Can’t tell you how many times I’ve been here; shut-up but content. Powerless to do the impossible, yet powerful enough to do the incredible. As much as I’m behind proverbial chains, I’m becoming more OK with not being released. And the sorrows I feel are more healing than hurtful. Healing because it is for and from love; true love. Let me re-write a message.
I’ve hinted applications about this passage before and while some may not have gotten the memo, there are others who are becoming familiar with my blogs. We’re gonna do a quick devotional before we jump into this series so that people can know my context; why I say the things I say the way I say it, so that we can clean up any skewed theology.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the LORD, or who has been his counselor?” 35 Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Rom 11:33-36 ESV
Questions to Consider
What is Monism? How does this concept translate into the passage? How would a Monist compare and contrast God with the believer?
What is exegesis and eisegesis? Where are they BOTH helpful? Hurtful? Is it appropriate to prefer one over the other? If not, what is the reason?
Now let’s once again go back a few chapters and chew on something else. Billy genie is not my LOVER.
4 By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written,
“That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”
5 But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)
6 By no means! For then how could God judge the world? 7 But if through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? 8 And why not do evil that good may come? – as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just. Rom 3:4-8 ESV
Questions to Consider
How do you escape or reconcile, ‘the liar’s paradox?’
How do you apply Paul’s self-referential statement, ‘but if through my lie’ to the letter? Is he only speaking to:
Which answer do you think leads to more unity in thought? Not to encourage uncreative group-think here.
The Genious of Christianity
As you’re discussing these topics among yourselves, remember to take note of the context. I have been writing with these concepts in mind. This will also give you greater insight on recent events. Having a solid understanding of these ideas set the stage for the New Era in Christendom. I’ll be doing another prelude before we dive into examining the LGBTQ community just to provide further clarity on how a person can get it wrong regarding Divine Love. I’ll be saving two birds with one net as I’ll redeem a topic that has been historically shunned for centuries. Can you guess what other topic I’ll be discussing?
Boo! Did you jerk back? Nah? You from the Wild Wild West? Oh ok…you self-made I feel ya. Free…not everybody have the luxury of avoiding traffic jams; to be cooped up in the hot sun with no AC in your hoopdie; thinking about your next vacation on some remote island hula-hooping to the tunes of an Ukeke. Yeah I’m being sensitive here. It’s a learned habit from rejecting the norms of insensitivities and growing til’ there are no more mental or emotional impairments. I slid back from that journey though, and now I’m regaining ground with many others. For many who are empaths and healers, here’s to becoming whole again; here’s to a love in whose bond can never be broken.
Somewhere, sometime over the rainbow; in the days where beliefs in gods were fashionable, extreme rituals were performed. Temple prostitution and sacred sex rites were common in these days which may have set the atmosphere for other lascivious practices. However, our focus is not on trying to bring sexy back, rather we’re focusing on a special group called the Galli. Eventually you’ll understand why.
The Galli or Gallus in singular were eunuch priests said to come from the deity Cybele or Agdistis known at the time as the Great Mother of the Gods. You can say the Galli were a peculiar bunch – often dressed in bright female garbs with long hair and with sweet perfume. They wore makeup and typically bleached their hair, wandering about taking donations for divination. What makes them odd for Western culture was more of their ecstatic religious rituals; one of them involved castrating themselves.
While others play the flute and they get into a trance, the young priest gets naked, screams and runs to the middle of the circle of priests, where he grabs a sword and castrates himself immediately. Then he throws them through a random window and out of that house he shall receive his clothing and jewelry.
Lucian, De Dea Syria 51
As obnoxious as it may sound, we shouldn’t be surprised if intense practices like this abounded. Of course, the notion of these events not happening are plausible too, as self-mutilation of this sort could lead to death by bleeding. What we want to consider is the amount of ludicrous actions that takes place within charismatic circles. It doesn’t take long before we find some records of absurdity taking place within the church. After reviewing certain instances one must ask, “What is the spirit behind such ‘erratic behavior’? Just how ‘wrong’ is it? Is there a point of view that makes these occurrences redeemable? In regards to the Galli, a gospel reading comes into play.
