Online Business and Politics

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.   Colossians 3:17

Online business and politics don’t mix well.

When Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and senior staff members of his team held a meeting last week with a group of Conservatives to discuss the allegation that Trending Topics on Facebook are often intentionally sidelined over liberal interest. I shrugged my shoulders and gave it not a second thought. Figuring this is today’s nature of online business and politics.

Then the unexpected happened to me.

A few days after that story ran, I was collaborating on a new business venture and decided to outsource one of our projects to an online service who stated and it was verified that they could accomplish the job in the time we needed it.

Once we made the payment, we awaited the end results. But, within an hour, we were sent an email from the service provider declining our business offer and our payment was returned back into our account.

Now, I was indeed taken-aback as to what made this business owner turn us down. It wasn’t hard to figure out.

This business owner was basing their decisions on politics. Can you believe this?

It appeared that the project didn’t fit their political ideology and therefore. This business owner was not going to service our request.

Okay, I get it. And having been in business for many years, I myself understand that there will be times when you are met with deciding if you want to do business with someone you like or dislike…but here is the crust of online business 101.

First, when the business is in its planning stage, the owner or owners need to consider and determine if they will be providing their services or products to the entire public or only to a specific demographics.

Second, if there are certain requirements that the business owner or company expects from their buyer that should also be clearly outlined.

Third, is the business about making a profit or will it be a non-profit?

Or in the business to be a hobby or successful?

Or to operate purely along political, religious, ethnic, racial and gender lines.

Needless to state, the business owner who declined to do business with us will not have to worry about us returning or recommending their services to others.

For me and my business colleagues, this was another teachable moment that we learned doing this unpredictable election season.

This past weekend at our Sunday Service the guest pastor said something that resonated with me deeply concerning the way in which we will do business going forth.

And here it is straight and plain.

We will not follow the donkey, nor the elephant but the Lamb!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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Expectations

Psalms 62:5 – My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [is] from him.

Last week I celebrated another birthday.

I considered this birthday to be a milestone in so many ways.

First, during my infancy, my parents was told by the doctors that I had Polio and that turned out not to be true.

Then when I was twelve years old, students were told that we had to get an x-ray to test for TB.

Well, hearing the results by a public health physician, that I had Tuberculosis after reviewing my x-ray, left me literally going crazy.

But my grandmother had faith to believe in God. And guess what? The second x-ray was negative.

Three decades later, another physician informs me that I have Multiple Sclerosis.

I never questioned the diagnosis but trusted that God had something for me to learn through this new health challenge.

While the thought of having MS was sometimes frightening, I found it in my heart to declare MS as my “miracle sign. ”

A few years after the MS diagnosis, I ended up the hospital emergency room with the blink diagnosis that I had an Enlarged Heart. However, the emergency room physician was too hasty in making his decision and then realized that I had Congestive Heart Failure.

Months later, I again found myself in the hospital. This time the diagnosis was  Atrial Fibrillation.

At the time of my continual treatment for A fib, the cardiologist who was treating me, continually kept declaring my speedy death. As a matter of fact, I’m not supposed to be alive today, according to his opinion.

There is no question there are excellent physicians who truly care about their patients and will do all that they can do humanly to help in turning the negative into a positive.

However, I am learning that my expectations for life, are greater than what the circumstances presents itself to me.

When I was younger, my expectations were for the temporal things in life.

Now, as God has allowed me to live another day, I can say without doubt, that my expectations are eternal.

My friend, let me suggest to you today, that whatever your expectations are in this life, they should never exclude Christ.

No matter what man tells you about your physical or mental condition, lay all your concerns at the feet of Christ and watch how He turns things around.

Pray and believe!!

Enjoy the weekend.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

The Power of God – Healing Testimony (Inspirational Christian Videos) Troy Black

Acts 9:32-43

Aeneas Healed

32 Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. 33 There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. 35 So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

Dorcas Restored to Life

36 At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. 37 But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord. 43 So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner

Struggling Within

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.  Romans 5:3-5

 

You ever notice that whenever things are going in the wrong direction that all you can do is throw up your hands and take on the attitude, “well, I should have known it wasn’t going to work out for me!”

Then suddenly, without warning and when you least expect it, something good happens to change your circumstances for the better.

That’s when I shout, “Thank you Lord!”

Even for those who may deny the deity of Christ or the existence of God, has to acknowledge that even the expression of thankfulness isn’t by happenstance or a mere arrangement of the universe lining itself up with seamless timing and the like.

