The Bishop’s Opening

The Bishop's Opening

CHAPTER ONE

America’s Red Flag

1Here is what God is saying concerning the United States:
The colors of your flag are red, white, and blue;
why then is your land only red?
2The sounds of violence are within the ear shots of babes;
the musician no longer plays their instrument,
and the singer has ceased from singing.
3Nations have turned their backs on you;
even those who plead to you for their lives,
for you have exchanged vitals for vitriol.
4Open your eyes and weep! Feel remorse!
For your transgressions have piled up,
and you have prized rubies over me.

His Story of Slaves


5I showed belligerence to your fathers;
when I punished them with the sword and with whips,
my wrath was on display as in a stadium.
6I impoverished them even to the depths of their soul,
but my Holy Ones can afford my delight and favor;
for the sweetness of my charm has never left my necks.
7They have found their standing in Me,
and become my most precious of Messengers.
Because of this, they will receive my inheritance.
8Doesn’t my name bring about salvation?
Does it not both deliver and destroy?
Dare to praise me, and you will find refuge.

The King’s Meme


9For I am the LORD, a consuming fire;
Yeshua, the LORD of hosts.
I was severed from my brothers as in the days of Joseph.
10And my brothers came to me saying,
“Who are you to tell us you’re the King?”
And my authority is challenged.
11Therefore I instructed my muses to prepare a drink for me
with hyssop; for a libation, but for themselves.
Let them pursue pleasure within reason, 
lest the serpent beguile them.
12I commanded the powers to irrigate the land with dryness;
that the country shall thirst with nothing to quench,
and the ungodly shall drown in their appetite.
13Those who have respect to my name shall not be in chains,
they shall remain untarnished;
uninhibited and will escape the grip of the despot.
14Still the sacrilegious shall burn in their corruption;
it shall be heaped upon them as coals of fire;
yes even as meteors of wormwood.
15Their souls shall be tormented forever;
left desolate with no one to restore,
for they despised the only hand that could rescue.

A Waning Church


16O Israel, my ministers have become dispassionate;
my prophets are apathetic,
for their bloodshot eyes have not seen peace.
17And the minds of the wise agonize,
they seek knowledge from dusk until morning,
and yet no solution is found to cure.
18Because at the end of the Day, they’ve forgotten Me.
I am the Day, the Bright Morning Star.
The grind that the LORD requires has ceased amongst them.
19Therefore dancing shall cease from the clubs,
and skipping from the hearts of the streets.
Giddiness shall be known as an ancient relic;
20And the vigor of the strong shall fail;
even the fragrances and cosmetics.
Let those who keep judgment accept bribes no more!

21Keep the ways of the LORD and he will preserve you;
You will continue on Highways that the profane cannot enter.
22You will rest in the loveliest pastures that God has provided.
Justice shall be your front and rear shield.
For only the pure in heart can enter my presence.

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Grammatic Memorial

Thank You Rocks

There are people out there who put Salt and Pepper on everything – I mean – everything. And there are people who like natural flavors from juices and oils. Personally, I use seasonings to get a particular taste and I don’t need much to discern them; just a few pinches here and there, live and let die.

Major Ad – Libs

On January 29, 2020, James Ingram, an American singer-songwriter passed away. He is most remembered for his collaborative works with other singers. Some of his notable song credits include: ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘P.Y.T.’, ‘The Day I Fall in Love,’ and ‘Somewhere Out There’. He is most certainly an R&B Crooner in a time where romantic lyrics were in and love songs were appropriate for courting and even marriage. If only there was a way we could import the culture to our times without the social issues that existed in those days.

Baby, Come to Me Patti Austin and James Ingram

Ten Ways to Express Gratitude in Words

  1. I am honored that: Unconventional phrasing that shows you respect the benefits another has given you.
  2. Much obliged: Way of showing deep deference by going out the way to say you are indebted to another.
  3. I appreciate: Sometimes you want to assign value to a person’s deeds. I appreciate is an overused phrase but gets the idea across.
  4. To your credit: Another slick phrase to assign value to a good action. Just make sure you’re not keeping tabs.
  5. I wanna compliment – Usually used to flirt in finding pleasure in looks. This can be used in other creative ways so explore a little bit.
  6. Here in tribute: Self-referencing statement that has a more formal flair in showing appreciation.
  7. I commend: A way of showing gratefulness is by praising another’s efforts. Sincere commendations may mix compliments in between.
  8. I’m grateful for: Classic way of showing gratitude. Good way of collecting ideas when you want to look at someone in a different light.
  9. You make me glad: What’s the point of being grateful if it doesn’t affect your emotions in a positive way? Start saying this to yourself if you are experiencing bouts of depression.
  10. Thank you: The hallmark of every expression of thanks. Amazing what simple letters can do.

To embody thankfulness or gratefulness, one must learn the million different ways of expressing gratitude. Here is a challenge for songwriters – can you write a fresh and compelling new song about being thankful? The list above only touched how to express gratitude using words. How would you express it with actions?

If you are looking at some books to help you along your gratitude journey check out a few of these below. I personally haven’t read these books, but I’m looking forward to exploring and honoring those who are helping to shape our world in social justice. Perhaps we can start a book club in the future.

The Source of Self-Regard – Toni Morrison

‘Your Faith Walk: Wisdom and Affirmations on the Path to Personal Power’ (From the Editors of ESSENCE)

Grounded in Gratitude- Tiffany A. Wright

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills

In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America – Eddie S. Glaude

The Color of Water -James McBride

Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi

Don’t Despise Small Beginnings – Jerome Taylor

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man – Emmanuel Acho

Reckless Organ Donors: Part One

Pipe Organ Header

There are certain issues that shouldn’t be addressed as it brings about too much tension. And there are some issues that you have to confront as it’s silent prejudices brings forth subtle separation in society. Abortion is one of those subjects that can be dangerously wielded to bring about unbalanced power and influence. Historically we have seen ethical stigmas attached to such practices as inherently evil and we want to dispel those myths. Hopefully, I won’t have to write several articles defending this case, but for now let’s give a sound Biblical argument which helps level judgments on the matter.

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. Lu 14:26 BSB [Emphasis Added]

Freckled Sea

Ill Mind of Hopsin 7

A struggling songwriter once wrote the line,

It’s us, find power

Live life, mind power

It’s us, find power

Live life, mind power

All too often, people are hindered from approaching God due to the systems of teachings that brought undue blemishes to a person’s reputation. Many assumptions were made; that the Bible made clear this practice is wrong or right – and in some cases – that’s true. Unfortunately, many leaders have overstepped Biblical Authority in giving Christian Ethics that were either prescribed practices the Bible was silent on and/or where there were discrepancies. If Christians can understand that righteousness comes from faith in Christ alone, then we would refrain from judging others by what things look or sound like.

If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. Matt 5:29-30 ESV

Three questions about this passage:

  1. How do those Scriptures confine one in its immediate context? What ways does it liberate?
  2. Does the following passage suggest practicing Eisegesis? If so, under what context can we hint at cancelling or overwriting the text?
  3. How could this passage speak to the issue of Abortion? Does it speak in favor or against it? Can it speak in favor of both?

Less of a Sign

Not barking up the wrong tree here but if you frequently drive between lanes, you’re Haagen Daaz. No Jairy you’re a whole anonymousness. I’mma need you to go get some help. It may appear to some that I’m the quintessential con man due to my waywardness in speech. I’ll protest in defense of this ‘froward’ (as some will claim) attitude that is doesn’t stem from a delight in evil. Rather this is the decisive outgrowth of being rooted in Christ. Like how that little man Paul was as he was writing to the Philippians. And we all know how great of a disciple Paul was. He extended an invitation to those who would be of the same family to imitate him and other mature Christians in the faith to sacrifice all for Jesus. Should Christians surrender all to Jesus? Sounds like a simple answer right? Apparently not for pro-lifers, who insist that the birthing of children is immune from all reproach; that unborn children have the right to be born and to strip that away is of utmost wickedness. Like God would never say to a couple expecting, “I know you’re in the middle of pregnancy, but I need you to drop that and follow me.”

Fascinating! For a second there I thought somebody was starting a party. Factions happen when we conveniently skew the facts and omit details. I know some of us have been raised well and have gone to the finest schools and have gotten straight A’s. Notwithstanding an impeccable record, it would become meaningless as one follows the ways of God. How interesting is it to find the most precious of blessings to become the lowest of grades. No I’m talking about children here – including – the unborn child. Because when it comes to one’s life and it’s relationship with Christ, you’ll know the difference between the sheep and the goats by those who said F’ DEM KIDS!!!

Factions happen when we conveniently skew the facts and omit details.

The prototype

Either/Or or Both

Let’s go ahead and clear up somethings before fake news goes out and say that I’m preaching about shirking from responsibility or cruelly damaging others for pleasure. Because we know especially in the context of the Black Community, this narrative has the Monopoly over the Black Man. Are you bored that I insist on talking about Black Issues? I guess things would be more Flava full if I started rapping or talking about our women twerking in the streets. Because at the end of the day, people would rather grift our culture than actually stop the injustices of racism and systematic oppression in our country. There’s another A in the whole anonymousness department.

What is the mathematical formula for the volume of cylinders?

A godly man knows that the worship of God is superlative to all other loves. The forsaking of all is not to live some frivolous life in fancied piety, but to position oneself to take more active roles in serving others. A godly man will remove all obstacles in his way to get to the Father, so that in return he may be a father to the fatherless. May this provide some clarity of possibilities to those who were raised in broken homes. Some were scarred by parents who passed away while they were young, others were immature and couldn’t handle the responsibility, and yet others were complete douchebags. It may be difficult for you to find a place in your heart to truly honor your parents, and that’s why God calls you to Himself first. You’re brought to the Father so that not only are you healed in Christ, you also become the child that makes their parents proud – yes even – birth new life into your parents through the resurrecting power of the Spirit.

The forsaking of all is not to live some frivolous life in fancied piety, but to position oneself to take more active roles in serving others.

THE PROTOTYPE

The Black Donnie

No matter how you look at it, if you don’t clothe yourself with the righteousness of Christ, you can forget it. For those who trust in letters will eventually be condemned by them. We missed a mark didn’t we?

And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)[d]— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.” Mark 7:9-13

Let’s not search the Scriptures for Eternal Life missing Jesus in the Way. SIDEBAR: You ever wondered what Jesus’ teenage years were like? Like did he have the spoiled brat side of Him that he had to keep in check because he could do a job on a mug. This temptation had to go through his mind at some point – as soon as he saw someone he disliked:

Jesus: OH so you wanna be donkey eh? Let’s see how silly you gonna be once I put you to sleep. Nail you right in that coffee…

***sips tea while chuckling***

***Friend comes in***

Friend: Hey Jesus!

Jesus wakes from his tempting scheme

Jesus: Oh Hi O, didn’t see you there.

Friend: Hey, did you hear about Nimrod? He kicked the bucket while milking Johnny’s cows!

Jesus: WELL HAAGENITY DAAZ, do you know what he died from?

No, in all seriousness though, can you imagine what it would be like to be tempted in every way and yet not make a mistake? To be Lord of all, and yet be disciplined by the rod of correction is a awe filled wonder of the nature of Christ. What weight is lifted in simply trusting and following Him!

The Name’s Connor

As we take further descent into Christology, we’ll close this blog out with a reverberated idea; how absurd is it that Jesus who is the driving force behind the creation of all things, does not properly enter the world until the appointed time! For Jesus is the sower, seed, and soil yet we call Him the Son of David. How many times was the mission of redemption aborted before it was time to fulfill prophecy?

Neva would I think Laughlin/

The bruised esophagus gets cured with Lozenges/

A spoonful of sugar got Mary Poppin/

Stopped the bleed/

Smoked the weed out of hippopotamus/

She came clean on the dialysis/

Detroit: Become Human

And called me in the cottage/

Must be a bad day cuz I sensed something was rotten/

Now I’m not a poor man but I begged her pardon/

She said I played a hard rock but I wasn’t James Harden/

Now I’m wondering/

Where is she getting this fantasy?/

Got me feeling like Michael Blackson singing Billie Jean/

Huh? What you mean?/

Got the jitters on 11 shots of Caffeine/

I’m grounded more than an 11-year-old in Quaran(teen)/

Good mornin’ she’s moaning/

Conan

Something serious is forming/

I’m thinking is this Black Mirror/

Cuz people are cloning/

I asked her riddle me this/

If I was really out there Roman/

I’d be the Parable of the Sower/

More barbaric than ‘C’Onan/

The point of this poem is to Honor the LORD through song/

And show that He’s the final arbiter of right and wrong/

From D-Troy abortion keeps away the unruly throng/

For God to wait to conceive the Virgin/

His pull out game was strong/

How many times was the mission of redemption aborted before it was time to fulfill prophecy?

