spiritual dimension as Christians and Muslims blend Kwanzaa traditions with aspects of their faith. Kwanzaa, is a seven-day celebration that begins Dec. 26 and ends Jan.1....What's silly is when me and uninformed people think Kwanzaa is a substitute for Christmas...Some black churches are now accepting and celebrating Kwanzaa in harmony with the church.....Some Black churches marked the pre-Christmas season of Advent by walking parishioners through the principles of Kwanzaa......unity, self-determination, shared responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

RIP Teena Marie!

There's internet chatter and  reports that  Singer, songwriter and Grammy award nominee Teena Marie died today....A story on CNN.com reports the singer died in her sleep..While no cause of death has been released to the public, Marie’s publicist, Lynn Jeter revealed that the singer suffered a seizure last month and was rushed to the Mayo Clinic.....Marie was scheduled to perform in Atlanta this week....She was 54-years-old....Marie is perhaps best known for her collaborations with late Rick James

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Satan Deny Attack On Rod Parsley's Ministry!

For a second year in a row Rod Parsley have claim his ministry is under attack from the adversary the chief spirit of evil, Beelzebub, devil, Lucifer prince of darkness ,the tempter etc.....But Satan has denied having his hand in the financial attack.....There's a tweet  from Satan on twitter  in which he has deny involvement in the financial attack on Rod Parsley Ministry.....Instead insisting he's a big fan of the name-it-and claimed it gospel...And he wonder why the pew sitters is not outraged by the insult to their intelligence.Right Wing Watch.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Can The First Lady Be A "Ride Or Die Chick"?

According to Urban Dictionary a 'ride or die chick' is someone who is down for everything and anything. Basically down for both the bad and the good...With that said would you consider Harriet Jinwright  a ride or die chick? Some one ask that question on a message board.

According to reports last Thursday night U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney handed down an 8 year sentence to Bishop Anthony Jinwright Pastor of Greater Salem Church in North Carolina....The judge also sentenced  the bishop wife Harriet Jinwright to six years in federal prison. I guess in this case yes.

The IRS Is Going To Hold Board Members Accountable For Their Pastor.

This is old news but a pastor in Alabama, Gregory Louis Clarke, was sentenced last year to 21 months in prison  for assuming that the love offerings he received from his 6000 member church were gifts to him.

But  according to Start Church what's scary is that under new regulation (Treasury Regulation 53.495), members of the board of directors can also be held responsible for approving love offerings or knowing that they are occurring without being reported on the pastor's W-2 and not doing anything about it....WARNING to all church board members.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hats Off To Committed For Winning The Sing Off!

I would like to give a pat on the back and a  shout out of praise to the group Committed who won the second season of the  reality show "The Sing Off"....the group won $100,000 and a Sony Music recording contract.....truth be told I never heard of the show until I heard Michelle Martin mention it on her NPR show yesterday....The  a capella reality show debuted last December on NBC with host Nick Lachey and judges Ben Folds, Nicole Scherzinger and Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman. 

"We really want to have [an album] more on the inspirational side," Pierre says. "That's what we've been putting out … People want to see more inspirational music so hopefully that's what we can give them. "Judge Ben Folds, who calls Committed "harmonically bad-ass," says, "They're best when they're inspired. They should stick by the things that absolutely move them."

Who Own The Rainbow?

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the San Diego-based Ruth Institute  is arguing  that the rainbow is a sign of God's covenant with man...The rainbow appears twice in the Bible, in Genesis and Revelation. Genesis is the most significant appearance. According to the story of Noah’s Ark in Genesis, God painted a rainbow across the sky as a promise he would never destroy most of the creatures on the earth again.

“We are the real rainbow coalition,” she writes. “The gay lobby does not own the rainbow.”

Most gay advocacy groups have used the rainbow flag for 33 years to signify inclusiveness within the gay community...Ms Morse  said conservative should  want  to take back the Christian symbol rainbow.
The rainbow and the rainbow flag have represented LGBT issues and gay rights since the 1970s....Who own the rainbow?

Another Church Split: Without Walls Church Plans To Form New Congregation!

Senior pastors Scott and Cindy Thomas the leaders of Without Walls Central Church have announced they will establish an independent congregation at the end of this month....they are leaving the massive 9,000-seat Lakeland sanctuary where they have been worshiping for years.....the former senior pastor of Without Walls International, Paula White's ex-husband Randy White, denounced Scott Thomas in an interview with The Ledger for what he said was breaking an employment contract and violating trust that he and International church leaders had placed in him.

