THE LOVE OF MONEY……

On a previous post, blogger Xena commented “The love of money….” That comment rings so true when it comes to the story below. It’s amazing the lengths that people will go through to get their hands on a few dollars. Check out the story below and if you choose to search for the hidden treasure…watch your step!

Acording to NY Daily News:
“The body of a Colorado pastor was found near the Rio Grande after he traveled to New Mexico to search for the hidden Forrest Fenn treasure, police said.
Paris Wallace, a pastor at Connection Church in Grand Junction, was reported missing by his wife Wednesday after he failed to show up to a meeting.
Authorities said Wallace had traveled to New Mexico on Monday to search for treasure famed author Forrest Fenn claims he hid somewhere in the Rocky Mountains in 2010. It’s believed the trove of gems and jewels is worth $2 million.”

According to CBS, police found Wallace’s car near the Taos Junction Bridge. A torn rope was found a short distance from the vehicle stretched across a tributary of the Rio Grande. His body was found about seven miles downstream.

Inside Wallace’s car were receipts for rope and other supplies the treasure seeker supposedly used to help him look for the hidden fortune.
In a statement to “CBS This Morning,” Fenn called Wallace’s death a “tragedy.”

“My heart and my prayers go out to his family and his church,” he said.

Below is the poem with the nine clues from “The Thrill of the Chase,” Fenn’s self-published autobiography:

As I have gone alone in there

And with my treasures bold,

I can keep my secret where,

And hint of riches new and old.

Begin it where warm waters halt

And take it in the canyon down,

Not far, but too far to walk.

Put in below the home of Brown.

From there it’s no place for the meek,

The end is drawing ever nigh;

There’ll be no paddle up your creek,

Just heavy loads and water high.

If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,

Look quickly down, your quest to cease

But tarry scant with marvel gaze,

Just take the chest and go in peace.

So why is it that I must go

And leave my trove for all to seek?

The answers I already know

I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak

So hear me all and listen good,

Your effort will be worth the cold.

If you are brave and in the wood

I give you title to the gold.

Happy hunting!

BALTIMORE COP CAUGHT SLAPPING/KICKING STUDENT PART II

cop chargedThis photo provided by the Baltimore Police shows Saverna Bias. Bias and Anthony Spence, two Baltimore schools police officers, have been charged after cellphone video surfaced showing one of them slapping and kicking a teen at a school while a second officer stood by. Both are charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office. (Baltimore Police via AP)

Anthony Spence                            Saverna Bias

COPS CHARGED

In a post that I published a week ago on March 3, 2016, the two officers seen in the video have been charged. The incident happened at Reach Partnership School, a middle school in Baltimore, Maryland. A police officer was caught on camera slapping and kicking a student.  At the time of the post, the head of the Baltimore school police force and the two officers seen in this video were placed on administrative leave. Since that time, charges have been filed.

Anthony Spence 44, was charged Tuesday with 2nd degree assault, 2nd degree child abuse by a custodian, and misconduct in office. Saverna Bias, 53, who can also be seen in the background of the video as the child was being assaulted, has been charged with 2nd degree assault and misconduct in office.

According to Baltimore Police Department spokesman TJ Smith, charges were filed after the Special Investigation Response Team investigated this incident.

“The team conducted interviews and gathered evidence related to this case. They consulted with the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office after they concluded their investigation. Charges were prepared and filed with the commissioner yesterday evening,” Smith said.

included in the charging document was information that “, a witness told investigators that Bias told her colleague he should smack the teen “because he’s got too much mouth.” Apparently, Spence then hit and kicked the young man. Police also indicated that Spence was not acting in reasonable self-defense or attempting to make an arrest.  Cellphone videos to the rescue…… again!

 

$188 MILLION POWERBALL WINNER BEING SUED BY HER PASTOR FOR $10 MILLION

 

Powerball winner Marie Holmes became infamous for bailing out her boyfriend Lamarr “Hot Sauce” McDow four separate times. Now the lotto winner is being sued by her pastor for allegedly not fulfilling an oral agreement to give him $1.5 million to build a retreat facility.  This Pastor, Kevin Matthews, is apparently off his medication.  No one owes him any money for anything.  Too many of these “pastors” are after money and will do anything to get it.  According to Black America Web:

The 27-year-old mother of two took home a $127 million lump sum payment following her lottery win in February, 2015.

