Jesus Christ’s church has always been the leader in shaping the course of world events. Slavery wouldn’t have ended in America had the church not been deeply involved in its eradication. The Black church and other institutions of faith were instrumental in  topping legal segregation in America. The catastrophic events in Charleston these past few days will have the opposite effect of what Satan intended.

I Thessalonians 4:13 says, “But I would not have you to be ignorant bretheren concerning them which are asleep(dead), that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” The Christian doesn’t grieve as the world grieves and has no hope. Our hope is that in Jesus Christ we live again. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, he will someday resurrect our deceased bodies into glorified bodies that will no longer be subject to death and disease. So when the Devil caused this young person to murder innocent God-fearing people, as tragic as the loss of life is, their eternal souls are rejoicing; because they have come face to face with the one who is the finisher of their faith. (Hebrews 12:2)

The Christian doesn’t grieve as the world grieves and the Christian doesn’t retaliate the way the world does either. When the Romans and Jesus’s own people were intent upon insulting him and eventually killing him, he didn’t even speak against them in his own defense. As he hung dying on the cross, he asked God to forgive those who were taking his life. (Luke 23: 34) Jesus said this because he knew that they didn’t know what they were doing. They were being controlled by evil, just as Dylann Roof was being led by the Devil when he walked into the house of God and murdered innocent people. Yes, Satan,(the Devil) wants to see a race war in America, but as long as God is on the throne of people’s lives, it will not happen,

The world is the world, and the church is the church. An individual has to make the choice which side am I going to be on: the side of the world or the way of God’s church. Unfortunately you can not have it both ways. Either you will react in your flesh and seek revenge because of hatred, or you know that because of Jesus Christ your sins have been forgiven and your hope lies in him, and him alone. I would like to leave you with this scripture from I Peter 2:23: “He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.” (New Living Translation)

Why Online Dating May Not Be a Good Idea

Originally posted on jokondotnet:

For those who are looking for love this post may or may not be useful, and to be upfront, this post is an opinion; there may be other opinions out there and if you have one you are certainly free to voice it. However, since love is such a motivating factor in the lives of human beings, I think there is much to be said as to how we  search for it and in maintaining it. That said, here is my take on online dating.

1. Online dating is a player’s playground. In the land of online dating, it is quite possible to be involved with 2,3 or more people at the same time; especially if the contacts are long distance. While this is possible off line as well, it becomes even more feasible in an online environment. Conversations can go back and forth in chat rooms with multiple people…

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Angeli Symphony Composer Stuart Sharp The Snow People | CB088 | Strange Label

Originally posted on Chris Brake Show Podcast:

Incredible interview with the most determined man in the world: Stuart Sharp. 

Stuart had never written a note of music in his life, but somehow ended up getting the Philharmonia Orchestra to record a symphony of music that only existed in Stuart’s brain. The story is amazing, one of the best.

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Quote #88

“What’s a sandal, but a little piece of shoe?”
The Stone Philosopher

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I looked around my home at all the memories and wondered how a life that was once whole and complete became shattered. There were so many pieces of a life that no longer existed. I saw the pieces of a twenty-four year marriage that no longer existed. I felt the stab of pain when looking at the pieces of Jaynae’s life that had prematurely ended. I believe the Holy Spirit revealed to me that sometimes lives are shattered in order to build new ones.

In my pondering about the all the loss and brokenness around me, I thought about Job. Job was a God’s servant and he was in love with God. He sought to please God in all that he did. Job even made sacrifices for sins that he thought his children had committed. He was devoted. God even boasted of Job to the Devil. So Satan said to God, paraphrasing, Do you think that Job serves you for nothing? Take away all that he has and he will curse you to your face? So God gave the Devil permission to take away all Job’s possessions, riches, and even his beloved children. What Job said at all this was, The Lord gives, the Lord takes away, and he still blessed God. Then the Devil came again to God and asked permission to afflict Job’s body. Job got sick and his body was covered with sores. His wife then came to him and told him to curse God and die. Job said to his wife, you speak as a foolish woman. Job still did not speak against God or curse him.

I haven’t suffered nearly what Job went through, but sometimes the Devil has come to me and said, why don’t you give up. I am not in the habit of answering the Devil, but my answer to any temptation to give up is that Jesus has already won the battle, the fight isn’t mine; it’s God’s. I read the end of the Bible and Jesus wins.

If God never gave me anything else or never worked another miracle in my life, what he did for me on Calvary would be enough. Yet I know that he will do more for me because his word has promised me so many times all the things that he will do. Psalm 34: 18,19 says, “The Lord in nigh unto them that are of a broken heart and saveth such as be of a contrite,(crushed) spirit.God loves everyone; human beings can not comprehend the depths of God’s love. However, God has a particular affinity to align himself with those whom everyone else has forsaken. Remember the scripture that says, “If God be for us who can be against.” (Romans 8:31) The person who already has family members. a large circle of friends, money or social prominence may not feel the acute need for God as someone who is alone, orphaned, poor or imprisoned. Yet God’s word says that he places the solitary in families, he is a husband to the woman who has none, and that he is a friend that stays closer than a brother. So even if someone is orphaned, poor, or alone, Jesus promised that if we belong to him he will give back what evil has taken away from us: and many times it is ten times over what we lost. When God restored Job, he was given twice what he lost.

Jesus showed me that the rebuilding of a broken and shattered life can be compared to an old edifice that needs restoring. One can not begin construction on a totally new building if the old one is still standing. The old building has to be taken down for the new one to be built.

At least two things are key to overcoming brokenness, one is to forgive and not allow bitterness to grow in your heart. Hatred and bitterness can kill. The second thing is to strive to move forward in life. God put our eyes in front of us which indicates that we shouldn’t spend time looking backward.  Praying, walking in God’s Spirit and meditating on God’s word is extremely helpful in moving forward in life.

Finally, realize that it is humanly impossible for you to pick up all the pieces of a shattered life; allow Jesus Christ to help you in putting together what you can not piece together yourself. He is there and he is willing and able.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,4) who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5) For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. (II Corinthians 1: 3-5)