Is there more evidence that abortion is not inherently evil?

Well explore next time on the episode of ROD (Reckless Organ Donors).

This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).

— 2 Corinthians 13:1 NLT with Emphasis

Diverse Jury

Castle Tea

Castle Tea House
T Drop Cap

hus it was settled. I made an oath to never venture in that direction again Duke. Not for a shilling, not even for a morsel shall my bowels soften. Our world hangs in the balance. Yet for her I suppose such amendments can be made. Courage demands a stand. For integrity then shall I advance My Lady. For Love (I Come Your Friend).

For Love (I Come Your Friend) – George Duke Cover

With Skim Milk

If you’re like me, you probably put on some weight since the Quarantine. Similarly, you probably took a good chunk of time to reflect, rest, and learn new skills: Consolidate. All education is transferable in my opinion. What matters is that your learning is developing U into what you value the most. If you haven’t figured me out yet, my main goal is to live a fulfilling life. Unfortunately, I haven’t solved the problem of being a short man. Dot. Dot. Dot.

Lots of Bubbles

One of the most frustrating things for me in these times is the rise of Tribalism. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in community. And sometimes it’s good to ostracize to protect the integrity of commonwealth. But we’re seeing a stronghold of anti-intellectualism; where the lack of critical thinking and empathy arises, opinions are shot from the hip without conciliation, and social and logical fallacies surround the gullible like a firing squad. Which soul is next to be subjected to cancel culture? This cannot be real right? Ignorance can be a form of witchcraft.

Talk on Cancel Culture by Gothix. What do you think about her talk?

What do you think about the Economy? I say the combination of falling housing sales, rising unemployment, and relatively strong stock market shows a disconnect between Main Street and Wall Street. How long do you think these inflated assets will remain? I don’t know as I’m not an expert on these things. In all seriousness though, I do believe in the law of gravity.

2021 Bitcoin Prediction

And Cinnamon Sticks

I Drop Cap

t’s a great feeling to come into your own. When you learn to love yourself with all your flaws – that’s when you begin to become perfect. When you finally heal that’s when you can bear the Casual(T)s. Like the continued violence in poor neighborhoods, laundering of money, and social injustice. The latter being taboo subjects around certain cultures. I still don’t find how many Evangelicals can preach the Suffering Gospel when very few are lynched in America. So “air of gas’ I tell you.

All these barriers slow down progress towards a universal meritocracy; where men are collectively refined to be elite – IF- desired, where markets are approachable for Main and Little Street, and life and freedom are promoted to its fullest. This will never happen so long as interdisciplinary subjects aren’t taught or promoted in business. Neither if we forget the legacies laid down by our ancestors. So, then my dear Sir, forgiveth mine iniquities being sheepish about God. If only thou hast preached the Name. Thy brother may have intercrossed, since we’re so ‘death of hearing.’

John Lewis
Cordy Tindell Vivian

Serving Hot

But what stands before us is not some dilapidated dream; an age in which injustices across the globe are unavoidable, where people are locked in their echo chambers; imprisoned by unsound group think and tribal talks. We’re no longer bound to the idea that our economy must operate under a zero-sum game; under the pretense of scarcity and classism. Our minds have been opened to entertaining the alternatives; those hybrid political and economical systems that challenges the status quo without demolishing the landmarks of Democracy. Our hearts have been warmed through this sensation of complete healing so let’s not doubt its effects on the soul. Never before have a few turns of events given us a greater assurance of hope. We can see the Promise Land from afar off. We are taking steps back to look behind and before and see that the old has passed away – and INDEED –  all things are becoming new.

How does it look? Can we get there quicker? What should we expect? If the prospects of an American Utopia seem too idealistic, let’s look at what things we can do to better our outlook of the future.

