The Fall of the American Empire

2 Thessalonians 1:8   in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Are we on the verge of the fall of the American  empire?

President Donald Trump is yet at it again with his rallies and expecting his followers to come praise his accomplishments since becoming their king…oops, my bag.

Anyway, those of us who are thinking more rational and know a little about world history know that Trump is using the playbook of Adolph Hitler, yet, one article compared him to another German leader, the Kaiser.

His divide and conquer seems to be working at this moment in his favor. He realizes that pitting the “right” against the “left” will keep him going for a period of time to fulfill his agenda.

Problem is. Does anyone really know what Donald Trump agenda is? Surely, one should never think that Donald cares one hoot about anyone, except, himself, his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law, Jared.

I am a little wary now about American values and our stand in the world, because the question has to be asked. Are Americans becoming insensitive and neglectful as to what truth is all about? Are we that corrupt in our hearts to trade in the Truth for a liar?

When one reads and listens to President Trump gloat about all his supposedly great accomplishments he has done for Americans within 100 days, we know for a fact, most of these so-called accomplishments has come at the cost of destroying families, communities and institutions built on having a clean and safe environment.

But here we are in the winding days of his first 100 days and Trump is tooting his own horn and blowing away God and Americans who don’t agree with him for his own selfish wants.

The biggest bomb in the world, stripping parents from their children and deporting them to Mexico, removing long-term employees in the Justice, State and EPA departments, denying Planned Parenthood funding, and attempting to change public education into choice vouchers for religious organizations is not in any way something one should be proud about as American citizens.

Yet, we are seeing the beginning of the fall the American Empire.

Now, imagine what the Romans must have felt like when their empire came to an end.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

The Kaiser-Documentary

For the Love of Evil

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.  Psalm 10:2

If you will search the bible for yourself, oftentimes, you will find scripture that takes one to learn and understand that nothing is new under the sun. Nothing!

Sin never ended and neither do the wicked and evil in the world. We are not an advance society or have a superior nature than our forefathers.

If only man would heed and obey the Word of God.

Human strength, power of the flesh, wealth, intimidation and manipulation can only come to an ultimate destruction. And those who follow blindly behind men who condone and scheme evil in their heart will one day pay for their sin against God.

For the love of evil is ever-present before us.

You may doubt God’s existence. But there are far more who do not.

How can this be you may ask, seeing that evil leaders seem to be flourishing all around us.

What we have is hope in Christ Jesus.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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Psalm 10King James Version (KJV)

10 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

Loving Your LGBT Children

Ephesians 4:31 – Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

This is a conversation over heard in a restaurant by two gentlemen in their early fifties.

“What time do we have to get back?”

“We got enough time to drink our coffee. So, man…what’s up with you? Still dealing with that son of yours?”

“I am so ashamed. I just don’t know what to say or to do about it.”

“What do you have to be ashamed about? This doesn’t have anything to do with you…right?”

“Well. Yes. It does.”

“Anyway, I wouldn’t put too much into it. These kids nowadays do it all.”

“But, I didn’t see this coming. My son has a good head on his shoulders and just got hired at a large accounting firm…I just can’t figure out why he now wants to tell people that he is gay. It makes no sense to me….none whatsoever.”

“Look at it this way, Josh. Thank God he’s grown…you don’t have to deal with it. Besides, he will eventually get it together.”

“I don’t think so. He and I had a terrible argument last evening and his mother had to pull us apart.”

“Well, maybe you should leave him alone for right now. Sounds like the two of you need some space.”

“I thought about that…but you know…I just love my son so much….and I don’t want to see him get hurt…you know what I mean?”

His friend nodded his head and the two men sat across from each other in total silence.

No matter how much a parent may desire for their child to be perfect, it will not happen. No one is perfect.

So what does a parent do when their children declares they have chosen to live their life that goes against the Word of God?

One thing to be sure is that you don’t stop loving your LGBT children.

You have to love your children. Unconditionally love your child. Pray for your children.

But one thing you must never do is to compromise your belief, nor allow the devil to deter you from doing what the Lord requires us to do.

Finally, for all those Christians who believe that creating and establishing laws and regulations to force someone to be “straight” it is useless.

Loving your LGBT children is the love that a child needs.

Ephesians 4:32 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Homosexuality: A Christian View – Christian Parents with Gay Children

Praying Grandmothers

When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 2 Timothy 1:5

Last night I had the privilege to attend a combined community service of churches, government officials. Law enforcement officers and students to pray and celebrate Black History Month.

