Friday, August 29, 2008

The 2008 DNC Revisited

Thanks for checking out this week’s blog covering the 2008 DNC. As a co-founder of Hip Hop Empowers the Vote! we are committed to providing a real-talk townhall platform to voters on college campuses to share in a dialogue about the issues that matter today and will affect tomorrow. In all fairness, I am voting for BARACK OBAMA for PRESIDENT on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH and I want that to be known at the outset. I am not a democrat or republican. As a theocrat, I vote independently after prayerfully considering my choices. Ultimately, I vote for God. Last election, I voted for the current administration to finish what it started, more specifically since my daughter Taylor accompanied to the polls, we voted for Condolezza Rice (smile).

This week at the DNC has been filled with memories that will last a lifetime. One of the most engrossing moments was the appearance of Senator Ted Kennedy. The legacy-building elders statesmen has endorsed change as is his prescription for an ailing economy, for a failing global response to attacks on our nationhood and the inability of the current administration which makes the cry of every American for a “season of hope” a reality. I encourage you to watch the clips in their entirety to edify yourself on the DNC’s agenda for the 2008 contest of the most important higher office of the free world – President of these United States.

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) A New Season…of Change | Senator Ted Kennedy’s DNC speech 08-25-08

Now, take the time to view the following clips beginning with the crowning event of the historic moment when America proved to the world that we are nation ready and desiring change.

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) A Tribute to Change | Barack Obama’s DNC videography introduction

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) The Dream Becomes Vision | Barack Obama’s historic DNC speech 8-28-08

MY TWO CENTS: Within the confines of this historic speech citizen BO shows he knows fighting back verbalizing his platform very effectively, picking up his slingshot to pelt the Goliath-like maverick McCain with a retort that sent republicans scrambling for a response. After such a counterpunch to his strategic assaults against BO, the McCain response is to nominate a woman running mate in the hopes of scooping up disappointed Hillary Rodham-Clinton supporters that maybe straddling the fence. This is a crafty tactic…

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) The Statesman Speaks | Al Gore’s DNC speech 8-28-08

MY TWO CENTS: The two-time vice president and former presidential candidate who is a champion for green causes used this opportunity to remind voters of how easily the opposing party can steal the thunder of what the public desires with crafty intent. His appearance was an added-value attraction that solidified the ecological, environmental platform with a credible source that has a proven heritage of presenting a global perspective with local relevance to Americans.

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) I’ve Got Your Back | Joe Biden’s DNC speech 08-27-08


( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) Mr. Bill Keeps it Real Pt 1 | Bill Clinton’s DNC speech intro 08-27-08

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) Mr. Bill Keeps it Real Pt 2 | Bill Clinton’s DNC speech 08-27-08

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) Mr. Bill Keeps it Real Pt 3 | Bill Clinton’s DNC speech 08-27-08

MY TWO CENTS: Wow!!! This is why he continues to be one of the most revered holders of the Oval Office for his ability to galvanize hearers with his oratory skills. He is a statesmen that is a dynamic presenter that truly knows how to connect with his audience.

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) I’m A Team Player Pt 1 | Hillary Clinton’s DNC speech intro 08-26-08

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) I’m A Team Player Pt 2 | Hillary Clinton’s DNC speech intro 08-26-08

MY TWO CENTS: As someone that has been very critical of the Clintons who formerly held top-of-mind status with me, I was overjoyed to see them move beyond their disappointment as unifiers that recognize the greatness of this candidacy and the importance of retaining the legacy that they have and continue to establish. Without a doubt this is one of the classiest concessions in and outside of politics. And Hillary always looks wonderful in those pants suits too (smile).

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) The Chief Counsel Speaks Pt 1 | Michelle Obama’s DNC speech 08-25-08

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) The Chief Counsel Speaks Pt 2 | Michelle Obama’s DNC speech 08-25-08

MY TWO CENTS: Okay, I cannot remain objective at all when it comes to this woman. She has poise, integrity, fortitude and is driven to achieve placing family first and foremost. My daughter loves the Obama girls and their mom and until recently I didn’t get it, but now that I do – I’m glad. She is a wonderful cheerleader for the future leader of a changed world.

NEXT WEEK…equal time will be given to the RNC in order to present a bi-partisan platform so that you, the voting public, can make an informed decision. I encourage each of you to prayerfully consider your choices, weigh the issues and allow your personal convictions to lead you to making the choice that gives voice to your issues and concerns.

God’s favor,

“I’m a theocrat…I vote for God”
( ( ( s C m ) ) )

“And because of His Words many more became believers.” – John 4:41

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Apologetics 101 for Real People

One of the most practical truths of the Fellowship of Faith can best be illustrated by an example culled from everyday life. For instance, people that are living in defiant rebellion often say to me, “How can God allow…?” whenever they’re faced with some avoidable tribulation in their lives. This sort of folly use to leave me tongue-tied because I couldn’t fathom how they were blind to the obvious – it wasn’t God’s will it was theirs.

A loving Father God can allow His disobedient sons and daughters to perish, the same way your employer will lay you off or fire you for failing to produce the work that you have been hired to complete. If you don’t work, you don’t eat. If you want to be blessed, you have a lifestyle of blessedness. Not sit around with your handout and your middle finger extended towards high heaven when you want and don’t receive your way.