"He's making it look like this is with Paula's favor and blessing. What Scott is doing is so unethical," he said....now he's just going to take the congregation and go and leave Paula with a $30,000 a month note

Monday, December 20, 2010

What Do Christians Think Of The Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal?

As members  of the  Christian community what is your thoughts and reaction to Saturdays senate vote of 65-31, to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law?" The repeal mean that gays can, should must be openly accepted by the military and should be able to acknowledge their sexual orientation without fear of being dishonorably discharged from the military.....according to The Associated Press, “more than 13,500 service members have been dismissed under the 1993 law” and some estimate it has cost the government over $1.3 billion.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Steve Harvey To Take His Act To The Pulpit!

 It's being reported that Bishop Jakes have anointed Steve Harvey to preach the gospel. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

What Can The Black Church Do To Restore Its Identity As A City Of Refuge And A Beacon Of Hope?

The black church once served as a voice in the wilderness, crying out that equality and justice belonged to all persons, despite race, social status, or lived experience....The black church once operated as a twenty-four hour, full-service institution, affecting change spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and socially....People from all walks of life recognized that when resources were exhausted, the black church was a place where needs were met and issues addressed......The black minister preached a transformative message of salvation, but also served as a community representative and social activist, preaching a message of social change, equality, and unconditional love.

Today in our contemporary society  the black church has become so focused on preaching messages regarding the attainment of economic success and personal prosperity, that it's  losing sight of its foundational calling.....The message of the cross as the changing force of all aspects in life has become silenced by the message of the dollar. The black church, once a place where people came to receive whole life empowerment, has now become a wealth workshop and capital-industry....Rest Here!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Is Adultery Crippling the Church?

According to Dr. Steven B. DavidSon, Senior Ministry leader and executive director of the Association of Christ-based Clergy, Counselors, Educators and Educational System.....Not even the gates-of-hell can prevail against the Church but adultery can cripple the Church.....According to DavidSon  there is a reason for the rash of nationally exposed accounts of sexual impropriety among protestant ministry leaders. Years of hearing about homosexuality and the gay-agenda, or being programmed that “all sin is the same” and “sin is sin” have contributed to what DavidSon calls the marginalization-of-adultery.

Dr. DavidSon also reveals some of the secrets of ministry leadership....Apparently, some ministry leaders believe secretly that it is acceptable to have an adulterous relationship as long as the woman is single. DavidSon responds to this perspective, “First, the Pharisees had the same ‘insight’ for hundreds of years. Jesus came to straighten their thinking and conduct when he said, ‘have you not heard that in the beginning there was one man and one woman.’ He continued concerning multiple partners or wives ’in the beginning it was not so.’ The Pharisees acted confused. What sin was it to switch wives with a divorce decree as long as they followed Moses commandment? It was ADULTERY! This issue was not divorce, it was adultery.”

Here are 15steps" which analyze how adultery "happens" They are based on scores of interviews, counseling, and correspondence with church folk who fell into unfaithfulness.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Is There A Spiritual Disconnect Between The Black Man And The Black Woman?

The single independent sister did and interview with pastor Jamal Bryant...During the interview she asked the pastor what he thought about the disconnect between sisters and brothers?

There are so many levels of disconnect. The African-American culture is the only in the world where you hear a woman say she doesn’t need a man. Asian women don’t say that. Russian women won’t say that. There is no other culture on the planet where you hear that. It’s only African-American women who you will hear say that. The black woman’s over-independence has made black men feel unnecessary or like an accessory. So, men have taken that to mean that a woman is an option, and being part of a woman’s life is optional. Men and women have to need each other, and understand that we’re not options to one another. We’re necessary for our existence, totality and purpose.”
I understand what Pastor Bryant is saying but I don't total agree with him....I feel disconnected from  my husband at times....But I don't believe for one minute my husband think he's an accessory and feel like he's unnecessary..... My husband and I have been married for over 21 years.....God knows in heaven it ain't easy.....Our feelings and actions are often in conflict with each other....My husband  favorite words are you don't get it....Mind is you don't  understand.....So, I do and can understand black women who shut  off their feelings in order  to protect them selves from pain.

Megachurch Leaders Linked To Controversial Mortgage Venture.

CBS Atlanta News has found Bishop Eddie Long and another local megachurch leader, Gary Hawkins, are linked to a questionable mortgage venture that is being investigated by the feds.CBS Atlanta was the first to report on Matrix Capital's long list of victims. The company promised to lower people's mortgages for $1,500 upfront. Police say thousands of homeowners paid Matrix money, but according to investigators, most of them ended up in bankruptcy and losing their homes...CLICK HERE to Read Entire Article

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Minister Speaks Out Over Christina Aguilera Lewd Dance and Rihanna's Scant Clothes.

The Christian Institute has voiced alarm over how Christina Aguilera appeared on stage with backing dancers wearing nothing but bras, knickers and suspenders. Their provocative dance routine at times simulated sex and has been likened by critics to pornography...the Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said that the lewd performances by US pop stars Rihanna and Christina Aguilera on Saturday night’s X Factor final...the minister said the show were unsuitable for the show’s legions of young fans....the sexualised routines have sparked over 3,000 complaints from viewers....although Rihanna’s skimpily clad performance of “What’s My Name” has caused concern among viewers, the outrage appears to be directed mostly at Aguilera’s performance of her new song “Express”, from the soundtrack of big screen musical “Burlesque”, in which she stars.

Simon Calvert, of the Christian Institute, said ITV had made a “catastrophically bad error of judgement” in allowing the production to go out before the watershed.....He expressed concern over the effect of such performances on young people in particular....“Lots of people are concerned and parents are particularly concerned about the effect this kind of thing has on their sons and daughters,” he said.....“Daughters are made to feel that this is a normal way to behave in public and sons are taught to expect women to behave like that. It is very unhealthy.”

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Have The Time Come For Pastors To Set A Dress Code For Church?

You have a dress code at school ,work, court, and some businesses....why haven't the church realize it's time to put a dress code in place?.....we dress appropriately for the places I mention above....why can't we dress our best for God? I'm not saying anyone should be turned away for the way they dress that's not what I'm saying at all.....I also understand  sometimes a person's clothing can be an indicator they need help..... however, I do believe if you are a members of a church body  there should be a standard dress code.....people who have accepted Christ as Lord of their lives should have a higher standard than the world....we are not to be like the world.... After all, when you give your life to God you have agreed to a make over......I also understand  coming from the world, a person  may not know exactly how to dress....that's what a dress code is for....it's a guiding tool to guide the lost in the aspects of how to dress in a godly manner.....it's wrong when one goes to church to worship and is distracted by other people who come to church in clothes that are too tight, too revealing or unfit for church.....I believe coming to church dressed provocatively or revealing is very disrespectful to God and to others.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

How Can Christians Explain Santa Claus To Their Children?

Can the "Santa Claus" story cause a child to disbelieve in God? Can a Christian parent become a stumbling block to their own child's faith? Are some parents teaching their children to place Santa Claus in a godlike position  as one who can grant all their requests?
I believe it's possible for a child to learn to distrust a parent when they realizes that Santa Claus is a lie.....I believe when we answer "How does Santa get in our house if we don't have a chimney?" or "How can a big fat man fit down that small opening? with a lie when children are old enough to grasp the truth, he or she may think, "Santa's a lie, so the stories about Jesus must be a lie, too."

 Mark Driscoll who's one of America's most prominent young Christian voices who describes himself as "a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody who can save anybody....."Driscoll says Christians have three options when it comes to dealing with cultural issues like Santa....We can either reject it, receive it, or redeem it....I tend to agree with Driscoll that the third option is best....As Christian parents we should tell our kids Christmas is about the birth of the Savior, not Santa Claus....every since I can remember most  little children have unintentional worship Santa Claus as the reason for the season....So, what do you tell your kids about Santa Claus?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Are You Willing To Stand In The Gap For The Queen Of Soul?

