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When You Do It Unto The Least of These…..

Today I was reminded how good it felt to help. I remember when I was smaller, my parents used to pick up strangers off the road or pay for someone else’s lunch and I for the little life of me couldn’t understand how they could do that. My adolescent mind couldn’t grasp how you could be willing to pay for SOMEONE else if you:

A – don’t know how much their stuff costs  B – didn’t even know the person and  C – risk not even getting recognition or a ‘thank you’.

Despite my constant battery of questions, my parents continued giving back and explained each time how this is what God wants us to do as Christians. He understands we have bills and we’re not the Trumps; but when He lays it on our hearts to “bless someone” we should do it – even if the person never knows who we are. In Matthew Chapter 25, Jesus lets us know that when we’ve helped the “least of these”, the Heavenly Father sees and knows.

Proverbs 16:8 reads, “Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice”. There are people who step on folk to acquire great amounts of wealth but can hardly live a life worth living because they are always hoarding it and looking over their shoulders. God doesn’t want that for us. We should be willing to help each other and opt to live a comfortable life doing the RIGHT thing, than a grossly wealthy one shadowed by corruption and selfishness.

Now back to today. I felt God drop in my spirit to do something nice for the person behind me in the drive thru this morning regardless of how much it would cost me – so I did. I don’t know who the person was and he doesn’t know who I am but that’s ok. Just think about this…..

#1 He may have been having a rough morning and just overall terrible week and then the person in front of him pays for his bill

#2 His day is looking a little brighter because he’s saving money and goes into the office with a better attitude

#3 Because of his great attitude, he attacks all the work on his desk and brightens his customers’ attitudes with his upbeat demeanor

#4 They are pleased to have an easy visit to the “_____” Office and so on and so on.

#5 I’m sitting here feeling good because I was able to hear God’s voice and do what He said

See how loving each other every now and again can trickle on. I’m not telling you to go out and spend your last dime every paycheck on someone, but the next time you notice someone spending a long time in the diaper aisle or counting out pennies – go ahead and ask God if He wants you to handle that. It’ll make your day brighter and your problems seem just a little bit lighter!

-Joc

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Questions I Often Get Asked As A Christian… Part 1

What is “the church”?

“The church” is not merely a building. It is made up of the people who share the same FAITH in God and Jesus Christ. It’s much like a school. The edifice that houses classes is called “______ School” but the students and faculty who convene there actually make up the school. Just read Corinthians 3:16 (Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?)

 

Why is there a “black church” if “the church” is supposed to be made up of all Christian believers?

The “black church” is just what it says. Let’s face it – living in America, we are all familiar with segregation; this does not exclude practicing Christians. Back during slavery, blacks were forced to worship God together because of their skin color. Now that a little time has passed, there are traditions and customs that have been passed down from those African American ancestors that those who worship in an all White or Hispanic church just won’t get. That’s not necessarily a good or bad thing.  As someone who grew up in the “black church” I’ve noticed that there ARE some customs that have virtually nothing to do with the teachings of God and are just done because “that’s the way we’ve always done it”.

 

I’m a Christian too but some of these Christians seem too judgmental at times. Why do you call out everyone else like you’re perfect when you’re not even perfect yourself?

Your journey as a Christian is an ongoing trek towards righteousness. You won’t be expected to live a perfect life with ZERO flaws – but it does mean that you are expected NOT to make the same mistakes on Day 108 that you made on Day 1. Meaning…Christianity isn’t some magic potion that you can drink that magically grants you all knowledge of everything heavenly and zaps you with the ability live a flawless life. Even those who go to school and obtain divinity degrees STILL don’t know everything there is to know about life. However, once you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior there are teachings and examples in the holy writ that clearly outline “bad living” according to Christ’s standards. Whether Christ directly speaks the words “_____ is wrong” or if the lesson is illustrated through the life of someone in the bible – there are some acts and behaviors that bottom line don’t line up with God’s word. So calling out things that are wrong according to the teachings of Christ is not being “judgmental”.  The saying “nobody’s perfect” is not a blanket statement that magically excuses behavior that is contrary to the teachings and life of Jesus. As Christians (meaning followers of Christ), there are some practices that are simply not excusable once you know better. If a Christian freely lives a life that’s rebellious in terms of lining up with Christ’s teachings – then you might want to suggest they reevaluate their witness.

 

Why are Christians are such hypocrites?

Correction…SOME Christians are hypocrites; just like some Muslims are and some Buddhists are. It’s just like a parent doing drugs and cursing, but punishing their kids for doing the same thing. Everyone does it whether you’re a Christian or not so it’s not a “Christian thing”. Christians are people. People who follow Christ and SHOULD do what is outlined in Christ’s teachings; but there are, unfortunately, just some who miss the mark.

