GREAT MESSAGE

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I heard a great message

I went to church today

It had such a great impact

I knew I had to pray

Talked about making an impression

And reaching the next generation

Just to positively influence them

Is in fact a great sensation

Some think it’s about the gift of gab

And all they do is talk

Strap on those persuasive shoes

And then begin to walk

I’m sharing with you the concern

And I’ll just do my part

Hopefully… you’ll join in on this mission

And do what’s in your heart

EX-CON PRAYS FOR POLICE OFFICER(S)

I found this on Christiantoday.com and thought that it would be apropos today.  Check out this interesting backdrop/juxtaposition to what we normally see in the news. 

A papal visit can’t heal these wounds
Edward Amey and Texas City Officer Salvador Chapa hold hands in prayer.© ABC 13 Screenshot Edward Amey and Texas City Officer Salvador Chapa hold hands in prayer.
The last time Edward “Doc” Amey saw Texas City Officer Salvador Chapa he was being arrested on a gun charge. That was eight years ago back when Amey used to be a gangster but recently he found God and since then he’s been living a righteous life. He used to sell drugs; today he stops police and asks if he can pray with them and more importantly, for them.”I have not always been a friend to the police,” Amey told KHOU. “I grew up selling drugs. I’ve been to prison three times.”
According to the news station, Amey’s rap sheet includes six felony convictions and several more misdemeanors. But Amey says all of that is behind him as he lives a prayerful life.”The last week-and-a-half God has really been giving me the urge to pray for police officers,” Amey said.

So when he saw Officer Salvador Chapa he asked if he could pray for him. The officer agreed and the two men held hands, bowed their heads as Amey lead them in prayer. Amey’s friend who had no idea he was going over to pray with the officer snapped a photo of the two men praying. The photo has gone viral on social media.

“I arrested him several years ago on a gun charge,” Chapa said. “And due to that, he ended up doing some time.”

Amey told the news station that he hopes the power of prayer can help change the negative image that people have of young black men and cops.

“They’re used to seeing cops getting killed by young black men or young black men getting killed by cops,” Amey told KHOU. “They’re not used to seeing an ex-con and a cop praying with each other.”

Amey told the officer, “I love you,” at the end of his prayer.

“I love you, too, brother,” Chapa said. “Thank you very much for praying for us.”

 

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE? YOU BE THE JUDGE

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Truthfully answer this question.  Imagine this scenario:  You have two kids who are now in their late teens and early twenties.  One day, they try to murder you and your spouse and then attempt to burn the house down.  You and your spouse have very visible injuries.  Could you forgive these MONSTERS???

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I did in fact call them MONSTERS! I brought this up because the Georgia parents who are in this situation, Yvonne and Zachery Ervin, recently spoke to the media and said that they forgive their sons for carrying out this heinous act against them. I originally posted their story on September 7, 2015.   “Those were not our boys that did that to us. We did not raise our boys that way,” Yvonne Ervin told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas. “We understand there are consequences for what they did. They understand that, but we’re just praying that the world forgives them in the same way that we forgive them,” said Mrs. Ervin. The young men are accused of drugging their parents, assaulting them, and trying to blow up their home which is located on Forbes Trail in Gwinnett County.

One of the Atlanta-area brothers accused of trying to kill their parents told investigators he had schemed to murder them “since he was 11 years old,” police said. Mrs. Ervin went on to say that “we forgive our sons and love them unconditionally. And we had to make sure that they understand that.” Okay, one thing I do know a lot about is forgiveness.  I also know that you can forgive someone without ever trusting them again.  I can’t imagine the parents ever letting these MONSTERS back into their home again.  As a matter of fact, if I were them, I would consider moving without ever letting them know where I moved.  These MONSTERS tried unsuccessfully to kill their parents the first time, and the parents may not be so lucky if their “sons” get a second chance to finish what they started.

I recently had a conversation with a few co-workers about this situation and several points were brought up that I had not considered. Is there something more sinister going on here that the media has not yet touched upon? Were these boys abused…sexually? Were they mentally abused?  Were they on drugs? These were just a few of the questions that my co-workers brought up. I really have no idea and I certainly do not want to victimize the victims. But…..who are the real victims here? I want to know your thoughts about this horrific situation.

TWO BROTHERS ARE IN CUSTODY FOR TRYING TO KILL THEIR PARENTS

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I remember quite vividly the words Whitney Houston sang in song “The Greatest Love of All”.  She sang: “I believe the children are our future………”   Ok, wait just one minute!  I hope our future does not look as bleak as the story of these two brothers who tried unsuccessfully to murder their parents. It is so fortunate that their father was able to distract them long enough for their mother to call 911.  This all took place at their Snellville,Georgia home.

Via WSBTV:

Police say Yvonne Ervin called 911 around 7:49 a.m. and told emergency dispatchers her sons Cameron, 17, and Christopher Ervin, 22, were trying to kill her and her husband Zachary Ervin.

Yvonne told police her husband distracted her sons so she could call 911.

Gwinnett County police says officers found Zachary and one of the sons outside the home. Zachary was severely injured and bleeding heavily.

Officers found Yvonne with the other son inside the home. Police say she was also severely injured.

Police say they noticed the gas line had been tampered with and suspect the sons tried to burn the house down.

Both parents were transported to a hospital, and both sons were transported to police headquarters.

According to police both sons were cooperative with police interviews, and are in custody at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

The Ervin family appeared to be a happy family for the four years Clint Miller lived next door to them in Gwinnett County.

“You would never even expect that,” Miller said. “They’re just an every day normal family in the neighborhood.”

Cameron and Christopher Ervin are charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of first-degree arson.

WIFE STEALS PATROL CAR WITH HUSBAND HANDCUFFED IN BACK SEAT

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A lot of people do dumb things but this woman has really taken dumbness to the next level. Amber Watford was taken into custody after she stole an Alaskan State Trooper’s patrol car in which her husband was in custody. How much dumber can you get?

The 28 year old, Amber Watford, allegedly slipped into the patrol car while the apparent inattentive officer was engaged with a passing motorist. The officer certainly has some responsibility in this as well.

The Associated Press reports that after Josh Watford, Amber’s husband, was placed in the back of a patrol car, a passing motorist hit up the arresting officer for some aptly-timed small talk. With the officer’s attention diverted elsewhere, Amber hopped behind the wheel and sped away.

The car was located by authorities not far from where it was stolen in Big Lake, a tiny community of approximately 3500 people which is approximately 65 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. According to reports, the Watfords were arrested the following day in a home about 45 miles north of Anchorage in Wasilla.

A lot of people wonder about the younger generation. Take a look at the actions of some of their parents. Hopefully these two…… do not have kids.

TYLER PERRY ON THAT GRASS: I’VE GOT PROOF!

I know this is not what a lot of you are expecting but if you stay with me here, you will really enjoy this.  As I’ve said before, I am on Tyler Perry’s mailing list.  He sent out this letter yesterday and if you read it, I think you will really enjoy his perspective here.  I was really blessed by it and I’m hoping you will be as well.

Hey TJ

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day, and she was explaining to me how disappointed she was in people and the things that they do and have done to her. She went on and on about how upset and heartbroken she was, and has been, about some of her family and friends. She talked about how they hurt her and how she wished they would change and be better people. She wanted them to be different than the people they were.

Halfway through this complaint-a-thon, I asked her to take a walk with me in the backyard. Now, you have to know this particular friend of mine. She hates the heat, and it was a hot day. I said, “come on” so she reluctantly came with me.

 

We got outside and it was steaming hot. I could see that she was uncomfortable. Nevertheless, we kept walking around my backyard. As she was still complaining about people, I asked her what she thought of my grass. Mind you, in order to appreciate the grass you had to stand in the direct sunlight. She said “Wow, I love your grass. It’s beautiful, but it’s hot right here. Let’s cool off under that oak tree over there.”

So, as she started to walk to the tree I said, “No no, let’s stay here in the grass and cool off.”

She turned to me quickly and said, “We can’t cool off on this grass.”

Right then, I said to her, “But you just said the grass was beautiful.”

“I did” she replied. Then, I asked her, “Why won’t you stay here?” She said, because she was hot and the grass couldn’t cool her off. So, we walked over to the oak tree and sat there.

She said, “Now you see? This is what I needed.”

Then I asked her this question. “The grass was beautiful. You loved it. Why didn’t you get mad with the grass because it couldn’t provide the shade you wanted?

She was confused, so I went on to explain myself. “People in this world, whether they were created a certain way or became that way through life’s circumstances, are who they are. Stop wishing they will be someone else.”

I said, “The next time you get upset with someone because they can’t do, or can’t be what you want them to be, remember the grass. Never get mad at a blade of grass because it’s not a tree. Appreciate the grass for what it is. Let it provide to you what it can, but don’t expect more. Your life will get so much easier when you start letting people be who they are and stop expecting them to give you what they don’t have or don’t know how to give. Just like that grass couldn’t provide shade because it wasn’t made to, some people are not made to give you what you’re asking for. So, stop looking for it. You will be shocked at how much peace you find when you really get this.”

And the last thing I said to her was this. “You wouldn’t be so frustrated with people who are like the grass if you had more people who are like trees in your life.”

I could really go deep into this, but I gotta go back to work. Talk to me. What do you think?

Love y’all. Talk soon.

Tyler

CHRIS BROWN’S EX, KARREUCHE TRAN SPEAKS…

Tonight… it’s going down on Iyanla’s “Fix My Life”.  Iyanyla sits down with Chris Brown’s on and off again girlfriend KARREUCHE TRAN for a no holds barred interview.  You can watch excerpts from tonight’s show below.  This stuff that we see in the news is so far-fetched sometimes that there is no way you can make this stuff up.I will probably be watching college basketball when this is on but trust me… the DVR will be running.  Yep, I’ve told you before:  I have this thing for reality TV. If you have Oprah’s OWN, check your local listing to see what time it will be on in your area.

 

ARE YOU LIKEABLE?

I recently had a conversation with a friend who stated that she wanted to become a bit more likeable.  Her indication was that she was becoming a stick-in-the-mud.  How many of you have heard that phrase before?  My advise to her was to “be yourself”.  Some people will like you and some people won’t.  I really didn’t know there was an art to becoming more likeable and engaging.  This morning I began to check out some videos of a friend of mine and guess what?… He recently addressed that very topic.  So check out Ed Brown below.  And yes, this is my final post today… unless something really major comes across my path.

MORE REALITY?…

About a week ago I introduced a trailer for a reality show that is trying to get picked up by a television station. I’m not sure that they will ever make it to television but I certainly am prepared to show you episode 1 on studiotj. Yes of course it’s a mess but I’ve got to show you that everything that you see… is not what you see. I hope you caught that nugget. You’ve got to learn to trust GOD and not any man or woman on this planet. If you don’t get anything from what I said, get that!!! You’ve got to let me know what you think. There’s more to come.

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