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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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?

Gals, Galli, and Guilli O My!

Lions Tigers and Bears

Boo! Did you jerk back? Nah? You from the Wild Wild West? Oh ok…you self-made I feel ya. Free…not everybody have the luxury of avoiding traffic jams; to be cooped up in the hot sun with no AC in your hoopdie; thinking about your next vacation on some remote island hula-hooping to the tunes of an Ukeke. Yeah I’m being sensitive here. It’s a learned habit from rejecting the norms of insensitivities and growing til’ there are no more mental or emotional impairments. I slid back from that journey though, and now I’m regaining ground with many others. For many who are empaths and healers, here’s to becoming whole again; here’s to a love in whose bond can never be broken.

Somewhere, sometime over the rainbow; in the days where beliefs in gods were fashionable, extreme rituals were performed. Temple prostitution and sacred sex rites were common in these days which may have set the atmosphere for other lascivious practices. However, our focus is not on trying to bring sexy back, rather we’re focusing on a special group called the Galli. Eventually you’ll understand why.

The Galli or Gallus in singular were eunuch priests said to come from the deity Cybele or Agdistis known at the time as the Great Mother of the Gods. You can say the Galli were a peculiar bunch – often dressed in bright female garbs with long hair and with sweet perfume. They wore makeup and typically bleached their hair, wandering about taking donations for divination. What makes them odd for Western culture was more of their ecstatic religious rituals; one of them involved castrating themselves.

While others play the flute and they get into a trance, the young priest gets naked, screams and runs to the middle of the circle of priests, where he grabs a sword and castrates himself immediately. Then he throws them through a random window and out of that house he shall receive his clothing and jewelry.

Lucian, De Dea Syria 51

As obnoxious as it may sound, we shouldn’t be surprised if intense practices like this abounded. Of course, the notion of these events not happening are plausible too, as self-mutilation of this sort could lead to death by bleeding. What we want to consider is the amount of ludicrous actions that takes place within charismatic circles. It doesn’t take long before we find some records of absurdity taking place within the church. After reviewing certain instances one must ask, “What is the spirit behind such ‘erratic behavior’? Just how ‘wrong’ is it? Is there a point of view that makes these occurrences redeemable? In regards to the Galli, a gospel reading comes into play.

Some are born as eunuchs, some have been made eunuchs by others, and some choose not to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone accept this who can. Matt 19:12 NLT

Now because of the practices of the Galli, some scholars suggest that these priests were some of the earliest forms of transgender women. In fact, Firmicus Maternus said in his treatise, “De errore profanarum religionum” that they asserted they were not men. Apparently they wanted to pass off as women as a homage to Caelestis the goddess. What isn’t widely known is the dynamic of public acceptance of such practices verses its persecution especially with the rise of Christianity. The significance of this is two-fold:

  1. If there was much persecution of transgenders, there may also have been lost stories as well. This is similar to the traditions AA have lost due to slavery.
  2. To recognize the cycles of persecution between the sexually deviant, the sexual ostrich, the leper, the eunuch, and the pious.

I said once before and I will say again that there was a certain time in the Black Community where being effeminate was scorned arousing violence. Here we are in 2021 and cishet Black Men are considered the worst and the weakest link. Karma has a way of paying back doesn’t it? Let me take the moment here to apologize on the behalf of Straight Black Men for the cruelty we have done in our community in the past.

Maverick: When is it ever going to end?

Rodriguez: Hopefully when Jesus gets back because I’m over it!

Phillip: I feel you man. Ay James…did you do you know what?

Me: Yeah bro…I called her. It was awkward, but I had to do it.

Montara – Bobby Hutcherson

The purpose of this post was to lead into a new series touching on the LGBTQ community and how should Christians regard them in the light of the gospel. You can expect me to posit my view from many different angles; Historical, Cultural, Science, Philosophy, and Religious. Biblically speaking, you’ll hear me give an accurate Biblical view pulling from texts and explaining them from what they ACTUALLY say versus how you WON’T it to say. I don’t care WON’T you think it says, this is how it reads and we look it things objectively to discover it’s implications. Now here’s the caveat: I am not transgender, bisexual, gay, or any of the aforementioned. Nevertheless, through the context of marriage, BI am a straight man. And as one whose learning more and more to accept and love all that I am, you’ll hear me empathize with those struggling with these issues. But I’m not gonna lie, I’m going to wed BOTH fundamentalist and progressive ideas together as any true ambassador of Christ would.