This week I was indeed struggling within and trying to find ways to fix two issues that was confronting me.

One being material in nature (tangible) and the other dealt within my soul (spirit).

Much to my surprise, God had supplied both needs unexpectedly and I received it with much joy.

The earliest gift came by way of one of my sisters and the other from a good friend.

What I was praying for actually arrived in my home and fulfilled my needs at this particular time.

I am truly thankful and blessed that I did not allow my internal struggles to dictate my action to give up and cave in to what the world is offering as hope.

The truth of the matter is that no one is exempt from struggles, whether they be internal or external.

All God’s children are going to struggle and have doubts and fears, even so much the more, as we are daily confronted with outward forces of terrorism, loss of wages, family issues, sickness and even death.

Yet, the greatest proponent of our outward struggles is to hunker down and read the Word of God (Bible) and if that isn’t what one desires to do…pray!

And if you say you do not know how to pray, ask someone to pray with you or for you.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin  Hebrews 4:15

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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Decision to Do

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Finding yourself in the middle of a family quarrel isn’t always the best position to be part of.

Especially, when the quarrel involves a non-member of the family and you are put in the awkward position of being called upon to take sides.

Last year, a couple that I regard as my friends, extended an invitation for me to join them and other friends at a special dinner party they were giving to celebrate their son’s graduation from college.

These friends are really great people to know. They are kind, generous and actively involved in their church and community. Since selling their family business, they spend a great deal of their time traveling on short-term missions trips in Africa and South America.

When I arrived at my friends’ home, the ambience was serene with a hint of scented candles tastefully spread throughout the foyer and living room. Guest who had arrived was treated to a fabulous variety of Canapés and non-alcoholic beverages.

When the guest of honor entered the room, he was received with warm applause, hugs and pats on his back. Just looking at his facial expression made me to think that either he was embarrassed by all the attention or he just preferred to be somewhere else.

My friends entered the room and gave a little speech about how proud they were of their son and how they looked forward to him entering medical school.

Just after their announcement, unbeknownst to any of us, their son blurted out in a high pitch voice. “How many times do I have to tell you mom and dad…I am not going to medical school. I told you what I wanted to do!”

The entire room went dead silent. It was so uncomfortable and nerve-racking because my friends were the center of attention and not the kind that they expected or wanted.

Right after the son’s announcement, he excused himself and exited the house. My friends were expressing their disappointment and coming up with some plausible explanation to us about how their son was under a great deal of stress after graduation.

After the dinner party ended, I stayed behind to help clean up. While I sat in the kitchen with my friends, their son returned.

My gut instinct said to leave right away but I didn’t do that. Instead, I found myself in the middle of a family battle and being pressured to take sides. This bickering between my friends and their son went on for almost an hour.

Before I knew it, I was nodding left and right. Agreeing and disagreeing and trying hard not to take sides.

Eventually, the family argument came to a head.

And my friends gave their son an ultimatum.

Either he goes to medical school or find a job and move from their home within six months.

Later that week, I received a thank you note from the pair which included an update about their son.

He was not going to medical school and had left home.                      dl-mood-family

I read the note several times and the ironic twist to this story is that their son actually wants to follow in their footsteps. His desire is to devote his life to missions and not medicine.

Yet, my friends perhaps wanted to brag about their son’s accomplishments as a medical doctor rather than a greater call on his life.

Life is short and there are people who are disappointed with the way their life is turning out.

Making a decision isn’t easy.  It takes faith in God and in yourself.

However, if you are still desiring and dreaming the dream, you are in the right position to make the decision and live without regrets.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Do What Is Hard

Just Chill and Deal With It

 

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1

Okay, this is a Saturday afternoon and I had plans on going shopping.

But much to my disappointment, I go out to start-up my car and all I hear is a silent clicking noise.

I pull up the hood as if I didn’t know what the real reason for the non-start.

The battery of course is dead and now my plans are changed and I will just have to deal with it.

Called a neighbor to ask for a charge, but then I realized that I am a member of a national auto club.

I put in a call to the auto club, only to find that assistance will not be available for a couple of hours.

It just so happen that today there are several people who have car issues as well.

So, to past the time away while I await service, I decided to write a post for today.

Actually, this whole car thing might be a blessing in disguise.

Oftentimes, when the mind sends out signals to just relax and rest, I will usually ignore the signal. But today, is a good day to do just that.

Feeling like you have to do something just for the sake of doing something sounds like an oxymoron action.

