Thirty One Days of Prayer

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After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9

Today, I am joining a body of believers in thirty-one days of prayer.

This is not a gimmick or a name it or claim it scheme. But this is something the world needs to do, no matter the denomination or religion. When we pray, we are speaking with and listening to the will of God.

The thirty-one days of prayer will also hopefully, bring people back into praying daily and without form or fashion. In other words, to not pray out loud to try to impress man.

Praying is a personal relationship between the one who is praying and God.

As we go into thirty-one days of prayer, the prayer is not focus on the person’s personal prayer request, but rather, we are praying for those we know personally and those we don’t know.

We have a great deal to pray about.

There are so many needs in this world besides our own selfish needs. One thing we have to remember is that when we were in situations or circumstances, we have a Savior in heaven who is ever interceding on our behalf.

December is the month we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Let us not dispute about if this is the actual month of His birth. That is truly insignificant.

What is most important is that the greatest gift we can give to those we know and love is our praying for their needs, healing, deliverance,  and salvation.

Prayer doesn’t come in a gift-wrapped box. Or is display in a retail window.

Prayer is from the heart.

And what a glorious gift to give for thirty-one days is to pray without ceasing for someone we know or don’t know.

This Christmas season; make your request known unto God for someone other than ourselves. Like the Christmas gift list you have to purchase items. Why not make a prayer list that will cost you nothing because Jesus already paid the price.

I believe the Lord will be pleased with this gift to Him.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Andrea Bocelli – The Lord’s Prayer

The Moral Decline of American Christianity

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
― Sinclair Lewis

thankyoulordThis past Saturday morning, as I often do, I tuned into a local Christian talk radio program. The topic this weekend dealt primarily with the results of the presidential election.

The radio host, who is a well-known  pastor in our region also spoke about a worldwide conference call that he was part of and the interesting tidbits he provided his audience with.

It seems that on this international call of religious leaders, scholars, pastors and evangelicals  the discussion dealt with the result of the presidential election.

As it was explained, evangelicals in Europe, Asia and Africa are having a hard time understanding how a percentage of well-known American evangelicals have embraced the ideology of one Donald J Trump.

Even more alarming is the fact that those overseeing congregations in overseas have to explain how the teachings of these American evangelicals line up with the teachings of the Bible.

“One of the things that America was stood for in the past was moral leadership and character. Over the past few decades, it has slowly dissipated,” said Hwa Yung, longtime bishop of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. “In this election you have produced two candidates, both of whom are deeply flawed in character. The question people around the world are asking is, ‘Is what America is today?’ The election has done great damage to your moral standing in the eyes of the world.”

After hearing this bit of news, I began to examine first my own way of thinking.

Had I as a Christian and more specifically, as an American, tarnish the teachings of Jesus based solely on a sense of where I live in the world?

The answer to that question is a resounding ,Yes! And with the quickness, I am repenting for my assumption to believe that God is only blessing and standing with America.

For many years, American Christians have held the belief that we were the only true followers of Christ. Sad to say this, but there are pastors who still teach this flaw doctrine.

But my dear friends, I have news for you.  America’s history and especially among Christians has long been as vile and disgusting as all other nations.

The moral decline of American Christianity is expanding each day.

I will end this post with this thought. If American Christianity is so righteous, why are we still divided? And why have we turned to political parties and candidates, while forsaking the only True Power, who saved us all from our sins.

“There is massive disappointment within Christian communities in most of central and eastern Europe, [and] concern about the loss of credibility of Christian witness—especially the credibility of the evangelicals,” said Peter Kuzmic, an evangelical scholar in Croatia. “If the president-elect represents Christian values, then those values really mean nothing, and truth and character are out.”

You can read the entire article of this conference call at Christianity Today

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Israelis: Who Is Jesus to You?

The Alphabet of Christmas Shopping

Luke 14:28 – For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?

Happy Thanksgiving!! Countdown to Christmas shopping has begun.

bcs-blog-copyLast Thanksgiving I was visiting my middle daughter’s home. And as I can recall, my daughter had decided to be one of the “line sitters.”

