Worldwide News: “SELL the ACROPOLIS of ATHENS to pay DEBTS!”

JESUS  said

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient [funds] to finish it?”    (Luke 14:28)

 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

(1)   Maybe its time for all of us to consider our personal circumstances – spiritually, physically emotionally, and financially. For example, we cannot eat steaks, ribs, fries, , hot buttered rolls, greens, yams, fried chicken or whatever every day as it is not healthy. It’s better to rotate the foods and embrace half of a tuna sandwich with a bowl of soup. When snacking (throughout the day), one can munch on carrots, celery, apples, or other vegies or fruits.

(2)   Maybe its time for entire nations and countries to consider their national debts and obligations. Also, it is just as important to consider the overall welfare of its citizens – spiritually, physically emotionally, and financially. For example, there are several bankrupt countries today (just look at the internet) – so lets look at one of them – Greece!

Perhaps, the Greeks can,

          “Sell the Acropolis of Athens to Pay Debts!”

Is this possible? Let’s assume it is one way of repaying debt. If so, there may be several billionaires who may be eager to buy ancient real estate. Can you imagine the outcome? People will start on-line bidding and (most of the time) aggressive bidders will not allow others to out bid them. This will drive-up the price.   If this is successful, the Greeks may be able to sell other ancient artifacts for profit.

However, the sale of ancient real estate cannot be carried outside of the country but ancient historical objects can be carried outside of the country (and these latter objects will also help to re-pay the country’s  national debt).  If this is possible, please pass along this information to the right people. Moreover, this concept may be adopted by other countries and nations in economic crisis.

When a family is starving, hungry, and naked, why hold on to a mink coat, coin collection, or an antique vehicle?  Which is more important, serving a nutritional meal to the family and having money left over for survival needs or watching the mink coat hang in the closet?

I say,  “Sell the Acropolis of Athens to Pay Debts!”

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: PART TWO: “A Little CHILD shall lead Them!”

The Bible says, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb…the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them!   (Isaiah 11:6)

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Naturally, you all know that Prophet Isaiah is speaking about the future reign of CHRIST JESUS. There will be such peace and harmony (no sickness, death, or tears) within the kingdom for the saints, children, and the animals. No longer will animals or reptiles (leopards, lions, wolves, bears, poisonous snakes, etc.) be blood thirsty or bring harm to anyone and anything. The WORD is saying that life will be so blissful that a little child will play with the leopards, lions, tigers, and bears. In fact, the leopards and lions will be like domestic kitty cats!

In fact, Prophet Isaiah says, “And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together and the lion shall eat straw like the ox…And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp  [a deadly and poisonous snake] and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice den.”   (Isaiah 11:7-8)   Well now Mothers and Fathers won’t have to worry about their children playing outside with dangerous animals. Furthermore, there will not be any molestors or kidnappers!  Praise-the-LORD!

On a different note, I have a special treat for you: 

THERE IS A SPECIAL GROUP OF FIVE VERY YOUNG GIRLS (WORSHIP and PRAISE DANCERS) WITH EXCEPTIONAL TALENT! I don’t know their names but they performed at the Little Miss African American Pageant (8-4-2013).

I cannot say whether or not they won the contest but I sure hope they did! Right now, I ask that you watch them on YouTube: They are in costume – colorful blue, water melon, and purple long dresses!

These girls are fabulous and all of them are extremely talented! They are dancing to ERICA CAMPBELL’S song,  “A Little More JESUS!”   And, they are smoking up the stage! Wait until you see the youngest little girl with loose pigtails! That child stole the whole show!

As Erica sings (on tape), allow me to paraphrase the words, “Problems at work, problems at home…I want every body just to leave me alone…I can’t fix you cause I’m trying to fix me…I’m trying to find help cause I’m on my knees….Ache right here…pain right there…Not enough power, so I need more prayer…Feels like it gets so hard to pray…Guess that’s why I lost my way…I need just a little more JESUS!”

Honey this is my testimony and this little child is expressing it in Worship to the LORD! She uses her little arms and body and expressions to say what many of us feel. The crowd is roaring like kangaroos and I’m sure they are jumping up and down (about to come out of their shoes and socks). Be honest, none of us are Oky Doky! 

In this context and presentation, “A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM!”

Have a Blessed Day!”

 

Worldwide News: PART ONE: “You R more than a Monkey on a String!”

GOD said,

“I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, LIVE…Now when I passed by thee and looked upon thee, behold thy time was the time of love; and I spread My skirt over thee and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine…Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.”  (Ezekiel 16:6, 8-9)

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

We are living in terrible times when families are divided, marriages broken, jobs failing, people forced to switch careers, children misbehaving and disobedient, people shooting and killing innocent folks, corruption in the schools, colleges, governments, and so on.