If anything that God is teaching me about myself, it is that situations and circumstances that arrived unannounced in one’s life shouldn’t always be perceived as an inconvenience.

As a matter of fact, sometimes, we are so busy trying to get things done that we miss out on opportunities to just sit back and let life happen as it was designed to do so.

So, right now at this very moment, I’m just chilling and dealing with the car situation.

And you know what?

I’m okay with it.

Checkout some interesting videos I happen to come across from around the web.

Have a bless and peaceful weekend.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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Weekend Inspiration

“There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 2:24

In celebration of African American History Month, here is a soulful poem by the late Dr. Maya Angelou, titled, Weekend Glory.

I also listed a few inspirational songs and videos for your enjoyment.

Weekend Glory by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Some clichty folks
don’t know the facts,
posin’ and preenin’
and puttin’ on acts,
stretchin’ their backs.

They move into condos
up over the ranks,
pawn their souls
to the local banks.
Buying big cars
they can’t afford,
ridin’ around town
actin’ bored.

If they want to learn how to live life right
they ought to study me on Saturday night.

My job at the plant
ain’t the biggest bet,
but I pay my bills
and stay out of debt.
I get my hair done
for my own self’s sake,
so I don’t have to pick
and I don’t have to rake.

Take the church money out
and head cross town
to my friend girl’s house
where we plan our round.
We meet our men and go to a joint
where the music is blue
and to the point.

Folks write about me.
They just can’t see
how I work all week
at the factory.
Then get spruced up
and laugh and dance
And turn away from worry
with sassy glance.

They accuse me of livin’
from day to day,
but who are they kiddin’?
So are they.

My life ain’t heaven
but it sure ain’t hell.
I’m not on top
but I call it swell
if I’m able to work
and get paid right
and have the luck to be Black
on a Saturday night.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of the Lord

  1. Richard Smallwood -Healing
  2. Shana Wilson – Give Me You
  3. Dorinda Clarke Cole –Bless This House
  4. Tramaine Hawkins – Changed
  5. This Place – Tamela Mann
  6. Tasha Cobbs – For Your Glory
  7. Casey J – Fill Me Up
  8. Shirley Caesar – Next In Line for a Miracle
  9. Judith Gayle (Jamaican Gospel) –Give Me Jesus
  10. Get Up and Go Try –Christian Motivation
  11. Do Not Worry!

God’s Favor Isn’t Fair

For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

She must have cleared her throat a dozen times.

At one point, I thought that she was going into a massive heart attack.

Actually, she was experiencing a heart attack but not of the bodily kind but rather of another spirit.

My co-worker and co-conspirator at my former place of employment were close friends and considered to be as snug as a knitted hat.

Whenever you saw her, I was close behind and vice-versa.

We hung out together. At work and after hours.

And when we weren’t talking on the phone about the job, you would find us hanging out at some restaurant or bar during happy hours or meeting up at one of the premier night clubs on the weekends.

We shared the same office when the company opened its doors and we took to co-sharing the driving whenever we had to go out in the field to meet with clients.

So, you pretty much could say that we were like kindred sisters.

However, never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that she would soon turn on me because the company executives chose to promote me to a managerial position with my own department.

Despite the fact that I was apprehensive in taking the position due to some unlikable characters who were on the management team, I resolved to not question God’s decision, and accepted the position.

My friend said she was happy for me but at the same time, her attitude and body language told a whole different story.

This dear friend and comrade despised the fact that I was chosen and not her. No, she didn’t echo those sentiments directly to me but in her own way, she expressed it to people she supposedly disliked that we worked with.

Naturally, I felt betrayed and hurt but I continue interacting with her. Knowing in my heart that our relationship would be no longer the same again.

Sharing this bit of my life history with you. I want to encourage someone today who may find themselves in a similar situation.

You may be continually elevated in your job, in an organization or even in a church or a ministry.

People who you may think will rejoice with you in your blessing may not be at all genuinely happy for you.

But, should this occur.

You need to move forward and not allow anyone to impede in your destination.

If God’s hand is upon you and He has set His purpose for you to do His will, no one can stop His plan for your life.

God’s favor isn’t fair.

At the time of God’s favor on my life, I wasn’t completely where my relationship should have been with God.

But God knows exactly who we are and where we are going with Him.

So, don’t let the devil convince you that you are not worthy to be blessed to be a blessing.

