Giddy up Colts! The Red Coats are Coming!

French Red Coat

Not sure if they showed up on your Nadar, but we’re embarking a period of unparalleled opportunity; both the dawn of a revolution and the dusk of twisted fantasies; sprinked scattered across the nation as seasoned chowder; dashes of peppered-plants infiltrate our ranks like –daffodils– souring the congressional state until we’re stuck in a pickle. Excuse me…, AH – CHOO!!!

Surveillez vos six, car les grains de beaute apparaissent sur mon radar.

the prototype

A simple word of instruction: If the shoe fits, wear it…

In our last blog dealing with the LGBTQ community, we confirmed philosophical ideas both redeeming and correcting the family – mostly through existentialism. We understood the importance of not conflating subjects and showed how social movements have influenced sexuality. Today we’ll deviate from the double “p” angles and begin to tap into the “f” channel; fashion.

Who Wore the Pants?

Don’t get too excited fascists! We’re not talking about pharmaceutical regulations. This is about clothes and how they have historically been correlated to gender identity. Surprisingly, the trend of what constituted dressing as a man or woman has evolved over time; with skirts being worn by men across the board since Ancient times and blouses being the common attire of nobles & peasants during America’s Colonial period.

30A man shall not take his father’s wife, nor discover his father’s skirt. Deut 22:30 KJV

It’s important to take note of these distinctions so that we escape the false dichotomy in the Scriptures before:

5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are an abomination unto the LORD thy God. Deut 22:5 KJV

Because believe it or not, this is how fascism works.

Ne me crois pas? Demandent les francais a la fin du siecle.

THE PROTOTYPE

To the French, the ‘end of century’ carried a theme that supported emotionalism, irrationalism, subjectivism and vitalism. Each of these intellectual paradigms had an essence that correlates closely to the negative aspects of the Charismatic movement; a revolution that emerged in the mid 20th century. When we emphasize spirituality over truth, we are more prone to ostracizing intellectualists — supposing that prophecy and preaching are the only forms of teaching; that God’s Word is NOT pervasive or immanent demonizing the required worship of God; with all our mind and voiding ‘all’ carnal insight from being genuine gifts of wisdom and knowledge. If the Church is not careful, it will continue its Pharisaical crucifixion of its wise men; apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists, and pastors whose words carry great dunamis to partner with God’s plan to destroy save, redeem and restore the world. O how the times have put them in hiding, but no more!

When we emphasize spirituality over truth, we are more prone to ostracizing intellectualists…

the prototype, “giddy up colts! the red coats are coming!”

Why the Long Hair?

Additionally speaking, long hair in certain cultures also have arbitrary gender identity attached to it. Although the Nazarites often grew long hair, we see in the New Testament a rhetorical question about honor being associated with hair length. (1 Cor 11:11-15)

In Eastern cultures like Japan and China, long hair symbolized youthfulness for men and women and were generally encouraged to do so. Furthermore in Africa, long-hair was common among gender.

SIDEBAR: Do you know how good you look when you’re wearing those pants girl? You ought here putting surges in the air like you a circuit board. Did I say you’re electrifying? Nah that would be too lame. I’m telling you I didn’t have any dairy today, but you out here looking yogurt fire!

Fierce and Beautiful Hair
Native American Men Long Hair
African Men with Long Hair

Native Americans also took pride in long hair among men and women. As you can see, cultures around the world celebrated gender neutral fashions for centuries. What’s the point though? What does this have to do with the LGBTQ community?

  • Clothes effect mental well-being. LGBTQ may have inner desires confirmed through what they where wear. Because of the spirit behind how culture has changed through fashion, this may have also affect the psychology of a person growing up. This can be reasonably deduced by the fact that researchers have confirmed what they call ‘enclothed cognition.’ It is a well-known fact that clothing gives off a first impression – and – may boost self-confidence. If this is true, why wouldn’t this play an affect on gender identity? What a greater effect it would have if we clothe ourselves with Christ!
  • Neither conventional, orthodox, or universal standards in – and – of – themselves are the source of moral absolutes. Because standards change through the times and the Scriptures lack consistency by opposing each other, it is reasonable to assume that certain rules are qualified by its context. Nevertheless, Christ alone is the final arbiter of what is right and wrong and while we have the Holy Scriptures to guide us into godly living, we must remember that God is His own interpreter and will justify or condemn according to His will.
Parris Bowens

Just want to take the time here to give a shout out to two legends: Parris Bowens and Shock G Q. The music industry steady losing gems these past couple of years. When will it all end? Take a deep breath…Can you feel God? Do you also feel me…I know it’s hard to remember sometimes.