Six Ways to Make your Time on Earth Heavenly

Open Mindedness

  1. Be healthy: You’ll need to invest in yourself to see the Kingdom of Heaven is not only near you, but in you. And when you commune with the Supreme Being, you’ll find yourself more dispositioned to exert yourself spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically in a way that is both self-rewarding and profitable to others.
  2. Interdisciplinary learning: It’s easier to be in awe of the world and yourself when you can connect the dots of one subject to another. Learn new skills, go for an adventure, meet new people, and see if there is a correlation in your studies. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised!
  3. Get out of your comfort zone: It’s good to establish safety in the things that make you most comfortable, but you should not stay there. Do something that is difficult for you. Meet people who do not share the same ideas or values not to persuade them, but to get a better understanding. Make it an ambition to travel outside of your country.
  4. Be a thriver financially: It’s difficult to do the aforementioned if we are still in survival mode. If you are barely making ends meet, take a step back and take a deep breath. Say to yourself, “I am not merely a survivor, I am a thriver.” Daily Confessions are powerful. For those who have made Christ their refuge are more than conquerors, they are healers, redeemers, indeed saviors of this present world and the world to come. Envision yourself as a conduit of resources where you a freely giving things to enrich others. Think of systems and solutions that makes channeling these resources easier and accessible to everyone.
  5. Accept and see past flaws: While It’s important to maintain objectivity and to see the world ‘as is’, we must also understand that changes in this world are conditional to how people perceive the world and others. Pessimism belongs to a realist, but optimism is the root of all practicality. For what’s the purpose of pursuing any endeavor if it’s impossible to accomplish? Let love be our common denominator and see the beauty in our people.
  6. Expect miracles: Extraordinary events can happen and do happen whether you believe in God or not. What are the chances that supernatural events can conduct themselves in and through you if you don’t even believe they exist? It may not be wise to stack the odds against us by refusing to believe and act on the possibilities.

With Honey

If we take the time to practice those things and develop character, we may go far. Establishing rectitude is analogous to building a strong tower. It is strong because it’s foundation and composition has significant substance and longevity. For when James first heard her voice, his spirit was stirred.

‘Is she not the wisdom my fathers hath taught me?

I sat daily under the tutelage of my teachers.

They taught me how to incline my ear

And I ate amongst the prudent.

I shall sing to her in well-courted boleros.

In tempered mandolins do I string melodies.

Even in false trills do I compose codas.

She called me…Baby Yoda.’

And a T-Spoon

So, for many of us who are still in transition (my wife and I are still thinking through our next steps in moving…) do your best to keep a positive outlook on life. For some of you, the past year has utterly destroyed your livelihood and now you are back at the drawing board.

Solve for t:

t2 * (5-2) = 27

Don’t give up. Don’t be discouraged. Whatever state you may find yourself in, make sure you take the proper measurements to make the best decisions. Remember to remain positive throughout research. Bring solutions that can be tested and correspond to reality. You CAN push yourself to go the distance.

You CAN expect this of me My Lady. Not an hour, or a day goeth by idly. We are turning to a new chapter and a fresh story emergeth. Let it be written of us that we flourish in desolate times; that we may hold each other dear thus being a citadel unbroken – a Castle Tea. May we loveth well so that we may prevent ourselves and others from committing Casual (T)s, and that life and affection are the things that ever surroundeth us. Until we cross the other side. Farewell my love.

                                                            Consolidation

Can you read this entire blog hearing ‘Christ’ and ‘Crucified’ juxtaposed with every word?

“I think too many people presume to read the divine Scriptures and fall into such terrors as this,’ said Patricius sternly. ‘Those who presume on their learning will learn, I trust, to listen to their priests for the true interpretations.’
The Merlin smiled gently. ‘I cannot join you in that wish, brother. I am dedicated to the belief that it is God’s will that all men should strive for wisdom in themselves, not look to it from some other. Babes, perhaps, must have their food chewed for them by a nurse, but men may drink and eat of wisdom for themselves.”
― Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon


The D in KnowleDge

DareDevil Logo

Don’t be two # because people won’t appreciate it and will challenge you. You know I’ll be the first to admit I’m not too fond of the saying ‘Starting over from scratch’, because ‘The Devil is in the Details’. That was before I was acquainted with the whole truth and the nature of unity. The sorrows that knowledge brings is like an onion; a hard peel to swallow. You can relate to that feeling I’m sure of. 

If I speak openly, it’s in Defense of the Gospel and to offend the rulers who oppress others with lies. If I’m quiet, it’s in ambition to lead a quiet life and to let my faith spread everywhere so that I along with the saints and the Heavenly hosts need not say another word.

So to give another Devotional, we will answer a baseless claim as we rightfully Divide the word of Truth.