Take a pause break to listen to Erica Campbell’s song,

“A Little More JESUS!”  Allow me to paraphrase just a little, “I got too mad and said too much…Went to far and almost cussed…No my Mama did not raise me that way…I’m way to sad and crying too long…Yes my life seems way too hard…But ain’t nothing too hard for GOD…I need just a little more JESUS!”

Check it out for yourself.   This talented lady is giving it to us straight. We’ve got to get help but not just any kind of help. We need the HOLY GHOST to help us along the way.

Ain’t the Lord GOD good and didn’t HE say, “…when thou wast in thy blood, I said – LIVE!”      GOD sees each one of us through HIS love!  GOD washed us in the Blood of Jesus and GOD covered our nakedness.  God entered into a covenant with us and we are HIS!  You and I were created in the image of GOD!  You are not a circus monkey (dangling on a string) and you show ain’t no kangaroo (hopping too and fro)! Don’t have a mental breakdown because someone stops loving you! Don’t give up because your kids act crazy! Don’t let the dEVIL put you in a mental hospital because of your problems! Give all of that stuff to the LORD GOD!

Keep your eyes high and lifted up on the hills from whence comest your help as your help comes from the LORD GOD!    Therefore, “You R MORE than a Monkey on a String!”

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: “WILD GRAPES or GOOD GRAPES!”

The Bible says, “Now will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill. And He fenced it and gathered out the stones thereof and planted it with the choicest vines, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.”  (Isaiah 5:1)

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Through the Prophet Isaiah, GOD is speaking to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and Judah. In fact, GOD is scolding the people because HE did everything to make them comfortable and successful.

(1)  GOD chose a fruitful hill to plant His vineyard…gathered out the stones, weeds, thorns, snakes, bugs, fertilized the soil with minerals and nutrients, and planted the best (choicest) seeds.

(2)   GOD built a high tower in the midst of His vineyard. So, He put an observation tower to watch over the vineyard and the land. The look-out tower helped the inhabitants to survey and guard the land against intruders.

(3)   GOD made a winepress and put it in the garden. He put a machine in the garden to automate this procedure. Perhaps, it was a large press to squeeze the grapes or a huge stone or wood barrel allowing many to stand in to press the fruit by hand or feet.

(4)   GOD looked for a great harvest of good grapes but it brought forth wild grapes. The scandalous outcome was devastating. Obviously, GOD was let down.

WHAT HAPPENED?   The LORD GOD is our maker and keeper! After HE saves us, HE plants us (in love) in a fruitful hill. As long as we stay rooted and grounded in the LORD, we grow up right. Do you think GOD would deliberately put us in harm’s way without a way to escape? The WORD states, “HE will put no more on you than you are able to bare…”  Through the Blood of Christ, we are able to with stand the enemy and overcome. Alone, we cannot fight the dEVIL and his demons because we need the HOLY GHOST!  If the job goes away – the Lord will provide another in His own time…if sickness comes – the Lord can heal as not all sickness is unto death…if you get depressed – the Lord can restore your mind…if your marriage fails – the Lord will strengthen you…if you lose your teeth – the Lord will help you to buy dentures!  There is nothing too hard for the LORD GOD!    

The LORD GOD uses many things (including the worldly winepress of disasters) to bring forth good fruit from His chosen people. Like the ancients who used the winepress to squeeze the juice from the grapes, the LORD GOD uses outside forces to bring us back to Him.  There is another Scripture which states, “…one waters and one cultivates but GOD gives the increase…”

Like the Parable of the Seeds, the roots (for some of us) don’t go down deep into the soil. So, the outside elements such as wind, rain, thorns, and weeds prevent growth. There are other interfering elements such as contention, jealously, mistrust, confusion, envy, strife, weakness, confusion, and depression which are sown into the soil of our lives. 

Yet, the LORD GOD uses these interfering elements like a winepress to extract the best out of us!  When something bad happens, we must lean on the LORD to help us and He will turn what the dEVIL meant for evil into something good!  How many times did others talk about you and/or set traps for you but they fell into the trap?  Ugly people will sow grapes of wrath (strife and death) into the lives of innocent people. There is no excuse for this!  The dEVIL comes in many shapes, colors, and forms to deceive us;  but  we must not allow the dEVIL to have the victory  over us.

How quickly we forget the LORD GOD is more powerful than five million (and more)  atomic bomb! There is nothing too hard for the LORD GOD! May I ask the question, do you have “WILD GRAPES or GOOD GRAPES!”   Which side are you on?

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “Be FILLED with the SPIRIT not the Spirits in the Bottle!”

