THURSDAY THROWDOWN

I really went on a search for music by Deitrick Haddon but I happened upon this song by Deitrick Haddon, Ruben Studdard,and Mary Mary – “Love Him Like I Do.”
I didn’t realize this is who made this song that I’ve been jamming to for years. I love it and hope you do as well.

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MADE A WAY…


Loyal reader A. Renae sent this to me this morning and it’s awesome. I’m simply amazed at all the GREAT talent in this world sometimes. These gentlemen are definitely at the top of their game vocally. Each of them has music that I just love. Don’t forget to go out to purchase their music so that we can keep gospel music alive.

Published on May 12, 2017
Music video by Travis Greene performing Travis Greene 2017 Stellar Award Performance feat: Israel Houghton, Jonathan McReynolds, and Jonathan Butler. (C) 2017 Provident Label Group LLC, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

Today’s Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:5, 6a

For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and human beings together, the man Jesus Christ, who gave himself to redeem the whole human race.

CLEAN THIS HOUSE

Yesterday I was reading the 60-day sample edition of “Our Daily Bread” and when I turned to day 28 it really stood out. It really reminded me of how many people live their lives (always so busy trying to impress other people). It also reminded me of a song called “Clean This House” by Isaac Carree. I am posting both with the hopes that you get the same spiritual inspiration that I received from them. AND… that you act accordingly.

Clean the Closet
To this day I can still hear my mother telling me to go and clean up my room. Dutifully, I would go to my room to start the process, only to get distracted by reading the comic book that I was supposed to put neatly in the stack. But soon the distraction was interrupted by my mother warning that she would be up in 5 minutes to inspect the room. Unable to effectively clean the room in that time, I would proceed to hide everything I didn’t know what to do with in the closet, make the bed, and then wait for her to come in-hoping that she wouldn’t look in the closet.
This reminds me of what many of us do with our lives. We clean up the outside of our lives hoping that no one will look into the “closet” where we have hidden our sins by rationalization and excuses and by blaming others for our own faults.
The problem is that while looking good on the outside, we remain well aware of the mess on the inside. The psalmist encourages us to submit to the cleansing inspection of God: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24). Let’s invite Him to inspect and cleanse every corner of our lives.
-Joe Stowell-
-Lord, forgive me for looking good on the outside while attempting to hide my faults and failings. I desire for You to cleanse my life so that I may walk with You in full integrity.

FOR THE SPIRIT…

This past weekend was great. As indicated yesterday, there was a church service I went to back home to (North Carolina) where they honored MY MOM. It was really great. All of my siblings showed up as well as other family members. Mom was thrilled. The entire service was great. On the way back to Atlanta, I was able to tune into different radio stations along the way. One station that I happened upon was a Christian radio station and the dj began to talk about her struggle with stomach cancer. She thanked the audience for their continued prayers and then she referenced one of my favorite bible scriptures:

◄ Philippians 4:6 ►
King James Version: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

After I heard this scripture, it made me think about one of my other favorite scriptures and it also made me think about how similar they are.

◄ Matthew 9:29 ►
King James Version:Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Everything on this planet boils down to love and having faith in GOD. I don’t know who this is speaking to this week but I really hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed me. Again I am posting ” The Call” by Isabell Davis. This song really does it for me. I just can’t hear this song enough. Enjoy your week.

VICTORY!!!

This song is called “The Anthem” by Todd Dulaney. Last year when I first heard this song, I posted it and said that it could easily be a song about Easter. Well….this is Easter Weekend or Resurrection Weekend as some would call it. I have no idea what anyone else believes BUT…. I believe that Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for my sins. That’s the truth that gives me hope for life on this planet and for when I leave this physical body. That’s VICTORY!
AND….speaking of Victory, check out this song also by Todd Dulaney called “Victory Belongs to Jesus.”

1 Corinthians 15:57 – But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

IN THE BEGINNING…………..

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Today is January 1, 2017, AKA New Year’s Day. Today marks the beginning of another year. Some believe that goals or resolutions set by most people on this day or during this time ordinarily fail. I have no idea about the statistics regarding the same but I do know that you can’t possibly reach a goal that is never set. I have set some goals for myself this year and I hope many of you have as well. BUT in setting those goals, make them realistic. Write them down. Go back and re-visit them often. Put them in a place where you have to see them regularly. Remember why you set that goal in the first place. Another important thing to do is to speak that goal out loud. Whether you know it or not, you can speak things into existence. Our example of that is the Creator himself. God said……and God said…..and God said. Then God saw….what God said. I hope you got that. Check it out below.

Genesis 1 King James Version (KJV)

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! Also, thanks to a co-worker, Jerome, for
the idea about today’s title!

MONDAY INSPIRATION

This song “I Need You” by Donnie McClurkin is another one of the songs that is certainly on my current groove list…AND today I’m hitting you with a double dose off my groove list. The second song is by Travis Greene and it is called “Made A Way”.

Both of these songs are being dedicated to two guys at work who came to me last week to let me know that they don’t believe in the existence of God. After briefly trying (to no avail) to change their minds I did as Matthew 10:14 New International Version (NIV) says:
14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
I will continue to pray for them “from a distance”…
“I Need You” and “Made A Way” are just two of the songs that help to put trusting in God in perspective…
Enjoy your week!!!

MOVE FORWARD

This is one of those songs that is very soothing and motivational at the same time. I’ve been grooving to this one for a while now and upon hearing it yesterday, I remembered that I had not shared it with you. The song is called “Move Forward” and it is by Troy Sneed. You’ve got to check it out.

Philippians 3:13-14 King James Bible
13 -Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 -I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.