POP QUIZ: Name five French fashion brands.

Were the French allies or enemies in the American Revolution? Haitian Revolution?

Would you tell people to avoid cursing or swearing? Why or why not?

If Pepe Le Pew is banned, what other cartoon characters should be banned for ‘shameful’ behavior?

Shock G

They Crossed The Lines

So whenever someone either critiques someone’s gender by what they wear or feel threatened by the ‘gaiety’ of one’s dress, take a step back and be more objective; the person may either not know the promises attached to seeking Christ or be ignorant of History. We should not conflate the clothing of dress with the clothing of one’s character.


1 Who can escape my molding;
or refuse my decorations?

2 I give sight to the blind and hearing to the death deaf;
I am the LORD, that is My name!

3 Woe to the lofty who rejected Me!
Though you sow in abundance, you will not reap my inheritance.
Although you are well-educated you have not tasted Divine knowledge.

4 And although you tread upon grapes, they shall not be crushed.
Come to me, and I will give you wine you know not of.

5 Your most prized oils shall be as surstromming. You will confide in others, but no one will trust you.
Put your trust in the LORD, and your storehouse shall be stringed with wealth.

6 Instead of jealousy, you shall be surrounded with camaraderie. You shall be lifted upon High, because you bear my image.
And those who approach you shall go downward; instead of the swan you shall be surrounded by snakes, spiders, and scorpions.

7 Your kingdom shall be thwarted for your prideful tongue.
In humility will I establish my Kingdom with you, and you shall rule over Israel.

8 You have sought my face continually, therefore I the LORD will do it!
Because you did not seek Me;
I the LORD shall do it!

9But I waited for Christ, who has hid His face from me. Though I was deceived, I maintain my hope.
And you are impatient, saying “no one is coming to save you”. So you trusted in your strength, but it shall betray you.

Safe in His Arms, Rev Milton Brunson
How to Get to Know Jesus Better, Adorned in Armor

10 In one year you shall lose everything. Where you were once a rich man, you shall now become a slave.
On the twelve day in the month of Julius I shall bring her.
She was enslaved as a peasant, but I will make her royalty.

11 No longer shall my people listen to false prophets; their priests or imitate their worshippers.
Because you trusted in soothsayers; tarot readers and seances, you shall be the talk of demons.

12 For as waves hit the shore, so shall my Truth rush forth.
For as a Tsunami wrecks shorelines, so shall you drown in your falsehoods.


13 All those who oppose shall be bowed by my majesty.
Although they fight Me, they shall not succeed.


14 For the LORD is a Father to all who seek Him. They are translated from a generation without hope to a family of Promise.

For the LORD is a dead beat to all who despise Him. They are a generation destined to be caught and destroyed forever.

15 From the East to the West, they shall enter my territory as aliens.

17 They will flee from terror and know the fear of the LORD.

18 These are the oracles of Christ given by James; servant and fellow-laborer of the gospel.
To the one who clothes us with his majesty; Blessed be the name of the LORD God forever! Amen.


“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

— Matthew 6:33 KJV

How they Quitted the Author: Innersextions Pt. 2

Plagurize Tee

If you go too fast, you’re in danger of going through the motions. Too slow and everything becomes stagnant. For most of us, we’re most vulnerable when we feel alone and exposed; our flaws are captured and observed with looks that make our skin squirm. How you fare when you feel threatened or tender depends on what you acknowledge about yourself and your surroundings. Take a deep breath…can you feel God? Can you feel me too? I know it’s hard to remember sometimes.

With an online world full of criticisms, people will put their best selves forward with the question remaining if they are being authentic. The weirdest phenomenon I’ve seen on social media is that people will look on a screen for people who are ‘real’ and ‘raw’ with them. Can you imagine how many trolls there would be if people could reach through their phone or tablet? Judging by the way the world looks now, it’s a good thing certain people don’t have super powers.

But there’s a hidden curse with those with common sense; as they say great minds think alike – and I would add – feel like too. (***Let me take a pause here***) Can you please get that booger out of your nose so I can breathe better? Thanks. I appreciate it.