Some are born as eunuchs, some have been made eunuchs by others, and some choose not to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone accept this who can. Matt 19:12 NLT
Now because of the practices of the Galli, some scholars suggest that these priests were some of the earliest forms of transgender women. In fact, Firmicus Maternus said in his treatise, “De errore profanarum religionum” that they asserted they were not men. Apparently they wanted to pass off as women as a homage to Caelestis the goddess. What isn’t widely known is the dynamic of public acceptance of such practices verses its persecution especially with the rise of Christianity. The significance of this is two-fold:
If there was much persecution of transgenders, there may also have been lost stories as well. This is similar to the traditions AA have lost due to slavery.
To recognize the cycles of persecution between the sexually deviant, the sexual ostrich, the leper, the eunuch, and the pious.
I said once before and I will say again that there was a certain time in the Black Community where being effeminate was scorned arousing violence. Here we are in 2021 and cishet Black Men are considered the worst and the weakest link. Karma has a way of paying back doesn’t it? Let me take the moment here to apologize on the behalf of Straight Black Men for the cruelty we have done in our community in the past.
Maverick: When is it ever going to end?
Rodriguez: Hopefully when Jesus gets back because I’m over it!
Phillip: I feel you man. Ay James…did you do you know what?
Me: Yeah bro…I called her. It was awkward, but I had to do it.
The purpose of this post was to lead into a new series touching on the LGBTQ community and how should Christians regard them in the light of the gospel. You can expect me to posit my view from many different angles; Historical, Cultural, Science, Philosophy, and Religious. Biblically speaking, you’ll hear me give an accurate Biblical view pulling from texts and explaining them from what they ACTUALLY say versus how you WON’T it to say. I don’t care WON’T you think it says, this is how it reads and we look it things objectively to discover it’s implications. Now here’s the caveat: I am not transgender, bisexual, gay, or any of the aforementioned. Nevertheless, through the context of marriage, BI am a straight man. And as one whose learning more and more to accept and love all that I am, you’ll hear me empathize with those struggling with these issues. But I’m not gonna lie, I’m going to wed BOTH fundamentalist and progressive ideas together as any true ambassador of Christ would.
Just giving you the heads up so that we know I will be bringing convictions without condemnation and encouragement with warning. Hell is real. I would know, because I been there. And what I don’t wanna see happening is people getting caught off guard because of presumptuous assessment of themselves. Like what the HELL are you talking about?! Beware of speaking your truth. Because a half-truth is still a whole ________. I’m probably already hated for saying this stuff but who cares. I’ve been cancelled. But at least I will die knowing that I didn’t delude myself. Until next time my beautiful people, I love you.
One day I told someone special how adverse I was to taking pictures. I always felt it was unnatural and if it was candid, let it be done with consent. Being reflective as I am, I try to test my own beliefs to see the merits of it. There was a point of time where I had a healthy dose of self-hatred seeing the future of all things WAAAY ahead of time. Somewhere down the road though, I became foolish and unbalanced; what should’ve merely been a cocoon became a donjon of endless rejections. I’m getting better though. We’re getting better. Keep on praying for my family as I pray for yours.
Remember when Phat Farm and Baby Phat was hot fashion? I just recently found out why these brands died down. It’s sad when certain language becomes dated because the fashion is no longer in style. Like girl, you ‘thicc’ and I like that Phat; that Baby Phat. I don’t know what’s more tragic, realizing you’re getting old, learning about the vice that surrounded Phat Farm or being ignorant of it’s phantom twin being virtuous. Sorry guys, I’m still recovering from being fed partial truths for a good portion of my life. So bear with me here. I’m not trying to be irresponsible with my words. I’m doing my best to convey invisible realities. Shout out to Russell Simmons for setting the standard that you can be more than a recording artist.
Today’s Gospel reading comes from Revelation 21:
6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. Rev 21:6-8 ESV
Now I typically don’t like teaching from Revelation because I believe if you were misreading the Old Testament and the Gospels, you have a very funky view of this book. In other words, if you took for granted small details in earlier passages, more than likely you’re overlooking nuggets in the Book. Never mind getting into details within the Creation Story and other stuff; the point I’m making is that there is a particular nuance here: for now we’ll focus on the word ‘sorcerers’.
