A Different Kind of Answer

2 Timothy 3:12 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

What do you do when you are constantly faced with nay-sayers and haters?

This question was posed to me as part of a group interview question.

After several minutes to think about the question, I could only come up with one answer.

“Move on.”

It seemed logical. But after I thought about the question a little deeper, I realized that moving on isn’t as simple as that.

When you are confronted with nay-sayers and haters in your family or at work, it will not be that easy to walk away from a core part of your life and livelihood.

And there are also friends, neighbors and members of the church who also may be exhaling toxic fumes that discourage you.

When the discussion took place, several in the group stated that they would just drop the folks who are hating on them. And two said they would abandon these haters and identify people who weren’t like the ones who are causing them pain.

However, I found myself at first struggling with what the right answer might be. And my answer wasn’t for an agreement with the others in the group. But rather, it was what the Word of God tells me to do.

That’s when it dawn on me that too many times in my life. I have drawn on the wrong answers to life questions, because I was following alongside what the world expected me to do and say.

With Christians of today being constantly held up to be measured by the world standards,

I believe it is time for Christians to stand up for Christian standards.

Never forget that the world hates you. And that they hated Christ first.

When the opportunity came about for me to respond to the question, I didn’t shy away from my answer.

I had already had scripture in mind for my response.

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

I Peter 4:12-14

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Rick Warren-How to deal with difficult people in our lives

Is Failure Your Best Friend?

For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity  Proverbs 24:16

I went to a woman’s business conference in hopes of learning new marketing skills and also to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs.

The conference drew a very small group of women business owners from the Tri-State area. Actually, the majority of the women in attendance had just started their businesses and were hoping to network.

Since the group of women business owners was few in number for the large hotel conference room, we were asked to move to a smaller meeting room.

As we settled into our new surroundings, a few of the women began to complain that the room’s temperature was too cold. Another one complained that the chair she was sitting on was too hard. Then another woman chimed in that the cold beverages were not to her liking.

Right at that moment. I was contemplating just leaving the conference.

As I pushed my chair gradually from the table, the room lights went out. It was pitched black in the room.

A few seconds later, the lights came back on. And standing in front of the speaker’s podium was a woman dressed in shabby clothing. Hair matted to her head and she was holding a filthy pillowcase full of what appeared to be clothing and small household appliances.

Well. The appearance of this woman drew all eyes on her. How could you not notice someone who appeared to be homeless and perhaps dealing with a mental health issue.

As the women quieted down. Music in the background began to be played. Everyone in the room, including myself, looked around, trying to find out exactly what was going on.

Then the most unusual thing happens.

The homeless woman standing in front of the podium began to sing an old gospel song.

Her singing voice was so powerful that you didn’t notice anything about her outward appearance.

At that very moment, we realized that she was a participant in the conference.

As she kept singing, she began to discard the ragged clothing she was wearing. Even the matted hair which was a wig she pulled off.

Once the music stopped playing…the ladies in the room stood and gave the singer a standing ovation.

As we sat back down…the singer introduced herself. But again, not in the traditional way.

Her words still resonate in my head.

“Good morning ladies…You just met someone who used to be my best friend. Her name is Failure. Now, Failure was one of the reasons I was once homeless and without hope. Failure tired to convince me that Success would never befriend someone like me. But Failure was a liar. Everyone…meet my new and forever best friend Success.”

This had to be one of the best conferences I have ever attended…and it was worth me staying.

Today is Monday and for some, you have given up on ever believing that things will change in your life. Nonetheless, this is not the time for you to give-in to your best friend named Failure. No. This is the moment you give Failure his or her walking papers.

Failure will show up at times in your life…But you do not have to make Failure your best and only friend.

God didn’t create you to be a failure.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Impose Your Will-Inky Johnson

Pence the Fall Guy or Winner?

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul Matthew 16:26

No matter how much Indiana Governor Pence tries to put a better spin that comes from the mouth of Donald Trump his Republican partner for president.