Last week, some of our dear elders tackled philosophical ideas surrounding identity and the LGBTQ community. Interesting to say the least. I wish we had more people tackling subjects with impartiality, but that’s just what it is for now. I’m noticing more assumptions of certain Christian dogmas as correct (not referring to the elementary stuff here) and when we fail to critique our own stances, we may begin to present our opinions as inflexible truths rather than facts that are qualified by its context. Some things are true until it’s not and vice versa. Did you feel God? Can you feel me too? I know it’s hard to remember sometimes.

6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 1 Tim 4:6 ESV

Howl At The MOON

Philosophy can wear you out man. Especially when it comes to existentialism: whose premise in my humble opinion is scrabbled semantics in a misguided attempt to provide a system to be authentic. Not going to explain my thoughts on that matter for now because the primary focus is to give further arguments in redeeming and correcting the alphabet community. There are certainly bugs within the existentialist framework; whether we are pulling notes from Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, or George Serban, it’s clear that we can’t conflate identity with authenticity, and that any attempt to do so will muddy the waters between hypocrisy and delusion. Hold your horses Lexi! Let me explain that here:

Lexi: Why do you feel you need to explain yourself?

Me: I don’t need to explain myself, unless I’m seeking to express and justify my true nature.

Tee in The Hay

Ti-Grace Atkinson

I know I’m not alone in such sentiments, as is the case for any person whose eccentric, radical or a maverick. Explaining is a premeasure to protect oneself in society and the weaponry to stand up for others. This is certainly the case with Ti-Grace Atkinson; a gay woman who contributed to the system of radical feminism. Quite frankly, there is much for me to learn about the different sub-sets about feminism, except this class is off-putting considering the animosity towards men – Black men – in particular. There should be no surprise that the recent gender wars are rising from repeated instances of dehumanizing the other.

The feminist dilemma is that it is as women — or “females” — that women are persecuted, just as it was as slaves — or “blacks” — that slaves were persecuted in America: in order to improve their condition, those individuals who are today defined as women must eradicate their own definition. Women must, in a sense, commit suicide, and the journey from womanhood to a society of individuals is hazardous.

Ti-Grace atkinson, “Radical Feminism”

POP QUIZ:

  • Name five actors in the coming fast and furious movie.
  • Lee Sang-Guen directed a movie in 2019 about a rock climber who would later become a hero. Another movie developed by Living Waters Production shares it’s name telling a story about suicide. What’s the name of the movie?
  • Name three ways one can pay off debt? What is debt forgiveness? What are the pros & cons of forgiving debt?
  • Finish the lyrics: I’ll give you attention all night, all day…

Butter UP the Quilt

As humans, the more proud we are, the more we are willing to expose our rawness. When shame, threats, or courtesy arises, we look for places to hide. Society oppresses our ‘freedoms’ with consequences should we act in a way contrary with its laws. Such oppressions aren’t bad when the law is just, but let it be misguided or sinister then man!!! It’s horrible how difficult it is for women to get appropriate health care; to get maternity leave without worrying if their livelihood will be lost, striving for equality with men when now they have another existential threat; the transgender woman.

A man who has sadistic thoughts maybe considered unclean or a murderer at worst within a Christian context, but if he genuinely refrains from carrying out his imagination due to repentance, would we still classify him a sadist? If a person identifies themselves as a cat and spends most of their days acting like a cat, we can say they are being their authentic selves, but their body betrays their fancies. How would we identify such a person? A four foot six boy can walk around thinking they are a titan — crushing nations underneath his feet — only to be pulverized by a towering bully at school. Who is the boy ‘really’? What’s the point here?

…it’s clear that we can’t conflate identity with authenticity, and that any attempt to do so will muddy the waters between hypocrisy and delusion.

– The Prototype, “How They Quitted the Author”

Off in the Town

If we can see how acting upon every impulse may not be good, we can indulge in the more introspective, innate part of us. At what point should we suppress our desires? When should we let ourselves go and be “free”? As long as we can recognize that our identity is in some respects shared, we can build genuine relationships. Again, I know what it feels like to be trapped in a fragile body. I’m sure many people do. To do what I think is best for myself, I must adhere to a code; an ethics I develop personally but is also consistent with logic, nature, and the society I live in. In my personal opinion, making such decisions help me to move in a way most harmonious with the world, although I don’t need to agree with everything the world says. Some discord is good. Just ask Bartok.

Can’t lie to ya/

I didn’t zip my fly when I walked in the wider room/

I just threw my pants on, but I’m no panderer/

Panner, pinner, penner, panda/

See you can check my stamina/

Got no weight except this pound of cake/

Please excuse my grammar. Sorry Irma/

Didn’t know how things would pale/

Is it gay or happy? Is it BI or farewell?/

Gotta ID to market but my good nature won’t cell/

Now they tempt me to whore mong’ them cus they say sex sales/

Nah I’m good, I already made my choice/

No matter how many obstacles there are/

I’m gonna stay on course/

Let me be cool with these letters,
I don’t have to use force/

The genuine knows when they’ve strayed from the source/

I’ll come at this topic from one last angle and then we’ll move on. To all those within the LGBTQ community, you are loved. If you believe in God, try to discern how God wants you to follow Him/Her.

Questions to Consider

Does identity equate to authenticity? When do you KNOW you’re being authentic? Is being your true-self consistent with your identity?

For Christians:

How can we better relate to the LGBTQ community?

In what ways can we tackle to issues of racism, sexism, and other schisms in our community holistically?

Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

— 1 Tim 4:16 ESV

He’s Not Extinguished Warden

Fire Extinguisher

You have to give it to your enemies sometimes; they may successfully trap you and leave you isolated. They can betray you and leave you half-dead. Danger ever attacks the defiant – especially those who turn a deaf ear to surrendering to iniquities of any sort. And no matter how sanctified you are, you’ll soon face the dilemma of making crucial sacrifices. Your neck will be on the line and you might lose your bag. Embarrassment will not be enough – only the selling of your soul will suffice. This past week has been celebrated by Christians everywhere at varying degrees. In a time where the political and economic climates are volatile, we remember Jesus on His way to Golgotha.

Being a Black Man in America, I can recall the days of growing up in the Church. I was raised in Sunday School and Children Books that portrayed a Savior that looked nothing like me. Not that I cared then or am ultimately concerned about it now, but there is an existential problem that thrusts every African American into a sinister metempsychosis. It’s the choice every Christian must make, but in the world of the Negros, it’s either donning the social martyr, or becoming the star of minstrels. Either way, we’re exposed to being double-crossed not only from our nemesis, but from our very own people.

These things are what makes the gospel of Jesus not some irrelevant fairy tale. No, His story does more than just spark a dance. To those who have been wedded to His cause for years; who heard His call and shared in His suffering; the bruises of whips and mockery exchanging thorns for a crown; the bleeding and feeling the capillary action stemming from punctured wounds; seeping out dying hopes and dreams…and peace…and happiness…loss of achievement and acceptance. And as much as the Black Man has endured the shedding of his skin and loss of vitals, he cannot compare to the excruciating pain Jesus endured on the Cross.

As eyewitnesses, we see Mary, the soldiers, and the Disciples looking at Jesus being hung on a tree. In many times an in many ways the story is preached all over the world. Jesus is taken down and buried in a grave; ravaged not only in body, but in mind and soul. He descends into Hades. And what Hell awaits Him! If you cannot sense the torments shoehorned into every fiber of His being; from the follicle going underneath the epidermal walls; the agitated nerve and strained muscles; deep within the spongy cartilage penetrating all the way to every ruptured nucleus; Jesus is baptized with plasmatic waves of the dead. Certainly, the weight of His afflictions were of cosmic proportions beckoning his fanatic devotees to immerse themselves in His anguish, if but for a moment.

Silence continues for hours. We watch as his Disciples are left confused; wondering whether or not their cause was a sham and all for nothing. You can only imagine what fear and frustration went through their minds as they rolled Jesus into the Tomb. Those hours of void must have felt like centuries although in hindsight, it was only three days. And how often have we, in those brief times of loss, has it felt like decades before relief? Hasn’t this pandemic shown us how time can stop still? As creatures of life, waiting and uncertainty is tortuous. Let me speak for myself when I say being in lingo sucks – I mean – it’s one of the worse feelings in the world. Like your circumstances feels like Russian Roulette only except you’re not the one holding the gun to your head. Turning our eyes back to Jesus; I wonder how many of His followers wanted to commit suicide upon seeing His crucifixion?

Except the story goes: on the day Jesus died, the sun failed to give it’s light, there were earthquakes and many of the dead saints were raised from their tombs. Surely that pivotal moment provided no place to sit down as it foreshadowed what Jesus would do in the days ahead. Going into the grave heavily guarded by demons and devils, the LORD would make His way preaching to the lost. What amazing work of God! To be everywhere present, yet do the work of espionage. Can you imagine Satan laughing at this time? I’m sure there were taunts echoing through the underground; figuring the chances of redemption and restoration are done for. They must have reveled in such a stupendous feat in killing God Himself! I can see them asleep at the door while Jesus walks on by; stealing the keys of sin & death with tongue in cheek. That must’ve sent shockwaves all throughout Hades; shaking Hell’s imperial guards to consider what happened only to find their greatest treasure was stolen from their lord. How embarrassing to have to give an account to Satan:

SATAN: How is it my keys are stolen from me?

BAAL: We do not know. Isn’t the evil lord dead?

SATAN: He’s not extinguished warden!!!

Indeed he’s not extinguished! Just like when Moses’ serpent devoured the snakes of the magicians, this Jesus; the all-consuming fire conquered all the fires of Hell as an innocent man – yet – taking on all the sins of the world onto Himself. Down into the grave and up with resurrecting power, the stone is rolled away before the watchman. With thunderous roar, Jesus’ body is taken away. He’s not extinguished warden! And I don’t care how long your dreams have died away; how long your adversaries have triumphed over you; how long you have gone through lost and despair. They may have thrown dust on your name, but he’s not extinguished warden; you may feel that you’re way past your prime and it’s too late, but he’s not extinguished warden! You may feel that you may never find true love, but he’s not extinguished warden. For as Christ is in you, there is a Spirit that longs to not be put out. Those who are fighting the good fight of faith say amongst yourselves, “He’s not extinguished warden!” He’s not, he’s not, he’s not, he’s not, he’s not, he’s not, he’s not extinguished!

This cry is felt among Christians all over the world. heard among the persecuted and troubles; even among those who are dead. I speak to all those who are alive, and who are in the grave, and even those who are yet born. You know the corruptions that war against our soul. Many of you have faced great tribulation and have encountered death yourself; some are going through the struggles of their live; literally Hell on earth! Hear the words of a man who have been burned beside you; who has been ostracized, rejected, lied on and confused; who’s been thrown into the throes of the grave and tasted the manna from heaven:

ME: All the souls in the grave. ATTENTION!

He’s not extinguished warden. The glory God has prepared for you is greater than all the trinkets, pleasures, and comforts of this world. Greater fellowship is coming that surpasses all the disappointments and betrayals of men. Can’t you sense it? Is this not what the LORD promised for His people? As that day approaches, let yourself dream again. Open your heart to Christ and be enraptured by His love again. And the Divine ecstasy shall join us together in one heart and one soul; singing collectively together in new songs, and psalms; joining together singing familiar hymns like:

He rose triumphantly
In pow’r and majesty
The Savior rose no more to die;
O let us now proclaim
The glory of His name
And tell to all
He lives today

Now Father, establish the works of your people ang give them renewed vigor in you. Amen.

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

John 12:32 ESV

So…the Nas Ticks: Prelude to Innersextions

Hooded Disciple

Confidential: It’s eight o’ clock. Where are we in the construction of the chambers?

-.-. — .-.. ..- — -… .-: There has been a clearing of the foundation so that there can be a restoration of the basement. You must be patient as irrigation is needed to clear out toxicity.

Confidential: Understood. I assume James and Rod are still recruiting the others.

-.-. — .-.. ..- — -… .-: Yes, although James has had trouble getting people to commit to the cause. That last betrayal and ambush really wounded him.

Confidential: So we heard…at least he’s reconnected with his core team again. There maybe hope that God may end the cycle once and for all.

-.-. — .-.. ..- — -… .-: I would certainly hope so. Come LORD Jesus. Make haste to your people.

The Cure – Nas




Many aeons ago, there was a group of teachers that imparted esoteric knowledge. Because of their secretive and often Xtra-Biblical nature, they were shunned by the Church. They’re known as the Gnostics; name coming from the Greek word Gnosis meaning having knowledge. The Gnostics took learning very personal and allegedly were critical thinkers often challenging the Orthodoxy of the Day. For any outsider, they would agree that Gnostics were merely rebels and false teachers unless:

  • They understood the promise given to the church of Pergamum.

17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the HIDDEN MANNA, and I will give him a white stone, with a NEW NAME written on the stone that no one knows EXCEPT the one who receives it. Rev 2:17 Emphasis added

  • Teaching esoteric and wait for it…

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    exoteric knowledge was a part of Discipleship.