In the Greek, the word is pharmakeus, which may play a role in where were get the word Pharmacy. The idea is that potions were magical remedies that brought about healing. It would be incorrect then to use this word as an indictment against pharmaceuticals much in the same way that saying affirmations are casting spells. After all, Jesus did say he would cause those who believe to drink from the spring of the water of life…
Evie: You just had to go there didn’t you?
Me: **shrugs shoulders**
7 Illegal Drugs that Can Be Used AS Medicine
Now I’m not here to pull your strings and somehow delude you to become an addict. As many doctors have found positive uses for what is typically known as recreational drugs, I reveal them to you. My advice is to be cautious when using any substance whether prescribed or not. Neither the judgment of you or doctors are infallible. So as Paul would say, “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. With that in mind, let’s move forward.
Cocaine – Did you know that this drug has been used as a topical anaesthetic in South America because of its numbing properties? These effects are known to also alleviate headaches. How sway! Doctors are discovering its advantages to treat irritable bowel disease and other problems with the gut. I wonder when did people decide that putting Coke in Coca-Cola was a problem?
Heroin – Is commonly used as pain management in hospitals. Avoid using pain killers as a way to relieve pain as it is highly addictive.
Magic Shrooms – Another remedy against headaches, obsessive compulsive disorder, and can even remedy depression and anxiety. But being honest here, people turn to shrooms for their psychedelic properties.
Ketamine – also known as ‘Special K’. No, no, no not the cereal here. Ketamine is found to be helpful in tranquilizing horses. There have been studies to suggest ketamine can also cure depression.
MDMA – Otherwise known as ecstacy, E, or X. Studies show it has the potential to treat PTSD. Don’t use it as some caffeine stimulant though.
LSD – Weird fact! In Norway, LSD is known as a possible treatment for alcoholism. I’m not exactly sure if it truly makes them clean, or give them side effects considering their hallucinogenic nature.
Cannabis – Long known as pain relief for chronic illnesses, it has been proven to relieve PTSD, nausea, and some cases of glaucoma and Crohn’s disease.
The Beastly Cures
Not to put some lofty – I told you drugs aren’t that bad – in your face. In a society where black and white thinking abounds, there is more room for the virtue of moderation to take center stage when forming an opinion. A mature person will weight the pros and cons of any issue, Biblical or not. Again, this isn’t to say that all things are redeemable. There are certain things that should be avoided at all costs. Nevertheless, all things can be reconciled to Christ and is the job of true ambassadors to facilitate His work.
Between ten and twenty/
I was a silly rabbit/
Stuck in a compound/
Between proteins & fatty acids/
I begged for magic/
You should’ve seen my top hat/
Sleight of hands hating/
The pitiful poor cat/
Eyes peeled to her smile/
Got them screamn’ loud/
Searching her head like I brows/
Free from corruption/
As I sit in this luncheon/
Our love’s sky-rocketing/
Throughout every function/
F3, F3, was that the right key?/
It can’t be fantastic without the Trinity/
You got 33 seconds to fulfill your ministry/
So eat and have faith/
Here comes the end of History/
The shortcomings of man should not persuade anyone to lose hope in the Final Consummation. It’s unfortunate of what we’re hearing in marriages; Derrick Jaxson and Chris and Paige comes to mind. For those who are married, now is the time to look to Jesus to make every crooked place straight & rough place plain. He will lead us into all truth in His righteousness. So therefore in honor of the National Drug and Alcohol Awareness week, I say to you love Christ until you reach your natural high.
Until next time,
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
When you are vulnerable and helpless, that’s when it becomes crucial who comes into your life. Once you’re under someone else’s care, the reality that life and death is ultimately not under your control comes to the surface. It’s good to have that light bulb switched on so that you have enough courage to face death. That way, when pain arrives and it’s sorrows spring out like rivers, you will not be given over to complete waywardness, but resolve in the holiness of Christ.
This Devotional is more of a supplement to my previous blog: Cell With an X. We’re going to check out two passages of scriptures for the sake of study. The interesting thing about this is that we will be doing this backwards. You’ll understand why shortly.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in the world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 Jo 4:16-18 ESV
Now I’m going to need or you to get your penny loafers and white socks ready because we’re walking backwards here.
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 Jo 2:15-17 ESV
One, two, twist, kick, turn! Spin around! Glide! That’s it! Now let’s go ahead and start thinking about the passages.
