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Down in the Hold of a Slave Ship
Too many people are plodding through life, snagged by thorns and carrying heavy loads. They are looking down at the ground, tripping against the rocks …and just plain miserable. Not only that, but if, and especially if, they call themselves Believers they will paste a happy smile on their faces and spout off platitudes to each other. Does that sound familiar? They tell each other that “His grace is sufficient,” and “God is love” but it doesn’t seem to resonate in their own hearts. They don’t hear those heavenly echoes that cause the joy bells to echo deep within their own soul.

Too many Christians are facing the same problems the world is enduring: infidelity, divorce, bankruptcy and even suicide. (Add your own personal heartache right here.)  Why aren’t you experiencing more victory: you believe in God, you’ve accepted Him as your Saviour, but has He saved you from anything?

Now what I am going to say next is only for sincere seekers. If you are not interested you can move on, hopefully the Holy Spirit will catch your ear some other way.

Too many Christians have been lulled into thinking “once saved always saved,” but it is not quite that easy. Have you ever read that verse “of the increase of His government there is no end?” These words are the first part of Isaiah 9 verse seven if you are checking it out. That phrase is among my current favorites.  Don’t screw up your face like that, and say I don’t want Him to have that much control over my life. I want to have lots of fun, get rich, really rich, or whatever is your own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

I have this picture in my mind of the hold of a ship. Have you read those horror stories of how masses of black bodies were chained practically shoulder to shoulder in those dark and filthy confines where they stayed for weeks at a time while the ship toiled and tossed onwards?  Okay, now let’s say the ship reaches a gorgeous island in the Pacific. The Captain comes down there and offers to free them to live in this tranquil haven or go back home, their choice. The ship is our life, Jesus the Captain. Each of those slaves represents something in our heart that we are enslaved to.

Are we going to let the Great Captain release our slaves-- vices, attitudes, whatever you want to call them, so that they can go free, be clothed in righteousness and have new names?  Those holds were dark and miserable, and many slaves can be lurking in the shadows, so it might take a while to find them all. I am eagerly looking forward to Christ our Saviour gradually gaining control of every corner of my ship. If those ‘vicers’ can be turned to ‘victors’ just think what a difference the Messiah can have in and through us.

So what do you think? Do you want Jesus to have complete control over your life so that you can have the grace, peace and victory He is offering you? When He comes knocking at your door and asks you to give something up, agree. He will exchange it for something far better

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Congrats to New Paradigm Studios, Bradon Easton and N. Steven Harris on all of the Glyph Comics Award they won for Watson & Holmes #6. They won an award for Story of the Year, Best Writer, Best Artist, and the Fan Award for Best Work.

For those unfamiliar with the Glyph Comics Awards, it is an event hosted annually by the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention that celebrates the best in Black-themed comics and honors creators of any race who have encouraged diversity in the comics medium.
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I was listening to a podcast by Andy Stanley today and one quote that he repeated throughout the podcast really resonated with me. It said, "Leaders who don't listen end up being surrounded by people who have nothing to say".

He spoke about how bright individuals that are leaders themselves don't mind not being the ultimate authority but they will eventually leave if the person who does have the ultimate authority doesn't at least listen to their ideas, provide feedback and implement their good ideas. Eventually, this will leave the leader surrounded by lesser talented people with no ideas and/or surrounded by people who no longer want to bring fresh ideas to the table.

I heard this in his leadership podcast. Needless to say I'm going to add his podcast to my regular rotation. I'm a big podcast fan and listen to them a lot in the car.  

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A great site to go to if you interested in learning more about Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba! #kwanzaa  

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I learned some things I can do better from this article when it comes to parenting and I think we all should be striving to become better parents everyday and supporting the teachers in the school system.

Rejoice and Joy

I was just sitting here reflecting back on Bible Study from last night and the pastor's words. He told us that people misunderstand the relationship between joy and rejoicing. People think you rejoice when you are joyful but you are actually supposed to rejoice when you are not joyful to help reignite your joy. I agree...it may be hard but one of the best things you can do during a crisis is to remind yourself of all the things you have to be grateful about and rejoice and show gratitude to the Most High for all that you do have.

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Anybody that has achieved what she has achieved and is an alum of North Carolina Central University deserve a little shine in my opinion. Keep doing ya thing sis!

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Love to see African-American business owners working together and I want to give this collection of art gallery owners a standing ovation for forming the Alliance of Black Art Galleries in St. Louis, Missouri. Hopefully this alliance will spread and become an alliance of Black Art Galleries all across the nation. William Burton, Jr. said it best:

 "For so long the Black art gallery has suffered due to lack of support and resources, and has continuously been omitted from mainstream attention. The world needs to know that we exist and that we are committed to the preservation of our culture through art."

Can't say it any better than that and I'm glad there was a group of people that collectively decided to do something about it.

You can read the full article here: http://bit.ly/17kaSbS
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From the Blog: Learn more about how John Wesley Dobbs used the power of Prince Hall Freemasonry in the 1940's to empower the African-American communities of Atlanta during their struggle for civil rights and representation: http://wp.me/p2JndY-1cq #freemasonry  
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From the Blog: Could a skateboard basin prevent a 6.5 million dollar renovation of Perry Harvey Sr. Park that includes the construction of a tribute to a historic Tampa Bay African-American community? #tampabay  
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