25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they had called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. 26 So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. Matt 10: 25-27 ESV

Now as ambassadors of Christ, let’s redeem some aspects of their teachings and throw away the others. For it will be useful in the future. Gnostics believed that the material world is inherently evil due to its flawed nature. (An objective truth if you do not subscribe to the Monist philosophy). Where it gets fuzzy is that they believed the material world is unredeemable and NOT created by the true God. It came from a lesser deity called the demiurge. The problem of this teaching is that it allows for complete denial of Jesus Christ. It is one thing to deny Jesus by name, it is more dangerous to deny him in essence.

Erica: Could we change the pronouns from him to her?

Me: Yes. It’s implied through the text.

Pamela: What if we’re non-binary? Can we use other pronouns?

Me: The text uses inclusive language ‘all’ so that would permit other pronouns.

Now we have been able to redeem LBGT & Gnosticism. For what purpose though?

  1. It gives stronger premises to redeem the New Age Movement.
  2. It provides systems of knowledge to recover lost narratives.

My hope after we deal with the LGBT community is further talk about what true perfection looks like in Christ, and uncover mysterious teachings in love. I am eager to do the latter in the context of music as I want to share all the things I learned from my mentors when I left music behind. When I get to my safe place, I’ll really start recording music again. I’m so excited! Lord please keep me alive until my work is done! Let my life be an inspiration to many to be their true selves in Christ. Let me free recording artists to not worry about having fans or making hits unless it is about tearing down the Kingdom of Evil. In your matchless name, Amen.

CONFIDENTIAL: I see you passed one of the gates. Good job. You’ll need to get stronger if you are going to continue to safely merge dimensions. We’ll see you on the other side….

Passage To Dissect

Look at the following passage:

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Deuteronomy 4:2 King james version
  • What rules can you perceive goes with Exegeting passages from the text? What rules should follow when it comes to adding to a text?
  • What secrets or hidden implications can you find in the passage? What does that tell you about HIDDEN MANNA?

No Genie On Axis: Prelude to Innersextions

Genie Lamp Pics

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

  1. What is Monism? How does this concept translate into the passage? How would a Monist compare and contrast God with the believer?
  2. 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

  1. How do you escape or reconcile, ‘the liar’s paradox?’
  2. 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?

Cell With an X

Jail Pic

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.

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 Prototype

Thought Experiment

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:

  1. Arrogance
  2. Exhaustion

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.

  1. The person who regularly engages in ungodly or sanctimonious behavior.
  2. A person who does good but is often overlooked.
  3. 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.

POP QUIZ

  • 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?

Iconix Ending

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.

Tweet by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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.

Galatians 6:11 ESV

Grand Auto Return

Die VI

Verse One

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/

REfrain

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/

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There’s a Crux in the Womb: Reckless Organ Donors Pt 3

Tatted Belly

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:

  1. God causes miscarriages
  2. There is plausibility one can have spiritual children at no cost
  3. 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.
  4. 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 The Water – Cory Henry

24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Jn 12:24 ESV

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.

Pop Quiz

  1. 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?
  2. What is a cooperative? Name four types of cooperatives? How can you build one within your own community?
  3. 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.

Accrued Disinterest

It’s difficult to lose that belly fat after indulging in all that junk. I’m clearly talking to myself here. Girl who told you to have that thang thanging out here? “Nobody! Put that thang up. Because men in their un regenerated state lacks the capacity to love well, we can expect lapses in affinity and even hostility from others depending on their state of mind.

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.

Cruel Unctions

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.

Pop Quiz

  1. 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?
  2. What is the double-slit experiment and what is it’s significance in quantum physics?
  3. 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/

Kill the Director – The Wombats

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.

— Gal 5:24 ESV

Too Beez or Not Too Beez

Spider Beez
Work to Do – Isley Brothers

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

  1. 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.
  2. Get to know them: find out their hobbies, their interests. Get to know their ambitions and help them solve any problems if you can.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Get them a gift – people appreciate gifts as it shows them you care for them. Just don’t think friendships can be bought.
  7. 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.

Leave the Door Open – Silk Sonic
Close the Door – Teddy Pendergrass

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.

It’s counterintuitive to pursue a career as an intrapreneur or be the president of a company acting as an employee.

the prototype

Things to Ponder

  1. If you wanted ot start a business, what would it be?
  2. How would you maintain & grow your business?
  3. 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

— 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV

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