This was the first time an event of this nature had taken place in our township and it was in part due to our mayor who thought outside of the box to focus on a spiritual awakening in these uncertain times.

Our pastor was one of the individuals involved in the planning of this wonderful event. And when he spoke to those in attendance, there was an instance in which he spoke about, “we all having a praying grandmother.”

Yes, I can remember just as if it was yesterday, my grandmother who spent her waking hours humming Negro spirituals, while she was doing housework, cooking or ironing.

And when my grandmother was sewing and sitting in her favorite chair in her bedroom, she would be listening to gospel music or a sermon on the radio.

But when my grandmother closed her eyes and began rocking back and forth in her chair or on the edge of her bed. I knew my grandmother was praying and I dare not interrupt her.

Momma, as we called my grandmother, believed in the Lord. One of the many things I admired about my grandmother was that even though she knew who Jesus was in her life, she never carried a “beat you over the head with a bible” mentality. No, my grandmother let Christ live through her.

A praying grandmother is a powerful woman. Especially, the grandmother who recognizes that she can move mountains and turn the world upside down, when she pours out her heart and petitions on behalf of others.

I know a few praying grandmothers that are so in-tune and in-touch with the Lord, that if I would go to them and ask for prayer for a person, situation or circumstance, their prayer will be heard and answer.

Praying grandmothers are needed today. Especially, here in America.

A praying grandmother is a sight to behold and a blessing to those who know her.

God bless, praying grandmothers.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Helen Baylor – I Had a Praying Grandmother

Technicopter Parents

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to the world of the Technicopter parent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Don’t Trust Your Child with a Teacher

The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. John 3;2

 

I know that the topic of this post may seem alarming to some of you.

But I needed to address this matter of how dedicated and committed individuals who are teachers are not getting the respect and recognition that they deserve.

Every year before school opens, I witness firsthand my youngest sister and friends who are teachers, go school shopping to purchase needed books, supplies and other necessities so that their students will have a good start to the school year.

The teachers that I know personally are fully committed and dedicated to giving each student the very best education and above. They will sacrifice at times their own spare time to work with a student who is struggling academically. And they will without hesitation take a personal interest in each student overall well-being.

The teachers that I know are constantly thinking about how they can challenge their students to excel not only in the classroom but also in their community.

Despite the hardship of knowing that public education is constantly being cut, teachers are in my opinion the foundation of hope for the future generation.

Yes, I would say when I was young and attended grade school, there were many teachers who motivated and inspired me to achieve the impossible dream.

So here is a list to parents as a warning:

Don’t Trust Your Child with a Teacher if…

1. You don’t know the teacher name or room number
2. You refuse to show up for Open House
3. You believe your taxes cover for you when your child is scheduled for a Teacher-Parent Conference
4. You receive a call during the middle of the day to discuss your child’s misbehavior
5. You feel that you know more about your child in school than the teacher
6. You call up the principal to make a complaint against your child’s teacher for during their job
7. You are only concerned after your child is failing to turn in homework
8. You know your child is a bully at home and a bully at school(and you refuse to correct the problem)
9. You think your child doesn’t need to be educated (they just need a place to socialize while you are at work or home)
10. You never volunteer or take the initiative to know what are the school rules and policies for each year

May every parent, teacher and their students have a safe, engaging and purposeful school year.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Inspirational Videos for Teachers

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

The Fearless Don’t Fear

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

“Don’t do that! Now is not the time to leave…wait awhile.”

“But you don’t understand mom…I have to do this thing. If I don’t, I will never know the outcome and if I don’t go out on my own…I may never do what I know in my heart I need to do.”

I can just imagine that this conversation is taking place right now in someone’s family.                          graduation-cap-clip-art-22

Here is this young family member who has either graduated from high school or college, and now he or she feel their sense of independence and they want to venture out on their own.

Yet, the parent insists on them waiting for the “right time to do it” while the young adult has decided that “now” is the right time for them to go.

The truth of the matter is that what most bothers that parent, older sibling, grandparent or guardian is that this child who they love and have taken care of from birth through the rebelling teen years is now a young official adult who is ready to conquer the world.

But before they can even pack their backpacks and head off, voices that once told them that they could do anything in the world…mind you, “you will conquer the world! ” is the very same voice throwing caution and fear into the hearing of their young adult.

