Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and Hope

Romans 12:12 – Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

In honor of Martin L. King, Jr. Day, I would hope that at this point in time with a divided nation that we reflect on the benefits of activism.

Listening to some of my friends sigh in disappointment about the change of administration under the leadership of a Donald Trump and his appointees has them decrying whoa, pain and hopelessness.

Nevertheless, no matter how many times that Trump makes outlandish remarks and attempts to belittle those who come against him.

If you know your history, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. wasn’t about hopelessness.

As a matter of fact, Dr. King’s actions and purpose was the embodiment of hope for not only people of color, but also for all people who live under the oppression of evil and the wicked.

This coming Monday, attention throughout these United States and abroad will highlight the life and legacy of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

Just to remind you that even to have Dr. King, Jr. birthday as a national holiday was also a hard-fought battle and seemed to be hopeless.

However, those who believed that Dr. King, Jr. deserved a holiday to commemorate his civil rights leadership and accomplishments stead the course and saw the victory.

Yes, with so many words, this incoming executive branch of our government has a great deal to be concern about (as with any new president coming into office).

Yet, let not hopelessness rule our lives.

Hopelessness is for those who would rather give up than turn to move the ship forward.

Martin L. King, Jr. was not about hopelessness because if he were…we would not be celebrating his life on January 16, 2017.

Live with hope!

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The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Danny Gokey – Hope in Front of Me

Starting An Online Business

Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Starting an online business isn’t hard to do but you must be committed to stay the course and learn as much as you can before launching out to the World Wide Web.

It is a great feeling when you set-up your first online business. And yes, you will find that there are thousands of so-called experts vying to suck you in and to get you to buy their start-up videos, books and services.

This is not to say that selling information is bad…because it is not. What is bad is scrupulous individuals who package free advice from credible professionals and sell you something they themselves have never used.

Also, be warned that when you are going to start an online business, that you do not get caught up on the “you can make thousands daily’” by just using this simple method.

The danger for newbies stepping into the online world of business is that you have a great ocean of deadly sharks readying to devour unsuspecting start-ups.

One thing you need to know is that before putting out any money for “advice” or “trainings”, you should first research to find “free and credible” mentors and classes/courses.

Also, I would highly suggest you identify at your local/state labor offices if they have any entrepreneur/small business workshops, classes or webinars.

Starting an online business offers you opportunities to capitalize on new products and services.

What an online business shouldn’t be however is setting up illegal operations that cheat the consumer.

If you don’t have time to take classes right away, I would highly suggest listening to podcasts and viewing videos that will give you guidance in the do’s and don’ts of online business.

Finally, just like a brick and mortar business, having an online business requires that you must also follow federal commerce laws as well as business regulations where you reside (state and local).

To help you on your way, I have below a list of websites; podcasts and videos suggestions that you might want to consider before kick-starting your online business.

Start Up Online Business Websites

Basics for Starting an Online Business –Udemy (Free Course-Beginning Level)

Global Entrepreneurship Institute (Free-Entrepreneurship Certificate)

Profitable Venture – 50 Business Ideas 2017

The Work at Home Woman – Several Ways to Make Money

Entrepreneur – Most reputable magazine for start-ups

Podcasts

StartUp –Want to know what it is to get a business started?

This Week In Start-Ups – Videos and Podcasts

Dorm Room Tycoons – For the young and ambitious

Business Insanity – Radio /Podcast

Mixergy – Movers and Thinkers with start-up stories that will inspire you beyond disbelief

Online Start-up Videos

Starting an Online Business Legal Issues Overview  (Internet Lawyer)

How To Avoid 3 Common Legal Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

How to Write a Business Plan

12 Mistakes I Made My First Year as an Entrepreneur

The Secret to Making Money by starting a small business

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Free Online Entrepreneur Classes

Joshua 1:8 – This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Have you ever sat around a group of people who are naysayers?

You know. People who never have anything good to say about anyone or anything.

Actually do you know anyone like that? Or are you even a naysayer?

Well, since I was a young school girl, attending public school in Philly, I have met my share of naysayers.

Naysayers come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

The common distinctions between naysayers are that they don’t like to admit that they are naysayers.

As a matter of fact, naysayers can be stumbling blocks to those who have decided to go out on faith and start their own business.