You can define a line sitter as one who will spend days or hours waiting in line in front of a retailer’s doors to purchase a much in demand product. (For more about professional line sitters click here).

My daughter had everything planned out. Even including me in her “line plans” without my knowledge. Well, much to her disappointment, when she pulled in the parking lot of a well-known big-box store, I refused to get out of the car.

“Why are we stopping here?” I asked my daughter.

“I thought I told you,” she said turning off the car ignition.

“Told me what?” I shot back.

“Mom, I told you that they had flat screen TV’s on sale for only $299.”

“And?”

“And I need you to stand in line for an hour while I go over to another store to pick up some other things.”

As my daughter pulled out of the parking lot, there was dead silence in the car. We rode several miles back to her house. When we walked in the door, she looked at me and pouted.

“Mom, you are unbelievable!”

I could have disagreed with her. But I didn’t. And I sure wasn’t going to be a line sitter. True, there are professionals who get paid waiting in line. But, my purpose in life is to keep moving and not stand in any line, in the cold, and especially for another television set to add to her sports cave.

Now, this year, during Thanksgiving, I didn’t have to concern myself about waiting in line for anyone or anything.

This year was just an enjoyable and peaceful time with family and thanking God for another day.

For you shopaholics, wishing you the best as today kicks off the alphabet of Christmas shopping:

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday     small-business

For your consideration here is a list of online shops that I would like to recommend to you.

  1. Christian Gifts (Beautiful gifts for the entire family and reasonably priced)
  1. Christian Dollar Store (Yes! Items start below $1.00-buy in bulk)
  1. Faithbox (Every month receive a devotional and products from companies that do good.
  1. Ajudaica (Everything Jewish for less-you will find some great variety-clothing, art, jewelry, anointing oil-just right prices!)
  1. Christianbook (One of the go to places for everything Christian-checkout their “bargain” category
  1. Answering In Genesis (is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Highly recommended for those seeking answers about the creation and science-children to adults)
  1. Drinking With Jesus (These mugs are quite unique. Faith mugs that are affordable and wonderful gift to give anytime of the year)
  1. Family Christian (Gifts for the entire family. Checkout Hannah Prayer doll on sale
  1. Bible Toys (To nourish your child’s spiritual growth in God-offering playsets, books and toys a child will enjoy)
  1. Active Faith Sports (Contemporary active wear for men, women and children)
  1. In the Beginning (Gearbubble shop offering Christian apparel, jewelry and drinkware)
  1. Extreme Christian Clothes (Shop here for entire family-men, women teens and young adults-apparel about sharing your faith)

For Women Only! The Big Sports Theory (Activewear & Fashionable Tees)

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

The Molten Image Is Trump

Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God 3 John 1:11

golden-calfI believe it is fair to say that the election of Donald J. Trump has caused quite a bit of disappointment and discouragement with a sizeable demographics throughout the United States.

His election has shown the underbelly of a number of those who declare themselves to be God-fearing folks.

We are speaking of course of evangelicals.

Yes, the true underbelly has been ripped wide open and all the ugliness and nastiness of falsehood in Christiandom has been exposed.

It is said that America’s churches are the most segregated on Sunday mornings. This is true.

But this segregation only brings the dark into the light.

Now the world which is already in darkness has nothing to fear about a false light.

This false light of evangelicals in these United States is trying to appeal to the wicked in this world, however, they are now uncovered to be no more than evil and depraved than those they fear. And surely, the wicked can never represent the true Living Christ.

Instead of these evangelicals putting their trust and faith in Jesus who is our Savior, Sustainer, and Deliverer, these tribes of people decided to put their trust and faith on an altar they built unto a molten image.

And what is this molten image that I speak of?

The molten image is Trump.

Just as the Hebrews had forsaken God after He delivered them out of Egypt, so has the population of America’s evangelical leaders and their flock turned away from God.