Stop acting like God owes you something. He’s already given you life, yet you want to spit in His face with spoiled-brat arrogance ‘doing you’ trying to chase the freedom (which means being “free to make dumb” choices) offered by the world instead of getting FREE by following the Christ illumined path of the Way of Truth.

Let us pray: Father God, grant me the resolve to stand firmly on Your precepts in and out of season, overcoming humanistic rationalization and ungodly reason. Make me an all-seasons saint that shines light a beacon of righteousness among the aints. Remove from me slothfulness, pride, gluttony, vanity and all cardinal offenses against the Way of Truth. Chasten me to break any yoke formed that You have willed to not last, bring it to past. Give me the strength to endure all losses filling me with Your Presence, as I stand in the gap as Your child. I lift up this petiton in the Name above all names that is His Lordship, Yahushua (Jesus) Christ, amen, amen, amen.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Saint and Aints

Beloved Community of Christ,

Oftentimes in the sphere of social networking (myspace, facebook, etc.) there is often a campaign to silence the saints by aints that have ears and eyes that refuse to acknowledge the Way of Truth - Father, Son & Holy Spirit, which is why I am thankful for "thefaithspot" as a gathering place for us. However, we must remember that Father has not called us out of darkness to create enclaves of spiritually bourgie folks that have amnesia. We are to be consecrated and then go back out there to reflect the Light as Truth Bearers for the Good News.

I caution each of you to not form little cliques that blind you from the work that is to be done towards helping rescue the last, lost and least. Remember, that ALL of us are called out of darkness (even the unregenerate) and because you have answered does not place you above those that are still bound, it means you have been saved to serve the greater glory of our Yahweh, our Father God in heaven.

I challenge you to move beyond the pews and to go out and make disciples (not merely go out trying to hoodwink and turn "seekers" into tithers) of those desiring transformational change through the message of hope, peace and deliverance that is the FULL Gospel of the Kingdom (from Genesis to Revelation).

Let us pray: Father God, I ask You to surround me with a hedge of protectors from on High. Dispatch Your holy angels to wage war against the enemies of the Way of Truth. Break the teeth of those that speak falsehood and desire to separate Your beloved from Christ in community. Cast out the doubters and shouters of unspeakable blasphemies. Silence their lying, deceitful tongues. Fill my mouth with praise for You. Lift my hands in joyful jubilee at Your Presence in my life. Guide me with Your Holy Spirit, leading me away from the snares of the enemy. Gird me in the Way of Truth. Cleanse me of my sins of omission and commission, both known and unknown with the Blood of the sacrificing Savior, Yahushua (Jesus) Christ the King, amen, amen, amen.

Until next time...

To God be the Glory!!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hear it for yourself

It's often be said,"You can't judge someone until you've walked in their shoes (sandals, or whatever folks are wearing at the time)." I agree.

Oftentimes people ask me, "What do you think of..." and I am simply struck by this as being a divisive tactic to get me to undermine what God is doing in and through the lives of others. There are many people of God that I disagree with, but I will not air out "family" business to feed the appetite of those outside of God's will.

( ( ( sDOTtv ) ) ) now playing PASTOR MASON BETHA (S.A.N.E. Ministries)

Can’t see this video? Here’s the link:

REAL TALK: One of the most instructive tools of ministry is self-reflection not projection. The impact of this message in my opinion is greatly minimized because he fails to connect with hearers by drawing on his wellspring of personal testimony to get listeners to relate to his point-of-view. To me, it sounds like someone that was once a ‘man of sin’ (just like me) who has forgotten that he too was in the muck and mire. I pray that’s not the case and it’s merely the context in which these remarks are framed in absence of a full hearing of the message in its entirety.

Which is why we should refrain from making judgments based on soundbites.

I HAVE JUST ONE QUESTION: Was he witnessing in Sodom (hip-hop) to G-Unit? One of the reasons people peg his and others that preach about "prosperity" (God does not want us to be 'failures' but we're not all called to be RICH either, so some folks are reaching for a mantle that isn't there's to grab) as name-it and claim-it’ rhetoric is in part because disciples are hindered from wholly fulfilling the Great Commission, because they are trying to minister to ill-equipped believers that have been hoodwinked into thinking that it’s ‘All About The Benjamins’ baby!

I pray that brother Mason Betha's ear are attunded to Father's voice. I can only begin to imagine the level of adversity he must have to deal with coming out of the entertainment industry, just as I did (although I was privileged to be behind-the-scenes). It's not easy with everyone always presupposing God's will and plan for your life, without them actually having the personal relationship that you have with God.

Let us pray: Jehovah Rapha, El-Shaddai, Yahweh, El-Loheim, Lord God Almighty, Father God they call You many names, but I call You my Friend, my Redeemer and Deliverer. Quiet my anxieties, silence the destructive voices leading me to make productive, godly choices and live an instructive life submitted to Christ. Make me a living, fruitful witness that speaks what You impart into my spirit with consistency fervently. I pray that any utterance that does not come from You perishes or falls upon deaf ears. This is my prayer in the Name that is above all names Yahushua (Jesus) Christ, amen, amen, amen.