Points to Consider
How perfect is YOUR love? Have you felt God’s Supreme Love towards you?
What type of fear is appropriate with love? What needs to be put away?
If perfection is complete, how should one love the world and its components?
Is lust inherently evil? How would you define godly lust?
Note the phrase: but whoever does the will of God abides forever. To what extent will the present world always remain? How does this inform the believer in engaging in ‘worldliness’?
These points need to be addressed because there are quite a few brothers and sisters in Christ who take inferences from these passages for granted. In one corner, we have people who conflate practicing social justice as a gospel antagonistic to the mission of Christ. On another corner, there are Christians who view any type of worldliness against the mandate to holiness. And yet another corner presumes that there is no sin and that we can do whatever whenever we want. All of these takes are half-truths that have unfortunately been perpetuated in Christendom for centuries. And it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. It is humbling to have to sit down with people and go WORD for WORD to show richness of meaning and reveal what the Scriptures are ACTUALLY saying as opposed to what people merely THINK it is saying. Context and nuance is KEY. And as we progress in learning more about the TRUTH of God’s Word and His will in our lives, we’ll be disciplined in a way that reflects Him according to His faithfulness. Remember no matter what good you do in this world, those who don’t understand or hate you will have something negative to say.
For many of us, many new windows of opportunities have opened up. At last, we can say life is sweet with a lil’ chip on your shoulder. This is just a humble brag. You’re feeling more inspired like a bed covered with silky indigo sheets basking in every moment as you look at the horizons. If you’re like me, you’re becoming more of a person who lives with no regrets; the past becomes a ring of fingered melodies and the fleeting intel you need should you wish to travel back in time. And as the day progresses and you become more feeble through life’s adversities, there comes an inner defense; a potent force that meets backwardness with a smiling face. Not sure if it’s through fried nerves or achieving Nirvana, but I do know the collective spirit at work. It’s the same Spirit that leads me to today’s Gospel reading:
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load. Gal 6:2-5 ESV
The Prison of Biblical Accountability
Obligations are shunned because they go counter to what we call freedom. There’s a demand for records (SIDEBAR: I can’t wait til’ I’m able to physically produce my music. Lord willing it will be some of my greatest work revealing the things I’ve done in secret!) that may expose your weaknesses and detract from your image. Such is true so long as we overindulge our ego and not look to Christ and others as pieces of ourselves. When we look at the world as an extension and not an opponent or autonomous entity, we will love and support each other more.
The following is an exercise in interpretation using juxtaposition. Look at today’s Gospel reading and thread it with Galatians 5:14. *IT COULD* read something like this:
14 For the whole law is fulfilled in ‘one’ word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in ‘one’ word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in ‘one’ word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in ‘one’ word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 5 For each will have to bear his own land.
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in the neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.
14 For the whole law is fulfilled in ‘one’ word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Points in Consideration
Consider the two verses: 2 Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. 5 For each will have to bear his own load. How do you reconcile these passages that apparently contradict each other?
Read Gal 2:20. Are you the summation of all things? If so, how should you regard other people?
How do you hold yourself accountable? Do you find it worthwhile to submit to another for assessment? In what ways partnerships can be mutually edifying?
Given your current resources, how can you help others?
Protests Against Inflation
When support breaks down it usually comes from two causes:
Historically speaking, there has been little spaces to healthy growth. Cultivation amongst organizations are often hindered due to short sessions of nurturing. And because our current world esteems money and assets as the primary means to survival, those who do not directly affect the bottom line are overlooked. More honor is needed to those who provide sweat equity whether through their hands, lips, or heart. For when we ensure the least among us wins, everybody goes to the next level.
For when we ensure the least among us wins, everybody goes to the next level.
But what happens if we treat others as if they’re worthless? Well Biblically speaking, there are three ways to consider worthlessness.
The person who regularly engages in ungodly or sanctimonious behavior.
A person who does good but is often overlooked.
All people in relation to the headship of the Almighty.
This question is speaking to the second viewpoint in robbing people of their God-given dignity. Assuming the following premise is true, you can draw the following conclusion.
There is ONE body of Christ and each man members of each other. Therefore to despise or dishonor one, you have debased yourself.
And we can expect God using the world to antagonize you until you see each men made in the image of Christ.