And if you know anything about naysayers. The first thing that will come out of their mouths is the “whoa is me warning to forget your dream of owning your own business and just keep your 9 to 5.”

Well, if you have a dream to own your own business you might want to keep that to yourself when it comes to sharing any dreams with naysayers.

Do yourself a big favor and keep your mouth shut and start pursuing your dream today.

First thing you need to do is get some creditable entrepreneur classes under your belt and identify someone in business who can be your mentor.

Right now, I am taking advantage of learning from others who have succeed and failed in business, I truly find it inspirational to hear personal journeys that I can personally relate to.

It never surprises me that whenever the New Year kicks-off, people will talk about starting a new way of life. Either they are going to lose weight, go back to school, get a makeover or quit their job.

Well, let me just assist you in getting a jump-start by letting you know that opportunity awaits all you dreamers who have dreamt about starting your own business.

Today is today to start.

The possible in impossible is you can do it!

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing information for all those who have an interest in starting their own business.

Hopefully, this will be the year you succeed in getting things done!

Free Online Entrepreneurial Classes

1, Free Entrepreneur Classes MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

2. MITOpenCourseware (Donate)

3. Seven Universities and Websites-Free Entrepreneur Courses

4. Alsion

These free, online entrepreneurship courses from ALISON will provide you with an top-notch online entrepreneurship education in topics spanning the art of negotiation to learning what great leaders do to creating a startup business. These courses will teach

5, Under 30 CEO (20 Free Classes)

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2017 The Year of Our Lord

Technicopter Parents

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

You all probably heard of helicopter parents. This is a title given to parents who are possessive and tend to hover over their child, young or old, always trying to protect them from every little thing (or big thing) in life.

However, we as parents, grandparents and guardians who been through the child raising years, understand that you cannot be with your children 24/7.

But, with this being said, we now have what younger parents feel a sense of being a helicopter parent by way of technology.    

Yes, the age of being a helicopter parent has been laid to rest and now watch out world; mom and dad have apps to watch their children every move (so they believe).

Welcome to the world of the Technicopter parent.

Believe me; I am in no way making fun of parents being responsible in wanting to make sure that their children are safe and protected. But, even Technicopter parenting does not guarantee that one’s child will not fall into situations that smart phones and pc apps can anticipate.

If you are a Technicopter parent, I have a list of a few apps that you might have an interest in considering.

Today’s society requires that parents have every kind of tool to keep their children from danger. Especially with children being tech savvy and interacting through social media.

However, the best app for all parents is to have a close relationship with your child.

I could not end this post but to remind us all that the true One who is a reliable protector is Christ.

Angel Sense
AngelSense is a child GPS Tracker and an app for the parent, designed to create a safe world for children with special needs

Mom Secure
MomSecure is a not a software that you license or an APP that you install. MomSecure is a service performed by our specialized security professionals to custom deploy the security settings that you and your family needs. MomSecure monitors that the control settings on your device are not removed or changed by any users thus alleviating the job of the parents trying to figure this out on their own.

TiFamily Family GPS Locater and Messenger app
TiFamily is the most accurate & reliable family safety solution. It gives you a simple and secure way to stay connected with your families, friends & loved ones. Through this application, parents are in relax mode while monitoring their child are safe or safely reach at the destination. It simplifies parent life by helping them to keep watch on their children.

Family Time 
Parenting aide that will keep you posted on your children’s whereabouts and let you manage screen time and block apps on their phones with just a tap.

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2017 The Year of Our Lord

But God

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Greetings to everyone in 2017 and my prayers for each of you are to put all your trust and faith in the Living God.

Okay, now that 2017 has arrived. The question I pose to you today is this.

What now?

Are you still in the same old mindset that you will be making drastic changes in your life but it won’t be today but tomorrow?

Remember that tomorrow is not promise to any of us.

But God is the One with the power to decide how long we shall live.

Okay, you made New Year’s resolutions for this year.

What now?

Is this but yet another one of your traditions that within a period of seconds, minutes, hours or weeks, they are discarded yet again?

My friends, what we have neglected is that the future is “today”.

For me and every day that God gives me to live on this earth. I am going to do something that produces fruit. And the fruit that I speak about is doing something for someone else by placing my needs and wants on the back-burner.

