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…………..

ocean

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.

SLEEP ON…

Sleep On

So many times you’re thought about

So many times we mourn

Our hearts are still yet bleeding

Because they certainly have been torn

The time we had to see your face

Has come and gone exceptionally fast

And yet this love you’ve let us with

For a lifetime… It will last

This heart of gold is now laid to rest

Our memories we hold remarkably near

And though we reverently yield to God’s plan

We still…wish that you were here

Goodbyes are often difficult to declare

Their pain runs ever so deep

And so we’ll never bid you adieu

We’ll just see you…as sound asleep

 

©tjroach

Today is another day that I found out that someone that I know has died.  That now makes about six people in the last six or seven months.  Although death is inevitable, it is certainly surprising at times and overwhelming as well.  Right now I’m burning a candle for all of those families who are grieving their loved-ones.  I’m  also wishing eternal peace for the deceased.  Above is a poem that I wrote some time ago and I hope it speaks to the heart of those who are trying to cope with their loss.

 

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH REVISITED

This is one of those must watch videos. Meet 106 year old Virginia McLaurin. Mrs. McLaurin was born in 1910 when William Taft was president.  She was married at the tender age of 14 and widowed at 17.  She has lived through 18 American presidents.

Two years ago in 2014, McLaurin received an award in her hometown, Washington, D.C. for volunteering. She spends that time with students who have mental disabilities. When she was given the award, she indicated to a reporter that her one wish was to meet the President of The United States. It took two years but she was invited to The White House this year for Black History Month.

McLaurin was so elated to see President Obama and The First Lady that she broke out in a dance.  This is truly a Black History Moment.

“I always tell people, live the best they know how,” she said. “Don’t steal. Don’t cheat.”

THE GOSPEL OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PART II

This is uncanny to say the least, but real.  Exactly one year ago today , I wrote a post called “The Gospel Of Domestic Violence” (copy and paste this link if you want to read it)  https://studiotj.wordpress.com/?s=The+++++gospel+of+domestic+violence+

At any rate, the post dealt with gospel singer/radio personality James Fortune and his legal issues as it relates to domestic violence.  When I wrote the initial post I was really, really angry with the things that were in the news concerning this artist.  I had enjoyed his music and after some of the things that I read, I didn’t even want to hear anything from him (that was difficult because he has some great music).  Fast forward to one day last week.  I was in my car listening to Darlene McCoy on the “Nightly Spirit” (a gospel radio show) and she interviewed James Fortune.  He came in and wanted to talk about his issues.  I didn’t hear all of the interview but I heard enough to at least change my position.  Fortune, who is responsible for such gospel hits as “Hold On”, “I Believe”, and “Live Through It”, spoke candidly to McCoy about his issues with anger management.

“A lot of times you’ll always say what you’ll never do but when you can’t control your anger anything can trigger and make you do something that maybe you felt like you would never do. For me I ask God, of course I thank God for forgiveness but for me it was more than just forgiving,” Fortune said. “I wanted to be better. I wanted to be changed. I wanted God to do something on the inside of me so that my story, my testimony could help someone else.”  Fortune said he went through professional counseling to work on those issues.
I was ecstatic to hear that he in fact acknowledged his problems, asked for forgiveness, and sought help.  WE ALL HAVE ISSUES and they manifest themselves in different ways.  I’m just glad that he sought help for his and perhaps that can help many others.
Above is the video of James Fortune & Fiya’s “Hold On” featuring Monica and Fred Hammond.