Parents have a label from our children as being flip-flopping people who don’t make sense out of what we usually tell them.

One minute parents are planting seeds of strength and courage.

Then it is the same parents planting seeds of discouragement and doubt about their own child’s ability to achieve the impossible dream.

As we pay honor to those young adults who stayed the course and completed their formal education and those who have received their first undergraduate degree. Mature adults must remember that the future for any young adult is to do better than what their parents have done.

No, it is not easy letting go of a child you born or have taken care of for the past eighteen or more years, go out into a world will not cuddle or love them like you do.

However, if you as a parent, grandparent or guardian truly believe that God is all-knowing and all-powerful and you pray without ceasing. You will discover a peace of mind that passes all understanding.

Take heed of these words of wisdom.

The fearless don’t fear.

I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. Psalm 37:25

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The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Luther Vandross -The Impossible Dream

Dying for Perfection

“Vanity of vanities, ” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2

“Four.”

“Just four? ” the young girl asked her friend.

“Well, four for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”                             M and Ms 004

“So. It really isn’t four a day…It’s really twelve a day…right?”

The young girl looked over to her friend and shrugged her shoulders.

“Yeah. Twelve if you say so.”

Once I got pass the two tweens standing in front of me on the elevator, I rushed to my next appointment with their conversation heavily weighed on my heart.

Here it was that this beautiful young teenager, no older than my thirteen year old granddaughter was boasting about being on a diet.

And the thing that frightened me the most was that this child was already thin, looking like her weight was not even one hundred pounds.

Imagine hearing that someone is on a diet of all things…M&M’s with peanuts.

That’s right!

The child was suggesting to her friend to eat four M&M’s with peanuts per meal.

I had to catch my breath when I heard the conversation taking place in front of me on that elevator.

What in the world would possess someone to think that eating twelve pieces of candy would satisfy or provide nutrition to their body?

When I arrived home, I decided to do some research about this newest fad diet.

I was tempted to call one of my granddaughters who are both teenagers, but I decided against it, seeing that I would not want to plant any type of seed of curiosity into their minds.

Who is looking out for this child’s best interest?

Surely, I cannot conceive that her parents know that she is taking a big risk to her overall health.

I do know that social media has an overall effect on young and old alike.

However, I am praying that someone in this young lady’s circle of friends will come to her aid and immediately get her the help she needs.

Just an aside note. I might be too hasty in judging this young lady.

Because it dawn on me later, that she just might have set out to prank her friend. If she was…thank God for that!

Parents, keep abreast what is happening in your child’s life. Have you taken time this week just to talk with them?

Children need our love and protection.

Enjoy the weekend.

By the way. These three website links about the M&M Diet are rather old but hopefully you will find them of interest and humorous as I did.

Questions About the M & M Diet (Yahoo Answers)

M&M Confession and the M&M Diet

The Spoof

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The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Top 10 Dangerous Diet Fads

Moving Forward

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. Psalm 40:16

Wanna Be Happy? Kirk Franklin

Happiness is temporal but Joy is eternal in Christ!

We are on the brink of another new year and there are some people who have decided to let go of negative thinking, negative people and making presumptuous decisions that have placed oneself into a condition of believing the devil’s lies that they will never rebound from hardships they dealt with in 2015.

However, in my opinion, moving forward in the new year of 2016 really shouldn’t be a big deal.

After all, each new year really is numerical and has no special power to change who we are but rather, makes us older, and hopefully, wiser as not to repeat the same mistakes we made in the past.

There will be of course some people who will or already have, made a “resolution list” of all the changes they would like to make in their lives in 2016.

Nevertheless, moving forward is given to each one of us, 365 days a year and this gift of a new day is handed to us by God.

Unfortunately, the world has taken one second on December 31st to declare that a new life is at hand and for us to do away with the old and celebrate a new beginning.

No matter how much we want to believe that at midnight on December 31st our lives will take on a different meaning from the previous year, God in His infinite wisdom gives us more than a false light of hope.

Our God continues to show His grace to us, every day, and it doesn’t require for us to wait for it on December 31st.

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

So, as the world takes hold of fireworks and a dropping ball, just remember that Jesus paid a costly price so that we could live a life that brings about a better change, 365 days a year.

Moving forward with Christ is a much more wonderful gift than leaving Him out of even one second of the day.

Moving forward isn’t about the change of a year but rather the change of one’s heart and thinking.
In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19

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