EEW Magazine Buzz editors are reporting that  Queen of  Soul Aretha Franklin is battling cancer and is seeking our prayers and support.....accepting the call to stand in the gap is one of the most important things we will do as a Christian....you HAVE to believe and understand that things happen when Christians stand in the gap....you HAVE to believe that when a Christian prays, things happen....when God touches our hearts and leads us to pray or intercede on behalf of someone else, things happen you HAVE to believe it....we are not here just to live our lives, we are here to impact Influence our families, friends, community, etc....If you don't have any spiritual impact influence, then chances are you're not being impacted influenced spiritually....when we stand for those who are unable to stand for themselves, we are fulfilling that spark of grace that each of us have been given when we became saved....here's some gap standing people:

(1). Queen Esther   (2).Moses  (3).Abraham
Also "The Detroit News" quotes Dr. Diane Simeone, director of the multidisciplinary Pancreatic Tumor Clinic at the University of Michigan, as saying it is the only major cancer with a prognosis in the single digits, and those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have a 5 percent chance of living five years. “It has the worst prognosis of any major human malignancy. It is the most dreaded cancer to get.” the Queen of Soul can look to Apple CEO Steve Jobs and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who have both recovered from pancreatic cancer.

I believe as Christians we should be able to stand in the gap for the Queen of Soul....why? because Jesus stood in the gap for us on Calvary’s cross....do I have any one willing to stand with me in the gap for the Queen of Soul?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Why In The World Are Christian Chasing Satan?

Being a Christian I know beyond a shallow of a doubt that there will be good people in hell....I also know beyond a shallow of a doubt that you will not cannot  find any Christians in Hell.....In Scripture we are encourage to pick careful our battles....When ever a Christian fail to use common sense this is what usual happen.....This is embarrassing for the Kingdom of God.....This idea is so lacking of common sense that it's  not even funny....An anonymous Christian group is working hard trying  to draw attention away from an atheist  billboard that's posted on  four  Fort Worth buses.....The four buses have a banner saying "Millions of Americans are Good without God." But behind one of the buses is a mobile billboard truck with a message reading, "I still love you. -God"
The pro-Christian ad is paid for by a group of pastors and businessmen who don't wish to be identified....Source Here!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Are You Prepare For Jesus Return?

Get ready, Get ready, Get ready He's coming back....Are you ready for Christmas Christ return? The most dangerous lie is not "There is no God",nor  "there is no hell", but the most dangerous lie of Satan is " there is no hurry." Indeed, Christmas is coming soon, but so is Jesus.

Jesus promised that His return would come at a time when people lived as they did in the days of Noah.  The days of Noah included an age that disregarded God and lived for the moment. When God sought someone who had a heart for Him, Noah alone stood as a witness to the power of God. The days surrounding the return of Christ will have loose morals and a blatant disregard for God. Whether those days are our days we cannot tell but God would certainly not have to apologize for bringing judgment on our age. Source: Life Way.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Have Mega-Pastors Hurt the Black Church?

I believe people are getting fed up with how the black church have been hijacked  by money hungry men and speaking out about it......Men like Milton W. Hinton Jr.who's the director of equal opportunity for the Gloucester County government....He's also  past president of the Gloucester County Branch NAACP.... I found this post via twitter last night:

There is increasing evidence that should not be ignored that the black church, historically the cornerstone of the community, is being hijacked by entrepreneurs.

Not all, but some religious leaders, particularly those leading mega-churches which take in large amounts of cash, choose to lead a highly visible, opulent life style with no moral barometer. Purchasing million-dollar homes and exotic automobiles, and accepting million-dollar salaries provided by the daily labor of congregants struggling to survive is not just wrong, but immoral. It is past time to speak up about this....Rest here!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

God's Top Gun Is A Crook!

Minister Robert J. Freeman, who calls himself "Dr. Shine," was indicted on charges of obstructing court proceedings, making false statements and falsifying records in bankruptcy proceedings.
Prosecutors said Freeman, 54, used Save the Seed Ministry money to pay for a $1.75 million residence on the Potomac River, a Bentley, Mercedes-Benz and two Lincoln Town Cars that he concealed from the bankruptcy court....Court documents allege that based on the bogus information, a bankruptcy court cleared hundreds of thousands of dollars in back rent and jet airplane lease payments the 54-year-old man owed.

Dr.Shine was well-known for his outreach to drug users is now charged with channeling church funds for the purchases of a $1.75 million waterfront mansion and luxury cars and hiding the assets from bankruptcy court, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.....Dr.Shine garnered national attention as a televangelist on The Word Network program .