The misguided evangelicals who believe Trump will restore them to a height and position that will take down the heathen of this world will eventually have to repent for their mistrust of our heavenly Father.

But, the truth of the matter is that these evangelicals’ actions were led by the flesh.

Since the aftermath of this recent presidential election, hate and wickedness has reared its ugly head and has caused innocent people to be threatened and property damage. And what does the molten image of Trump do about these incidents of violence and hate? He merely pretends that he knows nothing of these incidents. And when asked by the interviewer to do something about it, he stares at the television cameras and says, “Stop it!

The saddest irony of these past thirteen days has been the silence of these evangelical leaders who surrounded Trump and laid hands on him.

Where are they now? Why are they silent on the attacks on innocent members of this society who have every right to protest against social injustice and religious intolerance as it is their right to proclaim the gospel?

Hypocrites and charlatans are they all!

And when the day comes that God strikes through the heart of America, where will these vipers and snakes be hiding?

By their molten image of Trump, I suppose.

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’  Matthew 7:21-23

 In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

The Errors of American Evangelicalism

Teenagers and Mental Illness

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

Yesterday, my plans were turned upside down when I received a text from one of my daughters concerning one of my grandchildren.

When she had the opportunity to call me about the situation, it threw me for a loop.

My youngest grandson had attempted suicide.        man-person-school-head

Believe me when I say this, this is not the kind of call any parent or grandparent, or anyone, would like to receive, much less confront.

Let me put it out here plainly, A number of years ago, I would never have revealed a family matter of this nature to anyone.  But things have changed in my life. And it is because of the power of Christ within me that this post is being written today.

As quiet as it’s kept, mental illness for years has been a taboo subject and conversation within many families, especially, in the black community.

If this post can help someone. I am indeed thankful to the Lord for using me.

Teenagers and mental illness has been around since the start of mankind.

Nevertheless, let’s get to the heart of the matter by first throwing out the way words of shame and embarrassment will stop people cold in their tracks in sharing their concerns about getting help for mental illness, either for themselves or a loved one.

Imagine the anguish of experiencing hearing voices in one’s head or even to the extreme of thinking about self-inflicting wounds or committing suicide. Yes, these are signals that immediate attention is needed to get professional help.

Young people today are more prone to face mental illness due to this society that offers them everything without little consequences. Drugs, alcohol and social media (cyberbullying) are a powerful concoction that can fuel a young person with mental illness.

So you may ask. How does one recognize they are dealing with mental illness with a young person in their family or even outside the family?

Well, yesterday, I came across one interesting article on the website of the American Psychiatric Association.  This report title is Warning Signs of Mental Illness.

[ One half of all mental illness begins by age 14 and 75% begins by age 24.]

There is a tremendous responsibility we have not only as parents, grandparents, and guardians. But as adults who must be ever the more diligent in listening to what our young people are saying or acting out.

One thing that the Lord has shown me is that self-indulgence to push our young ones to fulfill their flesh rather than feed their spiritual soul will lead to a path of destruction.

Today God has given my family yet a clearer understanding of who He is.

My grandson is now getting the treatment he needs as well as knowing that God spared his life and not man. This was the favor of God on my grandchild life.

For those who don’t believe in God or His existence, we will continue to pray that one day your eyes and heart will be open to the truth.

In the meanwhile, the Word of God says, “pray without ceasing.” And not only pray but be proactive in the lives of others. Always have faith to believe in the impossible, and trust God in all circumstances, rather good or bad.

Please keep my family in your prayers and especially, our young ones who need to know not only is there a God in heaven. But He is also working miraculously here on earth.

Mental illness is nothing to frown on. Seek professional help and keep God in the process of healing.

Here is a brief list of websites that provide valuable lessons and resources about the disease of mental illness (specifically for middle and high school age group).

  1. Breaking the Silence 
  2. Teach with Movies
  3. Edutopia
  4. Adolescent Mental Health in the United States 
  5. Youth.Gov 
  6. Cry for Help -Teenage Mental Health and Suicide (highly recommend viewing the videos)
  7. Christianity Today-Mental Illness and Christianity:Scripture and Science

Psalm 91:1-2    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

In Him Alone

The Countefeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Vickie Winans -Safe in His Arms

Scam Proof Yourself this Christmas

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Luke 12:15

 

Okay, the holiday season is upon us and if life has taught us anything. We must be diligent and beware of the numerous scams and ads that will infiltrate our emails and smart phones.

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This year, I thought it was important to put together a list of websites you can bookmark and apps you can download for your iphone or android to help with the discovery of any unknown emails or ads coming to you for the sole intent to disrupt and possibility destroy your ability to use your computer and phone.

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Just a reminder that internet criminals will nine times out of ten use bogus fronts of legitimate businesses to pull you in. And remember, you may even get email from someone you trust and it turns out to be a malicious virus or malware.

Stay vigilante on purpose and don’t take anything or anyone for granted when it comes to internet crime. Also, help younger and older users who are not familiar with using the internet. It’s the right thing to do.

Cybercrime is alive and well and is not going anywhere.

Scam proof yourself this Christmas!

And keep yourself safe year-round.

Websites to Help Identify Current Scams and Crimes

Hoax Slayer

Scam Busters

Fight Identity Theft

It Security Guru

Fraud.Org

Hoax Busters

Federal Trade Commission (Scams)

Snopes

Apps for Phone

Scam Detector (app)

Whispers System (encrypt your calls)

Security Apps (Google store-free)

Where to report online crime

USA.Gov

FBI Internet Crime Complaint

Comedian Chuck Nice gives his take on McAfee’s 12 Scams of Christmas

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

 

 

God is at Work

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;   I Corinthians 1:27

 

Peace_and_Love_BusListen up people. God is at work!

Well, the presidential election has concluded and the American people have a new president, Donald J. Trump.

The result was devastating to many but not to God.

Now we must come together as a nation because that is the way God would want us to do.

No, I am not pleased with the results but I can accept it because this is what democracy is all about. And my prayer was “God will be done.”

Not only did the chickens come home to roost for the Trump supporters but also Hillary supporters. We are all in this together now, Republicans, Democrats and Independents.

The truth of the matter is that we as Americans need to be more actively involved in all parts of the government. Local, State and Federal.

Our concern at this time shouldn’t be about if Trump will be a great leader for all the people. It is, do we want God to be part of his leadership?

We the people must come to the reality that no matter how Donald Trump leads, at the end of the day, he too will have to answer to God.

So my friends lay down your bitterness and anger and realize that God raises up one and puts down the other. He takes the foolish things of the world to confound the world.

Britain voted for Brexit and Americans voted to elect Trump.

Take the time to put your trust and hope in God only. Keep President Trump, his family, cabinet members in our prayers. As well as the newly elected Congress and Senate.

And let us keep Hillary in our prayers because God has not finished with her yet.

Remember, God still sits on His throne.

God is at work.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Romans 13:1

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Look Who’s Knocking at the Door

Proverbs 6:16-19

16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

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Here we are on the eve of the most important presidential election in my lifetime, and the stakes could not be higher.

As a Christian and a woman of color, I will not be voting for Donald Trump. Never mind that there are some pastors demanding that their congregation vote for this man, not for any reason but to “save America!” And my question is this…from whom and from what?

Having much-needed time to rest and recover from my latest hospital stay, I have more than enough time to research, review and analyze news from all over the world. But most importantly, I continue to draw closer to God for all things.

To be truthful with you, I have concluded that it is not the two presidential candidates who have taken center stage in my opinion. But rather, it is one particular candidate supporters. And they are the Trump supporters.

The Trump supporters are what really bring to light the truth of what underlies the heart of forty percent of Americans who fall into the middle class.

Trump supporters are angry and disgusted that they let their guard down. As long as the Trump supporters were pulling in decent wages, health insurance, retirement security, owned a home, had food on the table and was able to spend on special events and the like. They were comfortable being the middle class.

They believed that their elected representatives (which are primarily Republicans) would look out for their best interest.

These are the same middle class folks who feel that their hard-earned incomes selflessly belongs to them only (yes, even some Christians are included in this way of thinking).

But alas! The chickens have come home to roost. And no longer is the guarded middle-class able to sustain their self-righteous indignation against the poor, oppress, immigrants, refugees and people who don’t look or think like they do.

Look who’s knocking at the door! Truth (Jesus). God is never satisfied with any of us portraying self-righteousness at the cost of others.

And because the hatred was already planted in the heart of the majority of Trump supporters, I for one believe that Donald J. Trump represents the seven things that God hates.

On Tuesday, November 8th you need to make it a point to vote.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

 

 

Miracles or Medicine

But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. Matthew 9:22

Good Health Wednesday

After a number of years being treated for various medical conditions, I realized that maybe I did myself a disservice visiting doctors.

Doctors do have a role in society. Just like Luke (Book of Luke) served the disciples and helped spread the gospel about Jesus. Physicians serve to serve men. But physicians are not healers.

Having several family members now making regular visits to the doctors and specialists, it seems to me that each time they return home, they are given a new diagnosis. This is pretty much A-typical it seems in the African-American community.

It is almost like the medical establishment believe that we are expendable or at best, ideal candidates for clinical trials.

The more I begin to do research about various family members medical diagnosis, I am becoming more disheartened that the medical professionals don’t seem to have the patient well-being at hand. However, there are quite a number of doctors eager in  making sure that they are part of the financial windfall of health insurance and Pharmaceutical companies.

I will be the first to tell anyone. Good health must first start with oneself.

You cannot and should you never rely on someone else to take care of your well-being.

When I was in my early twenties, you could never have convinced me that the lifestyle I was living would cause me sickness or an early death.

When you are young, you believe you are invincible and that anyone who was sickly was usually old or born with poor health.

Fast forward. And reality kicks in that when I had the opportunity on numerous occasions to practice good health habits.  I didn’t. I can say that I had talked myself out of taking care of myself first.

Learning every day of the errors of my ways, I had to make a decision on what the rest of my life journey will look like.

Will it be miracles or medicine?

I’m choosing miracles!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Woman Miraculously Healed of Stage 4 Cancer!!-CBN

Starting All Over

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Well, this is a post that has taken several hours to write.

Right now, I am in bed recuperating once again with issues dealing with my heart.

I spent a few days in the hospital and came home with two new prescriptions on top of the others that I am presently taking.

Just having to rest is testing my patience. My mood peaks and takes nose dives. Right now, I feel a sense of emptiness. It is a feeling that I want to let go. Is this depression? Or a feeling of disgust that once again, I have to begin to think of putting my health as a priority over the incidental things in my life.

Being what I consider an active baby boomer, I am always looking forward to what new challenges lies ahead of me. Of course, those challenges are part of God’s plans for my life.

Yet, I would be lying to you if I said that at this particular stage of my life that I am content. No matter how much I read the Bible, and study particular scriptures relating to my situation. The flesh begs to ask the question, why again Lord?

I know that I am blessed to have a loving family, friends and church community praying for me daily and there as a support system. I thank them all from the bottom of heart (no pun intended).

As God draws breath in me each day, I feel my strength slowly being restored.

Through this health crisis, I have resolve to starting all over.

Starting over means for me to place more faith in God and trust Him despite what is said from others who doubt the power of healing.

Today is Healthy Wednesday and I would do a disservice to you and God if I did not share a better way of living healthy.

Here is my starting over list

  1. God first
  2. Identifying physicians that have the interest of their patient health first above traditional medical treatment
  3. Meals of fresh fruits, vegetables and grains and forgo process foods and sugary beverages
  4. Exercise and walk daily
  5. Daily Bible study, prayer and thanking the Lord

Websites to visit for the better health of you~

The Old Time Gospel (Healing Foods of the Bible)

Healing Scripture Healing Foods

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord