You Got the Nerve to Love

Nerved hand

When pleasure is no longer derived from external factors, you are more prone to find joy. You’ll find that your closest friends were in your heart all along and love you unconditionally. No matter how bitter you may find life, you’ll remember that you’re the star of your own movie. Direct it well; guard it through faith with your life. Shine the appropriate spotlights. Surprise! You’re now in the presence of God. Do you see God smiling at you?

The following passage comes from a verse my Dad would have me memorize as a child. It would help me whenever I felt betrayed or hurt by others:

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. 45 So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Matt 5:44 ESV

Things to Discuss among yourselves:

  • How do you classify your enemies?
  • How practical is it to love those who intentionally do you harm?
  • NOTE: The King James Version has two additional clauses in verse 44: ‘bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you’.
  • What do you make of the phrase, “Kill them with kindness?” In what way is this benevolent? How can it be sinister?
  • How will you conduct yourself when faced with adversity?
  • Are you your worst enemy? How will you confront yourself?

Brandon’s Brownies: Review of T.D Jakes Sermon ‘Branded’

Probably one of the biggest blessings a person can have are their wonder years; those times in the ‘good ol’ days’ when things were more simple & blissful. You may have made childhood friends that may or may not have lasted a lifetime. Perhaps you had a childhood sweetheart that either stayed or faded out of your life. As I count my blessings, I can honestly say that I have good friends…now. Which leads me to a quick review of T.D Jakes sermon, “Branded”.

I have yet to listen to a single T.D Jakes sermon in which I was not deeply moved. This time however, I watched in sober silence. I watched a man in a snowy sweater speak to a man who is broken on the inside. I listened to the sermon with Shandra, and it was therapeutic for us to listen to a sermon together. For me, I couldn’t help but to listen, feel, and analyze the word of God delivered through Jakes.

A few highlights that ought to be commended about the message:

  1. Confirming the need for critical thinking when examining the text. As many of you know my positions on Biblical issues, there is a pandemic of Biblical assumptions postulated as orthodoxy.
  2. Confirming the dual nature of the mind of Christ. Because although Christ didn’t think of being equal with God something to be grasped, he also didn’t think of himself robbing God of His glory in claiming equality with Him. The significance of this assertion is that this mindset should be adopted by fellow Christians.
  3. Bringing in an inspiring personal testimony. To hear Jakes talk about his personal struggles and learning how to make do obviously resonated with me. To see where God took Him over the course of his career gives me hope. If God can bring abundant blessings in the midst of suffering, why can’t he also do it with me?
  4. Remembering that our story is meant to be shared for edification. There are countless stories of men and women who hit rock bottom only to receive healing, success, and favor. The Christian Testimony is given to show that with God all things are possible. And the more we submit to God’s ways, the more our stories will be effective in outreach.
  5. Hearing an exchange of spiritual truths – from speaking about computers, gates, soup, and chess, I felt heard. And oe of my deepest desires is to feel loved ad accepted. It’s one thing to experience that in Christ, it’s quite another to experience intin the world with people you care about.
  6. Being reminded that our suffering is what qualifies us for royalty. This gives me relief as I can see purpose in hardship. ‘the greater the suffering; the fuller the discipline, the bigger the crown.

Not looking for brownie points in writing this review. Rather this is my attempt to live out the passage in outdoing another in showing honor uncoerced. My most important relationship is between me and God, and after that His people. I dream of one day seeing His Spirit at work in His people in a powerful way.

LORD transform our minds so that we may have a pure conscience; circumspect and forbearing in all circumstances. Let our faith be genuine where we do not downplay our doubts but are vigorous in convictions. Let it be established on truth and not mere fancies. Give us a fervent heart to love others beyond normal compacity. We thank you for those who have labored over us in these dark times. Give us grace to be edifying. – Amen

Please check out my wife’s review on the same sermon entitled, “Emptying Yourself to Receive His Brand”

Almond Joy is Nasty. Why I Still Have a Taste for it Though.