Donald Trump will not bow down to pressure from anyone.                        Mike Pence

It is Trump nature to do and say anything he pleases, regardless of the consequences. And for several months now, it has paid and played well in his favor and with his enamored base.

But, I contend that America is about to get another curve ball thrown our way, when Donald Trump’s running mate, suddenly bows out of the race.

Sure, Governor Pence may have thought that he would take up one for the Grand Old Party. However, he never even imaged that his own self-righteousness is being tested.

And at this juncture from my viewpoint, Trump is still winning.

Whatever backroom deal was cut with Governor Pence and the Republican powers to be, he is surely learning three costly lessons.

Lesson one.
Don’t sacrifice your soul for a temporary position in this world.

I suspect that in a matter of days or perhaps weeks, Governor Pence will be holding a press conference stating his stepping down from being the vice presidential running mate of Trump.

Lesson Two.
Be true to God and He will be faithful to you.

Lesson Three.
Don’t believe the hype.

If the GOP leadership can’t control the messenger, surely, Governor Pence had no chance at all.

Nevertheless, Governor Pence chose to become the sacrificial elephant.

And with his decision to keep the GOP together, Governor Pence may not be the fall guy after all of this madness.

Pence the fall guy or a winner?

We will soon find out.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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Something to Think About

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

Are you content with your life, so far?

On one hand, I could say with a loud resounding voice. Yes!

But the honesty of what I am enduring right at this present time in my life is a resounding no!

And let me just say for the record. I am not going to even play the Christian spiritual card and quote the scripture that Paul said to Christians at the time, “in whatsoever state that I am…be content.”

I also recognize you can’t go backwards but what about making the necessary changes now?

As adults, we are so gun-ho telling our young to follow the golden rules, especially, when it now comes to getting a good education and career.

We insist that the American Dream is attainable. Nonetheless, as they grow older they become resentful because they were not allowed to freely dream the dream God planted in them.

But, what happens when a young person isn’t programmed to be a follower?

Believe it or not. These are the successful ones.

And their kind of success is not measured by material possessions.

But rather, a success that takes them away from the norm.

If you are in a straddle hold thinking to yourself right now about all the things you could have done or could be doing.

If you lay awake at night pondering the substance of your life.

Or constantly daydreaming during the course of the day.

Then perhaps it is time for you to make the change.

Step out on faith and grab hold of life as God intended for you to be living it.

Don’t worry about the naysayers who are afraid to get out of the boat.

Time for you to get out of the boat.

A kernel of truth of something to think about!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Music and Life-Alan Watts

Jobs, Giveaways and Free Stuff

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9

Hello all.

This has been a hectic week for me thus far.

The Democratic National Convention is in Philly and I am a volunteer, also, working on a new writing project and having not so much time to relax.

Of course, I do have some interesting convention stories stored up and will be sharing one or two with you all.

Anyway, it has been a very hot and humid, spirited-filled few days in Philly and experiencing the not so nice working of what makes America a democracy. Although I am not a Republican or Democrat, I do enjoy engaging in learning about the process of the political system and especially what is taking place this election season.

In the meanwhile, since I had a few hours of free time, thought that you would perhaps benefit from some of these websites that offer legitimate employment opportunities for those who are looking for employment or want to work at home. I even have a few websites for newly retirees.

Also check out some of the giveaways and deals I came across.

Just a reminder to do due-diligent in verifying each company to make sure they are legitimate by researching prior to signing up.

Any company that requires you to purchase employment, steer clear. There are companies however that will require that you have the specific home office equipment to meet their needs.

Keep cool and enjoy life!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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Double Jeopardy

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. Acts 10:34-35                                                                                     

This past Sunday, Americans found themselves living with, yet, another act of senseless violence against police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Three members of law enforcement were ambushed and killed and three others were wounded.

The shooter was an 29-year-old African-American who served in the U.S. military as the previous gunman in the Dallas tragedy.

For the families who have seen their loved ones taken from them in the line of duty, it is not just a grievous loss but also a sacrifice for the citizens they serve within their communities.