Show The Work
In High School, as much as I loved Mathematics, I would sometimes be subpar or fail tests throughout the year. Just about every time my grades were less than I expected, it was due to silly mistakes; either I was rushing and overlooking details or I was too self-confident and figured I can skip steps and still get them correct. I was the type that tried to excel in mental math. Can you do calculations in your head?
Our work is a reflection of our thoughts and habits. If you are not happy with where you are in life, consider the work you’ve been putting out. Whether that is external work or internal work, you should find pleasure and contentment in whatever you do.
What Microsoft platform allows you to innovate with a vast array of solutions through the Cloud?
Finish the lyrics: When the light’s out, it’s less dangerous…
What is cognitive dissonance? How can one experience such phenomenoms without feeling anxiety?
Explain Aristotle’s summation theory. How does this relate to the study of the church; Ecclesiology?
In Economics, what is inflation? Deflation? How does these issues correlate to people?
Name two types of common photographic processing. How does this relate to one’s memory?
The final point would lose its effectiveness if it isn’t based on Christ. For while these words convey broad ideas, Christ is fundamentally the essence of it all. And the more you see Christ as the most objective truth, the more the allure of this world becomes less. Speaking this truth is what will eventually make you a bonded servant. But what a free servant you become! I’ll close this blog out with a response to a man I hold dear and respect.
Interpretation matters. If the universe has no center, how is there life on earth? Why are there cities bustling with life? We have government, celebrities, sports, and schools. And it’s all being animated by what source? Randomness? I’d like to think reason has a more higher vibration, don’t you? And as I look into the skies, I cannot help but feel that someone is peering into the depths of my soul; piercing beyond my fragile frame revealing both the light and darkness within Me. When I close my eyes, I can sense it. The auras of space spark behind my eyelids like an Eternal Twilight. These words come from a man who strives to think with integrity; who prefers a belief system that’s more inclusive with facts rather than exclusive. I find the former having the capacity to be more fair with assessments than the latter. Society has done much harm discriminating and compartmentalizing things. So in my humble opinion, with deference to Divine Knowledge, I assert that:
Sense the Universe has *KNOW* center, you *CAN* be it through Christ.
I wonder how this may change what goes down in people’s DMs? Any who, go be great and make others great through Christ. I James, along with many other saints, some you know and others you do not, write this blog to you. And as always, I love you. Until next time.
See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.
Never mind that you a kid/ Think it’s a joke til’ you get rigged/ What track you think it’s racist/ When they lock you into cages/ And for good reason/ Yes n*** it’s the season for snitchn’/ We can’t keep covering bad nature/ The bad eggs we not hitching/ We calling cops no faking/ Call cap but we in for the taking/ Not today Satan/ Daddy’s coming home with the bacon/ Chicken pot pie/ Chicken pot pi/ All that ganga bop bap/ You can kiss bye-bye/ We sick n’ tired of the drive bys/ Little children’ taking kids lives/ You gonna have to answer to the hive/ And there better not be any false allerbis/
Cuz we after the grand auto return/ Giving back to the one’s who were burned/ You gonna learn how to work for your earn/
During the days of dancing between angels and demons; waffling through the genius of light and darkness, comes another shuffled cue from the archives. The days of sitting at the dock is over. If you were thinking you can catch a part of the wave now, that ship has unfortunately sailed. But don’t worry, there’s likely another buzz going on that people will let fly. Don’t let noncrucial matters keep you from living your best life.
The Evil Residence
Last time I wrote about abortion, I brought up additional perspectives that justifies abortion in its proper context. While not condoning irresponsible or cruel behaviors, we took note that:
God causes miscarriages
There is plausibility one can have spiritual children at no cost
If children are the greatest in the Kingdom, it is Logical to infer that fetuses in faith can bear the cross while in the womb.
If we would abort lusts and other carnality to not give birth to sin, it is appropriate to see abortion of unwanted pregnancies as Biblical.
Finding such unconventional assertions as dubious is understandable. My only hope is that final judgements on the matter are reserved until all pertinent evidence is revealed; whether through investigation or in Providence.