Almond Joy is Nasty

Great things come in small packages…except Almond Joy…I mean…I might grow to like it but nah. Almond Joy is that type of candy made for uppity folks whose products blew up because of a classist bubble. It’s like coming up with Matador’s to compete with Slim Jim’s; like comparing Rich Homie Quan with Slum Village. All the people who takes sides make cheap shots en masse, and pay lip service to preserve their livelihood. Personally, if I had to eat crap, I’d gamble with Hershey Kisses…don’t mind me, I’m just clowning around here. 

FUN FACT: The 50’s marked the golden era of manufacturing candy in Boston, MA. There was a certain candy called ‘Tweet’, that was produced on Confectioner’s Row in Cambridge.

– New England Historical Society  

Almighty Amuser

For all the heathens reading this blog let’s set the record straight so you don’t get the wrong idea; I tell bad jokes. What can I say? I’m a Dad after all, what do you expect? Now just because my oil may be crude, it doesn’t mean I don’t have a moral compass or respect traditional values. Jesus made friends with sinners, convicted them so that they would be fit to dwell in His kingdom. Understood?

I see you girl with all that jelly/
Thug the right way you can get in my belly/
Peanut butter with whipped cream/
You butter pray, Jiffy got something to parry/

Heathen, there is a reason for such hedonistic suggestions. Let me make it plain, I’m trying to turn your attentions to Christ.

6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, BUT rejoices in the truth. 1 Cor 13:6 ESV *emphasis added*

A Full Moon

I never really got into astrology and there’s a part of me that rejects it as its merely divination, (I know, I just threw away my player card right there). Speaking of which, have you checked out AstroBae on Twitter? This girl gotta whole cult following – of women at that – that she gives her reading to however many times in the week. Got me thinking to myself, “man if I was born yesterday, I’d think I’m looking at heaven looking at these tweets”. Miss I hope you’re not taking offense. There’s nothing but pure love here. On one hand, you can look at astrology and Tarot reading as forms of Divination. By contrast, the pseudoscience can be redeemed through Christ. Can the heavens and other terrestrial objects influence the ways of man?

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in the darkness, BUT will have the light of life.” Jn 8:12 ESV *emphasis added*
15 You are the light of this world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Mat 5:15 ESV

Ain’t nothing like being a JedEye who knows both sides of the force. 

Twin Flame

Have you ever met your Doppelganger? Apparently I have plenty. And way too many of them are psychos. 

TRUE STORY: Back when I was in Boston and I had my locs, I got stopped twice in one day by the cops. They were looking to arrest some guy – get this – who looked like me. Now after stopping me twice I was bugging because we know how police interactions go for Black Men in America. So I told them, “I think you got the wrong guy.” Then they showed me the sketch of the man they was looking for…and wouldn’t you know it? This guy really LOOKED like me! So now my hair is lifting off of my skin like Einstein and my mind is racing. I’m thinking to myself, “These cops are so racist that they will sit here, draw a sketch of you just so they have reason to arrest you.”. I said again, “No guys I really think you have the wrong guy.” And one of the cops gave me relief, “If you see this guy, let us know. He’s much TALLER than you.” 

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Go figure.

How to Optimize your Joy?

Joy is not the same thing as happiness. Happiness comes and goes while joy is the state of happiness. Happiness comes and goes while joy is the state of happiness. Now if we as Christians are going to store pure worship in the Church, we’re going to have to look to Jesus as we subscribe to His teachings. To possess full joy, we must recognize that Christ is the objective (goal) and the inductive (cause) of our happiness.