When reading one of the articles about these brave men, one story resonated and got my attention.

The article about police officer Montrell Jackson who on July 8th had posed on his Facebook page the following, “I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me,” he wrote. “In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat. … These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better.”

Baton Rogue Police Officer Montrell Jackson

This post was a heartfelt message from a man who is not only the color black but wore the color blue.

Officer Jackson was experiencing two environments.

That of a black man in today’s America.

And a police officer in today’s America.

It is apparent that their are some people who saw Officer Jackson as someone who was supposed to deal with their personal hate while wearing his uniform or when he wasn’t wearing it.

And the sad part of this all is that it wasn’t just coming from one segment of the community. But he may have experienced hate from whites and blacks alike.

This is probably the same double jeopardy that police officers throughout the nation might be dealing with if they are from the minority community.

If we also look at the two people who caused havoc in Dallas and Baton Rouge, they also wore uniforms.

As, honorable discharged military, these two young men learned to defend our nation and were taught how to use an assault weapon.

What makes these two men different from Officer Jackson is that he was crying out to God about what was burdening his heart. He was asking God did the city he served, loved him. He wasn’t bitter. He was heartbroken.

And then their are the two men who once wore military uniforms and decided to take on another rational. They allowed hate that they felt was against them, be a response to their pain.

These three men took different roads.

The saddest of them all is that color was and continues being the cause of pain, suffering and death here in America.

Black, blue and camouflage.

I was just wondering. Is this the kind of society we want to hand over to our young?

Think about it.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

 

 

Together As One

 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:2-4

Oneness Brings About Wholeness

At this time in our nation, we need to be pulling together and not apart.

We have got to stop talking about the issues and begin working on resolving them.

That’s what is happening today on the National Mall in D.C.

Christians throughout the nation are flocking to Together 2016.

For those of you who are unaware what Together 2016 is all about.

Well, Together 2016 is a national event bringing 1 million Christians to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. today (Saturday, July 16, 2016).

The empahsis for Together 2016 is to pray, learn, share, love and reset.

Call it a social media revival with the intent to bringing everyone together.

People young and old, Christians and those who are not Christians are asked to come together for the things that make us united and not divided.

I myself would have love to attend this gathering but several younger members of our congregation went to be part of this beautiful outpouring of worship, praise and fellowship.

For your convenience. I decided to just embed the live stream link for you to check out for yourself.

Enjoy the weekend and don’t forget to live and show the love of Christ to everyone you come encounter with each day….that’s what Jesus did.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Together 2016 Live 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

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When History Repeats Itself

                                                                 Changing History for the Better

Galatians 5:17 New Living Translation (NLT)

17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

 

At this very moment, we seem to be a country in a state of turmoil.

And rational and reasonable people are seemingly caught in the middle of all this chaos taking place around us.

This summer has seen, heard and witness violence of the innocent and not so innocent.

Talk radio, news and social media and protestors are now doing more of a disservice to those who gave their lives with race baiting, intimidation and threats.

We also have learned from our history that violence only begets to violence.

The word love has been thrown around so much these past weeks that the meaning of it tends to be merely tongue in cheek rhetoric.

In the past two weeks, I have visited Philly. This is not usually my habit but habits are made to be broken.

Looking around, I began to feel sad and just wanted to cry.

Why?

Because I was trying to gain an understanding of why my black people have perhaps missed something in the Dallas Texas shootout.

I was thinking about an incident back in the 1980s when a bomb was dropped on a roof top in a black neighborhood.

Then I thought about how the Dallas police chief gave the order to send in a robot with a bomb to take out the assassin of his police officers.

We often miss the bigger picture until it becomes normal.

I couldn’t help but to remember when Philly’s city administration and the police department had serious issues with the black group known as Move.

Tensions had reached a fever pitch and before anyone knew it, things in that West Philadelphia neighborhood had become a battle ground.

The standoff and confrontation of Move reached a terrible end.

A bomb was dropped on the roof of Move’s house and caused death for adults and children, and destruction to a two block radius.

And life after that bombing was never the same again.

What the black community throughout this nation needs to do is be more proactive and not allow outside influences dictate how we should be perceived to the world.

Peace among our fellow-man is far better than hate and destruction.

There is good and evil among us all—we just have to want the best for each other.

Regardless if you are a police officer or a protestor, we need each other.

When history repeats itself, it is never worth the rerun.

My sincere sympathy and prayers to all the families who are grieving the life of a loved one they have lost over these past several weeks.

Romans 8:6-8 New Living Translation

So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. 

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

More of the Same

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44

Two black men shot to death by police officers in two different states.

Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, Minnesota are yet two more black men who have died by violence at the hands of white police officers.

And with these two public killings, protestors of numerous walks of life, black, white, Latino, Asian, old and young, came together in the streets across America to show their disgust, as well as, their resolve that these public killings at the hands of police must end.

But while the protesting was taking place and the news media continue to spin these tragic deaths, unbeknownst to Americans, one person came to a breaking point and decided to take vengeance against the Dallas Police.

A day later, the nation witness five police officers killed, five wounded along with two civilians.

By the break of day the news media carried their stories based on their audience demographics.

Within a forty-eight hours news cycle, the two black men who were killed by white police officers became a mere by-line and the men in blue are now portrayed as the victims.

What is more ridiculous is how President Obama is being accused of being against law enforcement officers and siding with of all people, black men.

Well, I for one have to keep it real. Thank God that there is someone in a position in power in America who is willing to speak up for black men. At the rate of these police public killings of innocent black males, young and old, something needs to be done, and that is sooner than later.

Now, I have read too many comments of white folks saying that “we kill more of our own than police do.”

But if we carry on this masquerade of thinking that one race is more superior than another race based merely on color.

Then America had better be ready to look to a different rebellion unlike the sixties.

Hatred, fear, racism and bigotry are a worthless cause in the eyes of God.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Tim Wise: Colorblind Denial and White Privilege

The Wait is Over

The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.  Genesis 18:1

Abraham sat quietly and peacefully at the tent door, waiting to receive an answer to a long-awaited prayer.

Abraham desired a son.

His wait was twenty-five years. And between those years, Abraham and his helpmate Sarah dealt with obstacles that challenge their marriage, family ties and relationships with others.

Most importantly is that Abraham had twenty-five years to build up his trust and faith in God.            happy-fourth-of-july-GodBlessAmerica

Abraham heart desire was to have an heir (Genesis 21:5).

Someone he could leave his possessions with.

Now, most of us would presume that Abraham just wanted to leave his material possessions with his heir.

But I contend that Abraham in his twenty-five years of waiting was growing strong in the Word of God and he, that is, Abraham, had a greater and worthier possession that he wanted to pass on to his heir.

That possession was his personal relationship and experience with God and the miraculous that was continually taking place in his life and others.

Abraham’s promise from the Lord could not be seen by human eyes.

This unseen promise is what is known as hope and faith.

If you take some time to read Hebrews, in particular, Hebrews Chapter 11, you will find that there were many like Abraham who waited to see their prayers answer.

Right now, someone is reading this post and may be thinking that they don’t have twenty-five years to wait for their prayers to be answered. They need an immediate response and delay is only causing them more anxiety and disappointment. They are literally at their wits end. And if God won’t answer or rescue them, then, they have no other option but to do it for themselves.

However, if anything we can all learn from Abraham’s God experience is that he wasn’t just seated at the tent door haven’t done nothing as he waited.

No. Abraham was always taking action and not standing in one place.

Abraham was continually moving and in each new place, finding great success and at times confrontation.

Abraham was experiencing God and knew that He would show up at any time.

And God did show up.

One day your wait will be over.

In the meanwhile, keep moving…keep praying…keep believing…for soon, your wait will be over.

And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. Hebrews 6:15

Read more about the life of Abraham at JesusWalk.com

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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