The gospel reading I want to use to build my final case on abortion is below:
In cooperation with those who examine text in its context, we’ll affirm that this passage foreshadows the way Jesus would be crucified. Additionally, this verse would speak to following Christ as a living sacrifice…Let’s read the next verse:
25 Whoever loves HIS life loses IT, and whoever hates HIS life in this world will keep IT for eternal life. Jn 12:25 ESV *Emphasis Added*
SIDEBAR: I try my best to makes things as clear as possible, and give people information in a way so that they can go about their lives making the best decisions. When it comes to Christianity, there seems to be this ongoing notion that people are adding or twisting the text to fit their own agenda. While I don’t deny the notion that this may be true in some cases, there needs to be an equal amount of consideration given to those who may not comprehend well, weakening the potency of words and failing to apply the Spirit of God’s Word fully.
CASE IN PONT: Considering the fact that God sent His own Son to die, how can we apply following God’s example personally, relatively, and collectively? I used the word relatively as an intentional pleonasm, knowing that the full definition of words are not commonly understood. Would a correct assessment of the Scripture involve a Lieutenant sending a fellow soldier on a kamikaze mission? A company releasing a beta project for testing marketing demand? Why wouldn’t this include the relationship between a parent and a fetus?
Somebody needs to soak their toes in the tub for an hour because they’re funky. No really, these questions are asked to probe insight around the text and to fill in applications that are normally overlooked. Otherwise, we’re in danger of speaking in a feedback loop or engaging in unhealthy group-think. It’s not flattering to be rounded up as chickens in the coup.
Who is responsible for creating the earliest form of chicken incubators and around what time were they created? In the business world, what are incubators?
What is a cooperative? Name four types of cooperatives? How can you build one within your own community?
Disunity is prevalent is society and unfortunately more so within the Black Community. What ways can we restore harmony without destroying individuality?
So far that was 10 questions. Only eleven more to go….just kidding. Be inquisitive my little kittens. Just remember the old cliche and don’t eat that pizza Garfield.
However, those who have been completely sanctified by the Spirit of Christ will experience Agape love in every place and at all times. Because true love is transcendental, a person who achieves this state will find themselves in Paradise.
22 And thou shalt be loved by all for the glory of God: but the one who falls short of completion shall suffer tribulations. 2 Matt 10:22 TPV (The Prototypical Version)
Herein is a hint for the justification of abortion. For any loving parent would want the best for their child and their partner. Whatever is birthed through the spirit will lead to Eternal Bliss while those who give birth to children in the flesh may experience troubles. May God cause all who are parents to find all their children to be a blessing.
There is a double-edged sword when it comes to finding solutions to climate change. Because some are convinced that humans play an integral role in the current shift, measures have been taken to curb human output through population control. Perhaps controlling the populations makes sense with the ever-increasing rise of water scarcity. It’s threat challenges the future of the human race. On the other side of the ring are people who want to control the population for the manipulation of people to preserve a heirarchy of classism. Guard against those who wish to destory in the guise of nurturing and those who hide their intentions to oppress through the flattery of words. I hope you are wise enough to discern the nuances now.
The Social Mirrors
If you want to experience agape love quickly, social media maybe an obstacle for you. Remember as long as your heart is not converted, the world and the people in it will lack the character to love you well. Guard your ways be learning to love unconditionally – even if that means isolating to love and enjoy your own company – and you will do well.
This water bottling company can be found in megastores like Walmart and Safeway and is named after a waterfall. What is the name of the company?
What is the double-slit experiment and what is it’s significance in quantum physics?
In Economics, there is a study on game theory. What is simultaneous and sequential game theory? How can it be applied to Spirituality and Epistemics? Under what context should zero-sum games be adopted?
Of Wombed Sacrifice
Cruising right along here. Are we bored yet? I’ll admit, I have a lot to work on in regards to my pen game. Great communication isn’t my strongest trait. I wonder if that makes me an anomaly.
*Looks to see if he can fly this cycle somewhere*.
Any hints Steve?
Well the last reason abortion can be justified is in pious sacrifice to God. To recap, there are irresponsible and immoral reasons to abort a child. The point that is being made here is that there are scenarios where such practices are acceptable, i.e rape, death of mother or child, abandonment etc. To confirm this, let’s look at a well known scripture:
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Rm 12:1 ESV
Compare with an earlier passage:
12 So then brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Rm 8:12-13
Being basic is giving low vibrations/ I’d rather drive a hoop-dee/ than pay for a car note/ That’s education for ya/ I’m not toying with ya/ If you wanna stack paper you’re gonna need to change/ ya nature/ You don’t have to be a student before you become the teacher/ When you look beyond the surface/ You’ll see the special features/ Like Mister, Where did these footprints come from?/ Look like Bruce Wayne but Shorter/ Brother must be from another kingdom/ You know why I hate chitterlings?/ They’re pig intestines/ Somewhere down the line someone thought this makes a healthy helping/ Like ok! Who would ever go for seconds?/ And that concludes my 21 questions/
I know some of us would rather stay young, but who would really want to go back to Middle School? There were too many restrictions at that time. And if you think that is bad, just think about how it would be returning to become a fetus! If you’re in Christ, you perceive everything before you’re brought into the world. Otherwise, you’re ignorant and dependent on the care of your mother. Yeah, I said mother. If an unborn child cannot bear the cross through Christ, then the only other option that is justifiable is the parent crucifying the child by agency of the Spirit.
Not the most palatable food, I know. I don’t do simple chit-cats. And I don’t wish to put stumbling blocks before anyone’s path. I just get upset when people are being condemned for something that is Biblical all because others overlook small details. Well anyways, did we really write this thing together? I wonder how many thoughts were exchanged without speaking to one another. So about that flick…we making this movie or nah?
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
The lyrics above I wrote for my wife and sang them to her on the day of our wedding. Today would mark 10 years of us being married and boy has it been a journey. The day we got married felt so surreal; committing to the ONE I love and looking back wondering if you’ll ever have those moments again. I’m so grateful to know that in Christ it’s a resounding YES and infinitely more as we mature. So honey, let me remind you one more time who you are.
You are a reflection of the Most High God; beautiful and elegant in every way. You are filled with all the fullness of the sacred Godhead. You are a priestess and my Queen. And when we look into the world, remember it is a kaleidoscope of our existence. We don’t have to be insecure anymore, neither should we stifle our gifting. I want you to see and know all that you are as you learn to appreciate me for who I truly am.
Count: What’s the point of gain? Should a man add centuries of problems to his cause? Should he detract from his genius in pursuit of wealth? I cannot muster the thought being mastered by chimes dinging throughout the day. Such a man can never sleep.
Countess: Unless he takes upon himself a definitive partner; one who will push him to infinite limits while keeping him fed. Such a man found favor with his wife; and he pangs in anticipation as he watches over the city.
I promise you there’s no foul play here. There’s only lofty fancies transmitted to hard copies. These things drive me like offensive line backs off the shotgun formation. I’m ready to stand firm and go long. No my lady. You don’t have to look pretty. You already got me. This gospel reading is for all of us who has boogers in their nose.
10 And you are indeed showing this love to all the bothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to excel more and more; and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you. 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. 1 Thess 4:10-12
the love train
You ever pulled up on someone while they were digging in their nose? Like they’re mining for gold; got their whole face wiggling like they gettn’ jiggy with it? Like if they didn’t get this booger out they might die of suffocation? What do you do? Do you ignore and pretend you didn’t see it or look at em’ in the face and be like, “Eww, that’s gross!” Hopefully, your response is predicated on how you love, the type of relationship you have, and your analysis on what type of love is needed.
7 Ways to Perfect Love for the Brothers
Pray – it helps to intercede on their behalf so that good may come to them. If you truly desire what’s good for their soul, spirituality will factor into your actions.
Get to know them: find out their hobbies, their interests. Get to know their ambitions and help them solve any problems if you can.
Be affectionate – whether through empathy or tenderness, let your feelings be ‘healthy’ towards them.
THINGS TO DISCUSS: How can you develop healthy feelings for someone? Where should you let your guards down? Where should you set up boundaries?
Touch – whether through high fives, a tap on the shoulder, or a warm embrace. We are sentient beings and a soothing touch can show that one is loved.
Get to know their family – if you would call someone a brother or a sister, you should get acquainted with their family at some point.
Get them a gift – people appreciate gifts as it shows them you care for them. Just don’t think friendships can be bought.
Go out together – this could be to a party, another country, or doing community service. Bonds are strengthened as you do work together.
A Quiet pyre
One of the main reasons why I cling to Christian thought are the presence of paradoxes; two opposing statements that gives an underlying truth. There was a time where I thought it made no logical sense to hold two opposing opinions until nature humbled me.
TRUE STORY: I was working downtown in Chicago outside when it was staring to rain. Because my day of work wouldn’t be over until that evening, I needed to find some shade. It thundered and began to pour hard – and lo and behold – I looked across the street and it was sunny with no clouds. Literally I was being rained on and all I had to do was cross the street to be dry. Have you ever had this experience before?
In the 11th verse in our devotional, we’re encouraged to live a quiet life. In two other verses, there is an insinuating of living a loud and passionate life.
8 And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Archaia… 1 Thess 1:8
19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit 1 Thess 5:19
The way I’ve learned to reconcile this is two-fold. For one, there is no thought or whisper not heard form God and those in the faith. Number two, there is a time and place for open preaching, and quiet work. There needs to be balance between the two.
Mind your business
No really…unless your work involved overseeing the affairs of others, you have no place prying into people’s lives, spreading gossip or slander. Do you have a business or are you merely working for another? This isn’t to look down on those who are working for others, rather this is to provide alternatives to those who may be looking for work outside of their job. It’s counterintuitive to pursue a career as an intrapreneur or be the president of a company acting as an employee.
Things to Ponder
If you wanted ot start a business, what would it be?
How would you maintain & grow your business?
What partnerships or sponsors would you look for assistance?
My personal touch
Feels nice to have an assistant helping you complete tasks.
Count: You know I cannot have my servants slave for me dear. Have them be paid their worth. Countess: Yes my love. I will look into payroll and make adjustments accordingly.
If we ever worked for others, more than likely you were at a job where you worked long hours for little pay. It’s tempting once you have your enterprise to set up structures under you so that people must work hard to work with you. And no, simply saying that’s how the world is isn’t gonna cut it. Either we learn to pay people fair wages or we lighten the load through their removing or sharing tasks. Nobody’s mousn’ around here.
Have you ever thought you could drag and drop things in your house with a computer hand? Or is it just me? Like while you’re cleaning the bathroom and you finishing the tub & toilet at the same time with your digital hands going ,” Zoo Be Doo Wap!” *In my Louis Armstrong voice* BOOM and then it’s DONE… Let me prophesy to the mothers who are burned out from maintaining the house. Your hands may have been weary in work but I’m going to extend your hands. My work shall be great amongst you as my eye works in your heart. You shall perform wonders in the home with ease with time and energy to spare says the LORD.
May Christ be born into our lives to do the impossible. Amen
The promise of self-sufficiency
When humanitarian cooperatives are preferred over spiritual community, we may find our values, goals, or boundaries clashing. We can lose a sense of freedom as outcomes are not only determined by circumstances, but other people. In Christ, our future in entirely dependent on Providence, and God only wants the best for us. All He asks us to do is serve Him and make his name great. If we are sound in Christ, we can do all things without the assistance of another. Nevertheless, Christian community cooperates as one body in the Earth.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT: If you CAN do all things through Christ, what spiritual or natural gifting do you feel can be awakened? How can you partner with Christ so that every good and hidden thing in you becomes perfected?
That wasn’t the question
We could be talking about the birds and the bees but here we are; reading these words…I can only hope you’re really digesting this language so that our lives may mushroom to something grand. This adrenaline is natural man. And I’m not trying to steal anyone’s thunder. You should know me by now. Stay in sync and the flow will come automatically. Continue to pursue justice, and Christ will come in a heartbeat..will come in a heartbeat…come in a heartbeat….in a heartbeat…..a heartbeat……heartbeat.
And James was relieved to know that he was still alive.
Count: God, I am forever in debt to the mercy extended to me. It is new every morning. You turned my sorrows into joy, and when I was just a worm, you caused me to fly with many sparrows. Thank you for keeping my life on track and preserving my mind from being quacked. You know how prone I am to wonder. Today I’m not six-feet under.
Countess: So make us stand taller in grace; even as we stand upon shoulders of giants who came before us. We praise you becase although many families are broken, the spirits of our ancestors are ever with us. Thank you for pouring your love abundantly in our heart. Let this same love bring restoration in the world around us. Ameen.
Which type of reality you prefer: Virtual, Digital, Augmented, or Spiritual? Why not have it all in Christ…
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