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 17: Chris Brown performs onstage during TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIDAL)
Christopher Brown – One Bad Bass Player
Plyometrics for Football Athletes
  1. Smile – Both in your heart and in those beautiful lips of yours. Show some teeth. Oooh wee I see you out here serving face! You’re absolutely stunning! By the way, I’m practicing this in the mirror myself. Why should you smile in your heart? Well you won’t always find yourself in situations where you can physically smile, and sometimes it’s inappropriate to show those pearly whites when empathizing with another. 
  2. Affirm your happiness – I will be happy Today. The joy of the LORD is my strength; my defense in the adversities of life. He has made me glad! When we talk to ourselves, we build determination while speaking to our subconscious. Just don’t have any raggedy conversation with yourself in public. People may find you looney. 
  3. Laugh – Especially if you do this after talking to yourself! People are gonna be looking at you like, “Man that person must be on some Hyaluronic Acid, HA HA HA!” I have to admit it, this comes unnatural to me. Typically something must be funny enough for me to laugh. My best advice here is find that one thing that is supremely funny and learn to laugh. Just don’t be a sadist ok?
  4. Sing – Now this is more up my alley. Singing can do wonders for the soul, whether you’re singing silly songs, doing karaoke, or creating your own songs. Make melodies as if you’re singing with the birds. Sing as if your song wakes up plants and fertilizes the ground. Hopefully you’ll be moved just like I am.
  5. Dance – If you’re not the person who would bust a move for NO reason – I mean – no reason; no music, in the middle of the night, no pajamas, at the gas station; while working out at the gym, we probably can’t hang. You don’t have to be Chris Brown here, you just need to groove. This is probably a good time to note that being joyful is a workout – in and of – itself. Dancing becomes more wonderful once you realize God is dancing with and in you.
  6. Shout – Feel like screaming don’t you? If not remember we’re consolidating these exercises and not merely compartmentalizing them. Alot of positivity should be built up at this point. Let it loose!!! Don’t forget to shout from your heart as well lest you do your voice damage. I don’t know about you, but I feel a detox of bad energy already! Go ahead…AAAAAAHHHHHHHH.
  7. Lift up – Your hands; your heart, your soul; your eyes. Remember your surroundings can only have an effect on your inner being if you let it. 

    5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again – my Savior & my God. Ps 43:5 NLT

    This is the type of work that is useful for battling depression. This isn’t to say that you will always win in bouts, it’s just a strategy you can use when difficult days approach. 
  8. Exult – which we mean in two ways: 
    – leaping for joy
    – vigorously bringing everything to it’s full compacity

    Leaping for joy is just as much as a workout as dancing. In fact, plyometrics are practiced by athletes to build explosive performances. I couldn’t recommend this to those who are overweight, or advanced in age. It could also be a nuisance if you’re well endowed…ah hem…just saying. Take whatever precautions you need to do this physically, just remember affirming these things with your heart and lips are an option too.

With a JoyStick

You see what we’ve done here? We created a standard of procedure or standard of operations (SOP). Such lists are important when developing a business. A business can scale well when certain systems are put in place. Did you also notice that the list only has personal actions? There aren’t any additional equipment or personnel needed to excel in this process. It’s good when you’re self-developing to not have to depend on outside sources. This is also useful when you need to take on additional projects for an enterprise. If one project falls through, it should not disrupt the main flow of your business. 

2 Then the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. Hab 2:2 ESV

Adopt the practice into your life however you see fit; that’s consistent with your abilities and your schedule. Beat your high score!!!

Nastydamus

Because the time is coming O Mario, when such exultations will shake the Earth; when people are at the verge to evolve due to the deposits of virtue in their life. Of course there will be those who will ascend through practicing vices, but they will not get far. Remember Christ is the objective and the inductive of our joy. And as long as we find our delight in Him, we’ll find ourselves living a prosperous and pleasurable life.

Thou shalt not/
Thou shalt not/
Thou shalt not/
Thou shalt not/
Not tied to the mitzvah/
Missed me with that sugar/
Peeps ready to embark/
Discount with a coupon/
Upset that we’re trekking/
Tekken hits with Marshall Law/
Thou shalt not/
Ten shuffled with a deck a log/
Thou shalt not/
Ninjas in a half shell/
Shotgun with my wife Belle/
Give me life, this Renaissance’s ill/
Thou shalt not/
Thou shalt not/
Let me clean you up Pukkas/
Thou shalt not/
Thou shalt not/
Poker face you can be my cougar/

So what will we do? Are we willing to become more happy unconditionally as this year unfolds? This work may seem more complicated than it needs to. In reality, breaking things down and practicing them is God’s way of disciplining us so we will become more like Him. Why should we spend so much time trying to be happy? Well, I’d say it’s more than just being happy. As the old cliche goes, virtue is it’s own reward. 

Just how big of a reward virtue brings? That depends on how well versed you are in relativity…I will say this: When I was growing up in church, there was a simple song we would always sing in the morning that had a few verses to it:

Joy is mine! Joy is mine! Joy today is mine! I told Satan to get thee behind. Joy today is mine!

And as we dig through the depths of our souls, may we begin to store our treasures in heaven, and not on the earth. God Bless you and until next time. I love you.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

-Phil 4:4 BSB

Aim for the Ace

Ace Playing Card

Me: Dennis, why don’t you know how to act?
Dennis: What you talkin’ about?
Me: The people sayin’ you causing trouble again. Why you gotta be a problem these days?
Denis: I’d rather be a menace to solve, than be a mace forgotten and discarded.

Being an artist myself, it’s easy to predict who is good as opposed to who will be great. Good artists are either naturally talented or have charisma. The greats I’ve studied all possess a similar characteristic; a strong work ethic. Following Jeff Bezos’ philosophy, the men I’ve admired either worked hard, smart, long, or a combination of the three. There’s this nagging urge to improve – to do better than what they did yesterday. As a Christian man, I too adopt this passion not to be great, but to be whole. I desire perfection because I believe it’s the best way to reflect the glory of God in this age. It’s relieving to know that perfectionism doesn’t have to stem from a desire to be accepted or feel superior than others. There’s the possibility for it to be healthy as it arises from a certain unction:

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Cor 13:11 ESV

Ready

Typically, people won’t gain interest in something unless it is accepted by others and gives them an advantage. No call is more compelling than having the upper hand no matter how often the deck is shuffled. The allure of living the Supreme Life and being Ultimately Loved in community with fellow believers is the selling point of the Christian faith. If this is something that one desires, how should they be prepared in practicing godliness and circumspection! Practice makes progress which is within perfection.

Practice makes progress which is within perfection.

The prototype

Set

Dennis the Menace

To give a solid premise for such a pursuit – as idealistic and unreal it seems – let’s reexamine the existential claim against perfection: perfect doesn’t exist and nobody is perfect. While this maybe the prevailing opinion, it deserves a challenge. For those who assert these notions have already disqualified themselves as arbiters to reality. If nobody is perfect, neither are you, so why should we take your postulations seriously? But we understand that the ideas around restoration exists – at the very least – nominally. And if we are honest enough to admit our judgments are NOT ALWAYS sound, we can begin to explore three hypothesis:

  1. Someone is perfect
  2. that someone is NOT you
  3. that someone IS you

You mean to tell me that there may be someone out there right now that is so smitten about you that they are doing everything within their power to be with you? Have you ever felt that way about someone? What exactly does it mean to be perfect? This is what I want my journey to be all about. In this blog however, we’re talking about what perfect love looks like and how can we grow into loving in this manner.

The Building Blocks to a Fulfilling Love Life

1. Philautia

Philautia is what should be the base for all other loves. Now for many Christians, this may run counter to their viewpoint that agape is the base and we don’t want to disagree with the philosophy of how man has the capacity to love. We start with self-love to avoid the sinister arbitrariness of dogma and allow men to experience the love of Christ AS they love themselves.

1 Be aware children, that in the midst of perils, times of restoration will come in the last days. 2 For as God loves the world, people will love themselves, filling their storehouses with the treasures of charity. 3 They shall wax self-confident in Christ and boast in the LORD; destroying every lofty thing opposed to DIVINE KNOWLEDGE. 4 No longer shall they listen to the wicked advice of their ancestors, but they will learn the Law of Christ. 5 Contentment for mediocracy and evil shall no longer be commended, and thanks shall be given to God for the power to overcome. 6 Piety shall no longer be practiced in pretense. It shall be developed in the light of God’s Word. 2 James 3:1-5 The Prototypical Version

Excerpt from the Lost Letters – James Richardson

2. Pragma

Pragma is practical love and is the natural overflow of Philautia. While self-love is consistent with the traditions of Soliphism, it’s difficult to reasonably ignore the sense of duty. Arguably self-love is the most subjective of loves. Pragmatic love is the beginning of making relative progress – or to put it more bluntly – pragma love deals with what who or what one can love in their present circumstances. Unfortunately this type of love if left unfulfilled will be less fun or stimulating. Wedding reason with imagination may help one assess options that will allow them to realize the freedom of Christ as opposed to being a slave to situations.

20Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. 1 Cor 7:20

Will – Joyner Lucas & Will Smith

Me: Bro, when you gonna get out of yo’ man cave and hang?
Dennis: ****** I’m snoozing out here, lemme get back with you.
Me: Aight bet. Hit me up!

3. Philia

The next level up would be friendly or ‘brotherly’ love. Take note that ‘brother’ is written in the Spirit of Christ and not exclusive or misnaming those who are ‘sisters’ and/or otherwise. If you haven’t realized this already, this is where Philadelphia got it’s name from. The end goal of brotherly love is benevolence to one’s neighbor. In Christianity, this type of love ought to be fulfilled in time and space – that is – it ought to be everlasting and extended to everyone.

4. Storge

If you have made significant deposits of benevolence, it’s easier for your love to pass through the storge phase; familial love. We do not choose the families we are born into, but we have the freedom to surround ourselves with a family integral to our growth. Now storge love is normally reduced to love between parent and child, it can additionally be associated with uncles, cousins, nieces, etc.

5. Ludas

Somewhere between reaching out to having your deepest desires met, and behaving in a becoming way, is the need to break the rules. Enter Ludas love, which is more playful and flirtatious is nature. Just like self-love has negative and positive aspects to it, ludas love should be approached with caution. Non-committed love, if casually practiced can lead to breaches in health and relationships. This is especially true if one is seeking sexual liberation outside of the light of the Holy Ghost. A simple way of avoiding such vices is looking to Jesus as you relate to people. Lead through the transformation of your heart, and not through the appetites of your body and you will do well.

Non-committed love, if casually practiced can lead to breaches in health and relationships.

Can I get it on a platter, shatter your bladder
And put so much light in yo’ life I’ll make the roaches scatter
– Ludacris

6. Eros

Practice Ludas long enough and you’ll enter Eros love. This love is the most passionate of the rest as it includes romance and sex. For Christians, this love is reserved for marriage nevertheless it includes the mystical union of being joined to Christ. It’s been said that Eros is by instinct the natural course of life to survive. This resonates with me as I’m compelled by an innate desire to have what is purely pleasing to me. And I am certain that neither ecstasy or heaven can be real without God.

Warning about Eros

It should be noted here that only in the context of the mystical union of Christ can porneia be redeemed. Porneia is the greek word for any extra-marital relationship carried out by body, soul, and mind.

Greek word Porneia

To be clear, to physically carry out fornication, adultery, pedophilia, incest and the like goes against the will of God and is deserving of damnation as one corrupts themselves. But those who diligently look to Christ, who richly provides all for our enjoyment, will be transformed in a way where pursuing conjugal relationships are consistent with Divine Law and it’s consummation acceptable to God and man. May this word serve both as encouragement and conviction to those who have pure desires but have stepped out of Divine will; who exchanged godly transformation for artificial substitutes and therefore fell short of reflecting God’s full glory.

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7. Agape

It may be hard to imagine a love that is better than romantic and platonic love; tell certain people that sex is overrated and they might look at you funny. The pinnacle of all loves is the love God has for humanity and inversely the love man has for God. It’s this type of love that I desperately long for. The hope of restoration is found in this affection.

And if we’re honest enough to admit our judgements are NOT ALWAYS sound, we can begin to explore three hypothesis:
1. Someone is perfect
2. that someone is NOT you
3. that someone IS you

Go!

Who needs perfectionists in an age where Narcissism abounds? Can the world sustain more people with inflated egos? There needs to be a distinction between one who is arrogant and selfish, one who is self-confident and generous, and one who has God-esteem and is benevolent. While much has been written about the former and has caused much grief and problems in our world, there is much room for the latter to heal and restore the world around us. God-esteem by definition is ascribing God to be Immaculate and by union, a reflection of His perfection. And just like how Christ’s Incarnation was birthed to build a meaningful relationship with the world, Christians ought to strive to build a profound fellowship with each other.

God-esteem
noun

1. The practice of ascribing perfection to God and by extension yourself.

In conclusion, perfect love is immanent in all the other loves discussed. However, agape love is transcendent and is where a person may find the awe and sublime of God. So therefore, what is holding you back from becoming a true worshipper of Christ? Do you doubt that a full reward awaits you as you give Him your all? Are you still feeling like you can never be deeply loved? There are yet sublime experiences to be had in marriage. Your marriage does not need to burn out. There is a passion even the singles can feel alone. And it’s all found in Christ:

You didn’t get tired of me/
When I brought you hell/
Ice fell as an epagoge/
Rock bottom now I found a gem emoji/
Thank you LORD for loving me/
Even when I was unloveable/
You gave me faith & believed in me/
With a grace so incredible/
I laugh with joy unspeakable/
It preaches to the unreachable/
LORD cause me to not save face/
All day long may I give you praise/

So Israel left Egypt which is called Babylon to serve the LORD.

Me: Yo’ Dennis are you up yet?
Dennis…
DENNIS!!!

14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

— Hebrews 10:14 ESV

Ace Turkey Diamond Card

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


Return of the JedEye

Jedi Sign

chapter one

1These are the words of James: one of the many servants in the Chi; which he heard regarding Israel during the last days of Trump, and in the days of Joe President of the United States, and Xi Jinping President of the People’s Republic of China, one year before the Great Quake.

2This is what was seen and heard, those who have an ear to hear, let them hear:

“The winds would have guided you,

And the currents would carry along.

The trees have disclosed secrets;

Of the embers to come.

3Had you paid attention,

You would have known of my dangers,

For the LORD’s voice buzzed amongst many flowers,

Now shall he drone bellows below!”

4Thus saith the LORD:

“When Judah and Simeon hung up their bowed instruments,

They were utterly defeated amongst the Caananites;

They were chased away by the sword and robbed and plundered.

I the LORD have humbled them before the nations,

Could you not see this?”

Judgement on washington

5And the LORD said to me:

“Speak in the ears of the rulers who stand by the gates,

‘I have opened the windows of heaven on you,

And blessed you with everything you could desire,

I gave you wisdom and surrounded you with learned men,

They’ll be Some Changes Made – Dinah Washington

But your heart became proud and did not fear me.

6O Obsidian and Leviathan do you see this?

Even the serpent knows that wickedness will not be exalted forever,

Yet these men build towers to oppress my people.

7Therefore what I will do to them shall be a surprise.

Their downfall shall come not from the mighty, but from babes.

Children shall open their mouths – even the children of Jerusalem,

8And their lofts shall fall to the ground quicker than lightning.

Terror shall scatter your wizards and men of knowledge.

You will seek them for counsel, and they will tell you lies.

9For you have deceived my people,

And enriched yourself while perverting their ways.

10The heart of Jacob shall be strengthened,

And Judah shall restore worship in the temple of God.

11It shall occupy the households of Hebron,

And the extended lands shall wither.’”

12Thus saith the LORD:

“ O, Shepherds, mourn for the lost children of Zion.

Knowledge has been despised in the land.

13The men have been emasculated through oppression,

And the women are led to prostitution through poverty.

14My kings have been led into exile,

And queens abandoned to rule alone.

15For wickedness has spread upon the earth,

And the light of the LORD is withheld from them.

NEXT CHAPTER >>

3And God said,

Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine

Happy New Years ya’ll. Have you been able to crack a smile during the madness? For those who have been praying for me and my family, thank you. We’re finding more ways to be thankful and to walk in the joy of Christ. And to the parents behind making that Batman game, I apologize for the mess. Know that we received word to exit from Deus Ex.

 I can tell you as one who is relearning what it means to love again there are things that I must cut out in 2021. – The Prototype

N Unsafe Base

Any healthy relationship will have a give and take, an ebb and flow, ups and downs. Mutual humility and submission will happen within reason. It’s one thing to compromise for the sake of peace.  It’s another when you are compromised without consent. Do you know how difficult it’s been for me perceiving what’s been going on with my brothers and sisters? ‘Bee”ing able to empathize and make a deep connection with others is the mark of a true sensei.

Maybe it was reaffirming that God will eventually bring everything to the light. Maybe it was when I started posting letters I wrote to myself as a form of instruction. Perhaps it was when I openly discussed Black Ownership over social media. Whatever the case was, it drew so much unwarranted attention to me offline. I say offline because people typically didn’t react tangibly to my posts. When I first discovered that my emails were compromised, I suspected it as merely a spiritual thing. Of course, there are few of us that enjoy true Fellowship of the Spirit. I do not mind you peering into my heart as we share a bond that lasts forever. I love every one of you including you noble one, although you get on my nerves sometimes.

But once I found out my emails were being sent to government authorities, even to people I know within my circle – without my consent- that meant war.

So, if we will apply the golden rule to our lives (no not the capitalist rule) we would do well to treat others the way we want to be treated. No backbiting, spreading slander, or sabotaging. Do we have an understanding?

NR Peace

If I never experienced the oneness that Christianity speaks of in the Bible, I couldn’t be a Christian. And for those who would say that I should just blindly trust in God I’m going to humbly say that you lack prudence as many people have been compromised, taken advantage of, and lied to on the basis of ‘blind faith’.

 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Jn 17:23 ESV

A basic overview of the study of knowledge is that a belief is formed by perception and is tested and validated as it is referenced by others. While arbiters are used to distinguish facts from half-truths, even objectivity must be called into question when exploring possibilities. The truth is we are now in a world where we are heavily surveilled; there are few secrets, little to no privacy, and constant bombardment of stimuli to manipulate people. If you didn’t figure this out already Christian, we have been in Babylon for a long time.

Three Ways to Find Inner Peace

When the world becomes chaotic around you, it can be easy to become anxious, irritated, or depressed. Here are three ways to regain serenity.

Meditation
  1. Practice Meditation: Get to your safe place where it is quiet. Quiet yourself, breathe, pray.
  2. Be Content: Whether you’ve accomplished much or not at all, whether you’ve gained or lost things, be content with what you have. Be grateful and be detached from the world for many things in this life is temporary.
  3. Make works of art: Whether that is in music, dance, poetry, or illustration, art can bring you to a place of tranquility.

For us as Christians, we’re taught to find perfect peace in Jesus. He’s the ultimate source of all protection; our refuge, and when no one else regards us, he will.

This is important as we’re still wandering through the desert areas. And as we’re looking for the wedding of the spiritual church with it’s heavenly body we must prepare ourselves and put away everything that is not of His nature. This includes all heresies, false accusations, ungodliness etc. The united church can have denominations by name, but not in essence. The time will come when the Catholics and Protestants will be reconciled to Christ and no longer condemn the other for tenets that are partially true.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head. Eph 4:15

Electric Eels

Researchers say that 2021 will have a pandemic of mental illness. I would have to agree with all the trauma of the past 4 years – including the breach of Capitol Hill – will leave a dramatic effect on the psyche for years to come. We shouldn’t dismiss the fact that there are twisted minds out there that takes pleasure in seeing others suffer. And as the pandemic ensues and our Economy is shaken; as our Democracy is on the brink of failure, I exhort you by the grace of God to stay sober and keep your head above water. It’s too easy to drown in the cares of this world with all of its troubles and sorrows.

So, for those who have found themselves at their breaking point; who are lost and feel like there’s no point in return; for those who are at their last breath, at wits end; those who are cornered to the wall, if you feel like you have lost all hope please know that I have extended my heart towards you. I know it means little sense I am expressing my feelings through words, but I hope that you could accept them if they can bring healing. O Darling, can’t you see that there is a greater heart behind mine? God loves you with a Divine love; a love so powerful he would rearrange the heavens for you just so you know that he cares. A love so thoughtful that he would guide you and take care of your every need. Our hearts may fail and may be faint in feeling for now. However, I believe that as we heal, we will birth a greater power in pure love like never before.

D in EngravD

Certainly we are in dark times as death looms among us. Mercy seems to be lost as the death sentence looms in our country. Many are dying due to lack of sensitivity and care, not necessarily through political judgement. Nevertheless we’ve experienced relief in the defeat of our current administration – especially – in the recent ban of Donald Trump from social media. Now the banning of Donald Trump gives off feelings of bad precedents and with good reasons. May my insights in Hermeneutics and Deontology serve as assurance that banning Donald Trump was indeed the right decision.

Why Donald Trump and Trumpism ought to be banned

I’m no political expert so those pundits that are certified check the accuracy of my claims. The breach on Capitol Hill and the banning of Donald Trump are two big blows to our Democracy. It proved that laws in and of themselves cannot guarantee order any more than elected officials can guarantee justice. This doesn’t mean that we have the license to do as we please or give in to lawlessness, rather it gives us the incentive to be determined to make our world better and beautiful for everyone involved.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 1st Amendment U.S Constitution

People who tend to side on the opinion that speech should never be censored tend to look at this amendment apart from the whole Constitution.

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Preamble U.S Constitution [Emphasis added]

My take on this if we will consolidate both passages is that freedom of speech and the press is designed bring about unity, justice, and peace. When we have perpetrators of those who undermine authority and the press (although fake news does exist), who illegitimizes government and the people it should serve, who favors the privileged while oppressing the unfortunate, I believe there’s a moral responsibility to check individuals by constitutional mandate. Otherwise we should make no complaints to injustice and allow anarchy or autocracy to arise.

There are two criticisms I want to address in advance:

  1. Freedom of speech should be allowed to be free no matter how obscene or hateful

AND

  • Christians should not get involved with these matters as they are merely worldly and will pass away.

I find the people in the 1st camp to be very hypocritical as they conveniently subscribe to that opinion when it serves their feelings of superiority or when they dislike or hate someone else. Because when it really comes down to it, they don’t exercise free speech; they lack the bandwidth to understand all the connotations that comes along with freedom; the lack the vocabulary to exercise free speech; furthermore, they don’t talk crazy when they are at their job, or talking to authorities, or when trying to win business; because relationships are built around TRUST and RESPECT. There are consequences when you speak a certain way in some circumstances (at least for some people). For some whites, they enjoy the privilege of being a spoiled prick in which their forwardness comes with NO repercussions no matter how much damage they’ve caused.  

AND

To my Christian family,

There seems to be a false dichotomy when it comes to Christian living between holiness and worldliness. While we want to be separate from the unrighteous and unclean, we must do so without denying Christ in the process. If we will continue to assert Christ’s Immanence and Omnipresence, we will remember who created all these things knowing that {Christ is all, and in all}. Do not forget those who are growing up in their roles in the Church and their purpose in receiving gifts from heaven. Neither should we forget to hope of Jesus’ prayer before he was crucified. I write these words to you and I hope you will see from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Be blessed.

With Ever Growing Love,

James

The Black Gene

There’s no reason to repeat that the Constitution was not intended for Blacks. We were brought to the US as slaves. What are we willing to say about ourselves? Will we continue to consent to misleading Historical narratives, or will we try to Revision History by fulfilling it through Eternal Life? For over 200 years, my stories of my Black family have been blotted out to debase our significance, worth, and rank. Can you image? Centuries of our faces painted with dung, refuse, mud; all the things that men deem to be worthless. But no matter how others may look at my people, they will never destroy who we really are; men and women Imago Dei.

1Tender are the words of gentle rivers, but the bitter are lacking in Taste.

2Happy is the man that discovers knowledge, for wisdom bring pleasure to his Heart.

3Even the ungodly will praise the righteous when the nation is raised with Equity.

4Patience brings game to the diligent hunter, but hunger will remain for the Prude.

5Remember the days of pleasure, for many sorrows lie along the Road.

6Order brings life to the organized, how can Chaos be an Oasis?

7Trite remarks weary the soul, and idle thoughts are Tiresome.

8Originality is the pride of men, but the first will have a lasting Outcome.

9Temperance breeds success, and those who are consistent are Trustworthy.

10Yesterday is none of your concern, let Today bring about an everlasting Yield.

11Power is abused by the unrighteous, but those who live with integrity will be Predominant.

12Ever seen a man not proud of his own masterpiece? Me Either.

Epigrams 1:1-12

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Gen 1:2 ESV