How does one go about doing what seems such a big task?

Start at this moment to pray for others and you will see and feel the difference in your life.

But God! Can do the impossible for all of us.

Have no time?
Ephesians 5:16 – Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Have no strength?
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength;  seek his presence continually!

Have no faith?
1 Corinthians 2:5 – That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Have no courage?
Psalms 27:14 – Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Have no trust?
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Have no knowledge?
Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Have no resources?
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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 Isaac Carree feat. James Fortune -But God

Don’t Rush the New Year

Lamentations 3:22-23
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

We are a few days from a new year and plans are already underway to celebrate the incoming 2017.

This morning I was reading several devotionals and they too were speaking about preparing for a new year.

However, it was through these readings that I began to sense that we, God’s people, are pushing ahead of God. After all, none of us are promised tomorrow. The scripture even tells us that ‘sufficient unto the day.’ And the day is the day that we are given to live at this present time. Not tomorrow.

We ought to be thankful that God has blessed us to have this day. It isn’t a pointed holiday to celebrate at the chime of midnight. It is a day when we have to do something for the Lord, rather than focus on our own selfish needs.

Yes, the festivities will be set for fireworks, champagne, partying and singing Auld Lang Syne when the clock points to 12 midnight. And some churches will have their services concluded minutes after the New Year.

But with all these activities and events targeted 59 minutes after eleven on December 31st of each year, we are fooled by the devil to ignore the present day in which God has given us to celebrate His new mercies.

Friends, don’t rush the New Year.

There are plenty of deeds we can do for the world than to focus on pushing the last few days in this year to the side.

What we have is an abundant harvest before us and it needs to be cared for.

If we are honest with ourselves, we know that a move on the hand of a clock or bright digit number really doesn’t make anything different in our lives unless we are willing to want to change.

Don’t rush the New Year…just be thankful for each day that God gives us.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

New Every Morning – Audrey Assad

Merry Christmas 2016

 

Isaiah 9:6-7
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

Extending a very Merry Christmas to you and your family. Celebrate Jesus and not the trappings of commercialism. Resolve in your heart to know that the greatest gift given to all mankind is Jesus Christ our Savior.

Be blessed on behalf of my family and The Counterfeit Christian Blog family

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The Counterfeit Christmas
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Poverty Knows No Zip Code

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 John 3:17

Christmas is but a few days away and many have completed their shopping, some have just started and a number of you have turned away from the commercialism of shopping altogether.

Each year, notable organizations, charities and television outlets make an appeal to have coats, toys and food donated for those economically unable to provide these things for themselves.

suburban-povertyHowever, with all the holiday appeals, I wonder, have any of these organizations consider the poor living in the suburbs?

From my viewpoint, I think this is where the anger is generated over the years from the population of folks who do not live in the city.

The underlying disappointment comes about because it seems like the same groups of people living in specific areas in the country are given help quicker than someone who may not live in a row house or apartment building.

Let’s deal with the facts of everyday life folks.

Poverty knows no zip code or color.

Poverty doesn’t discriminate either.

I know what it is like to lack. And it is not a Good Times television sitcom.

Now, I want to also state for the record that I am not blaming the receivers of these donations.

When the appeal for donations are asked each year, people respond thinking probably more on those living in poverty in the city than those living in the suburbs.

Is it intentional? I don’t think so. I just think that the organizers and committees of these good-intention decision-makers think only specific demographics are in need.

But this way of thinking has to end…and I don’t believe I am the only one who has thought about this very subject.

I truly thank the Lord for seeing me through hard times of poverty. Lack has instilled in me a first-hand experience of having empathy for all of humanity.

Life isn’t easy to live, especially when you may get hit suddenly with unemployment, homelessness or a terminal sickness.

Living now in what used to be towns of farmers and is now a up and coming growing community outside of the City of Philadelphia, I can testify and assure you that the poor still remain within even wealthy communities (e.g. nannies, housekeepers, caregivers, lawn workers, etc)

But, when I watch news stories during the holiday season, it is noticeable that their reporting of giving is focus on the same inner cities  receiving donations but those in our neck of the woods are being overlooked.

So today, I am making an appeal to all those good-intention organizations, charities and news outlets to revamp the way they distribute their donations in the future.

This is what I decided to do; I am re-engineering that famous Christmas story title of “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”.