In 2004, Freeman acquired the Potomac River home — complete with a boat lift, two four-car garages, five fireplaces and a gym with a steam room — using church funds and putting the purchase in the name of a church member, court documents state. Following the same pattern, he caused the purchases of a pair of Lincoln Town Cars, two Volkswagen Phaetons, a Bentley Arnage and a Mercedes Benz between 2001 and 2006, the official reports state.

By October 2005, Freeman and his then-wife owed debts totaling more than $1.3 million, including about $846,000 in back rent, more than $87,000 in lease payments on a jet airplane, more than $160,000 for payments on musical instruments and $220,000 in loan payments on a bus, the prosecutor’s office reported.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Way To Go Keyshia Cole!!

The season premiere of VH1′s “Celebrity Rehab”got kicked off Thursday night with one of its newest members being none other than Keyshia Cole’s biological mom Frankie Lons.....Frankie checked herself in to rehab looking for help for her addictions....according to necolebitchie.com, during the show, fans on Twitter decided to tweet @Keyshia  and go off on Frankie  for  her appearance on the show.

Instead Keyshia who was raise and reared in a Christian home by Dr. Yvonne Cole and her husband....politely discussed her thoughts on her mother’s addiction:
I’d really love for my son to know his grandmother. Thank u for all of ur love and consideration. We can not change the people we love. But maybe the love we have to give can help change them...so glad that u all have seen that no matter the road, U can overcome. U must realize that U R NOT ALONE. Let strength over power ur fears.we hope Frankie gets through this!

Is Wikileaks Holding Some Stuff That Can Damage America?

I'm following this Wikileak thing on Twitter and it's causing  me to ask question.....Why is the owner of Wikileaks doing this? Why is he releasing so called classified material knowing that he could /can be assassinated  or discredited for the rest of his life? You have got to ask the question why? Is the owner of Wikileaks holding back on some very damaging stuff and using it as a bargaining chip for his life? According to some people  most of the stuff that was/is  leaked wasn't new it wasn't even any thing that any one  should have been surprised by.....So why is the government up in arms about it? People who don't like and trust each other bad mouth each other all the time.....I was listening to NPR "Tell Me More "yesterday with Michel Martin and her guest...They were giving their theory about what they think the motive could be....but me thinking after the show....There's more to this thing than what they want us to think....This is just to good to be true and when something is just to good to be true then it normally mean something is not right.....I learn this morning that PayPal  have suspend  WikiLeaks donations account....I do not want to start a conspiracy theory but some thing is not right!!
"WikiLeaks states that its “primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations"“The material that we are about to release covers essentially every major issue in every country in the world,” he told reporters in Jordan by video link when asked if the new leaks again focused on U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Friday, December 3, 2010

Should Frederica Wilson Be Allow To Wear Her Hat At All Time?

Frederica Wilson is causing a stir for her decision to ask incoming House Speaker John Boehner for a waiver to let her wear her hats on the House floor...Ms.Wilson was successful at changing the no hat rule at the State level but will she be able to do the same in Washington, DC? Article here!  Everyone can't wear a hat (don't look good)but this sista is killing it.  

Thursday, December 2, 2010

"LGBT Equality In The Black Chruch: How Do We Break the Barriers?"

On February 1, 2011, African American bloggers all over the Web will join together to discuss this important issue....The format will be a synchroblog, or a blogging event in which a number of bloggers all write about the same topic on the same day.....Your posts will be organized in a library on this website with a link back to your blog....Article Here!

What's Wrong With A (Fat) Chubby Baby?

image from SuperStock

Would you put your baby on a diet? In an extreme case earlier this year in Washington state, a couple was found guilty of starving their baby by putting laxatives in her bottle so she wouldn't gain weight. ABC reports the couple did it out of vanity, because they feared their daughter would grow up to be overweight like her father.... Article at  Parent Dish

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

“Is Dressing Up For Church A Distraction?"

Black women dressed up is not a distraction for me....I grew up in this culture and is  aware that Sundays and funerals are mostly the only time you're see southern black women dressed  like this....historically, African-Americans have dressed their best on Sundays for many generation....this tradition has a deep and rich history that dates back to slavery when African-Americans could only dress up on Sundays.

The congregations of most black southern churches still dress up today....i see women dressed up often at Bistro's a local restaurant  here in Jacksonville Fl, after church....the ladies wear nice dresses with matching hats and shoes....the men are in suits.....this always brings a smile to my face.... it reminds me of my childhood attending church...Do you dress up for church? Are black women in the South the only one who dress like this for church and funerals?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pastor Mark Driscoll Calls Jay-Z A Genius And Catches Hell For It.

