Careful With the Patrons Mister. They Might Steal a Lick Off of Ya. Innersextions Part One

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It’s a learned habit from rejecting the norms of insensitivities and growing til’ there are no more mental or emotional impairments. – The Prototype

Gals, Galli, and Guilli O My!

Question mark: How clean are you? Do you think that will play a part in how others think about ya? Are you quick to start arguments? Ready to throw some hands? How do you wind down after a long day? Don’t worry, this isn’t another 21 questions.

It was half-past four when I felt queasiness in my stomach. This is one of those feelings I wish I didn’t have as much. I performed my usual remedies; including resting and being grateful through the pain. When you’ve been on the edge, every little blessing counts, and I was determined to see through another setback – although ultimately – the cause of the pain was from another form of sickness. I wonder if a sharpshooter ever wished they missed? Let the gun violence and all wars be put to rest, and let godly peace sawm the land with justice. Amen.

Heard from the Red Vines

When I was a shorty shorty looking like a little cupcake with shortening, I was given an allowance to go to the candy store. I would have my one dollar and would pick up whatever snacks I felt like having at the moment. I know…simpler times. Who would you think would win in a verzuz battle; Twizzlers or Red Vines? Perhaps that wasn’t a relevant question since today people are fleeing such run-of-the-mill jobs for a fulfilling career.

NOt Happy You’re Phat

Can’t help myself! I’m not afraid of entanglements. Just the impure type. I can be a pure-a-phobe sometimes.

*Shrugs shoulders*

Back in 93′ there was a huge discovery that could change the way people looked at Queers. A group of scientists discovered what they would call the ‘gay gene’ giving scientific evidence that homosexuals cannot choose their sexual orientation and can only love the way they were born to love. The findings of the research evolved over time; from saying there is no gay gene, to saying there are many genes that influence same sex behavior. Much caution is felt by the LGBTQ community in publishing their findings as they are regularly discriminated against in finding employment, government assistance, and receiving health care – the latter very likely playing a factor in the increasing rates of HIV cases in the community. Nobody should be denied grace no matter what type of person they are.

Is It Because The Body Lies?

No matter how you want to look at it, casual sex can do much harm as it debases a human. Research giving empirical evidence gives a mixed bag as it looks at a narrow set of variables. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Sex Research looked at heterosexual college students between 18-25. A greater percentage of men engaged in casual sex that was negatively associated with psychological well-being. What is missing from the study is whether or not these participants came from a private religious college, whether there were strings attached to the sex encounters, or if there were other outside influences (substance abuse, trauma etc.) affecting their mental state.

Additional research is needed when it comes to gender identity. For many people, they agree with the sex assigned to them at birth according to their genitalia. However for various reasons, there are others who cannot relate to their sex shown through their genitals. Whether these reasons are hormonal, (studies have shown that prenatal steroids combined with atypical endocrine secretions affect sexual orientation) physiological (e.g. hermaphrodites), or psychological due to abuse at an early age, many people’s identity don’t correspond to their physical bodies.

Or Because Of Body Shaming?

It goes without questions that social restraints and abuses have caused the LGBTQ community to feel isolated. When arbitrary standards of masculinity and femininity are upheld, people who may not fit the mold will be subject to ridicule. For many, masculinity is associated to strong and domineering while femininity is weak and servile. While there may be cases the affirms this positively, if classifications are left to absolutes, there will be toxic relationships between genders. Patriarchy is not inherently evil, but is has historically brought out cases of abuse, shame, and oppression.

Can you imagine what inner turmoil our fellow friends in the Alphabet community may have? I can empathize with them. All I ever wanted to do is dunk on somebody but I’m too short; I need a trampoline to increase my vertical and them I’m endanger myself jumping too high or hitting my head on the rim. Do you know the struggle of what it’s like to have to hold your head down around crowds? Because if gals are in the vicinity, guess what ya seeing? Huh?! What!? Do you know what it’s like to have to stand on your tippy toes at the airport so that the lady at the register can see you? Nah!? Naw!? Or stopping at a truck stop to use the restroom with several other tall & stocky guys waiting around the stall. Nope!?

Nobody should be denied grace no matter what type of person they are.

The Prototype

I wanted to bring lightheartedness to an otherwise serious subject. Persecution leads to trauma and we must be careful to convict with righteous judgments and with grace. Because if there’s one thing we can gather from this blog, it’s that the LGBTQ community lacks conformity to nature due to not being able to reproduce without artificial methods.

POP QUIZ

  1. In commerce, what is a Trust? How can AA begin to build wealth together as a community?
  2. This artist has the most streams on Spotify. What is their name?
  3. What two major prenatal hormones are crucial in determining sex?
  4. Do you have friends in the LGBTQ community? How can you relate to them establishing good boundaries?
  5. Team EWF or Team Isley?
  6. What is the prison-dilemma in game theory? How can this shape the way you trust others?

Not being able to reproduce without using artificial methods could be seen as correction from the Divine. This is not to sow seeds of condemnation, but to show where we often neglect God’s promises and take matters into our own hands. A promise of transformation awaits every believer who doesn’t want to merely fit in the culture. The reward of transcendence awaits every believer who delights in the Almighty while receiving His lovingkindness.

Quick equation here:

Transcendence ≠ Transgender

But it can certainly include it. I’ll touch on this subject again coming from a different angle. You know the deal, until next time.

You have my heart.

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

1 Thessalonians 5:14

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