I am Her – Shea Diamond

Just giving you the heads up so that we know I will be bringing convictions without condemnation and encouragement with warning. Hell is real. I would know, because I been there. And what I don’t wanna see happening is people getting caught off guard because of presumptuous assessment of themselves. Like what the HELL are you talking about?! Beware of speaking your truth. Because a half-truth is still a whole ________. I’m probably already hated for saying this stuff but who cares. I’ve been cancelled. But at least I will die knowing that I didn’t delude myself. Until next time my beautiful people, I love you.

If I Had a Pharm, O What Animals I Would Have

Drug Farm

One day I told someone special how adverse I was to taking pictures. I always felt it was unnatural and if it was candid, let it be done with consent. Being reflective as I am, I try to test my own beliefs to see the merits of it. There was a point of time where I had a healthy dose of self-hatred seeing the future of all things WAAAY ahead of time. Somewhere down the road though, I became foolish and unbalanced; what should’ve merely been a cocoon became a donjon of endless rejections. I’m getting better though. We’re getting better. Keep on praying for my family as I pray for yours.

Remember when Phat Farm and Baby Phat was hot fashion? I just recently found out why these brands died down. It’s sad when certain language becomes dated because the fashion is no longer in style. Like girl, you ‘thicc’ and I like that Phat; that Baby Phat. I don’t know what’s more tragic, realizing you’re getting old, learning about the vice that surrounded Phat Farm or being ignorant of it’s phantom twin being virtuous. Sorry guys, I’m still recovering from being fed partial truths for a good portion of my life. So bear with me here. I’m not trying to be irresponsible with my words. I’m doing my best to convey invisible realities. Shout out to Russell Simmons for setting the standard that you can be more than a recording artist.

Blue Ice

Today’s Gospel reading comes from Revelation 21:

6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. Rev 21:6-8 ESV

Now I typically don’t like teaching from Revelation because I believe if you were misreading the Old Testament and the Gospels, you have a very funky view of this book. In other words, if you took for granted small details in earlier passages, more than likely you’re overlooking nuggets in the Book. Never mind getting into details within the Creation Story and other stuff; the point I’m making is that there is a particular nuance here: for now we’ll focus on the word ‘sorcerers’.

In the Greek, the word is pharmakeus, which may play a role in where were get the word Pharmacy. The idea is that potions were magical remedies that brought about healing. It would be incorrect then to use this word as an indictment against pharmaceuticals much in the same way that saying affirmations are casting spells. After all, Jesus did say he would cause those who believe to drink from the spring of the water of life…

Evie: You just had to go there didn’t you?

Me: **shrugs shoulders**

7 Illegal Drugs that Can Be Used AS Medicine

Now I’m not here to pull your strings and somehow delude you to become an addict. As many doctors have found positive uses for what is typically known as recreational drugs, I reveal them to you. My advice is to be cautious when using any substance whether prescribed or not. Neither the judgment of you or doctors are infallible. So as Paul would say, “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. With that in mind, let’s move forward.

  1. Cocaine – Did you know that this drug has been used as a topical anaesthetic in South America because of its numbing properties? These effects are known to also alleviate headaches. How sway! Doctors are discovering its advantages to treat irritable bowel disease and other problems with the gut. I wonder when did people decide that putting Coke in Coca-Cola was a problem?
  2. Heroin – Is commonly used as pain management in hospitals. Avoid using pain killers as a way to relieve pain as it is highly addictive.
  3. Magic Shrooms – Another remedy against headaches, obsessive compulsive disorder, and can even remedy depression and anxiety. But being honest here, people turn to shrooms for their psychedelic properties.
  4. Ketamine – also known as ‘Special K’. No, no, no not the cereal here. Ketamine is found to be helpful in tranquilizing horses. There have been studies to suggest ketamine can also cure depression.
  5. MDMA – Otherwise known as ecstacy, E, or X. Studies show it has the potential to treat PTSD. Don’t use it as some caffeine stimulant though.
  6. LSD – Weird fact! In Norway, LSD is known as a possible treatment for alcoholism. I’m not exactly sure if it truly makes them clean, or give them side effects considering their hallucinogenic nature.
  7. Cannabis – Long known as pain relief for chronic illnesses, it has been proven to relieve PTSD, nausea, and some cases of glaucoma and Crohn’s disease.

The Beastly Cures

Not to put some lofty – I told you drugs aren’t that bad – in your face. In a society where black and white thinking abounds, there is more room for the virtue of moderation to take center stage when forming an opinion. A mature person will weight the pros and cons of any issue, Biblical or not. Again, this isn’t to say that all things are redeemable. There are certain things that should be avoided at all costs. Nevertheless, all things can be reconciled to Christ and is the job of true ambassadors to facilitate His work.

Between ten and twenty/

I was a silly rabbit/

Stuck in a compound/

Between proteins & fatty acids/

I begged for magic/

You should’ve seen my top hat/

Sleight of hands hating/

The pitiful poor cat/

Eyes peeled to her smile/

Got them screamn’ loud/

Searching her head like I brows/

Free from corruption/

As I sit in this luncheon/

Our love’s sky-rocketing/

Throughout every function/

F3, F3, was that the right key?/

It can’t be fantastic without the Trinity/

You got 33 seconds
to fulfill your ministry/

So eat and have faith/

Here comes the end of History/

Natural High – Blood Stone

The shortcomings of man should not persuade anyone to lose hope in the Final Consummation. It’s unfortunate of what we’re hearing in marriages; Derrick Jaxson and Chris and Paige comes to mind. For those who are married, now is the time to look to Jesus to make every crooked place straight & rough place plain. He will lead us into all truth in His righteousness. So therefore in honor of the National Drug and Alcohol Awareness week, I say to you love Christ until you reach your natural high.

Until next time,

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

— Gal 6:8 ESV

Learning to Love Backwards

Backwards Arrows

When you are vulnerable and helpless, that’s when it becomes crucial who comes into your life. Once you’re under someone else’s care, the reality that life and death is ultimately not under your control comes to the surface. It’s good to have that light bulb switched on so that you have enough courage to face death. That way, when pain arrives and it’s sorrows spring out like rivers, you will not be given over to complete waywardness, but resolve in the holiness of Christ.

This Devotional is more of a supplement to my previous blog: Cell With an X. We’re going to check out two passages of scriptures for the sake of study. The interesting thing about this is that we will be doing this backwards. You’ll understand why shortly.

16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in the world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 Jo 4:16-18 ESV

Now I’m going to need or you to get your penny loafers and white socks ready because we’re walking backwards here.

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 Jo 2:15-17 ESV

One, two, twist, kick, turn! Spin around! Glide! That’s it! Now let’s go ahead and start thinking about the passages.

Points to Consider

  • How perfect is YOUR love? Have you felt God’s Supreme Love towards you?
  • What type of fear is appropriate with love? What needs to be put away?
  • If perfection is complete, how should one love the world and its components?
  • Is lust inherently evil? How would you define godly lust?
  • Note the phrase: but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
    To what extent will the present world always remain? How does this inform the believer in engaging in ‘worldliness’?

Final Take

These points need to be addressed because there are quite a few brothers and sisters in Christ who take inferences from these passages for granted. In one corner, we have people who conflate practicing social justice as a gospel antagonistic to the mission of Christ. On another corner, there are Christians who view any type of worldliness against the mandate to holiness. And yet another corner presumes that there is no sin and that we can do whatever whenever we want. All of these takes are half-truths that have unfortunately been perpetuated in Christendom for centuries. And it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. It is humbling to have to sit down with people and go WORD for WORD to show richness of meaning and reveal what the Scriptures are ACTUALLY saying as opposed to what people merely THINK it is saying. Context and nuance is KEY. And as we progress in learning more about the TRUTH of God’s Word and His will in our lives, we’ll be disciplined in a way that reflects Him according to His faithfulness. Remember no matter what good you do in this world, those who don’t understand or hate you will have something negative to say.

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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