Failing Our Young

Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52

There are some adults in America who would like to ignore the fact that we are failing our young.

As we watched the devastating aftermath of another mass shooting in another American school, no one can deny that changes have to be made in how we treat mass murders in this country.

Too many times have we dropped the ball and pointed our fingers in the direction to others rather than looking at ourselves as adults and ask the question, “Are our young worth saving?”

And the answer to the question is yes.

Our young are not responsible for allowing elected officials to pass  gun legislature that go against their well-being, safety and life.

In the past when school shootings have occurred, politicians go back to business as usual ignoring the elephant in the room. As a matter of fact, the elephant disappears entirely from their sight.

But, this recent mass shooting in Parkland , Florida has ignited a different kind of fire that has been lit by the young and the flames are not going to be extinguished as in the past.

The voices of young people who have been personally affected by gun violence in Parkland, Florida are taking action and placing it on the doorsteps of every elected official (local, state and national) as well as to, President Trump, who are beholden to the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Those in the position to make drastic changes to gun laws need to listen as these young people are telling adults that using the Second Amendment as an excuse, is over with.

The young will soon be of voting age and what they are experiencing from tone-deaf adults who keep voting back into office the likes of NRA lackeys is that their power will soon be taken away from them.

Lastly, what we are learning from these courageous young voices is for adults to get out of their way and let them have their day to do what adults refuse to do.

Stand up to the NRA.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2018 The Year of Our Lord

The Voice of Future Voters-Gun Reform

Fight Against the Flu

by Kat L. Robertson

Understanding that we are organic beings, it is important to look at our health holistically.  Since this is January and we are in the thrust of flu season, it’s essential that we start here. With cold weather looming ahead for several months, how do we fight off the onslaught of colds and flues while keeping our resistance strong?

A combination of vitamin therapy, a healthy supportive diet and rest can go a long way in preventing a full-fledged viral attack. At the first sign of a cold, i.e. headachy, sore throat, stuffy nose and fatigue, before rushing to the drug store for over the counter medications, you might want to consider a few healthy alternatives.

Echinacea (considered nature’s natural antibiotic) with Goldenseal Root in either capsule or as a liquid with a dropper, is an excellent way to combat these symptoms. Taken with zinc and Vitamin C, several times a day can make a big difference in fighting off a cold before it has time to ware down your resistance.  Continue to take the combination until the symptoms begin to wane; then you can begin reducing the number of vitamins along with the frequency with which you are taking them. When you are back to yourself again, stop taking them all together. The body can build up a tolerance; they will not be as effective the next time. This regimen is most effective when you catch the cold at the very beginning.

Taking a teaspoon full of honey and cinnamon will help sooth a sore throat and subdue coughing, while also boosting your immune system.

While fighting to regain your health, it is important that you provide your body the proper fuel in the way of immune building food. Vegetables rich in Vitamin C such as green and red cabbage; onions, parsley, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green cauliflower, hot chili peppers, white and sweet potatoes, spinach, okra, sweet red peppers and tomatoes, are all wonderful to prepare in salads, soups or roast them.  If you are not up for anything heavy, try making just a broth with onions, garlic and parsley. Add mushrooms for additional flavor in addition to the added benefit of Vitamins D, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6, B-12, C and folate.

Rest is a crucial component in the regimen to build up your immune system and ward off a relapse, especially as your health starts to improve. This is probably the most challenging to incorporate into busy schedules but so necessary. We tend to want to jump right back into our routines as we begin to feel better. But take it easy a little while longer until you are strong, your energy is back up again and you are ready to take on your world!

Remember, we are spiritual as well as physical beings. Just as we need to feed our physical bodies with the nutrients necessary to promote optimal health, we need to feed our spirits as well. A daily dose of reading from the scriptures and time spent in prayer, coupled with being proactive with your diet and rest, will reinforce a foundation of good health and faith.

“Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

It will be spring before you know it! 😊

To your health!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2018 Our Year of the Ord

Lest We Forget: The Nixon Years

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted. Psalm 12:8

Lest we forget: The Nixon Years.

America has a very short memory. Especially when it comes to evil men we have elected in the past to represent our special interest.

We have only been in this New Year for eight days (Jan 8th) and this current administration seems to want to purge from America any group of people who are not white and speak their kind of English.

Trump is a racist and bigot and his actions prove it daily. He has no intention of seeing people of any race, nationality, ethnicity or religion live in love and peace.

It is because of Trump that the world is seeing the underbelly of what a Trumpster really is all about.

Deporting those under DACA, Haitians and now Salvadorans is just the tip of the iceberg.

If Trump had his way he would even find a way to send us black folks back to Africa.

Trump is the product of his upbringing.

The draining of the swamp actually was never meant for the lobbyists or political money operatives but rather a code word for the alt-right and MAGA followers.

But with ever evil man comes a righteous one who will show who really has the power.

Just ask  those who are still alive who followed Nixon blindly how his paranoid ambitions to control Americans with fear, deceit and lies nearly destroyed democracy.

His downfall was at his own hands and so will Trump see the same fate.

Lest we forget: The Nixon Years.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2018 The Year of the Lord

Nixon the Secret Story

It Takes Faith

1 Corinthians 2:5 – That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Greetings in this 2018 New Year!

Or should I really say, Thank you Lord for saving me yet again.

After months of being in and out of the hospital, doctors and emergency room visits, I lay in my bed after having heart surgery in late December.

The surgery went well and I am recuperating slowly. I am with pain and feel somewhat discomfort. But each day I can say that God has been good to me.

Right now, my thoughts aren’t so much on the physical pain or the mounting medical bills but more on what plans do God have for me going forth?

As much as I was fighting going through the surgery and praying that it wouldn’t happen, it did. I had to accept the fact that as much as we pray for God to change our situation and turn our circumstances around, oftentimes, our own selfish pride gets in the way of hearing the Lord’s answer to us.

When we finally surrender to God we can choose to be bitter or broken.

I chosen  the latter.

I needed to be broken so that my relationship with Christ would be as genuine and trustworthy as He is to me.

Now, laying in my bed and gently shifting from right side to left side, I now recognize that my life as I knew it is shifting too. What I thought would be a journey of good health will now be about the healing power of God.

It is often difficult for a Christian to admit that we are not excluded from sickness, whether it be of a minor nature or as devastating as cancer. What we have to learn and accept is that we must go through the process with God or without Him. It is of our own choosing.

Yes, I will declare to anyone that it takes faith to live this Christian journey.

It takes even greater faith to believe God when He tells us that, “He will never leave us or forsake us.”

As each day is given to me to live another day, I must have faith to have faith.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who are praying for me and continue to do so. I do appreciate your heartfelt prayers and gratefulness to all of you who have faith to believe in the impossible.

My friends, it takes faith.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2018 The Year of Our Lord

Faith/A Short Film

Are We Losing Ourselves?

For the terrible one is brought to nothing, The scornful one is consumed, And all who watch for iniquity are cut off—Isaiah 29:20

One of my grandsons told a few family members that he likes patronizing a particular neighborhood restaurant where he lives because the food is good there.

He continued with his story that when he does visit the restaurant he tends to be thrown shaded (a form of bullying) because some of the regulars think that he is weird because of his individual fashion preferences.

Needless to say, his story touch a nerve with me because I know that bullying in any form, openly or underhanded, is not acceptable.

Which brings me to the other topic of this post today that happens to be about the 11-year-old Tennessee school boy who was bullied at school during his lunch period.

Keaton Jones was so disturbed that he was being bullied and taunted while at school that he asked his mother to come and pick him up. Once his mother arrived at the school young Keaton asked her to video him appealing for others not to bully or be bullied. Of course, his appeal went viral.

When you view the video of Keaton you cannot help but feel this young child’s pain and anguish.

Right after Keaton video went viral another phase of bullying took place.

What was this bullying after the fact? I call it Social media bullying.

Not to be content with Keaton’s heartbreak, up jumps certain social media investigators who began to scope out the child’s mother Facebook page.

And of course, as those who are users of Facebook are aware of, some of Keaton’s mom’s postings and photos put a bad light on the mother as being a racist and bigot.

And because of social media investigation, the story of young Keaton’s plight was pushed to the side as some popular online and television media outlets raked his mother over the coals.

Keaton’s plea became his own mother’s burden.

We all have to stop at times and watch and listen to what is really taking place around us.

Are we losing ourselves to social media and smartphones?

Are we losing ourselves to believe that whatever we see or hear has no boundaries; therefore we can say and do whatever feels good. No matter whom it hurts?

Keaton Jones is in need of kindness, compassion and love and his mother needs forgiveness.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

This is Our World by Steve Cutts

Grand Old Party of Pedophiles

Matthew 18:6 – But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

The announcement that Donald J. Trump is endorsing candidate Ray Moore for Senate should be of no surprise to anyone.

The fact that many of the GOP politicians who declared that the women who were sexually harassed by Moore were credible have now changed their tune.

I used to think that the Republican Party had at least some variance of respectability. But that has all changed since the Grand Old Party are enablers of Pedophiles.

It is a disgrace that America has been pulled into a swamp of spineless and self-serving men and women who once spoke of family values and morality.

These people are despicable!

The Grand Old Party can now announce that they are the Grand Old Party of Pedophiles.

Trump has ruined the Republican Party and is tearing this nation into tatters (thought I use one of 45 tweets word that he accused the FBI of being)

With Alabama having its Senatorial election within a week, the world is watching to add another pin to the downward spiral of a once credible nation

In addition to the GOP disgraceful support for Moore the Republican senate and congress passed tax cuts for the wealthy while hiking taxes for the poor. And I am of the opinion that this heartless move will eventually bring their power to a final end in 2018.

I hate to think about what is happening without admitting that Trump and his puppet master Steve Bannon has done what they set out to do. Divide and destroy America.

So here we are in 2017 witnessing Pedophile enablers in the Republican Party.

And this is all for the sake of winning a seat in the senate by losing their very soul.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

CNN political commentator Ana Navarro

This video Roy Cohn-The CIA Pedophile Ring Leader– might be of interest to you. It is about Roy Cohn who was the mentor of Donald Trump. Roy Cohn was a evil man and he also was responsible for setting up a CIA pedophile ring for reasons you will soon find intriguing and sickening.

 

Black Tuesday

Psalms 55:23 – But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

Why should I be surprised or any rational individual be taken aback with the defense of Roy Moore by the president of the United States.

Never mind that Roy Moore encounters with teenage girls as young as 14 years of age when he was an adult man in his thirties should be considered criminal. No way should anyone in their right mind even believe that these young girls were not the real one’s responsible for their own actions.

And imagine the thought that  these dastardly deeds that were done by Roy Moore is causing the Republicans a problem if he doesn’t get elected so that the president and his cronies can get that big tax windfall off the backs of middle and low-income Americans.

With one of the president’s senior advisers stating yesterday on television that the agenda is about passing the tax bill and not about young girls being sexual harassed and manipulated by candidate Moore.

President Trump gave his support for this sexual predator and came off more now to the world as an oxymoron when in the same breath spoke about women who are coming out with stories of being molested in the workplace. His words,,,“Women are very special,” he said. “I think it’s a very special time, a lot of things are coming out, and I think that’s good for our society, and I think it’s very, very good for women, and I’m very happy a lot of these things are coming out.”

The unfortunate thing about today is that we can now claim it as another Black Tuesday.

It seems more evident than ever that Trump nor some of his die-hard Christian followers are in any way interested in the protection and security of women, much less, young teenage girls.

As Trump was making his support and declaration for Moore in the background his wife walked away from the cameras. This is telling in so many ways. Even his daughter would not throw her support behind Moore.

Now we have a matching pair of black Tuesdays.

Black Tuesday on November 21, 2017 and Black Tuesday on November 8, 2016.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of the Lord

Silent No More-No More Silence

The Program Church

Deuteronomy 32:18 “You neglected the Rock who begot you, And forgot the God who gave you birth.

If you have ever been around Christians and a problem or trouble arises, you may hear the famous question, “is there anything too hard for God?”

In so many ways there has never been anything too hard for God…except for one thing.

The Program Church.

The Program Church isn’t anything new but it has gotten bigger. Especially, in some smaller churches who are doing all they can to attract new members.

There are some believers in churches who believe that the church is to function for their personal social activities.

These believers have the unfortunate concept that if programs are offered in the world to tickle the flesh, why not duplicate it and put a “Christian” spend on doing what the devil is doing so well.

Some Christians are so caught up on wanting programs to satisfy the flesh that the Spirit of God is left out of His own house of worship.

Let’s be real about this. Their will always be Christians complaining that there is not enough happening in their particular church, They will say that a certain demographics are being neglected. Whether young, old or in-between.  And the complaints are constant until the member gives up or resigns their membership.

This is the era of neglect of God and one’s fellow humankind. And today with so much hate, mass murders, wayward youth, families dissolving and natural disasters, the church is needed more than ever.

So, what is a Program Church?

A Program Church is what can be defined as folks who want to dress up, show up and do nothing for Christ.

The Program Church membership consists of complaining folks who always think it’s about “them” and not others.

Is their anything too hard for God?

You betcha. The Program Church and if change isn’t made soon we will pay a high price for neglecting the One who saved us.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Pastor Steven Furtick

Pain in the Pews

1 John 3:15 –

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Church Massacre on Sunday  11/5/ 17 Sutherland Springs, Texas   

Twenty-six dead and twenty-seven injured during Sunday church services.

Yet again, pain in the pews.

Another mass murder in America and Americans are still divided with deciding about how guns play a role in our lives.

The members of First Baptist gathered for Sunday worship in a small farm community in Sutherland Springs, Texas unaware of the devastation that would soon overtake them without warning. A senseless murderer entered the church and killed men, women and children.

As the news spread across America online and on cable news, I was saddened to sense that this nation has become desensitize with yet another massacre.

Last week after the Halloween terrorist that caused the death of eight people and the wounding of others, New Yorkers decided to continue with their yearly Halloween parade. Several reporting on the Halloween parade said that it was a tradition and that they weren’t going to be deterred from proceeding with this event. The reasoning also was that they were proving to the terrorists that Americans were not going to hover in fear.

And to think that here we are a week later, once again dealing with another gruesome attack by a gun-toting individual with his anger set on killing as many as was in his line of fire.

Sadly, mass murder seems to have become the norm in America.

Pain in the pews are at times self-afflicted and at other times brought upon by individuals we are familiar with or strangers lurking in the dark waiting to destroy what they believe are individuals who serve no purpose to live.

As it always goes, politicians throw out their lame expression of sorrow with the words, “my prayers and thoughts are with the…” you can pretty much fill out the remaining statement. Their action speaks louder than their own words.

Pain in the pews.

When will it ever end? And when will humankind begin to see that there is no clear resolve with killing each other when we have yet to accept that our greatest tragedy is our own sins.

When sin ends so will death.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Is Nationalism the Other Genocide?

They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without cause. Psalm 109:3


White nationalist groups march in Shelbyville chanting ‘closed borders’ Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Natalie Allison/USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

I have a question to pose to you today.

Is Nationalism the Other Genocide?

I asked this question because nationalism is spoken about as if it merely means one’s national pride and origins (birth place).

Even the meaning of populist seems to be mischaracterized,

But nationalism is really becoming troubling because in my viewpoint, it is the new code word for ethnic cleansing.

We have to face the fact that White Nationalist groups popping up out of nowhere is by no means a surprise to agencies who track the actions of hate groups.

These groups who demand an all-white nation were just waiting for the right person to give approval of their hate. And that person is our president. Donald J. Trump.

People are trying to be polite or brush-off the notion that a rational nation could never be caught committing ethnic cleansing. But let me tell you that ethnic cleansing is really taking place right under our noses here in America.

Our biggest problem right now is that we have been so distracted by changing headlines we forget that the Trump administration is not only attempting to remove everything that President Obama did doing his two-terms.

But Trump has put a dog whistle to his lips to get white Americans to believe they are the sovereign heirs to everything in this country.  Despite the fact that America was and is what it is by the sacrifice of many people of all colors and background.

The ethnic makeup of America is what makes America.

Americans who believe that nationalism means one color and that one color has the right to dictate who stays or remains in this country is a very dangerous step to make seeing that the white population is slowly diminishing into a diversity of many colors.

As we look to the new coming year there is a sense that Trump will have pretty much destroyed the very fiber in which we are woven as a melting-pot.

We ought to be very conscious about what we are reading and hearing as it relates to the words nationalism and populism.

The very thought of another Hitler Germany in 2018 isn’t to far-fetch as many want to  deny.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord