Valentine’s Day Christian Style

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:2

If you are someone trying your best to avoid all the hoopla over Valentine’s Day, then you are not alone.

Valentine’s Day is supposedly an ancient Roman festival known as Lupercalia (celebrated on February 15th) which purpose was to keep out an evil spirit and secure fertility.

The festival required that two young males would be covered in goat skin. The two young males pretended to be goats and would run around slapping people with goat skin strips. These young males represented the embodiment of sexuality. It was also in honor of Faunus a Roman religion.

Now imagine that.

The Lupercalia festival was around during Christian times and was kept around until the 5th Century.

It was Pope Gelasius I, Saint, who took Lupercalia as a Christian feast day around circa 496 declaring February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day.  One explanation is that three early Christian saints with the same name of Valentine were all to have been martyred on February 14th.

But, whatever one chooses to believe about the celebration of Valentine’s Day, it brings a great deal attention about love.

Funny isn’t it how one day out of the year can bring such splendid and at the same time heartbreak and despair. And we know why. Valentine’s Day is not about the real meaning of love.

Now if we could only celebrate the love of loving like Christ shows to us each day, perhaps we wouldn’t have to wait for a pagan festival to tell us that we ought to show love to those we are close to.

Valentine’s Day Christian style would be a most beautiful day but it doesn’t exist and will never exist. Why?

Valentine’s Day Christian style is pretty much as a pagan festival today as it was in the beginning.

If we only consider overthrowing the commercialism of love and get down to the simple explanation of what Christ has taught us.

We should just live to love.

In Him Alone,

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

In 2016 1.7 Billion was spent on Valentine’s Day

 

We Need to Know

Isaiah 10:1-3

 

Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions, So as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans. Now what will you do in the day of punishment, And in the devastation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your wealth?

Trump’s FCC Blocks ISPs from Giving Low-Income Families Web Access

Guess what folks.

We need to know what is taking place everyday that Donald J. Trump is president.

President Trump has been in office now for nearly three weeks and his actions to disrupt Washington, D.C. is affecting we the 99 percent and not the 1 percent.

This president  also had his appointees in federal agencies and bureaus to make major removal of regulations that were set in place during the Obama administration to help the middle and low-income wage earners.

Do you know what is most irritating to date is that mainstream media is too busy focusing on the comedy and not the back end of the joke. And the joke isn’t funny.

If you enjoy using your internet service it may not be so welcoming in the future.

If the FCC Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has anything to do with it. He is slowly dismantling beneficial programs such as Lifeline broadband services and widening the gap of the digital divide for school children in poor school districts. Even the cost of families making calls to their loved ones in prison are faced with rising costs if Pai has his way to look out for his corporate cronies.

As a matter of fact, the newly appointee FCC chairman apparently is all about looking out doing business with business and for business. Mr. Pai is well known for being an opponent of Net-Neutrality.

We need to know the facts of this administration. Donald Trump is no friend of the working class or poor.

So folks, as the old saying goes, “if you don’t ask, you won’t know.” We need to be questioning every detail of President Trump agenda and how it is and will affect all Americans.

We need to know about what is taking place in all the federal agencies and bureaus.

And we need to make calls, send emails and tweets to let Mr. Pai at the FCC be aware about the changes he is attempting to push through will not go unanswered.

Please share this information with your family, neighbors community leaders and school districts.

#ConsumerFirst

FCC  Office of Chairman Ajit Pai: (202) 418-2000
Twitter: @AjitPaiFCC
www.fcc.gov/leadership/ajit-pai

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

We Only Get One

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:12

Yesterday I finally got it!

And I now understand why young people don’t put their time to watching television but engage in social media.

This might be the reason.

With all the talented and intelligent young people working their behinds off to break-into the entertainment industry, why is the entertainment and media industry continually hiring the same black entertainers?

And why are these same entertainers and personalities hoarding three and four great spots on television?

Why am I bringing up this matter?

Well, yesterday, there was this big announcement that Oprah Winfrey would now be one of the hosts of 60 Minutes.

I sat back and said to myself. Why? Doesn’t she already have a number of things going on for herself?

Does she believe that she is the only black woman who has a charming personality that makes white folks feel comfortable with having her talk to them?

But here is the answer to my question.

Because she is Oprah and we all know that everyone presumably loves Oprah.

But, as fortunate and wealthy as she is with all her businesses (OWN channel, magazine, Weight Watchers, etc.) has she not thought how selfish she is with pushing aside someone younger who might have their own great personality and the ability to tell stories, even better than she?

Even Steve Harvey has been promoted to be the only talented black man who can host a talk and game show, in addition to beauty pageants.

I even read somewhere online that they were labeling Steve as the black male Oprah Winfrey.

Unfortunately, the old saying that black folks only get one is being proven true.

Truly, this saying has become a fact in our community and it will continue to be so when those in the entertainment and media industry stop trying to group black folks based on what makes them feel comfortable.

I wonder has Oprah or Steve ever stop and think about the opportunities they are hoarding from the young, gifted and talented blacks who are looking to break-into the business but are turned down because of the “we only get one” mentality.

It is time for us older folks to make way for the young. Sacrificing a job to someone who is not a billionaire or millionaire can be a blessing.

So, come on Oprah and Steve, how about sharing and just say “no” and refer a few gigs to our young ones.

With the start of Black History Month (which is twelve months for me) we need to pay more attention to changing the status quo.

How do we do that?

By declaring, ‘we only get one,” is a thing of the past.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

140 Characters of a Delusional Leader

Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. Isaiah 5:14

George Orwell’s 1984 Predicted Donald Trump & Alternative Facts

I started off my weekend disappointed and disgusted that president Trump decided to ban Muslims from entering the United States of America.

As I watched the news of vocal, compassionate and angry protestors that are the true makeup of Americans, my heart sank into bitterness against that wicked and evil spirit that Trump has within him.

One would think that he has the interest of all Americans in mind. But he doesn’t. The only people he is playing to are the ones who voted for him and place him high above God. But even these folks will one day regret their decision to choose a man based on his material wealth and supposedly excellent business successes.

Donald J. Trump is no more than a failed business man and is showing his failure to lead a nation that are proud to say that we are a nation of immigrants.

But here we are now with Trump and Bannon vetting their arrogance, anger, prejudice, bigotry, hatred and white populism/nationalism message to a world that has grown up and will not tolerate their bully pen of executive orders.

The challenge for us who are willing to accept refugees and respect another person’s religion, is not to be tricked into believing that Americans are being attacked everyday by terrorists—especially, when that is not factual or true.

Just to keep it real. I thought on how best I might describe the character and characteristics of a Donald J. Trump who lives his life by believing conspiracy tales, watching television and tweeting from the depths of his empty soul.

140 Characters of a Delusional Leader.

Serpent in the Garden of Eden deceiver/liar Genesis 3
Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver Matthew 26:15

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Life Little Gems

Matthew 10:39 – He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

What is life little gems?

Well, it all depends on what you view as unique and special.

Oftentimes I come across a gem that I will share with others.

One gem I found is a story that got my attention and made my heart skip a beat.

The story is untitled and the author is unknown. Perhaps this is why the story itself was so fulfilling to me. I do hope you will find this gem to be so valuable that you are willing to share it with others.

This story can be found at God’s Little Acre

AN UNTITLED STORY

Read on Air by Phil Foley, Host of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church’s Good News From Tab Program on 12/6/2000

After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church’s pastor slowly stood up, walked over to the pulpit and, before he gave his sermon for the evening, briefly introduced a guest minister who was in the service that evening. In the introduction, the pastor told the congregation that the guest minister was one of his dearest childhood friends and that he wanted him to have a few moments to greet the church and share whatever he felt would be appropriate for the service.

With that, an elderly man stepped up to the pulpit and began to speak. “A father, his son, and a friend of his son were sailing off the Pacific Coast,” he began, “when a fast approaching storm blocked any attempt to get back to shore. The waves were so high that, even though the father was an experienced sailor, he could not keep the boat upright, and the three were swept into the ocean as the boat capsized.”

The old man hesitated for a moment, making eye contact with two teenagers who were, for the first time since the service began, looking somewhat interested in the story. The aged minister continued with his story. “Grabbing a rescue line, the father had to make the most excruciating decision of his life: to which boy he would throw the other end of the life line. He only had seconds to make the decision. The father knew that his son was a Christian, and he also knew that his son’s friend was not. The agony of his decision could not be matched by the torrent of the waves. As the father yelled out, ‘I love you, son!’, he threw out the life line to the son’s friend. By the time the father had pulled the friend back to the capsized boat, his son had disappeared beneath the raging swells into the black of night. His body was never recovered.”

By this time, the two teenagers were sitting up straight in the pew, anxiously waiting for the next words to come out of the old minister’s mouth. “The father,” he continued, “knew his son would step into eternity with Jesus, and he could not bear the thought of his son’s friend stepping into an eternity without Jesus. Therefore, he sacrificed his son to save the son’s friend. How great is the love of God that He could do the same for us. Our heavenly Father sacrificed His only begotten Son that we could be saved. I urge you to accept His offer to rescue you and take hold of the life line.”

With that, the old man turned and sat back down in his chair as silence filled the room. The pastor again walked slowly to the pulpit and delivered a brief sermon with an invitation at the end. However, no one responded to the appeal. Within minutes after the service, the two teenagers were at the old man’s side. “That was a nice story,” politely said one of the boys, “but I don’t think it was very realistic for a father to give up his only son’s life in hopes that the other boy would become a Christian.”

“Well, you’ve got a point there,” the old man replied, glancing down at his worn Bible. Sorrow began to overtake the old man’s smiling face as he once again looked up at the boys and said, “It sure isn’t very realistic, is it? But I’m here today to tell you that I understand more than most the pain God must have felt to give up His only Son. For you see, I’m the man who lost his son to the ocean that day, and my son’s friend that I chose to save is your pastor.” – Author Unknown –

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

The Saddest Day in America

Matthew 10:28 “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Well, this is the final day of the presidency of President Barak H. Obama and we look to his departure as bittersweet. He was indeed a man of grace and dignity and wore his blackness with pride.

Now, we enter a new era with a newly elected president who has put these United States into such a polarized and divisive nature. His rhetoric and antics, his arrogance and sheer ignorance to insult, bully and deny others to speak about him and against his position on any and everything from Saturday Night Live, his devotion to Putin and to him bringing in entertainers, sports figures and comedians to meet with him to help solve major problems within the black community.

Yes, I for one see this is the saddest day in America with all three governing bodies are all of one political party.

What a number of Americans dread is the thought that Donald J. Trump now has the power of an ink pen to override President Obama’s executive orders and put his own signature of revenge against progress.

And another troubling matter is that Trump now has at his closeness to use nuclear power to wipe out nations.  

But, despite what we may see with our eyes and feel within our inner being, there is hope.

One thing that we know is that this new president will not be able to do everything he has claimed or declared to his adorning flock of voters. No. Mr. Trump will and as we all do, must answer to a higher power. And that is God almighty.

So, do I fear Mr. Trump? No. And neither should you.

What we have before us today is the power to believe that God will not allow the wicked or evil  to prevail over His people.

God is in control and all power is in His hands.

So my dear friends don’t spend your time worrying about what you think that President Trump may or will do. Get out into your communities and be active, vocal and non-violent when you protest,

Just remember. All power is in God’s hands. God rules the heavens and the earth.

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.” Daniel 4:37

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Thank you to President Obama and First Lady Michelle for your service to this nation.

Farewell Obama Tribute – Joey Gallant

 

Why Christians Are Hated

1 Peter 3:17 – For [it is] better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for evil doing.

“I am so tired of you hypocrites trying to run people lives! Y’all need to clean your own house and stop getting up and other folks business!”

These words are stinging. Even when they weren’t being spoken directly to me, this type of sentiment from someone who has been wounded and mislead within the church is heartfelt pain being exposed.

And the persons who speak these words are people who have been spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically wounded by the falseness that was shown towards them when they were in the church.

“Christians are the biggest fakes in the world. All they do is pretend to care for people. They always talking about, loving their neighbors and forgiving folks…but they don’t know how to love or to forgive.”

Yes, these are words that also resonates truth and facts to the person speaking from their pain.

There is something to say much about why Christians are hated.

And there are also many reasons why Christians are reviled and despised throughout the world today.

The truth of the matter is that Christians are hated when we do not live or abide by the Word of God and follow Jesus example.

Right now, we have more young people leaving the church building than being drawn to Christ.

Part of the problem is that when a fellow believer is found to have done something against the young and gullible under the guise of the Word of God, these young believers are usually given a “scriptural pass” to get on with their lives, when they need to be held, nurture and assured that they were not to be blame.

But listening to others who are believers or non-believers doesn’t happen as often as it should. Instead, people who wish to express their feelings or provide critical information concerning another believer is scorn and ignore.

It is difficult to accept this truth. But God will chastise a believer through a non-believer, just to so that Christians can pay heed to what He expects of us. Think about it.

In Christ Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Pastor Jamal Bryant -Burying a Bishop Eddie Long, cremating an issue (1/17/17)

Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and Hope

Romans 12:12 – Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

In honor of Martin L. King, Jr. Day, I would hope that at this point in time with a divided nation that we reflect on the benefits of activism.

Listening to some of my friends sigh in disappointment about the change of administration under the leadership of a Donald Trump and his appointees has them decrying whoa, pain and hopelessness.

Nevertheless, no matter how many times that Trump makes outlandish remarks and attempts to belittle those who come against him.

If you know your history, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. wasn’t about hopelessness.

As a matter of fact, Dr. King’s actions and purpose was the embodiment of hope for not only people of color, but also for all people who live under the oppression of evil and the wicked.

This coming Monday, attention throughout these United States and abroad will highlight the life and legacy of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

Just to remind you that even to have Dr. King, Jr. birthday as a national holiday was also a hard-fought battle and seemed to be hopeless.

However, those who believed that Dr. King, Jr. deserved a holiday to commemorate his civil rights leadership and accomplishments stead the course and saw the victory.

Yes, with so many words, this incoming executive branch of our government has a great deal to be concern about (as with any new president coming into office).

Yet, let not hopelessness rule our lives.

Hopelessness is for those who would rather give up than turn to move the ship forward.

Martin L. King, Jr. was not about hopelessness because if he were…we would not be celebrating his life on January 16, 2017.

Live with hope!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Danny Gokey – Hope in Front of Me

Starting An Online Business

Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Starting an online business isn’t hard to do but you must be committed to stay the course and learn as much as you can before launching out to the World Wide Web.

It is a great feeling when you set-up your first online business. And yes, you will find that there are thousands of so-called experts vying to suck you in and to get you to buy their start-up videos, books and services.

This is not to say that selling information is bad…because it is not. What is bad is scrupulous individuals who package free advice from credible professionals and sell you something they themselves have never used.

Also, be warned that when you are going to start an online business, that you do not get caught up on the “you can make thousands daily’” by just using this simple method.

The danger for newbies stepping into the online world of business is that you have a great ocean of deadly sharks readying to devour unsuspecting start-ups.

One thing you need to know is that before putting out any money for “advice” or “trainings”, you should first research to find “free and credible” mentors and classes/courses.

Also, I would highly suggest you identify at your local/state labor offices if they have any entrepreneur/small business workshops, classes or webinars.

Starting an online business offers you opportunities to capitalize on new products and services.

What an online business shouldn’t be however is setting up illegal operations that cheat the consumer.

If you don’t have time to take classes right away, I would highly suggest listening to podcasts and viewing videos that will give you guidance in the do’s and don’ts of online business.

Finally, just like a brick and mortar business, having an online business requires that you must also follow federal commerce laws as well as business regulations where you reside (state and local).

To help you on your way, I have below a list of websites; podcasts and videos suggestions that you might want to consider before kick-starting your online business.

Start Up Online Business Websites

Basics for Starting an Online Business –Udemy (Free Course-Beginning Level)

Global Entrepreneurship Institute (Free-Entrepreneurship Certificate)

Profitable Venture – 50 Business Ideas 2017

The Work at Home Woman – Several Ways to Make Money

Entrepreneur – Most reputable magazine for start-ups

Podcasts

StartUp –Want to know what it is to get a business started?

This Week In Start-Ups – Videos and Podcasts

Dorm Room Tycoons – For the young and ambitious

Business Insanity – Radio /Podcast

Mixergy – Movers and Thinkers with start-up stories that will inspire you beyond disbelief

Online Start-up Videos

Starting an Online Business Legal Issues Overview  (Internet Lawyer)

How To Avoid 3 Common Legal Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

How to Write a Business Plan

12 Mistakes I Made My First Year as an Entrepreneur

The Secret to Making Money by starting a small business

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

 

Free Online Entrepreneur Classes

Joshua 1:8 – This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Have you ever sat around a group of people who are naysayers?

You know. People who never have anything good to say about anyone or anything.

Actually do you know anyone like that? Or are you even a naysayer?

Well, since I was a young school girl, attending public school in Philly, I have met my share of naysayers.

Naysayers come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

The common distinctions between naysayers are that they don’t like to admit that they are naysayers.

As a matter of fact, naysayers can be stumbling blocks to those who have decided to go out on faith and start their own business.

And if you know anything about naysayers. The first thing that will come out of their mouths is the “whoa is me warning to forget your dream of owning your own business and just keep your 9 to 5.”

Well, if you have a dream to own your own business you might want to keep that to yourself when it comes to sharing any dreams with naysayers.

Do yourself a big favor and keep your mouth shut and start pursuing your dream today.

First thing you need to do is get some creditable entrepreneur classes under your belt and identify someone in business who can be your mentor.

Right now, I am taking advantage of learning from others who have succeed and failed in business, I truly find it inspirational to hear personal journeys that I can personally relate to.

It never surprises me that whenever the New Year kicks-off, people will talk about starting a new way of life. Either they are going to lose weight, go back to school, get a makeover or quit their job.

Well, let me just assist you in getting a jump-start by letting you know that opportunity awaits all you dreamers who have dreamt about starting your own business.

Today is today to start.

The possible in impossible is you can do it!

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing information for all those who have an interest in starting their own business.

Hopefully, this will be the year you succeed in getting things done!

Free Online Entrepreneurial Classes

1, Free Entrepreneur Classes MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

2. MITOpenCourseware (Donate)

3. Seven Universities and Websites-Free Entrepreneur Courses

4. Alsion

These free, online entrepreneurship courses from ALISON will provide you with an top-notch online entrepreneurship education in topics spanning the art of negotiation to learning what great leaders do to creating a startup business. These courses will teach

5, Under 30 CEO (20 Free Classes)

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord