Thursday, December 28, 2006

Some Thoughts for the Holiday Season

Peace and blessings,

I must say that things have been going pretty well since i've been home visiting family during this past week and a half. I can honestly say that I do not remember when was the last time I totally did not do anything for this many days consecutatively. Although i've enjoyed doing nothing during these last 10 days, this time off as also allowed me to think about how truly blessed I am. Not just for my health, family and free food (although these things are great, lol), but for the fact that this time of year marks the celebration of when God, through Jesus Christ (JC), established a new covenant with His children. This new covenant is demonstrated by JC's birth, life, death, and resurrection.

I think the movie "the Nativity Story" does a good job of capturing the essence of what kind of conditions (e.g. economic, political, social, moral, cultural) surrounded JC's birth. In additon to the divine occurances during these times (e.g. angel appearing to Mary and Joseph, Mary's immaculate conception, the pregnancy of Elizabeth, and the birth of John the Baptist), what fascinates me about JC's birth is how Mary and Joseph chose to react to God's workings. They both trusted God and allowed God to use them to bring about change in their generation and for generations to come (because we all know JC was on some major "revolutionary" steez). I've been thinking a lot about how God will often use one person to reveal himself to another. One common example is when I'm talking to something, and they tell me something that confirms that I felt God has been saying to me. I also think that God uses one's prayers to reveal Himself to another as well. Therefore, I urge us take time during this season (and always) to think about the role(s) we each can play in representing and/or revealing God to others. A link to an article about JC's relationship to us, and what that means for our relationships with each other, is provided below. In addition, here are some things that we can pray for. Take care and as always, speekonit...


Pray for familes who have lost loved ones during this time of the year

Pray for those who are still experiencing the aftermath of past recent catastrophies, and are in the process of rebiulding their lives (e.g. Tsunami, Katrina, Plane crashes, 9-11, gang violence)

Pray for the lives on both sides of the Iraq war

Pray for the country and world "leaders"

Pray for the AIDS epidemic in Africa

Pray for the negative effect music has on youth and adults alike




Artlicle Link--http://www.urbana.org/wtoday.ephesians.cfm?article=89

Thursday, December 14, 2006

A Powerful Story of Faith and Redemption

Peace and Blessings,

I've been meaning to post this story for a few weeks now, but i'm just now getting to it. It is a story about Emmanuel, a man who, while going through Seminary training to work in ministry, found out that he had HIV. It's a compelling story. The link is below, and it is also in the "Christianity" news section. Take care and speekonit...


http://www.urbana.org/_articles.cfm?RecordId=1025

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

One Year and Counting...

Peace and blessings,

I just realized that as of last Friday (12/08), it has a been one-year since I created this website. I thank God for putting it on my heart to create a space where I could write about things that I am interested in. Also, thank everyone who has visited the site and showed love during the last year. I know God is going to expand this website in major ways. Once I get a domain name, it's a wrap, lol!

In Christ,

Friday, December 08, 2006

A few updates (More to come soon)





Peace and blessings,

I apologize for not giving the page much attention this past week or so, but what can I say? It's finals time. Once the storm is weathered next week, I will be back on my hustle. Until then, here are a couple of treats for you to enjoy. A great friend of mine sent me info on documentary directed by African American teenage girl, and it's about how black women view themselves. The film is entitled "A Girl Like Me." Also, I included a video on a study that was conducted either in 1968 called "eye of the storm." If you haven't seen it, I won't spoil it for you by telling you what it's about. Just check it out. I think the study relates to the documentary because the documentary includes the famous doll study, in which children were told to indicate their preferences as to which doll they liked, the black or the white doll. Let me know what you think of these videos, as they raise important questions about how perceptive and malleable young children and adolescents are, and what happens when they are "taught" to devalue themselves and others. Have a blessed weekend and speekonit...




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGDMevuZZVM





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJLUQzwCFIo