After the music stops CC2 review

For the past week I’ve been reflecting on the recent Lecrae concert Church Cloths 2. Featured artist were Christon Gray, Kierra Sheard, Thisl, and Lecrae. The crew at Fearless Entertainment are all pros and every show I’ve attended they do a class A job. My hats off to team Fearless Entertainment I’m looking forward to more great productions from them.

It was my first time hearing the first 3 artist in concert and I wasn’t disappointed, they all just brought my Ipod to life. I got there early as I had vip tickets, stood in line took a couple pictures with Kierra as well as Lecrae. We had to give our camera phones to the crew that was helping out with the event which that was no problem, but when I got my phone back and went to look at the shots the one with Lecrae was missing, I guess the camera man didn’t know how to operate my Blackberry as he was shocked that someone even owns one Lol. I even thought about taking one with Thisl at the end of the concert but my battery was dead. Thanks Blackberry!

We had a great blend of styles with varying camps represented first up was Collision Records Christon Gray. You may be familiar with him featured on the track “Rejects-Church Clothes”, “Ex Nihilo-Hero’s for Sale” and one of my favorite albums W.L.A.K. Christon Grays soulful smooth style was on point. My man Thisl was “Ready” and so was the crowd. I was kinda hoping he started off with his track “Sparta” but that was me just being a selfish old head, he knew how he wanted to deliver and who am I to say what tracks you should open with. I will be referencing the Full Ride owner later. Then there is Stellar award winning singer and songwriter Kierra Sheard, she has such a powerful voice and she glorifies God with her gifts. God is truly “Indescribable”

Church Clothes 2 just released as a free download at the beginning of the month, as of today the album has reached 148,039 downloads. And within three days of release of the non dj version ranked #2 on iTunes behind Eminem. I’ve seen Lecrae in concert now multiple times and the one they called “crae z” always goes hard. Before the show began as I stood waiting I had that conversation about Christian hip hop and redeeming the genre and all that goes with it and as the Lord would have it Lecraes opening line spoke to that same thing we were discussing. If i didn’t know any better Lecrae was in the audience with me and the other gentlemen I was speaking with.

Let me state for the record this review is as much about the show but the challenge Lecrae gave at the end of it. So to my readers keep this question in mind “After the music stops what next?” “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.” Mat 28:18-20

I’m in my late 40’s, have a family and in sales. But for me all that I am and who I represent is of the utmost importance. My relationship with Christ comes first, and the more I encounter people in my daily activities the more I realize people are looking for authentic Christianity. And there are some out there that are just going to flat out reject Christianity. There is an army of “Unashamed Soldiers” out there who are excited. Every one of these artist have and continue to challenge the listeners to prepare themselves to live and engage their environment.

A few weeks ago Thisl did an interview with Wade O on his show and a few things stood out one I wish to highlight here. Thisl said ” we can’t count on reach records to propel the genre” ” what will it take for the CHH to grow? Currently we are at infancy stage” . When I first arrived at the concert waiting for the show to begin the first thing I noticed was the size of the crowd, now don’t get me wrong before the night was over it was standing room only. Yet there was something else that nagged at me and it was the fact that to the north of our venue a secular artist was performing at the palace and ruff estimates I’d say the crowd was 10 to 1. Again this isn’t a jab, nor am I saying that we should be comparing ourselves to others, as we find in Hebrews 13:5 keep your life free from the love of money , and be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. With confidence we say, The Lord is my helper I will not fear; what can man do to me. Yet what I find within CHH are brothers and sisters attempting to reach those that can identify with themselves in a culture they’ve grown up in that is in desperate need of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. So when I look at those numbers and simultaneously I take to heart what Thisl, Lecrae and others have asked. What will it take? I left that concert mind racing with thoughts and ideas excited. Wanting to find ways that I could do my part to help propel a genre but more importantly share the gospel with a culture who often will say “real recognizes fake”

http://www.iamthisl.com, http://www.iamkierrasheard.com, http://www.collision-records.com, http://www.reachrecords.com, http://www.wadeoradio.com

Why listen to a Car Salesman anyway?

You know what they say about salesmen, especially a car salesmen, they’re just crooks and lie to you just to get your money. Yep you’ve probably heard all the horror stories. Thats why you question them about every aspect of the sale. And well I don’t blame you, you should ask questions.

But, why don’t you ask questions of your pastor, prophet, prophetess or bishop when they tell you things from scripture? Let me try and answer that, you trust him he’s the one who’s connected to the Lord and has all the answers. We’re quick to jump up and say it “preach, you gone bishop” “praise him” “amen” we’ll affirm what they are saying without any bit of reservation.

Let me ask you another question what if, what if something inside you says something just don’t sound right? What then, do you throw up a quick affirmation or are you going to go to the scriptures and read it for yourself, pray and ask the Lord are these words I’m hearing from the pulpit what you’ve spoken in your Word? I pray that you do. Yet many of us don’t. And thats why this car salesman is writing this post. Because I’m troubled in my spirit. I feel like Elihu after hearing Jobs 3 friends, burning with anger. (When you have a chance read what he said in ch 32)

When I really began to dive into scripture the first thing that I was told was to read scriputre in its context. Read a paragraph before and after the verse your focusing on. I would add that you should do more than that you may need to read a chapter or more before just to get the full scope of what the Lord is saying.

If you’re not familiar with these two words let me help you out a bit the first is eis·e·ge·sis:
an interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter’s own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text. the second is ex·e·ge·sis:critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, especially of the Bible. Question: “What is the difference between exegesis and eisegesis?”

Answer: Exegesis and eisegesis are two conflicting approaches in Bible study. Exegesis is the exposition or explanation of a text based on a careful, objective analysis. The word exegesis literally means “to lead out of.” That means that the interpreter is led to his conclusions by following the text.

The opposite approach to Scripture is eisegesis, which is the interpretation of a passage based on a subjective, non-analytical reading. The word eisegesis literally means “to lead into,” which means the interpreter injects his own ideas into the text, making it mean whatever he wants.False teachers err on the side of eisegesis.

Brothers and sisters, If you never read what I write again listen to what I’m saying right now. When a person that is teaching you the Word of God 1st open your bibles and read the passage that he is preaching from, secondly if what you are hearing is contradictory to what written you may in fact find that you’re now worshiping in the jim jones sanctuary and you’re drinking the cool aide, now committing spiritual suicide. My brother in Christ Shai Linne pinned this song so perfectly in “False Teachers” http://youtu.be/pl4WevY-GPU

By all means study Gods word for your own edification, so when that moment comes and you hear something that doesn’t line up with scripture you can quickly discern the truth from a lie. And in the end just like you would question that car salesman, ask the bishop when you see what he’s saying just don’t add up.

We Mourn

Each day we mourn, we mourn the loss of our loved ones, the tragedies we see. Many lives ripped from our hands, babies killed, grandfathers robbed and women tortured and burned. Many live in a pit of despair and discouragement coping with day-to-day issues. Unsure as to how they will make it in fear of what’s around the corner. We mourn.

Sadly we buy into the systems they entrap us thinking that they will free us. Yet we find that in neither terminating the life of the unborn because we feel we cannot provide for them, nor legalizing a drug that inhibits our thinking or in changing the covenant of marriage to suit our own lascivious passions, there is no freedom because all these actions are abominations to God. We mourn.

Today, we all are guilty of doing what is right in our own eyes, we have forsaken the LORD. We have forgotten His words: “-I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery – you shall have no other gods before me.” We continually ignore Him, we do not listen; we continually whore after other gods and bow down to them. WE continually do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, because not only have we forgotten the Lord, we have rejected Him.

The Lord says, “Return o faithless Israel, return o faithless children. I am your master; I have given you a Shepherd after my own heart.”

Just as the Apostle Paul warnd the Ephesians, fierce wolves have also come in amongst us and they have not spared us. From amongst us these wolves have risen speaking twisted things drawing many after them.

Father, I pour out my soul to You and pray that the faithful ones whom you have left amongst us would hear your voice, tend to the flock not in compulsion but willingly as You would have, not for shameful gain, but eagerly, not domineering but being examples so that when Jesus Christ our Chief Shepherd returns that they receive your reward of an unfading crown of glory.