The Bible says,  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the SPIRIT; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the LORD; Giving thanks always for all things unto GOD and the FATHER in the Name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST…”   (Ephesians 5:18-20)  However, we ain’t suppose to be stuck on stupid all the time as you cannot eat steak and potatoes every day! The body needs nourishment for the physical man just as the inner man needs SPIRITUAL FOOD. Yet, we have more wine taverns, bars, and liquor stores than churches. On every corner, there is a place to get drunk. More so, the bartender will call a taxi to take the drunk home (and they may or may not pay for the cab). The idea is to keep drunks off the roadways. That’s a good thang!  Oh yea!  The drunk may be singing but it won’t be a hymn to the LORD!  

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the “Saints at Ephesus” who were good people but good people make mistakes and there will be a lot of good people in hell! So, it is not enough to be good because our standards ain’t good enough for GOD!  That’s why, GOD sent JESUS!  All of our righteousness is as “filthy rags” to GOD. I saw the ruins at Ephesus, the Great Theater,  the Temple of Diana, and modern Ephesus. Honey,  Apostle Paul was right on the nail.  The city was full of  idol worshippers and the Saints had to look at them.

Like the Saints at Ephesus,  the devil is up-in-the faces of the Saints of our day!  But ALL Saints (past, present, and future)  are chosen in CHRIST JESUS (before the foundation of the world) that we should be holy and without blame before HIM in love.  Furthermore, GOD hath blessed Saints with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in CHRIST.   We are going to make it through every trial and tribulation.  Don’t you worry about your family, children, friends, job, pain, suffering, depression, confusion, ups and downs.  The LORD GOD will be with you ALWAYS even unto the END.  Each day, press a little harder.  Lay aside all that junk!  In fact, don’t even look at the people who upset you – see them and don’t see them!  May I say this?  You might get mad and stab them with a plastic fork , then, you’ll have to pray for forgiveness!  So, it’s best to take an Epson Salt or bubble bath as you read the Bible!

There is another message for the “Saints at Ephesus.”  In the Book of RevelationApostle John wrote to the Church of Ephesus“I know thy works and thy labor, patience, and how thou cannot bear them which are evil and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars. Nevertheless, I have some what against thee, because thou has left thy first love. Remember therefore from when thou are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else, I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”   (Revelation 2:2-5)

Now we must look at our natural selves. By nature, we are sinners and sinful people (if allowed) will do only what seems right to them.  As you know, what is right for one person may not be right for the next person. Thus we need a standard and it’s the WORD of GOD!   As Christians, we must obey GOD’S Commandments and HIS guidelines will help us to do right unto those we like and those we don’t like.  If someone is hungry (black or white), we must feed them….if someone needs a coat, we must  give them a jacket…if someone needs help, we must help them because of the love of God.  If you are a hiring manager, you will not cherry pick applicants by race, color, gender, or creed. You will hire the best qualified applicant regardless to his or her race, color, or creed.

No matter what, the Lord GOD commands us to obey. Notice GOD does not say we cannot drink wine. Instead the Lord says, “… be not drunk in excess…”  In fact, JESUS attended the Wedding in Cana and He produced wine for them to drink. Notice, the people drank but JESUS did not make the wine for them to get drunk and the Bible does not say they got drunk. I suppose that was the best wine they ever tasted!   Another Scripture tells us there is a time and season for all things to be born, to die, to plant, to pluck up, to be quiet, to laugh, to mourn, and so on and on. 

Like the “Saints at Ephesus,” we have fallen and left our first love – to the love The Lord Thy GOD with all of our hearts!  The Lord GOD wants us to be filled with the HOLY SPIRIT not the spirits in the wine bottle! The “spirits in the bottle” will make us crazy and make us to all kinds of immoral acts (which are contrary to the Will of God). Don’t get out there to willfully or unwillfully sin against the Lord GOD because you may not like yourself in the morning. Even worse, you may be called into judgment and it will be too late to make it back. So remember this,  “Be Filled with the SPIRIT not the Spirits in the Bottle!”

Have a Blessed Day!

 

 

Worldwide News: “BE Not RASH with Thy MOUTH!”

The Bible says, Be not rash with thy mouth and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before GOD: for GOD is in heaven and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?”   (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, 6)

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

These Words apply to all of us, especially to the writer of this Blog!  The more you know, the more you understand, and the more you know what’s not being done right, but you must be careful how you open your mouth! This is a lesson for all of us to work through.

Allow me to make it plainer because these are not my Words. The author of Ecclesiastes is king Solomon (son of the warring Judean king, David).  As a child, Solomon was chosen by GOD to rule the United Kingdoms,  given wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and riches beyond any other person in the World. In fact, high ranking people travelled far and wide just to look at king Solomon.