Here is my take on the above. “Yes America, There Are Poor People Living in the Suburbs.”

Perhaps this post will find its way on the desk of a kind and cheerful newspaper editor who will pass on this message to those groups who keep forgetting that poverty is everywhere.

May you all show the true reason for this season and have a Merry Christmas!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

A House Divded

And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.  Mark 3:24-25

house-dividedOver the past four weeks the narrative on the news cycle has been about the widening gap and divide of the American people.

And it is no secret that partisan politics and racial disharmony is on display for the whole world to see.

Our nation no doubt is a house divided.

However, there is another division that has always been known among Christians.

Traditionalism and Contemporary worshipers.

For the traditionalists, they are determine to maintain the status quo. The thought is that there is no leeway to exploring anything new when it comes to worship. No modern music, praise dancing or electric instructments or drums.

It is just like it is fine with traditionalists to just come in the house of God and be sang to by the choir, sing from the hymnal and let the pastor preach to you. That’s all is needed to be saved.

This way of thinking has been indeed harmful to the body of Christ.

Then there are the contemporaries who believe everything in the traditional service needs to thrown out and a new way of doing things need to be instituted. That means that if by chance if some of the faithful and older members are still seated in the pews embracing the change. They are perceive to be irrelevant.

However, the crust of a house divided is that good-meaning Christians allow ritualism (traditional or contemporary) to severe their long-standing relationships with each other.

christians-and-hellThis is why a house divided is never a good foundation to base one’s worship experience upon.

As we prepare to enter a new year, as Christians, we must be more aware of how we make our decisions when it comes to our worship experience.

Will our decisions be based on the type or size of a church we attend? Or the type of worship service being offered?

If the Kingdom of God be the true foundation of our life of worship.

Don’t you think that God deserves better than what we are giving Him?

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The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

How Well Are You?

When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.   John 11;4

young-female-doctor-800pxWeekly visits to my doctor’s office are becoming a ritual of late. And my health insurance premium will be increasing once again as we enter into the year 2017.

I can’t say that I don’t appreciate having health insurance, because I do. However, of late, I have been doing my due diligent to find natural and practical ways to combat allowing my body to deteriorate due to being over medicated with duplication of prescription drugs that are for the exact same treatment.

In 2017, I expect to see a turnaround in the way I treat my body. Especially after a discussion I had with a good friend.

“Child, I just got a call from my doctor,” my friend told me. “He says I’m pre-diabetes and that I should come in to see him for some more test.”

“Well, how do you feel about that?” I asked her.

“I don’t know girl. Most of my family is diabetic and a cousin recently lost his toes because of diabetes. I thought I was alright. I never felt sick or anything…”

My friend paused and looked over at me.

“Do you have diabetes?”

“No,” I told her. “Why are you asking me that, anyway?”

“Well, if I was going to have diabetes…I thought maybe we could go to the doctor together and get treated…you know. Make it a monthly girl get together.”

I couldn’t believe my ears. Who in their right mind would rationalize being treated for diabetes as a monthly outing? I always suspected my good friend to be a little thrown (loopy) but that day, she confirmed it!

But with that conservation push to the side.

I want to pose this question to you. How well are you?

And how well are you when it comes to your overall health?

Are you in the best physical, mental and emotional health you would like to be in?

As we see a growing and older population throughout the world, one should never assume because one is getting older, sickness and health issues are part of the equation. Because it is not!

To prove my point, I know of several, vibrant and healthy older members of our church that are still up and going, passed the age of ninety and still going strong.

So, I ask the question to you again.

How well are you?  And how well is your spiritual health?

And if you need to see a physician, do so. But always remember, the power of healing is always in the hands of God.

Concerned about healthcare costs? There several reputable health sharing ministries to consider.

Here is a partial list of Christian Health Sharing ministries. As always, I suggest you put due diligence in researching any services, businesses or organizations you consider before contacting.

Christian Healthcare Ministries
Biblical solution for health care costs

My Christian Care
Affordable-Biblical Healthcare Sharing Ministries

Liberty Healthcare
Healthcare Sharing Ministry

Samaritan Ministries
Biblical, non-insurance to healthcare needs

Solidarity Health Share
Health share

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Religion and Ethics/Health Sharing