Your life can turn around just like those in the the Bible as Abraham, Moses, Rahab, David, Saul (Paul) and so many others who weren’t “right where God wanted us to be at the time that He called us.”

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

God’s Favor-Donald Lawrence

Not Another Day

For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. 2 Corinthians 7:5

Have you ever heard yourself say. “Not another day will I allow this situation to take over my life.”

Not another day will I let so and so get away with using or hurting me.

Not another day…but here it is another day and you just need to ask yourself.

What have I done about making the change(s) in my life?

Have I sat back passively allowing another day to be unused and unchallenged?

You know, I can’t tell you how many times have I echoed those three words, not another day, and made no significant efforts to make the change that I needed to make.

It is so easy to find yourself daydreaming about something that may be seen as impossible to obtain.

Especially, when you have never taken the initiative to try to go for it.

Usually on Mondays the desires are strong with thinking to yourself, not another day.

Whether it’s telling yourself that you are going to resign from your job and head off to an exotic island.

Or you have resolved to step out on faith and start your own business.

Not another day could also mean you are willing to break away from negative and unfruitful relationships that seem to hinder your wellbeing or peace of mind.

If you are in the state of mind right now about, not another day, the question always falls back on you.

Okay, not another day, so what are you planning on doing about it?

Is this just going to be a continual ritual you repeat to yourself hoping things will materialize in your favor or is it really fears, rejections and the fact that you are convinced that you are not worthy to be blest?

In the book of Genesis, (Chapter 32) Jacob was in the position of not another day. Jacob over his lifetime was a deceiver, lacked confidence, dealt unevenly with family issues and was at times a man alone without genuine friendships among his peers (just a few of his human flaws).

Yet, Jacob also got to a point in his life that he was fed up with running away from his insecurities and was ready to do anything he could to beat his odds.

So, as the Bible shares Jacob story, we find him wrestling all night with God. It was through this one-on-one encounter with God that Jacob found his source of fulfillment.

Jacob’s story might seem like a fantasy but you have to believe to understand the power of Christ working in our situations.

Not another day starts and concludes with God.

When was the last time you wrestle with God and held onto Him until He blesses you?

Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight. Genesis 31:42

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord

Come, Now is the Time to Worship

Human Side of God

Exodus 22:22 – Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

Today, I felt the need to just pay a special shout-out to Georgia state trooper Nathan Bradley who went beyond the call of duty to show compassion and love to four children who lost their parents in a car accident on Halloween.

It had to be nothing but the power of God that kept Trooper Bradley focus on making sure that the children needed to be well cared for until the arrival of their grandmother who was traveling from Florida to be with them.

Trooper Bradley did not tell the children that their parents were dead. Instead, he took them out and kept them occupied. This inner strength could only be by the grace of God.

Not only did Trooper Bradley watch over the children but he set-up a Go Fund Me to help with the funeral expenses.

Much can be said about bad police officers but very few accolades are heard or given to men and women in law enforcement who go beyond the call of duty to reveal the human side of God.

Thank you Trooper Bradley and may the Lord bless and keep you safe!

Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord

Trooper Nathan Bradley

 

Not Alone

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. I Corinthians 6:20

Does Life Have a Purpose?

I overheard a gentleman ask his friend.

What is your purpose in life?

There was a few minutes of silence before his friend replied to the question.

“You know man, I don’t really know.”

His friend shook his head, laughed and the two men walked out of the restaurant.

Thinking on that exchange got me to ponder that very same question.

You see, this gentleman is not alone in not having an answer to his friend’s question.

Now think about this.

In one’s mind, you may have been languishing for days, weeks, months or even years of attempting to break what you consider to be a humdrum existence.

You may even on a daily basis ask yourself, “what is my purpose in life?”

Years ago when Pastor Rick Warren wrote the best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, Christians, as well as, Non-Christians sought to find out just what that purpose might be for their own life.

Yet, just like so many in the past who went on the quest to find the fountain of youth.

There are those today on the quest to find the purpose of life.

For some, they know what their purpose in this life is about.

But for others, they are at a standstill trying to figure it out.

Whether one believes it or not, we all have a God-given purpose in life. That’s if we take the time to really want to accept this fact.

No matter how many books, videos or seminars that are available, the truth of one’s purpose in this life lies within each of us and no one can give us the answer to our purpose is but God.

Humans are significant in God’s plan.

And in every plan of God, He places a purpose for it.

Our life is not our own.

We have been bought with a price.

Let’s make that purchase worth living for.

The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose
Richard Leider

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord

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