No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved. – Proverbs 12:3

ESV

If I could get a dollar for how many people have become rich by scamming others, I’d be a millionaire. Of course, this isn’t what this Proverb is really hinting at for these words are spiritual.

Two things we’ll do with the first clause so we can get the bigger picture.

1.) We’ll emphasize a word 

2.) We’ll add a word for clarity [ Known as Eisegesis ]

Dark Sayings of the Wise

No one IS established made permanent by wickedness, but and the ROOT of the righteous will never be moved.

Because on the way to the cross, Jesus took upon our infirmities, our weakness; our sins. And although the Beauty of the Divine was upon Him, he masked himself so that there was nothing to desire. There was much ugliness in his afflictions all the way to Death. 

He was beaten and bruised so that he would be the cream of the crop. Isn’t it strange that God would command his own beating? Talk about a hellthy dose of self-hatred.

Whip it. Whip it. WICKED GOOD. 

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Is 5:20

13When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Col 2:13-14

Or in other words, while you are in the middle of doing dirty deeds (although we shouldn’t be sinning willfully) Christ’s resurrecting life is at work in you in accordance to your faith in Him.

No De nada

What amazing truth to know that God sent His Son to die for us! How obscure is it to know that this was predestined and not fulfilled until the appropriate time. For orthodoxy believes that Jesus is the firstborn of all creation. Yet he was not born until the days of Herod, in a manger and through the Spirit. Talk about abortion and pro-choice!!! Do we really believe that we should allow EVERY desire conceived to give birth? 

Article written by Jesuit Priest James Martin, S. J.

Sorry, but not sorry. I had to put it that way. Monists typically get the most flack when we put glasses on folks. People tend to see double and we like to avoid DVision. We gonna bond in this Aston Martin or no?

For those who are struggling with this notion of abortion as if Jesus said nothing about it we’ll take a D-tour so that it is abundantly clear that Jesus did speak of these things being Lord over PRO-LIFE AND PRO-CHOICE. 

It’s been said that those who believe in abortion are fake Disciples, but truly truly I say to you whatever a man leaves for my sake shall receive a hundredfold in the age to come.

The Dark Sayings of Jesus

I know the passage doesn’t fit the bill.

Pains me to give you an F in aching

The Doula IS-REAL

Nothing is covered up that will not be revealeD, or hidDen that will not be known. Luke 12:2

This Pet’s Catalogue

It was inevitable that in doing this I should arrive at new results, and it is perhaps understandable that in the end I have felt impelled to present these results not only in the dry form of a catalogue, but also in a more connected and personal one. – Alfred Einstein

I was caught off guard when she brought her in the house. We had not too long ago talk about our mice problems and possible solutions to keep them out – and here she is – wandering about with her soft black eyes scurrying around the place. “Her name is Hannah,” Shandra said with her playful smile. Now I’ve turned down my wife’s request for getting a puppy hundreds of times and I wasn’t so sure about how I felt about feline security as an addition to the family. My reasoning was that my history with cats weren’t the best; I got scratched in the face, splints in the web of my fingers, and even fought over banana pancakes. Furthermore, I felt slightly disrespected in Shandra getting the cat without discussing it. As it turned out, Hannah was a terrible hunter and the winter cold seemed to keep the mice at bay. Nevertheless, Julia was enthralled with her presence. And nothing could be more satisfying than watching my daughter get a sense of warmth and peace when Hannah is around. I too, developed a deep connection with her in a fitting way.

Scheduled Fruition

6:04 p.m.:  It’s fascinating to see how initial plans evolve over time.

12:01 a.m.: Because things hardly ever go the way it’s designed.

3:10 p.m.: How you prepare for success is directly correlated to how you define it.

9:15 a.m.: Are you more concerned about results, or the journey and progress made to achieve it?

14Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 1 Tim 4:14(a.m.) – 1 Tim 4:15(p.m.)

Personally, I struggle with being too hard on myself for not meeting deadlines. I hate being late and having to switch gears if inconveniences arise. Another pet peeve of mine is last minute stuff; last minute favors, last minute planning, last minute hustling etc. Over the years I’ve become more understanding as abrupt changes could come as a result of unforeseen circumstances. I also know that everyone doesn’t think on the same plane as I do which is why I tend to stay out of controversy. My thoughts about Ice Cube is this: I’d rather see a celebrity make genuine attempts at bettering our community than make platitudes about justice. There’s nothing like speaking ill of a system while benefiting from what it oppresses. Whether you think he has good intentions with bad judgment, a bold leader who can use his platform for political change, or being a tool for a political party just remember there are at least 2 sides to every story. There’s no need to be flippant fighting over banned pancakes.

Delayed Syllabus

3/1/1650 BC

I used to pride myself on being patient. I would say that it was my strongest personality trait. I’m learning more and more that true patience is eternal and there is still much virtue to grow in. At what point do we think we should stop being faithful? Are there things or people we should put a timeline on? Are those things and people concerning others or ourselves? Is it practical to commit to unconditional loyalty?

4/10/1650 BC

I am reminded of Israel as Moses went up the mountain to receive the Decalogue. They were in the wilderness outside of their comfort zone; no house to stay in, no food to eat or drink, possibly in danger of undomesticated animals. I understand the mixed feelings they have for this Supreme Being; one who is so powerful that they are set free from bondage, one who plagued Pharoah with supernatural disasters and parted the Red Sea but is now waiting again for Moses to come with some law.

10/19/2020 AD

I understand because it’s not readily apparent that God’s acts are not one time events, they are constant. I can believe this because I know for certain that my heart is designed to think of time non-linearly. I mean what does it really mean to be in a moment? Didn’t that moment just pass as you are reading this? Are you now trying to anticipate the next moment? That’s how I look at the 10 Commandments. Its spiritual implications transcend the times as it foreshadowed the promise God would have for all His people through Jesus.

12Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. Ex (8:12p.m.)

CCCLXXIV

Adonai,

We have been shattered to pieces; our families are broken, our country is divided, and our world is in decline. There are many who are battling resentment and depression and corruption because of the injustices that surround us. We ask that you open our hearts according to your Spirit. Make us willing to receive your teachings as we approach critical times. Separate and isolate us to make us more like you. Give us grace to see past the corruption and enter your Promised Land-not in some form of escapism, but in stirring up your tender mercies in the steadfastness of Christ. May we no longer be byproducts of dysfunction. Amend the laws that makes us progenitors of poverty. For you are the Prince of Peace and Lord of Justice. Your truth extends from generation to generation.

Amen.

Tallying Darlings

While some of us have already given birth to a new chapter in their life, the rest of us – me included – are still laboring for greater dimensions in life, love, and godliness. For me this is all about evolution being conformed into the image of Christ in all of His glory. I look forward to a new era of Christendom where the faults of previous generations will not go unchallenged; where true restoration will happen amongst His people, and a quickening of Christ’s return coming through His exaltation in and through our lives.

However, I also understand people needing more tangible expressions of justice and mercy. It’s one of the things my wife and I have been discussing for a few months now and have decided to be true business partners in cultivating this amongst ourselves and in the world. We are looking to partner in Economic Development across the country, redeeming culture along the way while journeying to manifesting perfect love. Yes, this is our little baby and just like Hannah, we’re dedicating the first fruit of our endeavors to God. We invite all those who may want to partner with us to prepare yourselves for our expedition. All we ask is that we may remain open-minded, respectful, and honest in our dealings with each other.

10 – year Projection

  1. 1Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  2. 2Are you single? Married?
  3. 3Are you going back to school? Teaching yourself? Have a mentor?
  4. 4Are you emotionally and mentally stable?
  5. 5Are you in good shape? Are you more laid back?
  6. 6Are you making impacts on community development?
  7. 7Are you becoming politically aware and speaking to your political leaders?
  8. 8Do you have a job? What is your career growth? Will you consider intrapeneurship?
  9. 9Are you owning a business? If so, what are your key products or services you’re selling?
  10. 10How will you invest your time, talents, and resources to enrich yourself and others?

Because while 10 years can go pretty fast for some, for others it can feel like 10 centuries. Isn’t that right Dave? You know how I nip things. It’s amazing how things are comin’ full circle. We’re running victory laps. Stop sleeping on us Millennials.

Bond Compari’sons’

  •  Treasury Bond: $100
  • .75% yield
  • Maturity 10 years
  • Our Bond: Priceless
  • Infinite yield
  • Maturity Timeless

Sell your possessions and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and not moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:33-34