THE END IS INVITING YOU TO….A NEW BEGINNING

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We are rapidly approaching the end of 2016 as well as the beginning of 2017. Have you made any plans for your new beginning? Hopefully you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to set new goals, stop procrastinating, and move forward. There are many great opportunities out there waiting for you. Which one will you embark upon? Or will you continue to sit on the sidelines and watch as your life continue to pass you by. I’m rooting for each of you as you take advantage of this new beginning. On your mark……….get ready……….get set…………………………………….GO!!!

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FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD……

There are a lot of scriptures in the bible that are really profound and their meanings carry a lot of weight and has down through the years. There is none more profound than the following:

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that HE gave His only begotten SON that whosoever beleiveth in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life………………

That’s the kind of love that runs deeper than any love I’ve ever know anything about.
Here’s wishing each of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a prosperous NEW YEAR!!!

JOY TO THE WORLD!!!

Christmas is in the air!!! Can you feel it? With just a few more days until CHRISTmas 2016, I thought I’d let Whitney Houston help usher the spirit of CHRISTmas in with her rendition of “JOY TO THE WORLD”. What are your big plans for the holidays? Hopefully each of you will remember the reason for the season is CHRIST!!!

Two Former Police Officers Found Guilty For The Murder Of Handcuffed Man

This is one of those stories that I just had to pass on to other readers. This year 2016 has been the year of probably more police shootings than I’ve ever seen. Perhaps…….this is why.

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

On August 18, 2015, East Point, Georgia police officers Cpl. Howard Weems and Sgt. Marcus Eberhart were indicted on charges related to the April 11, 2014 death of 24-year old Gregory Towns.  Eberhart resigned and Weems was terminated after the incident.  Their trial began on December 5, 2016.

howard-weems-marcus-eberhart_20161206154840990_6765271_ver1-0_640_360On April 11, 2014, Weems and Eberhart responded to a domestic violence call in the Atlanta suburb.  Another officer was also present. Gregory Towns ran and was apprehended.  According to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, after apprehending Gregory,the officers handcuffed him.  They demanded him to stand and walk to a waiting patrol car.  Gregory indicated that he was out of breath and could not stand.  Both officers used their tasers on Gregory, and even after attempting to walk but collapsing, the officers continued to tase him.

Gregory was tased 13-14 times.

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ALL I WANT…

Okay, okay………… James Corden is at it again. This time he has assembled an all-star cast of celebrities to sing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”. Have you thought about what you want? This is a good time for me to tell you what I want for Christmas. First and foremost, I want everyone to realize that the reason that we are celebrating this day is because of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 9:6 King James Bible
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
The gifts are nice but the ultimate gift is JESUS.
Secondly, I want to spend time with my family (acting silly, relaxing, reminiscing, and just doing what we do… As far as gifts, I can’t even imagine anything that I want except for perhaps to win Powerball, or Mega Millions (now that would be real nice.) For those of you who don’t play….don’t judge me!!! lol. You definitely can’t win if you don’t play…
Lastly, I want for all of my wordpress family to enjoy your Christmas however it is that you celebrate. Just be safe and have lots of fun!!!

THE GIFT

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I got the following letter from Tyler Perry today and I thought I’d share it with all of you. If you don’t know who Tyler Perry is, you must live under a rock because his movies are everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Enough of what I have to say. The purpose of this post is for you to get the message that he’s conveying. Check it out:

Hey TJ,

Sorry I haven’t written one of these in a while. Working the hours that I do and trying to be the best father that I can, I had to pull back on some things. I hope you understand. Anyway, onto the reason that I’m writing.

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m very difficult to shop for. It’s not because I’m choosey, it’s just that I’ve been very fortunate in my life and I usually have all the cool stuff already. So I tell all my friends and family that my gifts of choice are handwritten, from the heart, letters. I love getting them and no one handwrites anything anymore.

Anyway, someone gave me a gift about two years ago, and it wasn’t a letter. I thanked them for it and I put it in the trunk of my car with every intention of opening it when I got home. Well, I got home and got busy. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I forgot about this gift for quite some time. Part of the reason why was because it had fallen into a small bin area in my trunk, practically tucked in a corner, totally hidden.

One day I was looking for something else and I found that gift, this gift that I didn’t even know I had. I opened it and called the person that gave it to me to thank them for such a great gift and to apologize for not calling sooner. She said “you that damn busy?” We had a good laugh. Once I opened it, I realized it was not only something that I didn’t have, but something that I could and would use a great deal. I was super excited. I could tell you what the gift is, but that’s not as important as what I thought about when I found it. This gift that has become so valuable in my life and had been with me all that time, tucked away and hidden. Everywhere I went I had it with me and didn’t even know it, even when there were days that I really could have used it. Days where it would have made my life better, I didn’t know it was there.

With all these thoughts in my head, I couldn’t help but to think about all of us who have gifts inside of us that are tucked away and hidden. Gifts that we have never used, gifts that have been given by God, gifts that are special, gifts that can not only change your life but the world. Yet we leave them hidden, tucked away in the corners of our souls.

As you leave 2016 and enter into 2017, why not commit to searching your soul for all of your gifts, even the hidden ones, and begin to use them, no matter what people say, no matter who judges you for it and no matter what people think? Use the gifts that God has given you to help spread some hope and love and joy to this world. Boy, do we need it.

Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Thank you for an amazing 2016.

Tyler

10 MORE DAYS…

There are ten more days until Christmas 2016 and I’m celebrating by posting “JOY” by the GEORGIA MASS CHOIR featuring KIRK FANKLIN. Kirk looks much younger in this video and he actually sings on this one. We usually hear him talk through most songs but his vocals seem on point here. I wonder why he doesn’t use his voice more. Thanks to loyal reader A. Renae for sharing this youtube.com video. Hopefully you’re in the mood for some “JOY”. ‘Tis the season……………..
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!!