Today, many of us are lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents; – we are ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self control and, brutal. We do not love God. Not loving good, we are treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. We have the appearance of godliness, but we deny its power. We have forsaken God, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for ourselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water, continuously building our homes on sinking sand. WE mourn!

To make matters worse, some of these wolves have walked in and captured weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions; always learning and never able to arrive at the knowledge of truth. But they will not get very far.

People you must find Christ! Look for him diligently, then ask him to forgive you and to guide you- surrender to him and follow where he leads, do all he commands.

I have been asking myself this year what is greater in my life, my love for things or my love for God? I’m finding out that I have commingled the ways of the world with what the Lord is teaching me. But when we put on Christ, we put off the old for the new. This means that we have to daily kill off those desires of the flesh, surrendering ourselves to Him because we lack the power within ourselves to do this. In many cases we don’t even have the desire to do it! We mourn!

My brother asked me the other day what can be done to build and strengthen the church. My response was that, we need to deal with racism, hurt, and guilt. Yet when you look at all of these the root cause is sin, our fallen nature being separated from God! Paul says, “-I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized”

Are you genuine? Are you recognizable amongst those with whom you’re involved on a daily basis? Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud opinion contrary to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

Today’s ills will only increase for they are of a spiritual nature. No government or secular institution can help solve these issues. There is only One; He is our Balm of Gilead, he is our redeemer the Savior of us all. Therefore, we have been given the responsibility of sharing him with all those that are dying around us. You are the only one who can help the person next to you. Can you say that you are innocent of the blood of all whom you encounter? The Lord has revealed His word in His Son Jesus Christ all who follow Him are His watchmen. To not share the Savior with those who are perishing is the same as watching a man commit suicide and not intervene to stop him.

We must put aside all the pettiness, and listen to the Truth. Let us all repent and turn from our wicked ways. The Lord will hear our prayers and will heal our lands. Let all those whose hearts belong to Him sing: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty. Who was, and is, and is to come!”

Djohn

Doing it your way…

I remember when you were first formed in your mother’s womb. The joy on her face when she shown me the ultrasound. Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful.

As you were growing I used to hold you and comfort you. We would always talk with each other, O the times we shared. The time came when you decided to go, go on your journey of life. You wanted to see things, do things for yourself. The experience you were seeking. I said go, do what you must.

I want you to know that, I am, standing here, standing at the door, behold, I stand at the doorway and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on His throne.

Can you hear me calling? Do you hear me crying out to you? He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says.

I know you feel you can do it on your own, but trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, for My power is made perfect in weakness, so return to me with all your heart, return to me and I will return to you

d john

Let your voices be heard – let the whole earth hear

I’m no musician nor can I sing great melodies. However the Lord in his greatness always seems to plant grand songs in my heart. As I was reflecting on Psalm 100 and 101 the opening verses say, “ Sing to the Lord, make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth! Sing of steadfast love and justice to you o Lord”

I can hear flutes, horns strings and keys all in glorious harmony, as the people join in singing Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God almighty- Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God almighty- Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God almighty- The whole earth is full of His Glory- Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God almighty- Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God almighty- Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God almighty- Who was and is and is to come! In a lower key they continue on.

One speaking for the people- “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to Him that he might be repaid? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever Amen.

As you approach the throne of God let the melody sing to your heart and join in with all the saints and sing to Him- Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God almighty-

Martin Luther on Marriage as a School of Character

Martin Luther on Marriage as a School of Character.

“Before I was married,” Martin Luther recalled, “the bed was not made for a whole year and became foul with sweat. But I worked so hard and was so weary I tumbled in without noticing it.” However, when Martin married the runaway nun Katherine Von Bora, whom Luther called Katie, the bed was made, the sheets were changed, and the house was kept clean! But life was not all roses for Luther once he was married.

Whose…

Whose feet do you clean,
whose garment hem do you reach to,
whose arms do you run to;

What place do you go for
rest when at a loss,
Is there any that can
redeem you, restore you
protect you and gaurd you
quite like the Lamb;

You search to and fro’ and
you will find that it is He
Christ Jesus, our peace
our joy, our everlasting
King.

DJohn

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