 

TO BE CONTINUED…… – JOC

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Don’t Make a Mockery of Marriage

The increasing rate of failed marriages amazes me. The problem is people are not taking time out to learn their partners, chasing after their flesh instead of waiting on God, making premature moves, and then when the marriage falls apart they want to say “I give up on love”. Too many people have the definition of love confused. So many are deceived. My people are being destroyed, hearts being broken, and innocent children caught up in mess all because people don’t want to wait on God. You want to complain about your sorry baby daddy this and that but if you would’ve waited on God you would’ve dodged that bullet. Marriage is a sacred sanction. Those vows are real. To recite those vows under God “For better or for worse, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” I wish people wouldn’t move so fast and really consider the commitment. We love to say so and so broke my heart when really we broke God’s as well as our own because we lacked patience and trust in God. If you can’t find nobody right now it’s because God is trying to work some things out in you alone before you go link up with somebody else and carry all that weight and baggage into your relationship and miss out on your soul mate cuz you came into prematurely. We love to sign up for what we THINK we are ready for. Wait on God people. Don’t make a mockery out of the union he gets so much glory in.

–  repost via LaShae Shymez Settles

#truth

Be blessed. Piggyback commentary coming soon, Joc.

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A 90 Year Old Holocaust Survivor Arrested During Michael Brown Protest

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was arrested on Monday during unrest over the death of Michael Brown,KMOV reports.

Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri “for failing to disperse” during a protest of Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to call in National Guard into Ferguson. Eight others were also arrested.

“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety,” Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.”

Epstein is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the Free Gaza Movement.

Tensions rose in Ferguson on Monday night after Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced that the National Guard had been called in to help run the command center while police handled the protests.

Several people were arrested as protests ramped up, including Scott Olson, a photographer working for Getty Images.

President Obama addressed reporters on Monday and condemned the arrest of journalists covering Ferguson in the days since Michael Brown was shot and killed. He said he would be monitoring the National Guard presence to make sure it is “used in a limited and appropriate way.”

“There is no excuse for excessive force by police,” Obama said.

Here’s a photo of Epstein’s arrest:

View image on Twitter

 

Article courtesy of http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/18/hedy-epstein-arrested-ferguson-holocaust-_n_5689822.html and written by 

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#SOULTIES

This picture is deep! “Sexually transmitted DEMONS are harder to get rid of than diseases”!!!#SOULTIES!!! Watch who you lay down with!!! Each person you lay down with, a piece of them are with you! #real!!! That’s why so many people are miserable, mean, angry, evil, etc, because there are so many spirits upon them!!!#becareful & #mindful of what/who you are letting enter you!!

(repost via Eboni Sharpe)

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African American Women In Music Videos

I will be posting my commentary on this subject when I have time to sit down and right, but until then, watch this video FROM BEGINNING TO END and let it marinate. – Joc

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqJ2ornWMpw#t=513

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Boondocks Creator Set To Premiere Newest Creation “Black Jesus” — SAY WHAT?!

 

Let me start this off saying I used to watch Boondocks and despite “pushing the envelope” thought it was funny. Then I took a step back and realized how playing my part in keeping it on the air wasn’t really doing much to better society. Just give a cheap laugh, so I stopped watching it. Now Aaron McGruder is cranking out his next creation and it doesn’t look pretty.

I don’t consider myself a “fire and brimstone” type of Christian because I have not always been the person I am now; however, certain things I feel are clearly out of order and out of control — this show being one of them. After taking a look at the show’s synopsis and sneak peeks, I am saddened because while the character of Jesus in this context is set in modern day Compton, attempting to spread love — “the show puts the Son of God in modern-day Compton, where he curses, hangs out with drug dealers, changes bottled water into cognac, and smokes blunts.” (Time.com)

SAY WHAT NOW?!

Yes, and after days of previews, the show airs tonight (8/7/14) on Adult Swim.  While I will not be watching or supporting this, I will continue to pray and stay focus on my own walk. Also while I will do my part to express my disdain for the show — I understand that the majority of the people who watch Adult Swim and who will enjoy this show also enjoy their weed, and their partying, and their endless violent video games, and their rock bands, and their binge drinking, and their partying, and their body modifications — all people who don’t exactly scream “I LOVE THE LORD AND I AM LIVING THE LIFE OF THE PERFECT WITNESS!” I understand that there is a way you need to go about doing things.

It’s the same thing with companies using “X-Mas” instead of “Christmas” on their ads. I believe in the one true God and my personal Savior Jesus Christ; but I also know that everyone else doesn’t feel the same way. As long as I do my part and let the world see Christ through how I live MY life, then I believe I can do far more than if I were to drive outside WalMart and start a picket line or fiery mob because the rollback ads didn’t say “Merry Christmas”. The same will be for this show. I will show my disapproval for it by NOT WATCHING IT and do it UNapologetically. If the ratings aren’t good, the show won’t matter. Time is money for television networks.

I saw the above photo posted on Isaac Carree’s FB page — so if you want to participate and share your thoughts by phone, you can call the number. If you want to check out the previews for yourself peep one of the clips below…. – Joc

 

 

 

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