Yesterday Pastor Mark Driscoll, a well-known pastor from Seattle said this on Facebook and Twitter:
“It’s a Jay-Z soundtrack kind of day. Watched his NY show this weekend – I know he says bowling words but man the guy is a genius.”
People went ballistic on him (read the post thread here, and check out  his FB wall as well... How do we determine what is acceptable for Christians or pastors?
UPDATE!! Thanks to Tyler you can find the whole post here.

Do Some Pastors Use The Altar Call To Inflate Their Church Rolls And Compete With Other Churches?

That question was a bit surprising to me along with: Why do some churches perform a altar call every Sunday? How often does your Church do an altar call? Can a  pastor manipulate the flock with guilt and  shame by using the altar call? Those are  questions I saw on a message board  yesterday.

Certainly altar calls can be coercive, they can appeal to emotion instead of scripture, they can be overused.....but that is true with any church practice there can be abused...the one that comes to mind is tithing.

Now, my church doesn’t give what can be referred to as an “altar call.”but  there's an “invitation” offered for those who want to accept Christ, rededicate a life that has gone astray, to come forward for prayer, or to share how God is working in their life.

Couple Pays Off $65,000 in Debt, Now Helping Other Churchgoers Become Debt Free!

On February 1, 2011, Northland, A Church Distributed will launch an initiative to take 5,000 congregants through Financial Peace University, as part of a larger preaching series designed to help people find freedom from the things that hold them back from serving God and others fully--including financial issues.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Some Christians Don't Believe The Christmas Story!

Did you know that each of the gospels presents the Christmas story differently? I  read a comment were a Christian was questioning  the accuracy of the Christmas story.
Which of the four gospel do your pastor call attention to when telling  the Christmas story? My pastor point of reference is the book of Luke.... Are you  one of the few who don't believe the Christmas story?

1.  Matthew told the Christmas story by recalling Jesus genealogy and telling the story from Joseph's point of view.

2. Mark  referred to none of the events surrounding Jesus birth. Emphasized Jesus' arrival as the fulfillment of God's promise to send a forerunner for the Messiah.

3. Luke told the Christmas story from the perspective of Mary.

4. John spoke of Jesus' birth in theological terms discussing the theological meaning of His entrance into the world.

“Steve Harvey Brings The Jokes And Kirk Franklin Bring That Jesus!”

I read that Radio and TV personality Steve Harvey is already worried about keeping his material clean while on his upcoming comedy tour  with gospel star Kirk Franklin.
The comedian and the gospel star have announced  that they’re heading out on the road together starting in March, and Harvey says it’ll be a challenge trying to make sure he doesn’t offend the singer’s fans.
I was scratching my head and wondering are they for real ? somebody  haven't  allowed  God to change them....this is a quote Steve made on TBN early in the year: "some Christians make the path to narrow and should broaden it" I guess Steve plan to widen the path to include bad jokes.....the Bible teaches that once we accept God's personal invitation to eternal life by the confession of our sins and the exercising of belief that something happens internally....we are "born again" or regenerated....the bible also teaches to look for this "fruit" in the believer and to beware of those claiming to have this regeneration but who clearly don't and intend to deceive...when God speaks through the gospel  to us....it's to summon us to himself effective calling and to give us new life regeneration so that we are able to respond in faith.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sam Cooke The Triumph And Tragedy Of A Soul Singer.

If you're a fan of Sam Cooke and live in the Detroit area .....be sure to check out the stage play"The Life of SAM" written by Robert Douglas and  Johnnie Washington....it's the triumph and tragedy of a soul stirrer....you will  have the chance to revisit the good old, GOSPEL days with Sam Cooke, the Highway QC's, and The Soul Stirrers singing Gospel for the Soul.

I've always been a fan of Sam Cooke's early work especially the years he was part of the Soul Stirrers....Sam Cooke started his musical career singing gospel music with The Singing Children, which was made up of his siblings,and  was lead singer of the Highway QC's, and later lead singer of The Soul Stirrers...Sam Cook spent several years performing gospel music and even signed The Soul Stirrers to the record label Specialty Records where their hits "Peace in the Valley" and "How Far Am I From Canaan" were recorded. Of course, Sam Cooke was not destined to sing gospel forever and ultimately branched out into other kinds of music....My mom listened to Sam  the Mighty Cloud of Joy, Gospel Keynotes, Canton Spirituals, etc....I listen to these old  songs and without delay directly, forthwith, instant, instantly, now, right away, right off, straightaway, straight off immediatly think of all those happy days long ago.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Philly Move Of God Six Weeks Of Impartation With Dr. Juanita Bynum.

If you live in the Philly area you can be blessed by the ministry of Dr. Juanita Bynum....Dr.Bynum is returning weekly for a six weeks of impartation Philly Move of God........the services is being held at the Holyghost Headquarters starting November 16, 2010 through December 21, 2010.

The topic of this free event is "How to Receive from God." You can attend Dr. Bynum's weekly services every Tuesday night at 7:00 pm....The Host Pastor is Mark A. Hatcher of the Holyghost Headquarters located at 858 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19131.


What's A Church?

People who enjoy getting tattoos, piercings and/or body modifications have created their own organization and call it a church. Is that what it is?
A young woman  have been suspended twice from a North Carolina high school for wearing a nose stud, which is against school policy....she claims it is her first amendment right to practice her religion, which is through the Church of Body Modification (COBM).

These folks feel that they can gain spirituality by getting tattoos, piercings and body modifications....Body piercing is considered a sign of faith, a tool used by church members to access a higher level of spirituality. They believe it is an easy way to strengthen the connection between body, mind and soul. The church's website declares a faith in the alteration of the body as "one of the safest and most responsible to stay spiritually healthy and whole." Their practices include the tongue-splitting, ear lobe or the skin stretches, implanst sub-cutaneous scars and many other ways to change the image of his body....they are tax exempt.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thank You Montell Jordan For Not Striddling The Fence.

I want  to give a ((((hand clap of praise)))) to R and B singer Montell Jordan who surprised many of his fans earlier in the week....when he announced via twitter that he was leaving the secular world of music January 1 and that he'll enter into full-time ministry at Victory World Church which is  located in Norcross, Georgia….another ((((hand clap of praise))))Montell said this is  one of the best decision he have ever made in  his life....Montell said he will honour his contractual obligations which will end  at the end of the year.....and that will be his final performance as an secular artist..... he will be starting the year off with a new out-look and vision on life.....he will fulfil the call on his life serving as the Worship Pastor at Victory Church..... Jordan tweeted that he will be a licensed minister.

Minister is another term use for serving God that's misunderstood by most people.....when most people hear "ministry" they think of pastors, priests, and professional clergy, but God says every member of His family is a minister....in the Bible, the words servant and minister are synonyms, as are service and ministry....if you are a Christian you are a minister, and when you are serving, you are ministering....I have little doubt in my mind that Montel Jordan could have stayed in the secular world performing on Saturday nights with little problem....he could have most  likely  stroll into the church on Sunday morning without any one asking any question....there's no doubt in my mind that there are plenty churches out there who would have allow him to do just that.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Is Cam Newton Responsible For The Action Of His Father?

It's not looking good for Auburn's quarterback Cam Newton's Heisman Chances...The Auburn quarterback is facing allegations that he and his family sought money for him to play at Mississippi State and that he cheated on his school work while a student at Florida...Now my husband is the football fan in the family and he in agreement with this post....my husband is crying foul and claim Cam is the victim here....If he is, he might turn out to be a "victim'' of his father, of what Cecil might have done to get his son into Auburn.....I don't know about that....but if the report is correct...it look like Cam father Cecil Newton Sr.church did receive some kinda of financial help....Cecil Newton 50  is a bishop who oversees five small Pentecostal churches in Georgia, including the church in the picture where he's also pastor, and another in Savannah, which is led by his sister-in-law, Gail Norwood.

The church has been in the news in Coweta County, Ga., often in the past year. According to stories in The Times-Herald newspaper, Cecil Newton's church was in danger of being demolished by order of the Newnan City Council in 2009 for failing to meet the city's building code. One story said Cecil Newton told the council last September the building would be brought to code "inside of six months." After numerous delays, extensions and compromises from the council, renovation work began last spring and The Times-Herald reported last week that the church is in compliance with Newnan's building requirements.
It sounds like his father got some cash from somewhere....the bishop couldn't get the building up to code then all of a sudden he has the funds to do it.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fantasia: Godly Advice Is Always Good, But Good Advice Is Not Always Godly.

It's being reported that Fantasia have made a very shocking confession in court Monday morning....She's purportedly to have testified in a child custody case between Antwan Cook and his estranged wife Paula Cook....although the court was closed to reporters.....sources are saying Fantasia admitted she got pregnant with Mr.Cook baby and had a abortion.

No matter how long you and I have been at this thing call life, it's wise to turn to older people for advice....I know I felt more comfortable back in the day making big decisions after first talking to my mom and grandmother....They would confirm my fears or affirm my decisions about something, I felt I was on good grounds....In God design of things He has provided for each of His children a powerful wise resource in a older person in our lives....Sometime we make the mistake of going to people Christians and non-Christians alike and seek advice from them, when in fact God did not lead us to them....We may get advice that sound  like it is the right thing to do but it may not necessarily be Godly....Personal I  believe someone has given Fantasia some UN-GODLY advice....Some confessions should remain between us an GOD....I don't see how this  information can/could help her case in the future.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Who's Taking Marriage Off The Table?

WASHINGTON — Is marriage becoming obsolete? As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly a third of American children are living with a parent who is divorced or separated or has never been married. More people are accepting the view that wedding bells aren't needed to have a family.

Listen: Marriage is GOD idea not man!!in I Kings 19, Satan had  tricked Elijah into believing that he was the only righteous person left on the earth.....Elijah  thought he rather die than be the only Believer amongst the heathen....what Elijah perceived and what was factual were two different things..... Elijah was sidetracked because he was misled by the voice of the enemy, (  Psalm 55:3). the Lord open Elijah’s eyes and  showed him five thousand men who had not bowed their knees to Baal.

One thing Satan is becoming a  master at is convincing men and women who have a  desire to find real love that they will never find a suitable mate....he brings them to a spiritually, mentally and emotionally point in life where they believe that no good men exist and all of the virtuous women have been taken....listening at the debate taking place last week concerning marriage..... I'm more convince that Satan  is working overtime  to sell that lie....don’t buy into those lies.
There are multitudes of men and women who have not bowed their knees to Satan! Men and women who have not turned their flesh over to sin. Men who don’t have destructive personality traits and women who aren’t harboring harmful emotional baggage. Good Men and Women Do Exist!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tax The Mega Church!!

The Tennessee State Board of Equalization, which decides tax exemptions for churches...has contended that a GYM, BOOKSTORE and CAFE are commercial enterprises and should be tax.....so they sent a  South Nashville megachurch  $425,000 property tax assessment bill...the 2,300-member Christ Church insists that's an outdated view of how churches operate, and those enterprises should be considered part of ministerial outreach."They think a church worships on Sunday and then everybody goes away," pastor Dan Scott said. "Anything else you do is not church. But Christianity is not something you dive into once a week."This is certainly an interesting case....I believe churches should be taxed on all revenue....religion has become   a for-profit business....I'm glad some one is challenging this...and they should go after other commercial enterprises that operate under the guise of "religion." also those churches that are able to give million dollar donations to foreign nations.....as well as those who have become major political players taking strong positions on political issues.....mega churches are no longer  merely a place for worship, but rather they have become a platform for many pastors to generate wealth in the millions of dollars..Article Here!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Should A Christian Ever Seek A Psychiatrist?

YES ,YES!! I believe it’s hard for some families to consider that one of their own is dangerous and violent but sometimes we have to put family feelings aside for the safety of all involved....I've mention this before and some people still don't get it or understand it....Many Christians are  struggling today  with the decision to seek help for themselves or a love one.

There's nothing wrong with a Christian psychologists, psychiatrists,or  counselors....They could be the key to overcoming mental illness.  Especially depression and anxiety.....I work in the medical field and there are a lot of people on the edge.

Satan have only one way of attack and that is through the mind of the believer....You can't act without first having a thought.
We as believer got to learn how to apply Bible knowledge to our lives, if we want to win the battles of life....God instructs us on how to control our thought life by utilizing His Word. (Ephesians 6:10-17). We must recognize that we are in warfare everyday, and that the battlefield is our minds. The whole armor of God has been provided to help us guard against the enemy of our mind--Satan.