Can’t you see yourself there in the Bible days and among the caravans crossing the desert to see and to hear this great man speak. Queen Sheba (a beautiful Black woman) travelled for about two or three years (with her entourage carrying expensive ointments, silks, gold, silver, animals, servants, and other precious gifts) to see king Solomon.  Well, if you can’t understand this queen’s token of gifts, you can understand someone bringing you KFC (a bucket of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits, salad, honey, butter, cake/pie, and sweet tea with lemon) to eat.

But the actual lesson being taught by the backslidden king is this!  May I paraphrase?  “SHUT YOUR BIG MOUTH and LISTEN!”   Oh boy or boy or boy!   This is THE lesson we all need to learn!

For example, there is trouble in every the home and most of it starts with people talking and shouting at one another. Say what?  They are “…being rash with their mouths…” The dialog is as follows:

Mother:  Didn’t I tell you to take out the garbage and wash the car?

Son:  I forgot because I had a date with Jenny. Hey Mom, why do you bug me so much? 

Mother:  Don’t you eat and sleep for free?

Son:   I can move out!

Dad:  Well, take your stuff and hit the road Jack! Good luck and don’t let the door slam!

Mother:  Honey, you shouldn’t have said that!

Once the words from the mouth are launched, the words become weapons of war!  The words are thrown out there and the words cannot be taken back. How many times have we said something with regret; but it’s too late to take back the ugly words?

As the Bible says, “God is in heaven and we are upon the earth…”   We must be careful for everything because the Angel  is ever present,  “Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin…wherefore should GOD be angry at thy voice and destroy the work of thine hands…”   Not only can you “…cause your flesh to sin,”   you may cause others to sin!

Don’t forget, GOD IS ABLE TO FORGIVE and heal most relationships (if the parties so desire)!  For now, “Be Not RASH with thy MOUTH!”  and don’t cause thy flesh to sin!

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: “In Trouble? GOD WILL KEEP YOU!”

The Bible says, “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I WILL BE WITH HIM IN TROUBLE; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.”  (Psalm 91:14-16)  No matter how you perceive this, the Word of GOD is true!  Therefore,  “In TROUBLE? GOD WILL KEEP YOU!”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

No matter where you are…no matter who you are…no matter what you’ve done (except blasphemy against the HOLY GHOST),  the Lord GOD will have compassion on you.  Serving the Lord GOD is a lifetime of devotion and there are stipulations!  Here is an important element – You must ask for forgiveness! 

Like any other career, there are certain requirements you must perform. If you work at McDonalds or KFC or Burger King, you must follow policies and procedures. Am I right? If the company stipulates a certain dress code, you must comply to keep your job. If the company says, “…be on time…” – you must comply. For example, if you’re on schedule to open the doors, you must be prompt!  Its absurd to open the doors at 10:30am after breakfast is over!  Here is another example, you cannot show up for work at McDonalds in a KFC outfit! No way, Jose!

Likewise, the Lord GOD has set in place HIS Commandments for us to obey. The WORD says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery or fornication…”  Yet, Hollywood promotes movies displaying all kinds of sex (including adultery and fornication).  In fact, one movie or series is entitled,  “Californication.”   I’ve never watched it but I can assume (by definition) the movie includes fornication between unmarried people.

HERE IS THE WORD FOR YOU WHO ARE IN SPIRITUAL JAMS!  The Lord GOD has  set HIS eyes and HIS love upon you!  This alone is enough to make you cry.  Tell the LORD,  “Thank YA!”  We are not worthy of HIS manifold blessings – but HE loves us.

(1)   Because you love the Lord GOD, HE will heal you!  HE will rescue you from sickness, disease, depression, and from your enemies.  No longer will you concentrate on your problems; instead, you will keep your eyes focused on CHRIST JESUS!  In due time, the Lord GOD will free you from your madness and demons which haunt you.  In time, you will learn to depend upon HIM.  As trouble comes, trouble will exit out the door because GOD is not the author of confusion.  There is power in the name of JESUS!  Others will recognize your callings, gifts, and talents and they will promote you. So, you don’t have to lie or figure out some conniving way to get ahead!  Don’t go rob a Seven Eleven!

(2)   When you call upon the Lord GOD, HE will answer, deliver, honor, extend mercy, and give you long life. OMG!  How wonderful it is to serve the Lord GOD!  There is no body on Earth to extend such promises and keep them. No matter where you go, people will lie and they will disappoint you! How many times have you been let down?   The WORD says, “GOD shall give HIS angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:  the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.”   (Psalm 91:11-13)

Just remember this,  “In Trouble, GOD WILL BE WITH YOU!”

Have a Blessed Day!