Pastor Kevin Matthews says he is experiencing emotional and mental distress due to her backing down from a verbal contract they had regarding $1.5 million to purchase land to build a retreat facility.

“Because of the emotional distress and mental stress, they put me through, I had to start taking more medicine for anxiety and depression due to this situation,” says Pastor Kevin Matthews.

Holmes’ attorney, Ruth Sheehan, of The Francis Law Firm, said she was not aware of the situation or the lawsuit. In a recent interview with EURweb, Pastor Matthews says: “God led him to her house and he prayed with her.”

He later met Holmes and ministered to her on several occasions at her new home. He also said he ministered to three other people at her home, and then he eventually asked her to consider giving him money to purchase land to build a retreat. He gave her three different amounts that he needed ($1 million, $1.5 million and $2 million). After several meetings, she agreed to give him $1.5 million to help purchase land to build a retreat center that he says he had been praying about for years.

YEAH, RIGHT……..!

Many years ago…

I take time getting dressed

(GQ style) of course

I make my way to the club

As soon as I step in

She… notices me

She… motions me to come

She… compliments me on how great I look

She then says… “go buy me a drink…………..”

Yeah, right!!!

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, WHITNEY HOUSTON

Yesterday would have been the 52nd birthday of one of the best vocalists of our time, Whitney Houston.  Her untimely death on February11,2012 at the tender age of 48 marked the beginning of more drama to come.  The recent burial of her 22 year old daughter, Bobbi Kristina who died on July 26, 2015 after three months in a coma, had striking similarities.  Both were found unresponsive in a bathtub and both under suspicious circumstances.  I think we’ve all heard all of the stories surrounding the death of both.  They have been tossed and turned in the media for much too long.  Instead of focusing on their death, I’m posting this video by Whitney, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, which really says so much about their lives.

FLORIDA CHURCH SENDS $1000 COLLECTION LETTER TO SINGLE MOM

If you need a touch from God today…. send me a check for $1000 and I will send you a touch… from God.  That used to be a joke that some people used to make years ago after seeing some of the televangelists’ on television and watching how they operate.  There was an article on this blog called “Money And Church In The Now…” where I talked about the current state of the church and how it has turned into big business but now this:

A single Florida mother said she recently received a delinquency notice from a church that she joined about six months ago.  Candace Petterson said she received a letter from her church, Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, asking her to bring her “account up to date” by contributing $50 a month along with other assorted fees, so that she could remain in good standing and also to be able to vote on church matters.  She was also asked to pay a yearly anniversary fee of $250 and another $150 fee for Mount Moriah Day.  Part of this amount totaling $1000, would be set aside to pay off church debt.  The letter, which originated from assistant administrator Ladreda Spencer and Pastor B.R. Fulton Jr., also indicated that Petterson’s 11-year old daughter was also expected to pay a reduced amount.

WFTS-TV is reporting that church officials are acknowledging that they sent the letter but they have offered no additional information.  Fot those of you who are wondering why some people don’t and won’t go to church….. START HERE!

MONEY “FROM” THE HOMELESS?

I like this video because it is so thought-provoking.  Who do some of us think we are, really?  This is another one o those social experiments just to see how a person would react in a particular situation. In this instance, a “homeless” man is sitting on the street trying to “give” money to people as they pass by.  The reactions are… well stunning in most instances.  Watch and see for yourself.  Let me know what you think.  How would you react if a “homeless person” gave you money?

MONEY AND CHURCH IN THE NOW…

CHURCH

Today is Sunday and many people attend the church of their choice.  Most churches are filled with mostly women.  I’m not really sure why.  A lot of “salesmen” typically cater…to women for one reason or another.   What I am sure about is that churches are BIG BUSINESS!  Not only that,  though I do attend church regularly, I find that there seems to be an issue in part with organized religion.

One of the major problems with organized religion is this money component that seems to be extremely prevalent.  I’ve heard of many pastors who not only preach but they also handle the purse strings at their church as well.  This leads to “absolute power” and… as I heard stated earlier in life:  ABSOLUTE POWER RUINS!  When I first heard this phrase, I really did not understand it.  As I grew older and exposed to various and sundry things, I certainly came upon the realization of what that phrase means.

When an individual has ABSOLUTE POWER it brings about corruption.  One would think that the church would be the last place that you would find corruption, yet that is not the case.  I think we all have seen news stories where preachers have been arrested for taking money from their congregation.  Recently a Delaware pastor, Eric Sapp was sentenced to 5 years probation  for stealing more than $56,000 from Grace Baptist Church. In Houston, an associate pastor, Russell Thompson, is charged with felony theft of $250,000.  In Cleveland, Pastor Merita White, was convicted of stealing $150,000 from a member of her congregation, Mattie Cunningham. There are more stories of this than I care to repeat.

Basically, organized religion often causes competition between different religions and it forces people to lose focus on the major theme set forth in the Bible.  That theme is LOVE. There are many who call some of these pastors PIMPS IN THE PULPIT because of their emphasis on dollars rather than biblical sense.

I am posting the top 10 list of the richest pastors in the world.  I think this list is from a year ago and I’m pretty sure that Joel Olsteen is in the top 10 but they do not have him on this list.  I think I saw somewhere that his net worth is estimated at $40 million dollars.  Am I saying that they are stealing from their congregations?  Most definitely not!  What I am saying is that the church of today is BIG BUSINESS and… everything you see, is not what you see.  I hope you see what I mean.

Top 10 Richest Pastors In The World

 

This is a list of the richest pastors worldwide.

  1. Bishop T. D Jakes: Bishop Jakes lives in a $1,700,000 mansion, he has been called America’s best preacher and has been featured on the cover of TIME magazine. He is a writer, preacher and movie producer. Thomas Dexter “T. D.” Jakes, Sr. is the bishop/chief pastor of The Potter’s House, a non-denominational American mega church, with 30,000 members, located in Dallas, Texas. T.D Jakes wears custom made suits and sports a diamond ring the size of a coin. This man of God has been endowed with a $150 million net worth.

td jakes

 

  1. Bishop David Oyedepo: Bishop David Oyedepo is a Nigerian Preacher, Christian Author, Founder and Presiding Bishop of Winners Chapel known as Living Faith Church World Wide. Has been hailed as the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria with a total net worth of $150 million and properties like 4 private jets and homes in the United States and England. After the foundation of the Living Faith Outreach Ministry in 1981, it has evolved to be one of the largest congregations in Africa and has a flourishing mission in Nairobi.

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3.  E A Adeboye: This messenger of God was listed in an African magazine, NEWSWEEK, as the most powerful man in Africa and one of the top 50 global power elites in 2008/2009, among others such as President Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy. Pastor Adeboye heads the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), something he has done for the last 28years.Amongst his posessions are private jets.

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4.  Benny Hinn: Israeli televangelist,Toufik Benedictus “Benny” Hinn has an estimated net worth of $42 million. He is best known for his regular “Miracle Crusades” – revival meeting/faith healing summits that are usually held in large stadiums in major cities, which are later broadcast worldwide on his television program, “This Is Your Day”. Hinn was born on December 3, 1952.

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5.  Chris Oyakhilome: This is the man behind Believers’ Loveworld Ministries, a.k.a Christ Embassy.His church has an estimated net worth of $30 million – $50 million last year, the charismatic preacher was at the center of a $35 million money laundering case in which he was accused of siphoning funds from his church to foreign banks.

chris

6.  Creflo Dollar: American Bible teacher, pastor, and the founder of World Changers Church International, Creflo Dollar, has an estimated net worth of $27 million. As his name suggests, this preacher’s “manna” comes in form of the green buck.

creflo

7.  Kenneth Copeland: He runs Kenneth Copeland Ministries, was one of several televangelists whose finances were investigated from 2007 to 2011 by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa.

According to an article by the Associated Press that ran in 2008, “His ministry’s 1,500-acre campus, behind an iron gate a half-hour drive from Fort Worth includes a church, a private airstrip, a hangar for the ministry’s $17.5 million jet and other aircraft, and a $6 million church owned lakefront mansion.

The article later added that while Copeland has not released up-to-date salary statements, “the church disclosed in a property-tax exemption application that his wages were $364,577 in 1995; Copeland’s wife, Gloria, earned $292,593. It’s not clear whether those figures include other earnings, such as special offerings for guest preaching or book royalties.”

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  1. Billy Graham: American evangelical Christian evangelist, William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr., has a net worth of $25 million. The Southern Baptist evangelist rose to celebrity status as his sermons started getting broadcast on radio and television. Graham was born on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina in 1918, he has conducted many evangelistic crusades since 1948. He is now a world renowned televangelist raking in millions of dollars.

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9.  Matthew Ashimolowo: Ashimolowo, the owner of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) gets an annual income of $200,000. Having his humble beginnings as a priest in Foursquare Gospel Church, a Nigerian church that sent Ashimolowo to open a satellite branch in London. Pastor Matthew had other ideas and decided to set up his own church instead. Today, his Kingsway International Christian Center is reportedly the largest Pentecostal church in the whole of the United Kingdom.

Matthew Ashimolowo

10.  Temitope Joshua: Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) has an estimated net worth: $10 million – $15 million Nigeria’s most controversial clergyman is also one of its richest and most philanthropic. T.B Joshua heads the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), a congregation he founded in 1987, which accommodates over 15,000 worshippers on Sundays.

Temitope Joshua

 

 

 

 

 

HOMELESS MAN MAKES $204.00 IN 20 MINUTES

Wow! Check this video out. On it is a homeless man who sings for food, and HE CAN SING. Truthfully, he not only sings for food but for money as well. According to him, he made $204.00 in just twenty minutes… singing. Check him out. Would you pay to hear this man sing on the streets? I don’t see why not. It’s just entertainment.

THE NEW ROSA PARKS?

You must check out the story below. Are you sure that we are in 2014? Basically what happens here is that a white business owner in Chicago sees an older black woman smoking near his business and he got upset. The two began to argue. Yes, he got upset enough to say to her “Rosa Parks, move,” and he spit in her face. I forgot to mention, the black lady happens to be… a judge. Read the rest of the story below. “Rosa Parks”, this is more money for your retirement. You no longer have to sit on the bus.

By Steve Schmadeke

Tribune reporter

7:46 a.m. CDT, July 16, 2014

A North Side business owner slapped a 79-year-old Cook County judge in the face, spit on her and called her “Rosa Parks” after becoming angry that she was smoking near him outside the Daley Center, authorities said.

Monday’s attack outside the courthouse came as a shock to friends of Judge Arnette Hubbard, a silver-haired African-American jurist who was the first female president of the National Bar Association and Cook County Bar Association, both black lawyers’ groups.

“She’s an icon in our community,” said Delores Robinson, past president of the Cook County Bar Association, who noted that Hubbard, a former commissioner on the Cook County Board of Elections, had been an international election observer in Haiti and South Africa and had long been a voice on civil rights and women’s issues.

Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday that Hubbard was outside the Daley Center smoking a cigarette when she walked past David C. Nicosia, 55, who became angry that she was smoking near him.

The two argued and Nicosia, who is white, stepped near her face and said, “Rosa Parks, move,” and spit in her face, prosecutors said. As he walked away, the Law Division judge followed him and called out for assistance.

Nicosia then turned and allegedly slapped the judge on the left side of her face with an open hand, prosecutors said. He was then arrested by sheriff’s deputies and charged with four counts of aggravated battery and a hate crime.

Judge James Brown ordered him held on $90,000 bail Tuesday.

Chief Judge Timothy Evans, whose offices are also in the Daley Center, declined to comment. A representative said judicial rules of conduct barred Evans from speaking about a pending criminal case.

Born in Arkansas, Hubbard graduated from Southern Illinois University and John Marshall Law School and began her legal career in 1969 working on civil rights cases, according to online biographies. As part of the city’s African-American power structure, she spent several terms on the city’s election board as well as the cable commission.

Hubbard was appointed to the bench in 1997, re-elected to a six-year term the following year and retained since in two more elections, most recently in 2010.

Nicosia, who state records show is president of an IT consulting business, has no prior Cook County convictions. His attorney did not return a message seeking comment.

Friends of Hubbard were left shaking their heads Tuesday.

“People of good common sense and decency, people of good hearts should be outraged by this,” Robinson said. “Not just because of who she is but that this happened to anybody.”

“I’m still in shock,” said longtime friend Geraldine Simmons, 75, also a past president of the Cook County Bar Association, who questioned whether deputies acted quickly enough.